What's your favourite post run snack? In Hounslow we love all forms of avocado on toast, pizza, peanut butter with and without banana, and...beer.
We started our run last night with this highly important discussion, before heading over to Chiswick House and Garden, a charity organisation which keeps the grounds beautiful and open to the public all year round.
Our job last night was trimming off the new shoots on the huge trees that line the main avenue. Or, if you're fancy, like us, the 'epicormic' growth. We'll be on Ground Force before you know it!
We relished the use of the very fancy secateurs which blow the usual tools we have to use out of the water, whilst learning about the life cycle of the ladybird and weevil, and hearing about everybody's amazing running, from parkrun right up to marathon.
After 45 minutes of work the trees looked smart and de-epicormiced so we posed for a beautifully lit photograph thanks to gardener Chris' excellent floodlights. Then it was over to Turnham Green for a fitness session that really saw us test those ABCs -agility, balance and coordination. Sorry about all the reverse lunges!
Next week we're back at Gunnersbury Park, so hope to see you there! Have a lovely rest of the week with some very happy running.
Please note that this community mission has been cancelled.
PLEASE NOTE: For these sessions the task owner now asks that volunteers have a negative LFT (lateral flow test) from within 48hours or they have the tests available on site if you forget or don't have one
North Paddington Foodbank is currently based out of St Luke's church on Fernhead Road, near Queen's Park station.
The task will run every Friday evening from 5.30pm and go no longer than 6.30pm. Do ensure you turn up on time to ensure that you get a chance to help with the activities a there is a chance that after 6pm there may be little or no work left to do.
They really need our help as every week they have to pack the foodbank away as the church then needs the space for it's weekend activities.
Come and join this community mission and help the essential service.
The foodbank needs to know how many volunteers will be joining a week in advance so please only sign-up if you know you can make it and let me know as soon as possible if you do have to pull out.
Emily met Amanda at the monthly Chiswick Flower Market, which was another great success. The first job was to take down the road-side banners, then we tackled collecting all the cones and the barriers together. There wasn't quite enough time for me to help with the bunting but Amanda assured me there was a man with a ladder who was on hand to take it down that afternoon. Anyone taking a stroll down Chiswick High Road have a look at the beautiful butterfly art piece that's been draped over the police station by the Chiswick Flower Market team - a lovely addition to an otherwise dull building!
Chiswick Flower market is a not-for-profit community event who have asked for our help closing down the market after it finishes. They need a hand removing signage, taking down bunting and litter picking at the site.
Bring your own gloves and sanitiser if you can, and enjoy a lovely afternoon mission outside supporting the community!
Amanda will be your point of contact, and you'll be able to find her market HQ. If you have problems finding the group, Amanda can be reached on 07943029754
We were back at Cultivate London last night - a wonderful charity which repurposes unused land in London to grow nurseries and train young people. Our job was to break down pallet boxes and remove nails so that they can be used to build raised beds and beautiful bug hotels.
We were soon hard at work, talking about the hills (or lack of them) in the area, epic cycle rides and singing Hammer related songs. we were only slightly perturbed by the alarming sounds of foxes - or were they frogs or squirrels? - screaming away in the background.
After 40 minutes of hard work we had a pile of de-nailed planks ready to be repurposed and all that was left to do was a group photo before heading back off into the chilly night. Next week we're back to Turnham Green, so bring along your headtorches if you have them. Until then, happy running!
Chiswick House is a charity which means local people can come and enjoy the beautiful space for free. They have asked for a hand in the gardens - do bring along your headtorch if you have one!
We'll also do a little fitness session before heading back - please avoid bringing bags or other belongings.
We're back off to Cultivate London to lend a hand at this charity which repurposes underused land in London to grow plants and train young people.
Once again we were back to support Chiswick School with some weeding of the school allotment. A good size group of GoodGym'ers upped tools and set to work!
We cleared a number of beds for the school gardening club; ready to be lain with cardboard and straw/manure/compost. An experimental approach to keep down the weeds.
For our troubles we even got the odd tomato ... admittedly 2 small cherry tomatoes does not go far between 13 of us.
We look forward to being back and helping out again!