Ben Foster

Oxford

TaskForce

306Good deeds

447runs

1,528cheers

TaskForce achievements

43

Community Missions
listed

6

Group Runs
back marked

1

Walking Groups
led

44

Run reports
written

8

Run reports
photographed

0

Group Fitness Activities
led
Ben Foster signed up to a community mission
Community mission
Oxford

Junior ParkRun. Florence Park February!

Sun 6 Feb 08:30 am
Florence Park, Florence Park, Oxford , OX4 3JZ
help kids get fit

Helping out Florence Park Junior Parkrun you can marshal or if you've done it before and want to try tail walking or bar code scanning let me know!

please let me know your PR barcode so we can give you a credit for helping!

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Community mission
Oxford

New year junior Parkrun! 2022

Sun 9 Jan
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Report written by Trev

Florence ๐—ท๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ธ๐—ฟ๐˜‚๐—ป ๐Ÿ† ๐—˜๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ #๐Ÿฐ8

all the event photos are here

๐—ฃ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜๐˜€: 75 juniors crossed the finish line, included some first timers and tourists! Well done everyone and we hope to see you again soon! ๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒณ

๐—ฉ๐—ผ๐—น๐˜‚๐—ป๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€: 22 hi-vis heroes helped out this week, thank you all ๐Ÿ™ Including 7 from GoodGym : Polly and Sarah helped marshal, Trev brought instruments and did the Run Directing, Ruth lead the warm up, Ben gave the first timers briefing, Rachael made sure no-one was left behind tail walking, Claire completed here 10th GoodGym Good Deed and her first time helping at JPR!

We always welcome new volunteers, whether you want to help out regularly or just as a one-off (or with GoodGym on the first Sunday of the month). ๐Ÿ“ฅ Drop us an email at florencepark-juniors@parkrun.com

๐—ช๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ: it was a little slippy and icy but the sun shone through here in Oxford ๐ŸŒฅ ๐Ÿ˜Š #loveparkrun. A few Parkrun's were too icy to go ahead! Do be careful not to run too fast when its slippy and well done to all kids and parents for navigating the course!

๐— ๐—ถ๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜€: Kids get a FREE band reward when they reach : ๐ŸŒฑ 11 junior parkruns: half marathon wristband ๐ŸŒฟ 21 junior parkruns: marathon wristband ๐ŸŒณ 50 junior parkruns: ultra marathon wristband

Drop us an email at florencepark-juniors@parkrun.com if your junior is due to receive a wristband - we'll add them to our list to present when you next pay us a visit.

Well done to Arthur, Elspeth for their half marathon bands, and also to Ivy for their Marathon band!

Trev

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Ben Foster went on a community mission
Community mission
Oxford

Volunteering at a COVID clinic

Sat 8 Jan
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Report written by Ruth

I joined the regular team of volunteers at a COVID-19 vaccine and booster clinic - helping to manage the queue and welcome patients. Special shout-out to fellow volunteer and GoodGymmer Ben, who stoically stood in what can only be described as a wind tunnel for 2 hours straight, directing members of the public.

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Ben Foster went on a group run
Group run
Oxford

TOAD in the hedge

Wed 5 Jan
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Report written by Anwen Greenaway

Last night we started 2022 as we mean to go on, helping the food bank and litter picking some of the city grot spots!

Heading West for the first time in a few months we planned to tackle the Osney Mead/Botley Road litter. Although we don't get out that way regularly we're still familiar with some of the favourite dumping grounds: around any park bench (even if there's a bin right next to it), car parks, and bushy hedge are surefire litter gold mines. Our 3 teams set off in different directions - forming a pincer movement from each end of the Osney Mead Industrial Estate, with the 3rd group cleaning up the known dumping ground in the small park next to the bridge. Sure enough, we were soon laden with gin bottles (some fancy artisan gin drinkers in Oxford green spaces), clothing, cans, takeaway containers, newspapers (old skool!), the ever-present masks, even a pair of steel toe-cap boots and a trolley!

An hour of litter picking in freezing temperatures yielded over 20 sacks of trash. We came away thinking that it's high time the UK stole Rwanda's system of Umuganda: "Umuganda is a national holiday in Rwanda taking place on the last Saturday of every month for a morning of mandatory nationwide community work. Participation in umuganda is required by law, and has resulted in notable improvement in the cleanliness of Rwanda."

Welcome to GoodGym Chris!

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Ben Foster signed up to a community mission
Community mission
Oxford

Junior Parkrun Florence Park

Sun 9 Jan 08:45 am
Florence Park, Florence Park, Oxford , OX4 3JZ
helping young people get fit!

Helping out Florence Park Junior Parkrun you can marshal or if you've done it before and want to try tail walking or bar code scanning let me know!

please let me know your PR barcode so we can give you a credit for helping!

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Ben Foster signed up to a group run
Group run
Oxford

West Oxford Litter Pick!

Wed 5 Jan 17:45 pm
Richard Benson Hall, 276 Cowley Rd, Oxford, OX4 1UR
Cleaning up Botley Road and surrounding streets

We're starting the year with a litter pick - start as you mean to go on afterall!

We'll be litter picking the Botley Road and Osney Mead areas. There is always a lot of litter along this main route into Oxford and the busy Osney Mead Industrial Estate, but we don't often get out West for a clean up. Tonight we'll set that right.

We know you love a good plog - one of our most satisfying tasks - let's get to work!

Litter pickers and bags will be provided but please bring your own gloves. As the evenings are dark now I suggest hi-vis if you have them, and headtorches would be helpful for everyone. I'll bring a couple of spare head torches.

Meeting options:
* Anyone wishing to run to the task as a group please meet in the car park of the Richard Benson Hall, 276b Cowley Rd at 5:45pm. There will just be a running group this week as it is a little too far to get across the city centre in time if we walk. There wonโ€™t be a bag drop available but we can use the toilets. It is about 2 miles to West Oxford Community Centre.
* If you would prefer to meet at the task please meet us at 6:15pm outside the West Oxford Community Centre, Botley Road, OX2 0BT. The community centre will be closed, so we won't have access to toilets, but there are bike racks and parking immediately outside.

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Ben Foster signed up to a training session
Training session
Oxford

30 Days of Yoga Challenge

Mon 31 Jan 22:59 pm
Oxford, Oxford, OX
Hatha great start to 2022!

For anyone looking for a new challenge for the new year that supports both physical and mental health - why not try a 30 day yoga challenge.

We suggest 30 Days of Yoga with Adriene but other programmes are available online.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=oBu-pQG6sTY

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Ben Foster went on a community mission
Community mission
Oxford

This is (a) booster!

Thu 23 Dec
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Report written by Ben Foster

With over 300 booked in and additional patients passed on from elsewhere, a hearty breakfast was required to steward the car park and the queues for a COVID vaccine clinic at Temple Cowley Health Center.

A Goodgymers true strength is the volunteer next to them so it was down to a team effort to provide a seamless service for those getting their 1st, 2nd or booster vaccines.

The overhead rain clouds did blot out the sun but I was more then happy to marshal in the shade.

After a long day, fuelled by coffee and biscuits and beaming smiles from those getting their jab, all the vaccinators and the volunteers could prepare for glory, with Christmas just around the corner.

(NB. Title and some parts of the text paraphrased from the "300" film)

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Ben Foster went on a group run
Group run
Oxford

โ€˜Twas the Last Task Before Christmas

Wed 22 Dec
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Report written by Anwen Greenaway

'Twas the last task before Christmas, and all through the night,
No creature was stirring due to coronavirus fright;
Pickers were brought to the Churchill with care;
With the plan for the GoodGym crew soon to be there;
The patients were nestled all snug in their beds;
While visions in hi-vis cleaned litter and mess;
With Mark in his short-shorts and Trev in red hat,
We set off to sort out the masks, cans and crap;
When out in the car park there arose such a clatter;
No accident, but simply a santa-in-a-van matter;
All round the hospital we flew like a flash;
As wind blew and rain fell we started to dash;
Head torches lighting up newly dropped masks;
This was one of our colder GoodGym tasks;
When what to our wondering eyes should appear;
But a bench dedicated to a father so dear;
With the GoodGymers all so lively and quick;
We cleaned up that hospital all span and spick;
Then we sprang to our bicycles and got ready to run;
You wouldn't think it but pre-Christmas plogging is fun;
And we heard them all call as they whizzed out of sight -
Merry Christmas to All and to All a Good Night!

Welcome to GoodGym Azul!

Well done on your 10th Good Deed Shati!

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