This week as if with myself being one Yorkshireman wasn't enough, we had another, yes it was fantastic to meet Michael from GG York enjoy the Brum canals with us.
Tonight's task was to firstly spot the Sustrans National Cycle network signs and secondly clean them. We headed off along the canal all the way to Spaghetti junction, meeting our walking group of Amy, Melanie and Nadia at Aston Lock. They walked North to clean some signs and we ran further to clean the signs up towards Spaghetti. This week's pun came from Jamila, we did have one from Matt, but on running back i've forgot what it was! Anyway i'm sure it's a popular pun for Ace of Base fans!
Once reaching Spaghetti we saw the most amazing sunset, I just had to take a picture! Then the group headed back with Balal, literally running into the sunset! That was a good 10km covered in total, so well done team :)
We will be running along the canal beyond Aston Lock towards Spaghetti junction where we will be locating and cleaning the Sustran blue bike signs.
Please bring a cloth if possible and if anybody has a cleaning spray we can use that’ll be great.
Please bring a head torch as it may get a little dark on the way back.
If you would like to just join us for the task please meet us underneath Aston Railway station at 7pm :)
This evening we were back at the Oasis Foundry School to continue the great work we have been doing. We had two groups today - a group of walkers who set off early and a group of runners who set off later, so we all met at the school around the same time.
We met Meghan there who briefed us on the tasks we needed to do and split us into two groups again. One group went to the school to move some sticks and branches to the wildlife area whilst the other group picked litter in the park opposite the school, making it nice and tidy for the kids to use.
Once we were finished we all walked across the grassy field and got our feet wet (hence the pun) to have a look at the wildlife area and how its progressed. The great work we've been doing alongside Oasis Foundry School was evident and the area was thriving. The pond and bee bank is looking great and the wildlife area is being used to grow a variety of vegetables, including pumpkins which look like they'll be nice and ready for Halloween.
Once we were finished, we had a look at the community pantry which we will be painting on our next visit, before we ran and walked back to 1000 Trades.
Thanks everyone for coming and for your hard work - well done!
We will be running 5-7k to Oasis Foundry School to help out in their wildlife area. We will be meeting at the school at 6.50pm, so if you want to meet at the task the postcode is B18 4LP.
On an unexpectedly warm Saturday morning, 4 goodgymers turned up at 3 parkruns to volunteer and help the events to take place for runners and walkers across Birmingham. Liam and Danny were at Edgbaston Reservoir, giving out finishing tokens and marshaling respectively. John set up the course at Perry Hall and James gave out finish tokens at Cannon Hill.
Join in with making parkrun happen and raise the profile of Goodgym among local runners. There are several parkruns across and just outside the city, so look at the links below to choose one close and convenient to you and find out how to volunteer. You will need to send a message to the email address on the page for the parkrun you want to volunteer at, with your parkrun barcode to let them know you are able to volunteer.
I will be usually volunteering at Perry Hall so the address reflects this, the address of all individual parkruns can be found on their pages.
All parkruns have a similar structure, with a run director and a volunteer team who will make sure you are prepared for all you need to do to help.
You will have a full briefing of the mornings events and how to best support everyone participating at parkrun.
Tasks are varied and include: marshalling, scanning, giving out & sorting finish tokens, tail - walker and many more. All of the tasks are explained in full, easy to do and the tasks are a fun insight into how parkrun actually runs every Saturday!
The volunteering role usually finishes around 10-10:30am.
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Tonight's task was cancelled so we were back on the canal loaded with bags, gloves, litter picks and of course hoops, hence this week's Britney inspired pun!
Melanie, Amy and Nadia walked to the task, so the runners gave them a head start before joining forces on the canal. We picked a fair bit of litter, 4 bags in total before heading together to Aston Lock to leave them for the Canal and River Trust.
The walking group headed back while the runners took on 4 x 1 minute interval efforts with 30 secs recovery. Everyone pushing hard was great to see especially with those pesky hills in it! Who said canals were flat!
Once done it was back to 1000 Trades. Thanks to Miriam for taking the photos and everyone coming along, you all did a fantastic job :)
James has done 10 good deeds. They are a trusted GoodGym runner and are now eligible to join their local TaskForce.
Tonight it was great to welcome Molly to GG Brum for the first time.
Ben did the back marker job, walking to the task with Nadia and Mel also met us on the Soho Loop.
Yep tonight we went to a different part of the canal, the Soho Loop, hence the pun. On reaching our destination, first we managed to save an exhausted bee, from being squashed on the path! Yep he happily got on my yellow litter pick and got put back amongst the flowers, do good number 1 of the evening :)
We then headed onto the loop, meeting Mel. We found a particularly problematic spot which will filled our bags with.
Once done we did some hill training, yep 4 tough minutes, followed by a 1 minute rest, then another 3 minutes! Pretty tough, the bridges being fantastic for this, run up hard, across the top hard, then easy back down. Everyone put a top shift in.
Once done it was a steady run or walk back to 1000 Trades on what was a fabulous, sunny evening.
We will be back on our adopted canal towpath were we will be picking some litter from a particularly troublesome spot.
After we will be doing some interval training.
Please bring a bin bag and gloves.
Remember nobody is left behind, and you can also walk to this task.