Goodgym Hero of the Week, Mikaela, was joined by twelve deputy heroes on the High Street tonight to do some gardening for Colchester in Bloom. After a briefing from Tav, we ran and walked to the meeting point to get our instructions. Armed with garden bags and tools we made short work of emptying ten two-tier planters of old plants, ready for the new ones tomorrow. The task was a repeat of the one in May, although this time it didn't end in free rhubarb for the runners! We piled our heavy bags of plants into Pam's car, and headed off for some hill sprints, supported by Stu, Hels, and Yee, shouting encouragement and shining some extra lights! 👍 😁 👏 A fantastic run, walk, cycle and task this evening, well done everyone!
Help Colchester in Bloom keep the town looking beautiful. New plants are destined for the planters, and the old ones need to come out! Bring gardening gloves and any tools if you have them. We will be meeting at the Gym and heading to get our instructions from Pam at the Town Hall...
I can also feel some hill work coming on...
Mikaela is in the exclusive 50 good deeds club - Alistair broke past 10 good deeds. And the moon came out to celebrate with us! One small good deed for Colchester, one giant leap for the Benson siblings!
OK...here is what happened: We all met at The Gym as Dan, Alistair and Mikaela enjoyed running down Ipswich road but did not enjoy running up the Hill to town! For us we parked at Leisure World with all the litter picking equipment (note that it took longer to drive to Leisure World than run...Colchester that is not good enough - get out your car, put a waterproof on a walk. Stuart did not notice us but he over took us 3 times on foot on North Station Road) and ran up to The Gym. We shared the news of Vanessa's Cambridge half Marathon success and the aforementioned achievements then set off past the green spooky Castle to Leisure World. We found plenty of litter at the Skate Park and around the cricket pitch - as usual close to the empty bins! McDonald's rubbish galore and energy drinks in bushes. After we collect two bags of rubbish we did some relay sprints that involved 3 shuttle runs whilst a team mate did squats, reverse lunges and mountain climbers.
A jolly lovely night I would say....
On a crisp Autumnal evening five Goodgymers hit the streets and paths to pick up litter and get fit. Under the watch of the half moon, Jupiter and Saturn we ran across town to a few well used paths that connect people with the lovely Hilly Fields, the Colchester Insitute and also to our town centre. The vegetation was pretty thick in the summer and recently the council had cut the plants back to reveal the path but also to reveal a lot of litter.
We only litter picked for aroun 30 minutes but filled a bag with beer bottles and cans, crisp packets, plastic bottles and more...perhaps the bins need to be painted bright yellow or perhaps the Scandinavian idea of returning empties and receiving money back is a better incentive. Either way we helped keep wildlife safe, children safe and pets too.
Our fitness session began when our jog became a hill sprint. With Ella's legs recovering well from Manchester Marathon she was the 'hare' and the greyhounds set off to catch her before she reached the top of the hill at the High Street. A lovely surprise was seeing Vanessa at the top as she celebrated good news from her physio with a run!
We went to Firstsite to do a circuit session. With five shuttle runs sprints as our timer we Tricep-dipped, press-upped, squat jumped and mountain climbed our way through a great session.
Well done everyone!
Alistair is part of a crowd that's making a huge noise. Alistair has been cheered by 25 people - that's a round of applause just on their own. We hope they keep it up.
Alistair has done 10 good deeds. They are a trusted GoodGym runner and are now eligible to join their local TaskForce.
We travelled to the familiar site of the foodbank at Moorside to see a not so familiar sight. The warehouse was empty of all tins, boxes and racking which usually filled the now surprisingly spacious warehouse. Our last task to help the foodbank was to help with painting the warehouse as agreed with the landlord prior to leaving with foodbank operations moved to a larger location.
Saturday’s team got to filling, scraping, brushing, cleaning and taping the huge space, essential before any painting could be done. It was good to catch up with familiar faces and some new such as Tiffany who was joining for her second GoodGym task. Various members of the team took to the task with different approaches, some on tip toes (Ella), some in clothes completely unsuited to painting (Nick), and some plotting plans to paint messages to be found by tenants in the future (Tav and don’t worry, we painted over it). Radio one was blasting away until Alistair suggested we listened to Mikaela’s working from home song which we were all thoroughly impressed with. This was followed by a strange assortment of indie hits thrown up by the Spotify algorithm (other music streaming services are available) and a good amount of chat about vaccines, apprenticeships and of course, hopes of restrictions being lifted. Before we knew it, we had been in the warehouse for 2 and a half hours, having painted most of the main warehouse and it was time to go.
As many of you will know the Foodbank recently moved premises from Moorside to Stanway. The lease for Moorside runs out at the end of February and part of the foodbank’s agreement with the owner of the unit is that the warehouse is left in a similar state to that which it was originally leased. The warehouse therefore requires freshening up to avoid the foodbank having to pay for this to be completed by the owner, which in a practical sense means filling holes in the walls and giving the walls a new coat of paint.
Mike who runs the foodbank has advised that the space will be cleared of racking and everything else by Friday 26th. He has also advised he is hoping to get most of the filling of the walls done in advance.
To ensure there is more then enough time to get everything done, I am setting two tasks of 2.5 hours on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th February running from 10 - 12.30 on each day. It is a big space, with the main warehouse and FOH areas requiring, filling, sanding, taping and then painting. It may be the case that things are completed quickly in which case the tasks (particularly Sunday) may be shortened or cancelled so please be aware of that when signing up. I will update everyone after Saturday's task is complete as to the progress which was made.
I have set the task as 2.5hours but please let me know if you want to attend but not for the whole session so i can co-ordinate with numbers.
In terms of COVID-19 compliance please ensure you wear a mask at all times when inside the unit on the task. I will ensure front and back doors remain open to allow air to circulate as an additional measure. It is however a large space with high ceilings. For this reason there should be no issue with maintaining a 2m social distance with fellow goodgymers during the task. Please also ensure that you do not share tools, paintbrushes etc. with others. I will ensure there are hand sanitizer and plastic gloves available. Please feel free to bring your own diy/gardening gloves which may be easier to use.
Goodgym encourages you to travel to the task by walking, running or cycling but parking is available at Moorside should you need to drive.