Let's face it Tuesday is a great day to go for an evening run especially during the summer months AND you know you are guaranteed a good task and a fun group to run with!!
This week we head over to help out Flora and the team at the Remakery with a bit of gardening.
Jobs include: - Taming over growth in the wildlife friendly areas - Weeding and removing thuggish plants from the beds - Clearing around tree bases, paving slabs - Pruning the herb garden - Tying back climbers - Watering - Cleaning the mini pond - Turning compost!
Plenty to get on with so get signed up and let's make this a great session!
All nine runners streamed into Papa's from 18.45. Some of us just about making it for the warmup. 👀
As part of our warmup, beyond among the butt kicks and high knees we played a little game. We went around in a circle and posed a true/false statement about ourselves which we'd have to guess. Those that got it wrong had to give us 2 burpees. We love a good burpee. After the stretching we headed over to Palace Road Nature Reserve, up Brixton Hill.
At the Gardens Gerry was waiting for us holding up a huge scythe. As soon as she caught a glimpse of it Dawn couldn't resist taking on the task. Or new reaper of Palace Road grass went for it, generating a pretty large mound of cut grass.
The rest of us collected shears and trimmed the sides of the paths to clear them up.
When we eventually downed tools after a good 40 minute's work, we were thanked by Gerry and headed back to Papa's. This time the run was gentler - downhill. At the traffic lights by the junction onto Brixton Hill, the notification for the day conveniently went off and I managed to capture our run mid action. 👌 (Much more interesting one than sitting at my desk).
We had a few stretches at Papa's and ended our session. Hope you all enjoyed it!
39 GoodGymers and their friends (two and four legged) came together for the first GoodGym London North vs South of the river rounders tournament.
Teams were split into roughly those from GoodGym boroughs North and South, but there were a few more Southerners, who in the end represented the winning team...but more on that later.
We had No Runs Northerners versus Southern Softies in the first semi, where Ed smashed all his shots for a rounder and posted a 13 1/2 score. Unfortunately, No Runs Northerners could only score 7 1/2 rounders before being caught all out.
The next semi final saw Ninety Nine Problems, but a Northerner ain't one play Southern Spitballers and this wasn't a close affair as the Northerners put 14 rounders on the scoreboard leaving the Southerners with a difficult task to beat them. They managed 5 rounders before the whole team were caught or were run out.
We came to the 3rd/4th place and Southern Spitballers batted first, but could only manage 2 rounders as the rules changed to five outs and then we swap over. No Runs Northerners had a bit of a scare as they were 1 1/2 rounders from victory, but the Southerns had to get two more out. With grit and determination, the No Runs Northerners pushed and ran their half rounders to eventually score 2 and 1/2 rounders to win 3rd place!
By the time, it came to the final, misty rain swept in to make the surfaces slippery as a few players found out... Ninety Nine Problems, but a Northerner ain't one smashed 7 & 1/2 rounders. Which ended up being enough to secure the tournament as Southern Softies, even with big hitting Ed could only manage 5 rounders before five team members were caught out.
The team celebrated their victory with a "Champagne shower". Well done to Paul, Claire, Laura, Anna, Sam Smillie, Aaron, Maia and Jake (all Sam's friends) for winning with Ninety Nine Problems, but a Northerner ain't one!
We're on for the next rounders social in Victoria Park on the 16th of July! Sign up if you can make it. Watch out Northerners...the southerners will be practicing ⚾👀
Gerry from Palace Road Nature Garden has been in touch and they need our help!
It's a perfect summer evening run from our base at Papa's up to Palace Road so one to look forward to and once we get there we will be clipping the edges of paths and woodland trails to make it a safe place for the local community.
There a few safety notes to be aware of on the day namely nettles and brambles on the site. Long grass with hidden hazards and 2 ponds - not for taking a dip in this case.
Tools and equipment will be provided. Please bring gloves if you have them. Waste will be composted on site.
Five GoodGymers rocked up at Thorlands. For Anna it was her first time at Thorlands after a few good deeds at Old Alleynian Rugby Club and a few more in Lewisham.
Lindy, Kaz and Nathan know Thorlands back to front, so after getting the tools from the Walled Garden and heading over to the Kitchen / Forest Garden, they wasted no time with getting on with the task.
We spent the next hour and a bit weeding and chopping back the bindweed - ensuring all the bindweed was put in the bin bag, bramble cut up in the white tonne bag and the rest composted.
The difference was very noticeable and lots of plants thrive in the summer. We will be back on Wednesday night for some more clearance. This time, the terrace and in front.
There had been a weeding mission here a few months ago but surprise surprise they had grown back. 😄 With limited tools we got rid of a lot of dandelions, spiky dandelions, leaves and old daffodils and gave the roses more space to shine! In under an hour the flower bed was transformed and we all went off to enjoy the afternoon sun 🌞
Thor Lands Community Gardens in Camberwell offers a range of tasks for us to get involved with! There is an on-going project to convert this half an acre site into a thriving garden for the residents and locals to love. We meet at the "Walled Garden", which for newbies can be located exactly here using "what3words" - share.wished.rips. There is a variety of tasks from composting to weeding, sawing wood to cutting back brambles and raking leaves to planting trees - each week is different.
Health and Safety first: Please be advised that the task owner, Simon, cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons and would like us to be considerate, keep social distancing from him and to stay home if you develop a constant sneeze or cough.
The Weir Link community centre offers social, educational, training and social support to local residents around the Clapham Park area.
They have a small garden space which they've asked for some GoodGym help with, keeping it maintained and looking nice!
The tasks will be:
🌱Tidying up of the edging
🌱Trimming over hanging branches
We need a few people and the task shouldn't take more than an hour.
🧤Please bring gardening gloves!!
There will be a few of us attending the Clapham Common Parkrun before this community mission. Sign up here
We had a bumper group of runners back this week for the longer run over to Jubilee Primary School to help out with their gardening tasks. 🧤
Warm up, introductions and categories all done in short order (amazing how many Estate Agents there are and that we could keep naming them at Michael who was no. 14)!
Georgie had let me know that she intended to walk to the session which was great and stopped by to introduce herself then set off early to try to beat us there - sadly using City Mapper she came a cropper and was being sent the wrong way until the group ran past to call out directions to her. The front runners, chilled joggers and our one walker all arrived at pretty much the same time due to traffic light hold ups which was nice twist. 🚶🏃
Once up at the playground we saw that Juan had laid out all the tools (pint sized mostly) for us and we were ready to divide into 3 groups: 1. Dumpers were to head over to the bins and start dumping the green waste that had been collected. 2. Topiary group was set the challenge to trim the hedges of the outside garden into various animals (or just neat rectangles). 3. Trimmers were to cut back the twigs that were protruding through the fence into the netball/football/hopscotch court so no children might run into them.
There was however one slight glitch and it wasn't the size of the tools.... We had only one pair of shears (which gave up the ghost by the end), one secateurs and one hand secateur.... and 14 people itching to get chopping things back! We decided to keep rotating the person with the tools and have everyone else sweeping, clearing and pulling weeds by hand. This also led to about half the group finishing the dumping task quite quickly and not having a great deal to do so there was nothing else for it but to have a game of netball! 🏀
Half the group would play a friendly game while the rest worked and then they would swap so in the end it became a fitness session / gardening task and it looked like everyone was having a great time (see photos).
40 minutes later and we filled three huge builder's sacks with cuttings to drag over to the bins and Juan was very grateful and keen for us to come back soon when they will have more tools for us. ⏱
Big thanks to everyone for a really fun evening #DreamTeam 🤩