Rachel

"The race is long and, in the end, it's only with yourself"

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Rachel signed up to a race
Race
Sheffield

Small Park BIG RUN 2022

Sat 18 Jun 12:00 pm
Meersbrook Park, Chesterfield Rd, Sheffield , S8 9FB
Endurance running to raise money for Palestine

Small park BIG RUN is an annual event to raise money for Palestinian women's and children's charities and something that GoodGym has been involved with since the start.

Check out previous years here: 2017 2020 2021

Having had 2 years of virtual events, this year we'll be back in Meersbrook Park joining others doing continuous loops over 24 hours from midday Saturday 18th to Sunday 19th June. We'd love to be able to cover the whole 24 hours as a team as in previous years and maybe set up a support station too where we could cheer others on and perhaps have music and refreshments (anyone offering massages?!).

Please register - it's £12 (with concessions and family tickets also available). When it asks if you're in a team, say "GoodGym". T-shirts available for £10. Or perhaps you want to marshal?

Lastly, but importantly, please fill out the Doodle Poll with which times you'd like to run (or walk) This is divided into half hour slots, and you can sign up to as many or few as you'd like, with no limit to numbers at one time. You can mark your selections as "maybe" by clicking twice and update later if you're not quite sure yet.

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Rachel went on a community mission
Community mission
Sheffield

Mega clean up by the Megatron

Wed 25 May
Report written by Rachel

Today I headed out with members of the Sheaf and Porter River Trust, River Stewardship Company and Sheffield Litter Pickers to a badly littered area of the River Porter just near where it feeds into the underground chamber known as the "Megatron". When I arrived, I bumped into a few familiar faces including fellow Goodgymmer Tom.

The spot such an eyesore really near the train station, so not a good welcome to the city, plus the harmful effects on wildlife (although the rats didn't seem to mind 😬). After donning mildly excessive PPE (hard hats, life jackets and wellies or waders), we set to work as a team with litter pickers, rakes and spades.

After a couple of hours, we'd cleared several bags, filling 3 tonne bulk bags, plus a shopping trolley and bashing some Himalayan Balsam along the way.

The difference was incredible and we were even treated to crisps and sandwiches after!

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Rachel went on a group run
Group run
Sheffield

Lift and paint, with the common people

Mon 23 May
Report written by Tom Mutton

Yes, that was a Sheffield based Pulp pun..

On a beautiful Sheffield evening we were back off to meet MARVELOUS MARIA from Common Ground Community Garden to help with a bit of a spring clean. This time around we took on the below tasks:

  • Litter picking
  • Painting planters a beautiful sky blue
  • Clearing out a basement
  • Clearing out a store cupboard
  • Filling a skip

Maria was very thankful for the help which will make the spaces a lot easier to use and make storage for other equipment to be used by the surrounding community. The beds looked ace!

On completion of our tasks we used this amazing area for some paired fitness where one person would take on an exercise whilst their partner did 2 laps of the 'Stonehenge Circle' before tagging their partner to swap over. This weeks exercises included:

  • Planks (the exercise, not the people)
  • Press Ups
  • Squat Jumps

Until next time, happy running :)

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Rachel went on a group run
Group run
Sheffield

A Cut Above the Rest

Mon 16 May
Report written by Tom Mutton

We welcomed some traveling GG members from Leicester in the form of Zachary who was one his first run and Elena. You are both welcome back anytime and hope you enjoyed it!

This week we were back to help out our good pal PARKY ROB who is always so appreciative of the work we do. Unfortunately he had some bad news for us, letting us know that some of the trees in the park were to be chopped down due to Ash die back. Sad times, but necessary to keep the park users safe.

Out task for this week was to cut back three beds that were getting a bit keen with the better weather and encroaching onto the pavement and park a bit too much, so we got straight to it giving them a good haircut.

James proved too strong for the secateurs which were fortunately the only casualty on the night.

Well I avoided the cape as long as I could but MARVELOUS MAX wouldn't let me get away with it. With the 200 milestone reminder it was time to done the silky marvel and embrace the magic. We said our goodbyes to Rob and some of the other runners and headed to the U-Mix center for some DOUBLE TROUBLE, working in pairs and each taking on 4 exercises in total, including:

  • Box Jumps
  • Step Ups
  • Leg Lifts
  • Chin Ups

Back at base we stretched off and headed in to sample the extensive new menu The Showroom had to offer.

Until next week, happy running :)

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Rachel went on a community mission
Community mission
Sheffield

Life with Plastic, not Fantastic!

Mon 16 May
Report written by Rachel

This week, Goodgymmers joined people from across the country to help Greenpeace with The Big Plastic Count 2022 . The task was simple: count all the plastic you throw away in a week (dividing into categories) so they can use this as evidence to pressure government and industry into creating reusable alternatives.

It is quite confronting to see when tallied up. I do try to use refills and choose things with less packaging where I can, but I soon realised that my penchant for snacking is my downfall... bad for the planet as well as my waistline.

Naomi felt similar:

It's been an interesting task ... we recycle everything we can, but seeing it laid out over such a short period is heart-breaking. I changed from vegetarian to vegan last year to try and do more for the planet, but even that diet comes with a lot of plastic (tofu packaging, salad bags, nut packets etc) and buying second hand clothes from eBay that arrive in plastic envelopes!

Tracey got all arty with her colouring pencils to colour code her tally chart each day. She also found that she could return plant pots to a local garden centre for reuse.

I hope it's been an interesting exercise and encourages people to look how they personally can reduce their plastic waste as well as encouraging global governmental change. Don't worry if you haven't managed to log your results yet, or you forgot to log every day! You have until the end of the month to log your count, so you could do this week instead and you can still submit your data if you didn't do the full week

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Rachel went on a group run
Group run
Sheffield

In pole position for smallparkBIGRUNFUN

Mon 9 May
Report written by Yvonne R

Today, we set out on a run to Meersbrook Park. Tom, Lan, Rachel, Celine and I arrived from the Showroom, duly out of breath after one very long hill just at the end. Seiko and Michelle met us there and, after a quick intro, we were ready to climb the steep hills of Meersbrook to distribute leaflets for smallparkBIGRUN 2022.

SmallparkBIGRUN will take place on 18/19 June 2022. It’s a mass participation event with partner runs taking place in Palestine, with the aim of raising funds for two Palestinian Projects: Children’s healing project in Gaza and the Sheffield Palestine Women’s Scholarship Fund. The event will provide a wonderful day out for Sheffielders, building a link to communities in another part of the world in the spirit of friendship and an opportunity to get some much needed exercise! The organisers are particularly keen to stress that the event aims to include the often marginalised members of the local community.

Bonus Feature: For some nostalgia, look back to our report form the inaugural smallparkBIGRUN in 2017 - Small Park, Big Run, Steep Hill - featuring Tom, Annie and Sam!

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Rachel went on a community mission
Community mission
Sheffield

Great Fun-nelling!

Sat 7 May
Report written by Rachel

This sunny morn saw 3 enthusiastic Goodgymmers out to support Sheffield's busiest parkrun, Endcliffe. We helped set up and then we took our roles.

Celine was marshaling at a lovely spot by the duck pond, whilst Rachel and Michelle tackled the complex funnel system. We were supported by some of the regular D of E volunteers, who were more familiar with it. There were a couple of moments that got a bit stressful, but with over 600 runners, I think it ran fairly smoothly overall!

We caught up with Annie at the end, congratulating her on her run, everyone raided the 'kit swap' before heading to the park cafe for breakfast in the sun.

Next month, we're heading a bit further afield to support GG Barnsley. Sign up here to join us on June 4th!

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Rachel went on a mission
Mission
Sheffield

Pretty Patio, Primroses and Petunias

Tue 3 May
Report written by Rachel

After accidentally booking myself onto this mission the same morning as another community mission, I had to call Mr R and warn him I'd be running a bit late. This was compounded further by my bus running late, so I was a little flustered when I arrived!

Mr R showed me round to the back and gave me the necessary tools to clear the weeds growing between the patio. He also had a few slabs removed to make mini flowerbeds, which he had me weed and plant with Primroses and Petunias.

As I swept up, I couldn't help thinking the mass of birdseed all over the patio couldn't be helping with the weed situation! My time done, it looked a lot neater. All that remained was to find enough energy to get home!

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