🚜 Seventeen smashing GoodGymmers met for our weekly group run, to help the council at Hull Road Park. After naming and numbering with our favourite modes of transport (many, many cyclists at GoodGym York, who knew 🚲), we did a warm up and headed off.
🌹 It was a fairly warm evening and we may have taken a slightly scenic route on the way there (definitely my fault, sorry). On arrival, Kristina swiftly set us to work doing various tasks around the rose garden. Rich was quick to volunteer for strimming, whilst others divided into edgers, rakers, sycamore-cutters and bindweed-removers. Debs found an equivalent to bindweed that had taken over one of the rose beds, with 20-foot roots, and set to work removing as much as possible in the time available 🌱
🌳 A lot of green waste was created that then needed barrowing a fair distance across the park. This led to the dilemma of when to stop generating said waste 💪
🥳 We eventually decided to do a quick fitness game while we waited, before waving goodbye to our party-pace group. Meanwhile, we (mostly Debs, Nick and Michael) helped Kristina stack the van, in just the right way for the council-approved tool-Tetris 🧩
🦵 The rest of us headed back at a swift-ish trot, with the intention of doing some single-leg squats at each set of red traffic lights (which were surprisingly few this time) 🚦
😎 We stretched and cooled down before parting ways, to the pub and/or home 🍻 ☕
Welcome to GoodGym York 🙌
🏃♀️🏃We're a friendly and social group who combine exercise with helping out in the local community. Every Monday we meet to get active and do a physical task to help the charities or community organisations in our city.
WHERE WE MEET 🎒 We meet at the Priory Street Centre and our usual room is now the Foxwood Room. As you approach the front of the Centre, turn right and go to the car park area. The room we use is locked whilst we're out so you can leave your bits and bobs in there.
😷 You're welcome still to wear a face mask when entering the building to drop bags off.
🚲There is cycle parking as you approach the Centre and a 10 bay pay and display car park is available behind the nursery block, to the left as you approach front of the Centre. In addition, on street parking is available on Priory Street.
TONIGHT 🌱We’re heading to Hull Road Park to help out with various tasks there.
THE TASK 🧤 As the park may be muddy, please wear shoes you don't mind getting mucky.
RUNNING AND WALKING WITH US 👏GoodGym is for everyone. We welcome runners of all abilities and if the task is close enough we have a walking group too.
👍We always have a back-marker too so nobody will get left behind - no matter what your pace is.
POST-RUN SOCIAL 🍻We normally head to The Ackhorne Pub on St Martin's Lane after our run for a spot of liquid refreshment and a good chat. Please join us!
7 GGers met Griselda from York Hospital to help prep two gardens for renovation next week. The first garden had some plants (mainly bamboo and grasses) which needed removing and the second garden needed the ornaments and benches removed.
We cracked on with garden number 1, where the instruction was to 'clear everything' - but Max was slightly disappointed that he could only prune the bush with the pretty white flowers on, rather than hack it to pieces.
Ben, Paul and Antonia got down to digging up what can only be described as chunks of bamboo and adding them to the pile, whilst Ellie, Tay and Emma attacked the grasses. Soon, the garden was cleared of plants (but looking arguably messier) so it was on to garden number two!
Garden 2 is behind the chaplaincy, so has lots of lovely pots and memorials that needed to be kept safe. The goal was to carry them to (another) garden for safe keeping, so soon there was a little line of Goodgym Army Ants carrying things back and forth to pass through an access window. Fortunately, Griselda had warned the cleaners and so we didn't feel too guilty (but still felt a little guilty) about the trail of mud!
Once we were done (although Ellie is still confused about how the benches went though the window), it was time for goodbyes and onto lunch!
York Hospital is planning to clear one of its current outdoor spaces to create a garden for their Outpatients Staff (who current have just a stuffy break room).
The Hospital has asked for our help for an hour or so to clear the space before contractors come in and start the construction work. Tasks include lopping back with secateurs and digging up some plants (with the hope of transplanting).
Meet outside the front, main entrance (not the A&E entrance!) at 10:30am - please bring gloves. Masks will need to be worn when walking through the hospital, but they can be provided on arrival.