Group Fitness Activities
What happened yesterday morning? Parkrun usually sets Ella and I up for a good Saturday. A nice little buzz, a mildly competitive run and a coffee & cake.
But yesterday shone in a way only Goodgym can! I have been to Sofia, Bucharest, Wandsworth, Ironbridge Coalbrookdale and errmm Chelmsford...and yesterday was equally lovely.
Andy lost his Parkrun virginity with a sub-30 (29.35) effort, Vanessa got a smashing PB of 26.59 showing her running talent at many distances, Frazer and Louise did their first MarksHall Estate Parkrun, Ella got a course PB of 21.23, Stu and Helen concentrated hard in their vital volunteer roles, oh and I ran the wrong way! (lol)
I do not get nervous about running or many things but here is a secret...I was nervous whether people would like the cake I baked. But the chatter, laughter and messing around with a football helped! MarksHall emptied after parkrun and we enjoyed a peaceful picnic with a Woodpecker and House Martins in the sky.
Super morning and a a Great Get Together tribute to Jo Cox for sure.
PS. The report title refers to us, to running the wrong and an awfully ugly pug on the course.
Wow, Louise has completed a 12 month mission streak. That means they've cleared gardens, moved furniture and changed light bulbs in spring, summer, autumn and even winter. Show your support and give them a massive cheer!
Twas a pleasant Essex day on the lawn of Firstsite. Three Goodgym people put their kit in to help out.
We helped with bunting repairs, litter picking, smoothie making (via the power of a bike hooked up to a blender) and generally enjoyed the atmosphere and food.
It was great to see that the Mayor and Mayoress had bought together Cycling and clean air projects, Indian and Sri Lankan foods with Colchester Pride adding even more colour to the festival - you could even meet the police, fire service and get a covid vaccine!
Great event...well done all.
Some times a catchy pun does not come easily!
So often we see our parks, urban paths and streets have a huge increase in litter on sunny days. Why? You tell me...people go buy food, enjoy eating it on the sunny lawns of Castle Park and then I am not sure what the thought process is? Leaving the park and leaving the litter.
Although today we did not litter pick inside the gates of Castle Park, we followed the river along a popular path between the city centre and Hythe. These paths are were we find new litter and things that have been in the verges for decades...Bob found some rusty pliers, we found a bag full of orange peel, someone's M&S sausage roll a d Costa coffee as well as the usual Mars bar wrappers, beer cans and bottles and (not so) Smart water!
We did have a good chat on this task and managed some good fitness as we pushed ourselves up the length of East Hill and did some triceps dips, press ups and planking outside Firstsite!
Looking forwards to the Mayor's Festival of Diversity this weekend...
Well done and look after those runners niggles.
Down the hill for a litter pick and up the hill for some fitness (?) There is a stretch of pathway that is used by pedestrian and cyclists between the town centre and Hythe. Come along!
All welcome, we have a walking option or you can cycle to us! We are a friendly and bubbly bunch.
Bring gardening gloves if you have them.
Tim Young will be Mayor of Colchester come May and he has chosen some charities to support to celebrate diversity including Outhouse East, African Families UK and Colchester Pride. It is our pleasure and privilege to support the events as volunteers on the weekend of 18th and 19th June.
The big new warehouse needs a clean! T-shirts on, marigolds at the ready and let’s get busy.
Just a reminder to always check where we are meeting. For this task for example we are meeting at the Foodbank. The Foodbank will be the only task we do that is indoors due to surge in COVID rates. And for that reason I want to minimise time in which we may be close to one another. Safety first! Goodgym wants to encourage exercise and traveling in an eco friendly way but it also wants to remain helpful to the community and to our members.
Colchester had a topsy turvy day of hail, rain and sun but luckily we managed a dry run and cycle to and from the foodbank.
Donning our new Saucony T-Shirts we ran to Tollgate and the four of us worked hard to complete the clean. As discussed with Louise vacuum, mop and sweeping technique are not often part of a normal run, but readers, you should know by now that Goodgym reject normal to be unique! Instagram followers may see the afore mentioned technique...
The Foodbank has publicly asked for more donations lately but also the need for a clean storage facility is key. Goodgym Colchester hope that one day food poverty will end but for now we are happy to do our bit to help.
As we left an impressive buzzard sat on the building opposite to oversee our work and cheer us on!!
Have a great week everyone.