Sporty Hard working Teacher
A perfect sunny day for a run along the river to St George today.
We were due to help Wellsping Healthy Living Centre with their allotment but since there was only really enough to keep 12 people occupied today and since we hate to waste a potential doing-good-opportunity we picked up a few litter pickers from Bristol Waste and put together a small task force to 'plog' around Netham park.
The allotment at Strawberry Lane was particularly beautiful today - with the little pond looking very appealing in the sunshine. It was well worth the steep climb to get there from the river (or at least I though so). On arrival, Louise tasked our first group with moving a variety of pieces of timer and pallets from around the sheds into a pile at the other side so that they can all be burned to make more useful growing space. This involved a variety of techniques including the well-loved human chain, a few wheelbarrow loads and some pair work with the heavier sleepers.
A second group worked to move a pile of stones - some of which looked pretty heavy! The group got through this in no time and proceeded to help out with the timber and get cracking on a little digging.
In the 40 minutes we were on site the timber and stone was all moved and we look forward to returning to help fill the raised planters in a few weeks time!
It turned out that there wasn't actually all that much litter to be found around the park, but I'm pretty sure there was none to be found at all by the time Charlie and her team were finished. The team also found time to make friends with the group playing football there who I believe were involved in an outreach initiaitive to Ghana - even getting themselves invited to a BBQ! Thanks to all of you for agreeing to take on this less glamorous task - its always massively appreciated when everyone willingly distributes themselves where they are needed when we have multiple tasks like today, and its why I love this club so much.
Thanks to Charlie for leading the Netham group and to Jack both for back marking mine - and also for todays pun (swipe left if you like it).
Have a great Bank Holiday weekend everyone!
ALL WELCOME - WHETHER YOU'RE A GOODGYM BRISTOL REGULAR, FIRST TIMER ... OR JUST THINKING ABOUT JOINING GOODGYM AND WANT TO FIND OUT WHAT WE'RE LIKE!
Every month we head off to a local restaurant after our group run which is usually on the first Tuesday of the month. This month we're going to Burger Theory on St Stephens Street. Burger Theory not only serves banging meat but also has some of the best vegetarian and vegan burgers in Bristol.
You can find the menu here https://burgertheory.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Burger-Theory-Bristol-Menu-Jan2018.pdf
We typically head over from Workout Bristol as soon as the run finishes so you can either walk on over with us or meet us at the restaurant at 8:30.
I have to pay a deposit per person so please sign up here if you would like to come so I can give the restaurant an estimate on numbers.
Hope to see you there!
Mike has done 10 good deeds. They are a trusted GoodGym runner and are now eligible to join their local TaskForce.
Immense! A new Saturday record of 40 Goodym'ers turned up for our bonus Christmas Eve Eve run today.
Extra special thanks to our Cardiff and Bath friends for coming all the way over to join us today - it was lovely to have so many members of our GG West family over for Christmas. We should definitely meet up more often next year!
The original plan was to help out at the Christmas shelter, but they had been so well served by volunteers during the week that they really only needed a handful of people today. So rather than put all those good deeds to waste we split into 6 groups and spread out around Bristol. (Some of the details and photos may be a little sketchy for now - the group leaders are welcome to add to their sections as they see fit!).
Time fliers pie as Charlie out reaches herself to all points central
Charlie led her group of runners around central Bristol, distributing fliers from the Christmas shelter to anyone sleeping rough on the streets. Each flier was accompanied with the offer of a mince pie, sadly without cream though.
Lisa and Graham pushing the envelope to reach All Hallows Church
Lisa and Graham kindly took on delivery of a bunch of shelter fliers to All Hallows Church in Lawrence Hill meaning that if you were to run the whole perimeter covered by our groups today you would have been taking on a 14 km run around Bristol (see photos)
Dave turns over a new leaflet at Southville
Dave's gang headed out to Southville to place GG mission leaflets at cafes and shops along North Street. The hope is that this will mean lots more elderly people will find out about Goodgym and we can brighten up their January and February by helping out with a bit gardening or simple jobs around the house.
On the way back they gave out a couple of fliers from the homeless shelter
Maria experiences St Peter's Hospice-tality as she helps out at the Broadmead branch
A last minute call to our friends at St Peters Hospice this week meant that we were able to set up yet another task for a group led by MariatoMtoto help out at their Broadmead branch.
Matterhorn goes native-ity in epic 9K to St Albans church
Of course it had to be our very own ultra-running Matt (check out his new badge) leading the longest run today out to St Albans church in Westbury. This task to set up the Church for Christmas (including a nativity scene) proved very popular, especially when the possibility of some mulled wine was discussed.
Saving Private Room Paul to take a group to the shelter
And finally yours truly took a group out to the shelter itself where a couple of us helped out around the kitchen while the rest of us attempted to re-organise the dormitory and pass a very important message about a potential flood back from the Quakers meeting hall. Thanks to Alex once again for helping out during my more scatterbrain moments.
200 Good Deeds!
Thanks to all my group leaders and photographers. And last but not least, huge congratulations to Richard for hitting 200 good deeds today. He's too modest to make a big thing out of this, but I think everyone at GG Bristol values his kindness and loyalty - and of course enjoyed his fabulous Canal Run earlier this month!
Happy Christmas everyone - this is now genuinely the very last group run before Christmas, see you in the New Year!
Mike is part of a crowd that's making a huge noise. Mike has been cheered by 25 people - that's a round of applause just on their own. We hope they keep it up.
Mike has helped keep other people motivated, Mike has noticed what others have done and cheered 10 people. We doff our caps to you Mike.
It's a week later than usual but let's all get together and mark Pru's very last run as trainer with post-run burgers and shakes at Three Brothers Burgers.
Pru has been a fantastic trainer and we will all miss her when she steps down this month. She's played a massive part in making GG Bristol successful - making us all feel welcome on our first run and then keeping us laughing - and lunging - on all the ones that have followed.
Hopefully Pru will still join us when she can but let's all mark this last one as trainer by getting together for some food and saying a proper thank you for all her hard work and enthusiasm.
We've provisionally booked Three Brothers for 20 people but there's a chance we might be able to accommodate even more if you can all sign up here as soon as possible
Everyone is welcome - whether you've run with us 1 or 100 times. Maybe you've run with us in the past and can't make it any more but you still want to raise a toast to Pru or it could be you're planning your first run that day. Either way, the more the merrier - just sign up below!