Goodgym Coordinator for Oxford. Trail runner, often muddy.
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Meet Anwen, our Oxford Trainer
'I'm not shy of getting muddy! And I like to set myself challenges'.
A HUGE number of Goodgymers rose to the challenge of completing a 10K over the weekend with the aim of becoming world record holders, watch out Mo Farrah!
We will know soon whether the challenge of setting the record for the most people running a virtual 10K run in 2021! Fingers crossed!!
If nothing else us Goodgymers seem to have had a fabulous time. I've very much enjoyed the pictures of ice-creams, beautiful views and gorgeous smiling faces which have been popping up in my inbox.
Well done everyone!
We’re back on some Saturday shifts for Oxford Mutual Aid.
This task will be based inside Richard Benson Hall restocking the shelves in the food bank, packing any emergency parcel requests, and giving the hall a clean and tidy up.
Please wear a mask.
Controversial: an apple picking Monday instead of a walk!
There is an orchard along the side of the Warneford Hospital site, and the hospital has a partnership with Tiddly Poms to use the apples to make a Warneford-brand apple juice. The juice will be sold to benefit the hospital charity. We have been asked to help by picking the apples (carefully! we need to avoid any bruises).
We will have the use of 2 picking poles, and several litter pickers (surprisingly handy for apple picking), but as ever please bring your own gardening gloves if you have them.
We will meet by the garden shed at Warneford Hospital. Head into the main hospital entrance off Roosevelt Drive, up towards reception and left at the mini roundabout. The shed is beside the staff car park.
South Ward Allotments is a 5 acre plot on the Southern edge of Oxford. After the 2nd World War the allotments here spread from the Old Abingdon Road all the way over to Hinksey, but unfortunately the site now has a teeny bit of an image problem: It's a little bit out of the way and with around 50% occupancy there are quite a few neglected plots gradually succumbing to bramble inundation.
Emma, who's one of the allotment committee, asked us to help get some of the vacant plots cleared of brambles to make them more appealling to potential gardeners, and so we donned our long sleeves and long trousers to tackle the thorny problem.
The light is a bit against us on evening tasks now, but with a hot air balloon floating above and some lovely evening sunshine we managed a full hour of lopping and detangling. We unearthed raspberry canes and a sweet pink swing in the process and were gifted yellow and green courgettes from an allotment tenant as a reward - what will you cook up with yours?! 1 allotment plot down, many more to go...the plot numbering goes to over 200 at South Ward!
Emma has asked if we could come back a few more times, and so we'll look at future dates to try and clear more plots, although they'll obviously need to be at weekends for the next few months.
Another Wednesday, another busy shift packing food parcels at the Oxford Mutual Aid food bank.
Oxford Mutual Aid are the only source of emergency food support available in Oxford. Last week Oxford Mutual Aid packed and delivered 295 food parcels reaching 986 people, including 564 adults, 289 children and 86 babies. Their Kitchen Collective program supplied 250 meals to 83 households, and they also provided food for 43 adults recently rehoused in hostel accomodation AND 26 extra parcels for Syrian Sisters and Oxfordshire Asian women's voice.
Thank you all for your contribution to this big team effort.
Welcome Natasha - it was good to meet you!
For those training for the Oxford Half or anyone who feels like joining a longer run.
Approximately 12miles/19km. Pace and route tbc. Numbers capped for now due to COVID guidance.