Catherine Speed

Struggling to run and talk at the same time since 2017. Speed by name, not by nature.

Portsmouth

TaskForce
Organisations Catherine Speed has pledged to support

79Good deeds

166runs

762cheers

TaskForce achievements

21

Community Missions
listed

3

Group Runs
back marked

0

Walking Groups
led

22

Run reports
written

28

Run reports
photographed
Tue 19 Jan
3.3km
47:08
14:15/km
Catherine Speed completed a walk • Afternoon Walk
Mon 18 Jan
5.3km
54:01
10:10/km
Sun 17 Jan
2.4km
28:53
12:10/km
Sun 17 Jan
2.1km
15:12
07:06/km
Catherine Speed signed up to a training session
Training session
Portsmouth

Spotter Challenge: Animals on Buildings

Wed 3 Feb 15:00 pm
Virtual Reality Road, Out there somewhere, COVID 19
While we are stuck in cities try and spot some creatures

For many of us not being able to travel far enough to get into the depths of the countryside is sorely missed but there are more animals in our cities than we might first think! When out on your runs try and spot Animals on Buildings - this could be real ones such as squirrels, cats or birds but could also be sculptures, signs, graffiti, murals etc. Get outside, get active, look up and get spotting!

Send photos of as many as you can find to me on whatsapp directly or to my email kbruce6@hotmail.com with your name, any other stories from your outdoor adventure. No time limit on when you start but all pics to me by 1800 on Wed 3th Feb.

Who can find the most??

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Catherine Speed went on a training session
Training session
Lewisham

Wood you believe it?! GoodGym Lewisham are five!

Sat 16 Jan
Report written by Adele Prince

Over the course of a weekend, lots of the GoodGym Lewisham family took to the streets and trails to cover 5k or miles in celebration of five years of doing good in the borough.

The symbol for a fifth anniversary is wood, how appropriate!

What a year! A lot of people utter this at the moment, but usually with an air of despair, but really, when you consider what has been happening around us, GoodGym Lewisham have had a strong year of volunteering. After our last birthday (remember that awesome 'pizza cake' at Mamma Dough?!) we carried out some high-energy, high-commitment group runs through January, February and the beginning of March, helping Crofton Books, Chelwood Nursery School, St Christopher's Hospice shop, GRACE, Seniors and the Marsha Phoenix Trust. These group runs were led brilliantly by Kim and Emma, bringing everyone together and making a big difference.

In March our group activity was stopped in its tracks, but this didn't mean we couldn't help out. With everyone now isolating (and feeling isolated) our one-off missions and assistance at food banks and delivery services came into their own, with many more missions taking place than in the previous year. Every day we had individuals dropping off shopping, collecting prescriptions and helping food delivery services such as 'Food2You'. Our coach runners now found themselves having to adapt their visits, at times connecting by phone, video calls, or at a distance on the doorstep. This once-a-week chat became even more vital to people who may not speak to anyone for days at a time.

Throughout the year, we have adapted and shifted as restricions were lifted then tightened, carefully considering how we might help in our community, whilst following government guidance. In the summer, we were once again able to volunteer in small, socially distanced groups outside, helping to tend to now overgrown green spaces, at Springbank Road Community Garden, the Marsha Phoenix Trust, watering plants at Brockley Station, tending to saplings in Hilly Fields, tidying the paths and beds at Crofton Park Station Gardens and at regular tasks at the Wildcat Wilderness (clearing a space for an outdoor education space!). We also had a small team at Crofton Park Community Library, a dedicated pair painting shutters at GRACE and our continued thrice weekly tasks with Food2You.

Here we are now, in another lockdown and our help is focused once more on 'essential' tasks, helping where it is most needed right now. Since November, a small team have been helping twice a week to support the core team of volunteers at The Feast, delivering warm meals and supplies to local people. Our helpers head out in different directions, contributing to the sharing of around 150 meals per session.

It's been a year of real challenges, with our members finding thelmselves working differently, supporting family (including unexpected homeschooling for some!) and housemates, some returning to stay with parents elsewhere in the country, some moving away and some facing illness and loss. The one thing that has remained constant throughout this time has been the support for each other, checking in virtually and on doorsteps, encouraging each other to get outside and keep moving, reconnecting at group activities when possible and sharing photos of our local adventures (see photos above of our walks, runs and rides this weekend, taking in personal favourite task venues).

It's taken five years to build this incredible community and even though we haven't been able to huddle up in big groups recently, we have stayed close in other ways. Well done team, you're all superstars xx

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Catherine Speed signed up to a training session
Training session
Redbridge

DAILY 10,000 STEPS CHALLENGE (Mon 18th to Sun 24th January)

Sun 24 Jan 19:00 pm
Wanstead House Community Association, 21 The Green, London, E11 2NT
Prevent health issues by being active every day

*Please follow all Covid guidelines if you're outside for your daily exercise *

Even before lockdown, physical inactivity has been a very serious issue with high costs to NHS not to mention the impact on mental health from lack of exercise. So this January develop a new habit of being active every day by walking/running 10,000 steps daily - you can do it in your own garden, at home or on your regular permitted daily walk/running route.

You will need to log your daily steps - I will send an email comms to all who sign up by 18th Jan.

Happy moving!

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Catherine Speed went on a training session
Training session
Portsmouth

Legs Eleven, Get Up and Run (31), Have Fun (41)

Wed 13 Jan
Report written by Sinéad McCarthy

Everyone did so well! Lots of photos, some great selfies (excluding my own) and a few us got some interesting looks, plus lots of extra kms for the January Challenge!

Jo and Rachel got a head start on the challenge on Sunday getting 9/9 items.

A special mention to Andi for completing her first GG training session of the year! and Jen who actually climbed up the tree for her photo. Plus found some obscene graffiti.

Others who were also successful in getting all 9 items were; Katie , Katie , Rosie and myself!

Judy was close with 8/9 but she lives somewhere that has no graffiti but lots of yellow cars and traffic cones. Her christmas remnant was a leftover xmas pudding? Yes leftover xmas pudding..

Catherine also got 8/9 because she didn't find a clock, should've asked for Mauras advice as she took a photo of her clock at home or Kat who sneakily did it in two runs (but will let them off as we need those kms).

While Lucy enjoyed a nice walk around Portchester. Well Done All!

(P.S. My first run report....)

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Catherine Speed completed a walk • GG Bingo!
Tue 12 Jan
2.8km
31:05
11:04/km
Catherine Speed completed a walk • Lunch Walk
Sat 9 Jan
5.7km
01:10:29
12:21/km
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