Christine is a now a pretty committed GoodGym runner. They've just run to do good for the fifth time
Back out in the fresh air to kick off 2022 in style tonight with some litter picking on the National Cycle Network helping make the route more pleasant for commuters and exercisers alike!
We shared stories of mostly quiet Christmas breaks while tackling the cycle path and verges of the assortment of cans, bottles, crisp packets and miscellaneous trash! Lindsay (who had forgotten her head torch) took under five minutes to find a full strip light in the hedge which caused a chuckle.
A slightly longer run back than the direct route and some 30 metre sprint every 30 seconds reps outside DMU got the fitness sessions back in gear for the year.
Next week's task is TBC but it will definitely be outside!
Also please check out the GoodGym Leicester Members Facebook page for a poll on potential weekends to volunteer at junior parkrun.
Happy running, HD
Start your 2022 by making a difference in your local community!
We'll be heading out on to the National Cycle Network to help clear litter from one of the hotspots. The exact location will be decided nearer the time (after an inspection of the worst littered areas!) but will be between 2-3km from our meet point at DMU.
Please bring a headtorch/chest light if you have one (we do have a couple of spares) and wear something visible to run in. We'll provide the tools, bin bags and sparkling conversation!
Christine has helped keep other people motivated, Christine has noticed what others have done and cheered 10 people. We doff our caps to you Christine.
A wonderful way to round off GoodGym 2021 as we ran to help the Rotary Club of the Wreake Valley raise money on their Santa Sleigh! We actually met Santa!
The runners ran the scenic route to Trevino Drive to meet the sleigh and off we set around the cul-de-sacs on the estate bringing joy to adults and children alike.
Fundraising buckets were filled, the comedy highlight being a man trying to throw a five pound note from his upstairs window and the wind blowing on to next door's garage roof! Fair play to him, he threw another one down for our buckets!
We'll have the fundraising total in the coming days but a fantastic effort this evening everyone!
Have a restful break, enjoy your running and we'll see you in 2022!
Running to help the Rotary Club of the Wreake Valley on their santa sleigh collection around Rushey Mead raising money for local good causes.
PLEASE NOTE NEXT WEEK'S GROUP RUN HAS A CHANGE OF MEETING POINT. We'll be running from The Peepul Centre, Orchardson Ave, Leicester LE4 6DP. There is parking on site, running at the usual time of 6pm.
Another blast of litter tonight, this time to help Sustrans keep National Cycle Network Route 6 through Bede Park neat and tidy! By the time we'd finished we'd collected such a variety of discarded items we could play the conveyor belt finale to The Generation Game! A shoe, a pair of shoes in a box, a woolly hat, an umbrella plus the usual assortment of cans, bottles and food packets.
Tonight we marked Dave's 200th good deed hot on the heels of Stu last week. Dave founded GoodGym in Leicester and has been a huge support to the group since stepping down as trainer. A true GoodGym Leicester legend!
We celebrated our recent running exploits, most notably Stu "The Weekend Welshman" completing Conwy Half over the weekend and Dave picking up a fine course PB at Watermead.
A post pick sorting session ensured the aluminium cans were separated out for Jen to take away and recycle, super attention to detail!
Well done everyone.
Happy running, HD
Bede Park is looking a bit sorry for itself so we're heading along to shift the litter and cheer it up!
Walking and running options for this task, please wear something visible and a headtorch is useful if you have one.
Part 2 of 3 on our campaign to spread the word for those affected by the trampling feet of the marathon runners running past their homes and businesses on the morning of Halloween.
Tonight we took the short trip into the city to tackle the two city centre distribution routes in one fell swoop.
The walkers took the direct route to Town Hall Square while the runners looped around via the University Campus aiming to hit the meet point at the same time. Within a minute (ish) wasn't a bad effort at all!
We split into two teams, with Huw, Lindsay and Tracey heading down Gallowtree Gate, along High Street before looping round and covering Churchgate and Belgrave Gate/Haymarket on their northern section. Meanwhile, Christine, Dave, Jen, Mel, Michaela and Stu took on the southern section heading out towards the train station and up London Road.
A very different task to last week, with the rows of terraced houses we were firing a leaflet into a letterbox every few seconds. This was much more spaced out with a plethora of shops and businesses rather than tightly packed housing. Lindsay and Tracey, learning from G & T last week, brought along wooden spoons to help force the leaflets through - more useful on the residential routes but great stuff nonetheless!
Well done everyone, back to Belgrave Road next week to complete this trilogy of tasks before we return for a gardening task at St Matthews the following week!
Happy running, HD