Sarah McFadden

Oxford

132Good deeds

132runs

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Sarah McFadden went on a group run
Group run
Oxford

Oxford City Farm

Wed 25 May

We're revisiting Oxford City Farm - the site of the Aoife-approved 'best GoodGym task EVER'.

There will be various tasks around the site; gardening, watering, general tidying and maintenance etc

Please bring your own gardening gloves. Tools will be supplied if needed..

The City Farm is behind the Isis Care Home on Cornwallis Road. Meeting options:
If you would like to run to the task with the group meet in the car park of Richard Benson Hall, 276 Cowley Road at 6pm. It’s a 1 mile run to Oxford City Farm.
Non-runners please meet us at the gate to the farm at 6:15pm. Location pin here.

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Group run
Oxford

Oxford City Farm

Wed 25 May 18:00 pm
Richard Benson Hall, 276 Cowley Rd, Oxford, OX4 1UR
Sheep! Chickens! Gardening!

We're revisiting Oxford City Farm - the site of the Aoife-approved 'best GoodGym task EVER'.

There will be various tasks around the site; gardening, watering, general tidying and maintenance etc

Please bring your own gardening gloves. Tools will be supplied if needed..

The City Farm is behind the Isis Care Home on Cornwallis Road. Meeting options:
If you would like to run to the task with the group meet in the car park of Richard Benson Hall, 276 Cowley Road at 6pm. It’s a 1 mile run to Oxford City Farm.
Non-runners please meet us at the gate to the farm at 6:15pm. Location pin here.

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Sarah McFadden went on a community mission
Community mission
Oxford

FPJPR May volunteering

Sun 8 May
Report written by Trev

Thanks to all the hiviz heroes this week some new roles for Sarah on finish tokens making sure everyone know their place

Jules and Isla doing their first marshaling with a power up hi five hand and instruments; and Anna first time tale walker (Anna aims to do all of the roles at least once!! Go Anna!)

thank you all there are lots of roles you can try and junior park run and indeed adult parkrun do join us another week

more photos to follow trev

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Sarah McFadden signed up to a community mission
Community mission
Oxford

Florence Park Junior Parkrun

Sun 8 May 08:30 am
Florence Park, Florence Park, Oxford , OX4 3JZ
helping young kids get fit!

helping out at junior parkrun! lots of roles if you've had a go before and want to try something new including

marshall (we need lots of these!)

running a warm up

giving first timers brief

tail walking

tokens

bar code scanning (we need 2 of these)

timing! (we need 2 of these)

or if you are super keen I can train you in Run directing! please send your Parkrun barcode so we can get you on that system Trev

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Sarah McFadden signed up to a group run
Group run
Oxford

Hogacre x Oxgrow x Goodgym

Wed 4 May 17:50 pm
Falcon Boat Club , 331 Meadow Lane, Oxford, OX4 4BJ
Community growing with Oxgrow

Hogacre Common is a brilliant wild space tucked away West of the Abingdon Road.

OxGrow have a community growing space there and have requested some Goodgym muscle to get various tasks completed.

OxGrow community garden suffered quite a lot of damage in the winter storms, so we will be helping with repairs, getting irrigation lines in, and various other jobs.

Tools will be provided, but please bring your own gardening gloves.

Meeting Options:

If you would like to join a group run to the task meet at Falcon Boat Club car park, Meadow Lane, OX44BJ at 5:50pm. It’s under 2 miles to the task location from there.
If you would prefer to meet at the task meet at the railway bridge at the end of the track which goes down between South Oxford Adventure Playground and Grandpont Recreation Ground, location pin here. Meeting time 6:10pm.

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Sarah McFadden went on a group run
Group run
Oxford

A Palace fit for a Newt

Wed 27 Apr
Report written by Anwen Greenaway

Scythes! Spades! Log carrying!

Last night was our first task of the year at Aston's Eyot, and it did not disappoint: There were nettles to scythe and rake, the pond edge to reprofile, and lots of logs to carry over to the pond edge to build a hibernaculum for reptiles to hibernate in.

The pond is a new feature on Aston's Eyot. As it was dug the soil was piled up around the edges and now needed smoothing into a gentler slope. An artistic quartet got to work shovelling and sculpting - with an architect in the group surely the landscaping will be exemplary?!
Meanwhile the rest of the gang ventured into the woodland area and flexed their muscles carrying logs from woods to pond edge to form a pile which will hopefully be an attractive habitat for reptiles to snooze the winter away.
And finally....the scythes were back in action. Happy to report no loss of limbs from over enthusiastic wielding of sharp blades (woo hoo!) and a whole load of nettles were chopped down, which will hopefully allow a bit of breathing/growing space for a wider variety of plants.

Great work team!

Welcome to GoodGym Julian and Laurie - lovely to meet you both.

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Sarah McFadden signed up to a group run
Group run
Oxford

Aston’s Eyot

Wed 27 Apr 18:00 pm
Richard Benson Hall, 276 Cowley Rd, Oxford, OX4 1UR
Let’s build a hibernaculum

Aston’s Eyot is an island in East Oxford formed by the River Thames, the River Cherwell and Shire Lake Ditch. The 32 acre nature reserve was originally a water meadow, then a rubbish tip for a while at the end of the 19th Century, it is now a mosaic of woodland, open area and scrubland. The land is managed by the Friends of Aston’s Eyot as a nature reserve with public access.

There will be various tasks for us to do around Aston’s Eyot nature reserve, including moving some logs and branches to build a habitat pile by the new pond as cover for amphibians and reptiles (a hibernaculum).

Please bring your own gardening gloves.All tools will be provided.

Meeting options:

If you would like to run to the task location with the group meet in the car park of the Richard Benson Hall at 6pm.It is less than a mile to Aston’s Eyot, but we can take a slightly longer route if time allows.
If you want to meet at the task we will be at the intersection of Meadow Lane and Jackdaw Lane at 6:15pm. We will walk along to Aston's Eyot together from there.

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Sarah McFadden went on a training session
Training session
Oxford

DIY Duathlon

Sat 16 Apr
Report written by Anwen Greenaway

Thank you Alice for stepping in to lead this session. It was thoroughly enjoyable to pootle around Abingdon parkrun in the sunshine and then have coffee and chatter afterwards.

Well done to all those who also cycled there and back; making it a DIY duathlon. Maybe we should have had a quick dip in the river to make it a Triathlon?!

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Sarah McFadden signed up to a training session
Training session
Oxford

Oxford to Abingdon cycle and ParkRun

Sat 16 Apr 07:45 am
Oxford, Oxford, OX
Let's do a DIY duathlon! (Part Deux)

A cycle from Oxford to Abingdon along Cycle Route 5 (6.5miles) followed by Abingdon ParkRun (3miles). We'll then have breakfast before returning to Oxford.

For those just doing the run, meet at Abingdon ParkRun at 8.45am.

This is very much a social session so cyclists and runners of all abilities are welcome and we will pace accordingly.

Meet at Bridge Stores on Meadow Lane (next to Donnington Bridge) at 7.45am.

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Sarah McFadden went on a group run
Group run
Oxford

You can Glebe the Moss On

Wed 6 Apr
Report written by Anwen Greenaway

It was a momentous evening - the return of the GARLAND OF JOY!

For the first time since the start of the pandemic we resurrected the Garland of Joy last night, and the first recipient was Jane to celebrate her 10th Good Deed. Well done Jane! There was some chat about passing it around to make up for all the missed Garland wearing over the last 2 years, so send in your petitions/applications if you've missed out on a garland-worthy milestone.

Iffley Glebe is one of Iffley village’s most important open spaces, playing a vital role in maintaining the rural atmosphere of Iffley within it's city setting. The field is full of wildflowers each summer and the ancient hedge across the field provides birds with nesting places, and insects and berries for food. At night the glebe is an important hunting ground for bats and owls. The stone wall surrounding the site has a lot of weeds growing in it which, although pretty, need clearing regularly in order to keep the wall in good condition. That was one of our tasks for the evening, as well as some (very careful) pruning back of tree branches in the corner of the site - being sure to check for any signs of nesting birds before chopping.

It turns out 25 pairs of hands makes light work of weeding walls and pruning. Despite some minor traumas (spiders, stinging nettles), snickering over childhood names for galium aparine (aka...sticky-willy), and not quite resisting the urge to stick goose-grass on anyone's back (thank you Samantha, in an hour we had stripped the main wall along the Glebe of the worst of it's weeds inside and out (not the moss though!), and made a good start along the two side walls too, although some of the ivy proved extremely tenacious.

The cold wind meant there was no hanging around after the group photo - we were straight away off running, taking the scenic route back along the Thames Path past Iffley Lock.

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