Head torches ready! Lets go...
Just a reminder to always check where we are meeting. The Foodbank will be the only task we do that is indoors due to surge in COVID rates. And for that reason I want to minimise time in which we may be close to one another. Safety first! Goodgym wants to encourage exercise and traveling in an eco friendly way but it also wants to remain helpful to the community and to our legendary members.
We met at the The Gym on Queen street, where Helen explained that the task had changed a bit, from the one advertised, and we would be heading off into the wilds of Colchester to track down some litter instead. Sorry guys!
However, we did have shiny new, never-used-before litter pickers and hoops from CBC, so we lashed some of their special litter warrior bags to our hoops and set off after a quick warm up.
The team did a brilliant job on a circuit of Abbeyfields, expertly identifying litter from leaves, and gradually filling up two bags with all sorts of finds, including: approx. 12 masks, a pair of knickers, two socks (different ones) a hat, a glove, some laces, and an awful lot of drinks bottles.
After that, we left the bag by a litter bin, reported it to the council, as per procedures, and headed home as it was pretty chilly out there! Well done everyone, we successfully tidied up the town, and removed hazards from the undergrowth to help the wildlife.
Locations to be confirmed but the meeting place will be outside The Gym. Most residential homes have a courtyard and garden that needs a bit of TLC.
Just a reminder to always check where we are meeting. For this task for example we are meeting at the The Gym and going to Colchester Borough Homes. Goodgym wants to encourage exercise and traveling in an eco friendly way but it also wants to remain helpful to the community and to our members
Mikaela became a walk leader. Mikaela led the way for others to get fit by doing good.
So down to business...Eight goodgym elves got down to business at level best, armed with wrapping paper and sticky tape and some top tunes, DJ'd by Tavvy T. In a very short time, a big pile of gift wrapped goodies appeared, saving Alison hours of time, for which she was very grateful. The goodgym crew then headed off for the 12 exercises of Christmas, to burn off all those mince pies!
Help wrap christmas gifts for the trainees!
Bring facemasks and festive joy :-)
The more the merrier! Ho Ho Ho!
Fitness session to follow, after we #wrap up.
That 12 days of (GG) Christmas was incredible...your talent is endless!
Looks like we might have managed this socially distanced and outdoor Christmas Carol task in the nick of time. Residents at Worsnop House and John Lampon Court watched, sang and clapped along from the comfort of their living rooms and balconies as the super talented Emily provided the music and Ella rekindled her GG version of The 12 Days of Christmas! For some of the GG Colchester squad it was the first taste of our Christmas carols and I am sure it will not be the last.
In my day job, at home and at Goodgym there has been a lot of time to share and appreciate each others unique Christmas traditions. This weird couple of years has given us all time to reflect and by gosh it is amazing how adaptable everyone is. The patience people show, the caring and the understanding and I hope that is the most contagious thing to come from COVID - with Goodgym leading by example.
In this reflective, festive time of year it is so important to celebrate difference and culture. Would you like to write a run report...make it into a reflective space to share some wisdom and what Goodgym means to you? Tell us about you memorable Christmas times or what you celebrate in your family?
Oh yeh, and welcome to Lottie for a chilly sing song.
It has been a couple of years since we were able to do this but we are very excited to offer two opportunities for a little Christmas sing song for residents at Colchester Borough Homes! We will have the wonderful and musical Emily to help us keep in tune and maybe even provide some backing music! Location will be Worsnop House followed by John Lampon Court just up the road! We will run/jog/walk there together from The Gym in town.
Dress up in your festive gear and ho ho hope to see you there!
Goodgym Hero of the Week, Mikaela, was joined by twelve deputy heroes on the High Street tonight to do some gardening for Colchester in Bloom. After a briefing from Tav, we ran and walked to the meeting point to get our instructions. Armed with garden bags and tools we made short work of emptying ten two-tier planters of old plants, ready for the new ones tomorrow. The task was a repeat of the one in May, although this time it didn't end in free rhubarb for the runners! We piled our heavy bags of plants into Pam's car, and headed off for some hill sprints, supported by Stu, Hels, and Yee, shouting encouragement and shining some extra lights! 👍 😁 👏 A fantastic run, walk, cycle and task this evening, well done everyone!