If you are wondering Gryme's Dyke is part of the Iron Age territorial oppidum in the Romano-British town of Camulodunum a.k.a Colchester.
We met at the very modern day Gym YourZone45 to pick litter. Even in the 200 metres between the gym and the Dyke our bags were half full. We entered the wonderful wooded giant ditch and made our way down a section towards Stanway Green. We found rusty cans of drink, dog poo in bags, plastic galore, crisp packets and much more.
On our circular route we stopped by Yarra Farm on Stanway Green to do some core strength work with planks, sit ups, press ups and tricep dips followed by a double dose of stretching with Bryanne cooling us down.
A poem for Goodgym Colchester It’s mid-august in the new world, If that is the best way to describe it, Wednesday evening and a small group, Come together to do good and get fit.
For 5 years we started at leisure world, Helping those within a few miles, In sun, rain, moon, and wind we stay committed, No matter what we have a lot of smiles.
We are not runners, or walkers or cyclists, We might do a bit for sure, But we do not need any labels, To help the community some more.
So, look around at what, who, and why? Your rapidly growing town needs you... Perhaps you sit and wonder how you can help, There is an easy answer: Give Goodgym Colchester a try.
This week and for some time, Colchester will be tinged with sadness. On the week that Goodgym Colchester turned five a five year old tragically lost his life in the town. I was unsure whether to address this in a run report but Goodgym and all people whose careers help others and who give their spare time to help others can reflect and remember that life is precious and acting selflessly is a privilege.
In a ground breaking move, Goodgym Colchester have accepted support from The Gym, whose Assistant manager and Goodgymer Chloe, approached us and offered us a place to start and end our runs and a chance to spread the Goodgym vibes a bit further!
We went on a litter pick in Castle Park and by the River Colne. As we and many know, when there is warm weather there is litter. Just a reminder to anyone reading this who drops litter - it is a myth that people are paid to pick up your litter. The park rangers have plenty more to do, the council also have endless jobs to do other than pick up your litter and volunteers often do it. We do not want to. Dropping litter makes the park unsafe for toddlers and children, for wildlife and pets and the plastic in the river ends up in your food...fish ingest plastics and you probably eat fish! So use bins and take litter home. Simple.
But we love our park and we love the feeling that we make a difference. Safer and cleaner park. YES!
After our litter pick we set up a quick GG Colchester Olympics, with an obstacle course and hurdles combined with a relay! Just like at Parkrun, we were all winners! TEAM GG smashed it.
On our return to The Gym we had some cake and reflected on a lovely and reflective evening.
Bob became a walk leader. Bob led the way for others to get fit by doing good.
Meeting at: YourZone45 Colchester 19 Angora Business Park Colchester CO3 0AB
45 minutes of litter picking and a fitness session with help from YourZone45.
If you have gardening gloves please bring them! If you are joining us from YourZone please provide your email address or sign up on this goodgym website! Thanks
An evening stroll with friends or litter pick and hill training...you decide! We are back baby!
Update: Meet behind leisure world, near the recycling bins, not at the entrance, thanks.
Help Keep Britain Tidy by gathering up some rubbish. Better for the wildlife, better for the environment, and where possible, we'll recycle what we find. This litter pick will sweep along the river between Leisure World and the bottom of East Hill. We can have up to 16 helpers, under current guidelines. We may split into two groups on the day. Bring your own gloves, bags will be provided.
This is a gardening task near the riverside. Bring gloves, and any tools if you have them - secateurs, trowel, etc. We are now meeting at the steps by the bridge, by the cottages on North Station Road, opposite the Riverside Hotel.