James Sandie

York

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James Sandie went on a group run
Group run
York

πŸ‘» Ghostdusters*

Mon 8 Aug
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Report written by Nicky Woodall

😁 20 brilliant GoodGymmers met on an unexpectedly warm Monday evening for our group run β˜€οΈ

πŸŽ‰ We celebrated the epic getting fit by doing good achieved over the weekend through the parkrun, three community missions and the York 10k (with plenty of socialising in between). Good work everyone πŸ’ͺ

πŸ₯³ We also celebrated Vicky's brilliant 250th good deed πŸ‘

πŸ‹οΈ We did some wall squats while naming and numbering off. In honour of the Commonwealth Games, we also heard about people's favourite sporting event to watch, including lots of Wimbledon and Athletics with the odd Crufts event thrown in for good measure πŸ•

πŸ‘» We then headed off for an exciting new task, at York Cemetery. We were greeted by Clive who gave us an introduction to the cemetery (plus our health and safety briefing). We set to work on our first task, clearing bindweed off a yew hedge in the Soldiers' Field (where many First World War soldiers from the local military hospital at Fulford were buried) πŸ₯

🎈 We also saw a big hot air balloon, which was quite cool, and sparked quite the chat about the various anxieties/perils of said mode of transport πŸ€”

🌱 This mission was swiftly accomplished and we moved on to our second area, which was particularly overgrown. We set to work clearing this area and were able to reveal four rows of graves that had been almost hidden by the undergrowth πŸ™ˆ

🌿 Max (aka "the Maxchete") developed a particularly effective technique for cutting back whilst others were raking and bagging all the cuttings, or clearing ivy from the headstones and/or trees 🌳

(🐝 Cue an interesting lesson from the incredibly knowledgeable Clive about how to "work with nature" when it comes to ivy and when/when not to clear it vs leave it for the butterflies and other wildlife πŸ¦‹)

πŸ‘€ It was very satisfactory being able to see a big difference from our tool, so much so that we just couldn't stop and some people had to be (almost) physically dragged away from it when our time was up. When we did manage to extract everyone, we dragged our laden bags to the compost area and headed to an open patch for our fitness aka many squats 😳

🎢 James (and his phone) provided the soundtrack for an (honestly not extended) version of Flower by Moby aka Sally Squats. There were some (many) moans as our legs struggled to hold the squats but some people got to the end of the song, which is an impressive achievement πŸ™Œ

*We didn't actually do any dusting but we were definitely sprucing up the area, so near enough πŸ€·πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ

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Group run
York

Gardening in York Cemetery

Mon 8 Aug 18:15 pm
York CVS, Denham Room, 15 Priory Street , York , YO1 6ET
Keep the cemetery lovely and tidy for visitors

Welcome to GoodGym York πŸ™Œ

πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒWe're a friendly and social group who combine exercise with helping out in the local community. Every Monday we meet to get active and do a physical task to help the charities or community organisations in our city.

TONIGHT 🌱We’re helping the Friends of York Cemetery tonight, weeding the hedgerows.

THE TASK 🧀 We've been warned that there could be nettles and/or brambles so definitely don't forget your gardening gloves.

WHERE WE MEET πŸŽ’ We meet at the Priory Street Centre and our usual room is the Foxwood Room. As you approach the front of the Centre, turn right and go to the car park area. The room we use is locked whilst we're out so you can leave your bits and bobs in there.

😷 If you would like still to wear a face mask when entering the building to drop bags off, that's fine.

🚲There is cycle parking as you approach the Centre and a 10 bay pay and display car park is available behind the nursery block, to the left as you approach front of the Centre. In addition, on street parking is available on Priory Street.

RUNNING AND WALKING WITH US πŸ‘GoodGym is for everyone. We welcome runners of all abilities and if the task is close enough we have a walking group too.

πŸ‘We always have a back-marker too so nobody will get left behind - no matter what your pace is.

POST-RUN SOCIAL 🍻We normally head to The Ackhorne Pub on St Martin's Lane after our run for a spot of liquid refreshment and a good chat. Please join us!

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Party
Lambeth

Saturday's Get Together Lambeth x York GoodGym

Sat 6 Aug 18:45 pm
17β€”21 Piccadilly, York, YO1 9PB
Summer Social between two GG areas

It's finally here! Time for the Big Weekender and a chance for the Lambeth team to head up and meet our colleagues and fellow do-good-get-fitters in York.

We will be having dinner somewhere @ Spark York (Just like Pop Brixton I'm told!) and perhaps a drink or two as well. https://www.sparkyork.org/

Come and join us if you are anywhere in the vicinity, we'd love to meet as many of the GG community as possible!

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James Sandie went on a group run
Group run
York

Plankety plank

Mon 1 Aug
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Report written by Nicky Woodall

🌫️ 24 glorious GoodGymmers met on a mildly muggy Monday for our group run this evening, several of whom were on an impressive double good deed quest, having done a pre-group run community mission at a nearby community garden 🍈

πŸ€“ We chatted about our bumper week coming up, with many more opportunities to get fit and do good πŸ‘Œ

πŸ‘ΈπŸ€΄We named and numbered off while saying what period of history we'd have liked to have lived in, given the choice. There was much contentment with the present, dreams of the future, nostalgia for the recent past and desires to walk with dinosaurs and forage with the Romans πŸ¦•

πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™‚οΈ Pete led the run to Greenfields Community Garden where Louise swiftly set us to work, dividing is into two groups to conquer tonight's tasks πŸ‘

πŸ₯­ Some people were armed with litter-pickers to pick not litter (slightly confusingly - some people had already started doing just that as it appears to be an automatic conditioned response as a GoodGymmer, to start picking litter the moment a litter picker appears) but plums. A successful haul was gathered that will be distributed to the local community and food banks, with only a few disappearing (with permission) into GoodGym stomachs πŸ˜‹

πŸ’ͺ Meanwhile, the other group were building their arm muscles moving the compost heap from one side of the garden to the other. Some people were armed with forks, shifting the compost into wheelbarrows, which were then barrowed to the new compost heaps by the barrowers. The question of why is (almost) always good to ask of a GoodGym task and Louise was able to offer multiple explanations. Firstly, it was a good opportunity to turn the compost, which is a positive thing anyway. Secondly, there has been a recent rat infestation in the nearby streets and although Louise was confident (and our work also supported) that these weren't originating from the compost heap, it was good to be able to show this and thus maintain good relationships with the neighbours πŸ™Œ Oh, and despite the lack of rats, there was a notably huge spider uncovered, generating different emotions among nearby GoodGymmers πŸ•·οΈ

πŸ₯’ When people had finished their official tasks, Louise sent some of us on some unofficial foraging (for ripe courgettes) and/or tasting (of mulberries) missions. There were some mixed reactions to mulberries but the overall verdict was probably positive and the impromptu renditions of "Here we go round the mulberry bush" made any slight tart taste bud explosions all worthwhile 🎢

🎀 At some points, this delightful nursery rhyme was the soundtrack to tonight's fitness season (once we'd remembered the words and tune). Fitness was a mash up of plank musical chairs with the addition of the fitness dice of doom for anyone not planking plus a few cones of joy activity. I'm not entirely sure if a sense of joy or doom dominated but it was hopefully a good workout at least πŸ’ͺ

⌚ And with that, it was time to head back to base and on to the pub for many of us 🍻

πŸ‘ Thank you for some brilliant work tonight everyone, and hopefully see you at one of our other sessions this week πŸ₯³

πŸŽ‰ Credit to James S for tonight's pun.

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York

Lots of jobs at Greenfields Garden

Mon 1 Aug 18:15 pm
York CVS, Denham Room, 15 Priory Street , York , YO1 6ET
Making it a more pleasant environment for everyone who uses it

Welcome to GoodGym York πŸ™Œ

πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒWe're a friendly and social group who combine exercise with helping out in the local community. Every Monday we meet to get active and do a physical task to help the charities or community organisations in our city.

TONIGHT'S TASK πŸ™Œ We've got a big list of tasks at tonight - compost turning, digging and maybe tree mulching, hoeing, watering and maybe checking for ripe strawberries πŸ“

🧀 As we'll be doing various tidy up tasks in the gardens, please bring gardening gloves if possible.

WHERE WE MEET πŸŽ’ We meet at the Priory Street Centre and our usual room is the Denham Room. As you approach the front of the Centre, turn right and go to the car park area. The room we use is locked whilst we're out so you can leave your bits and bobs in there.

😷 We are asking people still to wear a face mask when entering the building to drop bags off where possible.

🚲There is cycle parking as you approach the Centre and a 10 bay pay and display car park is available behind the nursery block, to the left as you approach front of the Centre. In addition, on street parking is available on Priory Street.

TONIGHT 🌱We’re heading to Greenfields Community Garden tonight to help make it a more pleasant environment for everyone who uses it.

RUNNING AND WALKING WITH US πŸ‘GoodGym is for everyone. We welcome runners of all abilities and if the task is close enough we have a walking group too.

πŸ‘We always have a back-marker too so nobody will get left behind - no matter what your pace is.

POST-RUN SOCIAL 🍻We normally head to The Ackhorne Pub on St Martin's Lane after our run for a spot of liquid refreshment and a good chat. Please join us!

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James Sandie went on a group run
Group run
York

🎀 Scythe up your life 🎡

Mon 25 Jul
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Report written by Nicky Woodall

πŸ₯΅ 17 dedicated GoodGymmers met on a muggy Monday for our group run/walk tonight. Well, it started off muggy yesterday, until the rain broke that spell, but more on that later 🧐

πŸ€• We named and numbered by telling of our most embarrassing injury, in honour of Mitch’s pasta-related saga. We heard many woeful stories and were pleased that everyone had pulled through and was here to tell the tale 🍝

🦞 Ed led the run to meet Jonathan from St Nick’s whilst Abi led a run-walk group in a pincer movement to ensure that we met in the middle. We split into groups with different jobs to do. There was dock-lopping, tarp (with piles of said dock)-dragging along the riverside and scything and raking nearer the allotments. After sharpening the scythes in a slightly terrifying manner, Jonathan led a scything demonstration to ensure good technique 🌾

πŸ’ͺ I think it’s fair to say that many people got a good workout doing their different jobs, and the dock-loppers were able to stay mostly dry, which they were pleased about. On that note, it rained. That drizzly type of rain that isn’t actually very heavy but still gets you very wet. Many of us were jealous of Debs’ hat and Laura’s waterproof – these seasoned GoodGymmers come prepared 😎

πŸ₯Ά On noticing Lucy’s lips turning blue, we realised it was probably time for some fitness. Leanne helpfully pointed out that the attempt-to-stay-vaguely-dry-under-the-trees plan was making us wetter than being out in the open (due those pesky big rain drips) so we headed to the patch of grass by Millennium Bridge πŸŒ‰

πŸ’ƒ We were doing some strength exercises for running today, to build strength in our feet and legs and (hopefully) prevent injury. Despite comments that it resembled some 90’s aerobics (minus the cheesy music), everyone got stuck in with aplomb and Nick even managed to co-ordinate his arms and legs by the end πŸ•Ί

πŸ™Œ Once we were all calf raised and Romanian dead-lifted to the max, we ran back to base, co-ordinating nicely with the run-walk groups. We stretched off and parted ways to dry off and warm up. Thanks everyone, good work, especially in the non-optimal weather conditions β˜”

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York

Heavy lifting/dragging for St Nick's

Mon 25 Jul 18:15 pm
York CVS, Denham Room, 15 Priory Street , York , YO1 6ET
It will help to improve our environment.

Welcome to GoodGym York πŸ™Œ

πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒWe're a friendly and social group who combine exercise with helping out in the local community. Every Monday we meet to get active and do a physical task to help the charities or community organisations in our city.

TONIGHT 🌱We’re helping St Nick's, near Millennium Bridge tonight. There will be lots of dragging of tarps and bags full of chopped up plants that will have been cut all along New Walk earlier. The plants will need dragging up to the compost bay in the allotment near Fullford cross.

THE TASK 🧀 As we'll be lifting/dragging things, please bring gardening gloves if possible and don't forget to be kind to your back (lift from the knees please!). If lifting isn't your thing, there are plenty of other helpful jobs, including cutting back and filling the bags πŸ‘Œ

We've been warned that there could be lots of nettles so definitely don't forget your gardening gloves.

WHERE WE MEET πŸŽ’ We meet at the Priory Street Centre and our usual room is the Foxwood Room. As you approach the front of the Centre, turn right and go to the car park area. The room we use is locked whilst we're out so you can leave your bits and bobs in there.

😷 If you would like still to wear a face mask when entering the building to drop bags off, that's fine.

🚲There is cycle parking as you approach the Centre and a 10 bay pay and display car park is available behind the nursery block, to the left as you approach front of the Centre. In addition, on street parking is available on Priory Street.

RUNNING AND WALKING WITH US πŸ‘GoodGym is for everyone. We welcome runners of all abilities and if the task is close enough we have a walking group too.

πŸ‘We always have a back-marker too so nobody will get left behind - no matter what your pace is.

POST-RUN SOCIAL 🍻We normally head to The Ackhorne Pub on St Martin's Lane after our run for a spot of liquid refreshment and a good chat. Please join us!

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Party
York

New Earswick parkrun and breakfast

Sat 14 May 08:50 am
New Earswick Sports Club, White Rose Avenue, New Earswick, York, YO32 4AG
Do parkrun, eat breakfast - win

We'll be heading to New Earswick parkrun this week, before our community mission at New Earswick Primary School.

Between parkrun and the task, we'll be heading for breakfast at the Folk Hall Cafe.

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James Sandie went on a community mission
Community mission
York

Two hundred and twentree! 🌳

Sun 27 Mar
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Report written by Nicola Gover

Pleased that we didn't have to run/cycle/scoot all the way to Haxby (bad mission naming Nikki!) we assembled at York St John playing fields on a beautiful sunny day, and met Frank who explained they'd dug us up 220 self-seeding trees from Grimston Bar ready for their new life here.

After directing him in to the right spot, Mitch and I started a bit behind, and the rest of the team were already in full tree-planting frenzy. We were a little worried they'd be done already, but there were plenty of trees left to plant. Apologies to Mitch for my overly zealous quality control quickly getting me swapped back to planting Vs spading duties.

Returning back to the main area, we found Val and Pete planting away at speed, and Egg and Amy seemed to have an interesting turf-ripping technique going on. The tree bags were getting emptied quicker and quicker as our techniques improved, and talk was turning to brunch.

In no time at all we were done and joined the rest of the group (Rotaries and Woodland Trust volunteers) for a quick chat and photos. Noone could remember how many trees they'd planted, so the prize went to the unstoppable Val, who turned up for some mother's day fun with Egg despite taking a nasty tumble the day before, and sporting her black eye and stitches - what a trooper!

A quick prosecco handover, an invite to the summer picnic and an involved discussion of which cafΓ© to go to finished off the session - most of us cycling/running/scooting back into town for a picnic (and ice-cream!) in Minster Gardens. Perfect!

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