Manuel Laurijssen

Running Coach, S&C Coach and P.T.. Love the outdoors & nature. Exercising for mental health.


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Manuel Laurijssen signed up to a community mission
Community mission

Quiz postponed, outdoor jobs instead!

Wed 14 Jul 18:30 pm
Flirt Cafe, 21 The Triangle, Bournemouth, BH2 5RG
Help the care home with upkeep of their outside area to make it safe for residents to use

We've had to postpone our quiz night unfortunately until the following month.

Instead Mark and Nicky would like us to come down and do a host of outdoor jobs, from watering plants with hoses, to clearing walkways and sanding down benches.

The residents outside area is so important to them that we'd be making a huge difference to them. Please bring some gloves.

We meet at the care home for 6:30, however, those of you up for a short jog or cycle there, we will meet outside Flirt Cafe in the Triangle at 6:15pm.

We will be meeting for a drink after too!

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Manuel Laurijssen signed up to a community mission
Community mission

CANCELED!!!! Painting Fences at St Michael's Primary

Thu 17 Jun 18:00 pm
Somerville Road, Bournemouth, BH2 5LH
Help finish what we started last time


Anthony and Rachel at St Michael's Primary school would like us to come back and apply the second coat of the fence in their pre-school area.

You don't have to be a painting pro to sign up!

This time we'll know to stir the paint pots properly before starting!

Please don't wear your favourite clothes as they WILL get paint on them... We'll meet at the Somerville road entrance to the school at 6pm and get as much done as possible in an hour. Rachel has lots of paint brushes for us to use so you shouldn't neet to bring anything along other than your fantastic personality!

Bonus for cycling or running there!

If lots of us sign up, we'll have a gardening group too!

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Manuel Laurijssen went on a community mission
Community mission

Weed(ing) Party

Tue 8 Jun
Report written by Manuel Laurijssen

With the hot evening sun on our backs we got together in the Oak visitor car park ready to walk into our weeding challenge for the evening. Before that we welcomed a new face to the GoodGym family in Ben. Please give him a cheer and follow! What a great addition Ben is going to be!

A guided walk through the school grounds brought us to the sports field and the location of where the weeding party would take place.

A planting area outside the gym was snapped up by Lea, Daryl and Neil. This was to be the place where the wildflowers would be sowed. In hope that it would bring a bit of colour to the area.

Ben, Keith, Sean, Hannah, my colleague Ollie and his partner Claudia headed over to the massive sand pit to tackle all the weeds somehow finding enough nutrients in the sand.

We improvised wheelbarrows by using old, super stylish pink curtains from my house. Loading them up and then slinging them into the underbrush for them to have their weed party in the bushes last night. Finally back together again after dispersing in the sand. Who knew weeds could socially distance better than many humans!?!?

The wildflower group dug up a few boulders and metal rods, no dangerous utensils thank goodness.

The sandpit gang finished with a whole lot of sand in hard to reach places...but we all left feeling a sense of achievement and with a better tan too.

Thank you so much for all your help in making a place I see everyday, that much more inviting. And I'll walk by each area and remember your visit with gratitude!

Another task next week Thursday....and we'll be painting so please check the website!!

Lea and Keith I hope your backs aren't too sore for your double day volunteering marathon on Brownsea!!

Good luck to Daryl this weekend who is going through sweeper training at the Crafty Fox Half on Sunday, and Nicola, John, Karen and Charlotte who will be hoping they don't get swept up!!

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Manuel Laurijssen completed a training run • Morning Run
Sat 29 May
Manuel Laurijssen completed a training run • Morning Run
Fri 28 May
Manuel Laurijssen went on a community mission
Community mission

Sitting on the fence

Thu 27 May
Report written by Manuel Laurijssen

Six of us got together at our old gardening spot in BH2. St Michael’s school was our destination and this time we were going to do some painting in their pre-school area.

Rachel and Anthony met us outside and showed us where we were needed.

Their pre-school fence was a blend of orange and Rachel had started to paint it a more peaceful sage colour.

Oh man, we LOVE painting so much. And it was the perfect evening for it too. Lots of different conversations topics, soothing task, laughing and catching up in the sunshine.

We worked in pairs on each panel and moved along gradually, and after about an hour we had managed to do most of the fence with a base coat.

We will be back after half term to help with more painting and gardening next time.

Well done everyone, and I think a social in the sunshine is on the cards very soon!!!

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Manuel Laurijssen completed a training run • Morning Run
Thu 27 May
Manuel Laurijssen signed up to a community mission
Community mission

Gardening at LeAF Studio School

Tue 8 Jun 17:15 pm
LeAF Studio School, Oak Academy Car Park, Duck Lane, Bournemouth, BH11 9JJ
It will help the school keep on top of weeds and overgrowth

I work at LeAF studio school, which is a sports specialist school. Part of their grounds have a huge sandpit on it that was used during the Olympics for the Beach Volleyball events.

We've cleared a lot of the weeds on it, but they are slowly coming back, so we need to do some clearing. Along with that we will be clearing some other areas and planting wildflower seeds to add a bit more life and colour to the area.

If you have any gloves AND gardening tools you could bring along that would be amazing. Forks in particular as well as metal rakes too.

We will meet in the Oak Academy car park which will be open. As you come through the gates, turn right into the visitors section of the car park. From there we will walk through together.

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Manuel Laurijssen completed a training run • Morning Run
Wed 26 May
Manuel Laurijssen completed a training run • Morning Run
Tue 25 May
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