Pete

Stockport

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Pete went on a group run
Group run
Stockport

Would you be-leaf that the parks of Cheadle were clean?

Tue 9 Nov
Report written by Sian Dobson Hughes

It may have been a drizzly Tuesday evening but our headtorches lit the way for our Cheadle Park Plogging and Jogging task.

The awesome foursome made our way on foot to the eery Abney Hall Park estate, ready to clean the park of any debris.

We searched amongst the leaves and brambles for any unwanted rubbish to collect and bin. The dark night, misty sky and gothic hall made for a great setting for ghost tales! We even unearthed a pet cemetery nestled between the house orchards.

Pete gave us the much awaited reviews of Dynasty - great fruity curry sauce but small portions! And as a standard, we discussed food, bake off and the protection of Kirsty's hair after wash night!

After filtering a bag of rubbish from the park, we headed back to complete our 7km group run.

And we left in great 'spirit'

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Park plogging

Tue 9 Nov 18:00 pm
Life Leisure Cheadle, Shiers Dr, Cheadle, Stockport, SK8 1JR
Clean the streets in the local area

About GoodGym

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 across the Stockport region.

The Task

'Plogging' is the combination of running while collecting litter and began in Sweden in 2016. Our task is to combine plogging with a gentle park run around the local Cheadle area to keep the street free from litter.

The Run/Walk/Cycle

GoodGym is for everyone. We welcome runners of all abilities. 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.

We will meet at Life Leisure Cheadle at 6:00pm on Tuesday 9th November and plog the streets around Cheadle, collecting litter as we go!

As the nights are getting darker, bright clothing and head torches are advisable to remain visible.

Bring gloves and mask for indoor areas.

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Pete went on a group run
Group run
Stockport

GoodGym Postal service. Hope we don't get the sack!

Tue 12 Oct
Report written by Sian Dobson Hughes

October is Stockport's Equality Month, where organisations across the region deliver a while host of free programmes and activities aimed at spreading awareness of issues surrounding equality.

Sector 3 had a batch of leaflets and posters that needed delivering to businesses across the town to promote all of the wonderful activities that were going on.

That's where GoodGym 'stepped' in!

We started our hefty 10km run at Life Leisure Avondale in a typically Manc climate. Rainy and cold (but with warmth in our hearts!)

We navigated a circular route hitting off all the stops along the way and spreading the word and the leaflets for Equality Month.

Kirsty managed to keep her hair dry, Pete got a winning Chinese And we delivered all the leaflets.

Not too shabby for a rainy Tuesday run!

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Spreading the news of Stockport Equality Month

Tue 12 Oct 18:00 pm
Life Leisure Avondale, Heathbank Road, Stockport, SK3 0UP
Raise awareness of Equality Month and the programme to get more people to attend and participate in conversations around equality

About GoodGym

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 across the Stockport region.

The Task

October is Stockport Equality Month and we want as many people in Stockport to know all about Equality Month and the fantastic events on offer.

We have flyers and posters that need to be delivered to local community spaces so they can put up in their venue.

The Run/Walk/Cycle

GoodGym is for everyone. We welcome runners of all abilities. 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.

Our task will be to run a circular route, starting Life Leisure Avondale at 6pm, and delivering as many of the flyers and posters to the designated drop point as possible.

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Pete went on a group run
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A groundbreaking evening with a sledgehammer.

Tue 21 Sep
Report written by Sian Dobson Hughes

We love riding out the Indian Summer with as many outdoor tasks before the nights draw in, and tonight's was 'smashing'!

The run to our task with Sparc was an uphill 3km, which we took in our stride, whilst debating how to make the best fried chicken. Food is always on the chat menu at our GoodGym group runs!

Arriving at our venue, which was set back amongst terraced houses, we were greeted with the quaint and well cared for project building. There were fruit trees and garden aplenty, along with a grand collection of garden gnomes. Gnomes seem to follow us GoodGymers to our tasks at the moment!

James, who works at the Sparc centre, led us to our project area. in front of us lay (cemented together) a make shift, brick and cement slab table and chairs. Our brief was to remove all of the above and use the slabs to lengthen the concrete area to provide a base for a new therapy shed for the centre.

So, we got to work with sledgehammers, spades and Rob's gardening expertise!

Things we learnt in our mission: You really can do anything you put your mind to. Houses must be pretty easy to knock down with a sledgehammer. ...and Pete doesn't like insects!

The transformation was smashing!

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Helping SPARC4me to prepare an area to house their new Therapy Shed

Tue 21 Sep 17:45 pm
Life Leisure Avondale, Heathbank Road, Stockport, SK3 0UP
Enabling service users to make use of the Therapy Shed

About GoodGym

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 across the Stockport region.

The Task

SPARC4me have recently been successful in a funding application to screwfix for funding to build a ‘Therapy Shed’ in their grounds which will provide them with another room to facilitate therapy sessions with our service users. The area where they want to erect it in is in need of clearing which includes some old bricks and rocks along with weeds and bushes.

The Run/Walk/Cycle

GoodGym is for everyone. We welcome runners of all abilities. 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.

Our run will begin at 5:45pm on Tuesday 21st September from Life Leisure Avondale. We will navigate the 2.5km journey on foot to the SPARC centre and then back again.

Toilet and parking facilities available at Life Leisure Avondale. Bring gardening gloves and mask for indoor areas

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Pete went on a group run
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If bush comes to shove

Tue 14 Sep
Report written by Sian Dobson Hughes

For this week's task, we set our sights on a hefty hilly run commute, totalling 10km, to help Leonard Cheshire Disability Service to cut back a newly acquired allotment plot to enable service users to enjoy the space.

After 5km of chattered running, we arrived at the secluded haven set back from the busy main road. An unexpected sanctuary!

The allotment had been neglected during lockdown and was in desperate need of some tending.

Rob and Pete tackled the raised flowerbeds with a fork. Leaving not root unturned. While Kirsty and I opted for the brambles (of the none cocktail variety!)

Along the way, we discovered potatoes, chives, a plum tree and a fair few gnomes.

And Kirsty was victorious in the battle of the brambles!

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Clearing an allotment patch ready for planting

Tue 14 Sep 17:30 pm
Life Leisure, Grand Central Square, Wellington Road South, , Stockport, SK1 3TA
Enable the community to access homegrown fruit and veg

About GoodGym

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 across the Stockport region.

The Task

Leonard Cheshire is a national pan-disability charity. In Stockport we have an acquired brain injury rehabilitation service and are starting new community projects locally!

Leonard Cheshire need one-off volunteers to come to their new community allotment project and help to clear the overgrown site so that service users can begin planting!

The allotment is currently overgrown, so it will be a great physical challenge!

The Run/Walk/Cycle

GoodGym is for everyone. We welcome runners of all abilities. 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.

Our run will begin at 5:30pm on Tuesday 14th September from Life Leisure Grand Central. We will navigate the 4.5km journey on foot to the allotment and then back again.

Toilet and parking facilities available at Life Leisure Grand Central. Bring gardening gloves and mask for indoor areas

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Pete went on a group run
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Pre - pearing the Edgeley Field Orchard

Tue 7 Sep
Report written by Sian Dobson Hughes

This Tuesday's group saw 5 GoodGymers helping the Edgeley Field Orchards to prune and prepare their trees ready for the cold winter months.

Ed, the man in the know, gave us a much needed and appreciated prep talk and educated us on the DDDC method to cutting back the plum trees. Damaged, Diseased, Dying and Crossed.

Then we were let loose to blast through the remaining trees which were left from a previous community session.

Rob and Pete even managed to stumble across a tree with mini plums, and happily munched away.

We were.lucky enough to have 'picked' (pun intended - of course!) the pearfect evening for the task and watched the sun set while eating Hannah's remaining Red Velvet cupcakes. The ones we salvaged from a passing dog anyway!

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Edgeley Orchard fruit pick

Tue 7 Sep 18:00 pm
Life Leisure Avondale, Heathbank Road, Stockport, SK3 0UP
Maintaining the community orchards

About GoodGym

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 across the Stockport region.

The Task

The Edgeley Field Orchard is a beautiful community maintained plot of pear, apple and plum trees which is situated not far from Edgeley Park. Our task will be to pick and to prune the delicious crops, ready for a new season of growing.

The Run/Walk/Cycle

GoodGym is for everyone. We welcome runners of all abilities. 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.

Our run will begin at 6pm on Tuesday 7th September from Life Leisure Avondale. We will navigate the 1.5km journey on foot to the orchard, taking it slowly on the inclines!

On arrival at the plot, we will pick and prune!

Toilet and parking facilities available at Life Leisure Avondale Bring gardening gloves and mask for indoor areas

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