The heat got to our 10 Goodgymmers last night as they went wild at the meadow in Lordship Rec in a thistley frenzy.
...to everyone doing the Camino Ultra London race on Saturday - not least our very own Ultra GGHers <3 Win it for us, team!
Thistle Be A Day They Won't Forget
Caroline from the Friends of Lordship Rec welcomed us with open arms and clear, succinct instructions - the thistles were taking over the meadows and the prickly twits needed to be shown who's boss.
Before you could say 'we gotta save them Lady's Bedstraws', our goodgymmers had jumped into the meadows in the shadow of the always beautiful Broadwater Farm Estate and started handing out life lessons on the circle of life to the thistles.
In a warm evening when Goodgym got desperately close to tipping over the 250,000 Good Deeds mark, our GGH Fam pulled well into the evening without a care in the world. Thorny On Main Indeed.
Conversation ranged from the undeniable superiority of bocadillo as a long distance nutritional aid, to our resident GGH doctor diagnosing a few lazy asses. That's the medical term and I'm sticking with it. Just don't ask about how she conducted the physical.
We even had time to stop and glare at a rival running group who kept doing laps around us. Gramps considered briefly leading a group to introduce them to the circle of life curriculum we had been applying to the thistles all evening, but we remembered ourselves and instead waved at them. We'll be back before you know it :)
PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN GARDENING GLOVES AS WE'LL BE DOING SOME HARDCORE WEEDING
We'll be joining the Friends of Lordship Rec for an evening maintaing the wildflower meadow, where they're trying to create a habitat for butterflies, insects, and birds to nest.
We'll be meeting next to the Shell Theatre in Lordship Rec (ie. the skateboard park) but if in doubt, you can call me on 07824137276
We're going back to Traid in Wood Green who need a hand to sort out the shop floor after the last sale. Join us!
10 Goodgymmers excelled in the line of duty last night as they offered a hand at the Haringey Play Association.
Can I get a Woop Woop?
Make. Some. NOISE. for our very own Super Sarah who like a wise ant has been quietly and sensibly squirrelling away good deeds and now has reached a whopping 300 deeds. Boom!
Also, Big Love to our Special K who was benched this week through injury
It had been a normal evening at GGH HQ when we got the call but we knew straight away this would be one of our more challenging cases to date.
Our team of detectives arrived at the scene and immediately our suspicions were piqued when we spotted a bunch of men in red, armed with spades.
"We're just filling up the playpen with bark, guv," they pleaded. "To make sure the kiddies are safe if they fall off the monkey bars." In the horizon, Cathy seemed to be pulling the strings in this operation with her rake.
Captain Niamh wasn't having any of it and went undercover straight away by ingeniously posing as a... erm... captain. Genius.
Forensic Khan and her team combed the fields at the HPA and concentrated their energies and brushes on transforming the nest where a new bridge is being installed this week. It was unclear whether foul play was responsible for the previous fallen bridge but suspicion was afoot as soon as a very shifty Geraldine started using her power tools in the vicinity of the fallen bridge.
In the end, after an hour of hard grafting, our Goodgymmers ended their game of cops and robbers with a high speed chase down the very steep slide. It really was ace.
The lovely folk at Haringey Play Association need a hand putting their playground back together. I'm not going to lie, last time around we had a wonderful time!. I'm sure Tam and the team will have some more fun tasks lined up for us. Join us!
Pack it up, pack it in, let me begin I came to win, battle me that's a sin...
Jump around! Jump around! Jump up, jump up, and get down!
6 Goodgymmers joined Femi from the Haringey Foodbank in prepping food parcels for families to collect this weekend.
A little bit of sugar here, some cereal there, a little bit of eviscerating recording artist Sia's Chandelier here, some Gramps jumping over food parcels and falling flat on his face there - you know, your standard, run-of-the-mill foodbank/ Goodgym mash up.
As the parcels started to pile up, Gramps did the only responsible thing and started taking bets from the team to see who could guess the final number of parcels. Predictions were as follows:
John - 65 / Neil - 95 / Sam- 58 / Cathy - 40 / Natasha - 53
Stakes were high, the tension palpable, Femi couldn't handle the pressure and disappeared temporarily without a guess (it's possible he was taking the recycling out, granted) and finally, the winner was announced. We had managed to put together 62 heavy food parcels, ready for collection this weekend. John was crowned the winner.
The award ceremony was held at a grand venue, under the light of a majestic chandelier. It was grand.