Claire Hobson

Windsor and Maidenhead

16Good deeds

31runs

25cheers

Claire Hobson went on a community mission
Community mission
Windsor and Maidenhead

We made thyme for an evening of planting and sawing

Wed 5 May
Report written by Sophie Lack

The rain held off at the start when Jess and Sophie ran to Amy's but those pesky weather conditions soon caught up with us, but we just had to dill with it!

We then ran together to meet Claire, Diya, Kanika and Juli at the Braywick nature centre.

Amy briefed us on the evening's tasks which mainly involved planting potted flowers and herbs into hanging baskets and a flower bed, removing old plants and some firewood sawing/transporting.

We set to work and chief gardeners Juli, Claire, Jess, Diya and Kanika made sure everything was looking in mint condition by the end.

Amy wheely wanted to be on wheelbarrow duty and Sophie saw potential in the firewood chopping task.

Thistle cheer you up

It didn't take long for Jess and Sophie to feel the cold so Amy led a mini HIIT session with The Police accompanying us; a jump squat every thyme you heard "Roxanne".... you woodn't believe how many thymes it was sung!

Amy finished the night off by running home whilst the others opted for warmer conditions, but we were all rooting for you Amy!

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Claire Hobson signed up to a community mission
Community mission
Windsor and Maidenhead

Gardening at the Braywick Nature Centre

Wed 5 May 19:00 pm
Braywick Nature Centre - Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead , Hibbert Road, Maidenhead , SL6 1UU
Help prepare the Centre's garden to welcome outdoor learning groups again

The Braywick Nature Centre team are looking forward to resuming their outdoor learning Programme in the coming months. They have invited us to help prepare their garden by planting hanging baskets and herbs. Join us for a sociable evening's work, which promises some satisfying 'before' and 'after' pictures. Don't forget your gardening gloves!

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Claire Hobson signed up to a community mission
Community mission
Windsor and Maidenhead

GoodGym Spring Clean - ANYTIME IN MARCH OR APRIL

Fri 30 Apr 23:00 pm
From your home, Any city, Any postcode
De-cluttering with a conscience

This community mission starts NOW and you have until the end of April to participate.

Birds are singing and daffodils are blooming - time for a Spring clean!

We don't just want to send our clutter to landfill though, we want to find a way to recycle it and/or to help it find a new owner. Why not use your daily exercise in March and/or April to make this happen?

Below are some ideas for how you could participate in this community mission. If you have other ideas or know of other similar organisations then please add links in the comments.

  • Recycle your unwanted running kit with Rerun Clothing. If you live in Maidenhead email amylovell@goodgym.org for a local address where you can drop off kit. Otherwise check this page for your nearest drop off location. Maybe you could even collect kit from others in your GoodGym area or running club to drop off in bulk?

  • Recycle your running shoes with Runners Need by dropping off at a SOEX recycling station. Find out more here. Do this before the 25th of March and get a voucher for £20 off your next pair of trainers at Runners Need.

  • Support your local Homeless Shelter by donating good quality items that are on their wish-list. If you live in Windsor and Maidenhead, you can follow the Windsor Homeless Project's 'What we need when we need it' page on Facebook to see what they are short of. If you have details of a shelter near you, perhaps you would consider coordinating a collection for your area?

  • Donate your unwanted, good quality, baby/childcare items to a local charity supporting families in need. If you live in Windsor or Maidenhead, you can follow the Baby Bank on Facebook to see what is on their wish-list. They tend to post one monthly, so scroll down the page to find the latest month if you can't see it straight away.

  • Recycle unwanted plastic baby-related items like dummies, sippy cups and plastic bibs with La Romi and they will be made into everything from ping pong tables to watering cans. Click here for more details.

  • Recycle your High 5 Sports Nutrition Wrappers through their partnership with Terracycle. Click here for more details.

  • Take a bunch of old plastic bags on your next trip to a big supermarket so they can be recycled.

  • Browse the Terracycle website here to find out where you can drop off all sorts of items for recycling, from old Hasbro Games to contact lenses and crisp packets.

  • Support your local charity shops (when open for donations) by donating good quality items for them to sell on.

Please send any photos or anecdotes from your spring cleaning to amylovell@goodgym.org for the run report.

This community mission starts NOW and you have until the end of April to participate.

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Claire Hobson went on a training session
Training session
Windsor and Maidenhead

April Running Tag

Thu 1 Apr
Report written by Amy Lovell

What a month of running tag antics! Well done to everyone who has tagged, nearly tagged, been inspired by the game to plot a new route, or helped the rest of us with clues on the WhatsApp group. As many of you will already know, we've enjoyed this game so much that we've decided to keep it going for another month. Hurrah! If you haven't already signed up, then click here for the May listing.

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Claire Hobson went on a training session
Training session
Windsor and Maidenhead

No Quest-ion, Quest was the best!

Wed 31 Mar
Report written by Amy Lovell

**Report written by our brilliant Quest Quizmaster James Lovell:

Well done to everyone who took part in the Mad March Quest, and especially to the amazing eight people who got all the questions, Juli, Sophie, Claire, Michelle, Matt, Tara, Amy and Jess!

Looking back on it all now, what an exciting month it was. Juli leapt into an early lead with a stonking 10 on the first day, a lead that she would never relinquish for too long. Jason put up a strong challenge early in the month keeping Juli on her toes. Meanwhile Sophie and Claire gradually accumulated away. At the end of the first week the most popular question was about a pub – perhaps we were all dreaming that they were open!

At the half way mark, Juli, Sophie and Claire were all within 10 of the end, but the clues were getting trickier to get to. Sophie and Claire ticked them off one by one, edging towards the finish over a couple of days. Juli on the other hand went on one long run, smashing the last few clues to jump to the top of the leaderboard and be the first to finish. Sophie followed within hours to claim silver, and Claire a few days later for bronze. Juli’s effort was particularly impressive, not only did she finish first, but she also completed all of it on foot – 160Km in 18 days. A special mention also to Matt who started late, but completed it quicker than anyone else, in just 15 days.

One of the main challenges for the Maidenhead-based people was how to get the Windsor questions. Sophie and Claire, and Paul and Tara, went on epic bike rides to achieve this – Sophie in particular complaining of a sore rear for days afterwards! Paul and Tara were on a birthday outing and racked up a massive 32 answers, the most in a single outing! What a way to celebrate! On a separate occasion, Tara demonstrated her route planning ability, plotting a route in the shape of a large…finger.

There were interesting scenes in Littlewick Green where they were filming a Midsummer Murder about scarecrows, and a couple of people reported asking bemused film crew members to go and get the answer for them. From scarecrows to scary, Jess and Sophie terrified themselves on a ghostly night run in the woods looking for a memorial to a crashed WW2 plane.

Some incredible distances were covered in pursuit of the truth. Jess completed her first half marathon by accident, just going for one more clue a few times too many. Clare had an amazing 30km walk/run adventure around Cookham and Hurley, fuelled by ice cream delivered to her on route by her husband.

But for me the highlight of the month long quest was Sophie and Jess, at dusk by the river, having to ask two men smoking ‘special’ cigarettes to move off the bench they were sitting on to see which organisation had donated the bench. Well done ladies!

Congratulations to everyone who took part, here is a links to the finishing leaderboard and answers.

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Claire Hobson signed up to a training session
Training session
Windsor and Maidenhead

April Running Tag Challenge

Thu 1 Apr 06:00 am
All sorts of interesting places, Around Windsor and Maidenhead, Windsor and Maidenhead, SL6 XXX
Another game to inspire you to get out running - join anytime in April

UPDATE - want to join in but can't seem to sign up? Don't worry, just join the Facebook Group (link below) and we'll make sure you're added to the register when we do the report at the end

If you enjoyed the March Quest, you'll love this! It's like a game of tag but with running, photos and lots of inspiration to try new routes. At the start of the month Amy will post a photo of a location in Windsor or Maidenhead. The first person to run to that location and take a selfie gets to post the next location. And so on and so on...

How to play:

  1. Join this Facebook group. We know Facebook isn't everyone's favourite place, but this group is where the photos will be posted.

  2. Check out the photo in the pinned post in the Facebook group and work out where it was taken. This is the 'current tag'.

  3. If you know where the current tag is, run to that spot (with a buddy or two if you like) and take a photo of yourself there. Upload that photo in the comments of the pinned post and say where the location is.

  4. The first person to do step 3 (and to get it right) gets to post the next photo, moving the game to a new location. They should do that as a new post in the group. The admins will pin that post so everyone can see it is the current tag.

A few rules:

  • Pictures must be taken within Windsor & Maidenhead.

  • The new location to find should be posted soon after finding / uploading the existing tag so we keep momentum.

  • If nobody finds a current tag within a few days you might need to give us a clue so the game doesn't stall.

You are also encouraged to join the GoodGym Running Games WhatsApp group, where people are likely to discuss the game, cheer each other on and plan runs together. Join by clicking here from your smartphone.

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Claire Hobson signed up to a training session
Training session
Windsor and Maidenhead

The Windsor and Maidenhead MAD MARCH QUEST

Wed 31 Mar 23:45 pm
All sorts of interesting places, Around Windsor and Maidenhead, Windsor and Maidenhead, SL6 XXX
Quiz meets scavenger run in this month-long fitness challenge

How well do you know our local area? Probably not as well as our Mad March Quest quizmaster James Lovell...He's been busy over the last few weeks cycling and running around Windsor and Maidenhead, finding out all sorts of interesting facts about our towns and the surrounding countryside. And now its your turn!

1 month. Over 50 questions. Loads of inviting footpaths, lovely parks, interesting landmarks and moments in history waiting to be discovered!

How does it work?

Click here to access the Mad March Quest quiz questions. Click here for a Google Map showing where you need to go to find the answer to each question.

You are expected to arrive at the question location by foot or by bicycle, but you may have a short car ride to travel to the general vicinity before you start your exercise. You can answer as many questions in each outing as you like.

Submit your answers by email to jwlovell@gmail.com. All those submitted before the 1st of April will count. Do as much or as little as you like, and if you like a bit of competition check out the leaderboard here! There will be a prize for the person (or people in the event of a tie!) who answers the most questions.

Late sign ups are very welcome too.

Remember to reach out to the GoodGym community if you're looking for company on your runs or you need help route planning. Please also remember to stay safe and adhere to the GoodGym Covid-19 guidance at all times.

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Claire Hobson went on a training session
Training session
Windsor and Maidenhead

The Kings, Queens, Jacks and Jokers of Windsor & Maidenhead

Sun 28 Feb
Report written by Amy Lovell

Locked down during the coldest UK Winter in 25 years, a card game seemed like a pretty good way to pass the time, so that's what we did....but we did it in GoodGym style of course! So instead of donning our slippers and playing in front of the fire, we donned an extra base layer and woolly hat and and played on the pavements and trails of our lovely borough.

Players dealt eachother cards via WhatsApp and the card determined what training session the player needed to do next. It was all in the luck of the draw! Well done to everyone who took part, and special mention to Lara for dealing even though she wasn't playing.

Had this been a high stakes game, Juli would now be a very rich lady. She ran 14 different cards including lots of Aces (to her favourite coffee places), multiple Kings (of the mountains = hills sessions), a Jack (of all trades = cross-training), multiple runs of between 5km and 10km (some of which were also GoodGym (not)Parkruns where she happens to be the age grade Queen - whoop whoop!!), a 3 ("is me", where she spelled her name with road names) and a 2 (is running with company). She also finished the month on a fabulous 10 (10km), which somehow turned into a 13+km with her partner Nick, because the sun was finally out and the woods are beautiful and why not!?

Oh and Juli ran a joker too! Joker means running in fancy dress. Luckily Amy was also dealt a joker around the same time, so they did the sensible thing and dressed up as the Queen and Ace of hearts and ran a route in the shape of a heart on Valentine's Day. Again, why ever not!? They raised lots of smiles on the way round, although the rain did make the costumes look a bit sad by the end.

Other note-worthy runs included: Claire's awesome 24km walk of Maidenhead Boundary, which could have counted for multiple cards; and Jess and Sophie's fitness session where they showed great solidarity by both doing sprints for Sophie's Queen (of speed = intervals) AND a HIIT work-out for Jess's Jack (of all trades) - epic stuff!

And Tara did her final run today, an Ace (to her favourite place), which also included dropping off bunches of daffodils on friends' doorsteps. Such a lovely thing to do, and all under a stunning moon!

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Sun 28 Feb
8.0km
59:27
07:23/km
Claire Hobson completed a training run • Daisy and Katie’s morning walk
Sat 27 Feb
2.8km
30:13
10:48/km
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