We've been asked to tackle a few tasks at the top of South Park to make it safer and more pleasant for everyone.
Jobs will include:
* Raking up fallen leaves.
* Clearing the park railings of ivy (revisiting our first ever GoodGym task!).
The ivy covering the railings is a safety issue at this end of the park - since the park is open 24 hours it would be much safer for people using the path if they could see into the park before entering, particularly in the dark.
* Litter picking along Morrell Avenue/Cheney Lane.
Bring your gardening gloves and head torches. We'll bring the GoodGym litter pickers and lights, and the Distillery will provide some other tools.
The Oxford Artisan Distillery has offered a complimentary G&T or soft drink to all GoodGymers taking part in this task. Please wear your GoodGym Tshirt if you have one so it's easy to identify who is a GoodGym volunteer.
* Anyone wishing to run or walk to the task as a group please meet in the car park of the Richard Benson Hall, 276b Cowley Rd at 6pm. There won’t be a bag drop available but we can use the toilets there. It's under a mile to the top of South Park from there. NB: due to the social after the task there won't be a run back to Cowley Road this week.
* If you would prefer to meet at the task please meet us at 6:15pm outside the gate of The Oxford Artisan Distillery.
If you're not running or volunteering at the half on Sunday and would like to get out of the city for a bit then come along on a 15km walk from Oxford where we'll follow the river down to the Radley boat house. It's a flat route but might be a little bit muddy in places. Will probably be 3.5-4 hours. Bring some sandwiches along. There will also be a pub stop at the end (Magdalen Arms).
Meet at: The Missing Bean coffee place on Magdalen Road at 10:30
View the route https://onthegomap.com/s/vnbal087
Celebrate Autumn Harvest at Oxford City Farm’s Squash fest!
The event is 10.30am – 2.30pm, so we will divide into 2 x 2 hour tasks. Of course, you are welcome to sign up for both! Katie and Alice are your Goodgym leads this afternoon.
Come and meet the animals (hoping for Faldo the mule), enjoy pop corn and hot chocolate around the campfire. Delicious pumpkin themed foody treats will be served from the pop up cafe – soup, cake and much more, as well as honey and chutney for sale.
There will be apple pressing so bring bottles if you would like to take some juice home.
We will be helping serve refreshments and apple pressing.
All activities will take place outside.
Event details here if you’d like to but prefer not to volunteer this time.
Meadow Lane residents have formed a gardening group and are planning some guerrilla gardening along the edge of Meadow Lane Recreation Ground. Last night the GoodGym flash mob was called in to help clear the ground and get it closer to the point where it can be planted up.
Spreading out all along the lane we hauled out long grass, nettles, litter, burdock, and bindweed, tripping to and fro across the recreation ground with wheelbarrows to dispose of the detritus amongst the nettles on the Aston's Eyot side. A couple of frogs/toads were rehomed in a more peaceful spot (anyone know how to tell which is which?), and needles and glass carefully excavated and disposed of safely.
The residents had expected us to just clear one section, but with our bumper turnout we managed to do a MUCH longer section of the lane than they'd anticipated, almost joining up with the area near the playground which has already been beautifully planted up with cottage garden flowers.
We've received heartfelt thanks for our efforts: "Thank you so much for the amazing work you guys did on Meadow Lane tonight! It will make a beautiful public space for all to share."
Definitely one to watch in the spring - what will pop up in the new flowerbeds along Meadow Lane?
Welcome Shati - great to meet you!
In a change of activity for a Monday evening we met for an evening of apple picking at the Warneford orchard instead of our usual Monday walk.
We stretched and climbed, and used some expert hand-eye coordination to loop apples down with litter pickers (surprisingly good for this task!) and apple picking poles. The apples were a mix of eaters and cookers, and should make a delicious blend for juice.
We filled 3.5 crates with apples, which will be pressed into apple juice and sold to benefit Warneford Hospital.
Welcome to Oxford Kieran - good to meet you!
We're back at Brookes Climb for another opportunity to try top rope climbing and bouldering. Instruction and equipment included. £12 per person. Meet at Oxford Brookes University, Cheney Ln, Headington, Oxford OX3 0GB
We've been given access to the Roger Bannister Track for a running session this evening.
Track sessions are great for all speeds and experience of runners - since we run around in circles no-one can get too far ahead or behind the group!
We will do an introductory session including a warm up, section of fast and slow intervals, then a cool down jog at the end. The principle is similar to a HIIT session, where you alternate sections of higher effort with gentle recovery sections. Everyone will run or run-walk at their own pace, so the faster runners will just have to complete more intervals in the time ;-)
Open to all, come and join in!
We will meet outside the main reception to the sports centre. Please ensure you are there by 7:40pm as I won't be able to come back out to collect latecomers.