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Lydia went on a training session
Training session

We were blown away by the views from Scafell Pike

Sat 10 Aug
Report written by Nathan Swain

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.

The Hike

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.

The Screes

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.

The evening

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.

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Lydia went on a community mission
Community mission

Jesus Christ, Superstars! (How I wonder what you are)

Wed 31 Jul
Report written by Peter Gillibrand

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.

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Lydia went on a party

Splash, Splash, Splosh!!

Wed 24 Jul
Report written by Cardiff runner

On the hottest day of the year so far, 8 GoodGym Cardiff runners headed to the Aquapark in Cardiff Bay to cool off. They donned their incredibly sexy wet suits and life jackets and attended the safety briefing before taking to the water. It was suprisingly quite cold! There were lots of screams of excitement (and fear - well for Lucy with the height of some of the slides), numerous slips and falls into the water and laughs once we came back up from a fall. Fifty minutes later we were all feeling pretty tired and like we had had a really good work out. The aches, pains and bruises stayed with many of us for several days to follow!

Thanks to Lydia for suggesting and organising such a fab social event for us.

An additional thanks to Fiona and Aimee for coming along to watch, support (And giggle at us!) and take some photos. Can't wait to see them!

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Lydia signed up to a community mission
Community mission

Supporting Macmillan Cancer Support at Cardiff Open Air Theatre

Wed 31 Jul 19:00 pm
Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, CF11 9HW
Helping to raise funds so that Macmillan can help people living with cancer

The work of Macmillan - 'We’re here to help everyone with cancer live life as fully as they can, providing physical, financial and emotional support. So whatever cancer throws your way, we will be right there with you.'

As volunteers we need to be there 1 hour before the start of the performance at 8pm. We will be bucket collecting before the show, during the interval and as people leave at the end of the performance. We will also be allocated seats to watch the show. The show this evening will be Jesus Christ Superstar.

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Lydia has earned their community cape by completing their first community mission. Thu 18 Jul 2019

Lydia completed a community mission. Instead of watching TV or lying in bed, Lydia was out there making their community a better place to be. For making that choice they have earned the community cape.

Lydia went on a community mission
Community mission

Lettuce help. Particu-lily with the pollinators

Thu 18 Jul
Report written by Nathan Swain

The sun was shining. It was time for GG Cardiff and Vales bimonthly mission to help out at Rumney Seedlings (a community garden group for people local to Rumney, supported by the charity Grow Cardiff and partner with the RSPB and Buglife).

Nathan and Lucy met in Cardiff Bay, opting for the long route to Rumney, meeting Emma halfway. They met Andrew at the gardens, who was having a guided tour by the aptly named coordinator Mr Seed. Lydia arrived not long after, having cycled past Marie on the way, but neglecting to offer her a backie. While the group tucked into some refreshing watermelon, Martin arrived to complete the evenings team. Mr Seeds daughter was also on hand to boost the numbers and to make the runners envious of her upcoming seven weeks off school.

Tonight's task was to weed the pollinator areas that the bees love , plant some extras, move some lavender bushes and dig suitably deep holes for some Lily bushes to be re-homed.

Everyone's efforts were rewarded with a mid mission feast of watermelon, plums, welshcakes, biscuits and haribo. Providing much needed energy to crack on with some tough digging in the sun baked soil. In some cases too much sugar combined with a competitive streak led to a hole digging contest - Marie almost managed to get down to Australia!

As the evening began to draw in the task was complete. The runners set off home with garden grown lettuce in their backpacks, and Mr Seeds daughter with a well earned half bag of haribo.

This may be the last visit to Rumney Seedlings as the garden is set to be handed over to community and the charity focus moved to other areas of the city. GG Cardiff and Vale has loved being involved here for the past 18 months, painting planters, putting up bird boxes, painting more planters, and watching the project develop into a great community facility (one which is producing onions the size of a child's head [forget to get picture proof so you'll have to take my word for it])

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Lydia has run a race with GoodGym for the first time. Thu 11 Jul 2019

Lydia has done their first race with GoodGym. Performing on the day is a lot of pressure; Lydia's dealt with the nerves and turned up on the day to make it happen.

Lydia went on a race


Wed 10 Jul
Report written by Cardiff runner

*Wow!! What a brilliant night at Cosmeston Relays...

What a difference a year makes...From 2018 with just 3 GoodGym teams to 2019 with a huge 7 GoodGym teams and 22 runners. We have progressed from a pile of bags under a tree at last year's event to a gazebo (Thanks Mikey), picnic blankets and a big GoodGym flag last night.

With just Mat left to bring home the final GoodGym Team still to finish, the prosecco was poured ready for a huge toast and cheer. Mat crossed the line to the best support from all 21 other runners and a cup of prosecco was thrust into his hand for the celebrations to begin. What followed was a yummy picnic, teams trying to get the best jumping photo of their team and of course more prosecco!

Thanks to everyone who signed up, took part and contributed to the picnic, to Marie, Ella and (eventually) Tom for being great supporters, to those who provided cool bags/boxes for our picnic food (special thanks to Ellen and Sophie for helping lay out and clear away the food) and those who gave lifts to others so we could all get to Cosmeston in good time - only Emily caused us concern with her sat nav taking her to the wrong location but she made it to the start pen.. phew! What a great team! We may not have won any medals but I think we were definitely winners, enjoying our social picnic and prosecco and we were the last team standing finally leaving the park at 10pm. Some keen social beans carried on the celebrations into the night heading to the pub... wonder if they have sore heads today??

I'm sure we are all looking forward to the 2020 Cosmeston Relays already!

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Lydia went on a group run
Group run

How do you like my jugs?

Tue 2 Jul
Report written by Benjamin Annear

On a glorious summers evening, 20 GoodGym runner took to the streets to combine their running with doing good!

Another Tuesday, another AWESOME GoodGym! Tonight we had two new runners joining us and a very special visitor who came across the border, all the way from England, to join GoodGym for this evening's run.

Let's get warmed up

To get warmed up we started this evening's run with some technique drills. We followed this up with a game of 'Captain's coming!' Runners were encouraged to scrub the deck, catch parrots, climb the rigging, run from port to starboard and mark the arrival of captains girlfriend with a big "oooooooooooo."

Head count

Whilst jogging, we did our headcount and announced what our favourite spread was to put on toast. We had Elvis Presley fans stating that they like peanut butter and jelly, we had some runners who love the taste of butter, other runners who like jam and we have Alex who likes potato on his toast, yes potato - "Smashing," Ben said! - Don't knock it until you've tried it! We wished a MASSIVE welcome to Meri and Emily. We hope you enjoyed this evening's run and will come back again. Emily got herself a red lace #LifesGoals for bringing Meri along. ((Rumour has it Mo Farah is also trying to get his hands on a red lace because, if the tales are true, it will help him run even quicker)).

Running to the task

Ben led runners to the task whilst Emma and Ellen both backmarked.

Welcome to the Global Gardens Allotment

Poppy welcomed everyone to the allotment. She explained the vision of the Global Gardens Project is to create a growing space that supports community-based sharing of food and cultures. At the Global Gardens allotment site, where we were for this evening's task, Poppy is cultivating an organic kitchen garden, celebrating crops from around the world.

Poppy gave runners the following tasks to help out with at the allotment:

  • To water the plantation beds
  • Turn the soil
  • Get stuck into weeding the plantation beds
  • Cut back overgrown bushes to make room for a composting toilet

Everyone was given 30 minutes to complete the above tasks. It was amazing how quickly everyone worked together over that time to make sure the tasks were completed. There was much discussion from those weeding about what's a weed and what isn't. Those cutting back the overgrowth ready for the installation of a compost toilet had the most delightful discussions about who's used a compost toilet before and what compost toilets smell like; Lydia shared her wisdom that sprinkling sawdust over your business helps prevent it from smelling,

It's time to run home

Okay, not quite literally home, but sadly it was time to wave goodbye to Poppy and leave the allotment. We ran back as two groups. Ben led the speeder runners and Ellen led the sexy runners. The speedy group ran SUPER speedy so that Alex didn't miss his train... and fortunately he didn't :)

The RunPunStiltskin Award

Ellen came up with tonight's pun for the run and win the virtual RunPunStiltskin award - Well done! *You are a punny one!

The Tweet Off Leaderboard

Well done Lucy - You've proved that you are still a force to be reckoned with in the Tweet Off! Here are the current standings on the tweet off leaderboard -

  • LM 9
  • MG 3
  • DRN 3
  • EW 3
  • NS 2
  • MJ 2
  • BA 1
  • NI 1
  • AG 1
  • WD 1
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Lydia has done 50 good deeds and got their black t-shirt Tue 18 Jun 2019

The next time you see Lydia, they might be wearing black instead of red. They've completed 50 good deeds with GoodGym and have earnt their black t-shirt. Give them a nod when you next see them.

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