With all this lovely weather we have been having it has meant that green growth has been shooting up everywhere! It's fantastic to see but from time to time the hedges around Heeley People's Park need a quick trim to keep things looking prim and proper and providing good open paths for pedestrians passing by. Peter pepper picked a peck of pickled peppers.
14 of us rocked up to help Parky Rob with the task this week. After a brief brief we got straight to it, grabbing loppers and cutting back the overgrowth to fill the provided tonne bags with the cuttings which were then placed in the park for composting. We also had a good sweep of the pavement and the gutter after to clean up after ourselves and leave the paths wider and nice and clear for all users.
After a good lot of cutting, tree and berry identification we popped tools back into the barrows, emptied the final tonne bags and said our farewells to Rob until the next time.
Before people went their separate ways we got some fitness in on the steps with a couple of short 30s bursts of:
- Press Ups (3 options)
- Box jumps or stair sets
Once complete we headed off into the hot summers eve back to the Showroom for some stretching and cooling down.
Until next week, happy running :)
After 2 years of virtual events, this year saw Small park BIG RUN back in its home of Meersbrook Park - home of a mighty hill and magnificent views over Sheffield.
It's an annual event that GoodGym has been involved with from the start. It's aims are to show solidarity for Palestine and raise money for Palestinian women's and children's charities. 🇵🇸
This year saw Goodgymmers old and new (and even mini-goodgymmers) taking on THAT hill multiple times, coming to a total of 358 laps between us (each lap approx 1km)!!
Special shout out to Bee, who walked 51 laps as she recovers from injury, Katy, who ran 55 laps and Celine who walked/jogged 90 laps on and off over the whole 24 hours 👏👏👏! Great team effort though with people doing what they could and really fab to see so many GG'ers around.
We rounded off with a lovely picnic spread whilst we watched the fun run, speeches and live link up with Palestine ❤️! GG know how to do a picnic!
Helping with plant swap in aid of bat boxes: Receive donated home-grown house and garden plants, move tables, plants or signs around, arrange plants, keep tables tidy, talk about plants (and bats), watch out for anything that needs doing, take photos, tidy up.
Goodgymer positive enthusiasm and energy will be extremely beneficial and much appreciated by Friends of Whirlowbrook Park (FoWP). On this day the regular FoWP volunteers will be busy gardening and working on the land and would benefit from GG helping hands :)
5 goodgymers met on a lovely bright morning in the beautiful Endcliffe park for a 5k run and social. Anyone who knows me knows I'm not keen on early weekend mornings. But there is something incredibly motivating about knowing you'll meet fellow runners and friends! it was a great event, as usual, very well organised by the Parkrun community of volunteers! Annie, Cat, Charly, Michelle and me then treated ourselves to breakfast at the popular park cafe. what s great way to start the day. Thank you guys for getting me out of bed!
We'll meet at Sheffield's oldest parkrun in Endcliffe Park, next to the start line.
We'll catch up over drinks (cake anyone?!) after we've finished at the Park cafe!
This week, Goodgymmers joined people from across the country to help Greenpeace with The Big Plastic Count 2022 . The task was simple: count all the plastic you throw away in a week (dividing into categories) so they can use this as evidence to pressure government and industry into creating reusable alternatives.
It is quite confronting to see when tallied up. I do try to use refills and choose things with less packaging where I can, but I soon realised that my penchant for snacking is my downfall... bad for the planet as well as my waistline.
Naomi felt similar:
It's been an interesting task ... we recycle everything we can, but seeing it laid out over such a short period is heart-breaking. I changed from vegetarian to vegan last year to try and do more for the planet, but even that diet comes with a lot of plastic (tofu packaging, salad bags, nut packets etc) and buying second hand clothes from eBay that arrive in plastic envelopes!
Tracey got all arty with her colouring pencils to colour code her tally chart each day. She also found that she could return plant pots to a local garden centre for reuse.
I hope it's been an interesting exercise and encourages people to look how they personally can reduce their plastic waste as well as encouraging global governmental change. Don't worry if you haven't managed to log your results yet, or you forgot to log every day! You have until the end of the month to log your count, so you could do this week instead and you can still submit your data if you didn't do the full week
On a wonderful Wednesday evening a "Magnificent 7" runners met up for a short but sweet run to help the Barnsley Churches Drop-in Project. We welcomed our newest member, Kirsty, into the team; give her a massive cheer here!! After introductions and pleasantries were exchanged, we gathered outside our meeting point to do a head count and run briefing before setting off.
spreading bread, helping the homeless to get fed
On arriving at the BCDP we were welcomed by Peter and his team, who were already busy distributing food and drink to the homeless. We split into 2 teams. Team 1: Masterchefs Michelle and Cat making gourmet batches of sandwiches... ham and cheese, service please! .... 'spreading bread, helping the homeless to get fed', they didn't need any extra hamds as they were working hamd over fist. The rest of us (team 2) were 'basketing in the glory' of sorting bags and boxes of donations into baskets, which were then packed into distribution bags. The contents of the bags and boxes were sorted into categories; shower gels, shampoos, conditioners, soaps, handwash, mens and womens deodorants, sanitary products, haircare items etc. Items were then equally packaged into bags for dissemination according to sex. Kinetic Kirsty was a super speedy sorter and packer of bags!
After a very productive hour of work, we said our goodbyes and headed off to the fitness session; plank races in a nearby greenspace! Everyone partnered up and watched a demonstration by Ash and James. One partner lies in the plank position and the other runs from the back of them to the front. They then go into the plank position and the previous plankee gets up and runs to the front of them to plank once again. It's then a race from one side of the field to the other. Team Kirsty and Kat claimed victory, with Michelle and Rachel coming second and Cat and Ash bringing up the rear. Good news though, you all got on the podium! We're all winners in GoodGym and nobody had to walk the plank!
After this it was a small run back to base, via one more fitness activity, jogging up a high stairwell (with optional squats). We then stretched off, had a debrief and headed home. Looking forward to more next week!
We will be running to help Peter and his team at the drop-in project sort donated bags of items. Rucksacks full of food, clothing and hygiene products are donated to the project and stored in a lock-up. The items need sorting into categories for later distribution ,and the current staff at the centre don't have the time. This is where GG comes in. We'll be opening each bag and sorting items into designated crates (coats, gloves, hats, dry food etc).
Huge congrats to MAGNIFICENT Max who reached his 100th good deed tonight and donned the customary cape with great style and panache!
Tonights task was to bail Rob out of trouble as Yorkshire Water, BT and Sheffield City Council were not so pleased with the placement of the donated wood chip as it had blocked access to the BT cabinet and the manhole covers for water access.
Never fear, goodgym was near!
We got straight to it filling buckets and barrows, distributing the wood chip to the areas in need of a fresh spreading. Once our time was up we headed back via the U-Mix center for some entomological themed fitness! This week we had a team challenge where we formed a human caterpillar and one at a time crawled through our self made tunnel. Following this fun, we paired of to take on the 60m sprint before heading home to stretch, hear latest news and grab a bite and something to drink in The Showroom.
Until next time, happy running :)