Adam Hammond

Cardiff

54Good deeds

54runs

250cheers

Adam Hammond went on a group run
Group run
Cardiff

No Rain, No Pain

Tue 17 May
Report written by Michael

We're back and we will not let the threat of rain stop us, 10 goodgymers met up raring to go out there and help another good cause. Tonight, our journey was to the wonderful YMCA shop on Colchester avenue, the tasks to sort donations ready for sale, make a display for the Sci-Fi books that was 'Out of this World' and hand and display the clothes all ready on the rails.

We met outside of Big Moose, introduced ourselves - welcomed back Amelia for a second group activity and BIG welcome to Dalma for the FIRST introduction to goodgym.

We hope you enjoyed the experience

We made our way on one of our longer runs to the second pick up point, chatting all the way about our weekends gone by, brutal work out classes and races we had taken part in. A quick stop at the second point before 'running up that hill', a great workout for the thighs and a great Kate Bush song to boot.

We were welcomed at the YMCA, not by the Village People but the Manager Liam. A quick thirst break to top up our hydration levels before splitting into groups and getting to volunteering. 30 minutes passed in no time at all (except for the 30 minutes) and clothes had been put on display, multiple bags had been sorted (those not for sale were being recycled, including the bag of many, many bras). And finally the display of Sci-Fi books was set up and glorious enough for our final group photo.

Time to say thanks and head off back to our start, a stretch or two - which turned into everyone showcasing their favourtie stretch until we had all tried them, and then a social in the local and chance to get each other some more. The conversation of choice tonight, what else - Eurovision.

Join us next week for our 5th Birthday Celebration Activity.

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Adam Hammond signed up to a group run
Group run
Cardiff

It's fun to HELP at the YMCA

Tue 17 May 18:15 pm
Big Moose Coffee Co, 4-5 Frederick Street, Cardiff, CF10 2DB
Help to fund the great work of the YMCA

We will meet outide BIG MOOSE and head on over to our friends at YMCA Colchester Avenue.

If you're looking for a shorter distance, meet at the Penylan Library at 18:45. We will run to you and head off from there to the final destination.

Full distance Below

18:15 - 18:30 Meet up and chat
18:30 - 19:00 Active travel to task (Walk, Run, Cycle)
19:00 - 19:30 Volunteer Task funtimes
19:30 - 20:00 Active travel back (Walk, Run, Cycle)

20:00 - Optional Social

If you want to meet at the task please leave a note on the sign up page below, just so that I know and we aren't waiting for you at the start. All that we ask is that you don't drive!

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Adam Hammond went on a group run
Group run
Cardiff

Harping around

Tue 22 Mar
Report written by Michael

Tonight we had an opportunity to get a good run in for our task, SEVEN goodgym volunteers met to take to the streets and distribute flyers for Oasis.

Catrin Finch, from Llanon on the west coast of Wales, is the most gifted classical harp virtuoso of her generation, grounded in prodigious early achievements and intense classical training, and serving as Royal Harpist to H.R.H. The Prince of Wales in her early twenties. Catrin has performed with many of the world’s leading orchestras; she has also achieved chart success with her number 1 rendition of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, and has recorded for the world’s leading classical labels.

After Catrin had heard about the support that Oasis offer refugees and asylum seekers in Wales, she kindly offered to run a fundraiser event for them. Oasis Cardiff and Oasis One World Choir are honoured to invite Catrin to The Gate for a performance for the local and wider community.

We all met outside our usual start / end location - Sport Wales National Centre, and enjoying the sunshine and the fact that we were starting in the light we made our way through the local park. Over Bridges, up steps, it was a nice workout making our way to the Gate (A lovely community Centre for varied performances and art exhibitions). A quick photo check and time to split up the leaflets, runners all heading off in different directions to look work up some encouragement for what looks to be a great event.

Once all the flyers were gone, we got together and made our way back. This time we had to head through town, making our final run a little longer - but that's the point of our Tuesdays, active travel, volunteering and fun with friends.

Come join us next week!

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Adam Hammond signed up to a group run
Group run
Cardiff

Oasis and Catrin Finch

Tue 22 Mar 18:15 pm
Sport Wales National Centre, Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, CF11 9SW
Help to support the great work Oasis does with refugees

After Catrin had heard about the support that we offer refugees and asylum seekers in Wales, she kindly offered to run a fundraiser event for us. Oasis Cardiff and Oasis One World Choir are honoured to invite Catrin to The Gate for a performance for our local and wider community.

Our job - to get those flyers out and about and help this event sell through the ROOF.

  • 18:15 Meet and Natter
  • 18:30 Active travel
  • 19:00 Task
  • 19:30 Active travel back
  • 20:00 Head for a quick social
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Adam Hammond signed up to a race
Race
Cardiff

Cardiff Half Marathon

Sun 27 Mar 10:00 am
Big Moose Coffee Co, 4-5 Frederick Street, Cardiff, CF10 2DB
If you're running, let us know!

This is the Cardiff Half from 2020 - or is it 2021? Who knows?! But if you're signed up and planning to run, let us know so we can spot you and cheer you on. There may a group photo at the start and also a meal afterwards if people want.

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Adam Hammond went on a group run
Group run
Cardiff

Star Drawers: Return to the Shed-Hi

Tue 8 Feb
Report written by Michael

Tonight 14 goodgym lovelies returned to inside tasks for the first time this year - oh the joy of warmth......

But first - came the active travel, two groups left our starting point walking and running to the Samye Foundation. We had already started tasks there last month so this was our return trip to hopefully finish them off, and finish them we did.

As we arrived, the water was on it's way out to quench our thirsts. We took the opportunity to have a natter until the walkers joined us, whilst Lorraine and Michael got the wonderful whiteboard ready.

Our task list was ready - let's get reading and choose our task!

  1. Make space in the shed for the chest of drawers
  2. Finish painting the shed
  3. Vacuum the stairs
  4. 8 people to take apart and carry down the chest of drawers.
  5. Also carry down white wooden panels and any other misc items
  6. Take curtain poles and whiteboard up to attic
  7. Remove net curtains from the outside gazebo
  8. Weeding by the front gate

After some discussion, we split into our groups and got to work on the tasks, quickly removing anything that we needed from the shed before the keen painters got to work. The weeding started out the front, with more joining as other tasks were completed - like the curtains down from the gazebo.

The removal group moved the drawers, chest and all misc items like a flash - filling Lorraine's car ready to move before then starting on cleaning the stairs.

And, just as quickly as we had started - it was time to finish. Lorraine had put on some lovely vegan nibbles for everyone and it was nice to be able to chat for a bit before heading back and stretch out after our run.

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Adam Hammond signed up to a group run
Group run
Cardiff

Let's get painting......

Tue 8 Feb 18:15 pm
Sport Wales National Centre, Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, CF11 9SW
Give the shed a breath of fresh air

Everyone keep your fingers crossed for good weather so that we can paint.......

The shed will be going green, more to be confirmed soon

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Adam Hammond went on a group run
Group run
Cardiff

Chair-eeo for now

Tue 14 Dec
Report written by Michael

Tonight was the last run for the year to help out the 'Forget Me Not Cafe' at St. Edwards Church, the wonderful group that provide a friendly and welcoming environment, suitable for people with memory problems and their carers also people recovering from a stroke or people who feel isolated and vulnerable.

A simple task tonight, to put back the chairs and a quick vacuum after the final meeting for the 'Forget Me Not' group.

The group ran a good 2.5 km to the task, then masked up we got straight to work. We made short work of it, and as soon as it was back to the usual, we were spoiled with Ferraro Rochette chocolates (other chocolates are available).

As we were finished, and we had been treated to chocolate, it seemed only fair that we take a detour adding some kms to our return trip. A lovely run around a park, and a slightly longer run back and we were done - with an impressive 7.25 km tonight.

Just the ONE group task remaining this year - and just the ONE space remaining.

Still additional community missions on the weekends though, Stargarallot, Junior Parkrun & flyering

Get signed up - https://www.goodgym.org/my/happenings

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Adam Hammond signed up to a group run
Group run
Cardiff

Cleaning the Hall and replacing the chairs.

Tue 14 Dec 18:15 pm
Big Moose Coffee Co, 4-5 Frederick Street, Cardiff, CF10 2DB
Support the return of 'Forget me Not' cafe

Forget me not cafe are finally meeting again at St. Edward Community Hall and so we are also returning to help them, this will be there 'in person' meeting in the hall so we will be making our way over to help put things back all clean and tidy.

We will be mopping, vacuuming and having a workout moving the chairs back into position.

If it's not raining and there are enough of us, some could even get back outside and attack the buddleia to finish that task from last time.

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