Slowly but surely we arrived one by one to this evening's meeting point by Mile End Park's wonderfully-located Art Pavilion.
Each were greeted individually by our brilliant Task Owner John, who equipped everyone with a fork, and some truly sturdy gloves.
Why were we here?
Well, the countdown is on to clear some dense nettles and brambles in time for half term activity. And so Friends of Mile End Park called on us to help out on this tough, time-sensitive task.
Fork of the town
And so to work we went, our small group growing less small by the minute. We uprooted, we chopped, we stacked, we carried. It was quite the workout, not least for Rohan's fork, who gave up the ghost during the first half of the task. What can we say? John did say the nettles were tough. Impressive stuff.
With good ground lights saving the day, we proceeded to make large piles of our treacherous, discarded plants, which looked quite the stinger stash as we called it a night.
We gathered for tool deposits and our last pics of the day.
"So, you can do your keep fit up there," gestured John to the floodlit area of the pavilion as we finished up. "I'll come and see if it's any good."
And so up the hill we climbed, to the well-lit area above the pavilion for some spectacular views as we tackled mini (slippery) hills, Bulgarian split squats, hip mobility, and some fab static stretching with an official barre. Hur-RAH.
What can I say?
Another night to remember. "They blitzed a fair amount," John reflected as we walked back down the hill after.
I should say.
Until next time.
What's the story?
We've been asked to join the Friends of Mile End Park to get this Woodland Walk area ready for half term bulb-planting activity.
What we will be doing
We will meet outside The Art Pavilion in Mile End Park at 6pm. There will be somewhere to leave bags if you're coming straight from work.
We'll meet John from Friends of Mile End Park and spend an hour or so clearing brambles and nettles in this popular stretch.
What you need to know
Please wear long sleeves and trousers. John, our task owner, will be bringing tools and sturdy gloves, but do bring own gloves and head torches if you have them.
If you want to join us after the 6pm start, we'll be fairly easy to locate around this area - it's easy to locate, to the left of the Art Pavilion. Any problems, contact Area Activator Laura for a dropped pin! (firstname.lastname@example.org)
We'll work our running and workout around the task - it's time-sensitive due to daylight, so we'll start with task first, fitness after (the perfect way 'round if you''re a bit post-Marathon!).
Nina completed a community mission. Instead of watching TV or lying in bed, Nina was out there making their community a better place to be. For making that choice they have earned the community cape.
Hackney City Farm task!!
This week we will be helping to replant a hedge boarder around the farm! Vital to get the Farm fully operational again.
A team effort needed to hit some strong digging, soil shifting and hedge planting to create the new improved farm hedge boarder!
Would love to have you along for the effort!! Please sign up come along and have fun!!! Places are limited so please remove yourself from sign ups if your availability changes. On the night meet Ken from the farm at the from gates before going to get stuck in!
Well, we didn't plan on a double fitness bill tonight, that's for sure. Who knew.
So a small little group gathered in Museum Gardens this evening, for our pre-task run. It was fantastic to be joined by Nina, who we haven't seen for a while! And although the run started off as a short one on paper, Si thankfully took over and, after some brilliant navigation finding the quietest, longest route (including a lap of Middleton Green), we managed to squeeze in a little bit of extra mileage en route to one of our favourite tasks.
Many hands, etc etc...
Margaret greeted us with a well planned operation: brand new gloves; bundles of bin bags, and the obligatory crash course in "What's-a-weed-and-what's-not." The team busied themselves along Ellsworth Street, weeding the entire border and filling bin liner after bin liner in no time. It felt like we'd only just arrived when we were already posing for our cheerio end shot.
What's a single leg squat between friends?
The task was scheduled to take the GoodGymers ninety minutes but 45 minutes in, we were scrabbling around for the last little weed. "Well, we're here now," we shrugged at 7:15pm, and so we accompanied Margaret to the Nature Reserve to take a quick look at the pond that'll be the job for next week's two-part task (including our Group Run), and then over to the basketball court we headed, where we enjoyed 20 minutes of not-so-easy fitness: a few speedy laps, some balancing lower body work; the obligatory core moves, and some nice stretches, oh, and a last final lap to finish. Not a bad effort at all, team.
Another great evening, doing lots, interacting lots, and just a lot of doing what you do best: combining your fitness and your sense of purpose into a heavenly 90 minutes for all those who come into contact with you. Way. To. Go.
Until next time.
We were due to be starting work on the new pond tonight, but with materials being delayed, we'll be playing gardening catch-up instead...
What we'll be doing
We'll be meeting at the lovely Chiringuito spot at 6:15pm for those who fancy a run to the task. We'll be running via pretty Middleton Green to meet Margaret by the Ellsworth Street roundabout.
We'll then be accompanying Margaret to various areas of the gardens to help her tackle a number of overdue gardening jobs.
If you'd like to meet at the task, we'll be meeting Margaret at the Ellsworth Street roundabout, E2 0AX from 6:30pm.
Why so early?
- Daylight! (we chatted to Margaret, and we think we'll need as much daylight as possible for our next few Hollybush tasks, so if you can sneak out of work early...).
Come and join us as we head down the road to this wonderful task with Deborah, who'll be showing us the ropes with a really fun task line-up tonight.
This will be followed by an indoor fitness session, where tonight sees us focus on our abdominals! Yes, it's tum-tastic task night.