What a fantastic afternoon with a large group of GoodGymers we had today.
We welcomed our new member George, who made it just in time for the warm up. Give him a big Cheer!
The news announcements included a round of applause for Carl and other runners who took part in York 10K last Sunday, a cheer and a medal for Zinnie for taking part in the RunWithPride back in June and introduction of the 'milestone' cape. The cape will be used by us to celebrate milestones such as 200, 300, 400, 600 and so on good deeds. Paul had the honour to try out the new cape and celebrate his recently achieved 200 good deeds.
Following the news was the usual H&S brief and a warm up. Vicky departed earlier with the walking group while the rest went through a set of movements to get us ready for the run. With everyone warm and ready we ran to the York Medical Group community garden and caught up with the walking group just before our destination.
Anna, the task owner, welcomed and shown us around this hidden gem. No one knew about existence of this garden as it is located at the back of a building and surrounded with a tall brick wall. The decent size space is planned to become one of the social prescribing destinations and needed a clear up before the plans can be progressed. We were allocated a number of jobs including weeding a gravel path, trimming any overhanging brambles and other branches, removing unwanted bush and its roots, moving paving slabs and a massive clearance of vegetation from the very overgrown back of the garden. Under a close supervision of project volunteers and with use of the tools gathered for us by the York Medical Group staff we managed to complete the task in just over 30 minutes.
This time we were quick with putting the tools away, as everyone was eager for the fitness part of the day. We were thanked by the task owner and were on our way to the Memorial Garden where we stopped for the Olympics themed circuit. 10 minutes long session took us through exercises based on Olympic events including cycling, gymnastics, boxing, basketball, karate, swimming, running, rowing, synchronised diving and climbing. The synchronised diving was a lot of fun as we all tried to synchronise our high jumps bringing knees close to chest.
Following the exercise it was a good opportunity for a team photo next to the war memorial monument and a jog back to the HQ where we wrapped the session up with some news about forthcoming community missions, next week's group run and a cool down stretch.
Welcome to GoodGym York!
We're a friendly and social group who combine exercise with helping out in the local community. Every Monday we meet to get active and do a physical task to help the charities or community organisations in our city.
WHERE WE MEET
We meet at the Priory Street Centre and our usual room is the Denham Room. As you approach the front of the Centre, turn right and go to the car park area. The room we use is locked whilst we're out so you can leave your bits and bobs in there. We will have a person at the door managing one in, one out system while dropping the bags etc. There is no requirement to wear a face mask when entering the building, as you will be there by yourself and only for a short period of time, but you can wear one if you feel more comfortable that way. 10 bay pay and display car park is available behind the nursery block, to the left as you approach front of the Centre. In addition on street parking is available on Priory Street.
We are going to the York Medical Group garden to help with pulling out weeds, removing small bits of rubble, creating areas of seating for people from the community to get together, cutting back very overgrown shrubs and moving a number of paving slabs. The garden is located at the back of 32 Clifton (you need to look at satellite view to see it) and we will enter via a side gate.
Please bring your gardening gloves.
RUNNING AND WALKING WITH US
GoodGym is for everyone. We welcome runners of all abilities and if the task is close enough we have a walking group too. It's possible to walk to this task (about 1.8km each way). Walkers will leave at 18:25 promptly so please arrive in plenty of time.
Please let me know if you plan to walk.
We always have a back-marker too so nobody will get left behind - no matter what your pace is.
We will head to The Golden Ball on Cromwell Road after our run for a spot of liquid refreshment and a good chat. Please join us!
Wow, Aidan has completed a 12 month mission streak. That means they've cleared gardens, moved furniture and changed light bulbs in spring, summer, autumn and even winter. Show your support and give them a massive cheer!
Mr T's sister has returned from The Netherlands to look after him on his return from hospital and let us in and showed us what to do. We quickly moved the old bed and mattress into the garage, after rustling up a screwdriver to disassemble it and solving the logic puzzle of getting it out the narrow door and down the corridor (easier than a Rubik's cube apparently). After refusing the wodge of cash she tried to give us for our efforts, we set off home. I strolled the less than 500m back to my house while insisting an out of practice Aidan ran all the way home (or at least out of sight of me!).
Nimbuscare, the COVID-19 vaccination site operator asked for our help with creation of a memorial garden and an outdoor break area for NHS staff and volunteers working at Askham Bar vaccination site.
Six of us planted flowers donated from various sources and weeded the area next to the vaccine cabins. We were greeted by volunteer who offered tea and snacks. The plants were watered and Good Gym did a blooming good job!