Jack Plume

Windsor and Maidenhead

6Good deeds

6runs

20cheers

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Windsor and Maidenhead

Allotta fun at Maidenhead Community Allotment

Wed 26 Jan 18:45 pm
The Windsor Castle Pub, Bath Road, Maidenhead, SL6 4JT
Run or walk and support this wonderful local resource

#WednesdayNightisGoodGymNight and this week we are heading back to the location of our first ever group run, the Maidenhead Community Allotment. There is always plenty to do here: digging, weeding, watering...if you're lucky you might even get to snack on some fresh kale!

We'll meet at the Windsor Castle Pub for a briefing and warm up before heading off to the allotment. The runners will take a 3-4km 'scenic' route, whilst the walkers will cover closer to 1.5km. If you're new to GoodGym and worried about whether you'll be able to keep up, worry not! All fitness levels are welcome and we always have a back marker so that no one gets left behind. This is a social run, walk or even run and walk. It is not a race.

At the allotment we've got some digging and weeding to do, and possibly litter picking too. Gardening gloves and a head torch are a must. Then we'll warm up again with a fun fitness session before taking the more direct route back to our start location. There we will stretch and see everyone off safely.

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Brush-strokes of GoodGymnius

Wed 15 Dec
Report written by Amy Lovell

Well done to everyone who came out on this mild December evening for our last group run of 2021.

After a quick 'round the tree' warm up including all the sumo squats, mini sheep, etc that we are all coming to know and love, I enjoyed a lovely, chatty, 1.5km walk to St Edmund Campion School with Anita. Meanwhile, Georgeta, Jack, Jen, Jess, Matt, ran 4km in search of Christmas lights, arriving just 5 minutes after us.

Our task for the evening was more rainbow fence painting, picking up where we left off when we came in November. We can paint a rainbow, paint a rainbow... By George, this is a long fence! We tried to be Zippy, but we didn't want to Bungle it so we didn't quite finish it. Not to worry, we hope to return in January for round three...

Once our time was up we enjoyed some juice (thank you to the school for leaving this for us!) and a quick obstacle course before walking and running the more direct but uphill route back to our start location. There we stretched, reviewed Sophie's potential wardrobe malfunction situation (seam still in tact - phew!) and said our Merry Christmases and goodbyes.

Special mentions go to Jen for her festive figgy pudding headband and to Jack and Georgeta, who both hit personal records for distance run this evening. Well done also to Sophie, who did her 15th December Daily Dash this evening, taking her total December distance to 75km. She and the other dashers will have passed the half way point by the end of Thursday - epic stuff!

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Jack Plume has completed 5 good deeds with GoodGym. Thu 2 Dec 2021

Jack is a now a pretty committed GoodGym runner. They've just run to do good for the fifth time

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Windsor and Maidenhead

That's a wrap!

Wed 1 Dec
Report written by Amy Lovell

'Twas the first day of advent, and we couldn't have asked for a more festive task! Eleven Santa's helpers - dressed not only in the traditional red and white, but also sporting some excellent festive accessories - ran, walked and cycled to the Spencer Denney Centre in Windsor to help Age UK prepare for Christmas.

Special mention to Georgeta and Sheila for cycling the 20km roundtrip from Maidenhead on this extremely chilly evening - brrrr-illiant stuff! Also big thanks to Hannah for walk-leading, Jess for back-marking and Jen for her super knowledge of Windsor underpasses.

At the Spencer Denney Centre, I got a lovely cheer for managing to unlock without jingling any alarm bells and we were delighted to find that our task owner Rachel had left out all the ingredients for a great Christmassy evening. Jack's festive playlist and Jen's scrummy mince pies provided the icing on the Christmas cake.

Hannah, Georgeta, Anita, Emma and Michelle, Jen, and Vikie made like socially distanced elves and wrapped well over 60 gifts. Sheila and Jack decked the hall with festive bunting, fa la la la la la la la la, and since Jess had a Christmas tree hat on, it was only right that she should dress the tree. Fir(st) she untangled the fairy lights, then she did a tree-mendous job with the tinsel and baubles. It was beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Speaking of music, we finished the evening with a fitness session to the tune of Deck the Halls (one burpee for every fa la la la la!) and We wish you a Merry Christmas ('we wish you squats', 'figgy pudding high knees' and 'won't go until we get some jacks'). The music was so quiet it was more silent disco than epic Christmas party but we still raised a few smiles from passers by and we got a bit fitter too.

We took the same routes on our return journeys. In total the runners and walkers covered about 5km, with the odd extra 'loop back' for some so that we could make sure everyone stayed warm and no one got lost. It was a nice to surprise to meet Anita's husband Santosh the Great in the car park after we finished our stretches.

Christmas can be a stressful time of year and it can be hard to find the time to exercise, especially when the weather is uninviting. However if you're like me, it's at times like this that I most need exercise and fresh air for my mental health. If you're looking for the motivation to get out and escape the Christmas crazies then click here to check out the listings for lots of social 5km runs and feel-good activities like tree planting.

Next Wednesday we will be delivering leaflets in Maidenhead to share St Peter's Church's programme of Christmas events. A great activity to keep that festive feeling alive and to keep us warm! Sign up here.

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Putting up decorations and wrapping presents for Age Concern Windsor

Wed 1 Dec 18:45 pm
East Berks College Claremont Road Car Park, Windsor, SL4 3AS
Help the Spencer Denney Centre get ready for the festive season

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Windsor...well it will do by the time we're finished anyway. With bells on!

Tonight we meet up in the East Berks College Claremont Road Car Park near Holy Trinity Garrison Church, where we will have a quick briefing and warm up. We will then travel on foot 2.5km to the Spencer Denney Centre in Clewer. Everyone is welcome at GoodGym. You can choose whether to walk or run, we encourage everyone to be sociable along the way and we always have a back marker or two to make sure no one gets left behind.

On arrival, we will channel our inner Christmas elves and bring some festive cheer by putting up decorations and wrapping presents. Best task ever!!

After the task we'll enjoy a quick fitness session before heading back running or walking to our start location, where we will stretch and say our goodbyes. If you're feeling super festive why not bring along a few mince pies...?

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Windsor and Maidenhead

Painting at St Edmund Campion School

Wed 15 Dec 18:45 pm
All Saints Church, Boyn Hill Road, Maidenhead, SL6 4HE
We're going back to finish the fence!

We are delighted to be heading back to St Edmund Campion for another round of rainbow picket fence painting. We started this in November and had a lovely sociable time working together.

This evening's session is a group run, meaning we combine our good deeds with getting fit. We will meet outside All Saints Church on Boyn Hill Road, ready to warm up together at 6.45pm. There is free parking and plenty of space on this residential road at this time of day.

For our journey to the school there will be options to run, walk and everything in between. Walkers will take the most direct 1.5km route, whilst runners will have the option to go further. We will make sure there is a route to suit everyone, no matter what pace you want to go. We always have a back marker to make sure no one gets left behind.

At the school we'll be working together to paint the parts of the fence we didn't have time for last time. Could be messy, so don't wear anything that you don't want decorated with a bit of paint splatter. Please also bring a head torch as we won't have much light.

Our journey home includes a small hill, providing a nice little fitness challenge! When we get back to All Saints we will have a stretch and see everyone off safely.

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Been there, dung that

Wed 24 Nov
Report written by Amy Lovell

This evening's group run took us back to the Maidenhead Community Allotment, the task location for our first ever GoodGym group run, and the setting for many happy sessions watering, weeding and digging since.

We met at the Windsor Castle pub, resisted the urge to go in and instead welcomed everyone and warmed up in the car park. It was great to meet Anita, who officially joined us for the first time, having met Sheila 'At the Cutting Hedge'. We also admired Sheila's brand new black t-shirt, signifying her completing 50 good deeds with GoodGym. She only reached the magic 5-0 a week ago, but somehow she's clocked up another 5 good deeds since then....incredible stuff!

To reach the Allotment, Carina, Jess, Steve, Jen, Jack and I ran a 3km route, with a few squats thrown in along the way for good measure. Thanks to Jess for back-marking and to Sheila for walk-leading with Anita. Hannah met us at the Allotment having stayed home a bit longer to try and get small children to sleep - arguably a bigger challenge than anything the rest of us were doing!

At the allotment, we read through task owners Sue and Gary's instructions, which included weeding, digging in manure and covering two beds with weed matting, as well as a spot of litter picking and grass trimming.

As always, it was a case of manure hands make light work. Everyone mucked in, we manure-vered our way through the list and weed did it! I know my puns really stink, but they are nothing compared to the whiff of that manure. It was scent-sational! It wasn't long before it was time to clear up, celebrate with a one minute plank and say smell you later.

Sheila and Anita walked back, Hannah returned to parenting duties, and Steve, Jen, Carina, Jack, Jess and I headed for the hills, or rather 'the only hill in Maidenhead' as Strava would erroneously have you believe. We challenged ourselves to run up and down this steep stretch of Boyn Hill/Punt Hill Park as many times as possible in 5 minutes. Between us we managed 19 reps before we were dung for - not bad! I'm trying to think of a hill areas pun for this part of the report, but can't come up with anything funny...

A few of us then jogged back to the pub for stretches, whilst others peeled off home.

Well done everyone on another great evening of GoodGyming and extra kudos to Steve for this evening's title pun.

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Jack Plume went on a community mission
Community mission
Windsor and Maidenhead

An ex-stream-ely good morning!

Sat 20 Nov
Report written by Jack Plume

Four GoodGym runners, Amy, Jack, Jordan and Sara, made an early morning start to meet at the beautiful Widbrook common, where we were greeted by the Friends of Maidenhead Waterways team. After tooling up and squeezing into some waders, two teams split up to tackle separate parts of the stream. Jordan represented GoodGym on the west side, while Amy, Jack and Sara trundled along laden with tools alongside Alisdair, Mel and Ted.

We started work about 100 yards from the road, clearing the river of many, many reeds and other foliage which I lack the botanical knowledge to name. Basically a load of muddy, green stuff! Rakes and telescopic poles were in order to clear as much as we could from the bank, with Amy and Jack being the designated ‘waders’ for pulling up reeds and reaching the far bank! Amy showed an impressive determination to tackle the ‘root’ of the problem by pulling reeds up at the base, Jack managed to avoid getting soaked into his wader despite coming inches from disaster on multiple occasions, and Sara must now hold the world record for reeds raked out of a river over a 2 hour period!

Friends of Maidenhead Waterways very kindly supplied us with coffee and penguin biscuits, which were very happily received! Eventually we had to call time on our muddy misadventure, although Amy took more convincing to get out of the river than anticipated! A fantastic morning that got us immersed (quite literally) in nature. We may feel a bit sore in the morning, but the satisfaction of seeing the river section cleared and flow freely will definitely bring us back again!

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