Emma Davies

Newcastle

68Good deeds

68runs

314cheers

Emma Davies went on a community mission
Community mission
Newcastle

Suit And Suitability

Sat 5 Sep
Report written by Maddy Winnard

After a great task at Suitability last month, Goodgym returned in the hope of following suit!

Chris, Katie, Sam and Tom organised the great range of stock that Darren has acculumated and we had a go at finding an appropriate outfit for a future client. Eleanor dressed the mannequin and made him nice and dapper for a photo shoot, whilst Anji, Emma and Kate organised the self-care products. We made shirt work of it in the hour!

We heard some wonderful stories about how the different shirts, suits, trousers, ties and shoes came to have joined the charity's collection! Thanks Darren for having us - we hope we tie'd you over until we next return!

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Emma Davies signed up to a community mission
Community mission
Newcastle

Suit up, Sort out part 2!

Sat 5 Sep 11:00 am
U Hold the Key , Walkergate, Newcastle, NE6 4NQ
Finish off this great task helping Suitability to get up and running

Organise, sort and arrange our stock.

TASKS TO BE CONFIRMED ON ARRIVAL but likely to include sorting, sizing and hanging suits and shirts ready for collection from this amazing new charity helping men get back to work confidently in our city.

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Emma Davies went on a training session
Training session
Newcastle

It's all about two!

Thu 30 Apr
Report written by Anji Andrews

There was free rein on this week's training session- the only thing that mattered was including the number 2 as we celebrated 2 years of GoodGym Newcastle on Thursday.

I knew this creative lot would come up with the goods!

  • Emily did TWO Newcastle parkrun courses, finishing them both with a sprint finish!

  • Louise and Dan ran in a TWO, covering 22.22K in 2:22:22

  • Emma and Kate ran in a TWO, running 22 minutes of 2 minute intervals

  • Charlotte did 3 sets of TWO minutes of skipping and 20 squats

  • I watched TWO episodes of Afterlife 2 on Netflix while riding TWO hour sessions on my turbo trainer

Feel free to keep it coming, send me your runs, fitness sessions and Netflix suggestions over the weekend.

Anji x

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Emma Davies went on a group run
Group run
Newcastle

Dropping and dipping: Woofing around for Guide Dogs NE.

Mon 2 Mar
Report written by Anji Andrews

Hey hey how is it Monday? (again)

The great news is that we weren't facing a stormy evening for our Group Run for the first time in ages. Whisper it.. could this be the beginning of Spring?

It was a rescheduled group run tonight as we headed off on another leaflet drop for our friends at Guide Dogs NE. GoodGymer Louise had hooked this one up for us, and it was great to have her along to explain what the task was all about, making it feel even more worthwhile and close to home. The leaflets will help Guide Dogs NE to reach some new sighted volunteers to work with those with sight loss to work with guide dogs. We had 300 leaflets to spread the word.

We had a great weekend round up including a double day on Saturday in which we had a takeover at Leazes parkrun and a tidy up at our monthly visit to Nunsmoor Park. Well done to everyone who took part! We have more coming up this weekend so keep an eye on the Community Mission listings for loads of chances to do good things, including this Saturday where you can walk and run to deliver leaflets with time for a parkrun beforehand too! I left Katy in charge to take one of her famous warm ups, which was all about influential brilliant women while I had the chance of taking part in the walking group for the first time in ages!

The Jesmond area seems to be our favourite chosen patch and once again we split into small teams to get leaflets dropped off in super-quick time. New runner Crispin got stuck in and even offered to do one of the longer distance runs. We like that Crispin, you can come back! Louise also managed to find her house from 1989, but we can't quite believe she was old enough to own a house in 1989 so we aren't sure on that part.

Fitness tonight was a super circuit of tricep dips (everyone's favourite, right?) expertly demonstrated and supervised with minimal shouting from Rachel; lunges and star jumps, out-and-back jogging and a lung busting hill sprint. 9/10 for all with a point lost for some dip-related whinging and repeated "Is that two minutes yet?" calls.

We are back to Newcastle Eagles next week for some brilliant gardening and some great bants as always. Hope to see you there.

Have a great week everyone!

Anji x

PS: GoodGym have published some advice on the Coronavirus outbreak for those running with GoodGym. Please take a look.

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Emma Davies went on a group run
Group run
Newcastle

A touch of class (room)

Mon 17 Feb
Report written by Anji Andrews

Are we going to be allowed to pet the animals?!

It was a new task for our Group Run tonight following a switch around of our regular visit to Eagles Community Arena, this one pulled together by fearless fun run leader Katy. This had been a visit for previous Community Missions including a painting task last summer, so it was ace to get the chance to go along for a Group Run tonight too.

We took a different spin on the weekend round up today, with Katy also giving a special task force intro for the first time ever and giving us the lowdown on all the action from last week's puntastic Community Mission on Valentine's Day and all the great things that are coming up- so many things to get involved in, check them out here and sign up if you fancy.

It was a big welcome to new runners Eion, Melvyn and Maddy's Dad Andy who joined us for their first ever GoodGym run tonight. They all brought so much energy along with them and were so great to have along, we can't wait to see them all again. There was a lot of hand shaking and general kindness in the run/jog/walk warm up themed for Random Acts of Kindness day- kindness is our thing, right?!, then we got ready to head off to Ouseburn. Our conversation topic was around favourite films and thankfully not Spotify playlists which I had been forced to share in Apple last week. I loved the route tonight across the city and towards Byker, before dropping down the very steep bank towards Ouseburn Farm. Even better was having the wind behind us all the way!

Ouseburn Farm sits right in the middle of Ouseburn Valley and it's a working farm in a very cool part of Newcastle. They offer loads of activities and educational opportunities which you can read about on their website here. There were no animals for us tonight, just straight into the education rooms for our task. We were met by the brilliant and super-organised task owner Stuart who had loads of cleaning products out and ready for us. Our task was to clean down doors, skirting boards, door fascia and frames, with the biggest challenge being that we had to stay quiet due to a yoga class going on next door.

Namaste

We turned the room, staircase and passageway sparkly clean (Maddy, great job on that glass, by the way) and regrouped ready to head back into the cold for fitness. I kept it simple tonight, parlauf hill sprints and long recoveries with loads of cheering, high fiving and excellent marshalling from Paul and Rachael.

I'm sure you said there was only a minute left, a minute ago

As my final act of kindness I allowed everyone to walk the hill back up from Ouseburn as a little bit of a cool down before we headed back to Hotel Indigo.

Hope you all have a great week knowing you started it with good things!

See you next week,

Anji xx

PS: I wrote a thing for the GoodGym website for the Give it Heart theme last week, all about what it's like to be a runner with a heart condition. Please give it a read and share with anyone you think it might help. You'll find it here.

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Emma Davies went on a group run
Group run
Newcastle

A sort-of a clothes-run thing

Mon 10 Feb
Report written by Anji Andrews

The cold never bothered us anyway

(Thankfully, we were indoors tonight)

While the North East of England was hanging on to Ciara, we were layering up and heading back to Newcastle University students union where we were paying a visit to the brilliant team at NEST. Most importantly, it was finally time to celebrate Abi's 50th Good Deed and see her swishing about in the freshly ironed Cloak of Good Deeds. Abi's top Good Deed was the trip we made to Recyke Y Bike on the night of the amazing sunset.

We welcomed new runners Suzi and Michael along for their first Group Run and they did a brilliant job of getting stuck in. Nice work you two, you can come again!

If ever there was a night we needed a warm warm-up it was tonight, so we got moving with the numbers game, jogging between rounds of numbered exercises, ranging from standard lunges to not so standard flying around like aeroplanes with appropriate noises.

Onwards to Newcastle University, a short walk or run for us tonight through town , chatting along the way about what we had been up to at the weekend. Katy also managed to find a football which was donated to NEST on arrival to the task!

We were met by the brilliant NEST team who gave us some background and detail on tonight's task. They explained to us that refugees in our city have to live on less than £40 a week, so many of them never have spare cash for clothes and so they rely on donations from very kind people in the community. Our job tonight was to organise all of the clothing donations into labelled bags to make it easier for people accessing the service to find what they need.

This is a job we have been putting off for ages. It just takes us so long, and you have come in here and blitzed it. Thank you!

We were able to sort every bag of donations, far beating the expectations of the NEST team, and even labelled every bag thanks to Debbie and Charlotte being somewhat of a secretarial team.. although the photo actually looks like they are signing for a football team.

It was a laid back warm affair for Fitness Session tonight, as Louise suggested we stayed indoors for a bit of core and stretching, and everyone agreed it was a good move. I have to thank Louise for tonight's glorious pun too. Ideal for #NationalPunWeek.

Winning

To share some love this weekend, we have a special Community Mission this Friday where we are helping to sort some food donations for Fareshare. Come along if you can, it will be a great way to give some heart this Valentine's Day. There's another mid-weeker next Thursday February 20th, if you fancy. We will be Prepping and Pricing for the CNE nearly new sale. If you can't make it along, don't worry. We are back doing good things at Newcastle Eagles Community Arena so wrap up warm for that one!

Have a great week filled with good things,

Anji x

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Emma Davies went on a group run
Group run
Newcastle

Barking up the wrong street

Mon 3 Feb
Report written by Anji Andrews

You know that thing where you are so worried about losing something that you put it in a really, really safe place..

then you lose it

THAT.

So tonight we were all fired up and ready to do our first leaflet drop of 2020 for Guide Dogs NE Newcastle, and brilliant Louise had even taken some time out of her Sunday schedule to drop leaflets off for us at our base so that we were super organised. Until.. we couldn't find the leaflets! We are sure they are in a very very safe place ready for us to do this particular leaflet drop in a few weeks' time instead.

Darren to the rescue!

Thankfully Darren works super-close by for another fantastic North East Charity, and he was able to find us a batch of leaflets ready to go so we had a replacement task sorted in less than 5 minutes. Hooray! So quick change of plans, tonight we were spreading the word of Moving on Tyne and Wear. This amazing organisation supports people in Tyne and Wear who are aged 18+ and out of work due to physical and/or mental health issues. They also help people to address other barriers, such as long-term unemployment, debt, low skills, or housing issues, through one-to-one support. And all on our doorstep. MOTW is a real hidden gem changing lives in our city and we were so happy to get this bonus opportunity to spread the word.

We stayed indoors for intro tonight, catching up on the windy and wet Community Missions that happened at the weekend, getting February off to a flying start and continuing the momentum we started in January for 2020. There was a great turnout and some good things achieved as always. It was amazing to see some regulars, some occasionals and some newbies getting stuck in for the three great things that happened on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday- some of them doing all three!

Katy got everyone moving for a brilliant warm up- thankfully it had stopped raining by now- and giving us the shortest GG appearance ever, I then promptly sent her home as she is fighting a cold. She later popped up on our Facebook page with a bunch of brilliant bookings she's made for Community Missions coming up because she just can't help herself- Mondays ARE GOODGYM DAYS! We then went off running and walking to Jesmond to get dropping!

The 150 leaflets (Rachael's maths helping us with this calculation) were delivered in super speedy time to 4 key areas around Jesmond, with runners and walkers covering up to 6K in total from this task- the perfect way to keep warm! We only have one photo from tonight but I think you'd agree it's a cracker.

Quick tasks mean longer fitness sessions so we smashed out some minute/quick change lower body exercises, then into The Points Collector, running in pairs on flat/fast and hill sections of Exhibition Park to collect points. There was top energy from everyone tonight with brilliant team work and elbow bashing (if you know, you know).

Planning ahead? Check out the listings for the upcoming Community Missions starting with a Valentines Day special next week led by Maddy. Get involved if you can!

We are back next week running and walking to support student volunteer week at Newcastle University which will, as always be fabulous. It's a fantastic run for people who are new to GoodGym and wondering what we are all about, so bring a friend if you can.

Hope to see you there! Anji x

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Emma Davies signed up to a group run
Group run
Newcastle

Monthly visit to Newcastle Eagles Community Arena

Mon 9 Mar 18:15 pm
Hotel Indigo, 2 Fenkle Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 5XU
Our monthly walk or run to keep the gardens tidy

Welcome to GoodGym Newcastle!

We're a friendly and social group who combine exercise with helping out in the local community. We meet every week to get active and do a physical task to help the charities and community organisations and projects in our area.

This week is a regular visit to Newcastle Eagles Community Arena, where we regularly help out to tidy, weed and clear out areas of their gardens at the front of the amazing building on Scotswood Road. There is something for everyone, and it's suitable for all abilities. We will complete a fitness session before heading back to base at the brilliant Hotel Indigo.

Run OR walk for this one!

We always have a back-marker so no-one is left behind - we're about achieving something together so you'll always be welcome no matter what your pace is.

There is space to leave a bag at the hotel if you need to, and toilets are available too.

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Emma Davies signed up to a group run
Group run
Newcastle

Delivering leaflets for Guide Dogs for the Blind

Mon 2 Mar 18:15 pm
Hotel Indigo, 2 Fenkle Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 5XU
Help them to reach some new volunteers

Welcome to GoodGym Newcastle!

We're a friendly and social group who combine exercise with helping out in the local community. We meet every week to get active and do a physical task to help the charities and community organisations and projects in our area.

This week is a new task for us as we do a flyer delivery for our friends at Guide Dogs for the Blind in Newcastle. The leaflets are for Guide Dogs' My Guide service, where the organisation is looking for volunteers who will be trained in sighted guiding training and then matched with a blind or visually impaired person who's applied for a guide.

Run OR walk for this one!

We always have a back-marker so no-one is left behind - we're about achieving something together so you'll always be welcome no matter what your pace is.

There is space to leave a bag at the hotel if you need to, and toilets are available too.

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