David Richards

Have run 2 marathons 16 years apart. Love tricep dips...hate burpees!

Brighton

TaskForce

147Good deeds

710runs

506cheers

TaskForce achievements

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Community Missions
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Group Runs
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Walking Groups
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32

Run reports
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13

Run reports
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Group Fitness Activities
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David Richards went on a group run
Group run
Brighton

Under a night Sky Scrapers

Tue 18 Jan
Report written by Tara Shanahan

What a perfect evening for Goodgym, cold but crisp and still and although a bit cloudy the light of a full moon added to the atmosphere. And it was great to welcome back Abi, Davidand Tabithawho have all missed the past few months due to dodgy knees, backs and hearts!

Our task was to help Stuart from the Palmeira & Adelaide Garden Fund group keep on top of all the work that needs doing in these lovely and well used squares. Council cuts means that there just isn’t the people power to do all the work, and groups like this really make a huge difference in keeping our open spaces tidy.

Our efforts tonight focussed on the northern most part of the square (oval?!) around the floral clock I discovered that the clock was installed to mark the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II so it’s not surprising that it no longer works!

We scraped all the grass that had spread from the side it should be to the side it shouldn’t, sweeping followed scraping, shovelling and bagging followed sweeping and in about 45 minutes the job was done. Lots of passers by thanked us for our efforts, it’s always good to know that we are appreciated.

A quick fitness session of lunge variations followed before we went our separate ways into the night.

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David Richards signed up to a group run
Group run
Brighton

Helping out in Palmeira Square

Tue 18 Jan 18:15 pm
Angel of Peace (Peace Statue), Kingsway, Hove, BN3 2WN
to maintain a well used public space

Palmeira and Adelaide Square Garden Fund are a group of local residents who are making a real effort to inject a bit of 'community' into their community!

The Square is well used by residents and the local neighbourhood. We will be focusing on weeding beds in the floral clock area.

Meet at The Peace Statue at 6.15pm for a 6.30pm sharp start of the run/walk. Fitness session will follow the task on the prom.

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David Richards signed up to a community mission
Community mission
Brighton

Planting trees with the South Downs Eco Cooperative

Sat 5 Feb 10:00 am
The Sheds, Brighton, BN1 8YJ
We'll improve the health of the local landscape, making it more pleasant for locals to enjoy, and helping to sequester some carbon to combat climate change.

We'll be planting tree 'whips' (very baby trees) alongside other volunteers with the South Downs Eco Cooperative near the Devil's Dyke. I suggest wearing or bringing along some wellies and wet weather gear - but don't let that phase you! While we may get rained on, we'll be sure to have fun with this rewarding experience. We are also requested to bring along our own spades if we have them. Although I've listed the task as being for two hours, you can leave early, or stay later as I think the volunteers will keep going until all whips are in the ground. Hope to see some of you there!

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David Richards signed up to a group run
Group run
Brighton

Cleaning a Kitchen at the Real Junk Food Project cafe

Tue 14 Dec 18:15 pm
Victoria Gardens, Brighton, BN1 1WN
to help reduce food waste and feed people in need

The Real Junk Project intercepts food before it goes to landfill, cooks it and serves it at various locations across the city on a pay as you feel basis.

We will be helping them to clean and organise their new cafe in Gardner Street.

Timings (approximate!):-

6.15pm - meet at Victoria Gardens (southern end near Victoria Statue)

6.30pm - Run or walk to task (very close by!)

6.35pm - Task

7.20pm - Run or walk back to Victoria Gardens

7.25pm - Fitness session (might be fast intervals of our lovely new Valley Gardens!)

7.45pm - Go out to celbrate Xmas!!

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David Richards signed up to a race
Race
Brighton

November parkrun meet up

Sat 13 Nov 09:00 am
Hove Lawns, Kingsway, Brighton & Hove, BN3 2FR.
go for a run or walk with your community

Every month we meet up together and run or walk a park run. We are spoilt for choice in Brighton and for November we will be at Hove Prom.

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David Richards went on a group run
Group run
Brighton

Branching Out

Tue 2 Nov
Report written by David Richards

The first winter task convened on what happened to be the coldest night in a long time. We ran up the hill that is Edward Street towards Sloane Court to once again tackle the large garden at this senior citizens accommodation.

Usually we would meet our friend Tony there and he would direct us, chat away and tell stories. Unfortunately Tony is under the weather at the moment....we missed his double éntendres. Get well soon Tony.

We mainly cleared a lot of dead foliage and chopped down some bushes that had left this mortal coil. Jason in particular was determined to dig out a large,stubborn root to the point that a fork he was using also met its maker.

When finished we jogged down to the seafront and Tara put us through some sprints. This writer tried to go for broke and is feeling it this morning!

Another task well done.

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David Richards signed up to a group run
Group run
Brighton

Gardening at Sloane Court

Tue 2 Nov 18:15 pm
Victoria Gardens, Brighton, BN1 1WN
to help residents enjoy their outdoor space

Sloane Court is a council run Seniors' housing scheme with a big garden!

We will continue weeding the large raised bed and cut back the vegetation under the windows to allow more light inside.

Meet at Victoria Gardens at 6.15pm for a 6.30pm start.

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David Richards went on a group run
Group run
Brighton

A night bulb moment

Tue 26 Oct
Report written by Tara Shanahan

Who knew planting bulbs was such hard work?!

Palmeira & Adelaide Garden fund (PAG) recruited us to plant a 25kg bag of daffodil bulbs (approx 700) and selected a sloping, grassy bank for us to plant them. The first task was loosening the ground with forks, then digging out a 15cm trench, then packing in the bulbs ensuring they are all the right way up and then covering them back up, firming the ground to keep the squirrels from digging them up! It sounds easy but working on a slope with ground that hadn’t been disturbed for decades was tough going! Well it certainly looked that way, I was just holding the lights!

We managed to plant about half the bag and I am very much looking forward to seeing the fruits of our labour in the spring.

Task complete we all headed off to the seafront for a fitness session, well all apart from David who left early to celebrate his birthday (before I remembered to ask him if he wanted to write the run report!) Happy Brithday for tomorrow David and enjoy your week off from report writing!) My favourite exercise from the fitness session was the quick pivot catch which I got from this guy on insta who is very creative at coming up with new ways of moving. We used our gardening gloves and well done to Nancy who took a while to get the hang of it but once she got it was on a roll with 5 in a row. Can you beat it?!

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