For tonight's task, our glorious leader Nicky was on a well deserved holiday, so it was up to Marvellous Mitch to lead the team.
We were tasked with moving a pile of heavy rocks and moving them from the cafe to a wildlife area. These will form the border to a new pond (dubbed the snake den, or herbatology zone according to Stef). Within no time, a human chain was set up and efficiently moving the heavy boulders. A few people were responsible for wheelbarrowing, and within no time the van was filled to move to the pond.
I think that's cheating - Leanne
There was also a small subset responsible for weeding and clearing up around the cafe. This should be a simple task, but apparently the group managed to remove a grate and 2 paving slabs.
If the cafe collapses tomorrow and kills dozens of people, blame Laura - Dom
Throughout the task, the menacing rumble of thunder could be heard. After the hard graft was completed, the heavens finally opened and released a heavy torrent of rain. After this drought, it was refreshing! However, to the disappointment (I assume) of everyone, we decided to skip the group exercise as working out in an open field surrounded by trees wasn't the best idea!
Nicky will be happy to hear we all arrived back in one piece (except Paul Kelly and Lucy who required plasters and wipes each).
Welcome to GoodGym York 🙌
🏃♀️🏃We're a friendly and social group who combine exercise with helping out in the local community. Every Monday we meet to get active and do a physical task to help the charities or community organisations in our city.
TONIGHT'S TASK 🙌 We've been asked to move lots of heavy rocks, from the Reading Cafe to the new wildlife area. This guarantees a good workout and as it's a little bit of a trek from one end of the park to the other, we'll probably work in pairs, in case you need to swap barrowing arms halfway! The rocks will be going to the new wildlife area, which is very exciting! For anyone that doesn't fancy the heavy lifting (or perhaps would like to have a break from it!), there is weeding to be done on the cafe balcony. (This can only be done on an evening so it's the ideal time for it.)
🧤 As we'll be lifting rocks, please bring gardening gloves if possible and don't forget to be kind to your back (lift from the knees please!). If lifting isn't your thing, we'll try and make sure there are alternative jobs available!
WHERE WE MEET 🎒 We meet at the Priory Street Centre and our usual room is the Denham Room. As you approach the front of the Centre, turn right and go to the car park area. The room we use is locked whilst we're out so you can leave your bits and bobs in there.
😷 We are asking people still to wear a face mask when entering the building to drop bags off where possible.
🚲There is cycle parking as you approach the Centre and a 10 bay pay and display car park is available behind the nursery block, to the left as you approach front of the Centre. In addition, on street parking is available on Priory Street.
TONIGHT 🌱We’re heading to Greenfields Community Garden tonight to help make it a more pleasant environment for everyone who uses it.
RUNNING AND WALKING WITH US 👏GoodGym is for everyone. We welcome runners of all abilities and if the task is close enough we have a walking group too.
👍We always have a back-marker too so nobody will get left behind - no matter what your pace is.
POST-RUN SOCIAL 🍻We normally head to The Ackhorne Pub on St Martin's Lane after our run for a spot of liquid refreshment and a good chat. Please join us!
☀️ 10 GoodGymmers gathered bright and early on a sunny Sunday to marshall the 10k. We were given our marshall points then taken on a walking tour of the course to reach them. By happy coincidence, many of us were based around our group run meeting point at CVS 👍
😎 We had plenty of time to chat before needing to be in post and then more time to chill in the sunshine before we heard the sound of the race starting over at the Knavesmire 📢
🙌 Although we loved cheering every runner, our highlights were always spotting GoodGymmers (extra points for recognising those in cunning disguise) 🕵️
👋 And just like that, everyone had been and gone on to run the rest of the route. We headed back to our original base to drop off our hi viz then it was off to enjoy the rest of our Sundays 👌
🌳 A group of GoodGymmers from York and Lambeth congregated for a post-parkrun community mission at Rowntree Park. Having come from either a yummy Knavesmire breakfast or another community mission for Collective Sharehouse, they were ready to get fit by doing good 😁
🦎 After transporting the equipment from the cafe storage to the new wildlife area, Christine quickly set us to work. While some scythed (after some individualised instruction), others shovelled sand to go at the bottom of the new pond, which had sadly suffered some damage. The sand went on quickly, followed by carpet, another liner, more sand and another carpet layer to protect from future damage (hopefully!) The shovellers then changed their material to woodchip, which they spread around the base of the trees and then along the paths. There was some task-swapping between shovelling and scything to work different muscles and with so many hands, the hour flew by and it was lovely to see the difference we'd made 💪
🌺 The wildlife area (including the bog garden we made a few months ago) looks great so I'd recommend a look if you're passing nearby any time soon. Oh, and Louise found a frog, so the local wildlife are clearly enjoying it too 🐸
☕ With so much done, we'd all deserved a coffee and cake so headed to Cycle Heaven 😇
👍 It was really lovely to join our Lambeth pals for both a run and a task and we wish you all the very best for the 10k tomorrow. We'll be cheering the GG tops on extra loudly 🙌
Lots of lovely GoodGymmers gathered for York parkrun today, from GoodGym York and Lambeth.
There was some great running, coming back from a break for some and getting a PB for others.
After the run, we split off to the Knavesmire for a pre-community mission breakfast for some and a community mission (or two) for others.
Good work everyone, and if you enjoyed it, why not join us back at York parkrun next Saturday for more of the same.
*Sorry for the appalling pun - blame my tired brain.
🐸 We love coming to Rowntree Park and there's always plenty to do so we thought it would be a great place for a joint Lambeth-York community mission after parkrun (and coffee/breakfast) 🏃♀️🏃🍳
🦎 We've had a few sessions here, helping to develop their new wildlife area and wildflower meadow. So far, we've helped move the pond, woodchip paths and do some of our favourite scything 💪
👍 We'll be meeting at the tool store, which is under the Reading Cafe (here's the What3Words link). But if you're coming from parkrun/breakfast, there will be people who know where to go 👋
🥪 And if anyone is ready for lunch afterwards, there are plenty of places nearby, including the brilliant Cycle Heaven Cafe ☕
Once a month, let's meet-up/take over a different parkrun in Yorkshire and beyond. This month, our friends from GoodGym Lambeth will be up for the York 10k on the Sunday so we're staying in...
Meet at the start line 10-15 minutes before, run the parkrun at your own pace and those who finish first can cheer on the rest! After everyone has completed their 5k run and we get that all important group photo, for those who want to stay on, we'll get a hot drink and/or breakfast at The Knavesmire pub just round the corner from the finish.
Afterwards, why not join us for our community mission at Rowntree Park, helping out in their new wildlife area and wildflower meadow?
What are parkruns?
parkruns are free, weekly, community events all around the world. Saturday morning events are 5k and take place in parks and open spaces. You can run, walk or volunteer at parkruns. You can even take your dog (if you have one) along! If you have never run a parkrun before, they are a great way to get into running in a welcoming and inclusive environment.
• If you haven't done this one before, all the information you need is on their website linked above.
• If you haven't done any parkrun before and you want to get a time for your run/walk/volunteering then you will need to register to get a barcode. It's free and all the information you need is on their website, but you can also ask us in the comments on this listing if you have any questions!)
• If you want to run/walk you can just sign up here so we know to look out for you
• Do wear your GoodGym t-shirts (if you have one!)
• Newcomers really welcome, we never leave anyone behind!!
• (and yes, we know, parkrun isn't a race!!)
We've been asked to provide some marshalls and finish supporters for the York 10k.
I'm aware that some people (from GG York and Lambeth) are running it (see the GG race listing here) so we'll be keeping an eye for those red GG tops and giving some extra-loud cheers for our pals.
We've been allocated section 2 to marshall, meeting at The Winning Post pub on Bishopthorpe Road (YO23 1NZ) at 7:45am. (This is the shortest shift so we should finish at 10:15).
If anyone would be up for "finish processing" (handing out goody bags and water at the finish) instead of marshalling, that would be great.
Finish processing would be a slightly longer shift (7am-12pm) but hopefully lots of fun. Let me know which role you'd like to do by commenting below.
They've also said that they'll donate £10 to GoodGym for each volunteer, which is great.
Do let me know if you've got any questions or anything.