I love this concept as it involves my two favourite things getting fit and helping others. It's wonderful to get people together and get to know the community.
Wow what an amazing Wolfpack weekend. Our packs joined up with the Wolfpack and took on the 100K challenge in 48 hours. We had 3 teams GG Ealing and GG Slough and the Red Alphas looking to reach 100km as a team and 2 lone wolves Simon and James taking on the 100km solo challenge.
The energy was rising, the clock strikes 12 and the challenge starts. James planned to get out early and complete his 100km with a target of sub 10 hours. Sutyee and Ricky from Red Alphas also decided to take on some mid-night kms and experience being night wolves and the magic of the full moon.
Ricky and Sut completed 15kms through the night. Ricky got a few hours in bed and then was up out running again with fellow Alpha Manjit. They carried on clocking up kilometers watching the sunrise and taking lots of photos. They decided to give a few GoodGym Slough members a wolfy wake up call in their fancy dress.
As we hit the early hours James was still continuing to meet his target doing loops about the streets and heading home to his aid station to refuel. 8am Lone Wolf Simon starts the 100km challenge. Simon created 4 laps to cover the distance and turned his living room into a make shift aid station and kept ticking off the kms as he ran around the city of London.
The Teams As the challenge continued GG Slough and GG Ealing team members started clocking up the kms and we saw a few wolves out on the streets - see the photos of them hiding in the trees (Meera, Nisha, Brendar) - would you be scared?
Jean wanted a challenge and completed a 10km which she hasn’t done for a long time, Muhammad had some fun with Strava Art and created the GG logo and Harvey covered 50km, including a 28km run to Statford from Ealing to the Olympic gold post boxes. Lots of motivation on the group chats encouraging each other and enjoying the beautiful spring sunshine we were blessed with.
Wow James and Simon completed their challenges on Saturday and Manjit went out for some night kms and completed 100km for Red Alphas. GG Slough and GG Ealing also completed 100km in their teams but we keen to get more in on Sunday. As day 1 closed, incredible achievements and efforts by everyone. Setting targets and smashing them. Truly inspirational.
Day 2 saw the teams get out again to cover more kms to add to the overall team totals. GoodGym Ealing completed 217km, GoodGym Slough completed 257km in 48 hours. Red Alphas team of three Manjit, Ricky and Sut completed their 100km in 12 hours and 50 mins. And a massive congratulations to our Lone Wolves completing the 100km solo - unaided as a virtual race this is truly an achievement. James completed in 9 hours 40 mins and Simon completed in 11 hours 13 mins - Amazing. Hope you are both getting lots of rest this week.
Each registration for the official event donated 10 hot meals to vulnerable families through Fareshare. James was also raising money for Parkinsons UK with a family team and managed to hobble around the village as a power ranger for an extra 2km.
The sunshine, comradery and motivation from all the members of GoodGym was wonderful. We were all virtual but this weekend really helped us get connected and strengthen our team spirit.
For the strength of the pack is the wolf, and the strength of the wolf is the pack.**
We are all looking forward to being back together again but for now this virtual weekend was just what we needed and really connected us.
Thank you for reading, enjoy the photos. Harsha
No brainer really! Us Goodgymers will mostly (in a lockdown!) choose a weekend of litter picking.
Jen, Sut and I helped to pick the discarded masks and litter at the vaccine Centre before and after our shifts.
Sally and Jacqui picked in Camden, finding more litter then they wanted to but at least they helped to remove some of it.
Harsha and family did extreme litter picking! Check out the photos and you will know what I mean!
I also took the kids out on a walk in the park and collected a bag full of litter!
Well done all!
We used to spend weekends partying
Then we grew up (kinda)
Now we can spend them litter picking instead 👏👏
This weekend, starting Friday why not give your street, your park, your work place a bit of a spruce up!
If you are at the vaccine Centre this week why not help to safely dispose of the masks in the car park!
If you are partaking in the #two15challenge for Berkshire schools why not get the kids active doing a litter pick task?
Litter picking is almost as good as a Carlsberg....
Send your snaps to me by Sunday to be included in the report 🙏
Wow! What an effort...well done to you all for all your km, miles, strava heart arts and heart photos! Sterling effort!
We even made it onto BBC Radio Berkshire with this Valentines Training Session.
So lets get down to business of the Lovely Dovey Awards
- Best Family Affair
A few contenders here but the award has to go to Harsha for her daughter run, son run and hubby run - all in the name of love. She even found a heart shaped tree and drew a heart on the snow.
- Topsey Turvey Heart
Well done Claire for turning Windsor on its head! Great effort in the Great Park!
- Most Symmetrical Heart
- Smallest Heart
I think Sutyee and I battled for this award....we clearly need to find bigger green spaces for our Strava Hearts! But the award must go to Sut...mine heart was slightly larger!
- Best Collage
No doubts here - Sutyee gets this one for her efforts in getting ALL her family across the UK to snapshot a heart fingers photo!
- Best use of children
Nisha gets this one for the cute Neha and Arjun heart human body art shot!
- Longest Heart
This most definately goes to Liv for her 14 mile long heart shaped route!
- Two Hearts
I award myself this one! for finding two heart shaped routes on my 14 mile run, plus finding two appropriately named roads - Love Lane and Love Green Lane!
- Best Love - Heart
Goes to Ricky for his LOVE art!
Well done to you all though on making this a fun packed challenge.
I can heartly wait to see you all again!