Melanie

Newham

56Good deeds

56runs

107cheers

Melanie went on a community mission
Community mission
Newham

Paths Less Trodden

Wed 11 Aug
Report written by Brahma Pochee

Better late than never, a quick recap of our relaxing dusk hour in an East London Park.

Double digits for a Community Mission, pleasantly surprised by that, perhaps a positive sign of things to come. We met Ricky, resident gardener/Ranger of West Ham Park. Couldn't have had a lovelier bloke, as the GG consensus quickly concluded after.

He took us to a small tucked away garden, with winding paths and a deep pond, a haven for local wildlife and not usually accessible. Simple instructions to cut back the weeds, revealing clean path lines, our range of tools was a match for the job. Fresh sharp shears, solid effective hoes/rakes and gloves christened by the GoodGym touch.

The hour flew by. The unquestionable highlight of the session was having Dan back, following Ruth's surprise attendance last week. The polite and affable man-machine is back with a vengeance. What more could you want from a Wednesday evening?! Nothing. However, as we left, there was a gorgeous backdrop of sunset hues melting around the trees, a warming end to our session.

B

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Melanie signed up to a community mission
Community mission
Newham

Help West Ham Park

Wed 11 Aug 19:00 pm
West Ham Park , Upton Lane, London , E7 9PU
Do good - Get fit

The lush calming setting of West Ham Park is our destination for this week's task.

We'll be either moving a large quantity of wood chip, or weeding. There's a second session on the 8th of September too, but a group run, if you can't make this one then you've got another option.

Meet at the bandstand in the middle of the park.

See you all then

B

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Melanie signed up to a group run
Group run
Newham

Run To Help Cody Dock

Wed 28 Jul 18:45 pm
London Aquatics Centre , Olympic Park, London, E20 2ZQ
Do good - Get fit

Whilst innumerable Community Missions have happened at Cody Dock over the pandemic, we ain't had a Group Run here for blimmin' ages (17months and change).

Now's our chance to swarm down the canal, rambling away, in greater numbers hence the potential to be more impactful.

Let's start to slowly grow back to the vibrant and active collective we once were, slowly but surely.

See you there.

ps. Task details to updated soon

pps. We don't have use of lockers/toilets anymore at Aquatics Centre. Come ready to run.

B

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Melanie went on a group run
Group run
Newham

Thistle Cheer You Up (No Pundemic Here)

Wed 21 Jul
Report written by Brahma Pochee

Finally, Group Runs returned. The regular, week-in week-out guaranteed session providing a dose of fitness and chatter. It will take time and patience to build them back up to their former state, but am keen to give it a right good go.

New runner, India joined us for her first session in Newham, having completed tasks in other areas. She also works for Expressway and was the driving force behind us having a base there. Big thanks to her!

We did some covid secure high knees, from afar, no patellas were caressed nor fondled. RWQ was: "Name one positive thing to happen to you during the pandemic?" Realising how important the GoodGym community was and is to you, becoming overly adept at packing food parcels into black cabs, cherished moments with close family, developing highly transferable rubik's cube skills, expanding cooking repertoire, horticultural based satisfaction and finding awesome house-mates. It's useful to inspect the silver lining now and again.

Then onto a baking 2.4 ish mile to help Emma from RDLAC, it began with a lovely waterside section, under the old shipping cranes, then quickly became more industrial. Upon arrival we underwent a surprise stretch from Emma, she's a qualified masseuse, so all were safe under her muscle lengthening supervision.

Quickly to work, tugging out thistle and bindweed mainly, to unveil a rather sumptuous assortment of plants growing under the vigorous weeds. Think we managed about 30mins - but the impact is there to see in the before and after pictures.

Upon our sweaty and radiant return back to Expressway we indulged in some home-made cake by the man himself, Eugene. It went down as could be expected, bloody well; a soft, moist glucose based delight.

Next week, we roll over to Cody Dock, sign up here

Till next week

B

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Melanie signed up to a group run
Group run
Newham

Return Of The Group Run

Wed 21 Jul 19:00 pm
Expressway, 1 Dock Road, London , E16 1AG
Do good - Get fit

Yes you read that right.

The long awaited return has cometh; cue the random questions, cake, pre-run high knees, post-run crisps, bit of running, reconnecting, wednesday routine, some occasional intervals, post-run pub, some occasional circuits and much much more.

Expressway We're using a new base on the Docks, Expressway houses 100 + businesses and are very keen to have us on site, using their toilets, showers and meeting rooms as a base. We are going to use this as a launchpad into South Newham, trialling out a different area.

RDLAC (Royal Docks Learning and Activity Centre) New relationship with this well-established community organisation, also in South Newham. We went to help out a few weeks back for the first time and now we return, in numbers, hopefully! Task is a simple thistle weeding job, which should lead to a lovely before and after.

I'm very excited to see you all; old faces and new faces, let's celebrate running with purpose once more, have some laughs and do some good.

ps. We're going to have a walk leader if anyone needs it, please get in touch with me

B

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Melanie has earned their community cape by completing their first community mission. Thu 14 May 2020

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

Melanie went on a community mission
Community mission
Newham

Wind swept and interesting

Mon 11 May
Report written by Sharon Prince

Start of another week of GoodGum deliveries for Manorfield today and joined by some delivery first timers. James,Mel,Elise who was joined by her friend Fran.

Jade and I split the further deliveries between us as we have got to now the routes after a few delivery drops.

Again very grateful families and I’m sure the children enjoyed the delicious healthy meal supplied by The Kidz Cafe

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Melanie went on a group run
Group run
Newham

Every Litter Helps

Wed 26 Feb
Report written by Brahma Pochee

A dozen of us saw off our last session in February last night, clock change is springing up on us (I only pun by mistake) and that's something to perk up for, not long now folks, hang tough. Soon we'll be doing tasks under superb twilight skies, with a warm radiant tanned glow, glistening modestly in the sweat of good deeds, eating pizzas fired up alfresco, clinking drinks on the deck of a boat. Let's play the long game.

Alex's firsts session and Richard's second, a decent medium length run to get your teeth into, there's much more variety coming your way, hope to see you both next week for more. Our Random Weekly Question was "You're an all powerful autocratic dictator for the day, what one thing do you?" Humorous to earnest answers flowed, in that order, I want to live under this benevolent collective dictatorship. Creating the world's largest cookie, doubling train carriage lengths, giving free lunches to everyone, offer affordable housing, get rid of all politicians, ban e-scooters, make all flying environmentally friendly(!), banning all cars and this week's winner: moving away from a linear economy to a circular one. Yup - that was Hilary, though feel free to claim it.

3.2k later and I was faffing around with a padlock in Clapton, eventually cracking the code like somes sort of litter picking magician. We were in, equipment was dished out, only the three bags used this time after feedback from January. Two teams assembled, one headed into the urban north the other into the desolate south, with an objective to collect as much crap as possible. Think we did pretty well, considering it's unbelievably clean, it's actually more of an eye-training exercise than anything, honing night-vision for the apocalypse, perhaps. Note to self, must buy more tinned food. Anyway, we came back to the start point and compared bag weight though an unbiased independent referee, there was a barely a few grams in it and impossible to judge with current weighing technology...it was a draw.

We had a jaunt back and wrapped up with some stretching, a few of us ventured to the pub for our end of month social. Pretty good midweek by my estimations, cheers for the efforts guys. Good luck to all our guys on Sunday at the Big Half, make us proud.

Till next week, where we're helping out a local school, sign up here

Have a good one,

B

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Melanie went on a group run
Group run
Newham

The Tables Have Turned

Wed 5 Feb
Report written by Brahma Pochee

Our regular meeting of minds and muscle yesterday was just the midweek antidote. Funny story, I only recently learned that 'hump day' refers to the middle of the week, I used to think it meant glute day at the gym, I'm not joking, maybe a cue to widen my sphere of thought (I don't have a bum fetish FYI, I was talking about training). I digress, anyway - hump day with GoodGym - bisecting your week with the best of them.

Our set in stone warm up done and we moved onto a little chit chat and then RWQ, courtesy of putting Charlotte on the spot, nothing gets the neurons firing like an annoying enforced countdown "you've got 5 minutes, think funny". This week it was "what's the latest you've been for something, whilst still making it?" Arriving at your folks for a long weekend on a sunday night, handing in your thesis very very late (but still nailing it), showing up a day late for a job interview, getting to GGN late, showing up to Parkrun late and then blending in and sweeping through, multiple airport/travel stories and this week's winner, Kev: "I don't, I don't do late".

Callum joined on his first session, spotted us outside on a warm up and signed up, love that. Hope your first session was a good one. We strung out along the canal and compared weeks and weekends. Shortly thereafter it was time for some task action at Manorfield. Moving those peculiarly awkward desks with an almost fluid and shifting weight distribution, you never know whose shin it's going to kiss. Then onto some box shifting and miscellaneous bits, we were wrapped up with time to spare. A no holds barred basketball game materialised in the sports hall. Ros unfortunately turned an ankle but stoically jogged it off back on our back, hope all good today, might be tender for a few more mornings.

All in all, a splendid eve, another night of movement, socialising and giving back. Next week it's time to return to Cody Dock. Sign up here to assist with the next stage of office renovation for the community hub in Canning Town.

Make your weekend's count guys, there's a storm coming in on Sunday, so fair weather runners get it done on Saturday.

Till next week

B

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Melanie went on a group run
Group run
Newham

Trash Talkin' 2020 Edition

Wed 8 Jan
Report written by Brahma Pochee

Kicking off 2020 twenty two strong. Pleasure to be back gliding down the canals and taking a little bit of individual come social action with you superb human beings.

Lots of returning personalities came back to enliven and enrich our collective. Chris back from hols, Muyiwa returning for an aerobic top up, Misbah defeating a dodgy ankle, Andy making it count, Melanie back where she belongs and the lesser spotted Tori. Not only does this mean we get more done, but we get it done with you lovely peeps.

As my mum used to say "New Year, old warm up", so we whipped through our tried and tested dynamic moves (mum never said that). We discussed the January Challenge, currently 10th in the Silver League, let's start hauling some ass and climbing it guys! If you ain't signed up to Strava then get on it and log some runs for us! It can be motivating seeing what others do plus useful for exploring running routes and different ways to train - sign up. We also need to keep our group participation high and get as many good deeds as we can. May I remind you we are the moral winners of GG Olympics 2019 (officially 2nd place - that's what the haters would say). Anyway, let's have a pop at this and as a by-product boot of January in style. Come on GGN!

There were plenty of impressive runs over the break, stand out is Helen's PB, I believe on xmas day, that's the only present you need, am I right? A few other double Parkruns on NY day. I saw a returning to her best, Victoria, graceful gait apparent at Highbury Fields Parkrun. I was lumbering along trying to catch a young prodigy, not to be.

RWQ, "Highlight or lowlight of your festive period?" Some warming answers we had - spending time with the family, seeing new babies, seeing the new twin babies! We also had the foodies - enjoying the cakes, the xmas dinners. The al fresco go-getters enjoying their walks and runs. Plus the naked uncles aimlessly wandering through the house.

It was a bit longer than 'normal' this week, 2.2 miles to our task. Litter picking our adopted section of canal in Clapton. Think it went pretty well, whilst it was relatively clean, we still reeled in a fair bit of crap. I saw Corey essentially fishing, with remarkable success I might add. A true outdoors man, reckon he can catch a hammer head shark with that mechanical hand. He did get a helmet, and some other disgusting plastic stuff out the canal. So we finished up with a cleaner stretch, and that's a good thing. Mel brought it to my attention that we should use less bags as we don't fill them, good point, let's please remember to do this next time.

When we got back Paul had stealthily brought out a selection of doughnuts and other confectionaries to share. He not only arrives under the cover of the night, but he clandestinely reached 50 good deeds too. Paul was there on GGN's first ever session, 7 + years ago. That's an exceptional bit of loyalty and longevity, getting back into a regular routine now. An awesome team player and never afraid to take the run out hard. Hat's off for your milestone mate.

I'm going to set up a Parkrun and starter session on the 25th of Jan. Keep your calendars open, this is to bring in new members to the club, so the more of you guys the better.

Next week we are at Manorfield Primary School to receive a deliver of tables, sign up here as we need a big team for this.

See you beauts next week

B

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