This, like most 2020 Social Distancing events, our Chelmsford GoodGym Christmas party went online this year. Thanks to the magic of Zoom Conferencing there was no need for a Face Mask, I’m sure Matt Hancock would approve. Whilst we waited for everyone to join, David had been Stock Piling some charades which we played!! I had clearly forgotten you shouldn’t talk when whilst playing. Thankfully Fay was like a seasoned pro, saving peoples blushes and making outstanding guesses from some rather dodgy mimes.
Once everyone had joined the call, David's excellent quiz began (and I mean excellent, pub landlords everywhere would have been proud!!). The first round was a very tough ‘General Knowledge’ round. Jenny stormed into an early lead thanks to her encyclopaedic knowledge of Christmas films getting 9/10 in the second round; ‘Where is Santa From?’ Only let down by having not watched classic Christmas horror ‘Silent Night’.
Most of us struggled on the ‘Whose Xmas Tree is This?’ round; picking which celebrity each Christmas tree belonged to, even with it being multiple choice it was a struggle, who would have guessed Britney Spears home would look like that! Andy had to depart for another pressing engagement half way through but luckily Rich joined in to say hi and conveniently took his place, well timed Rich.
The fourth round was ‘2020’ consisting of anagrams of various things that were popular in 2020 and remembering some famous faces who have unfortunately, and some rather untimely, left us this year; Chadwick Boseman, Maradona, Kirk Douglas, Sean Connary and Kobe Bryant. The last round was my favourite; ‘Real or False’, guessing which of the presents David had received for Christmases gone by. The highlights for me included the drainpipe(?!) and Only Fools and Horses dressing gown. Lovely Jubbly!!
The scores were totted up whilst we played more charades, it was a two horse race with only half a point in it… Had Jenny kept up her early quiz pace……
Thanks for a wonderful quiz David, it really was outstanding! Everyone should definitely go and give you lot of Christmas Cheers!!!!
EDIT - I can't let it go without saying - a big and well deserved 'well done' to our amazing area activator Russell! Took on the reigns in a trying time and is smashing it so far. A unanimous and worthy winner who gets his name on the coveted 'Goodgymer of the year' trophy!
And lastly I hope you all have a wonderful a Christmas as you can have during what has been a strange and difficult year. See you all in the New Year! Roll on 2021!!!!
As we can't all visit Zorba's this year we'll be having a zoom game session instead. We might not be able to meet in person but we will still be able to have fun from the comfort of our own homes and play some festive games being led by the one and only David. Grab a mince pie and some mulled wine and have a little festive cheer GoodGym style!
The zoom link will be emailed out about half an hour before the session. Hope to see many of you there.
Please note that this party has been cancelled.
A GoodGym Chelmsford socially distanced get together in Admiral park. Feel free to bring your own food and drink to avoid cross-contamination and let the merry times roll!!
Seven running enthusiasts ran just over 5k to pick litter
On what has to be one the hottest and most humid days in GoodGym Chelmsford history, 7 brave runners picked up litter around the Melbourne area.
We met up at the university to collect our litter pickers and bags where we also bumped into Katie who came to meet us for a short hello on her way home. Litter pickers in hand we headed to Melbourne, walking most of the way to avoid getting sweat patches. Whilst picking up a lot of beer bottles we learned that David and Laurie are going to be appearing in the background of a TV show in the near future, that Jenny has a Tortoise which will probably outlive her and received a picture of a tortoise for her recent birthday (happy birthday!!!!) and hopefully James will have a good day tomorrow with it being A-Level results day (good luck). We also played a game of snog, marry, avoid, the results of which do not need to be repeated.
Once we had rid the streets of Melbourne of all the rubbish we could, find yours truly managed to spill the entire contents of a bag full, right next to a bin rather than in it…. Oops, and it was all going so well.
Once my mess had been put in the bin we made our way back to university to drop off the litter pickers and actually managed to run most of the way as it had cooled down significantly.
Well done everyone, and thanks for saving my blushes. See you all again shortly on the next mission.
Join us for a litter pick in Chelmsford to clear up some rubbish and have a catch up. Due to the hot weather, the run is likely to be quite slow. We will provide litter pickers and bags. Please feel free to bring your own gloves.
It is good to see 9 (and 2 bonus runners showing off their hounds) of us again!
We met at the usual place and Fay and Leanne came to show-off their dogs! Absolute beauties, both Paisley and Astra. As all Goodgymers are beautiful, they'd fit in nicely.
We decided we were going to pick some litter up towards Melbourne. With it being bin day tomorrow, there was a lot of excess litter so we soon got to work. Joel aimed to get lucky on some scratch cards, Russell aimed to get lucky by not pouring suspicious yellow liquid on himself. Fun times.
We ran down and through the park, we were BLESSED to see an old friend. Emphasis on the 'old', isn't that right Gerry. We then headed back to base for the main event, the reason we all came, Rich's 100th GOOD DEED CELEBRATION. As we showered him in party poppers, he basked in his glory. What a treat. Collecting every scrap of litter up we bid our farewells for another fortnight.
Happy running and good luck to anyone who might have anything important coming up this week, say on Tuesday.
A taste of normality arrived with our first sort-of GoodGym run since March!
The evening started off muggy as we met at our usual place - on a Tuesday this time to ensure Jenny could make it. Only fair after she helped us escape the Witch's Tower last week.
It was lovely to see a small, socially distanced group of us. We have missed our GoodGym runs and we'd spied some litter that had our name on it down by the Bunny Walks!
On the way there we bumped into Rich, who came along for a pick. We got the pickers and some bags, wiping them down before jogging on down. We filled up four bags of rubbish, while learning a lot about Russell's strange seduction technique, dropped the pickers back off and ran a loop on back.
Oh, and we also saw a lovely cat!
All told, the run was about 6km at a leisurely pace. It was just lovely to see some of the GoodGymers again! Staying socially distanced and not having a group hug was tough but we just about managed it. We will try and do something similar on 15th July - dependent on Government advice.
Stay safe and happy running!
Fifteen runners attended tonights group run and we were still in the dark and drizzly rain!
We can't wait for the light evenings which seem a very, very distant memory!
Our usual warm up along the pedestrian area through the university in the drizzle to get the muscles warmed up. We headed out led by Joel and the tail was Rachel, a big mac(keown) sandwich! We took a different route to Moulsham Mill via the river and the Riverside Sports Centre.
Tonights task was to visit our friends at Interact and dig over the Vegetable beds getting them ready for planting. Breaking out the tools and wheelbarrows, two groups set about turning over the soil and pulling up weeds. After all the rain the soil looked in a fairly good condition and was easy to get into. Julie was working the soil with a hoe extremely expertly and it looked a work of art when she had finished.
Looks like we did a good job so hopefully the beds can now be planted up with a new season of vegetable. It was time to pack up and head back to the Uni. We took a longer way back via Victoria road and a photo call at "And So To Bed", the most inviting bed shop in Chelmsford, then onto Bunny Walk and an opportunity to do some lamp post sprints back to base.
Good luck to Isabelle for the Half Marathon in Victoria Park, London at the weekend.
It's celebration time at parkrun this week with "International Womens Day" being celebrated, a further bonus as it is "Chase the Pacer day" at Chelmsford parkrun, make sure you get there!
Todays task was returning to Interact to finish cutting back the outside garden and recovering woodchip so it can be laid on the garden paths.
Sixteen runners attended tonight with a very pleasant surprise visit of our master jedi trainer Ken Hoye.
We did a warm up along the walkway from the Mildmay gym and the marvelous Rachel decided to run lead out the group up to the high street with Coronavirus Catherine tail running. (She is clear of it and it was just precautionary after a holiday in Thailand in case anyone was worried!) Once in the high street we split into two groups and did a controlled caterpillar run all the way down to the River Can bridge, then a jog onto Moulsham Mill for the task.
Collecting tools and wheelbarrows we set to clearing the dead wood and digging out the woodchip and putting it into a separate pile for the gardeners to use.
Like a silent Jedi...Ken appeared from nowhere and surprised us with his visit, some of the new members wouldn't know Ken but he was the original trainer for Chelmsford and set up Goodgym in the city...really good to see you Ken.
Task done and tools packed away, the customary drinks and biscuits consumed we headed back to the uni. A stop on the bridge over the river for a 400m "Meet & Greet" session to get the lungs and legs working hard, everyone put in a great effort. Well done.
Back to the Uni and the warm down stretches.
Don't forget to sign up the the Good Friday 10k, places are running out!
Welcome to GoodGym Chelmsford! We're a friendly and social group who combine exercise with helping out in the local community. We meet every week to get active and do a physical task to help the charities and community organisations and projects in our area.
We will be leafleting for the British Heart Foundation (BHF) around residential streets in Chelmsford.
BHF have a large furniture store in Chelmsford that is really low in stock so it needs replenishing.
By leafleting we will help to get awareness out there and hopefully some more stock for the store.
GoodGym is for everyone. We welcome runners of all abilities and it is often possible to walk to the task if you would prefer. We always have a back-marker so no-one is left behind - we're about achieving something together so you'll always be welcome no matter what your pace is.