Kam Atwal

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Always allot to do…

Mon 20 Sep
Report written by Manjit Birk

Back into the root-ine

A lovely evening at the allotments. This task has been a firm favourite for a while, maybe due to the open space or the essence behind the task or maybe because we just like killing weeds!

We met at The King Wexham for the task brief, warm up and gentle run down to the allotments.

Great to have Simmi and Dr join us on their first GoodGym session tonight!

With Sandy joining us again after her little break it was great to run down the streets of Slough in the Red T's again in a larger group and back to our Monday night root-ine!

Matter of thyme

A short while later we were at the allotments and having the keys to lettuce selves in is so mulch easier these days.

So in a jiffy we had the tools out and were ready to turnover plots 1 and 2. We knew it would be a matter of thyme before the weeds came back! But the soil, albeit dry was relatively easy to turn over and made the task easier.

We hope that soon our lovely task owner will have some pre or post natal ladies to start sowing the seeds and helping the plants blossom.

Really? A Relay!

With proper attire this time by one member... naming no names! We decided to do a 100 meter relay as the first part of our fitness session.

To welcome our new participants we made them team leaders as Team A and Team B battled to win. I cant actually remember who won! Everyones a winner in my eyes (such a mum thing to say hahah!)

Put your best foot forward

As if the relay wasn't enough, we then did my round the world leg strengthening exercises! A few oo's and aah's means we were working those muscles... we then headed back up the road to our start point.

Thank you for coming along this evening! Next week we are meeting at Baylis Park for a task in Manor Park area.

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Night at the allotments)

Mon 20 Sep 18:15 pm
Shaggy Calf Lane , Slough, SL2 5HS
Improve the environment

Another session at the allotments. Always plenty to do here as those weeds just keep growing!

This session is always a taxing one in terms of physical activity as we use a lot of full body strength to turn over the soil! We will be running or walking to the allotments as well to add in your cardio element to your fitness workout.

The meet up point will be top end of Shaggy Calf Lane, near Wexham Rd - Meet outside King Wexham pub.

Please do not park inside the pub car park as you will get a ticket

We will then run down Shaggy Calf Lane and then into Stoke Rd. The distance each way will be 1.5km.

The task will be to turn over the plots that we have already been maintaining for Seb and Sarah.

On route back we will do a mini fitness session.

Please bring your own gardening gloves

Reminder - not to share tools whilst doing the task.

There are no bag drop or toilet facilities available. So please come ready to run.

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Track-tastic time

Mon 6 Sep
Report written by Manjit Birk

So we did something old and something new today...nothing borrowed or blue though!

As a little treat (and seeing the idea on another GG area report), I asked the team if they fancied doing a track session on our Monday night after our community litter pick...

You gait my vote!

With a few hands up we went with the idea.

So we met at Upton Court Park and burrowed around finding areas to pick, which were fair and far between until we came across the meadow/jungle near the Green Gym!

Plenty of pickings here! including a mobile phone and 3 bag fulls of rubbish!

We then made our way to the track

Runbelievable

We had so much fun running laps, warm up games, mini fitness sessions and 1:1 track session (100 meters effort:100 meters recovery)...

Finished off by a coresome effort planking!

Well done team! Loved it tonight

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A litter bit of fitness

Mon 6 Sep 18:15 pm
Upton Court Park , Upton Court road , Slough, SL3 7LU
Get fit and healthy

This group run session will be with a litter twist!

We will be meeting at Upton Court Park for 18:15, where will do the task brief and warm up.

Next, we will do our good deed of litter picking in the car park bushes!

Following that, we will head out to Thames Valley Athletics Track for a track session - this will be a run session filled with lots of different techniques. Suitable for all levels.

Please note - to use the track we do have to pay...its £5.10 per person payable directly at the reception desk when we arrive at TVAC

We don't have to pre book the track - therefore if you sign up now and find out later that you cant attend then its no problem at all.

Equally, you are welcome to just join the litter pick element of this session.

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GoodGympian Games

Mon 9 Aug
Report written by Manjit Birk

Opening Ceremony

Tonight was our Olympic special session. After seeing Team GB fly through the event in 4th place with 22 Gold, 21 Silver and 22 Bronze, we were highly motivated to discus the event in detail. So many champions, so many heros, so much flippin fun!

We met at 6.15pm outside the King Wexham on Shaggy Calf Lane and after the task brief and warm up (synchronised swimming game which Jean is a pro at!), we headed down the road for our relatively short 1km run.

So you might have noticed the torrential downpours this afternoon! Due to the worsening weather, I did give the team the option to run to the task or meet at the task...it was a 50/50 split but in the end, we still had a die hard trio run to the task!

Just as we set off the rain started again...so no speed work, we just ran down leisurely - the main aim was to make sure we didn't get any O-limp-ians by the time we arrived at the allotments.

The Main Event

With 8 of us in the team, we cracked on with our task in hand, which was the turn-over the plots and remove the weeds - which have a come-back faster than Usain Bolt! You really do need to keep on top of these to be in the winning game.

After 45 minutes the full-time whistle was blown, and we were getting ready for the GoodGympian Games

Gymnasticks

First up was our version of floor exercises using sticks as batons (though I forgot the sticks!) with Joe, Jean, Helen and Pam pulling the short straw for this event.

Each participant had 15 seconds to show off their best floor flips, splits and strength movements. The judges scored them on the complexity of moves, their aesthetics, their energy and techniques. The judges spent some time deliberating the results but they settled on:

  • Gold Medal - Joe

  • Silver Medal - Helen

  • Bronze Medal - Pam

Jump for Joy

Round two consisted of showing off our jumping skills with each participant having 3 tries at jumping the furthest distance. The finalist were Sandy, Manjit, Kam and Roisin.

The jumping techniques were ...questionable but the enthusiasm was immense! After 3 jumps each, the results were as follows:

  • Gold Medal - Sandy

  • Silver Medal - Manjit

  • Bronze Medal - Roisin

Relay Good Fun Run

All team members were in it to win it in this game. Joe had a handicap (or so we thought!) as he came directly to the task in his jeans and wellies and non GoodGym t-shirt! Other sports kit were also missing amongst the team, but the less said about that the better!

The teams had been divided into equal abilities and they were as follows:

  • Good Britain - Joe and Jean

  • Mission Malaysia - Kam and Roisin

  • Coach China- Manjit and Sandy

  • Task Tokyo - Helen and Pam

Each team member had a set distance of 100m to run - this was a timed event to see which team could run 200 metres collectively the fastest...and the results are in!

  • Gold Medal - Good Britain

  • Silver Medal - Coach Canada

  • Bronze Medal - Task Tokyo

Yep...Joe beat us all in his wellies!

Closing Ceremony

We had so much fun tonight. Thank you to everyone who came along to make our 'I am Team GB' event so memorable. We bid each other farewell until next week. Then off we ran back to our cars, only for me to realise I had lost my car fob, so Sandy and I ran all the way back to the allotments to try and find it. Luckily, it was still there!

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Picnic in the park

Sat 21 Aug 14:00 pm
Upton Court Park , Upton Court road , Slough, SL3 7LU

Please note that this party has been cancelled.

Fun!

For our Summer Social we thought a nice picnic in the park followed by a gentle rounders game might be fun?!?

If you are up for it then please bring a few snacks/drinks for yourself (and anything else that you are happy to share - packaged items might be better!)

We will meet up at Upton Court Park at 2pm, have a nice catch up and a game!

We will need to be mindful of Covid measures like sitting apart and sanitising our hands.

You are welcome to bring your partners/children.

So we have an idea of potential numbers, please could you sign up.

Look forward to seeing you then

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GoodGym x I am Team GB (At the allotments)

Mon 9 Aug 18:15 pm
Shaggy Calf Lane , Slough, SL2 5HS
Improve the environment

This session ties in with the I am Team GB campaign that GoodGym are supporting. This aim of this campaign is to increase sports participation by listing events for people to attend.

This session is always a taxing one in terms of physical activity as we use a lot of full body strength to turn over the soil! We will be running or walking to the allotments as well to add in your cardio element to your fitness workout.

The meet up point will be top end of Shaggy Calf Lane, near Wexham Rd - Meet outside King Wexham pub. We will then run down Shaggy Calf Lane and then into Stoke Rd. The distance each way will be 2km.

The task will be to turn over the plots that we have already been maintaining for Seb and the Maternity Unit team.

On route back we will do a mini fitness session.

Please bring your own gardening gloves

Reminder - not to share tools whilst doing the task.

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Cup of tea! We are three!

Mon 26 Jul
Report written by Manjit Birk

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!

Merry-go-round

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.

Child's Play

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.

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