Loves parkrun 🌳 Also likes to drink (too much) coffee ☕️ and eat (Alethia’s) home made cakes 😋 🍰 !
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Meet the trainer for GoodGym Swindon
We will be running approximately 2 km in total to Prince Rupert Court in Freshbrook and back, to help with a gardening task. The residents have been so impressed with our gardening (and writing) skills over the years they have asked us to return to tidy up the garden area, which needs some TLC following the lockdown. This is one of our regular venues and one of our most loved! This time we have been asked to tidy up the raised allotment and the hedge that needs a little weeding. The residents, who are 55+ years and have physical disabilities, are unable to manage the garden as it is. Our job is to make it easier for them to spend time in the garden!
We will be meeting at 6pm just outside West Swindon Library*; just look out for us in the red and black GoodGym tops!
Please note: This Group Run is Walkable, meaning that there will be one group of Walkers leaving West Swindon Library just after 6pm (led by a Task Force Member) and a second group of Runners leaving West Swindon Library at around 6:10pm (led by a Run Leader). Please also be aware that GoodGym runs are suitable for runners of all abilities. All our runs are backmarked and we never leave anyone behind.
*Please look out for our Run Leader, Emma who will meet you all outside West Swindon Library.
Please note that for the time being, our Group Runs will start in various outdoor locations meaning that lockers, toilets and refreshment facilities may not be available before and after the Group Run. We hope that this will change in the future and that at some point soon we can return to a regular meeting point with facilities. For the meantime let's just enjoy meeting up again - we have a lot to catch up on 😊
I'm doing a little running challenge for charity over 3 days from 1st - 3rd October - and the second run will be a marathon in Lydiard Park, Swindon on Saturday 2nd October 2021.
I've already exhausted BBC Sounds and Spotify, and humans are always much more fun and interesting than headphones, so please do come down and join for a jog and a natter :)
We'll be starting at 9am with lots of lovely parkrunners at the start line at Lydiard and from there, we'll be doing 5k loops. Absolutely everyone is welcome to join for as long or as little as they'd like. So if you want to join...
- either come down for the 9am start
- or simply arrive whenever you like and wait just by the Forest Cafe for the next loop - we'll be coming by every 25-30 minutes or so (watch out for the GoodGym shirts!)
We'll be taking the run fairly steady - it won't be fast at all - and absolutely everyone is welcome to join, chat, laugh, and gently jog for as long or as little as they'd like. We'll be starting the last loop at c.1pm, so if you want to join, do come on down before then 😊
Hope to see you en route!
It's Tuesday night, it's GoodGym Swindon Group run night!
On the hottest day since July, Autumn came early for us this year with a leaf-gathering task at the Central Community Centre in the Railway Village.
We've recently been supporting the Railway Village get ready for Heritage Open Days) with a dusting task in the Bristol Street Tunnel. The whole area is looking spic and span ready for the whole heap of things taking place at the weekend.
Four of us gathered at Sainsburys Bridgemead on a sunny evening, and set off the 2.3km towards the Railway Village. Running along via Penzance drive, under the railway bridge and along Church Place and Bristol St, we arrived at the Central Community Centre.
There, we met the both delightful Karen and Helen who shared some of the plans for the weekend (plus some lovely plum cake!), then we were joined by Gaby, and we got to leaf clearing behind the Central Community Centre!
In no time, we had cleared an unbe-leaf-able amount of leaves and helped sweep up as well! There was plenty of opportunities for chatting with this task too. Emma took the pics, and the caretaker joined us again to take the all important group pic in front of the Mechanics' Institute itself.
We said our goodbyes to Karen, Helen and Gaby, and we started running back. We even added an extra fitness element by running around a busy Faringdon Park, full of people enjoying the late summer sun.
Before we knew it, we racked up a 5.5km run in total and were back at Sainsbury's in the sun, and stopped to natter a while before going our separate ways. Well done everyone, and big congratulations to Alethia (A-leaf-ia?!) for smashing her first run back in 6 months!
Good Dees galore with GoodGym Swindon: Next week, we're Gardening at Chippenham Close Community Centre
Regular Community Missions are going on to support the Steam Vaccine Centre!