Adam Hammond

Cardiff

50Good deeds

50runs

236cheers

Adam Hammond signed up to a race
Race
Cardiff

Virtual Cardiff Half Marathon

Sun 3 Oct 09:00 am
Blackweir Parkrun , Llandaff, Cardiff, CF14 3AT

Please note that this race has been cancelled.

Run Cardiff Half virtually, on your own or with a group of GG members

Cardiff Half Marathon has been postponed for 2021, however a virtual half marathon is being put on instead.

Entry is FREE via the following link (you can also pay for a medal and tshirt if you wish) https://www.cardiffhalfmarathon.co.uk/virtual-chm/

Whether this is your first half, or a training run for something else, Goodgym C&V will be running the half together (route tbc). Or if you don't want to run but want to be there cheering us along or running an unofficial aid station, let us know.

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Adam Hammond went on a group run
Group run
Cardiff

Stepping up to the challenge... which involved lots of steps, but no tragedy!

Tue 28 Jan
Report written by Benjamin Annear

Helping at Mackintosh Community Gardens, flyering about GoodGym and plogging the streets - Wooo that was a busy one!

Despite the changeable weather that we had all day in Cardiff, 33 runners showed up to GoodGym this evening, ready and willing to combine their running with doing good in the Cardiff community.

We had 4 new runners this week - AMAZING! Word is getting about how cool GoodGym is and now everyone is keen to get involved. A HUGE WELCOME TO GOODGYM CARDIFF Rob , Sam, Danielle, Grace. We do love having new people come along. GoodGym has so many benefits and we hope you reap the benefits! It's incredible to have you part of the family (Yes, you already feel part of the GG family to us :))

Acknowledgements

  • We had 2 red lace warriors this evening. Anthony brought Sam to GoodGym this evening and Danielle brought Rob and Grace #LifesGoals
  • Clap Clap Clap to Pete for reaching 50 good deeds!
  • Hip hip hooray to Llion who also reached 50 good deeds!

Don't forget; when you reach 50 good deeds you are able to claim your black goodgym milestone tee

Time to get going!

Tonight it was Ben leading the speedy runners, Ellen leading the runners who planned to run at more of a relaxed pace and Amy led the walk/runners.

  • At this point I would like to express a MASSIVE thank you to all of the run leaders who help make GoodGym accessible to all abilities.

Welcome to Mackintosh Community Gardens

Carol welcomed us to Mackintosh gardens. Mackintosh Community Gardens is well used by all ages and nationalities. Carol has made huge progress in recent years developing the space and the garden is now very much a part of the community.

The tasks this evening included:

  • Building steps
  • Building a woodstore
  • Shifting soil
  • Sweeping leaves

With the combined efforts from everyone at GoodGym this evening, the tasks were completed and the evening was a success!

The flyering and plogging platoon

Whilst the walkers/runners who went with Ellen and Aimee remained at Mackintosh community gardens, Ben took his group flyering the streets. They delivered flyers about GoodGym. You may now be asking why did they flyer about GoodGym? Well, we targeted well known student areas in the Roath area. Students are a population that can sometimes feel isolated, moving to a new area, not having many friends and being away from home. Students can also feel overwhelmed, with many deadlines to meet and exams to revise and sit. GoodGym can benefit the student population, and in order for them to get this benefit, they need to know about us!

Time to head off!

With the task complete and flyers distributed, it was time to head back!

We ran back to Big Moose where we did our warm down, reflected on the night's achievements and shared info about what's coming up over the next couple of weeks!

2020 Tweet Off

WAHOO! Megan you have won the tweet off two consecutive times now and you are moving up the leaderboard!

  • MOH - 2
  • MJ - 2
  • Razzle Dazzle - 1

RunPunStiltskin award

Combined effort from Andrew and Ben this week. Ding Ding Ding. A point to each!

  • EW - 2
  • BA - 2
  • AS- 2
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Adam Hammond signed up to a group run
Group run
Cardiff

Walking/Running to help Carol at Mackintosh Community Gardens

Tue 28 Jan 18:15 pm
Big Moose Coffee Co, 4-5 Frederick Street, Cardiff, CF10 2DB
Join us to do good and get fit

Welcome to GoodGym Cardiff! We're a friendly and social group who combine exercise with helping out in the local community. We meet every week to get active and do a physical task to help the charities and community organisations and projects in our area.

The Tasks:

Carol has got in touch and she needs some help at Mackintosh Community Gardens.

  • The landscapers at Mackintosh Community Gardens collected a large number of old bricks and stones, and Carol would like to make use of them - So there will be a task that involves moving bricks (Building a brick or breeze block log store would be excellent.
  • There is a large compost heap that may need to be moved.
  • More stones may need to be added around the firepit.
  • There are some paving edging stones which would be good to use to reinforce some of the wooden path edging.
  • Last year we made steps for the children to access a section of the garden. The children’s steps are looking quite sad and they need replacing.

The Run/walk:

GoodGym is for everyone. We welcome runners of all abilities and it is often possible to walk to the task if you would prefer. We always have a back-marker so no-one is left behind - we're about achieving something together so you'll always be welcome no matter what your pace is.

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Adam Hammond went on a group run
Group run
Cardiff

In floor a penny, in floor a pound...of brownies! (due to all the milestones we’ve hit!)

Tue 21 Jan
Report written by Benjamin Annear

The world is hearing about what GoodGym Cardiff and The Vale is doing and they are inspired!

The temperature has dropped in Wales over the past week and we've been having temperatures sub zero. Fortunately that didn't stop 32 GoodGym Cardiff runners showing up to GoodGym this evening, though. Tonight at GoodGym we had one new runner, Gareth. Gareth heard about GoodGym a while ago and has been meaning to come for some time - It was so nice to have you join us this evening and we also look forward to meeting your colleague next week too!

Acknowledgements

  • Congratulations to Darren and Nicola who are having a GoodGym Cardiff baby. Darren and Nicola met through GoodGym. Serendipity in its truest form.
  • A HUGE well done to GoodGym Cardiff Trainer Ben Annear who has reached the 200 good deed milestone
  • Well done to Marie for reaching 50 good deeds!
  • Clap Clap Clap to Mike for reaching 50 good deeds!
  • Hip hip hooray to Lewis who also reached 50 good deeds!

Don't forget; when you reach 50 good deeds you are able to claim your black goodgym milestone tee

Which group will you choose?

We had 3 separate groups tonight. Aimee led the walk run group, Ellen led the relaxed pace group and Ben led the speedy group. Aimee and Ellen took their respective groups along Newport road, up towards Albany road and then straight to St. Edward's Church, whilst Ben took the speedy group through Cathays, up Richmond Road, along Albany road and then up some hills in Roath before heading to the task.

Welcome to St. Edward's Church. The meeting place of Forget-Me-Not

Forget-Me-Not are a support group and Cafe for people feeling isolated and vulnerable with Dementia, Memory loss or Stroke, carers and relatives. Their support groups run every Tuesday 2pm until 4pm at St Edward's Church. They provide a friendly and welcoming environment. They encourage people to come in and have a chat and to make themselves at home.

In order to be able to help this wonderful organisation we had to complete the tasks they had set us. Here were the tasks we were set:

  • Move all of the chairs from the church hall onto the raised area, sweep, mop and dry the floor and return all of the chairs back to their original positions
  • Cut back the overgrown bushes in the church gardens, whilst paying close attention not to disturb the Terrence the hedgehog's home.
  • Clean and sort mugs
  • Clean the church windowsills

Many hands make light work as they say. It took only minutes for everyone to move the chairs. Once the chairs were moved a group of rapid goodgym runners assembled to clean and dry the floor. Once this was done all of the chairs were returned back in their original positions. It was so quick! You know that saying, "blink and you will miss it", well it was almost that quick!

Whilst all that was going on inside the church, outside there was a team cutting back the overgrown bushes. It was cold out but at the speed they were working they wouldn't have noticed.

"Thank you so much. We cannot believe you managed to do all this so quickly. It's remarkable."

Kathie and Alan were both amazed by how quickly we got everything done. They were so thankful and were smiling cheek to cheek. This made the task feel worthwhile.


2020 Tweet Off

Well done Megan! You are now on the leaderboard!

  • MOH - 2
  • MJ - 1
  • Razzle Dazzle - 1

RunPunStiltskin award

Come up with the title of the run report and be in with the chance of winning the RunPunStiltskin award. Well done to EW - You're in the lead!

  • EW - 2
  • BA - 1
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Adam Hammond signed up to a group run
Group run
Cardiff

Running to help the wonderful charity of Forget-Me-Not

Tue 21 Jan 18:15 pm
Big Moose Coffee Co, 4-5 Frederick Street, Cardiff, CF10 2DB
Join us to do good and get fit

Welcome to GoodGym Cardiff! We're a friendly and social group who combine exercise with helping out in the local community. We meet every week to get active and do a physical task to help the charities and community organisations and projects in our area.

The Task:

Kathie from the Forget-Me-Not charity would like help at St Edward's Church. It's been rather wet lately and the floors have got pretty grubby, so we will need to move the chairs, clean the floor and return the chairs back to their original positions. The gardens at the church are also becoming quite overgrown. It's not as bad as Jumanji, however our skills at garden maintenance will help stop it get to that extent!

The Run/walk:

GoodGym is for everyone. We welcome runners of all abilities and it is often possible to walk to the task if you would prefer. We always have a back-marker so no-one is left behind - we're about achieving something together so you'll always be welcome no matter what your pace is.

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Adam Hammond went on a community mission
Community mission
Cardiff

Post Parkrun Pick in the Park & Pontcanna!

Sun 19 Jan
Report written by Ellen

Hot on the heels of 15 GodGymmers doing a good deed at Cardiff Junior ParkRun, they were joined by 2 more for a total of 17 runners doing a post parkrun litterpick in the park and Pontcanna!

We utilised the equipment on loan to us from Love Where You Live, and split up into pairs and trios, to pick up trash on the roads, paths, pavements and lovely playing fields in Pontcanna.

Only 9 bags were filled, compared to other litterpicks. But that is a good sign that not too many people have dropped litter in the area. 9 is still too many - so well done Team Litterpickers for helping to clear up this neighbourhood!

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Adam Hammond went on a group run
Group run
Cardiff

We will book in time to see one another, because at GoodGym we are clothes to one another. You bed-der believe it!

Tue 14 Jan
Report written by Benjamin Annear

Would you believe it? A gargantuan 29 runners turned up to GoodGym this evening to get fit and do good! When I call you all superstars, I truly mean it!

Skies were grey in Cardiff this evening. If you didn't like the rain then you would probably feel quite dismal being outdoors. There was not a single dismal face at GoodGym tonight, though. We embraced elements and just got on with it!

There were two new runners to GoodGym this evening! A HUGE welcome to Sophie and Catriona. We love new faces! Lucy and Imogen invited the new runners along, so they earned themselves a red lace each! #LifesGoals #BestThingToEverHappen. We also welcomed Ali and Megan to their first GoodGym run on a Tuesday evening. They actually joined us on Saturday's run in Penarth. Ali is actually training for the Chicago marathon - EPIC choice!

Let's get our run on

There were 3 different paced groups this evening. Aimee led the walk runners, Mikey led the runners who opted for a run at a more relaxed pace, and Ben led those runners wanting a speedy run!

To reach the YMCA all groups walked/ran through Cardiff City Centre and down Newport Road. Ben made the speedy group do some sprint drills outside sofology.

Welcome to the YMCA!

Matt, Babs and Arianne welcomed us to the YMCA with an extremely warm welcome and freshly made squash at the ready. Arianne, who will actually be leaving the YMCA this Friday, told us about the YMCA's initiative, after which we could wait to get stuck in.

There were a variety of tasks to help with this evening. Ali hoovered the whole store. Some of the runners built a bed, others priced up books and the rest sorted through bags and bags of clothes donations at a rate of knots!

We played a game of Ben's Price is Right - You have to guess the price of random items; one of the items was a calendar with toilets at different exotic locations for each month.

Time to run back

After approximately 40 minutes of helping, it was time to head back. Matt, Babs and Arianne thanked us for our help and waved us off. Helping at the YMCA this evening gave us a really good reason to run - It just feels right!

We ran back to Cardiff City Centre and back to big moose to warm down and collect our belongings. There we reflected on the evening's run and we all agreed that it felt worthwhile.


2020 Tweet Off

The witty man himself, Darren retweeted the quickest this evening. He was overjoyed with the win and the whole of the Glassworks knew about it.

  • MOH - 2
  • Razzle Dazzle - 1

RunPunStiltskin award

Come up with the title of the run report and be in with the chance of winning the RunPunStiltskin award,

  • EW - 1
  • BA - 1
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Adam Hammond signed up to a community mission
Community mission
Cardiff

Riverside/Canton - Goodgym x Love Where You Live

Fri 17 Jan 18:00 pm
Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, CF11 9HW
Cleaning the neighbourhood

The final of Goodgym Cardiff's week of litter picks, in association with Love Where You Live Cardiff

We will meet at Sophia Gardens and focus our attention on the streets of Riverside and Canton.

Litter picking equipment will be provided.

*this Community Mission is suitable for runners and walkers of all abilities

Quite likely this mission will be followed by a trip to a local bar to toast to a successful week of tidying the streets of Cardiff

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Adam Hammond signed up to a group run
Group run
Cardiff

Running to help YMCA Colchester Avenue

Tue 14 Jan 18:15 pm
Big Moose Coffee Co, 4-5 Frederick Street, Cardiff, CF10 2DB
Sorting clothes, fixing things, cleaning the shop and more!

Welcome to GoodGym Cardiff! We're a friendly and social group who combine exercise with helping out in the local community. We meet every week to get active and do a physical task to help the charities and community organisations and projects in our area.

The Task:

After walking/running to Colchester avenue, we will get stuck into the tasks the YMCA set us. They are likely to include sorting and bagging clothes, cleaning the store and maybe even building things e.g. beds!

The Run/walk:

GoodGym is for everyone. We welcome runners of all abilities and it is often possible to walk to the task if you would prefer. We always have a back-marker so no-one is left behind - we're about achieving something together so you'll always be welcome no matter what your pace is.

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Adam Hammond went on a group run
Group run
Cardiff

‘Heno Heno’ don’t dream it’s over(grown)!

Tue 7 Jan
Report written by Benjamin Annear

Best group run of the year so far!

2020 has started with a fierce turnout of 31 runners and S4C coming along to capture our antics.

Acknowledgements

  • Emily reached 50 good deeds
  • Imogen brought a friend to GoodGym and gained herself 1 red lace! #LifesGoals. Imogen will now have one faster foot as the power of the red lace makes you run faster!

We play a game of 'Stuck in the Dance' to warm up tonight and did our usual high knees, butt kicks and lunges.

Two tasks - Choose where you run!

Ben led runners who wanted a speedy run of a longer distance to the Rhydypennau Library. Welsh Dave led runners who wanted a shorter distance to the Star Garden at Tremorfa Hub. Ellen led the walk/run group to the Star Garden at Tremorfa Hub.

Write up by Ben about runners efforts at the Rydypennau Library

Rhydypennau library is the second furthest task we've run to on a group run to date, nevertheless, undeterred we ran pavements, crossed streets, ran past Roath lake and across a large roundabout to make it to the task. When we arrived to the Library we were greeted by Sue Thomas, a librarian at the centre. Sue was ever so friendly and invited us in for a cup of tea or a coffee before we got started. We thanked Sue for this kind offer however time was against us and we wanted to make a big difference in short time we were there for. We got stuck into the task straight away (after a few required shots by the film crew). Yvonne, the presenter of Heno and new to GoodGym herself, got stuck into the task, making light work of a very challenging task. The runners were required to dig up plants and overgrown long grass and move it into temporary plant pots. We only had 20 minutes to do this task but we managed to do it!

Write up by Welsh Dave about runners efforts at the Star Hub

17 keen goodgymmers got to the STAR (or Stare 😉) hub in sunny Tremorfa. Unfortunately plan A turned into Plan B - but luckily there was plenty to do at the Hub! We weeded, carried, picked and emptied our way through the task. Moving compost, stacking chairs and weeding the garden are all in an evening's work for Tuesday night's Tremorfa team!

Time to finish the first group run of 2020

Sadly, time moves as quick as we do, and it wasn't long after we arrived at each of the tasks before we had to head back! Yvonne from the S4C was also gutted it was coming to an end as she was having so much fun!

A special thank you to Rebecca, the Social Communications and Marketing Manager at GoodGym head office, who helped coordinate the involvement of S4C, our Welsh Speakers and task organisers.


2020 Tweet Off

Marie is taking an early lead in the tweet off! It already looks like she may beat last years winner, Lucy.

  • MOH - 2
  • Everyone else - 0

RunPunStiltskin award

Can you come up with the best pun title for the run report? if yours gets chosen you get a point on the leaderboard.

  • EW - 1
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