The annual British Heart Foundation Chase the Pud is back on York Knavesmire. Run one or two laps (3 or 5k) dresses as Santa trying to catch the Christmas pudding. Entry £10 adults (suit included) or £5 kids (suits available to buy or wear fancy dress)
Details of how to enter coming soon ...
The community-run Fairy Foss Trail are getting a delivery of bark chippings to cover thin, muddy areas of the trail and need our help in laying it all out. I imagine wheelbarrows, spades and fairy-spotting will all be involved 🙂
On a dark Thursday evening, 9 GoodGymers helped The Hut assemble rainbows and decorate the surrounding garden. This was in preparation for their Dreamscape Exhibition for York Design Week.
Firstly, we needed to install the large rainbows. We were provided with large wooden rainbows with convenient holes and slots for easy assembling. Simple right? Wrong. Even with a group of us, strategic thinking and a "gentle bashing", we still had wonky and insecure rainbows. Luckily Nicki and co were on hand with bolts and wrenches to fix the problem. I didn't see how they did it, but it worked!
We also had pots of 'gold' to attach to the end of the rainbows. They unfortunately wouldn't slot in nicely, so Zinnie was on hand to bash them in with a hammer.
Me "How are we going to get them out?"
Whilst this was going on, Lucy, Cara and Abi were busy decorating the garden with an assortment of craft creations including flowers, pine-cones, bees and, of course, jellyfish.
Once we all finished, we converged to apply varnish to the rainbows. This did cause some paint mixing so some of the rainbows may appear more 'Grey' and 'Brown' than in nature!
After the work was done, we celebrated in the best way possible...with biscuits!
🌡️On a deceptively chilly Monday evening, a group of excellent GoodGymmers met to do good (and get fit) for not one but two organisations in York.
🍂 After a warm up that involved us discussing our favourite things about autumn (who knew that leaf-catching was such a big thing in York?!), we split into two groups.
Laura led a group to Holgate Community Garden where they cleared the overgrown circle around the climbing frame of weeds and brambles. They also weeded around the small fruit trees and the very important play train, along with raking and brushing leaves and litter picking around the garden. Phew, what a productive half hour💪
🌱 Meanwhile, the rest of us headed to Acomb Primary School, via the "scenic route" (definitely deliberate, right Mitch?!) We were met there by Amanda who gave us the infamous instruction to...
*Clear everything * (except the trees and raspberries)
🍪 We didn't need telling twice, especially when we could see the biscuit-based reward that Amanda had in store for us.
🦆 We congregated at the excitingly apparently unheard of Holgate Dock for a fitness session of some classic primary school games of British Bulldog and Squat, Squat, Goose.
🏃♀️🏃♂️ We then ran back to base for stretching and the pub.
🙌🏼 Thank you everyone, looking forward to seeing you all next week, and huge good luck to the marathoners and 10 milers this weekend.
Varnishing and putting up of rainbow arches for this great organisation. The task will be outside and gloves will be provided.
Please don't wear your favourite kit, just in case it gets messy!
There will be a member of staff from The Hut on site.
Welcome to GoodGym York!
We're a friendly and social group who combine exercise with helping out in the local community. Every Monday we meet to get active and do a physical task to help the charities or community organisations in our city.
WHERE WE MEET
We meet at the Priory Street Centre and our usual room is the Denham Room. As you approach the front of the Centre, turn right and go to the car park area. The room we use is locked whilst we're out so you can leave your bits and bobs in there. We will have a person at the door managing one in, one out system while dropping the bags etc. There is no requirement to wear a face mask when entering the building, as you will be there by yourself and only for a short period of time, but you can wear one if you feel more comfortable that way. 10 bay pay and display car park is available behind the nursery block, to the left as you approach front of the Centre. In addition on street parking is available on Priory Street.
We have two tasks tonight. One group will be going to the Acomb Primary School to clear up the large courtyard area in order for the children to create a tranquil community space that will support local wildlife. The second group will be going to the Holgate Community Garden to undertake various gardening tasks to help local volunteers with upkeep of the space.
Please bring your gardening gloves.
RUNNING AND WALKING WITH US
GoodGym is for everyone. We welcome runners of all abilities and if the task is close enough we have a walking group too. It's possible to walk to this task (2km each way). Walkers will leave at 18:25 promptly so please arrive in plenty of time.
We always have a back-marker too so nobody will get left behind - no matter what your pace is.
We will head to The Ackhorne Pub on St Martin's Lane after our run for a spot of liquid refreshment and a good chat. Please join us!