5k-ish walk starting at the Ashmolean Museum, following the river to Port Meadow then back along the canal and streets of Jericho. The route should take just over an hour.
Meet: Ashmolean Museum (OX1 2PH) at the corner of Beaumont Street and St. Giles (opposite Martyr's Memorial).
Meet at 6:00pm to leave by 6:15pm.
There is cycle parking nearby.
Chloe is a now a pretty committed GoodGym runner. They've just run to do good for the fifth time
Our first takeover at Uni Parks parkrun in the center of Oxford Event 8!
shout out to Harvey joining us as a GG and a parkrun tourist from Ealing.
more photos to come and on the PR website.. here is their report thanks to all who came. Trev
🌳 𝗧𝗵𝗿𝗲𝗲 𝗰𝗵𝗲𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗧𝗿𝗲𝘃 👏👏👏
What a morning! A frosty start turned into brilliant sunshine just in time for event 8 today 🌞 We were lucky enough to be joined by lots of GoodGym volunteers this week 🏋️♂️ 𝗧𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗸 𝘆𝗼𝘂 for your support Goodgym Oxford!
A particularly big thank you and 𝘄𝗲𝗹𝗹 𝗱𝗼𝗻𝗲 to today's Run Director Trev, who organised the GoodGym takeover 👏 Trev is a Run Director at our friends Florence Park junior parkrun 🌿 If you haven't discovered junior parkrun yet, get yourself (and your little people if you have any) along at 9am on a Sunday – it's amazing 💫 Today was Trev's first time run directing at a 5k event 🌳 He came along with his usual energy and enthusiasm and did an absolutely fantastic job 🤩 We love you Trev!
Run report courtesy of visiting parkrunner Simon and another batch of no doubt beautiful photos from Rose are in the pipeline 🤠 To quench your thirst until then, here are some stats and facts from today's parkrun: 👋 Amongst the 𝟯𝟬𝟲 𝗽𝗮𝗿𝗸𝗿𝘂𝗻𝗻𝗲𝗿𝘀 who joined us, 𝟭𝟭𝟬 were new to University Parks parkrun and 𝟭𝟱 completed their 𝗳𝗶𝗿𝘀𝘁 ever parkrun. Welcome to the parkrun family 🧡
🔔 A big well done to the following on reaching new 𝗺𝗶𝗹𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗻𝗲𝘀: 2️⃣5️⃣ Rachel 👏
🏆 A new 𝗮𝗴𝗲 𝗴𝗿𝗮𝗱𝗲 𝗿𝗲𝗰𝗼𝗿𝗱 was set this morning! Kate Williamson (VW 75-79) hit a new University Parks PB of 25:55 today and in doing so beat her own previous age grade record and raised the bar to 95.24% 👏 Very many congratulations Kate - you're truly inspiring!
🦺 𝟯𝟮 wonderful 𝘃𝗼𝗹𝘂𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗲𝗿𝘀 helped make event 8 happen 🌳 Amongst them... 👋 Milton Keynes parkrunner Martyn was visiting Oxford today and opted for some parkrun voluntourism 🧡 Thanks so much for your help Martyn, and congratulations in advance for your 250th parkrun in a few weeks' time! 👩👩👧 Joy, Rose and Katie were back for another family volunteering stint, marshalling and taking photos 📷 (Album to follow!) Katie had produced yet another bespoke motivational sign to cheer you all round on the course 🎨 Thanks team - it's a real treat to have you 😊
⏱ University Parks regular Helen tried her hand at timekeeping for the first time this morning and absolutely nailed it with a faultless set of results despite some challenging finish funnel action 👏 You're a superstar Helen! If you would like to try your hand at volunteering in future weeks, either as a one-off or on a regular basis, simply drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org 💻
🔍 𝗠𝗶𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗳𝗶𝗻𝗶𝘀𝗵 𝘁𝗼𝗸𝗲𝗻𝘀: Anyone got eyes on 𝘁𝗼𝗸𝗲𝗻 𝟭𝟯𝟭? We'd love to be reunited with it! Do get in touch if you know where it might have ended up 🙌 #loveparkrun
Come and join us help out at Oxfords newest parkrun!
Not done it before : please
* register for FREE! download a barcode at http://parkrun.org.uk/
* email your barcode and day you are volunteering to me and/or email@example.com and say if you want to do anything particularly! (Marshall, barcode scan, timer, tail walker! there are a few roles you can do as well as run if that appeals!)
* please download Parkrun Virtual Volunteer App!
you only need this if you are doing bar code scanning or timing but its good to have anyway!
Start line is near the cricket hut, head to the bridge over the river and its near there in the middle of the park! The course is all on path so pretty fast! one small loop then two large loops! 5k. Volunteers need to be there BEFORE 8:30am please!!
check out the course here! https://www.parkrun.org.uk/universityparks/course/
afterwards I'm sure we will go for a drink / coffee / breakfast at "Common Ground" on Little Clarendon Street 10% off to parkruners!
TOP TIP! as there is no cycling in Uni parks, or wheeling bikes, park them near common Ground ready for the finish and jog to the start for a warm up!
if you want to volunteer any week please do let them know also! Trev
Last night we started 2022 as we mean to go on, helping the food bank and litter picking some of the city grot spots!
Heading West for the first time in a few months we planned to tackle the Osney Mead/Botley Road litter. Although we don't get out that way regularly we're still familiar with some of the favourite dumping grounds: around any park bench (even if there's a bin right next to it), car parks, and bushy hedge are surefire litter gold mines. Our 3 teams set off in different directions - forming a pincer movement from each end of the Osney Mead Industrial Estate, with the 3rd group cleaning up the known dumping ground in the small park next to the bridge. Sure enough, we were soon laden with gin bottles (some fancy artisan gin drinkers in Oxford green spaces), clothing, cans, takeaway containers, newspapers (old skool!), the ever-present masks, even a pair of steel toe-cap boots and a trolley!
An hour of litter picking in freezing temperatures yielded over 20 sacks of trash. We came away thinking that it's high time the UK stole Rwanda's system of Umuganda: "Umuganda is a national holiday in Rwanda taking place on the last Saturday of every month for a morning of mandatory nationwide community work. Participation in umuganda is required by law, and has resulted in notable improvement in the cleanliness of Rwanda."
Welcome to GoodGym Chris!
We're starting the year with a litter pick - start as you mean to go on afterall!
We'll be litter picking the Botley Road and Osney Mead areas. There is always a lot of litter along this main route into Oxford and the busy Osney Mead Industrial Estate, but we don't often get out West for a clean up. Tonight we'll set that right.
We know you love a good plog - one of our most satisfying tasks - let's get to work!
Litter pickers and bags will be provided but please bring your own gloves. As the evenings are dark now I suggest hi-vis if you have them, and headtorches would be helpful for everyone. I'll bring a couple of spare head torches.
* Anyone wishing to run to the task as a group please meet in the car park of the Richard Benson Hall, 276b Cowley Rd at 5:45pm. There will just be a running group this week as it is a little too far to get across the city centre in time if we walk. There won’t be a bag drop available but we can use the toilets. It is about 2 miles to West Oxford Community Centre.
* If you would prefer to meet at the task please meet us at 6:15pm outside the West Oxford Community Centre, Botley Road, OX2 0BT. The community centre will be closed, so we won't have access to toilets, but there are bike racks and parking immediately outside.
Chloe has helped keep other people motivated, Chloe has noticed what others have done and cheered 10 people. We doff our caps to you Chloe.
Does it get any more festive than breaking out the wrapping paper and spending and evening surrounded by Christmas presents?!
Last night we had 2 tasks to complete - constructing and wrapping the boxes needed by Shoebox Project for their Christmas gift packs, and making a start on Operation Christmas Gift for Oxford Mutual Aid. Fortunately we were able to take over the Richard Benson Hall where the food bank is based and do both tasks there - saving us from a logistical nightmare!
On arrival we got stuck into (literally in some cases) the flat-pack boxes for the Shoebox Project. They were easy enough to construct, but quite tricky to find the best way to cover them in wrapping paper! Still, a bit of puzzling and perseverance paid off and everyone seemed to find a good method in the end, getting all 20 boxes covered in Christmas paper, and a few even decorated with festive bows and ribbons too.
Meanwhile, at the other end of the hall we tackled the mountain of Christmas gift donations. First we hauled the crates out and worked out what was actually in them, categorising by recipient age. Then we started picking out the gifts for households on the Monday food parcel delivery routes; wrapping them, labelling them up and putting them into crates ready to be added to food parcels in the week leading up to Christmas. We were the trial run for the system, so there was a bit to figure out, but once we'd got the hang of where everything was we got into the swing of it very efficiently.
As people finished their Shoe boxes we redeployed them over to gift corner to unpack and categorise the pile of incoming gift donations which hadn't yet been opened or sorted.
We definitely left the task feeling festive, but I must remember to bring Christmas TUNES for next week!