Help rack some km up for Team Tanni Grey-Thompson (Birmingham, Southwark, Lambeth, Exeter, Derby, Bath, Waltham Forest only) in January across the weekend of 30/31st January.
We'll coordinate baton passing via a WhatsApp group and you can run as far/as little as you like.
Make sure your Strava account is attached to your GG profile - https://www.goodgym.org/my/settings/tracker
- Sign up to this event so I can email you the WhatsApp link.
- Stick your name and area next to a 30-min slot (or 2 or 3) on this google spreadsheet - fill in your distance after you've run 👍
GO TEAM TANNI
Please note that this community mission has been cancelled.
We will be finishing the Mission we did in December, planting bushes in the wildlife area.
Please bring sanatizer and a pair of gloves.
Once again people's plans have been ruined in a year that we have all given so much, it's easy to feel down and sorry for ourselves, however there's always an incredible sense of realism and seeing the bigger picture when helping out those less fortunate.
6 incredible Goodgymers helped to sort the huge Christmas donations at the Birmingham Central Food Bank. George, Tousif and Yvette were busy sorting and dating, whilst helping show Kate the ropes on her first mission, it was great to have you along and we hope you can come again! Thanks must also go to George for helping with tonight's pun!
We also welcomed Jenny back to the Midlands, from GG Islington, whose been part of GG since 2015!
Thanks Everyone and have a great Christmas and a cracking new year!
Birmingham Central Foodbank are having an extra sorting session due to the overwhelming amount of donations that have come in.
Situated just a five-minute walk or run from our regular meeting place, 1000 Trades; it has never been a more important time to help at Foodbanks as more people find themselves in financial difficulties during this crisis. The Trussell Trust have put new procedures in place, including a bigger working room, hand washing and availability of gloves, to reduce your risks.
The regular Monday shift is 6.30-8.30pm but they are flexible if you can only do part of that time. So sign up and do what you can to help.
The volunteer shift comprises of: weighing trays of donated food, sorting mixed donations into food groups, labelling use by dates and stocking shelves ready for the Foodbank service.
Our adoption of a stretch of the canal, leading out from Birmingham City Centre, reached a new stage today. We joined up with Beth from the Canal and River Trust to have a purge on the overgrown and untidy plant beds running alongside the canal. The aim is to reduce the amount of bush growth which have become a place to hide syringes, beer cans and have become used for rough sleeping. So, while the pun is a lighthearted look back to Jeremy Beadle’s entertainment shows of the eighties, it was also a major topic of the safety debrief given by Beth as we got together to make a start. All of which made the CRT people a bit nervous that we were all wearing running shoes, not the sort of thickness of sole that would protect us well. So we were very much warned to watch where we tread.
Armed with this knowledge, and plenty of gardening tools, we walked with Beth to our new section of the canal. I went to work on a small tree with a pair of secateurs, while Laura took out the bigger branches and smaller parts of the trunk with a handsaw. Ben and Amy teamed up to equal effect on a neighbouring tree, before Liam joined us and got incredibly handy with a fork, clearing piles of vegetation, branches and ivy which had collected. Soon, we were all doing the same as him, moving piles of cut down waste into a big pile that would be chopped up for compost by the CRT team on Sunday. All the while it was getting colder and colder, I was getting the shakes and most of us couldn’t feel our hands anymore. Despite the temperatures, we made good progress on this section, bringing it mostly back to the soil in anticipation of planting fruit trees. Most of us went home shattered and frozen just after 1pm, leaving Ben and Beth to do the finishing touches before the second community mission tomorrow. I hope it is a bit warmer for you all.