We have made it! 5 years of good tasks, endless miles of running and cycling as well as countless hours of fitness. We even battled through a pandemic! So let's celebrate us; for the good times and the damn right hard. We have made friends, found love and achieved goals we hadn't though possible.
Come celebrate in central Brighton (venue tbc, looking to see number of possible attendees first). No fitness required!
The day had been hot, the sun had been shining, the beach and bars of Brighton were PACKED! But that didn't deter an eager group of destructive gardeners.
Welcome to Rob who has moved to Brighton recently. He had been a Newham Goodgymer and their loss is our gain! Thank you for getting stuck in with everyone.
And stuck in we got! We met residents Tony and Keith who furnished us with tools, gloves and bags to clear some wild flowers, brambles and Holly which had grown in a concreted area. With a mountain of bags filled and a little energy left, some tackled the wisteria that had grown up the side of the building!
With everything cleared and the tools back in the shed, the residents presented us with a thank you card and celebrations to thank us for helping out! That's definitely a way to win us round to a return visit.
As the sun had been out it was time to get the guns out. This week's fitness session was all about arm and upper body fitness! As runners and cyclists we tend not to work on our arms too much, but the help with our forward propulsion, especially up hills! If you'd like another go at our session check out this video.
Ever the social bunch, a group headed to the Sidewinder to utlise our new upper body strength to lift a few pints...
If you can, please join us for Parkrun this Saturday!
Directed by head gardening resident Tony (not to be confused with the story teller of Sloane Court!) to takle what the amazing weather has encouraged to grow.
Meet at the Victoria Statue near the Pavilion at 18:15 to get going for 18:30. Please bring gardening gloves if you have them!
This week we meet on the sea front to mingle amongst those having a nice day by the sea, and a camera crew filming some sort of ice cream eating challenge! Despite Rebecca and Angela attempts to join in the ice cream challenge, we headed to Palmeria Square to meet resident Stuart who had a specific job for us to do.
Due to antisocial behaviour in the common areas there has been a lot of broken glass which has bothered residents, their families and furry friends a like. Armed with brooms, litter pickers, spades and dustpan and brushes we combed the top part of the park to clear as much glass and litter as possible, making it a safer space.
Many residents came to say hello, with Mark being quite the local celebrity!
We stayed in the park to compete our fitness session, where we concentrated on our balance to improve our form and reaction to uneven ground. Check out our wonky poses!
If you'd like to have a go please check out the session here
Fitness done we all ran back home bathed in golden hour sunlight!
Local resident, Stuart, is on a one man mission to keep the square and crescent neat and tidy. Let's help him keep on top of things with an extra few pair of hands!
Meet at the Peace Statue; 18:15 to be off and running by 18:30 along the Prom for some gardening and fitness.
Please remember gardening gloves if you have them!
A short time ago in a garden not too far away...(cue dramatic music).
In period of unprecedented heat, a brave alliance of nine Goodgym runners challenged the tyranny and oppression of an awesome amount of weeds.
After being regaled with tales of Angela and Jason's trail running exploits and Nancy's 50th Parkrun, we were ready to take on a new challenge at a different destination! We took the short trip from the seafront up to the YMCA to take on the might of their unloved garden. Ruled over for many years by weeds, dirt and all manner of debris, the group set to work clearing space.
The dead daffodils, sneaky sticky weed and limp leaves didn't know what hit them with a blitz of activity transforming the garden. Beating back the overflowing beds even revealed the long lost path to the shed! Our whirl of activity drew attention from the residents who were delighted to be reclaiming the space and already thinking of ways to enhance its future. Such was the speed of our attack some of us had time to stand back and admire while Jay, Philippa and Rebecca soldiered on clearing the debris. The garden was brought back to life ready to be used again.
Fresh from victory we journeyed back to the seafront for some short lamp post intervals to take us back to base. A great evenings work and we can all bask in the knowledge that an old space now has new hope...
It seems Hove Prom was the place to be tonight! There were many people out running and "promming" with the sun and still water it felt like a great spot to relax....
Not for these Goodymers though! We had a date with some gardening utensils and an over ground church yard! We ran along the sea front to St. Andrews Church of Hove to meet Vicar Dan who was already mowing between some headstones. Dan, and the parish, are hoping to keep the grounds tidy to discourage antisocial behavior and make it somewhere for people to enjoy as well as pay their respects.
We had the choice of hand tools to help with general weeding or power tools to do some real destructive gardening! Frannie, Tabby and Amro, geared up with mowers and strimmers tackled the knee high grass, [Angela](/runners/angela-mynott, Juliet, and Matt went town on bindweed which had obscured several head stones, while Jane, Jason, Rebecca and Michael cleared the back of the grounds where some antisocial activity has been known to take place.
With so many hands this week and Vicar Dan's well stocked garden equipment store, we got a lot cleared and rewarded ourselves with a core work out! As runners and walkers it is go to maintain our core to help keep our posture and isolate our arms from our legs so that they work together to propel us forward and to that finish line! To promote some social behavior we completed 10 core exercises in the round - hopefully no one will be feeling it too much tomorrow! If anyone wanted to have another go at our work out your can find it here.
With task and work out complete we headed back along the seafront for a steady, flat run.
Well done to Jane who told me she is doing couch to 5k - looking to see you at a Parkrun very soon!
Best of luck to Angela who is doing the 10k at the Brighton Trails event this Sunday - hope the trail run from the other week will help you smash out a great time!
Like many places of worship around the city, St Andrew's in Hove provides space for many community groups to meet and it's churchyard is well used by locals.
We will be helping them keep the church yard tidy, expect weeding and pulling back ivy.
Meet at the Peace Statue in Hove at 6.15pm for a 6.30pm start.
Hopefully I can be forgiven for using a classic pun...?
This week we ventured closer to the town centre by taking a leisurely jog to our beloved Sloane Court where we were met by gardening enthusiast Tony, a resident of the mature accommodation. He introduced us to new resident, James who used to garden at Stamner park where courses in horticulture are taught!
Rebecca and Katharine concentrated in the front gardens with weeding and digging out a bed ready for rose bushes to be planted later in the week. Tony was extremely pleased at how much was done and suggested a let the two of them off the fitness (no such luck)!
The rest of us followed James to the back gardens to thin out a walled shrubbery and get the better of some grass bushes. Philippa and Jason wrestled with one bush but were a victorious tag team! There was much cutting back and weeding accomplished, but with the wet and sunny weather recently there is still much to do! We promised James and Tony we will be back soon.
Some of us will be running the events in the Brighton Trial Marathon on Sunday 26th June with a course that includes a bit of hill climbing. So we set up in Queens Park to do some exercises to build our quads and glutes to make those hills (a little bit) easier.
Hopefully we'll be seeing some of you for a trail run and roast lunch on Sunday, please check out the running listings to sign up!
Sloane Court is a council run Seniors' housing scheme with a big garden!
Resident Tony is looking forward to our help with weeding and keeping things tidy.
Meet at Victoria Gardens at 6.15pm for a 6.30pm start.