It is getting cooooolllldddd! But this team of superheroes don't seem to feel it, warmed by the good deeds they're racking up.
On a dark, properly cold evening, 15 runners showed up for one of our final outdoor tasks of the year: leafleting for Jubilee Sports Bank. Our goal was to make locals aware of this affordable, community sports centre, by distributing 300 (or was there more?) leaflets to houses in the area.
With a little competition and a bit of herding cats, after half an hour, we were 300 leaflets lighter.
It's becoming more of a challenge to find suitable spaces for our fitness session, so thanks to the team for their patience and adaptability. This week's bleep test didn't go quite to plan but did help the runners clock up 8km in total for tonight!
The run back was all downhill and we made short time of it. Arriving back to our cool-down spot, we met with John who was waiting for us. Kuddos to him for working late and missing the task, yet running into town for our Task Force meeting.
In the Task Force meeting we discussed our plans for the January Challenge, weighing up the possibility of stealing the golden trowel from GoodGym York - who's up for it? In the meantime, keep wracking up those good deeds by coming along next week.
Bonus shout out for Yan who ran to and from GoodGym last night, clocking up around 13km in total - great work Yan!
Welcome to GoodGym Liverpool! We're a friendly and social group who combine exercise with helping out in the local community. We meet every week to get active and do a physical task to help the charities and community organisations and projects in our area.
The Task: This week's task is helping to promote the services of Jubilee Sports Bank, a community sports centre that makes exercise accessible to everyone in the Kensington area of the city. We'll be delivering leaflets to local houses. A little bit of friendly competition is guaranteed!
This is an outdoor task so dress for the weather. Head torches optional.
The Run: It is just over 2km to reach Jubilee Sports Bank (downhill on the return leg!) plus we'll be running around delivering leaflets, so expect to run around 5km in total but with plenty of breaks. If there's time, we'll also have a fun fitness session.
GoodGym is for everyone. We welcome runners of all abilities and it is sometimes possible to walk to the task if you would prefer. We always have a back-marker so no-one is left behind - we're about achieving something together so you'll always be welcome no matter what your pace is.
GoodGym Liverpool meets inside the Hope Street Hotel between 18:00 - 18:30, usually in the board room on the lower ground floor, but check at reception for directions. We leave for the run at 18:30 and return at 20:00.
Paul has completed their 15th good deed with GoodGym
On a night of celebrations, Goodgym came together to litter pick and celebrate some milestones.
Serious kudos to Emma and Sam for hitting the 50 good deeds! Not to be sneezed at even in this weather. However Pauline, with her 150 good deeds, is surely Goodgym royalty now! Alright Queen!!
We checked out each red light on our way out of town and soon got some momentum up the hill to Breck Road. Running past our target, we went down to Kitty's Launderette to meet Rachael of Creative Spaces. Quickly armed with bags and pickers, we returned to the park whilst watching an impressive fireworks display!
With several bags filled and new friends from the park wholeheartedly endorsing our good work, we retreated to bring some sparkle to our evening despite the rain.
Off we went on our return leg, spotting the green Radio City Tower and getting the rub of the green with the traffic lights on the way home.
Kudos to Becky B for backmarking and well done everyone, we got 8k in 🙂
18 awesome runners beat the dark and cold to help out at a secret garden in south Liverpool.
Our first run since the clocks have changed and beyond seasonable doubt, Autumn is here. Last time we visited the Quaker Burial Ground (aka Arundel Avenue Community Garden) was on the most beautiful late spring evening. This time it was pitch black. But GoodGym stops for no one. We wrapped up, we put our head torches on and we clocked up good deeds.
The team kept a good pace over 3km and soon we arrived at the garden. The task was a simple but important one. Rake up all of the leaves and wheelbarrow them round to the compost heap. Everyone got stuck in and soon enough, lit by our lamps, we could see the area had been transformed.
This week's shout out goes to Baptiste and Molly, who are quickly becoming regulars and part of the GG fam. The Autumn isn't generally the best time to join GoodGym but they are beating the bad weather and happily getting fit while doing good with us - hooray!
Running a different return route, we played a quick game of follow the leader through Crown St park, working different areas of the body and getting our hearts pumping. Fantastic work once again team - well done!
Last time we visited the Quaker Burial Ground (aka Arundel Avenue Community Garden) it was the height of summer and we were intrigued by a swarm of bees. This time, it is going to be dark and mulchy... but just as fun!
The Quaker Burial Ground is a hidden gem behind a high stone wall in south Liverpool. As well as an important piece of history, it is a beautiful garden for local people to enjoy.
The garden is surrounded by huge old trees and at this time of year, mounts of leaves are deposited on the ground. Our task is to pick them up and wheelbarrow them to the compost heap - want to help?
This will be a dark task so please bring a head torch and wear thick gardening gloves. As usual, it is best not to wear your best new kit.
The run is a steady 3km (ish) there and another 3km back, via a circular route. If there's time, we'l throw in a fun fitness session to get your heart pumping.
Let's go runners - sign-up!!!
After a busy weekend which included a Community Mission, the (very muddy) Speke Hall 10km and a Mission to help an elderly person, an unexpectedly large crowd of 23 runners showed up for another evening of getting fit while doing good. They just can't get enough!
The Friends of Everton Park are one of our favourite groups to help out but park-based tasks in the dark are not easy so this was to be our final visit of 2019. After a bit of an around the houses run to Everton Community Garden (I wasn't really lost, promise!) to meet Dan and pick up the tools, the team sprung into action. In a sea of head torches and guided by our new portable flood lights, the team lopped away at a dodgy species of tree saplings which were expected to damage the ecology of the park.
Within half an hour, nearly all of the offending saplings had been cut down and pilled up in the car park ready for collection. Given the dark and chilly conditions, this was a truly bold effort by Team Liverpool.
After the task, while some of the team slowly returned the loppers, the rest of us stayed warm with a few laps of the basketball court. With the whole group back, it was too cold to do the strengthening and conditioning I'd planned and so we played a giant game of tig instead. Yes it was good fun BUT don't be fooled into thinking there was no fitness element to this game; the team were soon side-stepping and testing their range of movements and giving it bursts of power. They were all panting after just a few minutes playing.
Apart from our usual LOOOOONG traffic light breaks, we made great time on the return leg. All in all, an excellent evening - well done folks.
Next week is a slightly longer run and another dark task so head torches at the ready please AND BRING GLOVES. Find out more and sign-up here. And don't forget about this Sunday's spooky Community Mission.
P.S. Kudos to Tim who put forward the pun title 'Char Grilled Lopper', which admittedly is genius.... but sadly it was vetoed by Chef Nibbs who declared that you would never char grill a lobster! But then what does she know, she's vegan ;)
To mark the end of the summer we're going for a double whammy and back-to-back visits to help out Friends of Everton Park - this is week two!
Throughout the lighter months we try to offer our special brand of People Power to the Friends of Everton Park every six weeks. This summer we've helped out with painting a giant wall and clearing the orchard.
The park isn't suitable for tasks in the dark, so we're grasping at the end of the daylight hours and offering our help two weeks in a row, before waving cheerio until Spring.
Task detail are TBC but are always good fun and really worthwhile.
Important: Depending on the weather, things could get messy, so please don't wear your best gloves. DO bring gloves and a headtorch, if you have one.
It is a steady 2.3km run to the park and we'll enjoy a fun fitness session after the task too.
So sign-up, sign-up (and bring your head torch!).
Nineteen good eggs, celebrated 10 years of GoodGym with a proper run and a lifting and shifting task.
This week we are celebrating GoodGym's 10th birthday nationally and proudly waved out flag around the city. Our route to Liverpool Unitarian Church didn't take us past the biggest landmarks but we did still manage a few decent shots, we hope you'll agree.
The run to Unitarian Church was nice and straight forward and everyone did well to keep pace with few traffic light breaks. We were welcomed by Viki and soon put to work lifting chairs and boxes from the second floor room down to the bin or the basement. Once we'd lifted and shifted, clocking up those steps, 3 or 4 times each, the room had been transformed and can now be put to better use.
With a couple of minutes to spare, the Reverend treated us to a quick tour of the church and a chat about the admirable legacy of the Unitarian congregation in Liverpool (and beyond). What a stunning building!
A huge shout out to Eimear who joins the black t-shirt crew, clocking a massive 50 good deeds with this task - well deserved and well done!
Also a shout out to newbie Sharon who easily kept pace and got stuck in at the task - we'd love you to run with us again soon.
Never one to enjoy doubling back, I led the group on a slightly longer but more scenic route back via Princes Park with the sun setting in purple and red ahead of us. A gorgeous end to a gorgeous evening. Happy Birthday GoodGym, you beaut!
P.S. The title pun is a combination of chair-mendous efforts by Christina and Jo :)
Honorable mentions for:
Game of Moving Thrones by Craig
Stair and Chair Alike by Tim
This is our first time helping out at Liverpool Unitarian Church, so come and show them what GoodGym is all about!
This week we'll be celebrating GoodGym's 10th birthday nationally, so things could be pretty jolly!
Unitarianism is an open-minded and welcoming approach to faith that encourages individual freedom, equality for all and rational thought. The church is a welcoming, inclusive and affirming place of worship. It is also a magnificent and iconic building in south Liverpool.
Our task will be to tidy out a room on the second floor of the building, lifting boxes and other bits and bobs down to be taken to the tip, donated to charity or otherwise.
On the way back to base we'll enjoy a fun fitness session. This is a solid run of 3km in each direction, so perfect for improver runners.
GoodGym Liverpool meets every Monday evening inside Hope Street Hotel, usually in the boardroom on the lower ground floor but check at reception for directions. We leave at 18:30 and return at 20:00.