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Group Fitness Activities
Three goodgymers went along to help Mike and Maddie from Urban Green with removing growth from the bottom of the trees at the spinney in High Heaton.
This was a new parks location for goodgym. Developed on the site of High Heaton Pit, the small local park has 75 sycamore trees. One for each of the men and boys who lost their lives in the Main Pit disaster in 1815.
We had one job today and that was to remove the growth at the bottom of the sycamore trees to keep them the traditional tree shape and not spread out at the bottom. We soon got to work tackling this with loppers and bow saws.
Like usual we stopped half way through for a coffee/tea break, with a great selection of biscuits and some interesting chat about the effort of moving house, house prices and goths increasing the cost of staying in Whitby.
After the break we continued tidying up trees and then helped to get all the felled branches into the back of the Urban Green pickup trucks to be removed.
We are back in 3 weeks time at Iris Brickfield park if you want to get involved with helping Urban Green keeping Newcastle parks going their best.
We’ve been asked to help out at the amazing Avondale House, a residence owned and maintained by Launchpad, a veterans charity in Newcastle.
This is a brilliant chance to give GoodGym a go as there are options to run, walk and cycle to the task.
Meet us at Recyke Y Bike where there is parking available, then choose to run, walk or bike the short distance to Avondale House. There’s something for everyone as we give their fantastic gardens a bit of a makeover. Optional fitness session available as always on the return to Recyke Y Bike.
Please bring your own gloves for this task and bring a friend if you can!
Its been ages since we last saw Darren so it was brilliant to have a quick catch up by the Tyne on arrival tonight. While this was a small group, we were still raring to get going!
Our Group Run tonight was to the brilliant Recyke Y Bike who we have been long-time friends and supporters of. Task owner Sara had three wheelie good tasks for us and we got started within minutes of arriving.
While I am still limited post-surgery, I managed to lend a hand to the first job of the night: moving bikes from a cramped storage room to the main workshop floor (check out the before and after pics!). This was an essential part of the task as it freed up a part of the workshop that has heating, important for Recyke staff to access during the colder months!
Our next two jobs included sorting bike parts into boxes, then wheeling a set of children's bikes to an area away from the main workshop. Sara said this task made a massive difference as it cleared a safer workspace, and also made these bikes more accessible ahead of Half Term week when many of these bikes will be donated to local children. As always, the side task of tonight was cuddling resident Recyke Y Bike pup, Scout. Bonus!
It was a brilliant start to the week!
The Quayside really showed its beauty off tonight for our Group Run! As a group of kayakers took to the Tyne for a night cruise (yes, really!) we met armed with bags and litter picks on a perfect autumn night.
We met Sara for the very first time as she came to give GoodGym a go- go and give her a big cheer! Aimee had a very impressive warm up run to the start area, while Neil took it easy ahead of the Yorkshire marathon this weekend and Charlotte and I nursed various injuries and walked.
It was good to see a few usual litter hot spots were looking a little clearer, but venturing to the road side we found a few untidy areas to clear up in no time at all. Four bags were filled pretty quickly, with the weirdest item of the night going to Aimee who found a Halloween web decoration complete with fake spider! Neil bagged an extra good deed, giving people directions to Newcastle arena.
It was a tame kind of fitness session with multiple games of Rock Paper Scissors complete with short exercises at the end of each round.
A super start to the week and a nice feeling to be back after my knee surgery!
PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN GLOVES FOR THIS TASK!
Run, walk and volunteer at this monthly group session with Newcastle Eagles. The foundation relies on the support of volunteers to keep their gardens and outdoor spaces clear and tidy, and they have been great supporters of GG Newcastle since the start. We will be gardening and weeding, and there will be jobs for everyone.
There will be an optional fitness session to complete before we run and walk back to the start point.
Meet READY TO RUN outside Central Station where there are public toilets if anyone needs to use them.
You must register in advance for this group run.
Run, walk or cycle in this Group activity that will keep Newcastle Quayside looking its best.
Please meet ready to run, walk or cycle and wear gloves! Litter pickers and bags provided. There will be a fitness session at the end of the session for those who want to join in!
Meet on the river side of Quayside Wetherspoons
We are back to Group Runs and this one will be bags of fun with something for everyone. Meet at the Cycle Hub READY TO RUN OR WALK (there are no changing or storage facilities available)
Recyke is an amazing hidden space and we will be helping out with a range of tasks to keep the area looking splendid. There's then the option to take part in a fitness session suitable for all abilities before we run or walk back.
This is an outstanding charity that we are always proud to support. Please wear a mask for this task as it will take place indoors.
YOU MUST SIGN UP FOR THIS GROUP RUN: ARRIVALS ON THE DAY WILL NO LONGER BE ACCEPTED WITHOUT SIGN UP AS PER NEW GROUP RUN RULES
Four goodgymers meet outside the Byker Community Centre to finish of the Junction Point leaflet drop we started in September, this time targeting the east end.
We were leafleting to spread the word of Junction Point to raise awareness of Passion to Paycheque, turning brilliant ideas from brilliant people into paid projects.
We head off into the biker wall maze and split into pairs to deliver to the different streets we then ended up on a road with a lot of steps up and down to each house a great work out! At this point we wanted to finish before it got too dark so we found a couple of long straight road with many doors on and managed to deliver the rest of the leaflets in record time.
Welcome and well done to Andy on his first ever goodgym mission, go give him a cheer! Also special shout out to Louise who came after taking part in the Kielder half marathon at the weekend!
Come and meet us as we lend a hand to Urban Green Newcastle at a new task location.
NB You must bring your own gloves for this task!
Please meet at the entrance by Heaton Library at 10:30am, or find us in the park if you're arriving a little later.
I'm still on my little break from GoodGym while I recover from knee surgery, so I love to hear of the good things that are happening in my absence! I was so pleased to hear this was another Eagles task that made a huge difference.
Paul led a super six tonight as we continue to help keep Newcastle Eagles Community arena car park looking slam-dunk.
It was brilliant to hear Max was back in action tonight after so many efforts at the food bank during lockdown. I hardly recognised him without a mask! Go and give Sarah a massive cheer too, on her first GoodGym Newcastle good deed - hopefully the first of many!
You can see despite the prickles and spikes, the group really made a difference with another area cleared and tidied under a lovely toon sunset.
Thistle start our week off nicely ❤