Rachel Carthy

Helping people in Derby to get fit by doing good

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Markeaton Park social meetup

Tue 23 Aug 18:15 pm
Markeaton Park, Derby, DE22 4AA
5k around Markeaton Park

Meet at Markeaton Park by the tennis courts at 6.15pm for a 6.30pm start.

The car park is pay and display so please be mindful of this if you're travelling by car and parking at Markeaton Park. The area by the tennis courts is £1.60 for an hour.

Please sign up if you're planning to attend and also remove yourself from the register if you can no longer make it - so I know who to look out for and don't leave without anyone.

We'll be aiming for 5k so two laps around the park.

All paces and abilities are welcome. I will be running at a slower pace than everyone else so please bear in mind I'll be on the same route but anticipate being at the back of the group for the duration.

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Group run
Derby

Social run around Markeaton Park

Tue 23 Aug 18:15 pm
Markeaton Park , Derby, DE22 4AA

Please note that this group run has been cancelled.

Social chatty run at Markeaton Park

Meet at Markeaton Park by the tennis courts at 6.15pm for a 6.30pm start.

The car park is pay and display so please be mindful of this if you're travelling by car and parking at Markeaton Park. The area by the tennis courts is £1.60 for an hour.

Please sign up if you're planning to attend and also remove yourself from the register if you can no longer make it - so I know who to look out for and don't leave without anyone.

We'll be aiming for 5k so two laps around the park.

All paces and abilities are welcome. I will be running at a slower pace than everyone else so please bear in mind I'll be on the same route but anticipate being at the back of the group for the duration.

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Group run
Derby

What's in a name...

Tue 2 Aug
Report written by Rachel Carthy

Ashley and Rachel were joined by Tracey and treated to an eye opening evening where they learned about some of the household objects Tracey has affectionately given names to over the years.

From Fred the hair brush (rest in piece-s) to names of Tracey's cars like Bumble who she used to bumble along slowly in, there wasn't a quiet moment and so many questions were raised.

After Ashley was chastised for daring to mention Christmas in August, the group hotly debated their thoughts on festive celebrations with some firmly believing it really is the most wonderful time of the year whilst others needed a little more convincing. Everyone was however happily on the same page with reference to the Lionesses recent win and updates from the Commonwealth Games happening in Birmingham.

As the group hadn't visited one of Derby's green spaces in a while, they took the litter picking session to Darley Park and covered just over 3km clearing the park of rubbish. The most interesting item the group found was a car badge which was left by the side of the road in case anyone returned to collect it.

Thanks to Ashley and Tracey for helping out and for the great photos Tracey took.

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Community mission
Derby

Help to clean up the steps at River Gardens

Tue 30 Aug 17:30 pm
River gardens , Derby, DE1 3AF
Get River Gardens looking its best for visitors

Join us to clean up some of the bridge and lower outdoor steps at Derby's River Gardens so we can maintain keeping this area looking its best.

We'll be provided with brushes and scrapers and will just need to wear old clothes/trainers. Any of the waste cleared from steps (moss and weeds) can be put into the River Derwent - it doesn't need to be bagged and taken away.

Meet at the location - bridge by River Gardens - for anytime during the task.

See what to expect from the task and also this report.

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Rachel Carthy went on a community mission
Community mission
Derby

A bridge too far? Not for this terrific trio

Tue 26 Jul
Report written by Rachel Carthy

Ashley, Pete and Rachel met task owners David and Pauline to help clean the bridge at Derby's River Gardens. The team learnt that although the bridge is known as the Derwent Bridge it's official name is the Exeter Bridge.

David and Pauline were really pleased with the difference GoodGym volunteers made when they cleaned the steps at the River Gardens and were excited to have volunteers back to help with the bridge and monuments.

Armed with scrapers and brushes, the team set about clearing moss from the bridge and brushed this into the River Derwent. The group were grateful to be working in sunshine and to have such great views of the river and rowers on it.

David and Pauline helped out and were really impressed that the whole inner side of the bridge had been de-mossed...anyone up for an abseiling session to tackle the outer side of the bridge? The duo have a lot of local knowledge and told the group all about Derby's flood defense system before recommending a trip to the Forest for the Future which is a temporary installation that could be seen from the bridge. The group made their way to the forest to explore the area which has been created to encourage people to get green fingered in their own homes and to educate people on the benefits of urban forestry.

Another great session where it was great to see the instant results of what the team achieved. David and Pauline left with huge smiles and want to have help from volunteers again in a month or so, keep an eye out for a session to sign up to.

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Rachel Carthy signed up to a group run
Group run
Derby

Social meetup and litter picking

Tue 2 Aug 18:15 pm
Jurys Inn, King St, Derby, DE1 3DB
Improve the city centre for local residents

Meet at Jury's Inn at 6.15pm for a 6.30pm start to litter pick through the city centre. We'll return to Jury's Inn at the end of the session.

I will be walking on this session, anyone is free to run ahead on the route.

Please wear your GoodGym t shirt if you have one, gloves, a bin bag and a litter picker (I have a few to hand out if you don't have one).

Please sign up if you're planning to attend and also remove yourself from the register if you can no longer make it - so I know who to look out for and don't leave without anyone.

I need to know in advance who needs a litter picker so I don't have to carry multiple ones with me during the session if they're not being used - please let me know in advance rachelcarthy@goodgym.org

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Group run
Derby

Uncovering local history at St Matthew's Church in Darley Abbey

Tue 16 Aug 18:15 pm
Jurys Inn, King St, Derby, DE1 3DB
Unearth and clean up memorial slates from the garden of rest

After our latest task at St Matthew's we're returning to help uncover more of the memorial slates in their Garden of Rest and clear some of the gravestones from overgrown grass and bushes.

Help us to make the Garden of Rest a more pleasant place for the parishioners that visit.

Please bring gardening gloves and wear clothes you don't mind getting mucky.

The group will be running to this task. Meet at Jury's Inn as usual (6.15pm) for a run to the church (6.30pm set off) which is 1.4 miles through Darley Park to meet with the church warden. After the session we'll run back to Jury's Inn, another 1.4 miles. We'll be back at Jury's Inn for 8pm prompt.

For anyone who wants to meet us at the church and not walk or run there, the address is: Church Lane, Darley Abbey DE22 1EF Please let us know if you will be meeting us at the church. There is parking around the residential streets surrounding the church for anyone driving there.

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Rachel Carthy went on a group run
Group run
Derby

First time doing good and getting fit with GoodGym

Tue 12 Jul
Report written by Rachel Carthy

Luis joined a GoodGym Derby session for the first time and took on the challenge of litter picking in the city centre. The route was due to take in Burton Road but on the night volunteers chose to stay in the city centre and areas Luis knew. Just over 2.5km was walked in the sunshine whilst Luis found out about GoodGym and the sort of sessions volunteers go on to help out in the community.

Luis was given a litter picker (no demo required) and got straight to work picking up cans, bottles, food packaging and flyers. He had a great technique for stickers that were pretty grounded and for smaller items like coffee stirrers.

Luis has been looking to get involved with volunteering that gives him the opportunity to meet new people he can chat to and feel he's making a positive difference in the community. Hopefully Luis will be back for future sessions as he loves being outdoors and connecting with nature, he now knows about upcoming sessions like cleaning the steps at the River Gardens to improve some of Derby's outdoor spaces.

Sadly only one photo as there was lots of talking along with multi-tasking using a litter picker and holding the bin bag.

Thanks Luis for helping clean the streets of Derby and bringing so much 'positive energy' to your first GoodGym session!

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Rachel Carthy went on a community mission
Community mission
Derby

Race for Life - supporting Cancer Research

Sun 10 Jul
Report written by Rachel Carthy

Johanna and Rachel met the events team for Cancer Research's Race for Life at Derby's Markeaton Park for the 10k and 5k events taking place on Sunday 10th July. Attendees had all pledged to raise funds for Cancer Research and could run, jog or walk their chosen distance. There was over £120,000 raised (and counting) including another event that had taken place on Saturday.

After a briefing at 8am where volunteer tabards and radios were handed out, the volunteer team were made aware of the all important snacks table before heading off to their duties. Johanna had the important role of marshal and was encouraged along with the other marshals to take a musical instrument with her to cheer participants on. Johanna made her way to her marshal point to keep participants on the right track and provide much needed encouragement - Race for Life events are fully inclusive and for some participants it's their first time going the distance of 5k or 10k. Rachel was split between a range of jobs from being near the start line (there was music there too, not provided by marshals but a real party atmosphere from the 'main stage') and helping attendees to their areas (runners, joggers or walkers) before moving over to the finish line and handing out medals along with malt loaves as well as encouraging the celebration bell to be rung. Rachel also helped man one of the water stations and litter picked before joining a group of volunteers and Johanna to help derig the event - this involved getting cable ties off signs and stakes so everything could go into storage ready for the next event.

It was great to be a core part of the small events team that made the day possible and to see personal reasons for why participants were taking part as people wrote who they were there for on their race numbers. A free scoop of icecream for anyone that had volunteered was greatly welcomed after nearly 6 hours in temperatures reaching almost 30 degrees. A lovely end to the day was seeing some park visitors rowing on the lake as well as spotting a sign that goes along with the GoodGym ethos that 'heroes hold litter pickers'!

Thanks so much to Johanna for coming along to this volunteering session and getting stuck in with anything the team was asked to do on the day. The Cancer Research events team made everyone feel really welcome and were very appreciative of everyone that had volunteered.

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Training session
Derby

Ash & Gwyn's LiRF training session

Thu 14 Jul 18:00 pm
Alvaston Park, Off London Road, Derby, DE24 8QQ
Support 2 GoodGymers to become qualified Run Leaders

🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️ As part of their training to become GoodGym Run Leaders, Ash and Gwyn are delivering a training session at Alvaston Park. The session will be supported by a LiRF qualified Run Leader and will be filmed to form part of their training evidence.

It will involve some light 5 minute exercises ... sounds like fun!

Please come along and support them by signing up. 2 more Run Leaders means more opportunities to do good and get fit.

Meet at Alvaston Park, in the main car park.

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