Richard Byrne

Huddersfield

9Good deeds

9runs

4cheers

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Huddersfield

Paintenance

Tue 21 Sep
Report written by Saul Muldoon

The paint brushes were out in force at S2R tonight as 7 GoodGymmers, painted planters and benches to kerp the S2R yard looking good. And that was after we'd run 2.5K from the Stadium.

Well done to tonight's painters and decorators, Kati Law, Ben Godfrey, Louise Galvin, Zena Whalley, David Bilton and Richard Byrne.

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Richard Byrne went on a group run
Group run
Huddersfield

A Rose By Any Other Name….

Tue 7 Sep
Report written by Saul Muldoon

....would smell as sweet. That may well be the case but last night the Friends of Ravensknowle Park wanted GoodGym's help in getting rid of some wild rises in the flower bed at the Memorial Garden.

One hour, a broken fork and a lot of sweat later, Kati Law, Ben Godfrey, David Bilton, Richard Byrne and myself had extracted a number of the roses, and Louise Galvin turned up with some much appreciated chocolate treats.

Well done team!

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Richard Byrne went on a group run
Group run
Huddersfield

Aspire to Perspire

Tue 4 Feb
Report written by Saul Muldoon

Such were the cold temperatures last night there was not too much perspiring going on, although thats not to say GoodGym were not running (and working) hard!

Aspire Creating Communities are local organisation who provide community based sessions for older people, and last night they had 300 leaflets which needed delivering around Almondbury to promote the regular sessions in the area. Fortunately they had heard of GoodGym Huddersfield’s reputation as expert leafletters and had commissioned us to get the job done.

A record 2020 attendance of 7 GoodGymmers made the run up Somerset Road to Almondbury. And it really was a run up to Almondbury, 3K a fair chunk of which was climbing so it was good to see some determination from various GoodGymmers to get to the top without stopping. Nice also to see Meg Deacon and Louise Galvin back with the group after a few weeks away, and they joined Kati Law, Ben Godfrey, Wendy Redmile, Richard Byrne and myself to make up our super seven.

At the top of the hill I was glad to get the heavy stack of flyers out of my rucksack and distributed fairly evenly amongst the GoodGym crew. Fortunately Luke from Apsire had given us a very clear plan of where the streets where leaflets needed posting, which makes the job much easier. We soon fell into our steady, well drilled rhythm of running and posting, ensuring every house on the list received a leaflet.

A slightly lost pizza delivery man provided a distraction, but as he couldn’t be persuaded to a) deliver any leaflets for us or b) give us any pizza we continued on our way. Fairfield Road, Ings Road, Southfield Road and Delacy Avenue, we were rattling through our list of locations and also keeping warm on what, under clear skies was becoming an increasingly cold evening.

And before we knew it we were done, all the destinations delivered to with a few minutes and leaflets to spare, so we took the opportunity to swiftly post those through a few additional doors. Hopefully now the people of Almondbury are more aware of Aspire Creating Community’s Activity groups.

All that was left was the welcome run back down the hill to reach the Stadium with tired legs and that positive feeling of another good job done. Well done to last night’s GoodGymmers, I salute you all!

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Huddersfield

Leafleting to Promote Aspire Creating Communities Activity Groups

Tue 4 Feb 18:30 pm
Stadium Health & Fitness Club, Stadium Way, Huddersfield, HD1 6PG
Spreading the word about this great community initiative

GoodGym Huddersfield are a friendly, social running 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, community organisations and other projects in our area.

This week we’ll be running up to Almondbury to deliver leaflets for Aspire Creating Communities. We’ll be promoting their activity groups for over 50’s, which take place not just in Almondbury, but at various community locations throughout the Huddersfield area.

Are you up for it? The run is just 3K there, admittedly there is a bit of a hill, but you can walk bits if you need to. We’ll spend about an hour posting leaflets around the Almondbury area and then enjoy the 3K downhill run back to the Stadium.

GoodGym groups always play nice, no one ever gets left behind on the run, regardless of pace. There’s always someone to chat to, you do something good for your local community and you get a run, plus there’s free parking and changing facilities for all GoodGymmers at the Stadium Health & Fitness Club.

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Huddersfield

Tidying Snow Island

Tue 28 Jan 18:30 pm
Stadium Health & Fitness Club, Stadium Way, Huddersfield, HD1 6PG
Keeping this green space clean and safe for local people and wildlife

GoodGym Huddersfield are a friendly, social running 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, community organisations and other projects in our area.

Snow Island is the section of the Riverside Way which has been adopted by Huddersfield GoodGym. Our challenge is to keep it looking neat, tidy and safe for those who use this little green corridor and also for the resident wildlife. There will probably be some litter picking to be done, so if you bring your headtorches and gloves I'll bring the black bags and we can make a real difference to our local environment.

At just 1.5K there and 1.5K back it’s a nice short run too, so a great opportunity if you are trying GoodGym for the first time and/or are wary about the longer distances.

GoodGym groups always play nice, no one ever gets left behind on the run, regardless of pace. There’s always someone to chat to, you do something good for your local community and you get a run, plus there’s free parking and changing facilities for all GoodGymmers at the Stadium Health & Fitness Club.

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Richard Byrne went on a group run
Group run
Huddersfield

A Little Coni-further Than Expected!

Tue 7 Jan
Report written by Saul Muldoon

It was a night of firsts last night....the first run of 2020, the first time GoodGym Huddersfield has helped with an charity Christmas tree collection and also the first time we had run a little further than expected to somewhere outside Kirklees to do a job.

Admittedly it wasn’t too far over the boundary into Calderdale, just across the M62 in a field at Bradley Woods Scout Camp. It was here that the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice had deposited all the redundant Christmas trees their willing volunteers had collected over the past couple of days. And this wasn’t just a few either, the field was full of about 200 trees all dumped in a higgildy piggildy fashion. GoodGym’s mission should we choose to accept it (which of course we did) was to create some order in the chaos and drag the trees to the top of the field and stack them neatly ready for chipping.

Seven of us had made the slightly further than expected 5K run from the Stadium up to the Scout Camp, helped on the climb up Bradford Road by a significant tail wind. Mild and wild were definitely the conditions of the night, and with the temperature reaching an unseasonal 12C we were certainly not cold. The task's semi rural location gave us a lovely view of the clouds blowing across the moon and stars in the January sky.

But there wasn’t time to be admiring the moon, stars or anything else, as there was a job to be done. 200 trees to shift and only about 45 minutes to do so. We were soon on with the task dragging trees across the field and stacking them into an ever growing wall of conifers. Our resident tree expert Ben Godfrey explained that Christmas trees were actually conifers as they produce cones...so there you go, GoodGym is not simply a good workout it’s educational too!

The task also gave us chance for a chat and to catch up with one another following the Christmas break. But we had to talk as we laboured, it was going to be a tall order if we were to complete the job before we had to head for home at 8pm. However slowly and steadily our neat stack, 3 to 4 trees high grew until it became a veritable barrier of trees spanning almost the entire width of the field.

The Charity Christmas Tree Collection is an annual fundraiser for Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice. After Christmas local people book online and pay donation to have their unwanted trees taken away, volunteers drive around in vans collecting them, GoodGym neatly sort them and finally Bradley Scout Camp chip them and use the chippings to surface their paths. Recycling, raising money for a good cause and giving GoodGym a job to do....perfect....everyone is a winner!

Anyway after 45 minutes of dragging, lifting and stacking the trees we were done. All 200 trees were neatly stacked and 7 GoodGymmers had had a great workout. It was a shame the field was so dark as the resultant wall of conifers looked quite impressive, it would have been good to see the results (and get some photographs) of our labours in daylight. Well pleased with our efforts the GoodGym crew headed home via a 5K route through Bradley Woods. A total of 10K makes this our longest run to date, well done folks!

Thanks to all last night’s GoodGymmers, Kati Law, Ben Godfrey, Wendy Redmile, Zena Whalley, David Bilton and Richard Byrne. Thanks also to Louise Addison from Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice for arranging the job, what a great start to the GoodGym year!

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Richard Byrne has completed 5 good deeds with GoodGym. Wed 18 Dec 2019

Richard is a now a pretty committed GoodGym runner. They've just run to do good for the fifth time

Richard Byrne went on a group run
Group run
Huddersfield

GoodGym Fence-slas!

Tue 17 Dec
Report written by Saul Muldoon

Painting a fence in the dark and the rain is perhaps not the conventional way to spend the run up to Christmas, but then as we all know GoodGym is not a conventional running club. And to be fair last night we were even more unconventional by bending the rules and meeting at the task. This gave us time to do a run, complete a task and (arguably most importantly) be enjoying our GoodGym Christmas curry by 8:30pm.

We were back at Berry Brow Infant School to do a task for long term GoodGym supporter Katrina Whale who wanted us to finish some painting we had started during the warm light evenings of the summer. Last night was neither warm or dry but 6 intrepid GoodGymmers turned up at the infant school for a swift briefing and a run around the streets of Newsome. It was nice to run and see the pretty Christmas lights, arguably less pleasant was the steep hill effort up to Newsome village which certainly got some lungs and legs working. Well if we were only doing half our usual distance and eating a curry, we’d better make the run count!

By the time we ran back down Newsome hill to the school Katrina was already busy with a brush in the playground. The picket fence which we had started staining in the summer needed to be finished, and in conditions which were just about on the suitable side for painting we got on with the job. As ever some chatting kept our spirits up in the cold and damp conditions and we’d soon completed the fence leaving time enough to do another.

But come 8pm the much anticipated curry was calling, so we packed up, put on our Christmas jumpers and headed around the corner to local restaurant Laxmi for our well earned dinner. It was nice that Katrina was able to join us for the meal, along with all the night’s GoodGym crew consisting of Kati Law, Ben Godfrey, Wendy Redmile, David Bilton and Richard Byrne. A couple of other familiar faces in the form of Louise Galvin and Carol Carney also joined us for the curry too.

Thanks to everyone who joined in last night, and indeed all those people who have run and done tasks with us during 2019. I hope to see you again in 2020 doing even more good turns and willing work in out local community. Merry Christmas to you all.

Thanks to Wendy Redmile for keeping up the Christmas spirit with this week's title pun.

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Party
Huddersfield

Xmas Curry

Tue 17 Dec 20:15 pm
158 Woodhead Rd, Huddersfield, HD4 7NE
Eat, drink and be merry

After the group run to Berry Brow Infant School we will pop into Laxmi for a curry. (The injured, lazy or busy folk can also just join us for the curry if they wish.) Dress code: casual over sweaty!

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Richard Byrne went on a group run
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Huddersfield

Not too Cool to go Back to School

Tue 3 Sep
Report written by Saul Muldoon

It’s the start of September so GoodGym Huddersfield went back to school last night. Back in fact to our old friends at Berry Brow Infant School for some more painting of fences and playground furniture. However painting wasn’t the only task, the school had some leafleting to do promoting their free nursery provision. It was just as well GoodGym friend and task provider Katrina Whale from the school had come up with two tasks as twelve GoodGymmers turned up last night, all eager to run do a good turn for our local community.

Meeting at our alternative rendezvous point of Lockwood Park it was good to see a total of three first time GoodGymmers as part the Huddersfield crew. Welcome to Jane McCrea, Jo Talbot-Patterson and Anna Kingston, joining old timers Kati Law, Ben Godfrey, David Bilton, Peter Phillips, Laura Merriman, Vicki Knight-Phillips, Zena Whalley and Richard Byrne. I made up the numbers completing the impressive total of a dozen GoodGymmers. I also had the dubious honour of sporting the GoodGym Huddersfield Superhero cape for the evening, this being the occasion of my 50th GoodGym run.

After a warm-up at the rugby club it was swiftly into the 3K run to the task at Berry Brow. Avoiding main road running, the footpath to Armitage Bridge provided a very pleasant alternative in the September sunshine. Less pleasant perhaps was the final pull up Waingate, but we all made it and arrived at the school ready for action.

Dividing into two teams the painters were swiftly dispatched into the playground to get on with painting a fence blue, whilst four leafletters grabbed a huge stack of flyers and made their way up the hill to Newsome posting as they progressed. A little local knowledge often goes a long way with these things and fortunately Laura and Anna, both of whom have lived in the area all their lives were able to plot the most effective route to get as many leaflets posted as possible within the time available. The fence painters certainly certainly seemed happy in their work too, chatting away as they gradually transformed an old picket fence from a worn woody brown into a new vibrant blue colour.

40 minutes hard labour later it was pretty much job done, the leafletters returned and the painters down brushes in preparation for the 2K run back to Lockwood Park. In the gathering gloom (looks like we’ll be back to working with headtorches pretty soon guys☹️!), there was just time for a group photo on the school climbing frame (and for me to do justice to the superhero cape by sliding down a fireman’s pole) before running off downhill back to our start point.

Thanks to all last night’s GoodGymmers, once again it was great to see us maintaining double figures for attendance following on from our busiest ever month in August. Let’s keep it going through September!

Thanksto Vicki Knight-Phillips for some of the photos.

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