With the first warm evening of the year (SEVENTEEN DEGREES PEOPLE), the troops gathered for another evening of doing Good. We were joined by a whopping nine first-timers - welcome Andrew, Georgia, David, Simon, Harry, Liam, Dom, Vicky and Emese, it was great to have you!
Tonight we helped with two different tasks...
Surf and Astroturf
Gary took a group out to get all rubbery at St Werburgh's Community Centre. They are laying astroturf this weekend in their play area so the team had the job of bagging up all of the rubber ready for the new surfacing, leaving an even layer to keep it bouncy. This resulted in a very mucky 10 GoodGymers, but very happy at having spent the evening playing.
A-head of the game
Meanwhile, the rest of us went to help with our regular task, Felix Road Adventure Playground. We were greeted by the team and split into tasks. Tonight we were:
- Litter-picking (following a litter-full half-term)
- Cleaning and tidying the art room
- Moving the compost heap and storage
- Fixing the fencing around the wood storage
- Discussing that Richard's favourite fruit is either an olive or a kumquat and wondering which is more strange
- Being scared by Tom's new friend, a decapitated Barbie head
All of the tasks were completed with our classic speed, but the fence was proving a bit more tricky with its technical-requirements. While the fencing team worked on, the rest of us started a partner chair-hold competition. This soon ended with several GoodGymers lying on the floor and some very bemused task-owners.
We headed back through the ever luck-reliant traffic-light maze of Easton for an impressively quick relay with storming sprinting by all of the teams!
We will be returning to Felix Road Adventure Playground to help them spruce up their grounds. We will be doing lots of jobs from gardening to litter-picking to make the area the best it can be for the local children.
We'll meet at Workout Bristol on Welsh Back where you can use the lockers to store any bags you have. Please bring a padlock if you wish to do this. We meet at 6.20pm and will be back by 8pm.
It's time for our first post-run eats of the New Year and this month we're heading to Stable Pizza on the Harbourside
I've booked for 19 so as usual first 19 sign-ups here are guaranteed a place. We'll try and accommodate more if we can.
The booking is for 8:30 so we'll head up straight after our run (but there's time to get changed if you like).
Having checked their website it looks like they have a special deal on that night - "Tuck in Tuesday". For a tenner you get a pizza, side salad and drink.
Of course if you fancy throwing caution to the wind you could go for one of their Cider trays (or tasting boards as they call them - but it ruins my pun). You can't have the tenner deal but sign up with them the week before and it's free with your pizza.
See you all there!
It's a week later than usual but let's all get together and mark Pru's very last run as trainer with post-run burgers and shakes at Three Brothers Burgers.
Pru has been a fantastic trainer and we will all miss her when she steps down this month. She's played a massive part in making GG Bristol successful - making us all feel welcome on our first run and then keeping us laughing - and lunging - on all the ones that have followed.
Hopefully Pru will still join us when she can but let's all mark this last one as trainer by getting together for some food and saying a proper thank you for all her hard work and enthusiasm.
We've provisionally booked Three Brothers for 20 people but there's a chance we might be able to accommodate even more if you can all sign up here as soon as possible
Everyone is welcome - whether you've run with us 1 or 100 times. Maybe you've run with us in the past and can't make it any more but you still want to raise a toast to Pru or it could be you're planning your first run that day. Either way, the more the merrier - just sign up below!
Time to make our garden grow - all the hard work we put in over the summer at Emmaus in St Pauls means that we can now spread some compost, sow some seeds and plant some more..er... plants.
It's a really short run, so is good for everyone - come long and bring a head torch as whilst there are street lights, it's good to have your own light source. If we have time after the task we'll do a few more fitness drills or go for a longer run to get back to HQ.
We're going to head up to help Bishop Road Primary School this week with their garden by preparing it for autumn. Mulching (I preferred a chess theme but we could go Shakespearean with Mulch Ado About Running), netting trees and other tasks need many hands. Can you spare a pair (or even just the one)?
It's a longish run with a long hill on the way there but amazingly there's a loooooong downhill stretch to make up for it. We'll have a back marker to ensure that we get there in one piece and we will stick together as a group. Do come, it's going to be great! It may also be a bit dark so if you have a head torch, bring it along just in case.
Vivo Gym has been awesome by letting us use their lockers; bring a padlock for storage of precious things and let the receptionist know you're with GoodGym so she doesn't think you're a stranger just wandering in.