Back out in the fresh air to kick off 2022 in style tonight with some litter picking on the National Cycle Network helping make the route more pleasant for commuters and exercisers alike!
We shared stories of mostly quiet Christmas breaks while tackling the cycle path and verges of the assortment of cans, bottles, crisp packets and miscellaneous trash! Lindsay (who had forgotten her head torch) took under five minutes to find a full strip light in the hedge which caused a chuckle.
A slightly longer run back than the direct route and some 30 metre sprint every 30 seconds reps outside DMU got the fitness sessions back in gear for the year.
Next week's task is TBC but it will definitely be outside!
Also please check out the GoodGym Leicester Members Facebook page for a poll on potential weekends to volunteer at junior parkrun.
Happy running, HD
Start your 2022 by making a difference in your local community!
We'll be heading out on to the National Cycle Network to help clear litter from one of the hotspots. The exact location will be decided nearer the time (after an inspection of the worst littered areas!) but will be between 2-3km from our meet point at DMU.
Please bring a headtorch/chest light if you have one (we do have a couple of spares) and wear something visible to run in. We'll provide the tools, bin bags and sparkling conversation!
There's clearly been a party in the car park, we just turned up too late!
Eight GoodGymmers blitzed the car park outside the vaccination centre, clearing 14 bin bags full of cans, bottles and other assorted litter in a productive hour! With a sorting squad in full operation we managed to separate out the bulk of the cans, glass and plastic for recycling as well as clearing most of the rubbish in the area.
Super work everyone!
Litter picking task at the Peepul Centre to improve the area surrounding the vaccination centre.
We are now running in the dark each week so please wear something reflective and bring a headtorch if you have one!
The conclusion of our leafleting trilogy for LOROS ahead of the Leicester Half Marathon this Sunday.
We returned to Belgrave Road to complete the streets we didn't manage last time due to running out of leaflets. Now armed with 1,000 further information sheets notifying residents of the road closures in place for the race, we raced up and down the streets at a phenomenal pace, completing the task at 7pm and 18 seconds - the best laid plans! And no rain this week either!
The evening had started in disaster, Jen and Stu had gone for a pre-task litter pick and bundled in late having lost Stu's phone! More of the team were armed with wooden spoons to aid the leaflet insertion process, Dave sped things up by acting as a specialist leaflet folder which became a popular tactic when the last road turned into a race to the end!
The Diwali lights and decorations up on Belgrave Road provided a stunning backdrop for our evening's work and the night finished on a high when a return to the scene of the crime managed to uncovered Stu's phone in a pile of leaves!
All's well that ends well!
Off we go to St Matthew's next week for a lovely gardening/planting task. Don't forget your head torches and something bright and visible to wear!
Week 3 of 3 as we get the information out about the Leicester Half Marathon.
We are delivering leaflets to local residents on behalf of LOROS to inform them about the forthcoming Leicester Marathon that will affect them.
Part 2 of 3 on our campaign to spread the word for those affected by the trampling feet of the marathon runners running past their homes and businesses on the morning of Halloween.
Tonight we took the short trip into the city to tackle the two city centre distribution routes in one fell swoop.
The walkers took the direct route to Town Hall Square while the runners looped around via the University Campus aiming to hit the meet point at the same time. Within a minute (ish) wasn't a bad effort at all!
We split into two teams, with Huw, Lindsay and Tracey heading down Gallowtree Gate, along High Street before looping round and covering Churchgate and Belgrave Gate/Haymarket on their northern section. Meanwhile, Christine, Dave, Jen, Mel, Michaela and Stu took on the southern section heading out towards the train station and up London Road.
A very different task to last week, with the rows of terraced houses we were firing a leaflet into a letterbox every few seconds. This was much more spaced out with a plethora of shops and businesses rather than tightly packed housing. Lindsay and Tracey, learning from G & T last week, brought along wooden spoons to help force the leaflets through - more useful on the residential routes but great stuff nonetheless!
Well done everyone, back to Belgrave Road next week to complete this trilogy of tasks before we return for a gardening task at St Matthews the following week!
Happy running, HD