James Connolly

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Chelmsford

107Good deeds

107runs

216cheers

James Connolly went on a group run
Group run
Chelmsford

Water the odds of getting this job done?

Wed 22 Jun
Report written by Tav
he/him

Well, I can tell you we did and 200 trees can quench their thirst tonight!

And it was another glorious evening of running and physical work to lug full watering cans from a makeshift wheelbarrow refill station to the sapling trees. A relay of straining arms muscles and pumping legs spontaneously broke out as, in true Goodgymer style, I saw the glint in the eyes of the team with total determination to complete the task.

The team from the church supported us with refills both for the trees and for us - the lemon squash under the walnut tree was most welcome. A treemendous effort from all. The 200 trees were donated by the Woodland Trust as part of the jubilee.

Rewinding to the run and the group set a great pace and powered up to St Mary Church in Broomfield. The unofficial 'most colourful leggings' prize was easily won by Becca. Perhaps Saucony will produce a Rainbow T-Shirt for those who reach 500 good deeds?!! And are there enough colourful running clothes for men? And if there were would you buy and wear them?!

Our return run had a pleasant accompanying breeze and everyone was pleased with a decent distance to log on Strava and a job well done.

Come along to Marks Hall Parkrun on Saturday or just bring some food for a picnic afterwards and also the Essex Pride event is still open for volunteers!

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Chelmsford

Watering newly planted Trees at St Mary's Church

Wed 22 Jun 18:30 pm
Anglia Ruskin University , Mildmay Sports Centre, Bishop Hall Lane, Chelmsford, CM1 1SQ
200 newly planted trees to water!

Come and join Goodgym as we jog to Broomfield and help care for some newly planted trees.

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James Connolly went on a group run
Group run
Chelmsford

I wondered why the cricket ball was getting bigger. And then it hit me.

Wed 15 Jun
Report written by David Chatterjee

HOWZATTTTTTTTT

We met at the Mildmay on a lovely Summer evening and had a nice chat. Quick well done to Joe for running a 20 minute 5km, absolute insanity. Goodgym is paired with The Great Get Together (https://www.greatgettogether.org/) an initiative inspired by the late Jo Cox designed to bring people together to celebrate what they have in common. We headed to the Best Western and cajoled the troops together. We think we ended up with 16 kids raring to go!

We headed down to the park ably by Jenny via the route with least roads to cross and headed to the part of the park where Parkrun Chelmsford begins. Joel showcased his shepherding across road skills, can tell that he recently became a father and he is ready to chaperone to the Ale House as soon as possible. We split into a couple of groups to play. Good(gym) grief, I had forgotten how absolutely terrible I was. Despite warne-ings from James, I managed to be the only person bowled out twice. And it only took three balls...I did make a couple of catches. Great fun and the group seemed to take excessive pleasure in mocking me... Some special shout outs: Andy for dropping some absolute sitters, Richard for somehow managing to survive a marathon 5 balls, Laurie for dodging and ducking without knowing it, Becca for somehow running about 2km while fielding and Tav for catching someone out one handed while on his phone. We headed off back, walking the group back and making sure they got back ok.

I know the task itself isn't the most fitness orientated but it is genuinely the highlight of the week for the children. Thanks to everyone for coming and we will be back. Shame we are on honeymoon or I would be there to seek my vengeance. Hopefully next time we can also bring some footballs and it will help to get all the children out as it is really important to exercise and get some fresh air, as well as just to have fun and make them feel welcome!

On Saturday 25th June the details are here for the Parkrun with Colchester - it will be at Marks Hall, it is about a 25 minute drive from Chelmsford. Sorry we can't be there: https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/when-2-become-1-goodgym-essex

See you in a couple of weeks when we hopefully are back with a tan! In the meantime, Tav will be leading some great tasks! Including a potential return to bowling doosras and fielding at silly point!

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Chelmsford

Cricket with Afghan families

Wed 15 Jun 18:30 pm
The Old Factory, Durrant Court, Brook Street, Chelmsford, CM1 1UE
Sport and recreation for local families

Looking for a new hobby? Want to do something for your physical and mental health? What to help your community? Come and join us...

This is task is to support the Chelmsford Central Baptiste Church who support Afghan families currently living at Best Western Atlantic Hotel - near to our 'base' at the Old Factory Gym. (New St, Chelmsford CM1 1PP)

Our role will be to accompany the families to A local Park, support in the organisation of one or possible two games of cricket and make the return journey too.

There will be appropriate adults (Diane, Edith and Kevin) as well as parents attending. If you are First Aid trained in would be useful to let Diane know.

Equipment is provided and tennis balls will be used rather than cricket balls!

If it rains we may need to change sport...frisbee, football...

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James Connolly has led a GoodGym walking session, leading others to the task to get more good done Thu 9 Jun 2022

James became a walk leader. James led the way for others to get fit by doing good.

James Connolly went on a group run
Group run
Chelmsford

First time for the tools at Essex Waterways

Wed 8 Jun
Report written by Laurie Glendinning

9 runners ran 5.5km to clear weeds for Essex Waterways

I was excited to see four task force members attending in our shiny new Saucony Goodgym tshirts, and of course the rest of our lovely members ready for the run and task.

Rich led us on the quickest route to meet Louise at Springfield Basin, with a car boot full of water and tools. Louise showed us our first of many tasks: scraping weeds from the grout in the paved area by the water, and also ensured that we were clear that we were not to fall into the water.

Each person selected a shiny new tool, a particular favourite being the claw-type implement picked by Tav and Charlie. Joel, James and Charlie made themselves comfortable on the floor, whilst Andy, Rich and Joe demonstrated their bending and squatting, and Richard chose the strategy of pulling out the largest weeds first.

Overall, a great first task for the runners and the tools with Essex Waterways, and we look forward to many more!

See you all soon,

Laurie

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Chelmsford

Jobs for Essex Waterways!

Wed 8 Jun 18:30 pm
The Old Factory, Durrant Court, Brook Street, Chelmsford, CM1 1UE
Saving the Essex Waterways...

A variety of tasks at Springfield Basin: Clean/clear block paving of weeds Weeding Litter picking Posts and railing – rub down and paint Clearing debris from the water Undergrowth removal from tow path – strimming, lawn cutting …

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James Connolly went on a group run
Group run
Chelmsford

Howzat four a task

Wed 1 Jun
Report written by Tav
he/him

I was a bit stumped for a pun and having heard the commentary comedy many times stating "the batsman's Holding, the bowlers Willy" (Brian Johnston) I wondered what the silly point was.

Well, what an enjoyable evening full of fun, enthusiasm, passion and skill...the the Goodgymers were on fine form too.

The Afghan families who currently live at a Best Western hotel gathered excitedly with the Kevins, Diane and Edith gently encouraging them.

We had a short walk to Central Park in the evening sun and when there we set up three games and many unofficial games. The smaller children showed great talent in their bowling, batting and catching! There were smiles and cheers at all the good shots and wickets!

With the Jubilee upon us it is worth reflecting on what you see as Britain's identity. The Queen has seen wars, recessions, technological advances and a pandemic but I am sure that she would feel proud of the volunteers who help migrants feel at home whether Afghans, Ukrainians, Sudanese or Syrian. Diversity is the bowls me over and inclusiveness hits me for 6!

The families packed away the kit and asked when we would be back...a sign of success.

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James Connolly signed up to a group run
Group run
Chelmsford

Cricket with Afghan families

Wed 1 Jun 18:30 pm
The Old Factory, Durrant Court, Brook Street, Chelmsford, CM1 1UE
Sport and recreation for local families

Looking for a new hobby? Want to do something for your physical and mental health? What to help your community? Come and join us...

This is task is to support the Chelmsford Central Baptiste Church who support Afghan families currently living at Best Western Atlantic Hotel - near to our 'base' at the Old Factory Gym. (New St, Chelmsford CM1 1PP)

Our role will be to accompany the families to A local Park, support in the organisation of one or possible two games of cricket and make the return journey too.

There will be appropriate adults (Diane, Edith and Kevin) as well as parents attending. If you are First Aid trained in would be useful to let Diane know.

Equipment is provided and tennis balls will be used rather than cricket balls!

If it rains we may need to change sport...frisbee, football...

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James Connolly went on a group run
Group run
Chelmsford

Knocked it for (almost) 6km!

Wed 11 May
Report written by David Chatterjee

After our task was cancelled due to the bad weather we all decided to meet up for a run anyway!

We congratulated Richard for smashing his buggy Parkrun PB and shared some more minor news from the weekend that me and Laurie had finally got married! Joe made me feel old by naming bands i'd never heard of that he is looking forward to seeing and the weather cleared.

We were going to be helping the Afghan refugees play a game of cricket down in Central Park so, as we couldn't do that, we thought we would run down to check the route and where we hope to play with them in future. We did a route down and cased the joint. Was good to see where we will be playing and get a run in.

It turned into a lovely weather-evening with loads of sunshine! After we returned back, Charlie protected the leg stump, Rich bowled a googlie, and James got out LBW.

In early August we are going to the Chelmsford cider and sausage festival, can get your tickets online if you want to join us!

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