This was our first Saturday Group Run for a while and what a great morning it was.
A nice GoodGym crowd ran or volunteered at Catton parkrun at the start of the morning, most of which stayed on for the Group Run too.
We were then met by a few others at Catton Park, who hadn't completed the Parkrun... I mean who would want to run twice in one morning!
So we had a nice casual jog to Waterloo Park. The Feed have just taken on and reopened the Pavilion Cafe there. Our task was to clear the weed and flowerbeds around the Pavilion Cafe to give it an added touch of glamour.
A big welcome to Fran who was taking part in her first GoodGym endeavour.
The Friends of Waterloo Park provided us with the tools so we could really give the area a good makeover. We were so passionate about it at we stayed for nearly 2 hours and after that remained there for longer to have a bite to eat.
The Feed generously offered us a complimentary hot drink for our efforts.
The before and after photos really show what an amazing job everyone did. So much so that half of the team couldn't even keep their eyes open for the group photo at the end hahaha.
The Feed are opening up the cafe at Waterloo Park and would love our help to get the outside area looking nice and fresh.
You can either meet at the task at 10.15am (Angel Road, NR3 3HX) or meet us at Catton Park (Oak Lane, NR6 7DB) after Parkrun at 10am, where you can either walk, run or cycle with us. The distance is approximately 1.5km each way.
Please bring your own gloves.
Although there is no baggage storage at Catton Park, any belongings can be left in my vehicle.
290 people ran/walked/jogged their way around this 5K course on a very autumnal morning, amongst them where Goodgymers Bill, Rob, Beks, Susanna, Maddy, and first time parkrun Nikki. Well done to you all. Today’s Goodgym marshals were myself Timekeeping, (sporting my new 100 volunteer t shirt)Bobby number checker and Ralf out on the course. Volunteer marshals are essential to Parkrun’s, otherwise they can’t go ahead. Give it a try occasionally, you’ll love it. Next week there is no Catton parkrun as the fun fair is in the park for Halloween. Time to be a parkrun tourist I think
Tonight's task was a return to the lovely St Alban Church on Grove Walk.
On our last visit there we created a new flower bed. This time, we wanted to protect the plants from weeds so our job was to lay a protective mesh down and cover it with wood chippings. Once we completed that we did a bit of weeding.
A big welcome to James and Ralph for taking part in their first Group Run session.
There was talk that we hadn't done a fitness session in a while so I included a squat workout, a relay during weeding and then a wall sit to finish up with. I'm not going lie, it was satisfying putting you all through your paces.
Well done to everyone, you worked hard and Catherine and Sarah were very appreciative of your help.
Launching on the grounds of St Alban Church Hall on Grove Walk, with an aim to create a pleasant green oasis with community seating, and lots of lovely plants!
We'll meet at The Forum at 6.15pm and aim to arrive at the task at 6.30pm (for those who want to meet directly at the task).
There is a walking or cycle option to and from the task.
Please bring your own gloves and note there won't be a baggage drop at the start.
Ralph completed a community mission. Instead of watching TV or lying in bed, Ralph was out there making their community a better place to be. For making that choice they have earned the community cape.
Ralph is a now a fully fledged GoodGym runner. They've just run to do good for the first time. They are out there making amazing things happen and getting fit at the same time.
We welcomed Ralf on his first Goodgym Mission, and his partner Maddie on her 3rd but first in a Goodgym Red T shirt. Ian was attending with his own 🛶 but unfortunately it had a puncture. Dave and his family were in a canoe already and was lucky to photobomb the interview of the organisers of this River Clean by ITV Anglia. Susanna arrived by cycle with her children, I arrived on foot on my own 🥲 After all signing in, and collect bin bags and litter pickers we were divided into groups and off we went . We managed to collect a bag of rubbish and as Ian & I walked back we spotted Maddie & Ralf in one of the Canoes and they were near the bank having spotted a bike in the river, another group member on the bank pulled it out. Great spot, Ian and my best find a nappy 🙈 on returning to the finish the bin bag heap included the bike and a very dirty backpack, loads of traffic cones. After an hour and a half some of us left for home, others stayed longer. Another task well done. And we made the local evening news 📰
We're marking World Rivers Day again this year with a city centre river clean-up on Sunday 26th September.
Message from Pete: The key information is: 1. Starts at 11:00 runs until 1:00 along the river in Norwich city centre. Runners can join in for all or part of that. Everybody welcome. 2. Runners who want to take part need to contact me and register beforehand (firstname.lastname@example.org) Regretfully you can't just turn up and register on the day. 3. We'll be working on the river banks but there are a few places available in canoes for experienced canoeists only. These will be allocated on a 'first come, first served' basis to work on the river collecting up rubbish. Again, if interested you need to contact me. 4. We provide gloves, pickers and a hand-cleansing station.
Meeting point is Pull's Ferry, Norwich, NR2 3JF.