When GoodGym have a job to do they always stick to the task. And tonight's Community Mission was to shift sticks and tidy twigs from the churchyard at Christ Church Moldgreen. Following the removal of a number of trees there was quite a volume of woody debris that needed clearing up, so Kati Law, Ben Godfrey, David Bilton, Tom and myself set about tidying.
Forty-five minutes later all the three available wheelie bins were filled and whilst not all the sticks were shifted the site certainly looked a whole lot better. There was even time for a little creative stick sculpture.
Our friends at Christ Church in Moldgreen have another task for us in their churchyard. A huge overgrowed area behind the church has recently been professionally cleared, apparently one hedge was so rampant it was encroaching on the church roof! However the work has resulted in loads of sticks and other small debris being left on the ground making the area look untidy, blocking draining cahnnels and detracting from the good work already done.
GoodGym's mission will be to sweep up the sticks and rake up the rest of the rubbish to leave the churchyard looking clean and tidy once again. So if you fancy a bit of graveyard gardening, get signed up, grab your gardening gloves and mosey on over to Moldgreen next Tuesday. Please run, walk or cycle there if you possibly can.
As with all all Community Missions currently this task is limited to six GoodGymmers and will take place in line with the current social distancing guidelines.
Perhaps not quite shed loads but we certainly shifted about eight bin bags of bottles, wrappers, cans and various other detritus from the Snow Island site this evening.
It certainly looked tidier, and the students from the university accommodation must have been impressed too, as by the time we left they were partying in groups of six on the picnic tables. I just hope that after all our hard work this evening they take their litter away with them.
It was certainly good to be back doing good, especially on such a lovely evening. Good also to see, Kati Law, Ben Godfrey, Zena Whalley and Meg Deacon again. Thank you for your litter picking efforts.
As GoodGym is finally go again, we are kicking off our (much delayed) 2021 Community Mission programme with a tidy up of our adopted stretch of the Riverside Way at Snow Island.
The nature haven and picnic spot has not fared well over lockdown. It has obviously seen a lot of alfresco drinking and dining, the discarded bottles, cans and fast food wrappers attest to that, but unfortunately it has not witnessed quite so much care and consideration. This is of course where GoodGym come in, equipped with our litter pickers and black bags we'll aim to make the most of Tuesday's promising weather forecast to return Snow Island to its former glory.
As you would expect we will be working is a socially distanced way and the session is limited to six GoodGymmers. Please walk, run or cycle to the session if you can, if you are driving don't park in the student accommodation parking as you will be fined. There is a nearby Kirklees car park at Kingsbridge Road (HD1 3AX).
Don't forget your gloves....hope to see you on Tuesday.
What a great bunch of trig point baggers!
Between us we found a total of ten trigs over the last week. Some were relatively urban and others decidely wilder, requiring a little bit of adventuring!
Well done, Kati Law, Louise Luna Galvin, Sallyann Maish, Clare Smith and Ben Godfrey.
It will all end in Orienteers!
GoodGym Huddersfield very impressively turned their hand to a bit of urban orienteering today. With 15 checkpoints to locate, individuals and socially distanced teams of two spent two hours racing around the Huddersfield area with a map and a list of questions to answer relating to the checkpoints.
Ranging from the mundane "What is the name of the Stadium Way roundabout sponsor?" to the more obscure "Which two birds are mentioned in the Lemn Sissay poem painted on the wall of the university's Richard Steinitz buliding?", the event required swift running, quick thinking, plus the ability to plan the shortest possible route to find the answers at all 15 locations.
It was good to see a few new GoodGymmers giving the event a go, in addition to the regular crew and also one or two who we've not seen for a while. With the option of starting anytime between 8am and 2pm, the early birds got the best of the sunshine but possibly also cold fingers when using phones or good old pencil and paper to record their answers. By late morning most of the runners were out on the course, or back and messaging through their answers and finishing selfies of themselves outside Huddersfield station.
Just after 3pm everyone was home, impressively no one exceed the time limit and incurred time penalties. There were also a number of "Full Houses" with both individuals and teams managing to clear the entire course, visiting every checkpoint...particularly well done to you guys.
The results at the sharp end were tight with just minutes separating then top 3, proving that time really matters in this type of event. In third place scoring a maximum 250 points in a time of 1 hour 50 minutes was Zena & Steve Whalley. In second, again on 250 points and just a single minute quicker were GoodGym first timers John Lambe and Mick Lunn.
But todays winner was a solo runner and a GoodGymmer who we've not seen for a while. Heather Wilshaw Jones cleared the course, scoring 250 in 1 hour 45 minutes making her GoodGym Huddersfield's Urban Orienteering Champ. Well done Heather a great result and good to have you back.
Well done and thanks to everyone who took part, another successful GoodGym lockdown event I think.
As promised here's a bit more info about the Huddersfield GoodGym's Urban Orienteering event on Sunday 7th March.
This is simply a fun event, involving individuals or (socially distanced) teams of 2 runners visiting as many specific locations around Huddersfield town centre as they can within a 2 hour period. Navigational skills are not essential, although some local knowledge and/or the basic ability to read a map would be an advantage.
When you are ready to start (anytime between 8am and 2pm on Sunday 7th March), simply use Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp to send me selfie of yourself, Harold Wilson and the Huddersfield railway station clock. This will count as your start time, and I will immediately reply with an electronic map marked with 15 checkpoints and also a list of questions relating to those checkpoint locations.
From then on you have 2 hours to run around the area visiting as many of the locations on your map as you can, finding the answers to the questions as you go.
Some answers are worth more points than others (values will be indicated on the question list), so it makes sense to plan your route carefully. A good sense of direction, sensible pacing and remaining calm under pressure are just as important as quick legs.
When you have found all the checkpoints and answered the associated questions, or have simply had enough, return to the station and retake the shot of yourself, Harold and the station clock. Once this and all your answers are messaged back to me I will record your finish time and calculate your score.
I do need your answers all in one go. These can be typed and sent in a single Messenger or WhatsApp message. Alternatively you may wish to use a paper and pen to keep a note as you run round and send me a photograph of your answers. As long as your answers are clear either method is acceptable.
You need to ensure you return to the railway station before the time limit is up, or you will start to lose your hard-earned points on a sliding scale!
The winner will be the runner(s) who has scored the most points in the shortest time. I will post the results here and on the Huddersfield GoodGym Facebook page shortly after the final runner(s) has finished.
Oh and one other thing.....Obviously you should actually visit the locations shown on the map and not simply use Google or Streetview to find the answers!
Well, we have certainly proved there are plenty of steps in Kirklees!
A great effort from all the GoodGymmers (and dogs) who spent the week searching for and running up steps during their daily exercise sessions. The longest set we found were on Kilner Bank, some 204 in total.
I think there is actually an even longer set in the area, but these will need to wait for Step Challlenge 2!
Well done to everyone who took part in today’s Photo Challenge, I hope you have all enjoyed running and competing as much as I have planning and administrating.
The event generated some very impressive sets of results, with no less than three individual/teams achieving a “full house” and scoring the maximum 250 points. This means the final result will come down to whoever managed to run round, take their photos and get back home the quickest.
So in reverse order today’s top three are as follows...
Our third place are a team and veterans of various other Photo Challenge events, although I think this is the first time they have done one on foot as opposed to two wheels. Well done to Team Smith, comprising Evie and Clare Smith, a great effort guys, 250 points in 1 hour 25 minutes.
Second place goes to someone who very effectively navigated her way around Marsh and Lindley to photograph all the items on the list, but did have the good fortune to have a post box virtually on her doorstep! Congratulations SallyAnn Masih who scored her 250 points in 1 hour 18 minutes.
But today’s winner was just a little bit quicker. Running around hilly Holmfirth snapping her shots and racking up 250 points in a time of just 1 hour 10 minutes. She also proved that being a vegan makes you run faster! Well done Louise Luna Galvin, an excellent performance to take the GoodGym Huddersfield Photo Challenge Champion title.
Thanks again to all who took part, if you enjoyed today’s offering keep your eye for other GoodGym Huddersfield Lockdown Challenges coming soon.