Group Fitness Activities
It all started so well last night! Little did we know there would be a minor hiccup to come...more on that later.
First, the good news. We got to welcome Carly to her very first GoodGym session - give her a huge cheer! Then, after our warm up, we discussed the best tips we had for motivating people struggling to get out for a run, and there was some fabulous advice. From finding a pretty route, to going with a friend, warming up properly, to 'just do it', there really is no reason not to get out there!
With rain threatening, we set off at a nice lick to Gunnersbury Park, a beautiful public space where we regularly help out to keep it safe and welcoming for local people. We found that we had been left a sweet treat to say thanks for our previous work, and especially because the park has just been awarded Gold in London in Bloom competition and also The Green Flag Award for this year. Monika, one of the gardeners at Gunnersbury said, ' It is thanks to the help of our gardening volunteers and groups like GoodGym, that we are able to maintain the park to such high standard. Having the help gives us also a chance to look after the existing flower beds, create new planting areas, and by managing the brambles, to increase the biodiversity of the parkland.' So well done team!
Our job for the evening was the cut back the brambles that were choking a sweet chesnut tree and becoming a trip risk for park users. Off we merrily went, found the tree in question - or so we thought - and started happily trimming away.
A bit of (far too late) sleuthing was done and we realised we were at totally the wrong tree. Oops. We quickly moved over to the correct location and furiously made up for lost time with some super speedy snipping.
We managed a nice run back to base for some stretches, timing the start of the rain perfectly. Another sprinkling of GG magic. I'm just waiting for next week's task to be confirmed, so watch this space!
What's your favourite post run snack? In Hounslow we love all forms of avocado on toast, pizza, peanut butter with and without banana, and...beer.
We started our run last night with this highly important discussion, before heading over to Chiswick House and Garden, a charity organisation which keeps the grounds beautiful and open to the public all year round.
Our job last night was trimming off the new shoots on the huge trees that line the main avenue. Or, if you're fancy, like us, the 'epicormic' growth. We'll be on Ground Force before you know it!
We relished the use of the very fancy secateurs which blow the usual tools we have to use out of the water, whilst learning about the life cycle of the ladybird and weevil, and hearing about everybody's amazing running, from parkrun right up to marathon.
After 45 minutes of work the trees looked smart and de-epicormiced so we posed for a beautifully lit photograph thanks to gardener Chris' excellent floodlights. Then it was over to Turnham Green for a fitness session that really saw us test those ABCs -agility, balance and coordination. Sorry about all the reverse lunges!
Next week we're back at Gunnersbury Park, so hope to see you there! Have a lovely rest of the week with some very happy running.
We're back at our favourite local green space to help with either cutting back brambles or shifting soil. Bring your gloves if you have them, and get ready for a fun and physical session in Gunnersbury Park!
Please avoid bringing bags you can't run with as we have nowhere to store them.
The next time you see Chris, they might be wearing black instead of red. They've completed 50 good deeds with GoodGym and have earnt their black t-shirt. Give them a nod when you next see them.
In perhaps a record for GoodGym Hounslow we had not one, not two, but THREE huge good deed milestones to celebrate. Congratulations to Jon and Chris who have both racked up a fabulous 50 good deeds, and to Leticia who has reached that magic 100 mark. Give them the biggest cheer ever!
It was also lovely to see Leanne, Stella and Dilly at their first Hounslow run - welcome to the gang - and to celebrate our marathon runner Remy (and the cheerers!). What a lot to feel happy about.
Our task was just across the green, so we wandered over after having a quick poll about all the things we'd like to do before we get to 100 years old. Traveling the world was high on the list, as were PBs, running half and full marathons, and many other fabulous things which I have no doubt you will all achieve.
Jan, as one of the lead volunteers at Friends of Turnham Green, had a barrow of tools and gloves waiting for us and we quickly set about getting rid of the thistles and weeds that plagued the wild meadow. Luckily for us, with all this rain the thorny little blighters were easy to pull out, unlike at the height of summer, so we were soon done. A good job too as night had quickly fallen and we were soon struggling to spot them.
Luckily it was not too dark for a fitness session, so after a quick warm up where we tested our coordination skills, we set about smashing out a circuits session where one pair acted as our 'clock' to determine how long we had to do each exercise. Great effort everyone!
Next week we're at Chiswick House Gardens, you can sign up here for more doing good and getting fitter. Don't forget your headtorch if you have one!
Chiswick House is a charity which means local people can come and enjoy the beautiful space for free. They have asked for a hand in the gardens - do bring along your headtorch if you have one!
We'll also do a little fitness session before heading back - please avoid bringing bags or other belongings.
Wow, Chris has completed a 12 month mission streak. That means they've cleared gardens, moved furniture and changed light bulbs in spring, summer, autumn and even winter. Show your support and give them a massive cheer!
Time for our monthly community mission to help City Harvest!
WHAT IS CITY HARVEST?
City Harvest helps put surplus food to good use in a sustainable way by distributing to organisations around London that feed the hungry. By volunteering with City Harvest for a couple of hours on your weekend, you will make a direct positive impact on thousands of vulnerable people in London. Because of your efforts, these people - who face obstacles including food poverty, homelessness, domestic abuse and the need to flee from their homelands – will have access to a nutritious meal. The food that is rescued would have gone to landfill where it would have released harmful greenhouse gases as it decomposed. So your days’ work will make a tremendous difference to both people and the planet!
WHAT TO EXPECT
For the task you'll be volunteering as a warehouse assistant where you will help unload food deliveries, sort food, check food, and do other general warehouse jobs to help in the day-to-day running of City Harvest.
Please dress sensibly for the day as it will involve lifting and organising trays of food. Wearing closed shoes is advisable. We will provide you with high visibility jackets and any other safety clothing.
WHERE TO MEET
The site is in Acton (Unit 8, Acton Park Industrial Estate, Acton, W3 7QE) and as always with GoodGym we encourage you to use the power of your legs to get you there! Upon arrival, please make your way onto the industrial estate and follow the signs to Unit 8. The main entrance is via Eastman Road off of The Vale.
The task is set from 10am-12pm so please stay for as long as you can, you if want to come a bit earlier they are there for volunteers from 9am!
RFS - Richmond Furniture Scheme https://www.rfsonline.co.uk/ is a charity in our borough and one we have started to visit again which is fantastic as they have heaps of physical tasks in store
They are hoping we can assist with a number of tasks going forward but right now they need a grand tidy up!
The main theme right now is clearing the courtyard of so many, weeds and moss etc to pave the way for further tasks to happen. They were delighted with Salwa and Monika helping so well last time but there is still heaps to do so do hurry back was the message
Lucy will be there to meet you this morning and her number for the visit is 0208 755 4665, should you need on route