Have run 2 marathons 16 years apart. Love tricep dips...hate burpees!
Do you know Waterhall? It's a lovely spot on the edge of the city, home to a rugby club and until very recently a golf course. The golf course has now been closed and there are plans to rewild the area. It's a popular spot for dog walkers (including me!) and on my walk the other day I was shocked by the amount of litter that has accumulated around the rugby pitches.
We visited a couple of weeks ago and got 15 sacks of litter out of about 100m of hedgerow but didn't have time to finish the job!
We'll be meeting on the eastern side of the main rugby pitch. You go under the tunnel at Mill Road and turn left. Or there is a footpath from the windmill on green ridge (turn right at the bottom of the path).
We are still limited to working in groups of six but the area is massive so we can have a couple of groups (as long as you promise to keep separate!)
The Friends of St Ann's Well Park group have a garden shed housing some old gazebos and collection buckets. It's got into a bit of a mess so we will be emptying everything out, checking it's still usable, giving it a good clean and putting it all back in nice and tidily.
Any spare pairs of hands will be put to good use in the park litter picking and weeding.
Meet inside the park by the tennis courts at the Somerhill Road entrance.
Ayo, Goodgymmers, it's time to rap again Straight out of the Brighton laine
The shrubs drop deep as does my plants
I always sweep, 'cause I never say I can't
Beyond the walls of running, life is defined.
I think of weeding when I'm in a Sloane Court state of mind.
Hope the rant got some grant.
My cant don't like no dirty scant.
Run up to the hill to help out the aunt.
In a Sloane Square state of mind.
What more could you ask for? The evil shrubs?
I gotta love it though - somebody still speaks for the flower bulbs
I'm rappin' to the Wheelbarrow,
And I'm gonna move your camaro.
Tidy, spotless, presentable, Sloane Court garden
Boy, I tell you, I thought you gonna get a free pardon
Best Regards to Mr. Tony,
He ain't accpet any unkempt lawn-y
I'm rappin' to the camaro,
And I'm gonna move your Wheelbarrow.
Yea, yaz, in a Sloane Court state of mind.
6 of us plus Garry from the Tidy Up Team produced a whopping haul of 15 bags of litter in 1 hr 15 minutes from 100m of hedgerow. That’s 2 bags per person with professional Garry going the extra mile to produce 3 bags (although IMO they were only half full!)
It was great to have Diego join us for the second time. I was hoping that I would be able to practice some of my newly learnt Spanish on a native speaker (I’m nearly on Level 3 of Duo Lingo!) but faced with a real life Spanish person (rather than a búho verde) my new found language skills mysteriously disappeared!
The hedgerow we were working on acted as a trap for all the crisp and biscuit packets, drink bottles, carrier bags and dog poo bags (both full and empty!) produced by other users of this lovely spot. Jay even found a full, bottle of red, cork still in but no label, worth a punt or in the bin bag?!
Katharine and I both agreed that we were picking up all the bits missed by Diego, David & Jay working ahead of us, only to discover that Garry & Roy were working behind us and picking up all the bits that we missed, brilliant team work.
It was hard to stop because we didn't quite finish the hedgerow and there's always just one more bit to pick. But we'll be back to finish the job, watch this space!
Oh how we love Brighton Table Tennis Club! The following from their website tells you what you need to know, and they also operate as a food hub and work with The Real Junk Food Project as well! We'll be helping them clean window and the outside of the club ready for re-opening.
Mission To inspire everyone to be a champion, instil a lifelong love for table tennis and a positive sense of community within all our players
Vision An integrated community where people from all backgrounds play table tennis together while breaking down barriers and prejudice
Values Community Respect Solidarity Competition