It is November, not the 5th but we will still remember remember this evening. It was great to see all the Goodgym Colchester crew raising money for MS-UK by selling programmes, glow sticks and clappers for small donations. Colchester Rugby Club set the stage for a great firework display at their new home with a choir , fire dancer and sweet and savoury treats! The chilly evening and family atmosphere was a great end to the weekend...a huge thank you to Emma and her MS-UK team for our hi-vis, badges and food voucher!
On a crisp Autumnal evening five Goodgymers hit the streets and paths to pick up litter and get fit. Under the watch of the half moon, Jupiter and Saturn we ran across town to a few well used paths that connect people with the lovely Hilly Fields, the Colchester Insitute and also to our town centre. The vegetation was pretty thick in the summer and recently the council had cut the plants back to reveal the path but also to reveal a lot of litter.
We only litter picked for aroun 30 minutes but filled a bag with beer bottles and cans, crisp packets, plastic bottles and more...perhaps the bins need to be painted bright yellow or perhaps the Scandinavian idea of returning empties and receiving money back is a better incentive. Either way we helped keep wildlife safe, children safe and pets too.
Our fitness session began when our jog became a hill sprint. With Ella's legs recovering well from Manchester Marathon she was the 'hare' and the greyhounds set off to catch her before she reached the top of the hill at the High Street. A lovely surprise was seeing Vanessa at the top as she celebrated good news from her physio with a run!
We went to Firstsite to do a circuit session. With five shuttle runs sprints as our timer we Tricep-dipped, press-upped, squat jumped and mountain climbed our way through a great session.
Well done everyone!
Early on a Sunday morning 3 goodgymers met at Colchester zoo to help out with Colchester Stamepede half marathon. We arrived about 7ish and two new goodgymers, Emily and Simon arrived for their first task! We found each other in the crowd of volunteers and were informed that we’d be manning the water station.
There wasn’t a lot for us to do first thing so after checking in and getting our Marshall packs (which contained a tambourine!) we were able to enjoy some of the pre- race entertainment.
There was a bit of confusion getting us out to the water station which was 2 and a half miles out so after a mad dash just before the race we got stuck behind the runners! Luckily we got there as majority of runners were coming by and were able to quickly start dishing out waters to the thirsty runners!
We spent the next few hours, cheering on and supporting the runners. Even seeing a few friendly goodgymers in the midst, well done Dan and Susie!
Anyone like a meal out? Nom nom https://northhillnoodlebar.co.uk/ A great chance to say well done to Jade on 100 good deeds, wish Ella luck before her Machester Marathon for WWF and there climate&wildlife battle. https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10158600585937947&id=508112946&sfnsn=scwspmo
It was an efficient and speedy evenings run and walk.
A delight to meet Bek on her second GG outing and look forward to seeing all the new faces again.
Our focus was on getting as much done as possible on arrival...the grateful Sue asked us to litter pick and attempt to get rid of the moss on the courtyard paths...armed with two stiff brissled brushes the moss was significantly reduced...Vanessa and Louise gardened and trimmed so that living room views were less obscured while Emma, Bek and Dan litter picked and swept!
We had noodle bar on our minds so we worked hard and fast.
Sue was very grateful as was one resident who advised me not to get old!
A triumph of an evening and a lovely meal with friends.
Volunteer (or run) between 7am and 11am! Various roles available to be confirmed on the day. The event, which supports the charity Action for the Wild, will run through the Zoo for 1k before heading out onto the closed roads before finishing back inside the Zoo. The Zoo is proudly listed in the top 2 zoos in the UK and listed as 11th best zoo around the world as part of the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Attraction