I'm a young , keen runner - Up for a challenge - Proud to be part of Good Gym !
Tonight's task was a real community event. We were helping a local councillor (Madhuri Bedi) with a playground clean to help the local kiddies enjoy a safe, clean area to enjoy. As ever, one of our GoodGym members Mabu was instrumental in making this event happen for us...thank you Mabu.
Before we go on and tell you about the task, let's talk about turning three!
Ha-pea birthday to us
This week marks our 3rd year of starting GoodGym Slough. I simply cannot believe how quickly this time has gone, how much we have achieved and how many lives and community groups we have helped support.
We've spent one and half years in a 'normal' world and the other half in a pandemic world. The pandemic months have seen us stop doing what we loved the most - our Group Runs, yet seen us grow and expand in so many ways. For those of you who like stats, this sums it all up
2018 - Good Deeds 314
2019 - Good Deeds 836
Then came the pandemic...
2020 - Good Deeds 1115
2021 (so far) - Good deeds 798
Suffice to say we will smash the 2020 good deeds tally by the end of 2021!
Let it slide...
GoodGym is more than a community of runners - it is now a community of walkers, cyclists and runners all who want to get fit and do something good back for our town. We could of taken a downwards slide during the start of lockdown 1, with us loosing our ability to meet up, run together and hang out, but we didn't. We put on our big girl/boy pants and started to help our community by making well-being calls to our vulnerable residents and shopping and prescription tasks to those shielding. And when the time was right, we were back out in the community with our Community Missions.
Swinging into the next phase
In July 2020, soon after our 2nd birthday, we started our Community Missions - capped sessions where we made our own way to the task. Boy were these popular! With so many charities and community groups needing our help, we were out in allotments, in church gardens, at recycling centres, charity shops doing something to help them re-open, re-start or just have a tidy up.
During this time we've had members reach 50 milestones to 100 milestones. Some have gone on to the 200's, 300's and even 400!
The GoodGym grit has always been there and we made sure our team had a focus and something to enjoy. We had endless virtual fitness sessions on the go as well as quizzes. Keeping in touch was important - hanging in zoom became a 'thing'.
Did you know?
We've covered over 27, 000 km's since we started in 2018!
That's the same distance as running to Darwin, Austrailia and back!
So once again, from the bottom of my heart - THANK YOU to each and every GoodGym member in Slough for helping us to achieve all these milestones!
50 Club As well as our birthday celebrations it was also Gauri's 50th Good Deed today - well done Gauri, welcome to the Club!
Back to the task in hand. With the freedom to meet anytime, any day, any place for our group sessions - tonight's meet up was at Kederminster Park where did our welcome brief, task brief and warm up before heading out the 2km distance to Grampian Way park.
So off we went down this road, up that road, left here, right there until we eventually reached the park to find the local community already hard at work! This is what you call a community task. Councillor Bedi had put a shout out to the residents to help and/or provide equipment like brooms and brushes and wipes! And low and behold, there it all was. Well done Foxborough for really getting into the community spirit.
Brushing up on our techniques
It's been a while since I've had to stand in front of a group of people to sell the GoodGym story, but Madhuri wanted us to go on facebook live to tell the followers who we were - and I never shy away from a camera!
Soon we were all in full flow of the actual task. We paired off and took a section of the park each.
Meera was on the biggest slide straight away! She had that piece of kit ship shape by the end
Gauri was below deck giving the poles a once over whilst Sut focused on the ropes and made sure they were safe
Sandy and Ruth were on the flat swing, the baby swing - or just any swing really - no monkeying around from these two
Jean was our sweeping beauty whilst Pam and Jen brushed up on their piling skills (think Jen was just practising last week with her piles in readiness for today!)
Mabu was in all corners of the play area - brushing here, sweeping there, with Kam was moss lady today, digging out all that green!
In 45 minutes we had helped to clear up 5 bags of debris, leaves, moss and litter off the play ground floor!
There was no hanging around tonight as we had birthday cake to enjoy, though we did enjoy a cold ice pop kindly given to us by a local resident before we set off.
A great task! And thank you for your hospitality Foxborough.
With a group of children at both parks as our captive audience (and there really was an audience as we warmed up in Kederminster park and then when we did the task in the Grampian Way park), so we took this opportunity to tell the families all about GoodGym for the adults and junior parkrun for the children! Some very keen kids eager to show us their running speed skills. Lets hope we get a few signups for both.
Welcome to Shelley for her first session with us at Thames Hospice, plenty donations to sort through we managed around 15 bags of clothes into colours.
It was like Manjit had not been away she was on the sorting straight way,
Sutyeedid a bit here and there, taking photos.
May was very greatful for the help, we hope to return in a few weeks.
Tonight was our first session back at Antz kids at St George’s Church after a little break from the weekly community missions.
Our task was to battle the bushes and give them a little makeover.
With a few hands on deck tonight we got the clippers ready to trim the bushes.
We knew there was an important event happening later so there was to be no added time tonight… at stoppage time I would be blowing the whistle!
Sandy Sterling had the front bush and the clippers until she realized that clippers vs bush was like nail cutter vs grass. So as soon as the trimmer was free she was a woman on a mission!
Gauri Linekar and Jean Kane had the very apt St George’s sign bush! They did an amazing job off cutting that back, even creating a little hide n seek area!
Joe England - our man of the match, having run down was given the biggest bush to trim down. He had the height advantage over some of us!
Pam and I started with the big side bush with Pam using the trimmer for the first half as I held the lead making Shaw no one Trippier over it, then at half time I took over.
By full time we were done! All clippings were collected and disposed off in the green bin where we found Gary’s friend Gareth Snailgate!
Great task and as always great hospitality by Eva and the team.
That leaves me with just one thing to say:
Creating One Match to Emotionally obsess
Earn our Next Goal to Leave us with Another Night of Dreams
It's coming home;
It's coming home;
Football's coming home
We have missed the allotments. Having taken a few weeks off, the weeds were starting to peek through the two plots that Seb asked us to work on today.
Seb wasnt feeling great so I collected the keys from her earlier in the day and played umpire as our two teams of doubles battled to top spin the soil and win the battle.
They scored a few aces with the soil being very moist, the task in hand was well served and easy to pull out with no faults!
Plot 2 had the advantage with Gardeners Pam and Kam in their team however, Plot 1 team took their game up a level when Joe arrived and gave him the baseline to dig through.
Game, set, match! All done within 45 mins!
Today was our second year of running the Slough Half Marathon in a relay fashion but this time we combined it with our celebrations for Pride month!
Pride not prejudice
Each year GoodGym Norwich have been setting the challenge for all the other areas to join in the month-long celebrations for Pride month. In any normal year there would have been street parties and celebrations but sadly Covid has prevented that, so we decided to join our Norwich team mates in running our own celebrations
Pride month is about teaching tolerance, education in pride history and continuing to move forward in equality.
Run our town
GoodGym Slough launched in July 2018 and in October 2018, the Council had arranged for the return of the Slough Half Marathon after a 20-year break! Even though we were fairly new we still had a red army of runners taking part. So this half marathon is one we will always remember for many many reasons - the weather not being one of them!
After completing our junior parkrun duties, those of us starting out of Salt Hill Park got ourselves ready to go..
S'miles all round
The zero heros got ready to start as some were keen to do to whole 13 miles whilst others were in it for just the mile: Ricky, Mabu, Tracey and I were all planning on going for gold! Whilst Sandy and Claire were completing the first mile.
It really did feel a race with so many of us running (safely!), out of the park and into town for the first leg and we really did look like 'unicorns' as one child at junior parkrun told me!
Start to mile 1 completed - we had one in the hole already!
Now Ninja Pam (Pam might regret ever telling us her nickname); had already walked her mile to the junior parkrun community mission so already we had one in the bag! She'd passed the baton from me to you for number 2 so we just powered on from 2 to 3.
Already left behind by the super keen lean team (Mabu and Tracey), I was very happy to see Chrissy for mile 2 to 3. Tri-ing so hard to run that Langley Road incline with smiles on our faces!...thank goodness that was our only incline - No wait! we still had Horlicks Bridge to come yet.
The next mile saw the same crew with no additional members picked up on route! This route will always be un-4-gettable for us. As we reached the top end of Langley High Street we picked up Nisha and Kam for the 4th s'mile!
Approaching the next mile was the party crew. Always a popular stretch of the course and a popular run route of many a run club, we picked up Sara, Meera, Jean, Roisin, Ruth and Agnie giving them a virtual high 5 for the 5th mile down Upton Court Rd. Knowing the running rules - we stuck to a pack of 6 as we merrily made our way down the road.
As we waved goodbye to the famous 5, Agnie stayed with us for mile 6. The Chalvey leg of the race with a hill! Another one...who knew Slough had so many?
The route takes you back to the starting area - it's so tempting just to stop right now and dip back into the park and just pretend I'd done the rest of the miles - I mean...who would actually know? Other than all my Strava followers?? But after a quick 7-Up, I was raring to complete mile 7 and not be late for mile ate! And oh look, another hill! Horlick's bridge!
Here we had Team B (Alison and Sut) ready and waiting to complete the rest of the course from miles 8-13 with us. We'd waved goodbye to Agnie so it was back to Team A again.
This end of any race is where is starts to get tough. You are past halfway yet not close enough to the finish to know that you've nearly done it. We were on cloud 9 to finish 8 up in Manor Park heading into Britwell. The next few miles saw us take on the trading estate and it's maze of roads (I always get lost driving around the trading estate - running it is no easier!).
Always glad to see legs 11, we knew it wasn't far off now. The Farnham Rd area with all its eateries were enough motivation to delve deep for mile 12 and another flippin' hill! The railway line this time. Seriously, I thought Slough was meant to be flat!
Oh the joys of Salthill park - think we were more excited than those getting their vaccines done there! Finally, we had made it.
Well done to all of our runners and walkers who completed one mile, two miles or the whole 13! and to our team member Jen who was doing her mile slot later on, Harsha who did her's in Portsmouth and Keira who did her mile yesterday
Once again, great spirit, vibes and energy from everyone! We certainly had PRIDE in Slough today.
Special thank you
So I'm sure I told you all of my night time problem last night! No, not what you think! I had been up since 2am with tummy troubles so I really wasn't thinking straight this morning. I was literally going to take it a mile at a time and just see how far I could go! But you're energy kept me motivated as I completed all 13 miles! So Thank You from me.
This was our first task at The Langley Academy Primary and our mission was to help revive the outdoor forestry learning garden!
With child height weeds we did have our hands full, but we are naturals at digging up weeds so this was child’s play for us!
No punning in the hall
With a few of us running to the task, we were already warmed up and ready to do our good weed of the day.
The cutest little shovels and forks as our tools, we sectioned off the area so we could safely tackle the bushes!
Never a dill moment
On the left side we had:-
- Ruth Corocus
- Sandy Daisy
- Agnija Caranation
They did a cracking job of unearthing the … earth really ! Ruth was on a mission and knew just the thicket to get the job done!
In the middle were:-
- Nisha Bellflower
- Sutyee Poppy
- Sara Gillyflower
- Harsha Bergonia
- Assisted by Ricky Kaffir Lilly
Their section was quite hard with lots of brambles but they got a twiggle on and pulled out some thorny stalks!
On the right we had:-
- Pam Blossom and
- Jean Wallflower
Our expert gardeners who kept their heads down and did a blooming great job!
We worked hard tonight! I think someone saved the sweet pea bush as requested by school! 10 out of 10 for you!
An hour in and we were all done just in time for bud time. Plenty left for a follow up visit and a quick school photo of the good kids and the naughty ones!
Great task and superb efforts by everyone.
Throw her to the wolves and she will return leading the pack
But that’s not where we end the report! Tonight was Supergirl Harsha’s 100th good deed!
Here are some things about her that you may or may not know!
She’s never hits the wall - she just climbs over it.
She likes to get dirty.
We don’t like you either - said the burpee to everyone except Harsha.
Her scars are a sign of her survival.
She is courageous.
She’s on fire! (In some photos she really is!).
She smashes all her goals.
She’s in a Wolfpack!
She’s just an awesome person all round!
Well done Harsha! Awesome milestone to reach (and before Rickyyyyy) 😂
We have plenty of other tasks booked on the system - hope to see you there!
13' runners joined us at Upton Court Park for a relaxing fitness session.
Quick warm up to 2M and back followed by star jumps, spotty dogs, jump ups, arm circles, high knees and so on, followed by 2 groups. Group 1 started with squats whilst group 1 doing side steps along the over grown grass, alternating between the group. Swiftly moving onto our speedy hills, you are were all fantastic 5x hill sprints. Sut even managed 1x hill sprint. Lastly onto the rugby club 30 seconds on back and forth to the white lines.
Nice gentle job back to 2K marker with a nice cool down and sing a long.
We have our last fitness session next Monday with Ricky leading. https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/fitness-in-the-park-c4204bea-2726-40a3-bc01-bc4209e1cb9c.
It was lovely to be back at the allotment. We were working on the original plot that we started on many many months ago. As with anything in life, if you don’t maintain it , it gets out of hand... and the weeds were back ... not nearly as high as before but still a thymely reminder not to loose the plot! Keep onto of your weeds!
Regular gardeners Pam and Kam knew the difference between a bush and a weed, whereas I would never parsley the test on a gardening exam! Clearly no Charlie Dimmick!
World Affairs and just affairs in general
As we dug and pulled and picked out the weeds we chatted about anything and everything. The convo went from Eurovision and nil points to Boris’ alleged affair, Edwina and John Major’s affair (poor Norma), thankful we don’t have Trump but sad we don’t have Jacinda.
A day in the leaf of Jean
There is never a dill moment when Jean is at a task. Firstly, she told us how at this moment in time, she was on German TV!!
That was a bit mulch for my brain to take as clearly she was standing right there in front of me!
She explained how her Opera Singer Son was performing in Germany and the TV presenter had interviewed Jean earlier on that day, as he’d met her in the past and wanted to know how she was!
The conversation then went into WW2 and where Jean was during that period. She told us that as she lived in Cranford she stayed at home and wasn’t sent to the countryside. She remembers when doodlebugs used to fly overhead and hover over an area where they would release the missiles! Can you imagine that! Love listening to Jean’s stories
Already looking forward to next weeks episode of allot-enders
Nice to see our runners braving this week weather down at the Stoke Road Alottments, we were all over the Rainbow not moon tonight. Weeding the second patch for our expectant mummies, Jean even took some lovely green home for her turtle.
Jenny was back with us with her 100 DEED T-Shirt, congratulations again.
Finally Claire makes her first ever good deed with us, Claire is use to dumb bells, but she dealt herself ACE of SPADES.
We look forward to seeing you next Tuesday.
Great to see 8 GoodGym members come out from the Shelter of the Storm for their weekly dose of fitness.
Come rain or shine we knew a few wouldn’t mind getting Wet Wet Wet
With a nice warm up planned, the team were Singing in the Rain as we started our easy run, tempo run, easy run technique to the Rugby grounds.
With no Umbrella to keep them dry, they embraced the run challenge. Little did they know we had more fitness work planned!
A few arm movement techniques thrown in for good measure, I’m sure I even heard some Laughter in the Rain!
Next onto the cone challenge, with short bursts of different exercises at each coloured cone, even Stormski couldn’t squat like Jean, whilst others were going mad like AC/DC and burning some energy like Lightning Strikes!
I did have to ask Why does it always rain on me?! But I know not to be disheartened by the weather in the UK.... I quite like it when a few Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head
Next we did some agility work! Working on our speed skill and movement skills. Some of the team were going crazy like it was Raining Men But it was only Ricky tonight ... don’t know where the rest of the blokes are these days??
Then came the strength work. Lunges sets to prepare those legs for all the techniques we learnt! We were like Riders in the Storm by the time we finished!
Great effort everyone... not sure I mentioned the weather in the report but we got drenched.... back to Ricky next week.