On GoodGym York's 4th birthday, the Yorkies were invited to celebrate with a run, cycle or walk. Here's what they all got up to:
Ange and Hayden used their time zone advantage to get in first with a 4km out and 4km back run in New Zealand, and of course, they celebrated with cream cakes.
Louise wasn't far behind them - she got up at 4am to go for a four hour walk!
Egg got the rest of us warmed up by leading a special birthday fitness session which gave a lot of Yorkies a chance to complete their bingo task for the day - take a picture of another GG'er exercising.
Vicky went out GG'er spotting on her 4km walk around the Knavesmire and Mayfield Public Open Space. She found Michael, Jenna and Stef. I make that 4 Goodgymmers for a fourth birthday! Jenna even recieved a special present in the post - her 100 good deed t-shirt!
Meanwhile Laura went for a 4 mile birthday walk via the Knavesmire and woods and spotted 4 GoodGymmers going about their Birthday runs and walks.
Carl was pleased to get to the other side of the river - quite an achievement under the current flooded conditions.
Amy C mentioned that she was planning a 4 minute walk at 4pm, but in reality, she joined Ed to make a birthday message in the snow.
They also built a snowman...
Building a snowman counts as exercise, right? (Ed)
Barbara went for a 4km 4th birthday run.
Michal went for a 4km bike ride with his family, visiting the locations of previous tasks at Mayfields Public Open Space, the Knavesmire and Hob Moor.
Part-time Yorkie, Tom collected street names to make this snazzy 'Happy Birthday' collage:
I've never taken a mirror, party hat, cake and candles on a walk before (Tom)
Leanne had a similar idea and went on a 14 mile run to visit 11 previous task locations. She stopped at each to do 4 lunges on each leg, and to collect a letter to spell out 'GoodGym York'. She also did 4 star jumps next to 4 different graffitied lamposts, in honour of GG York's first ever task. There were two stops en route - one to eat cake outside Brigantes where we used to gather for cake and beer after group runs, and later for a 40 second wall sit under a bridge.
Lucy opted for a 4 hour walk past some task locations - including the 'Never-ending footpath'
New GGer, Briony went out for a 7 mile walk with her family. And of course, they had some cake to celebrate.
Joe did a 5 mile walk and saw 3 GG runners on his travels round Bishopthorpe, the Knavesmire and Hob Moor
Paul Kelly took a 'Dear Photograph' approach on his half marathon route around previous task locations.
Rich reported that he and Nikki went on what Stava told him was his longest walk ever and Nikki took a million photos. They visited as many task locations as they could remember that were 'vaguely sensible to reach' It seems like memory lane is a long road!
At the same time, Debs was out walking down her own memory lane where she covered 25km, 46ish locations, accounting for 84ish good deeds.
Andy found a number 4 on his 22.3km run. He also did a 4.4km walk with 'Strava tax' allowed for- but this time Strava didn't take it and logged it as 4.45!
Cara went for a walk in the hills near her village. She was hoping that it might take four hours, or involve 400m of elevation to fit into the 'four' theme, so was pleased to find that, at the highest point, she was 400m above sea level!
Amy T celebrated gg's 4th birthday by doing one of her longest ever off-road runs.
I found slippy mud, sticky mud, sloppy mud and even solid icy mud. Thankfully no mud pies though.
Paul W ran to the site of his first ever GG task, rebarking the path at Dick Turpin’s grave gardens. He followed up with cake and then some flood tourism.
Bec walked along the muddy Foss thinking about happy times with GGers, after a fab Egg warmup. Then ooohhhed and errrrred at the floods.
Happy 4th everyone (Bec)
Pauline from GG Liverpool joined in the celebrations by visiting York Place on her 4km walk before completing a couple of good deeds - one in a giraffe onsie. She also got us a balloon! Thanks Pauline!
Happy Birthday GoodGym York! 🥳
On 23rd January 2021, GG York is four years old!
Though we can't get together in our usual fashion to celebrate, we can use it as an excuse to do a little bit of extra running or walking and tot up some more distance for the January Challenge.
You just need to do an activity to mark the occasion. Here are some ideas to get your creative juices flowing:
- Run/ walk 4 miles or 4 km
- Create some birthday / GG York themed strava art
- Visit the site of as many previous GG tasks as you can find/ remember / have the energy for
- Convert the total number of good deeds you've done into minutes and run or walk for that long
- Plan your run to go past the old Brigantes building and look wistfully into the window
- Do a good deed. If there's nothing official listed, you could always litter pick in your local area.
- Run along some (or even all!) of the paths we've helped create / maintain - suggestions include Heworth Home, Danesmead Wood, Acomb Wood, Chapman's pond, Hull Road Park and Mayfield Public open space
- Recreate a previous fitness session - perhaps Windmill Rise hill reps, a beep test, a 1 mile time trial on Tadcaster road,
step reps at Clifford's tower, duck walksswims at Rowntree Park, or an (imaginary) indian file across Hob Moor.
- Eat cake, but in an active way.
Have fun, make sure you stick to the rules of lockdown, and let us know what you get up to via the Facebook or Whatsapp group.