I lick the lid of life.
Folks, we are one month away from a better, shinier, fitter year - I can feel it!!!
Let's not let those mince pies get to our waistlines (oops, too late for me.... :)) and arrive to the Christmas Table (or any other table) knowing we did something active every day!!! drum roll ----- Redbridge Fitmas Advent Calendar is back for all to join!!!
How it works: Each day represents a number of minutes for you to do that day's activity - you can do it first thing in the morning, last at night or whenever you can fit it in. You will receive a week's 'gifts' on Sunday and the day before in the last couple of days!!!
Entry non-fee Submit a weekly (or daily!) video (slow or fast mo) or a selfie or anything else to show your progress and keep you accountable. Or nothing at all, it's your choice but we appreciate a fun photo;)
If you're joining after 1st December, no sweat - just do previous exercises first to catch-up! OK, actually that's a lot of sweat:)
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READY, STEADY, GO!!!
Great to see new and old GGWF faces at tonight's run!
Everyone arrived on time, congregating inside in the warmth of the Greenleaf Road church (still very chuffed we have this wonderful base to use)! We were lucky again with a lovely starry evening, crisp and dry!
We started off with a warm up in the carpark, doing dynamic stretches to get our bodies warmed up and ready for what's to come:
Hills, Hills, Hills
It all started off gently enough jogging up to Forest Rd and then someone (coughs Matthew had an idea to run up a particularly steep road and we went for it! It was quite a mountain but everyone did a fantastic job persevering jogging and walking up and it felt amazing at the top (one might say just like climbing Everest, totally the same... :))! Yes it might've taken only a minute but the heart rate was up and running and there are some thoughts of hill training in the future!
Getting busy trimming bushes at St Peter-in-the-Forest
Lots was done at the session. Here's what we got up to:
- Gravelly duty: Tony, Matthew and Ercole got the wheelbarrows and walked to the Peterhouse community centre to bring 10 very heavy bags of gravel to spread it out on the paths! They then joined in the rest of tasks.
- Path covering: Ruby, Natasha and Charlotte were masterfully cutting up weed suppressant fabric and laying out, securing it with plastic pegs, using whatever was handy as a hammer! Great strong work!
- Weeding: The bed closest to the path was overtaken by grass so a few goodgymmers pulled out the grass with roots to make the area nice and tidy!
- Trimming bushes: We weren't planning on this but as we were looking around we noticed that the bushes by the entrance to the Remembrance Garden were quite, ahem, bushy so Pippa, Clara and Ercole got the secateurs from the shed and got to work - Edward Scissorhands, eat our heart out!
Celebrating Clara's 50th with muffins!
We took a gentler route back, finishing up with the nice stretch down and then celebrated Clara's 50th good deed with some banana and coffee muffins!
Where to meet? Greenleaf Road Baptist Church - enter through the carpark to the left of the main entrance by the doors.
What to bring? Be prepared for all weathers/temperatures and a head torch will be useful as the evenings are pretty dark now. Gardening gloves are always handy...:)
Task We will come back to St Peter in the Forest to finish the job of laying down the path with gravel - the church will be getting all additional supplies for it. They have an inspection on Thursday afterwards by Heritage Lottery Funders so hopefully we can make them proud:)
Running We will aim to run 5km broken up in two halves - we go at easy pace and if we need to walk & jog we will do so:)
As usual, you're encouraged to walk, run or cycle to the meeting point!
Charlotte has already done 25 good deeds with GoodGym. Instead of doing anything else, they've used their run to go and help people that need their help; digging, lifting, scraping, clearing, planting and weeding. Stuff that makes this a better place to be.
A full - on task for David's final one as AA!
Ruth was an exemplary task owner, putting us straight to work, sanding metal benches before spray painting them.
Raymond made a hello visit which was really sweet of him.
Fergus, Charlotte, Pauline and Rosie all did an excellent job.
We were treated to juice and cake!
They are entirely volunteer-run and we do struggle to stay on top of the garden as well as other things. In lockdown their group volunteer activities mainly stopped and the garden became quite meadowy.
This time we will finish repairing benches by assembling wooded beams and metal ends.
An intrepid duo of Charlotte and Fran met at St Peter's in the Forest Churchyard to help with some much needed maintenance. As the name suggests, it's a beautiful location, midway between Walthamstow and Snaresbrook, surrounded by protected woodlands. The churchyard has recently been part of the Walthamstow art trail and some of the exhibits are still there for visitors to see. Nearly all the work in the churchyard is done by volunteers, and it's a large site so there is plenty to get stuck into!
Anita, one of the volunteers explained the task - to tidy up a big patch of brambles and weeds surrounding their memorial garden. She supplied us with gloves and shears, and left us to it. Within the hour we had managed to make a noticeable difference to the unwieldly patch, sustaining bug bites and nettle stings to validate our efforts! Next time, hopefully with a few more people, we can make even more of an improvement, and tame the wilderness into a place that both humans and animals can enjoy! (PS: forgot to take any photos, so attached is proof of leg bites instead!)
The ancient churchyard in Walthamstow is in need of some serious attention so it's down to the GoodGym Ground Force team to get it back into shape.
The churchyard is massive and there are various jobs that can be going on simultaneously.
We have help others to access for walks and contemplation and of course, people visiting the graves of loved ones.
Meet at the venue - feel free to organise to run there together informally in the comments or on WhatsApp.
Tools will be provided. Dress weather appropriately.