Four GoodGymers braved the cold to volunteer at Luton Wardown Parkrun (our regular monthly ‘takeover’) variously taking on marshalling, barcode scanning and the first-timers’ briefing. Perfect running conditions, if not perfect standing conditions!
This week we had a fab four GoodGym Luton runners return to our ongoing decorating task at the GreenHouse.
This week we got some gray up as well as the white and this area is very nearly done, just finishing touches required now!
After all this the team were introduced to the Cha-cha Slide plank challenge. Look it up on YouTube and give it a go!
This week we'll be working with the Friends of Bradger's Hill to improve biodiversity at Bradger's Hill, a scheduled ancient monument and important local wildlife habitat.
We'll be cutting back some unwanted saplings that are encroaching on the grassland habitat.
This week we're heading back to the GreenHouse, for a nice warm indoor task, giving the office area upstairs a lick of fresh paint. This time we'll be finishing the bit we started already and
You may get painty so don't wear your smartest kit, don't worry about your GoodGym shirt, you'll get a new one when you get to 50 tasks!
Our change to Wednesday nights seems to be paying dividends as we had a boost in numbers this week as seven of us took on the short run to the Penrose Roots to Recovery garden. We also got to welcome Gail on her first GoodGym run, give her a cheer!
We had a big job to tackle in the shape of a large mound of dirt that needed shoveling into wheelbarrows and moving to another area. We made a significant dent in the mound and one more visit should get the job done!
The cleared area will make space for an exciting new classrom structure that will help Penrose Roots with their mental health work and provide a space they can hire out to supplement their income and continue their good work.
Joining Kevin and Phyl from ABCD in Luton, three of us helped to clear a neglected green space of weeds, brambles and litter (including a surprise musical find). Good hard work, the smell from several of Luton’s finest takeaways just across the road was in no way distracting, oh no. Great to chat with some appreciative passers by too! All cleared in no time. As the great man himself sang, all we needed was a rake and a hoe and an inch of fertile ground…
Wardown Parkrun is a weekly 5k event that gets 100s of participants, and it's all made possible by the efforts of a few volunteers who get out of bed extra early so everyone else can enjoy a well organised free event.
Help the Hi-Vis Heroes
We are going to give those regular volunteers the opportunity to take a break or enjoy some company, while we take on as many of the volunteer roles as we can and show all those runners what GoodGym is all about in the process. It's win-win for everyone involved.
All volunteers will receive instruction on their role on arrival.
You will need to register with parkrun so they can record your name on the roster.
If you feel like you'd be missing out on a run, why not join us for a group run to another task at Cowslip Meadow, immediately afterwards?
This week we're back at the Penrose Roots to Recovery allotment to lend a hand with the veg plots.
We'll be doing some digging and wheelbarrow runs to move soil from one spot to another. It should be a fun physical wheelbarrow and shoveling relay, we'll get plenty of energy into it and make it a real workout!
Your Area Activator is away for this week's Group run so you'll be on your own, but I've arranged a task with some familiar faces to keep you going.
You'll be finishing off a job we started a few weeks ago, where we pulled up the weeds at the top of Hitchin Road with Kevin and Phyl from ABCD Luton. One more effort and it'll all be clean and tidy!
If you fancy running up there from town, be my guest and meet in St. George's Square as usual. Try out the option below to set a meeting point or join someone who has already set one.
Alternatively you can make your own way there and meet everyone else at the task.
This week was the second session of this decorating task at Stopsley Baptist Church's Green House building.
Always a tough run up the hill to Stopsley, we arrived at our task with a definite sweat on to get stuck in with some sanding and painting.
The rooms are definitely whiter and brighter than they were. One more visit and we'll be able to move on to the next room!