It was a warm one in Sheffield! What better way to get your Monday started than a GoodGym Group Run?
A group of hardy folk made it to the Showroom tonight to go and help out our friends at Sustrans. We regularly help out Sustrans keeping cycle routes clear and safe for everyone. This time we were headed to a section of the Sheaf Valley walk off Queens Road.
Main heads-up is don't get too close to the river bank - it's a long way down! - Simon (Sustrans)
We took a circuitous route to get some distance in and arrived already hot! Simon was fully prepared as usual and we got to work lopping overhanging plants, litterpicking and clearing the way for cyclists and walkers. After a good 45 minutes we'd got together 5 bags of litter and 4 bags of green waste for the council to collect. Alas there were 3 trolleys and a ladder tantalisingly out of reach!
After making a fuss of Simon's very cool new bike trailer (with holes in it for brooms and everything) that was specially made for him, we snapped some photos and made our way to the Peace Gardens. What's at the Peace Gardens you ask? Sally Squats! But there's a reward - splash around in the fountains afterwards. As you can see from the photos, a few of us had a LOT of fun!
****Goodgyming happening this week On Friday evening there's a community mission to clear the area infront of the library at Newfield green. On Saturday there's a community mission to Abbeyfield Park.
We will be helping out our good friend Simon Geller; Volunteer Co-ordinator for Sustrans in Sheffield. Simon does a fantastic job co-ordinating volunteers to help upkeep the National Cycle Network (NCN) in and around the city.
We'll be headed to Sheaf Valley Walk between Granville Square and Glover Road.
We will be help helping out with the huge task of making sure the network is safe to use for all who want to use it for active travel. Expect the following tasks:
- Leaf cleaning
- Litter picking
- Cutting back
Please, please, please in the darker evening bring your own head torch and if you have one, a floodlight as it makes the tasks so much more efficient. In addition, please bring your own gloves so we can get straight to work in an efficient and safe way. Thanks!
We welcomed 2 new runners along this week. A big GG welcome to:
This week was a new task to help sort clothes at Sanctuary, a charity helping asylum seekers and refugees.
We met Anna who told us about the charity and the task for the eve and we got stuck straight in sorting a load of bags into keep and not keep piles and then categorising even further.
The best find has to go to Rachel and her 'Sequined Fez Helmet'
After the task we took in some of the Sheffield beauty spots with some playground inspired games before heading home to stretch off and take one random mans advice to go for a pint!
Until next week, happy running!
City of Sanctuary Sheffield is an independent charity working in solidarity with people seeking sanctuary in Sheffield.
In 2007, with the support of the City Council, Sheffield became the UK’s first City of Sanctuary for asylum-seekers and refugees—a city that takes pride in the welcome it offers to people in need of safety.
City of Sanctuary Sheffield are building a culture of hospitality for people seeking sanctuary in the UK.
We will be helping to sort through clothes donations to fill clothes bank helping people in crisis.
The clothes store is located in our basement, so this task is suitable for those able to go up and down stairs (two short flights of stairs)
The Sanctuary 37–39 Chapel Walk Sheffield S1 2PD
We welcomed new runner Tom to the GG fold before heading off in the direction of old friends Heeley Peoples Park to meet with Rob the Parky to get our brief for the evening.
This week we were helping to prep the top field for an open air screening of Romeo & Juliet which will be powered by pedal power. Some of us will be up there on the night helping to keep the lights on!
The task was twofold:
1: Edgy characters Caroline and Chris were cutting in the edges to make it look prim, proper and stop the grass encroaching onto the path.
2: The rest of us lined up CSI style with forks in hand to 'fork and wriggle' in order to help air out the grass and soil and prep it for sanding once the rain comes to improve the grounds condition.
Fortunately no body parts were found. We downed tools and said our goodbyes to Rob before heading back to base for stretching off and heading in to The Showroom for food and drink. Lovely stuff.
Until next time, happy running :)
We will be helping Rob Rotavate the playground woodchip
It was wetter than an otters pocket tonight, but we didn't let that dampen our spirits!
Third time was the charm for Ship Shape. A quick knock on and we were in to the welcome warmth of the inside and the smiling face of Tanya from Ship Shape who showed us the way to the beam room which was to be painted.
We got straight to it, unwrapping fresh rollers and trays and popping fresh tins of paint for a fresh coat of paint! With the taller of us getting as high as we could and the shorter of us getting the lower levels it was no time at all until the room was looking like it had been subject to 60min makeover!
We said our thanks and goodbyes to a very appreciative Tanya and headed back out into the wet to meet with Lucy and Michelle who had done the sterling job of doing some litter picking in the rain as we'd run out of rollers!
On the way back we took refuge in a well lit underpass and took created the 'Wall Sit Centerpede' where we all lined up and wall squated whilst one at a time each of us lunged to the end of the line until we'd all had a go. There were some very stylish lunges seen.
Once back at. base we again headed for cover to stretch off, hear news and head in for refreshments.
Thanks to all that made it out in the wet eve and until next time, happy running :)
We'll be supporting SHIP SHAPE by painting their beam room and bathrooms.
We'll also do a general tidy up outside.
Please bring your own gloves, thanks.