Laura Paice

Windsor and Maidenhead

9Good deeds

9runs

16cheers

Laura Paice has run their first missions with GoodGym. Mon 1 Mar 2021

Laura has just done something they've never done before. Laura has just run a mission; they've changed their running route and run to help someone who really needed their help.

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Windsor and Maidenhead

Food glorious food!

Mon 1 Mar
Report written by Laura Paice

Delivered meals to local residents for the Brett Foundation. Very humbling!

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Round 3 at St Luke's School

Thu 8 Oct
Report written by Jess Smith

4 runners ran to St Luke's School to continue the awesome work already completed!

Laura, Allora, Jess and Paul met on a surprisingly dry night to continue the shingle shifting and weed wrestling from the previous two tasks at this location.

After a quick brief on the evening's task, newbies to the location Laura and Allora quickly got to grips with getting the shingle out of the bag. 3rd timer Paul was on hand to offer some advice on the use of the board, shovels, scissors and wheel-barrrow to get that shingle out, clearly actions perfected over the last two tasks!

Once the wheelbarrow was full of shingle it was deposited on the matting around the edge of the carpark where Jess was stood ready with a rake, to bring out her inner landscape gardener, and spread the shingle out across the area leaving no matting on show.

The girls swapped jobs between them and shoveled, raked and weeded their way through the evening.

Weeding Warrior Paul, however, was in a class of his own! He went to town on the weeding and made a huge dent in the number there, clearing a whole side and corner of the pesky greens!

Pleased with their progress the team cleared away and that left Allora to come up with, what we believe should be Goodgym's new slogan.

Good Day, Goodgym, Good Job!

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Return to St Luke's School

Thu 8 Oct 18:30 pm
St Luke's Church of England School Car Park, Entrance from Ray Mill Road West, Maidenhead, SL6 8SB
Help lay more weed matting and spread stone chips in the car park area

Join us as we head back to school to help St Luke's Church of England Primary with putting the finishing touches on the beds around their car park. We will be working outside in the dark so please bring a head torch. Gardening gloves are a must too.

For a taste of what the task involves check out our run report from our first session at St Luke's...with any luck the weather will be a bit kinder this time though!

This task can be a tricky one to find...if you enter Ray Mill Road West from the Western end (B4447) you are looking for the second turn on the right. If you get to Holly Drive you've gone to far. It is more of a driveway than a street and as you enter there is a big red sign for the school on the left. Head past the red sign, straight down the driveway, and you will find yourself in the car park.

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Ockwells That Ends Well

Thu 17 Sep
Report written by Sophie Lack

11 runners met in the car park at Ockwells park on this fine sunny evening. Nadège was joining us for her second ever GoodGym task (we hope you had fun Nadege)! We set off on the 1km journey across to the fenced off enclosure where we would be meeting "Ranger Al" from Braywick Nature Centre, to learn how to plant the 800+ acorns that we had harvested in the previous tasks, and that that had passed the float test!

The Aces of Spaces

We set to work in two pre-marked out squared off areas with gardening gloves, spades and acorns! We made a slit in the tough ground with our very large spades (not sure about anyone else but Sophie had it in her mind we would be using tiny shovels!) and dropped in 2 or 3 acorns, lying on their sides, about 1-2 inches beneath the surface.

Purpose is Planting a Tree Whose Shadow Your Kids Will Rest Under

We learned that the wooded areas nearby are called "Little Thrift Wood" and "Great Thrift Wood" and the new forest that we are contributing to with our acorn planting efforts will be called "New Thrift Wood". Ranger Al said maybe if we help every week, we could name it the "GoodGym Wood" - a challenge we may gladly accept! How exciting that we are planting a whole new forest for our future generations and wildlife to enjoy!

A Totally Normal Conversation

During our planting session there was much debate around whether the acorns have hats or pants - you know - the little cup on the top of the acorn where it hangs from the tree? It's actually called a "Cupule" but after a democratic vote it was 5 votes to hats and 4 votes to pants. Sorry team pants!!

From Tiny Acorns Do Mighty Oaks Grow

So whilst this feels like a slightly surreal sort of task, planting trees that won't be fully grown for another 200 years, they should start to sprout in around April-May next year. So keep a lookout! "New Thrift Wood" (aka "The GoodGym" wood) will be in it's glory in only a couple of centuries time! Not that long to wait eh?! We even got to see a real life tiny little sprouted oak before we left (see photos) - as Oak Tree babies go, it was a cutie!

Squat's Next?

After the task we said our goodbyes to the ever so knowledgable "Ranger Al", who took all the equipment back to his car, and the rest of us set off for the 1km run back to the car park. Some members squirelled home whilst 6 others stayed for a short HIIT session led by Sophie, with a mixture of cardio, strength, balances and strectching! Everyone did a great job and Nicole treated us with KitKats, Twix and Celebrations at the end - you can DEFINITELY come again Nicole!!

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Planting GoodGym harvested acorns in Ockwells Park

Thu 17 Sep 18:15 pm
Ockwells Park, Maidenhead, SL6 3YX
More trees = more oxygen!

By the 17th of September we will have had 2 sessions of harvesting acorns, with over 1,000 being collected in the first session already, so there will be lots of planting to be done!

The plan is to meet at the Ockwells Park car park at 6:15pm ready to walk/run over to the planting site (approx 1km from the car park) where we will meet Alastair from Braywick Nature Centre to show us how and where to plant the acorns that he's been safely keeping moist and germinating at home.

Please bring your own gloves suitable for the task, as well as a headtorch as it's now getting darker a lot earlier. Conditions underfoot can be sludgy and uneven so make sure you are wearing suitable footwear.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Rescue at the new Thrift Wood

Wed 26 Aug
Report written by Allora Kingston

Three runners from Cox Green ran into Ockwells and to the back of the land to complete a task that began the week before.

Sophie, Laura and Allora met at Ockwells Park, and all wearing their red GoodGym t-shirts.

The three then ran just under 1km to the back of the park to the small gated area, known as the new Thrift Wood.

The area is being managed by Braywick Nature Centre, who instigated the woodland creation project within the small area to increase biodiversity and mitigate climate change by planting an array of new trees.

Unfortunately, due to recent heatwaves, some of the trees have died. It was the role of Sophie, Laura and Allora to check each of the baby trees in a quarter of the gated area for any signs of life. If not, the trees were stripped of their support canes and spiral guard.

The canes were counted, and they had amassed a whopping 225 canes from the small area, leaving a wealth of land for the remaining living baby trees to thrive within and occupy.

Completing the task within an hour of starting, the three runners headed home in the same direction as the evening darkness closed in, with all managing a 6km run on average for the evening.

EDIT: Edit from Amy to add that this was Allora's 10th good deed with GoodGym. A big well done Allora! 

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Not harvesting acorns at Ockwells Park

Wed 26 Aug 19:00 pm
Ockwells Park, Maidenhead, SL6 3YX
The acorns aren't quite ready for harvesting so we have a new task...

EDIT - the acorns aren’t quite ready for harvesting yet so we have a new task. Details as follows:

Last year hundreds of little whip trees were planted in Ockwells Park, but due to the wet Winter and dry Summer many sadly didn't survive. We are helping the Groundwork team who look after this lovely green space by collecting up the supports and protective tubing from the dead trees and counting them.

Seven GoodGymers made great progress with this task last Wednesday evening (read all about their soggy adventure here!) and there is just a bit more to do to finish off.

Meet task leader Sophie in the car park at Ockwells Park, from where you will run, walk or cycle to the task area, less than 1km away.

Note that the conditions underfoot can be quite boggy and uneven, and as the nights start to get darker, please remember your head torch.

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Laura Paice has completed 5 good deeds with GoodGym. Thu 6 Aug 2020

Laura is a now a pretty committed GoodGym runner. They've just run to do good for the fifth time

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