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The Windsor and Maidenhead MAD MARCH QUEST

Wed 31 Mar 23:45 pm
All sorts of interesting places, Around Windsor and Maidenhead, Windsor and Maidenhead, SL6 XXX
Quiz meets scavenger run in this month-long fitness challenge

How well do you know our local area? Probably not as well as our Mad March Quest quizmaster James Lovell...He's been busy over the last few weeks cycling and running around Windsor and Maidenhead, finding out all sorts of interesting facts about our towns and the surrounding countryside. And now its your turn!

1 month. Over 50 questions. Loads of inviting footpaths, lovely parks, interesting landmarks and moments in history waiting to be discovered!

How does it work?

Click here to access the Mad March Quest quiz questions. Click here for a Google Map showing where you need to go to find the answer to each question.

You are expected to arrive at the question location by foot or by bicycle, but you may have a short car ride to travel to the general vicinity before you start your exercise. You can answer as many questions in each outing as you like.

Submit your answers by email to jwlovell@gmail.com. All those submitted before the 1st of April will count. There will be a leaderboard and a prize for the person (or people in the event of a tie!) who answers the most questions.

Late sign ups are very welcome too.

Remember to reach out to the GoodGym community if you're looking for company on your runs or you need help route planning. Please also remember to stay safe and adhere to the GoodGym Covid-19 guidance at all times.

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Flipping great event, and you batter believe it!

Tue 16 Feb
Report written by Amy Lovell

Here is your recipe for stacks of fun on pancake day during Lockdown...

Ingredients:

  • 1 pancake (lovingly prepared by Angie - well done!)
  • 21 runners, each with their own frying pan (including some new faces - welcome Alice, Emma, Jason and Louise!)
  • The streets of Maidenhead
  • A generous sprinkling of rain
  • 1 confusing looking spreadsheet
  • A large helping of WhatsApp messages
  • A handful of children, who are not officially part of the event, but taking supporting roles as sous chefs and cheerleaders under their parents' supervision.

Method

  1. Runner uses a frying pan to carry the pancake to the next runner's home or agreed tossing location
  2. Runners stand at least 2 metres apart and the pancake baton is passed on by means of an epic toss and skillful catch. There must be lots of cheering and looks of amazement when the pancake actually lands in the pan.
  3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 until all 21 runners have done their daily exercise, the pancake has covered an incredible 32km, its getting dark and Area Activator Amy is getting hungry...

Results

Well it was flipping amazing and you'd batter believe it! Oh crepe...yes, we did drop the pancake a few times, but who gives a toss? Get a taste of the action and see how the event panned out in this video on our Facebook page..

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December Magpies Challenge - Anyone fancy (dress) another run?

Thu 31 Dec
Report written by Amy Lovell

What is the #Magpies150Challenge?

This year Maidenhead Magpies Football Club are celebrating their 150th year. As part of their celebrations, and at a time when many local charities have been terribly impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, they have launched the Magpies 150 Challenge, through which they are aiming to raise at least £150,000 to support 15 Maidenhead and Windsor based charities. You can find out more about the chosen charities by visiting their website here.

GoodGym Windsor and Maidenhead are supporting this brilliant initiative by taking on a different challenge every month, each one based around the number 150. In September we collectively ran over 150 miles, in October we each picked up 150 pieces of litter, and in November we donated items to charity. We are fundraising via this Just Giving page, so make a donation and/or encourage friends and families to sponsor us for our efforts. Even just £1.50 from everyone would make a big difference.

The December Challenge

In December we challenged ourselves to go on 150 runs in Christmas fancy dress. The idea was to keep us all moving at a time of year when it is all too easy to go into hibernation, and to do some good at the same time by spreading some festive cheer and raising money for the Magpies' Challenge.

And do cut a month long story short, we did it!

We reached the target 150 runs just after Christmas. We ran dressed as Santas, elves, a snowman, Christmas teddy bears, angels, and a shepherd complete with cuddly sheep. We ran in lots of pairs of Christmas leggings, Christmas pudding hats, Christmas jumpers, reindeer antlers, tinsel, fairy lights, and festive sunglasses. If it was Christmassy, we ran in it...with bells on (no really!) and just for good measure we threw in a Mummy Pig costume and a couple of pirates too. And in case our costumes weren't festive enough we also made Christmas Strava art including reindeer, a Christmas tree and a cheeky elf.

We were joined by our kids and friends, both human and canine. A special mention to Sophie L's dog Leah, who looked gorgeous in her very own Santa suit. We also spotted lots of others out running in festive attire, including a couple of horses!

A special mention to those runners who were also doing the December Daily Dash in aid of Sue Ryder - Juli, Amanda, Angie, Anna, Michelle, Fran, Lara, Ankur, Amy, Rich, Sani and Jen, who has daily dashed every year since the event began 6 years ago. Running 5km or more every day is no mean feat, especially at this time of year.

Whilst out running we were honked by lots of friendly car horns and cheered and thanked by passers by. It was great to see the smiles on people's faces and in our more conspicuous costumes we even raised shouts of 'you've made my day!' and 'that's the best thing I've seen all month!' It was also lovely to hear people pointing us out to their children and to think that we had brightened their walk.

We have now raised over £520 for the Magpies Challenge and still hope to get a few more donations to our page.

We will be taking a break from the #Magpies150Challenge in January as we focus on the GoodGym January Challenge - to run, walk and cycle as far as we can in a friendly competition against other GoodGym areas. We can't wait to get out there!

Happy New Year everyone!

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We wish you a merry christmas

Thu 24 Dec
Report written by amanda

I love getting post.... not the boring kind, the bills, you owe us money, your tax is now due kind (who likes getting those?!) but the uplifting “my friend cares about me” or “I’m in someone’s thoughts” kind. So, when we heard that local care residents weren’t getting any Christmas cards my little family and I burst into action. Homemade cards were made, no glitter was wasted and mummy ran them to the postbox (and a bit beyond) in her festive snowman jumper. Really hope this brings some joy to people in what has been a very difficult year. We enjoyed writing cards so much we did some more the week afterwards!

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Caring with Christmas Cards

Thu 24 Dec 12:00 pm
Care home of your choice, Windsor or Maidenhead, ......
Share some Christmas spirit with care home residents

With restrictions on visits and contact, Christmas this year may be an extremely lonely time for some care home residents. Let's spread some joy by sending cards to local care homes to show that we care.

This community mission doesn't have a fixed date or time - feel free to deliver anytime between now and Christmas Eve.

To get your fitness fix, deliver your card or cards whilst out on a run or walk. Or even better, do it in Christmassy fancy dress as part of this month's #Magpies150Challenge!

Which care home? St Mark's BUPA Care Home (110 St Mark's Road, SL6 6DN) have specifically appealed for cards, but you may know of another care home close to you that would also love some festive cheer.

Please do share photos of your cards and runs/walks in our WhatsApp group and/or Facebook Community.

Photo credit to Maidenhead Advertiser

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Magpies 150 Challenge festive 5km social run

Thu 3 Dec 06:30 am
All Saints Church, Boyn Hill Road, Maidenhead, SL6 4HE
Christmas Fancy Dress MANDATORY

If you've signed up for the December Magpies 150 Challenge or the December Daily Dash (or even both events!) then this session is for you! Join a small group to run 5km at a social pace. Christmas fancy dress is required, so dust off that Santa hat, your candy cane leggings or your reindeer onesie. It's Chriiiiiisssstmaaaaaaaas!

Note this session is early morning rather than evening. Get your 5km in before half the world has woken up!

To find out more about the Magpies Challenge or December Daily Dash, or to register please click on the links above. In short, the Magpies Challenge this month is about GoodGym going for 150 runs in Christmas fancy dress to spread some festive cheer, and to support 15 local charities. The December Daily Dash is a challenge to run 5km every day in December to fundraise for Sue Ryder.

Newcomers very welcome too! We will go at a pace that is comfortable for the group and so that no one is left on their own.

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The Magpies 150 Challenge - September

Sun 20 Sep
Report written by Amy Lovell

#Magpies150Challenge

This year Maidenhead Magpies Football Club are celebrating their 150th year. As part of their celebrations, and at a time when many local charities have been terribly impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, they have launched the Magpies 150 Challenge, through which they are aiming to raise at least £150,000 to support 15 Maidenhead and Windsor based charities. You can find out more about the chosen charities by visiting their website here.

GoodGym Windsor and Maidenhead are supporting this brilliant initiative by taking on a different challenge every month, each one based around the numbers 150, 15 or 1.5. We are fundraising via this Just Giving page, we hope our efforts will raise awareness for the Magpies and their fantastic community support work, and we'll have a bit of fun and get fit while we're at it.

Super September

We kicked off our year of 150s with a distance challenge, to collectively run or walk 150 miles. GoodGym normally work in kilometres so that would have been the obvious metric to go for, but we wanted to stretch ourselves, so miles it was! The original plan was to do it all on Sunday 20th September, but in the preceding fortnight the challenge took on a life of its own and became a whole weekend event. Running and fundraising on Saturday too - why not!?

And the weekend was a great success! In the end we covered over 196 miles, and we raised £278. Even though this was a virtual event with most runners going solo, the team spirit was fantastic and really spurred us on. WhatsApp and Strava didn't know what had hit them, and along with our legs, the emojis for clapping, cheering, trophies, medals, strong arms, 'boom', stars, rockets, celebrations, love, sweat and tears (of laughter) are going to need a few days' rest.

The weather was glorious and as well as pounding the pavements of our towns we also reveled in the beautiful scenery of Windsor Great Park, along the Thames Path, up Winter Hill, through Cookham and Bisham Woods, around Pinkneys Green and Maidenhead Thicket, and along the Greenway through Cookham fields and Braywick Nature Reserve.

So let's celebrate the team's achievements...

  • All Power to Sara - Sara Powell got the WhatsApp party started when she logged 7 miles early on Sunday. Sara has type 1 diabetes and hasn't been running for long, so managing this distance is amazing.
  • A Lovelly day for a run - top of the leaderboard James Lovell ran a whopping 16.5 miles in Windsor Great Park on Sunday morning - the furthest he's run in 21 years.
  • Speedy Preedy strikes twice - Helen Preedy reported 7.5 miles on Sunday morning and then 12 hours later she went out and did it again!
  • Super Stephan! Stephan ran nearly 9 miles with Meggie and another friend from MAC on Saturday morning. Then instead of putting his feet up he nearly doubled the distance by taking on the Maidenhead Millenium Walk with the Civic Society in the afternoon. An incredible achievement!
  • Make mine a half - Having each pledged 10 miles, Amy and Jen both rounded up to a half marathon. Angie was also 'playing rounders'...having pledged 5 miles, she pulled an early morning 10km out of the bag for the first time in 2 years.
  • What do you get if you put '0km in sub' in the middle of '150'? 10km in sub 50 of course! Well Lara did anyway, beasting her personal GoodGym target a week earlier than her training plan. She didn't rest there either. She added a further 5+ miles to the leaderboard just for fun.
  • Mystic Meggie always seemed to know where to be to cheer others on. She spotted Lara flying past on the Saturday while she was volunteering as a marshal at a pop up drive through flu clinic (well done for your good deed Meggie!). Then on Sunday she ran with Stephan and they bumped into first Nathalie (looking fresh as she powered through 6 miles), then Amy. Amy later passed Nathalie's husband Francis on his epic 10 mile mission, giving her another boost.
  • Allora miles - Allora contributed a lorra lorra miles (8 to be precise - well done!!) on her Sunday morning outing and gave Amy a big cheer from her car too.
  • Local legend - well done to Christelle for running 3 miles on Saturday, and then going on to cycle 15.5 miles over the rest of the weekend. On her bike Christelle is steadily cleaning up all the Strava 'Local Legend' titles around Dorney Lake. Kudos!
  • Reporting mileage from the 1990s... Well done Ana for 4 miles, measured in the present day on your cool retro Casio. No doubt there was an inspirational sprint finish at the end!
  • Mysterious miles - thank you and well done to Candiesa Kingston and 'Strava Athlete', for your 8 mile and 5 mile runs respectively. I don't think you were signed up to the GoodGym listing, but it was great to see you pop up on our leaderboard and to have your support! It would be great to meet you at a GoodGym community mission soon.
  • Route-spiration - Francis was following a route Michelle had run earlier in her seemingly effortless 10 miles. Anna Snelling also powered through 10 miles of river and woodland trails. One of the best things about Strava is how you can see other athlete's maps, and we love trail blazers like Michelle and Anna!
  • A wheel family effort - well done to Sophie and Elliot Lack, who banked 7 miles between them, as well as pushing 3 year old twins in a buggy with a wonky wheel - that's how they roll! Fellow twin parent Amanda also pushed a double buggy on her Saturday run, and then took her mileage to a total of 8.5 by running away from some cows with a friend on Sunday.
  • Isherwoods fight back - Tara and Paul are both in recovery from Covid-19, and they did amazingly well to run 5 miles each.
  • Its a family affair - Clare G also made a family event out of the challenge when she accidentally (on purpose?) signed up husband Rod. Well done for your collective 7 miles!
  • 90 minute warm-up - Jess set a record for the longest ever warm up, playing (and winning 6-0!!) a full football match before her run - awesome effort!
  • Ankur what!!? By Sunday evening we knew we had hit the magical 150 and Ankur was tired after a long bike ride. He had every excuse to duck out of his planned evening excursion, but he had already carb loaded and was feeling the team spirit, so he donned his head torch and went for it anyway! His 9 mile adventure took him along the river and through the deep dark woods - Bear Grylls has nothing on him.

What a great weekend, and in support of so many worthwhile local causes. Keep an eye on the GoodGym Windsor and Maidenhead Facebook page and Happenings page for next month's 150 challenge and many more ways to get involved.

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amanda has done their first good deed with GoodGym. Tue 15 Sep 2020

Amanda 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.

amanda has has earned their community cape by completing their first community mission. Tue 15 Sep 2020

Amanda completed a community mission. Instead of watching TV or lying in bed, Amanda was out there making their community a better place to be. For making that choice they have earned the community cape.

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