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Mark signed up to a group run
Group run
Oxford

Scavenger Hunt

Wed 1 Dec 18:15 pm
East Oxford Community Centre, 44 Princes St, Oxford, OX4 1DD
Introducing some healthy competition

On this week’s Group Run we’re introducing some healthy competition to our Good Deeds.

We’ll split you into teams at our meeting point at East Oxford Community Centre, give you the scavenger hunt challenge, and allow you an hour to complete as much as you can. You can run, walk, or cycle. May the best strategists win!

You will need a camera/smartphone per team. Gloves are advised. Everything else will be provided.

We will be allowed use of the Lounge at EOCC, which is on the right as you enter. We also have both somewhere to leave bags and access to the toilets this week.

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Mark signed up to a training session
Training session
Oxford

RUN UP TO CHRISTMAS!

Wed 1 Dec 23:55 pm
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GoodGym Advent Calendar Day 1

GOODGYM ADVENT CALENDAR DAY 1 - Register for 'Run Up to Christmas'.

Run Up to Christmas is a festive themed virtual running event – it can be run anywhere in whatever way you want. This year the profits from the event are going to be divided between GoodGym and the mental health charity MIND. You can register to take part here.

You have from the 1st December up to and including Christmas Day to run as many miles as you want. You can choose a goal reach and you can start on any date on or after 1/12/21. You can take part on your own or with your running buddies as part of a team! If you want to be part of the GoodGym Oxford team use this link. You can change your target along the way if your circumstances change. The targets are:

50km (avg. 2K a day)
100km (avg. 4k a day)
150km (avg. 6k a day)
200km (avg. 8k a day)
or a whopping 250km (avg. 10k a day)

This is not a run streak challenge, you do not need to run every day (and please bear in mind that injury sucks and rest days help make it less likely you'll get hurt). You just have to set a goal to hit one of the targets, track your runs through whatever running site you use. We would encourage the use of Strava as this can be linked directly to your account on the Run Things website, and we have a GoodGym Oxford Strava club here where we can encourage each other. If you prefer not to use Strava you can manually upload screenshots as proof of your runs from any popular running app, treadmill or watch.

At the end of the 25 days submit your distance through your account area on the Run Things dashboard. If you’ve hit one of the milestones you get a festive medal with a unique lanyard to mark your achievement.

Kids entries available, too - they won't need an account and their distances aren't tracked. They'll get a medal sent, just so long as you keep them active.

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Mark signed up to a party
Party
Oxford

Christmas 'DO' - GOODGYM ADVENT DAY 18

Sat 18 Dec 18:00 pm
The Lord Mayor's Parlour, Oxford Town Hall, Oxford, OX1 1BX
Dust off your glad rags!

It's Christmas Party time!

We will be partying in style in the Lord Mayor's Parlour, so dig out your favourite glam outfits to do the venue justice.

As a thank you for all the litter picking we do Oxford Direct Services have generously donated a sum of money which will cover the cost of a 2 course hot meal, plus mince pies. We will also provide a glass of prosecco for everyone on arrival. After that it's over to you, so bring your favourite soft or alcoholic beverage to keep your evening flowing nicely.

Please email anwen@goodgym.org with your dietary requirements.

PLEASE NOTE we will close sign ups for this on 12th December so that we can give numbers and dietary requirements to the caterers.
We ask that everyone does a lateral flow test before this event, and please do not attend if that is + or if you have and COVID symptoms.

Let's get dressed up and celebrate everything you've all done in the last couple of years!

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Mark signed up to a race
Race
Oxford

Christmas Fun Run in Christchurch Meadows

Wed 8 Dec 12:45 pm
ChristChurch Meadow, Oxford, OX1 4JF
GOODGYM ADVENT CALENDAR DAY 8

#RunwithMayorMark

The Oxford City and County Council Christmas Fun Run is back!

The race is 2 laps around Christchurch Meadows (approximately 2.28 miles) - perfect for a lunchtime blast! Entry is free but you need to register in advance. Fancy dress is positively encouraged.

To register your entry please send your name, gender, age and address to post your race number to anwen@goodgym.org by the end of the day on 1st December. We will collate and send the entries in.

All GoodGym race numbers will be given to me (Anwen), so please be at the start by 12:30 to collect yours from me.

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Mark went on a group run
Group run
Oxford

GoodGin

Wed 27 Oct
Report written by Bethan Greenaway

This evening’s task was a double whammy. Goodgym power was needed to clear and tidy the Toad Distillery yard and also clear ivy from the railings at the top of South Park – revisiting the scene of our very first task back in 2019!

A group of us huffed and puffed (I mean ran in an athletic manner) up the hill to the distillery, meeting Bryon and the rest of the team there. The register featured “what would your desert island drink be” with answers ranging from the sensible (filtered, safe-to-drink water) to the decadent (ruby port, champagne). We then split into two groups and got to work. The team headed up by Mark (Lord Mayor and tool breaker extraordinaire) tackled the distillery yard sweeping up mountains of autumn leaves and tidying up around the outside seating, as well as planting daffodil bulbs.
The other team headed out to South Park. South Park in Oxford is a gorgeous park with fantastic views over Oxford – Dreaming Spires galore. It is also a busy cut through from town to campus for a lot of the Oxford Brookes students. With the evenings getting darker we needed to do something to make the sight-lines clearer and safer for all involved. We stripped LOADS of ivy off the railings and did a litter pick along the lane. This week’s random spot was not the usual scattering of pants but a beautiful, slightly sparkly, toadstool which we left in-situ to grow.

After all our hard and dusty work, we headed back into The Oxford Artisan Distillery for a G&T and a lovely chat and catch up.

The gin was delicious and it was so fab to be able to relax and chat to everyone after a task. Thank you Bryon!!

Welcome Dan - good to have you along!

Thanks for the report title Sarah and to Bethan for the write up.

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Mark went on a group run
Group run
Oxford

The one where Lord Mayor bent my trowel

Wed 20 Oct
Report written by Anwen Greenaway

Round 2 of bulb planting in Marston, and this time we were put to work along Marston Road. Clearly, we're pros now, so we barely needed the explanation of how best to get the daffodil bulbs in the ground before we got digging!

Splitting off into three spots we liberally speckled the verges with bulbs, with extra attention given to the grass bank and corner areas. There may have been some staging of funny photos (Matty, Bethan), the Lord Mayor bent my trowel with over-enthusiastic planting (I demand a solid gold replacement please Mark), and Jessy got to practice her newly re-acquired hopping skills for stomping the turf back over the top of the bulbs.

Our final Marston bulb planting session will be on Sunday 31st October. The timing has been set to allow for volunteering at Florence Park Junior Parkrun first, so if anyone is keen to do that too email florencepark-juniors@parkrun.com

Looking forward to seeing the roads of Marston awash with yellow in March!

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Mark signed up to a group run
Group run
Oxford

Planting bulbs in Marston, take 2

Wed 20 Oct 17:45 pm
Richard Benson Hall, 276 Cowley Rd, Oxford, OX4 1UR
Daffodils!

As we head into autumn we're getting bulbs in the ground for some spring cheeriness.

Nothing lifts the spirits like the first flowers of spring, and autumn is the time to get bulbs in the ground. We will plant bulbs in Marston this evening on the request of Marston Community Gardeners. This is the 2nd of 3 sessions we have planned for bulb planting this year - we’ll be quite the pros by the end of October! It'll be fun to revisit in the spring to check them out in flower - hopefully next year we won't be in lockdown and will actually be able to.

Some tools will be provided but bring your own gardening gloves, and if you are able to bring a trowel or bulb planter it would be a great help. As the evenings are drawing in I suggest hi-vis for runners if you have them, and headtorches would be helpful for everyone. I'll bring our portable lights and a couple of spare head torches.

Meeting options:
* Anyone wishing to run to the task as a group please meet in the car park of the Richard Benson Hall, 276b Cowley Rd at 5:45pm. There will just be a running group this week as it is a little too far to get to Marston in time if we walk. There won’t be a bag drop available.
* If you would prefer to meet at the task please meet us at 6:15pm outside the CoOp on Old Marston Road.

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Mark signed up to a group run
Group run
Oxford

GoodGin

Wed 27 Oct 18:00 pm
Richard Benson Hall, 276 Cowley Rd, Oxford, OX4 1UR
South Park & Cheney Lane clear up

We've been asked to tackle a few tasks at the top of South Park to make it safer and more pleasant for everyone.

Jobs will include:
* Raking up fallen leaves.
* Clearing the park railings of ivy (revisiting our first ever GoodGym task!).
The ivy covering the railings is a safety issue at this end of the park - since the park is open 24 hours it would be much safer for people using the path if they could see into the park before entering, particularly in the dark.
* Litter picking along Morrell Avenue/Cheney Lane.

Bring your gardening gloves and head torches. We'll bring the GoodGym litter pickers and lights, and the Distillery will provide some other tools.

The Oxford Artisan Distillery has offered a complimentary G&T or soft drink to all GoodGymers taking part in this task. Please wear your GoodGym Tshirt if you have one so it's easy to identify who is a GoodGym volunteer.

Meeting options:
* Anyone wishing to run or walk to the task as a group please meet in the car park of the Richard Benson Hall, 276b Cowley Rd at 6pm. There won’t be a bag drop available but we can use the toilets there. It's under a mile to the top of South Park from there. NB: due to the social after the task there won't be a run back to Cowley Road this week.
* If you would prefer to meet at the task please meet us at 6:15pm outside the gate of The Oxford Artisan Distillery.

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Mark went on a group run
Group run
Oxford

Pin-Up pos(t)ers

Wed 29 Sep
Report written by Anwen Greenaway

Oxford, like any University town, gets an influx of newcomers each autumn. Last year we met lots of lovely new people as they joined GoodGym in September and October, so this year we decided to get prepared and make sure we had a task designated as an introductory session.

We've teamed up with our friends at Marston Community Garden, and on 31st October we will have a GoodGym Community Mission planting bulbs around Marston.

Our local Asda Community Champion has donated soft drinks, so we will have refreshments available - Thank you Linda - and we'll have a bit longer than we do on a Wednesday evening to chat and answer people's questions about how GoodGym works.

All that was left to do was to spread the word. Meeting at our pre-pandemic home East Oxford Community Centre, we split into groups to paint the town red. Clutching posters created and printed by the marvellous Ruth we ran and walked East, West and Central areas pinning posters up in pubs, community centres, cafes, shops, colleges, and the library, covering anything from 2 - 4.5 miles. Some made it a pub crawl (sorry, I mean networking opportunity), some a tour of Oxford's greatest architectural hits, and some a spooky run along the river at dusk. It was lovely to run/walk and chatter away!

For full details, and to sign up to the introductory session (open to all - not just newbies!), click here.

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Mark signed up to a group run
Group run
Oxford

Spreading the Good(Gym) word with a poster run

Wed 29 Sep 18:15 pm
East Oxford Community Centre, 44 Princes St, Oxford, OX4 1DD
Help promote GoodGym Oxford

There are always lots of newcomers to the city at this time of year, and it can be difficult to find a social circle during a pandemic. We like to think GoodGym can help with that, so tonight we'll be dividing into groups to distribute posters around Oxford to help promote GoodGym and spread the word about all the opportunities we offer to do good and get fit.

There will be at least one walking group and a handful of running routes. Exact routes tbc but are likely to be between 3km-5km and include Central and East Oxford.

As we'll be approaching autumn by then, please be sure to bring headtorches and high vis gear if you have them.

The run will be followed by drinks in the James Street Tavern.

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