Michelle Burke

Windsor and Maidenhead

12Good deeds

32runs

58cheers

Michelle Burke signed up to a community mission
Community mission
Windsor and Maidenhead

Watering at the Maidenhead Community Allotment - ANYTIME ON THIS DATE

Wed 5 May 12:00 pm
Boyn Grove Community and Resource Centre, 11 Courthouse Road, Maidenhead, SL6 6JE

Please note that this community mission has been cancelled.

Give the plants a drink at your local community veggie plot

Stop by the Maidenhead Community Allotment on your run to do some watering and help this wonderful local resource thrive. Timing is flexible so you can go whenever suits you on this date.

Find a watering can in one of the water butts and use it to water the beds, trugs, fig tree, little walnut tree and raspberry canes. Don't miss the ones behind the shed.

This is listed as a solo mission, so you won't be meeting your Area Activator or a Taskforce member at the task and you will need to write a short report afterwards. You can do this using the link in the 'mission accomplished' email you receive after the mission. You will be asked to upload a photo so try to remember to take one. If you need help, the GoodGym Windsor and Maidenhead WhatsApp group is a good place to start, or you can contact Amy on 07939487106.

This session is only listed for one person, but if you want to run with a friend then they can be added to the register afterwards and also get a 'good deed'. Just ask Amy or another Taskforce member for help with this.

The allotment is at the North East end of the Library and Resource Centre building. If you are standing at the end closest to where the playground is, head past the library to the other end and you'll see the allotment.

If you're looking for some more 'Gym' with your 'Good' the neighbouring park also lends itself very nicely to some hill training!

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Michelle Burke went on a community mission
Community mission
Windsor and Maidenhead

Allotment tidy and weeeeeeding in the rain

Wed 28 Apr
Report written by Lara Edmonstone-West

Michelle, Juli and I braved the first rain shower in a long time to help tidy the allotment today. Filling the water butts, weeding some of the beds, planting beneath the fig tree and getting a new bed ready for the Spring. It is a little while before the allotment takes off with seedlings, fruit and vegetable and we can not wait to see that it all in a few weeks and months time!

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Michelle Burke signed up to a community mission
Community mission
Windsor and Maidenhead

Helping at the Maidenhead Community Allotment

Wed 28 Apr 12:00 pm
Boyn Grove Community and Resource Centre, 11 Courthouse Road, Maidenhead, SL6 6JE
Support your local community veggie plot

Stop by the Maidenhead Community Allotment on your run to help this wonderful local resource thrive. Weeding, digging, watering and maybe even munching on a bit of kale - there's always plenty to do.

If the group are keen, the neighbouring park also lends itself very nicely to some hill training!

A head torch and gardening gloves are a must.

The allotment is at the North East end of the Library and Resource Centre building. If you are standing at the end closest to where the playground is, head past the library to the other end and you'll see the allotment.

Maximum 6 attendees so you must sign up to secure your place.

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Michelle Burke went on a community mission
Community mission
Windsor and Maidenhead

Firewood? Saw-ted!

Wed 7 Apr
Report written by Amy Lovell

What great evening! A lovely setting at the Braywick Nature Centre (which GoodGym March Quest runners now know used to be a stable block for Braywick manor), a tree-mendous task to get our (saw) teeth into and lots of chatter and laughter. It was delightful to hear Rekha exclaim on seeing Georgeta: 'we've met before! I once threw a pancake at her!' Only at GoodGym...

It was a chilly evening but the firewood kept us warm - well the effort of sawing it up did anyway! It was a great upper body work out. We worked in pairs taking turns to saw and hold the logs steady - the most effective method seemed to be casually sitting on the log. Slowly but saw-ly the pile of long poles, which the Braywick team had collected from the reserve, dwindled down, and the pile of 12 inch (ish) cut lengths grew into an impressive heap. This wood will season over the next year, ready to be used as firewood in outdoor learning sessions run by the centre.

There are only a few poles left for next week's team to tackle, but no doubt the Braywick team will find some more tasks to keep us busy.

Well done team! Hope your arms aren't too saw in the morning.

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Michelle Burke went on a training session
Training session
Windsor and Maidenhead

April Running Tag

Thu 1 Apr
Report written by Amy Lovell

What a month of running tag antics! Well done to everyone who has tagged, nearly tagged, been inspired by the game to plot a new route, or helped the rest of us with clues on the WhatsApp group. As many of you will already know, we've enjoyed this game so much that we've decided to keep it going for another month. Hurrah! If you haven't already signed up, then click here for the May listing.

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Michelle Burke went on a training session
Training session
Windsor and Maidenhead

No Quest-ion, Quest was the best!

Wed 31 Mar
Report written by Amy Lovell

**Report written by our brilliant Quest Quizmaster James Lovell:

Well done to everyone who took part in the Mad March Quest, and especially to the amazing eight people who got all the questions, Juli, Sophie, Claire, Michelle, Matt, Tara, Amy and Jess!

Looking back on it all now, what an exciting month it was. Juli leapt into an early lead with a stonking 10 on the first day, a lead that she would never relinquish for too long. Jason put up a strong challenge early in the month keeping Juli on her toes. Meanwhile Sophie and Claire gradually accumulated away. At the end of the first week the most popular question was about a pub – perhaps we were all dreaming that they were open!

At the half way mark, Juli, Sophie and Claire were all within 10 of the end, but the clues were getting trickier to get to. Sophie and Claire ticked them off one by one, edging towards the finish over a couple of days. Juli on the other hand went on one long run, smashing the last few clues to jump to the top of the leaderboard and be the first to finish. Sophie followed within hours to claim silver, and Claire a few days later for bronze. Juli’s effort was particularly impressive, not only did she finish first, but she also completed all of it on foot – 160Km in 18 days. A special mention also to Matt who started late, but completed it quicker than anyone else, in just 15 days.

One of the main challenges for the Maidenhead-based people was how to get the Windsor questions. Sophie and Claire, and Paul and Tara, went on epic bike rides to achieve this – Sophie in particular complaining of a sore rear for days afterwards! Paul and Tara were on a birthday outing and racked up a massive 32 answers, the most in a single outing! What a way to celebrate! On a separate occasion, Tara demonstrated her route planning ability, plotting a route in the shape of a large…finger.

There were interesting scenes in Littlewick Green where they were filming a Midsummer Murder about scarecrows, and a couple of people reported asking bemused film crew members to go and get the answer for them. From scarecrows to scary, Jess and Sophie terrified themselves on a ghostly night run in the woods looking for a memorial to a crashed WW2 plane.

Some incredible distances were covered in pursuit of the truth. Jess completed her first half marathon by accident, just going for one more clue a few times too many. Clare had an amazing 30km walk/run adventure around Cookham and Hurley, fuelled by ice cream delivered to her on route by her husband.

But for me the highlight of the month long quest was Sophie and Jess, at dusk by the river, having to ask two men smoking ‘special’ cigarettes to move off the bench they were sitting on to see which organisation had donated the bench. Well done ladies!

Congratulations to everyone who took part, here is a links to the finishing leaderboard and answers.

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Michelle Burke has completed 10 good deeds with GoodGym. Wed 31 Mar 2021

Michelle has done 10 good deeds. They are a trusted GoodGym runner and are now eligible to join their local TaskForce.

Michelle Burke went on a community mission
Community mission
Windsor and Maidenhead

That was for the bin... litterally 😉

Wed 31 Mar
Report written by Sani Koch

This was the first Goodgym mission since forever and running to the meeting place and seeing the other Goodgymers with their red tops really brightened our day.

6 of us descended into the various fields of Ockwells Park equipped with hoops, bags and litter pickers. 2 teams of 3 runners each peeled their eyes to the ground to find any rubbish.

We were talking about the conflicting idea of whether we want to find loads of litter to fill our rubbish bags or whether it's better to not find anything because it means everyone who visits the area takes care and their rubbish back to the appropriate bins.

Overall it was a successful mission with 3 bags filled but also not too much rubbish to lose faith in humanity!

Other park users complimented our efforts and some young children informed us that they had already learnt in school that you are not supposed to leave your rubbish... well done to the schools for getting the message out.

After the litter pick we made our way to a 0.5, 0.6 or even 0.7 mile away green space for a fun and engaging fitness session that included balancing a loo roll on your head, jumping jacks and everybody's favourite BURPEES.

We felt tired but grateful and really can't wait for the next mission.

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Michelle Burke signed up to a community mission
Community mission
Windsor and Maidenhead

GoodGym Spring Clean - ANYTIME IN MARCH OR APRIL

Fri 30 Apr 23:00 pm
From your home, Any city, Any postcode
De-cluttering with a conscience

This community mission starts NOW and you have until the end of April to participate.

Birds are singing and daffodils are blooming - time for a Spring clean!

We don't just want to send our clutter to landfill though, we want to find a way to recycle it and/or to help it find a new owner. Why not use your daily exercise in March and/or April to make this happen?

Below are some ideas for how you could participate in this community mission. If you have other ideas or know of other similar organisations then please add links in the comments.

  • Recycle your unwanted running kit with Rerun Clothing. If you live in Maidenhead email amylovell@goodgym.org for a local address where you can drop off kit. Otherwise check this page for your nearest drop off location. Maybe you could even collect kit from others in your GoodGym area or running club to drop off in bulk?

  • Recycle your running shoes with Runners Need by dropping off at a SOEX recycling station. Find out more here. Do this before the 25th of March and get a voucher for £20 off your next pair of trainers at Runners Need.

  • Support your local Homeless Shelter by donating good quality items that are on their wish-list. If you live in Windsor and Maidenhead, you can follow the Windsor Homeless Project's 'What we need when we need it' page on Facebook to see what they are short of. If you have details of a shelter near you, perhaps you would consider coordinating a collection for your area?

  • Donate your unwanted, good quality, baby/childcare items to a local charity supporting families in need. If you live in Windsor or Maidenhead, you can follow the Baby Bank on Facebook to see what is on their wish-list. They tend to post one monthly, so scroll down the page to find the latest month if you can't see it straight away.

  • Recycle unwanted plastic baby-related items like dummies, sippy cups and plastic bibs with La Romi and they will be made into everything from ping pong tables to watering cans. Click here for more details.

  • Recycle your High 5 Sports Nutrition Wrappers through their partnership with Terracycle. Click here for more details.

  • Take a bunch of old plastic bags on your next trip to a big supermarket so they can be recycled.

  • Browse the Terracycle website here to find out where you can drop off all sorts of items for recycling, from old Hasbro Games to contact lenses and crisp packets.

  • Support your local charity shops (when open for donations) by donating good quality items for them to sell on.

Please send any photos or anecdotes from your spring cleaning to amylovell@goodgym.org for the run report.

This community mission starts NOW and you have until the end of April to participate.

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