What a turnout for the walking group on Saturday! 18 goodgymers, booted up for an 8.5km loop from Oxford centre out to the fine fields of Old Marston. That there 'might' have been some mud was perhaps an underestimate, with a good 2-3km spent slipping and 'oop-ing' our way along the trail. There may also have been a slight competitive edge to beat the paddleboarders in the river alongside us to the pub! After a break at the Victoria Arms pub we continued our way back through a little web of footpaths to finish off back in the University Parks. Ben's lack of mud on his trainers at the end was remarkable. Such a joy to be able to walk out of the city into (slippery) countryside! And no fallers! Win! Also, welcome Jasper to your first GoodGym event, and to Milly, Bryony and Lewis to the goodgym walks!
Starting at the Keble Gate of University Parks we will follow the river round to Old Marston and back along through mesopotamia. The route will probably be muddy in places.
It's 8.5km, will probably take just under two hours.
Meet at 10:45. We will set off at 11:00.
There's cycle racks near the park entrance.
👀 View the route https://onthegomap.com/s/4u93nfh8
📍 Dropped Pin for Keble Gate meeting point https://maps.app.goo.gl/XpN9RSt6rYxrpTf16
Lewis is a now a fully fledged GoodGym runner. They've just run to do good for the first time. They are out there making amazing things happen and getting fit at the same time.
Lewis completed a community mission. Instead of watching TV or lying in bed, Lewis was out there making their community a better place to be. For making that choice they have earned the community cape.
7 GoodGymers helped Oxford Round Table put on their annual Firework display in South Park! Last year there was no display due to COVID so there was defiantly some excitement coming to the Park again, and quite a bit of litter came with that too!!
Amongst highlights we found an Oyster card, A Wimbledon wrist band, lots of strange plastic disks! A Lost Loyalty card (that knew it was lost before we picked it up!), a "not pants" scarf, LOTS of plastic beer pint cups, and usual cans, packets, bottles and tissue paper! We has a good game of "Leaf or Litter" a classic if you've not played it, especially in low light, and we split into teams to cover the food areas and fairground (which was by far the messiest.. at least at first!)
Of course there will be a big clear up tomorrow also but we had a great presence as the bins were minimal to say the least!! Many were grateful of seeing us walking round
We also got an exclusive task to be Bouncers!! Well Trev specifically (as there was only one Hi-Viz), but Ruth had a go too and even stopped some rather big men from coming though before they rather be-musingly told us that "they" were security!! ;).
We tried some litter picker dancing in the firework buildup as that was rather later than expected (something we will work on in Strictly come Litter Pick.. perhaps on Wednesday in Rose Hill?!). But was great to see the display in all its glory again 12,000 fireworks were lit and an epic bonfire
The Oxford Round Table have asked if a few GoodGymers would be willing to help them out at their Fireworks display in South Park.
You'll be asked to litter pick so that the park doesn't end up a complete mess, and you willget to watch the display for free in exchange. Hi vis and litter pickers will be provided.
I know some GoodGymers already have plans to attend and have bought tickets, but if you haven't this is your chance for free entry! (Hoping no pants are found on this litter pick).
Please enter the park via the Cheney Lane gate, and walk down to the control tower (hopefully quite obvious). Ask for Neil or Joe and they will give you your litter picker, hi vis, free ticket, and explain your role in more detail.
The Oxford Round Table Fireworks display raises money for various charities. Full details on where the money goes can be found here.
Programme of the evening:
Gates open: 4:30pm
The bonfire is lit after the fireworks display finishes.
The event finishes around 8:30pm.