Adam Coxon

Swindon

21Good deeds

21runs

63cheers

Adam Coxon went on a group run
Group run
Swindon

Tidying up the Woodland Walk at Bridlewood Primary School

Tue 5 Oct

Bridlewood Primary School in North Swindon needs our help again! The weeds have been growing along the Woodland Walk over the summer and our job is to remove them and have a good old tidy up. This will ensure that the children can access the woodland area safely while having lots of fun at school this autumn time.

We started this task in April, returning again in May and July and we anticipate it taking a few more visits until the path is cleared.

We will be meeting at 6pm just outside the Customer Service Hub at the Orbital Shopping Park*; just look out for us in the red and black GoodGym tops! After the task, we may be able to fit in a short exercise session before heading back to the Orbital.

Please note: This Group Run is Walkable, meaning that there will be one group of Walkers leaving the Orbital just after 6pm (led by a Task Force Member) and a second group of Runners leaving the Orbital at around 6:10pm (led by a Run Leader). Please also be aware that GoodGym runs are suitable for runners of all abilities. All our runs are backmarked and we never leave anyone behind.

*Please look out for our Run Leader, Sam who will meet you all outside the Customer Service Hub, near the Bus Station, at the Orbital Shopping Park.

Please note that for the time being, our Group Runs will start in various outdoor locations meaning that lockers, toilets and refreshment facilities may not be available before and after the Group Run. We hope that this will change in the future and that at some point soon we can return to a regular meeting point with facilities. For the meantime let's just enjoy meeting up again - we have a lot to catch up on 😊

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Adam Coxon signed up to a group run
Group run
Swindon

Tidying up the Woodland Walk at Bridlewood Primary School

Tue 5 Oct 18:00 pm
Customer Service Hub, Orbital Shopping Park, Swindon, SN25 4AN
To ensure that the children can safely access the woodland area

Bridlewood Primary School in North Swindon needs our help again! The weeds have been growing along the Woodland Walk over the summer and our job is to remove them and have a good old tidy up. This will ensure that the children can access the woodland area safely while having lots of fun at school this autumn time.

We started this task in April, returning again in May and July and we anticipate it taking a few more visits until the path is cleared.

We will be meeting at 6pm just outside the Customer Service Hub at the Orbital Shopping Park*; just look out for us in the red and black GoodGym tops! After the task, we may be able to fit in a short exercise session before heading back to the Orbital.

Please note: This Group Run is Walkable, meaning that there will be one group of Walkers leaving the Orbital just after 6pm (led by a Task Force Member) and a second group of Runners leaving the Orbital at around 6:10pm (led by a Run Leader). Please also be aware that GoodGym runs are suitable for runners of all abilities. All our runs are backmarked and we never leave anyone behind.

*Please look out for our Run Leader, Sam who will meet you all outside the Customer Service Hub, near the Bus Station, at the Orbital Shopping Park.

Please note that for the time being, our Group Runs will start in various outdoor locations meaning that lockers, toilets and refreshment facilities may not be available before and after the Group Run. We hope that this will change in the future and that at some point soon we can return to a regular meeting point with facilities. For the meantime let's just enjoy meeting up again - we have a lot to catch up on 😊

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Adam Coxon went on a group run
Group run
Swindon

It’s hammer time…

Tue 14 Sep
Report written by Sam Coxon

Tonight saw us meet at a new starting location - the Orbital. A great perk of the post lockdown format is that by meeting at different start venues, we get to explore new running routes! It was so lovely to welcome Sarah back again and see Charles gives his wings their first outing! Run leader Sam had done a pre run recce so after informing everyone it was a nice flat mile, we headed off to Chippenham Close with a combo of running, walking and lots of chatting.

With no messing about, we arrived early! We inspected the garden but this appeared to be in tip top condition. Once Dawn and Kevin arrived they wasted no time in putting us to work. Much to Dawn’s delight, we started by ripping up the one way system - a sign of being a step closer to normality again. Much of the work that Men in Sheds does is to restore old and tired furniture. Helen got involved with this by doing some painting whilst the rest of us helped with dismantling wooden pallets kindly donated by a local car dealership. This wood will go on to be rustic shelving units for a new central community cafe opening soon. There was lots and lots of noise, hammering, and bashing! Lots of strong muscles being tested as we prised them apart - putting the gym into GoodGym whilst doing the good. So strong Adam broke the hammer in half!

You can check out what we’ve got coming up here!

Next week we’re meeting at Broome Manor Golf Club and heading off to Christchurch. Hope you can join us 😊

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Adam Coxon signed up to a group run
Group run
Swindon

Gardening at Chippenham Close Community Centre

Tue 14 Sep 18:00 pm
Customer Service Hub, Orbital Shopping Park, Swindon, SN25 4AN
To help out at this wonderful community facility in Swindon

We will be running approximately 3km in total to Men in Sheds and back to help with their improvements to Chippenham Close Community Centre This time we will be doing some gardening. Pre-Covid this was one of our regular venues and we are very excited to be helping out again! 🤗

We will be meeting at 6pm just outside the Customer Service Hub at the Orbital Shopping Park*; just look out for us in the red and black GoodGym tops! After the task, we may be able to fit in a short exercise session before heading back to the Orbital.

Please note: This Group Run is Walkable, meaning that there will be one group of Walkers leaving the Orbital just after 6pm (led by a Task Force Member) and a second group of Runners leaving the Orbital at around 6:10pm (led by a Run Leader). Please also be aware that GoodGym runs are suitable for runners of all abilities. All our runs are backmarked and we never leave anyone behind.

*Please look out for our Run Leader, Sam who will meet you all outside the Customer Service Hub, near the Bus Station, at the Orbital Shopping Park.

Please note that for the time being, our Group Runs will start in various outdoor locations meaning that lockers, toilets and refreshment facilities may not be available before and after the Group Run. We hope that this will change in the future and that at some point soon we can return to a regular meeting point with facilities. For the meantime let's just enjoy meeting up again - we have a lot to catch up on 😊

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Adam Coxon went on a group run
Group run
Swindon

GoodGym Swindon clean up in Dust a minute!

Tue 17 Aug
Report written by Mike Oakes

Isn't it good to be back doing Group Runs? It's great to be back together and blowing away the cobwebs - in more ways than one!

This week we ran about 4km from Tesco Extra to Bristol Street Tunnel and back, to help spruce it up in preparation for Heritage Open Days on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th September.

Some exciting things are happening in Swindon's much loved Railway Village. A five-year plan to revitalise the area has been created with Historic England who have declared it a Heritage Action Zone. They have provided funding and support to:

  • Enhance key Historic buildings and spaces (Health Hydro, Carriage Works, the Cricketers, GWR Park and the Mechanics Institution)
  • Improve public spaces and footpaths which form the setting for the historic buildings
  • Raise awareness of Swindon's Railway Heritage and promote the area as a place of interest

The Heritage Action Zone outcomes are being boosted by Town Deal Funding from Central Government which will:

  • Refurbish the Health Hydro to create a major leisure and cultural attraction to draw in visitors to Swindon Town Centre
  • Deliver the next phase of the Carriage Works for use by business and educational organisations
  • Enhance Station Road and the Bristol Street and Sheppard Street tunnels to improve connectivity and encourage more pedestrian and cycle movements within the town centre

In readiness for Heritage Open Days, we were called in to help give the Bristol St tunnel a spring clean to ensure it is looking its best for potential visitors, and anyone making the key journey from the outlet area towards the town centre.

Meeting at Tesco, we then kept things inclusive, all walking to meet Karen at Bristol St Tunnel. Karen is extremely passionate advocate for the project there, and also cooks the best brownies! Cake based bribery is the best way to get us to a task!

After a fascinating chat about what's upcoming in the Railway Village, we got a-cleaning:

  • Gina made the SWINDON WORKS letters sparkle!
  • Adam and Richard swept up!
  • Sam was on cobweb commission!
  • While Charles, who met us at the tunnel, got busy with the dust pan and brush.
  • Meanwhile, Mike took photos, and did a little dusting with the most colourful duster possible!

The tunnel's caretaker also helped us out!

We even made some friends with some creepy crawlies - check out the photos for an epic worm while Adam was doing some additional de-weeding.

We were soon done and dusted, and everything was looking shipshape and Bristol (st) fashion!

We helped Karen with the cleaning kit back to her car, and off we went - either running home, or walking back to Tesco!

Want more GoodGym gorgeousness? Next week, we're Weeding and Planting in the Remembrance Garden at the Prospect Hospice

Regular Community Missions are going on to support the Steam Vaccine Centre!

Or get involved with some of our life-changing work with older people, either via Missions or by pairing with a coach

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Adam Coxon signed up to a group run
Group run
Swindon

Tidying up Bristol Street Tunnel 🚂

Tue 17 Aug 18:00 pm
Tesco Extra, Ocotal Way, Swindon, SN1 2EH
To help spruce up the Railway Village ahead of Heritage Open Days in September

We will be running approximately 4km in total; to Bristol Street Tunnel and back, to help spruce it up in preparation for Heritage Open Days on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th September.

If you didn't already know, exciting things are happening in Swindon's much loved Railway Village. A five-year plan to revitalise the area has been created with Historic England who have declared it a Heritage Action Zone. They have provided funding and support to:

  • Enhance key Historic buildings and spaces (Health Hydro, Carriage Works, the Cricketers, GWR Park and the Mechanics Institution)

  • Improve public spaces and footpaths which form the setting for the historic buildings

  • Raise awareness of Swindon's Railway Heritage and promote the area as a place of interest

The Heritage Action Zone outcomes are being boosted by Town Deal Funding from Central Government which will:

  • Refurbish the Health Hydro to create a major leisure and cultural attraction to draw in visitors to Swindon Town Centre

  • Deliver the next phase of the Carriage Works for use by business and educational organisations

  • Enhance Station Road and the Bristol Street and Sheppard Street tunnels to improve connectivity and encourage more pedestrian and cycle movements within the town centre

In September many of the historic buildings in the Railway Village will be open to the public for Heritage Open Days. In readiness for this event we have been asked to help give the Railway Village a bit of a spring clean to ensure it is looking its best for potential visitors, so please get involved and help us polish up Swindon's 'Jewel in the Crown'!

We will be meeting at 6pm just outside Tesco Extra*; just look out for us in the red and black GoodGym tops! After the task, we may be able to fit in a short exercise session before heading back to Tesco Extra.

Please note: This Group Run is Walkable, meaning that there will be one group of Walkers leaving Tesco Extra just after 6pm (led by a Task Force Member) and a second group of Runners leaving Tesco Extra at around 6:10pm (led by a Run Leader). Please also be aware that GoodGym runs are suitable for runners of all abilities. All our runs are backmarked and we never leave anyone behind.

*Please look out for our Run Leader, Mike who will meet you all to the right hand side of the front entrance at Tesco Extra.

Please note that for the time being, our Group Runs will start in various outdoor locations meaning that lockers, toilets and refreshment facilities may not be available before and after the Group Run. We hope that this will change in the future and that at some point soon we can return to a regular meeting point with facilities. For the meantime let's just enjoy meeting up again - we have a lot to catch up on 😊

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Adam Coxon went on a group run
Group run
Swindon

If it’s green, it shouldn’t be seen

Tue 10 Aug
Report written by Sam Coxon

This week we met back at Sainsbury’s for the 18:00 express train. After checking all passengers had valid travel tickets, we were off full steam ahead! This train was heading straight through to Steam Museum. Consisting of two carriages, one running and one walking, today’s train driver Sam opted for a more scenic route but ensured a smooth ride without delays. There was definitely no quiet carriage on this train!

This evening we were back at the Traverser armed and ready to, once again, conquer those persistent pesky weeds. The brief tonight was short and simple, “if it is green then it shouldn’t be seen”. Naturally separating into equal sized groups we each choo choosed a section of the track to conquer. 45 minutes later and all those weeds had been steam rolled, doomed to the confines of a black bin liner. We then finished the task with a nice group photo stood on the Traverser with the warm evening summer sunshine setting behind us.

After a quick tidying up, it was all aboard for the return leg, arriving safely into this week’s temporary station on time. Next week, we’ll be meeting Mike who will lead us to the other side of the railway line for a much needed tidy up ahead of the Heritage Open Days! If you can lend a hand, please sign up here.

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Adam Coxon signed up to a group run
Group run
Swindon

GoodGym x I am Team GB: Clearing the Traverser at STEAM!

Tue 10 Aug 18:00 pm
Sainsbury's Bridgemead, Paddington Drive, Swindon, SN5 7AA
To improve the outdoor environment at STEAM, Museum of the Great Western Railway

We will be running approximately 4km in total; to Swindon's Steam Museum and back, to help with some clearing, weeding and litter picking in the traverser. Steam, Museum of the Great Western Railway is housed in a restored grade II railway building in the heart of the former Swindon Railway Works. The traverser, situated outside the museum, has become untidy and in need of our help to tidy up this historical part of Swindon. The last time we visited STEAM we didn't quite finish off the weeding so next week gives us the opportunity to pull together and get the job DONE!

We will be meeting at 6pm just outside Sainsbury's Bridgemead*; just look out for us in the red and black GoodGym tops! After the task, we may be able to fit in a short exercise session before heading back to Sainsbury's.

Please note: This Group Run is Walkable, meaning that there will be one group of Walkers leaving Sainsbury's just after 6pm (led by a Task Force Member) and a second group of Runners leaving Sainsbury's at around 6:10pm (led by a Run Leader). Please also be aware that GoodGym runs are suitable for runners of all abilities. All our runs are backmarked and we never leave anyone behind.

*Please look out for our Run Leader, Sam who will meet you all at Sainsbury's, to the far right hand side of the building (go past the front entrance, Timpsons and the exit doors and Sam will meet you at the end of that path).

Please note that for the time being, our Group Runs will start in various outdoor locations meaning that lockers, toilets and refreshment facilities may not be available before and after the Group Run. We hope that this will change in the future and that at some point soon we can return to a regular meeting point with facilities. For the meantime let's just enjoy meeting up again - we have a lot to catch up on 😊

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Adam Coxon went on a community mission
Community mission
Swindon

A Herculean triumph!

Thu 8 Jul
Report written by Sam Coxon

GoodGym Swindon were back at Bridlewood Primary School this evening to continue work on reestablishing the pathway of the daily mile track overgrown by the grass and weeds. Tonight, we hit a milestone - armed with Simon’s twisty tools we completed the outbound straight, turned the corner and now making our way behind the footballs goals down the back edge of the field. We were also delighted to meet and welcome Emma along for the first time.

To keep us entertained this evening, we answered some of life’s most important questions: What’s our favourite Disney film? Charles opting for classics, Adam choosing more recent films, and Emma settling with two. Safe to say, none of us could agree on just one! Next up, what should and definitely should not go on a pizza? Emma, admitting in her own words that she is ‘a sinner’ where pineapple is concerned whilst Simon is happy with whatever he gets.. so long as it’s pizza or jacket potato.. yum! All this, whilst enjoying the sounds of a local residents varied music taste including the Dirty Dancing soundtrack, Meatloaf and a song about vindaloo.. which leads me to just one final question, the question everyone (but Charles it seems) is asking, is it really coming home on Sunday?!

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