Ben Foster

Oxford

TaskForce
Run Leader

334Good deeds

475runs

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Community Missions
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Group Runs
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1

Walking Groups
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50

Run reports
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12

Run reports
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Next GroupRun C S Lewis Nature Reserve
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Party
Oxford

Blenheim Triathlon Volunteering

Sat 28 May

If you fancy an afternoon out to Blenheim Palace to watch and help out at the triathlon, earning yourself a discounted place for a Limelight Sports Event next year, this is the one for you!

An opportunity to spread some real GG love to the sportsmen and women along the course, including some of our GoodGym Oxford members.

In return you’ll receive free entry into any Limelight Sports running event in 2023 or 50% discount for triathlons.

Details of volunteering: Time: 12:30-16:00 (approx) We will be marshalling the finish line

The organisers may be able to provide transport from Central Oxford - I will keep you posted on this.

If you haven't previously registered with Rosterfy (the portal they use to arrange volunteer shifts) please would you do so. Here's the link: https://limelightsports.rosterfy.eu/login If you have previously registered you don't need to do so again. I will send everyone's names to the volunteer coordinator to manually add you to the 12:30pm shift.

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Ben Foster signed up to a group run
Group run
Oxford

The Children’s Allotment

Wed 15 Jun 18:00 pm
Richard Benson Hall, 276 Cowley Rd, Oxford, OX4 1UR
Replenish the paths

The Children's Allotment is a gorgeous space near Florence Park. We helped them with the massive 2.5 year undertaking to get the site ready to open, and now they've asked for a bit of help with maintenance.

The main task will be replenishing the paths with new woodchip, but there are bound to be other jobs to do too.

All tools will be provided but please bring your own gardening gloves.

The Children’s Allotment is at the East Ward Allotments, off Cricket Road. The entrance is off the cycle path, not the main allotment entrance. Location pin here.

Meeting options:
* 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. * If you would prefer to meet at the task please meet us at the location pin above at 6:15pm.

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Ben Foster signed up to a party
Party
Oxford

Blenheim Triathlon Volunteering

Sat 28 May 12:30 pm
Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, OX20 1PP
Cheer on your fellow GoodGymers and help out at the race

If you fancy an afternoon out to Blenheim Palace to watch and help out at the triathlon, earning yourself a discounted place for a Limelight Sports Event next year, this is the one for you!

An opportunity to spread some real GG love to the sportsmen and women along the course, including some of our GoodGym Oxford members.

In return you’ll receive free entry into any Limelight Sports running event in 2023 or 50% discount for triathlons.

Details of volunteering: Time: 12:30-16:00 (approx) We will be marshalling the finish line

The organisers may be able to provide transport from Central Oxford - I will keep you posted on this.

If you haven't previously registered with Rosterfy (the portal they use to arrange volunteer shifts) please would you do so. Here's the link: https://limelightsports.rosterfy.eu/login If you have previously registered you don't need to do so again. I will send everyone's names to the volunteer coordinator to manually add you to the 12:30pm shift.

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Ben Foster signed up to a group run
Group run
Oxford

C S Lewis Nature Reserve

Wed 1 Jun 17:45 pm
Oxford Brookes Headington , London Road, Oxford , OX3 0BP
Helping protect the habitat

NEW TASK!

The C S Lewis nature reserve in Risinghurst has lost over 60 trees due to ash die back. With so many trees gone people have been walking everywhere instead of sticking do designated paths. BBOWT and their team of volunteers are slowly creating natural barriers from logs etc to block areas for regeneration and keep people on the paths. So far it's working but......there is a lot to do. Tonight we’ll help progress the project.

Please bring your own gardening gloves. Tools will be provided.

Meeting point for runners is the main entrance of Oxford Brookes Headington Road campus. We will set off from there at 17:45. It’s just under 2 miles to the Nature Reserve. Non- runners meet us at the entrance to the nature reserve at 6:15pm. Address is Lewis Close, OX3 8JD

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Community mission
Oxford

Bank holiday drop-in morning at Oxford City Farm

Fri 3 Jun 09:30 am
Oxford City Farm, Cornwallis Road, Oxford, OX4 3NU
Wholesome

Oxford City Farm are planning a Drop in morning and pop up cafe on the Friday of the Jubilee weekend and have requested some help from GoodGym. There will be tea and cake, seed gathering, and other activities around the farm. We’ll help run the cafe, welcome visitors and assist with other activities around the farm.

This session will offer an opportunity for people of all ages to come and enjoy the farm, meet and feed the animals, and have a cup of tea.

Please bring your own gardening gloves just in case there are gardening jobs to do.

Directions: The City Farm is tucked away behind the Isis Court Care Home on the Iffley Road end of Cornwallis Road.

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Ben Foster signed up to a mission • Lawn mowing for Mrs W
Thu 19 May
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Training session
Oxford

Ain’t no party like a parkrun party!

Sat 4 Jun 08:50 am
Oxford University Parks, South Parks Road, OXford, OX1 3RF
Experience and enjoy (we hope) parkrun!

Come along to a jaunt around a local parkrun and then have coffee and snacks afterwards!

Parkrun is a free, weekly, timed 5k. They happen all over the country at 9 am on a Saturday morning. We’d love to spread the love of Parkrun amongst Goodgym!

We plan to do University Park parkrun, a lovely 2 lap, flat course. Take a look at the dedicated parkrun page here.

If you’ve never done a parkrun before it is free!! And you don’t even have to run, walkers are very welcome!! Register here for a barcode so that you’re time can be logged.

First timers briefing is at 8:50 and the event kicks off at 9.00.

We will go to one of the many cafes around the park for post exercise refreshments and general jollity!

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Ben Foster went on a group run
Group run
Oxford

May the Fourth be with you

Wed 4 May
Report written by Anwen Greenaway

We had a very wholesome evening in the Oxgrow garden at Hogacre Common.

The community garden is in the process of installing a new irrigation system, which will make watering the garden during dry spells SO much easier. Instead of having to go to and fro from one water source wherever you are in the garden it will soon be possible to just go a few yards to one of many water troughs, making it quicker and less effort to keep the garden watered. All the troughs and pipes were laid out around the garden, but the pipes needed burying - sounds like the perfect job for a GoodGym flash mob!

We grabbed spades, gave a little thanks for the rain earlier in the day which had softened the ground nicely, and got to work digging trenches, laying the pipes in and recovering them (always one or two turf squares leftover at the end however hard you try to figure out how they came out!). We even dug our way through a mound to lay the piping, and despite calls for an axe managed to get the job done with spades, forks and muscles. We managed to get all the long sections of pipe buried, leaving just the joints to sort out. That progress will make it possible for the OxGrow team to mow and strim some of the grass from around the growing beds to keep it from taking over while they figure out the best way to bury the joints in the pipes.

With not quite enough spades to go around the rest of the team set to work weeding the raised beds . Dogging out thistles, detangling bind weed, trying to get to the bottom of dandelion roots. Along the way we enjoyed seeing the asparagus, chard and onions coming up.

Simon from Oxgrow kindly harvested chard, sorrel and a variety of herbs for all of us to take some greenery home after the task. Sorrell = suprisingly tart-tasting but great stirfried.

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