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Revisiting the Task

Sat 23 Jan
Report written by Leanne Allsopp

On GoodGym York's 4th birthday, the Yorkies were invited to celebrate with a run, cycle or walk. Here's what they all got up to:

Ange and Hayden used their time zone advantage to get in first with a 4km out and 4km back run in New Zealand, and of course, they celebrated with cream cakes.


Louise wasn't far behind them - she got up at 4am to go for a four hour walk!

Egg got the rest of us warmed up by leading a special birthday fitness session which gave a lot of Yorkies a chance to complete their bingo task for the day - take a picture of another GG'er exercising.

Vicky went out GG'er spotting on her 4km walk around the Knavesmire and Mayfield Public Open Space. She found Michael, Jenna and Stef. I make that 4 Goodgymmers for a fourth birthday! Jenna even recieved a special present in the post - her 100 good deed t-shirt!

Meanwhile Laura went for a 4 mile birthday walk via the Knavesmire and woods and spotted 4 GoodGymmers going about their Birthday runs and walks.

Carl was pleased to get to the other side of the river - quite an achievement under the current flooded conditions.

Amy C mentioned that she was planning a 4 minute walk at 4pm, but in reality, she joined Ed to make a birthday message in the snow.


They also built a snowman...

Building a snowman counts as exercise, right? (Ed)

Barbara went for a 4km 4th birthday run.

Michal went for a 4km bike ride with his family, visiting the locations of previous tasks at Mayfields Public Open Space, the Knavesmire and Hob Moor.

Part-time Yorkie, Tom collected street names to make this snazzy 'Happy Birthday' collage:


I've never taken a mirror, party hat, cake and candles on a walk before (Tom)

Leanne had a similar idea and went on a 14 mile run to visit 11 previous task locations. She stopped at each to do 4 lunges on each leg, and to collect a letter to spell out 'GoodGym York'. She also did 4 star jumps next to 4 different graffitied lamposts, in honour of GG York's first ever task. There were two stops en route - one to eat cake outside Brigantes where we used to gather for cake and beer after group runs, and later for a 40 second wall sit under a bridge.


Lucy opted for a 4 hour walk past some task locations - including the 'Never-ending footpath'

New GGer, Briony went out for a 7 mile walk with her family. And of course, they had some cake to celebrate.

Joe did a 5 mile walk and saw 3 GG runners on his travels round Bishopthorpe, the Knavesmire and Hob Moor

Paul Kelly took a 'Dear Photograph' approach on his half marathon route around previous task locations. 278648

Follow this link to see more of PK's photos

Rich reported that he and Nikki went on what Stava told him was his longest walk ever and Nikki took a million photos. They visited as many task locations as they could remember that were 'vaguely sensible to reach' It seems like memory lane is a long road!


At the same time, Debs was out walking down her own memory lane where she covered 25km, 46ish locations, accounting for 84ish good deeds.

Andy found a number 4 on his 22.3km run. He also did a 4.4km walk with 'Strava tax' allowed for- but this time Strava didn't take it and logged it as 4.45!

Cara went for a walk in the hills near her village. She was hoping that it might take four hours, or involve 400m of elevation to fit into the 'four' theme, so was pleased to find that, at the highest point, she was 400m above sea level! 278660

Amy T celebrated gg's 4th birthday by doing one of her longest ever off-road runs.

I found slippy mud, sticky mud, sloppy mud and even solid icy mud. Thankfully no mud pies though.

Paul W ran to the site of his first ever GG task, rebarking the path at Dick Turpin’s grave gardens. He followed up with cake and then some flood tourism.

Bec walked along the muddy Foss thinking about happy times with GGers, after a fab Egg warmup. Then ooohhhed and errrrred at the floods.

Happy 4th everyone (Bec)

Pauline from GG Liverpool joined in the celebrations by visiting York Place on her 4km walk before completing a couple of good deeds - one in a giraffe onsie. She also got us a balloon! Thanks Pauline!


Happy Birthday GoodGym York! 🥳

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Bedtime stories 2

Wed 27 Jan 23:45 pm
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helping mums with some bedtime book reading

What feels like years ago now, but was actually June, we did round 1 of reading & recording bedtime stories for the mums looked after by the Magpie Project - time for a fresh batch!

Their simple explanation / guidance:

Find a bedtime story you love.

Film yourself reading it, dress up, do voices, or not, up to you.

Email to

We put it on mums' and minis Whatsapp.

Will NOT be shared wider.

Simple act of love.

The kids will be varying ages, so feel free to pick anything you like, everything is appreciated. I've picked the 27th as 'deadline' but feel free to send it anytime before or after, just drop me a screen shot to add to the little report i'll write!

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GG York 4th Birthday Celebratory Workout!!

Sat 23 Jan 09:00 am
YOUR own house, your OWN house, your own HOUSE
9am Saturday - bring the joy

If you want to kick off your weekend with an epic fitness-style celebration of GoodGym York's 4th birthday, you've come to the right place.

Join me on Zoom for a super fun fitness session where all you need is yourself (and probably some water).

Get your name on the list before Friday at 8pm and I'll send an email out with the Zoom deets.

p.s. Don't be late, you'll be risking a birthday fitness forfeit...

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Run (or walk) to celebrate GG York's 4th birthday

Sat 23 Jan 06:00 am
From Home, Your Pad, HOME X
Mark our fourth birthday with a special run or walk

On 23rd January 2021, GG York is four years old!

Though we can't get together in our usual fashion to celebrate, we can use it as an excuse to do a little bit of extra running or walking and tot up some more distance for the January Challenge.

You just need to do an activity to mark the occasion. Here are some ideas to get your creative juices flowing:

  • Run/ walk 4 miles or 4 km
  • Create some birthday / GG York themed strava art
  • Visit the site of as many previous GG tasks as you can find/ remember / have the energy for
  • Convert the total number of good deeds you've done into minutes and run or walk for that long
  • Plan your run to go past the old Brigantes building and look wistfully into the window
  • Do a good deed. If there's nothing official listed, you could always litter pick in your local area.
  • Run along some (or even all!) of the paths we've helped create / maintain - suggestions include Heworth Home, Danesmead Wood, Acomb Wood, Chapman's pond, Hull Road Park and Mayfield Public open space
  • Recreate a previous fitness session - perhaps Windmill Rise hill reps, a beep test, a 1 mile time trial on Tadcaster road, step reps at Clifford's tower, duck walks swims at Rowntree Park, or an (imaginary) indian file across Hob Moor.
  • Eat cake, but in an active way.

Have fun, make sure you stick to the rules of lockdown, and let us know what you get up to via the Facebook or Whatsapp group.

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Zooming into Christmas

Fri 18 Dec 19:30 pm
Your home, Your city, Your postcode
Celebrate another year gone by with the GG Yorkies!

Join us for a zooming good Christmas party!

Though we can't physically get together to celebrate the year gone by, we can still dress up and sit in front of our laptops together.

There will be the end of year awards, quiz, scavenger hunt and a lot of silliness.

Sign up to the event, and keep your eyes on your emails for a Zoom link which will be sent through on the day.

Please follow this link to nominate people for the end of year awards.

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Alison Holmes has run a race with GoodGym for the first time. Sun 13 Dec 2020

Alison has done their first race with GoodGym. Performing on the day is a lot of pressure; Alison's dealt with the nerves and turned up on the day to make it happen.

Alison Holmes went on a race

Santa Claus is Running to Town

Sat 12 Dec
Report written by Leanne Allsopp

🎶Santa Claus is Running to Town🎶

You better dress up
You better put your trainers on
You better get ready
For a 2.5 – 10k run
Santa Claus is running to town.

He's making a spreadsheet,
He's checking it twice,
He's gonna find out who's running at night
Santa Claus is running to town.

They run when you are sleeping
And run when you're awake
They know if your strava art is good or bad
So make it good for a 1km bonus sake.

You better pass the baton
Through the WhatsApp chat
You better run fast, I'm telling you why
'Cause Santa Claus is running to town (and competing against another team of Santa Claus’ to run the most distance over 24 hours)

Set the alarm before you’re sleeping
And make sure you’re awake (on time)
And when the Santa before you says GO!
You just go for goodness sake.

You better wave to kids!
Get beeped at by passing cars
You better cheer your team-mates, I'm telling you why
Santa Claus is running to town.


Shout out to Vicky who masterminded the event, Paul Kelly who did some spreadsheet sorcery and Ellie D for baking edible medals for all participants!

Photo Album

If you haven't seen enough photos already, feel free to peruse our Santa relay photo album

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Alison Holmes has completed 5 good deeds with GoodGym. Fri 27 Nov 2020

Alison is a now a pretty committed GoodGym runner. They've just run to do good for the fifth time

Alison Holmes went on a community mission
Community mission

Foxwood part 2

Fri 27 Nov
Report written by Alison Holmes

Sun was shining today. Really nice to get out. Delivered food to a couple of people who are shielding.

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Surplus food delivery - week 2

Fri 27 Nov 10:00 am
Foxwood Community Centre, Cranfield Place, York, YO24 3HY
Residents benefitting from being able to access food from surplus food session.

The surplus food giveaway project at the Foxwood Community Hub is open to anyone on Friday mornings. The project receives regular deliveries from FareShare and various supermarkets with the aim to fight hunger and prevent food waste.

We were asked by Kerry, the project organiser, if a runner is available to help drop some food off for two residents who are self-isolating and unable to attend the session in person.

The task will be to collect a bag, or two of surplus food from the Foxwood Community Centre (Cranfield Pl, York YO24 3HY) at any time between 10am and 1pm on Friday 27th November and drop it off at the resident address. There are two separate addresses to deliver to, meaning two trips. Both addresses are in the area of Foxwood and Woodthorpe and Kerry will provide you with details on the day.

This food won't cost anything but may be a heavy collection.

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