Lydia

Cardiff

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63runs

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Lydia went on a community mission
Community mission
Cardiff

Move ya butts & get ya plants outta bed!

Sat 8 Jan
Report written by Cardiff runner

Six GoodGym volunteers gathered on a grey day for our first visit to Stargarallot of 2022.

Michael, Lydia and Sean were joined by some new faces...

Welcome to Anna on her first mission in Cardiff. Welcome to Alastair and Matt, each on their maiden GoodGym mission. Hopefully the first of many more to come!

Camilla showed us an area of the allotment consisting of water butts, plant beds an a greenhouse. She explained that this area of land was to be repurposed as a polytunnel. Our task was to begin clearing the way for it.

We began by creating a new home for the water butts alongside the storage sheds: We cleared away wood and slate in order to lay down some paving slabs, before moving the water butts into position atop the slabs.

We then got to work on the beds. Starting with the brick borders, we shuttled back and forth until we had stacked them all away. Next, we uprooted the plants from their bed and repotted them.

Finally, we turned or attention to the greenhouses. We emptied the still-standing greenhouse of its contents. Where once a greenhouse had once stood, we deconstructed the metal base frame, and dug up the support chord anchors from the ground.

By the time we had done all that, it was time to pack up the tools and finish with some tea and fruit.

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Lydia signed up to a community mission
Community mission
Cardiff

Let's get StarGarAllot ready for SPRING

Sat 8 Jan 14:00 pm
Stargarallot Community Garden (Allotment site), Cardiff, CF24 2UA
Bring in more pollinators to the allotments

We are back at StarGarAllot, this will become a regular weekend task moving forward (times to be decided). We are going to be getting the allotments ready for Spring so bring you're gloves.

Brng your waterproofs - Just in case

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Lydia went on a community mission
Community mission
Cardiff

Festive fun in a field

Sun 12 Dec
Report written by Jamie Emerson

Goodgymers marshaled, scanned, cheered and cowbelled at the Junior Parkrun in Cardiff, assisting fellow Parkrun volunteers in guiding young runners (and a few parents) around Llandaff fields.

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Lydia went on a group run
Group run
Cardiff

We've Only Just Price Gun

Tue 26 Oct
Report written by Michael

Tonight, there were ten of us for Tenovus.........

Meeting back at Sport Wales once again in Sophia gardens, it was a slightly drizzly start to our evening, we all chatted whilst waiting for everyone to arrive and then made our way into the dark night.

Thankfully the rain stopped as we started, at last a dry Tuesday run. We made our way through the City Centre and already you could begin to see the set up for the Winter markets, we talked about our bowling night this coming Friday and other socials that we could set up.

  • Fireworks
  • Ice Skating in the Castle grounds
  • Our yearly Xmas Party (fingers crossed)

Keep your eyes peeled for them on the website!


We suddenly found ourselves at a very strange set of lights, with the green crossing light somehow turned around to face the cars so we could no longer see when it was green. We managed to safely cross the road and got to the Tenovus shop dead on time to start our tasks for the evening.

Carl met us, as usual with a smile.......I say as usual, this is the first return since pre-pandemic, so it was wonderful to finally be back again. We said our 'Hi hi's' and it was time to get to work, splitting into teams and off we went.

  • Pricing and sorting the DVD's
  • Tagging, sizing and hanging donated clothes
  • Steaming clothes in the hanging area
  • Pricing puzzles
  • Dressing three mannequins

Andrew, Jamie and Martin went to work on the media.

Estelle, Hannah and Lydia hit the pile of clothes after a quick demonstration of the taggers and steamer.

Michelle and Sean made their way to puzzle corner and with puzzled looks began counting a 1000 piece jigsaw (unfortunately there were 3 pieces missing).

This left Su with her favourite job of the mannequin dressing.


30 minutes went by in the blink of an eye, in this time lots of clothes were steamed and ready to be priced in the morning. The DVD's had been completed and Martin was now helping Su with the remaining mannequin, after lots of arguments the puzzle had been counted and found to be missing pieces but we had managed a couple of smaller puzzles. A quick photo in the Halloween window and it was time to head back.`

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Lydia signed up to a group run
Group run
Cardiff

The return to Tenovus

Tue 26 Oct 18:15 pm
Sport Wales National Centre, Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, CF11 9SW
Keep the charity shop looking good, and support the charity.

Tenovus Cancer Care is a Welsh cancer charity that supports cancer patients and their families, funds cancer research and works to raise awareness of how to prevent cancer.

We will be volunteering in the shop on Clifton Street, it's been a very long time since we were here last. There may be some painting involved but we will confirm this soon.

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Lydia went on a group run
Group run
Cardiff

Hey Buuuuu-dy..............leia

Tue 28 Sep
Report written by Michael

The rain was a test today, but not to be stopped 8 goodgymers got together ready to hit the wet streets.

Already wet from meeting at the start location, we welcomed our newest runner to goodgym Cardiff and the Vale.

Croeso Rosie, welcome to the team

A short 2.5 km to the task, we took the less busy back streets but gave up on trying to miss the puddles and decided to just enjoy it in our childish way. Plenty of stomping and splashing followed by giggling and full-blown laughter.

As soon as we arrived at the Church of St. Edward our organiser Kathie pulled up in her car, quite amazed that we had still come out in the rain. The crew helped to get the tools and bags out of the boot whilst I set up the lights ready for dark evening that was just around the corner.

Usually, we tackle the buddleia every year to keep it coming back strong and in a good shape, however, covid had meant we had not been available for this last time. You could certainly tell from the height of the shrub that it had been left to grow, we struggled to reach the top so started from the sides.

We worked as quickly as we could with some cutting back, and some just 'hulking' out and ripping the shrub to bits, whilst the rest took the large branches and cut them to better sizes to fit the bags provided for waste collection at another date. As we reached the end of the night, Llion and Michael quickly went to the pavement to cut some of the overhanging trees so that they would not block any of the public walking around.

A quick tidy up, moving the bags to the side of the Church and time for a group photo around what remained of the shrub (still some to do - we shall return to finish this task soon).

Another run back in the rain and a reminder to all, head or body lamps will be required from now onwards to keep us safe!

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Lydia signed up to a group run
Group run
Cardiff

The return to Tenovus

Tue 14 Sep 18:15 pm
Sport Wales National Centre, Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, CF11 9SW
Keep the charity shop looking good, and support the charity.

Tenovus Cancer Care is a Welsh cancer charity that supports cancer patients and their families, funds cancer research and works to raise awareness of how to prevent cancer.

We will be volunteering in the shop on Clifton Street, it's been a very long time since we were here last. There may be some painting involved but we will confirm this soon.

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Lydia signed up to a group run
Group run
Cardiff

Tidy up @ StarGarAllot

Tue 17 Aug 18:15 pm
Penylan Library and Community Centre, 70C Pen-Y-Lan Rd, Cardiff, CF23 5HW
Keep the community allotments tidy for the older volunteers

Camilla needs a hand to tidy up the growing areas at the community garden, this is a great opportunity to come along and see one of our regular community mission areas if you haven't already been.

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Lydia went on a group run
Group run
Cardiff

Brains over Thorn

Tue 3 Aug
Report written by Michael

A whopping 17 goodgymers met up on our third group task since restrictions were lifted.


Today felt very much like times gone by, with an actual large group. One that had nearly doubled over night since we had checked in with the task organiser so that was a pleasant surprise for Poppy when we all arrived.

We welcomed back Abby who's last group run was just before the lockdowns set in and Lydia who we hadn't seen since October last year.

We had our usual chats as we all turned up at our newest start location, we split into two groups for the walk / joggers and the runners, and then set off. Just a mile to the task today, so it seemed only fair that we throw in a quick hiit workout on the halfway mark.

  • Squats with knee lifts
  • Sumo Squats
  • Russian Twists
  • Reverse Crunch

The music started (and stopped when I tried to take photos) and we began, 40 seconds on 20 seconds off, 1 minute rest between sets. The run may have been short but we more than made up for it by breaking a sweat here!

With 10 minutes to go we set off again, to join up with global gardens once more. We were welcomed by Poppy, grabbed some tools and a couple of wheelbarrows and made our way to the orchard.

What is a barrow anyhow?

The question was asked, so here is the answer......"Barrow" is a derivation of the Old English "barew" which was a device used for carrying loads. Not to be confused with barewl from Pokémon.

Whilst Poppy took the group to the Orchard, I set off to the children's play area to see the walk / joggers who had already arrived and were hard at work, pulling out the unwanted plants and tidying up the area. We had a nice chat about a new potential start location for an (hopefully) upcoming group mission, and most importantly where we could go afterwards.........

Over to the orchard, and it was brambles galore, the new young plants were sprouting all around so the task on this side was to pull them out (roots too) before they set in too much. The space was looking beautiful with a wildflower meadow in bloom and a great patch of clover helping to suppress the brambles.

Everyone got stuck in and we soon cleared quite a bit from the site, some of us even had time to have a quick go on the swing......not mentioning names - Su.

Time for our group photo, which turned into throwing fallen apples into a bucket. We at least managed one quick pose for a photo, you were a boisterous lot today. Now to head off for a nice social, and all downhill too.

See you all next week

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