Nicholas has already done 25 good deeds with GoodGym. Instead of doing anything else, they've used their run to go and help people that need their help; digging, lifting, scraping, clearing, planting and weeding. Stuff that makes this a better place to be.
Tonight was a smaller group as we recovered from our goodgym Jaunary Challenge, and topping our league table!
Six of us still ready to go, but for a walking hour long litter pick. We headed out for a lovely Tuesday and plenty of time to chat.
It was the usual type of items as we hunted our litter...
We're gonna pick this up .... because we CAN.......
Whilst you get that....
I'm gonna get this and 'take it away'.
Still ever present, even without lockdowns ... and a great cheese .....
It was the COVID safe small horse - Mask-a-pony,
And finally, the broken glasses were the surprise find....
as they came out to 'lens' a hand.
Don't forget we are heading out on Friday for a social and celebrations - sign up HERE
And Next week we have two group options (Tue and Thu), alongside community missions - take a look HERE
We met as usual outside the Sport Wales National Centre in Sophia Gardens at 18:30, we were going in two groups - the walk / joggers and the runners. However, as a one off and to keep everyone active we warmed up with a 1-mile jog for all.
After this we split into our two groups and made our ways up different sides of the road of Western Avenue, plogging as we went. It was a busy road and there was plenty to pick up as we proudly displayed our goodgym colours.
After a couple of km of plogging we popped our bags at a bin and took a quick photo, and then we were led of a magic mystery run. We were certainly getting in the run tonight in our group, as the walkers continued to plog their side of the road. We don't usually get to run on this side of Cardiff, so Michael was determined to make the most of it and get goodgym seen as much as possible.
We got together again, bags a ready......and PLOG on.
A lap of a park, the gabalfa interchange and we crossed sides over to the run back down the walkers side of the road. We dropped our bags, one last time, a total of 10 bags of rubbish from the surrounding areas of North (ish) Cardiff.
A good run back for our final group photo and a stretch out after a nice run tonight - 7.5 km for the runners.
Our final group activity for the January Challenge, let's get as many as we can to make up the deeds for the league table.
We will split into groups as usual, the walkers to hit the streets litter picking - just leave me a message either in this page or via whatsapp, so that I know how many pickers I need to bring.
Second group will be the ploggers, hitting the mean streets for a good ol' run whilst doing the goodness of picking up litter - PLOGGING.
We've past the halfway mark in the January Challenge, and we're still raring to go. So, tonight, 14 goodgymers got together to finish off a task that had been niggling (mostly me) since last year. The buddleia at St. Andrews Forget-me-not Cafe had become so large during the lockdowns, that during our first mission to tackle it we had to stop due to the thickness of its branches.
We were determined to finish the job, 8 runners met in the City Centre, warmed up and then ran 1.5 miles to our second meeting point for the walkers. This was the first time that we had split like this, but it seemed to work for us on a bit of a longer run that may have been too far to walk in the allotted time. From here, we made our way together - it wasn't far until we were at the Church grounds.
The wonderful Kathie was waiting for us, all wrapped up for a warm welcome. We had a quick chat as we tried to figure out the split of groups for the tasks to be done.
- Sweep the pathways of leaves to make it safer,
- Clear the leaves from the back of the Church,
- Move the potted Christmas tree around the back,
- Cut down the buddleia (of course),
- Cut the holly growing over the fence,
- Trim any overgrown plants in the alleyway.
A lot of work, just the way we like it.
Whilst we pondered the split, Alice got straight to work with the brush and was making her way over the path. Nathan joined to clear the leaves, so the rest of us made our way to the side garden to begin the pruning.
We made our Best Bud (leia) team of four, first to take down the main branches and then to cut smaller for the green waste. Hard at work ........ we put all our effort in and ......... "saw it" off.
30 minutes went by in the blink of an eye and many a camera flash, it was time to down tools and decide where we were going to have our final picture. Energised and celebrating a completion of the task, the runners and three of the original walking group decided it was time to complete a quick lap of the local 'Rec'. It was a lovely added mile to the exercise tonight, every little counts......(other supermarkets are available).
After our final farewells, the walkers and the runners went their separate ways - with so many challenges a good stretch was needed at the end of the run tonight, followed by a small social and chat about a proper social in February to celebrate our January Challenge.
We will not be defeated by the Buddleia, last time we cam to do this we couldn't quite finish it off. Now we are back, it's a NEW YEAR and we are full of ENERGY.
We will be having a nice lap of the Rec near by, for those of you wanting a good run.
Walking group will be available but at a different meeting point,
Meet at 18:45 Penylan Library and Community Centre Pen-Y-Lan Rd Pen-y-lan Cardiff CF23 5HW.
We will be running to meet you along the way.
Our Second group task of the year and a return to Samye Foundation. Today 15 of the goodgym Cardiff Crew got together for the task at hand. We split into our two groups, the walkers making their way straight to the task, whilst Michael led the runners a longer way around to make up their KMs.
We soon made our way to Samye and were welcomed by the lovely Lorraine, with water ready to quench our thirsts. Tonight we were;
- Cleaning under the gazebo and weeding so that it would be spruced up ready for the locals to be able to sit under there.
- Weeding the back yard space, again to allow the locals to use the enjoy the space and get it Spring ready.
- Finally after all the green finger work it was more green finger work - panting the shed a nice green.
Speaking of green fingers.......Who has ever seen this wonderfully weird character...........Green Claws
But I digress, the lights were put out so that each team could see their task at hand. Those at the front swept, weeded and made it all look as good as new. All the leaves swept were put into the planters to keep the bulbs that were sprouting nice and warm. Out back we were going feral on all fours as any weed between paving slabs were removed and bagged up, whilst the painters got to work turning the shed from Red to Green.
Tools down - it's time for some soup to warm us up and get us fuelled up to head back.
The Shed will need some additional work - I feel a repeat task coming UP...
Looking for something to do this Weekend? Why not join in and help us with the goodgym January Challenge.
Sunday 09:00 We will be helping out at Junior parkrun
Get clicking and sign yourself up to a task or two.
NEXT TUESDAY - sees us returning to Church of Saint Edward to help finish pruning the buddleia and weed the raised beds ready to be used by the 'Forget Me Not' Cafe regulars come Spring. Sign Up HERE
Everyone keep your fingers crossed for good weather so that we can paint.......
The shed will be going green, and then the green in the front yard (weeds) will be going!
After a rather rainy day, 6 goodgymers were not to be beaten. A smaller run tonight, just the 3km, but this allowed for extra time at the task - and a task it was to be.
After a small quick run we arrived at Samye, and whilst the crew had some water to quench their thirst our organiser Lorraine showed the task to Michael. The shed out back had become full of a lot of items, we needed to empty the entire thing and then move the shed around into a new position before filling it back up.
With six it was a fun game of pass the parcel, with the end person trying to keep items together in groups to make refilling the shed a much easier task. At times it did feel as though we were trying to empty the tardis, as things just kept on coming - we nearly lost Nathan in the shed!
Soon it was empty, and now came the next work out as we pushed and pulled until the shed was in it's new position.
If you were wondering why it needed moving, the extra space next to it will allow for a retreat building for people to come and experience mindfulness.
As we packed the shed once more, there was some additional planning to keep items that would be needed over the next few months, towards the front of the shed. At long, long last the task was complete, and just in time for some warming soup.