Alex Bunney

Sheffield

12Good deeds

12runs

20cheers

Alex Bunney went on a group run
Group run
Sheffield

Wet Wet Wet

Mon 13 Jan
Report written by Tom Mutton

With 40mph winds and sideways rain outside I was amazed at how many people turned up to run last night!

We also welcomed a new runner the group. Please put your hands together, support by clicking on his name and give him a cheer for;

Adrian

Just before heading out we had a call from Bev at Heeley People's Park to say that with the rain the way it was we would have to cancel tonights task due to H&S as well as just how wet it was underfoot which meant we may have ended up doing more harm than good doing the planned woodchip spreading.

With this in mind and looking outside we thought on our feet and headed to a local multi storey car park that was sheltered from the wind and the rain and gave us some good space to look at a bit of running form and do some technique analysis and drills as well as some out and out fitness.

We paired up and started with some lunges to get those hips loosened up. We went again but this time looking at two technique points;

1: Keeping elbows in a straight line in between 2 imaginary planes of glass to encourage backward rather than sideways arm drive to propel us forward.

2: Keeping our eyes looking forward to ensure our balance and posture.

We did a bit of paired evaluation with each pair having the chance to observe their partner and feedback and what they saw before and after a bit of coaching advice.

After this we had a go at implementing the 'helium balloon' analogy to try and encourage good running posture with an upright posture to encourage an open hip angle and efficient stride as well as an open chest for efficient breathing.

Again we did some paired evaluation and hopefully everyone now has something to think about the next time they get out running.

Following the technique session we moved onto some more fitness based activities that involved:

  • Sprint intervals (using the multi storey ramps)
  • Knee/leg raises
  • Paired 'row the boats'
  • Paired knee raises
  • Split lunges
  • Burpees
  • Hanging cross knee raises

On the way back we also gave 'The Moor' STRAVA segment a bash (always a bit longer than it seems), before heading back to the Showroom to stretch off and finish for the night.

Until next week, keep that helium balloon in place and Happy Running :)

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Alex Bunney signed up to a group run
Group run
Sheffield

Heeley People's Park

Mon 13 Jan 18:30 pm
Showroom Cinema , 15 Paternoster Row, Sheffield, S1 2BX
Helping the largest community owned park in the country!

Heeley Peoples Park is the largest community owned park in the country!

It has roughly 3.5 hectares of meadowland, birch, fruit trees, play space, bouldering wall and bike tracks!

It is a lot of space to maintain which means having volunteers is crucial to the upkeep of the beautiful park.

HPP need our help!!!

We will be weeding, lifting, digging, raking, pruning, mulching and helping spread the word.

Tools and any other equipment needed for the task will be provided, however if you have some gardening gloves it would be great if you could bring them along.

Whether it’s running wheel barrows around the park, weeding flower beds or pruning bushes on the path you will always be busy.

If the task is likely to be a dark one, please bring a head torch and if you are a GG Torch Bearer please could you bring yours with you fully charged. Thanks!

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Alex Bunney went on a group run
Group run
Sheffield

A bullseye at Archer Drive

Mon 6 Jan
Report written by Tom Mutton

It was the first group run of 2020 last night!

We welcomed new runners;

Welcome to the team!

Support and cheer our new runners by clicking on their names above!

It was a super special night tonight as it was AMAZING ANDREWS 100TH good deed (see Batman like photos). A huge achievement, well done Andrew. Here's to 100 more!

We also had news of the first GGSHF engagement! A huge congrats and best wishes on behalf of everyone in GGSHF to TREMENDOUS TOM & AMAZING ANNIE who will be getting hitched in the future!

With numbers very strong this week we split into 2 teams to head to the task to help SENSATIONAL SIMON of SUSTRANS with the ongoing maintenance and clearing of the National Cycle Network within Sheffield.

On arrival we got tolled up and got straight into action with the section of path we were using being swept of debris, litter being picked, overgrowth being cut back and litter, cuttings and debris being piled up ready for the council to collect it soon after.

Although hard to see, in the light of day I am sure users of this section will be hugely appreciative of our efforts in this stretch of cyclepath that is often forgotten on becomes unloved and overtime less safe and attractive to use. Great job everyone!

On the way back we headed back in 2 teams again. With a longer run than usual and with the Jan Challenge in mind we chose extra KM's over a fitness session this week, having said that we did sneek in a cheeky STRAVA segment down past Virgin gym (Thanks Chris).

We timed it perfectly to get back to the Showroom for a combined stretch and to hear of the latest going on's.

Make sure you've signed up to next week to help out at Heeley People's Park.

Until then, happy running :)

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Alex Bunney signed up to a group run
Group run
Sheffield

SUSTRANS - National Cycle Network (NCN)

Mon 6 Jan 18:30 pm
Showroom Cinema , 15 Paternoster Row, Sheffield, S1 2BX
Improving local access to walking and cycling routes

Sustrans are the charity that's making it easier for people to walk and cycle.

The National Cycle Network (NCN) is a network of signed paths and routes for walking, cycling and exploring outdoors, with SUSTRANS being the custodian of the Network. At 16,575 miles it spans the UK, connecting people and places and providing traffic-free spaces for everyone to enjoy.

Sheffield has approximately 17 miles of National Cycle Network and growing, much of which is also part of the Trans -Pennine Trail. The Network enters Sheffield from the north at Grenoside and leave the city to the East at Rother Valley Park and to the West at Ringinglow. No-one would claim that the Network is perfect in the Sheffield area and it's in much need of looking after and regular maintenance. It passes through some of the most deprived areas in the city and problems include general litter, broken glass, fly-tipping, vandalism, and overgrowth.

The Task:

Good Gym can help make the network usable and attractive to prospective users by helping with litter-picking and brushing back, vegetation management, cleaning signs and a general sprucing-up. LItter-pickers, brooms and shovels etc will be provided to give this area a bit of a clean. If you have your own gardening gloves, please bring them with you, thanks! If it's Likely to be dark on the run, please bring a head torch with you.

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Alex Bunney went on a group run
Group run
Sheffield

Feeling pretty chipper over at Heeley People's Park!

Mon 9 Dec
Report written by Tom Mutton

We welcomed some new runners to tonights group run.

Please whoop, hola and cheer for;

(Natalie) Xia

Give em a follow by clicking on their name!

Plus an extra special cheers has to go to milestone runner HERO HELEN who was on her 200th good deed. AMAZING!

Tonight's task was at our friends Heeley People's Park who had recently had some students in weeding the Chinese garden which has made it look a load better.

To keep the soil rich and weed free it was in need of a good load of wood chip moving from the bottom of the hill to the top....

Enter good gym

We got straight to task filling buckets and wheelbarrows with rich wood chip, we then took it up the very steep hill to the top where the freshly weeded beds awaited. We dumped the chip and the rest of the team spread it around with rakes being careful not to disturb any new or tender shrubs.

Mind those green bits! You mean plants?

After a good load of buckets and barrows the beds were looking well and truely made and we made our way to the bottom of the hill to down tools and head back to base via a park for some paired fitness.

This week we paired up and had one person 'hanging out' whilst their partner did a lap of the park. A couple of rounds and that did it for us, plus a couple of loop backs and wall sits for good measure.

Thanks to everyone for coming along and see you next week for the final GG of the year!

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Alex Bunney signed up to a group run
Group run
Sheffield

Heeley People's Park

Mon 9 Dec 18:30 pm
Showroom Cinema , 15 Paternoster Row, Sheffield, S1 2BX
Helping the largest community owned park in the country!

Heeley Peoples Park is the largest community owned park in the country!

It has roughly 3.5 hectares of meadowland, birch, fruit trees, play space and bike tracks.

It is a lot of space to maintain which means having volunteers is crucial to the upkeep of our beautiful park.

HPP need our help!!!

We will be weeding, lifting, digging, raking, pruning, mulching and helping spread the word.

Tools and any other equipment needed for the task will be provided, however if you have some gardening gloves it would be great if you could bring them along.

Whether it’s running wheel barrows around the park, weeding flower beds or pruning bushes on the path you will always be busy.

If the task is likely to be a dark one, please bring a head torch. Thanks.

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Alex Bunney has done their first good deed with GoodGym. Mon 18 Nov 2019

Alex is a now a fully fledged GoodGym runner. They've just run to do good for the first time. They are out there making amazing things happen and getting fit at the same time.

Alex Bunney has completed their first run in a new area. Mon 18 Nov 2019

Curious? Alex has just run their first session in another area. For that explorative spirit Alex is awarded the scout badge. A Scout is trustworthy

Alex Bunney went on a group run
Group run
Sheffield

GG bottled it

Mon 18 Nov
Report written by Tom Mutton

We welcomed no less than 6 new GG runners to the group tonight.

Please welcome, cheers and support;

(Alex) Tai Cai Rachel Lu Daniel

Give em a cheer support them by clicking their name above.

This week we were back off to our old friends REGATHER to help GORGEOUS GARETH with their community apple project which harvests apples from peoples gardens that would otherwise go to waste and goes to REGATHER where they are used to make delicious cider and apple juice. The profits go back into the project or similar projects that help to reduce food waste and make food production more locally sourced and sustainable.

We split into three teams, two teams we labeling inside, some apple juice, some cider. Team three did a litter pick outside the building to keep it looking spic and span.

Once we had completed the labeling we headed around the corner for some circular fitness action which this week included:

  • Lunges
  • Step Up's
  • Box Jumps
  • Tri Dips
  • Group squat jumps
  • Calf raises
  • Lot's of circular sprints

On route back we added some extra loops and stairs to keep everyone together before coming to a close with stretched and upcoming news.

A HUGE congrats to Rachel for her 100th run and big thanks to Dianna for making the fantastic cape!

Until next time, happy running :)

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Alex Bunney signed up to a group run
Group run
Sheffield

Regather

Mon 18 Nov 18:30 pm
Showroom Cinema , 15 Paternoster Row, Sheffield, S1 2BX
Helping this fantastic community gem of an organisation

Lynwood Gardens is a 'pocket forest' of mature woodland and glades situated in Broomhall virtually untouched for over 150 years. The site is located behind the Francis Newton pub and dates back to the 1820s as a rare example of the surviving house and garden of the wealthy Victorian cutlery manufacturer Francis Newton.

Lynwood Gardens is home to Sheffield Woodland Kindergarten, Sheffield’s only fully outdoor childcare provision. Regather Co-Op is agreeing a long lease for Lynwood Gardens with Sheffield City Council to secure the long term future and sustainability of the site.

Throughout the year we will helping the Friends of Lynwood Gardens and Sheffield Woodland Kindergarten to maintain and improve Lynwood Gardens.

This will involve mulching paths, removing weeds, lifting and tidying, digging, raking and pruning. As the seasons change and the days get longer we also want to get GoodGym volunteers involved in shaping the future of Lynwood Gardens.

We will provide gloves, water, tools and any other PPE needed for the task.

See you in the Forest!

If dark, please bring a head torch.

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