Kirk

Chelmsford

31Good deeds

31runs

48cheers

Kirk went on a group run
Group run
Chelmsford

Cor blighty!

Wed 11 Aug
Report written by Laurie Glendinning

We met up at Mildmay Gym on a warm Wednesday evening for our group run to Sanctus allotment.

We particularly welcomed Jenny who hadn't been on a group run for a while, and Ian on his second group run.

After a quick warm up, Joel led us out on a slightly longer route to our task. We were all shocked and disheartened to find that the previously flourishing potatoes and tomatoes had been hit by blight, meaning that they will need to be dug up and disposed of. After some reflection, everyone carried on with watering and weeding the other beds. The good news is that the peas, radishes, and rhubarb were all looking healthy!

We left the allotment, via a look at one of our favourite allotments with its hens, and were greeted by our founding father Ken for his first goodgym venture in quite some time!

The fitness session tonight was increasing from a jog, to a steady run, to a sprint between lamposts along the bunny walks. Ken's attendance had put some pressure on my ability to lead a fitness session, so I was glad when he added some enthusiasm and got involved with the group. Everyone did a brilliant job, but particular shout out to Joel, Kirk and Ken for picking up the pace! And thanks to Jenny, James and Andy for keeping me company at the back.

Thanks all for keeping the spirits up in the face of disappointment, we'll get there with this very worthwhile task for Sanctus!

Hopefully see some faces at parkrun, and looking forward to hearing how Kirk has got on with learning all about potato blight.

Laurie

p.s thanks to all for being there for my 200 good deeds over the years!

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Kirk signed up to a group run
Group run
Chelmsford

Group Runs - Allotmenting

Wed 11 Aug 18:30 pm
Anglia Ruskin University , Mildmay Sports Centre, Bishop Hall Lane, Chelmsford, CM1 1SQ
We can run together, complete a task, and have a fitness session!! Aren’t we spoilt?

Group Runs are back! Although there are some slight changes.

Meeting up as usual at the Mildmay Sports Hall at Anglia Ruskin University at 6:30pm. Although we will not have access to the building so there will not be any changing or storage facilities so make sure you come ready to run.

You must sign up for this group run if you wish to take part. You cannot turn up on the day as you could previously. If you are coming, make sure you sign up beforehand.

This week we will be doing some allotmenting

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Kirk went on a group run
Group run
Chelmsford

We were Medal-ing at Interact

Wed 4 Aug
Report written by Russell

Seven GoodGym runners met up at our usual meeting place at Anglia Ruskin University for our regular Wednesday Group Run. It’s almost like pre-pandemic times! After a brief introduction speech we did some Olympic theme poses for a photo opportunity. Warm up completed, Adam led us along the river as Andy backmarked to Interact to clear more of the weeds from their paths.

As we got to Interact, Susie was just leaving and mentioned she had left some drinks and biscuits in the greenhouse along with the tools for the job. Kirk couldn’t think of anything else for the next half an hour but that didn’t stop him getting the job done. The only thing stopping people was my inability to open the greenhouse. Thankfully Anna pointed out it has sliding doors rather than push/pull doors… Doh!

As we have done this task a couple of times before everyone knew what to do. Anna started clearing the furthest bit of path. Andy and James went to the middle bit. Caroline got stuck into the cracks in the paving and Adam and Kirk made sure they were as near to the biscuits as could be.

After about half an hour it was time to pack away and enjoy some juice and a biscuit as our reward for our hard work and make our way back to the University. We were a bit short on time so did some lamppost sprints on the way back as our fitness session, and might have made it back a minute or two late… Sorry!

Stretching done it was time to say goodbye. Thanks for coming everyone, see you all again soon!

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Kirk signed up to a group run
Group run
Chelmsford

Group Run - Gardening at Interact

Wed 4 Aug 18:30 pm
Anglia Ruskin University , Mildmay Sports Centre, Bishop Hall Lane, Chelmsford, CM1 1SQ
We can run together, complete a task, and have a fitness session!! Aren’t we spoilt?

Group Runs are back! Although there are some slight changes.

Meeting up as usual at the Mildmay Sports Hall at Anglia Ruskin University at 6:30pm. Although we will not have access to the building so there will not be any changing or storage facilities so make sure you come ready to run.

You must sign up for this group run if you wish to take part. You cannot turn up on the day as you could previously. If you are coming, make sure you sign up beforehand.

This week we will be doing some gardening at Interact

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Kirk has completed 25 good deeds with GoodGym. Thu 22 Jul 2021

Kirk has already done 25 good deeds with GoodGym. Instead of doing anything else, they've used their run to go and help people that need their help; digging, lifting, scraping, clearing, planting and weeding. Stuff that makes this a better place to be.

Kirk went on a community mission
Community mission
Chelmsford

Maintaining the Sanctus Allotment Patch

Thu 22 Jul

Sanctus are a local charity that serves the homeless and vulnerable in Chelmsford, providing a safe, warm environment, free meals 7 days a week and support services.

We have filled the beds with seeds and plants so we will just be maintaining the site, clearing any unwanted weeds, feeding the crops etc and admiring the great progress we have made so far.

We'll meet in the car park at the end of Arun Close.

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Kirk went on a group run
Group run
Chelmsford

Rocket man, bringing treats to us in the sun

Wed 21 Jul
Report written by Laurie Glendinning

Eight runners were glad to meet back up at ARU's Mildmay Gym for the first group run of 2021!

After a long catch up, Joel led the run down to Interact to get started on weeding the bark covered path in their beautiful garden. The group spread out along the path and used a variety of tools to pick out all the weeds. As he wasn't leading, Russell C was able to get stuck into the task!

Whilst we were part way through the task, Rich appeared with some rocket ice lollies and water. Everyone had a well deserved break to enjoy their lollies. Thanks Rich!

We finished off the patches we were weeding and said farewell to Rich before heading back to our starting point.

Well done everyone for helping to clear loads of weeds on such a warm evening! Its great to see you all at a group run again and we're sure Interact will be impressed with how much we managed to clear.

And finally, Happy Birthday for tomorrow to our wonderful Area Activator Russell!

Laurie

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Kirk signed up to a community mission
Community mission
Chelmsford

Maintaining the Sanctus Allotment Patch

Thu 22 Jul 18:30 pm
Springfield Football Club/Arron Park Car Park, Arun Close, Chelmsford, CM1 7QE
Eventually grow some food for this wonderful local charity

Sanctus are a local charity that serves the homeless and vulnerable in Chelmsford, providing a safe, warm environment, free meals 7 days a week and support services.

We have filled the beds with seeds and plants so we will just be maintaining the site, clearing any unwanted weeds, feeding the crops etc and admiring the great progress we have made so far.

We'll meet in the car park at the end of Arun Close.

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Kirk signed up to a group run
Group run
Chelmsford

The Return of Group Runs!!!!

Wed 21 Jul 18:30 pm
Anglia Ruskin University , Mildmay Sports Centre, Bishop Hall Lane, Chelmsford, CM1 1SQ
We can run together, complete a task, and have a fitness session!! Aren’t we spoilt?

16 months after our last Group Run and 5 Years and 1 Week after our very first we are back! Although there are some slight changes which will become clear on the day.

Meeting up as usual at the Mildmay Sports Hall at Anglia Ruskin University at 6:30pm. Although we will not have access to the building so there will not be any changing or storage facilities so make sure you come ready to run.

You must sign up for this group run if you wish to take part. You cannot turn up on the day as you could previously. If you are coming, make sure you sign up beforehand.

This week we will be gardening at Interact!

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Kirk went on a community mission
Community mission
Chelmsford

Back of the Net

Wed 14 Jul
Report written by Russell

Four cyclists and six runners met up at the Sanctus Allotment to get their weekly bites from all the bugs… Or rather do some allotmenting. Not sure that’s a real word but anyways.

There were quite a few jobs that needed doing, and without much direction everyone just sort of got on with it. Jenny took charge of the netting we had been given to protect all the lovely plants from any pests and a great group effort was made to cover two of the beds with help from the odd bits of bamboo, wood and wire mesh we could find and a bit of creativity. Andy not realising his own strength managed to somehow break a pair of Secateurs, or maybe the rust had a part to play.

Joel (thanks for the pun) tried the White Currants to see if they were ripe… They weren’t. Adam tried a Raspberry to see if they were ripe… They were crunchy??! Laurie thought they could do with a bit of a pruning so gave them the care they needed. Still, the Rhubarb seemed ready so Kirk got busy pulling that up.

Meanwhile Andy, Russell D and Adam turned over and sowed Lettuce and Spinach seeds in the last empty bed and Leanne bought some Raddish plants along with her so planted those at the end of the bed and planted more of the potatoes as well. And Lucy made sure everything got a thorough watering and feeding.

Whew!!

A special mention goes to Andy who ran the Vitality 10k at the weekend in aid of Toms Trust which you can read a bit more about here and make a donation if you wish!

Next week… Group Runs return!!!!! I’m still waiting for a few final details but once they are in I will list the session on the website. Hopefully see you all again soon!

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