A large and lively group of runners met our lovely task owner Margaret and Michael at the Bethnal Green Nature Reserve for Pond Building Day 1. The early birds amongst us were given an initial tour of this hidden oasis which included huge stones used to prevent drag nets from trawling our shores, houses for bats (which are endangered in our cities) and a medicinal herb garden (not those herbs before you ask). We were then directed to a huge crevice at the back of the reserve where we began levelling off the earth and removing the fibre glass and plastic from a previous less environment-friendly incarnation of the pond. Despite failing light we continued with enthusiasm – our efforts overseen by Sage our friendly neighbourhood fox. Special shout out to our newcomers and to our very own Alex who proudly wore his T-shirt with wings for the first time to the mission.
What you'll be doing
Margarte of the Hollybush Estate leads Day 1 of this amazing new, productive pond recreation. You'll be meeting her at the Nature Reserve in Middleton St at 6:30pm.
Why so early?
- Daylight! (this is a big new project, and we need to maximise the daylight left during the evening, so if you are able to sneak out of work a bit early...).
What you need to know
We have allowed 90 minutes for this evening's task, but you may finish earlier.
Please bring your own gloves if you have them (otherwise Margaret will give you some).
Please take pics, bring your pun head and best one-liners to create an online report.
I will be supporing this remotely (and returning tomorrow to lead the second part, including a workout,) but if you have any queries, I will be available, so do just get in touch - Laura
Well, we didn't plan on a double fitness bill tonight, that's for sure. Who knew.
So a small little group gathered in Museum Gardens this evening, for our pre-task run. It was fantastic to be joined by Nina, who we haven't seen for a while! And although the run started off as a short one on paper, Si thankfully took over and, after some brilliant navigation finding the quietest, longest route (including a lap of Middleton Green), we managed to squeeze in a little bit of extra mileage en route to one of our favourite tasks.
Many hands, etc etc...
Margaret greeted us with a well planned operation: brand new gloves; bundles of bin bags, and the obligatory crash course in "What's-a-weed-and-what's-not." The team busied themselves along Ellsworth Street, weeding the entire border and filling bin liner after bin liner in no time. It felt like we'd only just arrived when we were already posing for our cheerio end shot.
What's a single leg squat between friends?
The task was scheduled to take the GoodGymers ninety minutes but 45 minutes in, we were scrabbling around for the last little weed. "Well, we're here now," we shrugged at 7:15pm, and so we accompanied Margaret to the Nature Reserve to take a quick look at the pond that'll be the job for next week's two-part task (including our Group Run), and then over to the basketball court we headed, where we enjoyed 20 minutes of not-so-easy fitness: a few speedy laps, some balancing lower body work; the obligatory core moves, and some nice stretches, oh, and a last final lap to finish. Not a bad effort at all, team.
Another great evening, doing lots, interacting lots, and just a lot of doing what you do best: combining your fitness and your sense of purpose into a heavenly 90 minutes for all those who come into contact with you. Way. To. Go.
Until next time.
We were due to be starting work on the new pond tonight, but with materials being delayed, we'll be playing gardening catch-up instead...
What we'll be doing
We'll be meeting at the lovely Chiringuito spot at 6:15pm for those who fancy a run to the task. We'll be running via pretty Middleton Green to meet Margaret by the Ellsworth Street roundabout.
We'll then be accompanying Margaret to various areas of the gardens to help her tackle a number of overdue gardening jobs.
If you'd like to meet at the task, we'll be meeting Margaret at the Ellsworth Street roundabout, E2 0AX from 6:30pm.
Why so early?
- Daylight! (we chatted to Margaret, and we think we'll need as much daylight as possible for our next few Hollybush tasks, so if you can sneak out of work early...).
Euge completed a community mission. Instead of watching TV or lying in bed, Euge was out there making their community a better place to be. For making that choice they have earned the community cape.
13 runners, yes, you read that right, gathered on this steamy Monday to help Cranbrook Community Food Garden with a big leaf-clearing effort.
"We've asked for help, but I think the services are overwhelmed!" exclaimed our task owners on arrival.
And so 13 cool, calm, highly productive GoodGymers set about clearing vast piles of leaves, bagging, and binning, while also watering crops, weeding, and contributing to huge compost piles.
It was a sight like no other. "Oh, it's a bit hot" they cheerfully agreed as I went around fanning myself with my phone, throwing myself on each and everyone of the runners' mercy for a pun. "Don't leaf me for compost," suggested Sarah. "What does that mean?" I asked. "Well we weren't expecting that reaction", said Ellinor before returning to the courgette section.
"I like it", announced Chi, coming in on the end of the conversation. "Let's do it."
And so we set up the leaf pun by the compost before returning to the original (only) task of ditching every last leaf-filled bag.
And then it was a wrap...or was it. Ah, no - no cheerios for us yet: "Who's up for a 7-minute workout?" asked Chi. Turns out everyone was. Oblivious to the 35-degree heat and the residential audience, the entire team blitzed 7 minutes of mean-ness on the prickliest grass surface we'd experienced for a while.
What an effort. Amazing work yet again from Team TH.
Unsurprisingly you've been invited back next week. Thank you all so much.
But the biggest thank you of the night goes to Chi who we have missed A LOT and who so generously gave the team a brilliant workout.
See you all very soon, and have a great week.
Come and join Trusted Task Owners Janet and Eileen for a Monday night of glorious gardening.
This is one of Tower Hamlets' longest standing tasks, and so you will be greeted by Janet and Eileen who who show you around this beautiful community space, to a scattering of varied tasks.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Janet and Eileen at Cranbrook will be getting you started, and I will be joining late. You can contact me at any time, however, with any queries.
Cranbrook Community Food Garden have been with GoodGym Tower Hamlets nearly since the beginning!
Janet and Eileen work with many community groups, seven days a week, so they will be able to support you maintaining safe distance, and following strict procedures.