It was the perfect sunny weather for a Saturday morning mission at Global Gardens! Once everyone had arrived and said hello, Poppy at Global Gardens explained the tasks that needed to be done.
A hut had been built which is likely going to be used as an educational room and it had been recommended for a trench to be dug around it. It looked like it was going to be quite a physically demanding job but Ellen, Martin, Emyr and Llion were definitely up for the task! Once the measurements had been decided on (about 30cm deep!), they got to work digging.
The other task was to increase the size of an outdoor family area that has recently been made. The idea is that it will be used in the future to do different events with children such as storytelling and even fire making! Lydia and Imy picked up some forks and started getting rid of the grass and roots.
Time passed really quickly while people chatted about what they had been up to and debated whether the new monthly £20 Pret deal is worth it (I promise I'm not sponsored!). Those who worked on making the trench all got stuck in (with digging - not literally stuck in the trench 😂) and had finished it in no time. They then joined Lydia and Imy with finishing getting rid of the grass for the family area. Overall a lovely sunny task!
Our friends at the Global Gardens Allotment continue to need support with the upkeep of the allotment. Can you be one of the heroes that helps out? The lovely Poppy is the task organiser and will make you feel welcome at the allotment when you arrive. She always provides exciting tasks that make a big difference!
Postponed Parkrun Pickers picked a pack of pavement papers; A pack of pavement papers Postponed Parkrun Pickers picked; If Postponed Parkrun Pickers picked a pack of pavement papers, Where's the pack of pavement papers Postponed Parkrun Pickers picked?..................IN THE BIN! 🖐🏻🎤🤣
Unfortunately Tremorfa Parkrun was cancelled this morning due to icy conditions ☃️🙁❄ Nevertheless, 13 GoodGym runners walked around Tremorfa Park picking up litter!🚶♀️🚶♂️ In just 40 minutes they managed to pick up 16 bags of litter 💪
Sadly the Tremorfa parkrun had to be cancelled due to ice on the course.
Some of the GoodGym volunteers had still arrived early to check the course and then to stand in the super slippery car park and at park entrances to let people who arrived expecting to run parkrun know that it had been cancelled :(
Less than 48 hours after being arranged, 7 goodgym members met at CCAWS to help tackle their overgrown garden.
[CCAWS (Community Care and Wellbeing Servic) are a charity serving the social and mental wellbeing needs of Cardiff's communities through counselling, befriending and advocacy services.]
The group donned protective gloves (or doubled up on gloves in Mike's case) to hack away at the thorns and weeds that had overcome the garden. There were bugs and slugs, spiders and more spiders but the group were undeterred, making real headway in the garden ready for another group of volunteers coming to CCAWS over the bank holiday.
It was a night of firsts, as Ellen tried her first ever Freddo during the brief chocolate interlude after an hour of weeding, and Lauren completed her first community mission and her first in official GG colours. Care was also taken in-between hacking down the thorns to collect a small harvest of blackberries (carefully transported to Nathan's freezer where they await being made into a crumble).
An hour and a half later the group were done for the evening having made great progress on the CCAWS garden and, after removing mud caked shoes one their way through the offices, headed home their separate ways.
Join us in helping CCAWS - Community Care and Wellbeing Service - in clearing up their overgrown garden space!
CCAWS is a mental health and wellbeing charity that provides support services across Cardiff's diverse communities. Their aim is to serve the social and wellbeing needs of all Cardiff communities through counselling, befriending and advocacy services.
Let's help them by running to their premises to help them get their garden back under control!
Lets hike up Scafell Pike they said. It’ll be fun. The views will be breath-taking. The memories will last a lifetime.
Two out of three isn’t bad!
On 9th August 29 runners from Goodgym Cardiff, Bristol and Bath headed north to the Lake District, with the aim of scaling England’s highest peak. Having hiked Pen y Fan in 2017 and Snowdon in 2018, the odd tradition of completing a hike set as a new years resolution by one off the GG Cardiff members looked set to continue.
The weather however had other ideas, yellow warnings of torrential rain and wind were putting the hike in doubt. The runners headed to bed on Friday evening (in the wonderful YHA Wasdale Hall) unsure of what the morning would have in store. Trip organiser, Nathan, was fearing the worst, confided in some over a surreptitious tumbler full of white wine that they’d give it a go, but wasn’t expecting to get far, or to be joined by many of the group.
Saturday morning. Low cloud and mist covered Wastwater while the Goodgymers tucked into their breakfast. Despite the conditions, despite the weather warnings, they were going to give it a go and at 10am 23 goodgymers congregated in the car park. A short drive to Wasdale Head and the group set off. 200m in and the heavens opened, out came the waterproofs, hats and hoods, but spirits weren’t dampened – how could they be with Pete’s tunes pumping from his rucksack, his sheep impressions, and his far too revealing shorts if behind him on an incline (pretty much 3 hours of incline).
The weather was such that the usual brook the path to the summit crossed had turned into a small raging river. Other groups undertaking the three peaks were being advised to turn around, or go the long way. By this point most jackets and trousers had given up pretending to be waterproof, and the group couldn’t get much wetter. All 23 goodgymers took the plunge and waded through the knee height water (kudos to Adam and Alison for standing in the water and giving a steady hand to the rest of the group).
Visibility was such that at points you just followed the outline of the person 10m ahead of you. This pattern of wetness, mist, rain, wind continued until a split in the path. Half the group opting for the scrambling route, half opting for the longer-but-more-reliable-under-foot route. About an hour later, having been further buffered by wind and raid, both groups met at the summit and huddled together for a mandatory summit selfie. All plans for a picnic at the highest point of England were abandoned as the rain turned to hail, and the group headed back down the mountain.
It seemed that the group split off in about five direction to head back down, but a few hours later, a quick head count in the Wasdale Head Inn confirmed that 23 had made it back down. A combination of minimal eating on the hike, mulled wine and baileys hot chocolate meant that they warm pub was a joyful place to be. As groups set off back for the hostel, the 6 goodgymers who hadn’t hiked Scafell arrived, looking equally sodden, windswept and in need of a drink.
Saturday morning. Low cloud and mist covered Wastwater while the Goodgymers tucked into their breakfast. Given the conditions, given the weather warnings, they decided this was not the day for scaling Scafell Pike. At 10am, as 23 goodgymers congregated in the car park, 6 goodgymers prepared for a more sedate hike around the lake, heading for the same pub the Scafell-ers would congregate in a few hours.
Their chosen route was the South-eastern shore of Wastwater. A notorious route – advised the friendly YHA staff.
Little did they know that in the Lake District, notorious translates to “Improbable, but not impossible”. “…walking along the southern shore of Wastwater gives the most unpleasant mile of terrain within the entire Lake District – ankle breaking potential if ever there was as this is not so much traditional scree as loose boulder hopping at its most delicate…”
After 5 hours of traversing loose scree, climbing boulders, straddling boulders, hating boulders, being advised by google that swimming home was the best option, the hikers arrived at the Wasdale Head - just as those smug Scafell hikers exited, heading for a warm shower, having had time for a drink or two already.
As the night set in, the hikers met for food to share their tales of the day. The group had a short quiz, although Ellen’s car bar proved too great a distraction for one or two. Congratulations Team Scree, who it seemed had spent their hike swotting for the quiz. Being a conscious group, the goodgymers headed to the basement to continue their celebrations with flipcup, beerpong and a wonderful playlist straight outta the 80s.
he return journey
One or two of the group awoke on Sunday with sore heads – but none having as bad a morning as Lowri’s car, which refused to move. After failed jump starts and push starts, the recovery services were called. The remaining groups set off home. Martin hadn’t had quite enough adventure for the weekend and decided on driving Hard Knott pass “often described as the most difficult and outrageous road in Britain”.
Predictions for 2020 have already begun rolling in. We look forward to the big announcement on 1st January.
It was an emotional rollercoaster as 4 Goodgym runners from the Welsh Capital donned their t-shirts to help fundraise.
These 4 runners could take on any task with their can-do attitude as they grabbed their buckets and shouted at the top of their lungs (well Pete did).
In return, they got to see the wonderful musical - Jesus Christ Superstar. From laughing to crying to Herod (AKA Trump) stripping and doing cabaret - that got them going to raise money outside.
With Lydia and her 100 tops on, they braved the cold conditions (it was mild) and hit the ‘strip’.
“Anyone spare any change for macmillan? Every penny make a difference to so many lives” they chanted with passion behind every breath they took.
And that passion was with Andrew who couldn’t resist seeing the superstar in person... the real Jesus Christ... IN PERSON!!
Oh and... on the way out, he even got asked when he last had sex in a truly dramatic fashion..! (That’s a tale for the Glassworks on Tuesday!)
Pete eventually got a pint in return for going along to a drama practice...
Big thanks to Lucy for organising such a fun task and we can’t wait to see how far the money will go to help people with cancer.
Big shoutout to Everyman Theatre Cardiff for an outstanding show which could have easily got to the West End. That would have knocked Andrew Lloyd Webber’s socks off.
The charity? Why Macmillan of course! Who are they I hear you ask? Well they’re the amazing people that help people with cancer - emotionally, financially and physically from the diagnosis.