I'm a keen runner and surfer, more for the feel good factor than anything but I also love a challenge! I've done a few 10k's, the Bristol and Bath Half marathons and I'm a big fan of the Saturday morning Park Run series. I'm moving from Bath to Plymouth to start my degree in Physiotherapy, it would be great meet people through the Good gym and get to know Plymouth :)
8.4km as the Crow flies
17 early bird runners met at the Leisure Centre tonight, our flock welcomed Catrin for her first GoodGym run and Ed from GG HQ who migrated across from the Big Smoke for some city running South West stylee. After a warm-up and a headcount we made the most of a beautiful evening and a beautiful route following the sun along the River Avon.
Birds of a feather stick together
We never want a runner running 'owl by themselves' so we used a range of drills to keep the group together - step reps, loop backs and a quad burning set of ski squats. We finished off with a conditioning exercise 'last man sprints' - which, in honour of the bird theme within this report, shall now be renamed a 'Goose Run' (which is equally apt as when geese are are flying in formation they re-form when the leader gets tired!)
Alison was ready and waiting and raring to get stuck in at the task (actually she was chilling in the sunshine with a new feline friend - who with the help of our resident runner vet has been in contact with its owner and has hopefully since returned home!)
Helping at The Nest is the BEST
Our task hosts gave a quick introduction to the charity and its ambitions to provide clothes and equipment (age 0-5) completely free of charge. This service is available to anyone in BANES who needs it regardless of income, faith or background so if you know anyone who has little ones who can donate to or benefit from this fantastic charity then check out the website for further details: www.thenestproject.co.uk/
Boys and their toys
Ali , Allie and Catrin made a terrific trio tidying up the storage trays upstairs whilst the fab five: Ed, Mark, Rob, Sam and Tom were on toy cleaning duty and set straight to work. That left the tremendous 10 to sort out the clothing donations, separating the items according to age and gender. Jaxx's eagle eyes spotted that father-to-be Steve was window-shopping for baby Boden attire!
Time flies and so must we
The cuckoo-clock struck 7:30pm and it was time to fly The Nest and head back for a cool-down and a quick chat about the benefits of yoga to runners (check out BROGADOO for local Men's only yoga classes) also check out this article from Runner's World: https://www.runnersworld.co.uk/yoga-for-runners
Apologies for a slightly later return to base tonight. Thanks to Allie and Mary for back marking, to Rob for the pun brainstorming and for everyone for a great run and task well done. It was an epic distance for those new-to and returning-to running so expect a little ache and stiffness in the muscles over the next day or so, but don't let that feeling put you off, instead use it as motivation, feel proud of yourself and remember that you ran that extra mile to go the extra mile for charity and that's awesome.
One of our favorite places to visit and help out this week, The Nest project provides free baby clothing/equipment for families in Banes, they take donations in and we will be sorting through clothing and equipment so they can be distributed to families that need something http://thenestproject.co.uk/
Ali 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.
It was legs eleven for our 5K Park Run tonight. We welcomed Ali in to the fold, she's quit the gym and joined GG which is a great move. We often include strength and conditioning exercises into our runs but for more fitness in the fresh air also recommended the Wild Gym outdoor exercise sessions run by our fellow GG runner and leader Lucy. https://www.wildgym.co.uk/
After a warm up and a headcount we set off through town running at the pace of chat and it was lovely to overhear Dora and Tom conversing in Spanish as we ran. We took in the iconic sights of beautiful Bath and an owl or (twit) twoo and arrived at our destination for our litter pick task in the playground at Royal Victoria Park.
WHAT A RUBBISH TASK!
There were bags a plenty to fill, Rosie and Emily hit a goldmine of pickings by the picnic benches. Emma assures us that it is merely coincidence that she recently visited the Jura distillery and we found an empty bottle of their whiskey on the park wall!
Ruth enlightened us about the red wheels that have been attached to the park perimeter fence by artist Alison Harper to make visible the pollution in the air we breathe. http://transitionlarkhall.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Alison-Hot.pdf We're big advocates on cleaning up the local environment and encouraging everyone to use their legs as their transport so we snapped a pic of the Hot Spots artwork.
We moved on to the skate park and Rob took responsibility for the coins found and in his true fundraising fashion will donate them on. It was a lovely wind along the river finished off with a sprint finish ready for a cool down and we had a buzz of pun generation tonight over stretches as we hive mind-ed the pun. Big thank you to Mary for back-marking.
Good luck to Emma for the Two Tunnels 10k on Sunday and to all others who are racing this weekend.
Watch this space for announcements from Sam Ollason - the first being, lets reinstate the monthly pub quiz social, the next one falls on Thursday 30th August at The Boater, stick in your diaries folks.
UPDATE*: This is a change of task. We will now be litter picking in Royal Victoria Park.
We'll take the scenic route through the landmarks of Bath and can get some owl spotting in too.
*(this is instead of painting at St John's Court which is being rescheduled to September)
We have a challenging task this week to get to as many of the cities Defibrillators for there monthly check up, this should involve a nice run the city checking everything is in order and ready to possibly save a life. This may involve going out in two groups in a circular route with a meet up point.