In true English style I like to start all my reports with a view of the weather on our task.
Tonight is no different and certainly was brass monkeys, baltic, parky!
We met outside what was Daveena's like old times! It is now Club Hub and an anti natal class was underway, run (no pun intended) by a fellow runner no less - queue antics outside the windows!
It was fabulous to welcome along tonight a Goodgym first timer - Laura! Laura is a local club runner and previously has volunteered for local charities that work outside so was more than happy to get stuck in tonight!
We started off with our role call - Catching out any newbies who are unsure what is happening with the numbers! The 5 of us set off just after 6 having yet to see a name on the list - Ian. Ian like magic appeared in Ashley Cross Green less than a mile in. I've still no idea how he got there but we were very happy to see him! Ian completed Couch to 5k last year and has only recently joined Goodgym, completing some missions in Bournemouth already! Delighted to have you both along tonight- We really hope to see more of you!
A few hop, skips and jumps aroumd Ashley Cross fountain befroe the trundle up the hill towards St Aldhelms. Many of the runners tonight was feeling the aches of a few days consecutive running. parkrun Saturday, muddy running Sunday, Plod Monday for Elizabeth for example- A machine Liz!
Jane is day 25 of RED and no let up! Already clocking up 60 miles this year #stravastalker!
Patricia as our Ninja Nana is mixing it up with cycles, runs and a lot of gardening, nearly bailing tonight but thankfully kitted up and got out the door.
Onto St Aldhelms - Our first visit back in a long time and delighted to meet Heather, bags of knowledge about gardening she is working hard volunteering at the church with a few other great people! Heather was already on it with piles of leaves in various places to sweep into the wheel barrows and into the compost heap. It was team work with wheeling up and down, hands, dustpans and brooms all in use! We had our lights so we could ensure the place was left clearer by a long way! Everyone got hands on immediately and 40 mins or so later and we were ready for pics and to go!
Great to have Jason join us again, again a local club runner, Jason was keen to have a steady run and achieve something tonight - Pretty sure we covered all those bases!
We are still on the look out for tasks but will contine doing the great jobs we do from litter picking to sweeping!
To finish up on the weather front - Have you heard of these words for cold weather? Hyperborean, boreal, hibernal, hiemal, gelid, bruma!
Great job everyone!
A surprisingly mild evening that decided it would not listen to a weather forecast and throw some rain into the mix as we all met in the dark shadows of Langside School.
A lovely group of 10, it was fabulous to see again Tracy join us again after many months and Jason! Ellie and Tracy know each other from Canicross Training and soon formed a team responsible for leaf dumping!
Sian and Patricia soon tackled the first flower bed pulling off the mounds of leaves that had settled onto them covering some cute ornaments. The smells from the herbs gave a lovely aroma off as we tried to free them from so many leaves burying them.
Christine was busy cutting back a bush that was over spilling onto the path and hopefully will flower again next year. Whilst Robert was deep in the beds clearing away leaves! Nicola meanwhile was around the side surrounded by leaves!
We left the school with a much clearer bed and pathways leaf free!
Onto the run and Christine took the lead to take us on a 2mile route to Runton Road lights! It was lovely along the way to see the houses lit up and even a couple worth a stop and picture! Runton Road itself was full of many houses and it attracts many people to see the displays whilst raising money for local charities. After no lights in 2020 it was lovely to have a selection of lights from blow up dinosaurs to candy cane driveways!
We returned back to Langside for a quick offer of cake, mince pies and alcohol free Mulled Wine out of the car boot to mark the last big task and run of 2021.
It has been a mixed bag! But friendships have grown and tasks have been done so we keep at it to Get Fit and Do Good!
Well done everyone!
Jason completed a community mission. Instead of watching TV or lying in bed, Jason was out there making their community a better place to be. For making that choice they have earned the community cape.
Jason is a now a fully fledged GoodGym runner. They've just run to do good for the first time. They are out there making amazing things happen and getting fit at the same time.
There was a perfect 20 mins to fit in a warm up and some short sprint relays across the large field - Having very speed work at the moment for most of us with lack of racing and parkrun - It was a certainly felt in the lungs!
Great to have Jason join us for his first Goodgym session! We hope to have you back again in future - Today representing the men!
Thanks to Friends of Hamworthy Park who lent us a bag of litter pickers, we all headed off towards the play area. The beach and park is a popular family area with playpark, beach and a (currently empty) paddling pool, as well as beach huts and playing field. Friends of Hamworthy Park carry out a weekly littler pick but are always looking for more volunteers to help maintain the large area.
It all looked good on first inspection and not a litter to be seen - But with a good look around we found bottles, lots of cigerette ends, tissues and even make up compact and shampoo!
Happy with our loot it was all bagged up and left for the council to collect.
It was amazing seeing some familiar faces - Ones many of us have not seen since pre lockdown!
Being a lovely day - No one could run after the mission as had to shoot onto family matters so it was mission accomplished by 9.45!
Hamworthy Beach and Park isoverseen by so many volunteers under 'Friends of Hamworthy Park'. They reguarly have people help them but are really grateful for more during this busy season.
Often many people go to the big beaches so this is a chance to support the local area on our doorstep.
We will have litter picks and bags ready - All you need to do is show up! The litter pick will be 30-40 mins long max. We will meet at the field next to the Car Park.
We will have the option to run before and after the litter pick on groups max of 6 people! I am happy to offer the post litter pick as a short intervals session if wanted!
If anyone is interested in a sea swim from Lake Pier this will also be on offer (Approx time of 7.30am).
Please sign up on the page - and message what you would like to do!
Come on down and have some fun whilst making a difference!