Etienne

Colchester

11Good deeds

11runs

19cheers

Etienne signed up to a group run
Group run
Colchester

All Signals are go!

Wed 11 Mar 18:45 pm
Leisure World, Cowdray Avenue, Colchester, CO1 1YH
Helping a creative digital media charity with some GoodGym power

Welcome to GoodGym Colchester! 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.

The Task

Various tasks that need doing: A loft area full to bursting with equipment and junk that we could do with moving down 2 flights of stairs to a skip Or painting/sanding of woodwork. (This appears to be confirmed)

The Run/walk:

GoodGym is for everyone. We welcome runners of all abilities and it is often possible to walk to the task if you would prefer. 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.

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Etienne went on a group run
Group run
Colchester

Cake me up before you go go

Wed 19 Feb
Report written by Vanessa Crannis

A bright eyed and fleet footed group of 15 Goodgymers gathered at Colchester Leisure Centre for a wonderful Wednesday night of running and helping in the community.

Before heading off, Tav reminded everyone of Saturday's (22nd February) afternoon mission run to The Cannons to help clear the leaf debris left behind from the recent storms and make it a safer environment for the residents. We need a friendly and willing team to make this happen so please sign up using the website and enjoy time running then sweeping, with like-minded people.

He also promoted the annual GoodGym Shindig, a chance for a weekend with other lovely GoodGymers blitzing ideas, socialising, exercising and helping to move the organisation on to ever better things. Again, details on the website or speak to Tav.

We were able to congratulate Etienne on achieving 10+ deeds and Vanessa on reaching 100. Etienne's huge smile spoke volumes and, as I'm Vanessa, I can write that the journey to getting my wings has been a joy and hugely owing to the friendlier than friendly Colchester runners and an excellent coach. Thank you and well done Etienne. Brighton half marathon for Nick and Vanessa this weekend so let's hope for fair weather!

Tonight's venue was Level Best Art Cafe which was in need of a spruce up. Ella led the walkers and Tav led the runners in a well rehearsed warm up on route with high legs, leg flicks and lunges. We sploshed through the park and up Castle Road, chatting and sharing torchlight. We were met by Colin who talked through the learning opportunities provided by the Dacon Trust for people with disabilities to upskill in cooking, art and gardening. We are hopeful that some participants may also be able to exercise with GoodGym which would be superb. Then the cleaning magic! All was slickly done with great team work and lots of elbow grease; masterly floor mopping, wiping down of tables, chairs and skirting and a thorough clean of the art room. The bathroom cleaning team made the room sparkle and kudos to Louise who stretched all over the floor to remove sticky mess! We were rewarded with delicious chocolate cake, handmade by Level Best students and Colin shared insight on current projects. We admired the art and took contact cards and links to blogs, connecting with the community the GoodGym way!

Our run back to Leisure World was made easier with a snappy warm up of static sprints and then we flew up the high street, through Balkerne gate and down Balkerne hill. Walkers and runners united and speedier people were kept working with extra sprint runs. Our session ended with a thorough cool-down led by Tav, who threw in a ski-ing stretch to manipulate the ankles and an elongated curtsey which flexed our muscles but made us into rather pathetic-athletic ballerinas!

Well done everybody and hope to see you all on the 26th February for an energetic Colchester in Bloom.

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Etienne has completed 10 good deeds with GoodGym. Wed 5 Feb 2020

Etienne has done 10 good deeds. They are a trusted GoodGym runner and are now eligible to join their local TaskForce.

Etienne went on a group run
Group run
Colchester

Put the petal to the metal

Wed 5 Feb
Report written by Tav

Tonight (or last night if you are reading this tomorrow) fifteen superstars set about dead-heading flowers in our wonderful town centre for the magnificent Colchester in Bloom - who keep our town so floral and colourful.

We started with the news that Goodgym Windsor and Maidenhead will be opening soon and can not wait to see their reports. Also the running heroes of the weekend were Fay Sibley, Ian Bown and Emily White who all ran well under two hours on a windy, tough half marathon in Great Bentley. Superb.

Tonight our good deed led us to five kilometers in distance and countless dead-headed pansies and primulars. Turns out finding the dead flower heads is harder than one would imagine...not that 3 years ago I ever imagined I would do something like this. On that note a huge thank you to Ian and Ella for getting me a 200 good deeds GG T-Shirt with Tav 1 on the back. I LOVE IT. On a personal note Goodgym has provided friends for life, a purpose outside of social care that fills me with a sense of achievement and the love of my life. (Try to keep your food down right?)

Our loop of the town centre ended at Balkerne Hill where we completed a pyramid. A pyramid I hear you ask? Each Goodgymer, whether walking or running, decided their own distance to travel up the hill starting with a short run, then a medium distance run and a long run. This was followed by the medium run and the short run again. Even the men with impressive facial hair were in awe...not only because we picked litter on the hill but also our spirit and effort.

Thank you Goodgymers.

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Etienne went on a group run
Group run
Colchester

Vanessa the mystic Goddess of keys - and we love Winnie the Pooh

Wed 29 Jan
Report written by Tav

Firstly a huge Goodgym Colchester welcome to Claire and Helen who ran and walked to their first good deed. Their documents are checked and the journey with Goodgym has began.

Secondly tonights task was saved by our very own Vanessa who was able to unlock the Foodbank because no-one was available to open up. Vanessa not only runs with us but gives up her time to volunteer at the Foodbank too. With the secret code for the key safe stored in her epic memory Vanessa was our mystic key.

Ian, our walk leader, and Claire set off early as they walked to the Foodbank whilst the rest of us warmed up in the familiar way...high knees, bum flicks, side steps and lunge walks. We chatted and jogged our way to Colchester Foodbank where we met speed-walkers Ian and Claire.

At the Foodbank our regulars helped the new members with the task and we swept, mopped and dusted our way to a sweet smelling story of success.

Vanessa summarised the importance of our job:

"The Foodbank is very busy during the week and the staff and volunteers do not have time to clean."

The beauty of a walk leader is that it gives everyone the option to walk and Jules was able to join Ian and Claire to stride up East Hill where we caught them up. We did some inclined lunge walks and static leg strength exercises before again running and walking back to base to stretch and look forward to next week and Parkrunning at the weekend.

Well done gang.

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Etienne signed up to a group run
Group run
Colchester

Cleaning Colchester Foodbank

Wed 29 Jan 18:45 pm
Leisure World, Cowdray Avenue, Colchester, CO1 1YH
Food poverty is rife in Colchester. Lets do our bit to help.

Welcome to GoodGym Colchester! 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.

The Task: Cleaning Colchester Foodbank.

I'm busy confirming what exactly we'll be doing this week, it'll definitely be something amazing in our community. Check back soon for more details.

The Run/walk:

GoodGym is for everyone. We welcome runners of all abilities and it is often possible to walk to the task if you would prefer. 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.

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Etienne went on a group run
Group run
Colchester

Leafing it late in the winter...

Wed 22 Jan
Report written by Tav

It was great to see you all tonight with Colchester traffic problems making life hard. We welcomed Mark for his first run and it was brilliant to see him slot into the action.

We started with the news of our starter session, January challenge updates and GG race team news. Keep logging your training and doing good!

The misty night meant an atmospheric run through the town centre to Plum Hall were the ever enthusiastic Rebecca met us. We scooped and swept 8 bags of leaves and litter away from vital paths to help the mobility of the residents. Smashing.

The exercise took advantage of popular running location Abbey Fields and the well placed lampposts. Sprint and recover between lampposts was the order and the troops responded.

An impressive effort and distance achieved tonight proves that not to mention a well executed task.

Next week we go to our friends at the foodbank to clean the warehouse.

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Etienne signed up to a group run
Group run
Colchester

Plum Hall January spruce up

Wed 22 Jan 18:45 pm
Leisure World, Cowdray Avenue, Colchester, CO1 1YH
Tidying and making the paths and gardens safe for older people

Welcome to GoodGym Colchester! 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.

The Task: Plum Hall is a residential home and has a lovely communal garden. In winter it can be slippery and become unkempt so we sweep, litter pick, grout and maintain it.

The Run/walk:

GoodGym is for everyone. We welcome runners of all abilities and it is often possible to walk to the task if you would prefer. 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.

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Etienne has cheered 10 times. Wed 8 Jan 2020

Etienne has helped keep other people motivated, Etienne has noticed what others have done and cheered 10 people. We doff our caps to you Etienne.

Etienne went on a group run
Group run
Colchester

Sweeping decayed leaves from the last decade.

Wed 8 Jan
Report written by Tav

Welcome to 2020. A new year and a new decade with a new member Abigail who showed us what she was made of in a great first session.

The news of all the Goodgym goings on and achievements across the country flowed thick and fast. Most exciting is the January challenge and for Goodgym Colchester to do as well as possible on the national league table for good deeds and participants.

It was great to see everyone on a super return to action in which we ran to Middlebrough Fountain to clear leaves. Although there are only 2 beautiful trees there, the amount of leaves is incredible and Pam (Colchester in Bloom legend) briefed us pick leaves up and litter but not bark. The major bulk of the leaves was dealt with by our 17 heroes and then the details to allow the lovely grasses and plants to breath and flourish. Magic work finished off with a photo and some selfie madness.

We were not quite done. Goodgym never shy away from hard work and Balkerne Hill awaited. The instructions were to work at each runners best individual effort. Go down the hill, sprint up and walk down until feeling nicely recovered and repeat 4 times. So, so well done everyone.

Our task was not quite done. Because we love Colchester in Bloom we agreed to plant some flowers in the boxes outside the Townhall on the way back to base. In spring Colchester will look colourful and vibrant and we play our part. I hope you feel as proud as me!

Our gentle, downhill run back to Leisure World ended and we stretched and thought about our goals and hopes for 2020.

Saturday we treecycle and here are the details

Last year was a great one and we hope this year improves on that! GG Colchester has a perfect vision for 2020.

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