Matty S

Oxford

3Good deeds

3runs

13cheers

Matty S went on a training session
Training session
Oxford

Running in circles

Wed 11 Aug
Report written by Bethan Greenaway

After months and months of restrictions it was absolutely JOYFUL to run as a group again.

After our task at Aston's Eyot we made our way around the corner to the famous Roger Bannister track.

This iconic track was where the first official sub-4-minute mile was recorded and now home of a few Goodgym training sessions. >

After a short introduction on track rules, Anwen set us off on our workout. We were rewarded with cake and applause at the end and an agreement to see if we could use the track again soon.

A fabulous group run!!

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Matty S has cheered 10 times. Wed 11 Aug 2021

Matty has helped keep other people motivated, Matty has noticed what others have done and cheered 10 people. We doff our caps to you Matty.

Matty S went on a group run
Group run
Oxford

Burrs in the hair, just don’t care

Wed 11 Aug
Report written by Anwen Greenaway

Aston's Eyot is a nature reserve tucked away between Meadow Lane and the river. The land belongs (I think I remember rightly) to Christchurch, but there's an active Friends of Aston's Eyot group who manage and monitor it. Our very own Sarah is also a member of Friends of Aston's Eyot. There's all sorts of wildlife resident in the nature reserve - even badgers and deer despite it's proximity to residential/urban areas.

Through the spring an summer months we like to try and get to Aston's Eyot to help out a few times. There's always lots to do!

Tonight the scythes were out again and we got some great Poldark action going, chopping back nettles around a meadow area, and raking enormous heaps of the chopped nettles back (not as bad for the hayfever sniffles this month!). Fresh from our fence detangling at South Ward Allotments we expertly removed and rolled up a long chicken wire fence so that it can be redeployed elsewhere on site. Matty and Meysam bashed some new fence posts in - not the ideal task for someone feeling a bit shabby from a hangover perhaps, but kill or cure....

Turning our attention to other areas of the meadow we threw caution to the wind and let the long-haired people pull out Burdock. Once Bethan got 15 burrs tangled in her hair we realised the error of our ways! Vicky, Sarah and Jocasta took the litter pickers off round some of the favourite picnic areas, finding no pants but making up for it with a burnt bra (approve the feminist principles, less so the littering!), and the rest of the group gloved-up and took to nettle pulling. Hauling out the nettles will hopefully give the smaller flowers room and light to grow and will encourage biodiversity; worth a few tingly stings.

Is it even a GoodGym task if you don't get a bramble scratch or a nettle sting?

Some exciting milestones tonight:

10th Good Deed for Meysam - nicely planned so that it was at the same location as his first GoodGym session.
Holly and Venetia both did their 50th Good Deed. They'll be rocking their black Tshirts soon.
Trev - 100 Good Deeds! Wings on their way.
We preemptively celebrated Ben's 250th Good Deed, which will probably take place before we next see him on a group task. Super Star!
A warm welcome Nick! Glad you could join us.

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Matty S signed up to a training session
Training session
Oxford

GoodGym x I am Team GB

Wed 11 Aug 19:45 pm
Roger Bannister running track, , Iffley Rd, Cowley, Oxford , OX4 1EQ
running at the Roger Bannister track - where the first sub4 minute mile was run

We've been given access to the Roger Bannister Track for a half hour session this evening.

Track sessions are great for all speeds and experience of runners - since we run around in circles no-one can get too far ahead or behind the group!

We will do an introductory session including a warm up, section of fast and slow intervals, then a cool down jog at the end. The principle is similar to a HIIT session, where you alternate sections of higher effort with gentle recovery sections. Everyone will run or run-walk at their own pace, so the faster runners will just have to complete more intervals in the time ;-)

Open to all, come and join in!

We will meet outside the main reception to the sports centre. Please ensure you are there by 7:45pm as I won't be able to come back out to collect latecomers.

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Matty S signed up to a group run
Group run
Oxford

Aston's Eyot; Island fun

Wed 11 Aug 18:00 pm
Richard Benson Hall, 276 Cowley Rd, Oxford, OX4 1UR
Maintenance of the nature reserve

Aston’s Eyot is an island in East Oxford formed by the River Thames, the River Cherwell and Shire Lake Ditch. The 32 acre nature reserve was originally a water meadow, then a rubbish tip for a while at the end of the 19th Century, it is now a mosaic of woodland, open area and scrubland. The land is managed by the Friends of Aston’s Eyot as a nature reserve with public access.

We will have a range of tasks to do this evening, including raking up cut grass and picking up litter, clearing nettles. It's possible the scythes will come out, but hopefully we'll skip the hayfever this month!

We have a booking for a half an hour run on the Roger Bannister track after our volunteer stint (FOR FREE!), so if you fancy a go on the track where the first sub-4 minute mile was run then come in your sports kit. The track is a great place for people of all different paces to run together, so please don't think this is only for the speedsters - all very welcome. from run-walk through to sprinters! This will be 7:45-8:15pm. Sign up for the track session is here.

Please bring your own gardening gloves, all other tools will be provided. There will be nettles and brambles so wear long trousers if you want to avoid stings and scratches!

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 will be running and walking routes planned. There won’t be a bag drop available.
* If you would prefer to meet at the task please meet us on the corner of Jackdaw Lane and Meadow Lane at 6:15pm.

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Matty S went on a group run
Group run
Oxford

That’s Allot of brambles

Wed 4 Aug
Report written by Anwen Greenaway

We've been enjoying a close partnership with Oxford Mutual Aid since last autumn, and tonight's task was all part of that. As some will know, there's recently been a shortage of HGV drivers, which has severely impacted the reliability of the fruit and vegetable supply at the OMA food bank. In an attempt to be a little more local and self-sufficient in the supply chain OMA have been on the hunt for allotments to grow their own fresh food, and the plot we were working on at East Ward Allotments is hopefully the first of many.

Loading up with surplus cardboard (for weed suppression) from the food distribution hall, we set off on foot to the allotment site, with Bethan and Vicky leading the running pack the long way round, and Anwen and Sarah loading up with cardboard and walking. We've run with plants, we've run with cake, but large cardboard boxes is where we draw the line!

A little game of Olympics Heaven and Hell formed the fun part of introductions - what would be the sport you'd go for Gold in? What would be the one you'd embarrass the nation at? We clearly have some excellent partnerships forming, as Gold medalists in the skiing can teach those of us who would career down hill demonstrating an uncontrollable wobble. Also plenty of ideas for the next GoodGym Olympics - hula hooping, punning, and a petition to add bramble root digging in place of the tug'o'war.

Lulu let us into the allotment site, and we scooted over to our friends at the Children's Allotment to pick up some tools (THANK YOU for the loan!), then no muss no fuss, got stuck in. Lulu has only recently taken on the allotment, and so there was plenty to do to get it ready for growing produce: weeding, removing bind weed, and chopping down the MASSIVE bramble tangle at the back of the plot. We're sure some of those brambles were decades old judging by the thickness of the stems. We almost felt bad to be getting rid of heritage brambles (not THAT bad though, particularly after a few scratches!). An hour or so of diligent weeding and lopping from 19 pairs of hands made a massive difference to the plot. The front bed was fully weeded, the brambles all chopped down, and some determined bramble root removal too. We even found frogs, which didn't seem too impressed by having company for the evening after months of solitude.

Welcome Rachael and Abbie. Great to meet you! We hope you enjoyed your first GoodGym evening.

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Matty S signed up to a group run
Group run
Oxford

Get the new Oxford Mutual Aid allotment up and running

Wed 4 Aug 18:00 pm
Richard Benson Hall, 276 Cowley Rd, Oxford, OX4 1UR
Help Oxford Mutual Aid grow their own veggies

Oxford Mutual Aid have been trying to get an allotment for awhile, and it’s finally happened! They hope to get it productive as soon as possible to help smooth out some of the supply issues to the food bank.

Jobs may include cutting the overgrown areas back, removing any existing weed repellent matting, covering the area with cardboard and then a layer of woodchip. There may be some planting and sowing crops too.

The plot is a half-plot, so if it seems too crowded for all of us then we will have other tasks to keep you busy and useful close by.

All tools will be provided but please bring your own gardening gloves.

The new OMA plot is at the East Ward Allotments, off Cricket Road. We will enter via the main allotment entrance. Location pin here.

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 will be running and walking routes planned. There won’t be a bag drop available.
* If you would prefer to meet at the task please meet us at the location pin above at 6:15pm.

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Matty S has done their first good deed with GoodGym. Wed 28 Jul 2021

Matty is a now a fully fledged GoodGym runner. They've just run to do good for the first time. They are out there making amazing things happen and getting fit at the same time.

Matty S went on a group run
Group run
Oxford

All hands on deck!

Wed 28 Jul
Report written by Bethan Greenaway

Group runs are baaaaaack

A few of us celebrated the return of group runs by jogging to the Children's Allotment, tin of flapjacks in hand! Baked goods are always required to celebrate milestones, no matter how disintegrated they get on the journey over! Well done to Lorenzo and Sarah on your 50th and 100th good deeds!!

Tonight we returned to one of our favorite spots The Children's Allotment. We have loved coming here over the past few years and it is fantastic to see the progress of the site, and so exciting that it is nearly ready to open!

Alice set us to work weeding areas of the site, cutting back enthusiastic plants (ivy, brambles), shifting wood chip and painting the shed and new compost toilet structure. We discovered interesting spiders (the Fake Black Widow with its round bottom, the Kardashian of the spider world maybe?!?), accidentally gave woodlice a blue tinge and marveled at the plants in the snazzy new poly-tunnel.

A warm welcome to Jules and Matty joining us for the first time, we hope to see you again! And a huge thank you to Alice for allowing us our repeated visits and being so welcoming and joyous!

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Matty S signed up to a group run
Group run
Oxford

The Children’s Allotment

Wed 28 Jul 18:00 pm
Richard Benson Hall, 276 Cowley Rd, Oxford, OX4 1UR
A big push to get them open by the autumn

The Children's Allotment is a gorgeous space near Florence Park. Now that lockdown restrictions have eased we have a regular monthly slot to help the progress of the site.

Jobs typically include spreading wood chip, weeding, preparing beds (raised and otherwise) for planting, planting various lovely plants, sowing grass seed, building weed barriers, relaxing in the resident hammock..........

The poly tunnel now has a roof and doors so we may well be planting up the raised beds!

All tools will be provided but please bring your own gardening gloves.

The Children’s Allotment is at the East Ward Allotments, off Cricket Road. The entrance is off the cycle path, not the main allotment entrance. Location pin here.

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 will be running and walking routes planned. There won’t be a bag drop available.
* If you would prefer to meet at the task please meet us at the location pin above at 6:15pm.

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