After our litter pick at John Radcliffe Hospital the hospital trust has requested our help to clear up the litter around the Churchill Hospital site. There are lots of masks, food wrappers, cigarette butts etc. They are hoping that we can do a big sweep around most of the site, as we did at the JR, so we will divide into smaller teams and head in different directions to clear up as much as we can.
Things to note for this task:
Please wear a HI-Vis if you have one. We have a few spares which we will bring along. Although we will be sticking to the pavements as far as we possibly can there's a lot of traffic around the site and I want you to be as visible as possible.
On which note, if you have a torch or head torch please bring that too.
Litter pickers and bags will be provided, but if you have your own litter picker do bring it please.
Gloves are always good kit to have for litter picking.
* Anyone wishing to run to the task as a group please meet in the car park of the Richard Benson Hall, 276b Cowley Rd at 5:50pm. There won’t be a bag drop available but we can use the toilets. It is just under a mile to the hospital.
* If you would prefer to meet at the task please meet us at 6:15pm at car park 5. Location pin here.
If wrapping Christmas gifts while listening to a cheesy Christmas playlist doesn't get you feeling festive then what will?!
Last night we took on our 2nd bumper session picking, packing and wrapping Christmas gifts for households which will be relying on the Oxford Mutual Aid food bank this Christmas. There's no wasted space at the food bank, so the first task was to create some room to work in. We hauled crates and crates of presents and chocolate selection boxes out from the end of the hall, organising the gifts by age/gender/unisex etc then once we could see what we'd got we were able to set to work selecting presents.
We had a HUMUNGOUS master list with the break-down of every family, which looked pretty overwhelming at first, but as with most things once we got into the work it was easier than it looked. Just focus on one line at a time and don't get overwhelmed by the scale of the task is always the best approach.
Getting stuck in (not literally - no tangled sellotape this week!) like the pros we are, the hall was soon swimming in wrapping paper and sticky tape, with difficult decisions being taken left, right and centre: Would a female child requesting girly stuff prefer a unicorn back pack or a jewellery set? Cuddly dinosaur or hat and mitten set for a baby?
In total 36 household gift parcels were picked, packed and wrapped, and we also got to play Santa, delivering 6 of the pressies to delighted recipients.
Just one more Wednesday before Christmas now, so Happy Christmas to those of you who we won't see before Christmas Day!
Our 2nd GoodGym flash mob at Oxford Mutual Aid's food bank tonight.
There’s lots to do:
* Wrapping Christmas gifts
* Portioning out bulk bags of rice, pasta, and other dry goods.
* Restocking the food shelves.
* Sorting through the fresh food and throwing out food waste.
* Breaking down cardboard boxes.
* Helping load up food parcels for delivery.
We ask that you wear a mask inside the food bank.
Tonight we will meet at the task - Richard Benson Hall, 276b Cowley Rd - at 6pm. It’s next door to St Mary & St John church. There won’t be a run to the task but we will go for a 5k run afterwards if anyone wants to join that.
5 GoodGymers helped out on a blustery cold Sunday morning in Florence Park!
Ruth gave the first timers briefing, Ben lead the Warm up, Trev Started the race, Sarah and Anna marshalled and jangled and shook instruments as the kids ran past!
Thanks for helping and very appreciated to have continued GoodGym support at FPJPR
The new Avenue of 6 Elm Trees is in memory of Jan Seed, who was chair of LEAF the low carbon action group in Florence park.. many of us knew her in the area
More photos and Amy's Report here : " 𝗘𝘃𝗲𝗻𝘁 #𝟰𝟯 – 𝗠𝘂𝘀𝗶𝗰 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗠𝗶𝗹𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗻𝗲𝘀 🥁 Huzzah, another junior parkrun! Thank you to everyone who joined in the fun with us this morning, big people and little people alike. Here's your weekly run-down (sorry) of events, including another lovely set of photos from photographer Karen... https://photos.app.goo.gl/6CvcmzrXR7uaAyga8
𝗣𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗶𝗰𝗶𝗽𝗮𝗻𝘁𝘀: 52 juniors, all but 2 of whom remembered their barcode this week! Did you know we can now scan barcodes off phones? If you forget your printed barcode or wristband, you can log into your parkrun profile and retrieve it from their instead 📲
𝗙𝗶𝗿𝘀𝘁 𝘁𝗶𝗺𝗲𝗿𝘀: 1 junior completed their first ever junior parkrun with us! Welcome to the parkrun family George 👋 Thea also joined us for the first time from Wood Green juniors. We hope you enjoyed your visit!
𝗢𝗻 𝗰𝗼𝘂𝗿𝘀𝗲 𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿𝘁𝗮𝗶𝗻𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁: Percussion! Like every good music teacher, Trev arrived with a pannier full of tambourines and maracas, which were duly distributed amongst the marshals 🎶 Gosia chose her instrument particularly carefully, opting in the end for a particularly jingley tambourine, both because it matched her Rudolph socks and because she was marshaling the final corner where the juniors need the most vigorous encouragement 📣
𝗪𝗲𝗮𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿: No frost this week but there was s strong breeze that threatened to blow our cones over 🌬 A good turn-out of hats this week, including from RD Trev who went all in for a Santa hat in training for our Christmas fancy dress event on 19th December 🧑🎄
𝗪𝗮𝗿𝗺-𝘂𝗽: Ben was the volunteer keeping us on our toes this morning. Ben had run to Florence Park, so he was perfectly placed to get us all moving before the start 🏃
𝗣𝗕𝘀: 11 juniors set new personal best times, and we saw a number of sprint finishes at the funnel 🤠 Great walking and running all round!
𝗪𝗿𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗯𝗮𝗻𝗱𝘀: Two! Well done to Grace on completing 21 junior parkruns and receiving her marathon wristband, and to Isaac on reaching his marathon milestone – that'san incredible 50 junior parkruns 😮 We've spotted several milestones coming up in the results! Drop us an email at email@example.com if your junior is due to receive a wristband - we'll add them to our list to present when you next pay us a visit.
𝗧𝗮𝗶𝗹 𝘄𝗮𝗹𝗸𝗲𝗿: Nicola and Charlie were in orange this week and enjoyed a jog round in the chilly wind 💫 Thank you for making sure everyone completed the course safely!
𝗩𝗼𝗹𝘂𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗲𝗿𝘀: 20 hi-vis heroes made event #43 happen. In addition to our Tail Walkers, we had a family effort on tokens at the finish funnel – great job Team Bower 👏 Nerys also volunteered with us for the first time today whilst her little charges sped round the course. Thank you Nerys – your support is hugely appreciated!
We always welcome new volunteers, whether you want to help out regularly or just as a one-off. We have plenty of roles that are ideal if you have a junior taking part in the event! Drop us an email at the address above if you'd like to get involved. Event #44 next week – and it's our birthday! We're turning 2 and we'll have sweet treats to celebrate. Come and party with us 🎈 #loveparkrun "
Do volunteer in next few weeks we have Florence Park's * Birthday Run * Christmas Run * Boxing Day Run
Email Kieran Volunteer Coordinator, Florence park junior parkrun firstname.lastname@example.org Any week (and do log a GG credit any week also if you want too!)
See you soon
Tonight's GoodGym task was "Pick own Adventure" style.
* Teams must be back at base by 7:30pm or points are docked.
* Teams must get at least 3 items from each list.
* Finds must be photographed as proof.
* You can go anywhere within the ring road as long as you’re back by 7:30pm.
The items to hunt down:
Coffee cup (will allow just lid)
Energy drink can
Fast food wrapper
Plastic bag (dog poo bag permitted)
Piece of clothing – 5 BONUS points for pants
Selfie at a GoodGym Task Location (a point for each one)
Number 48 (we were the 48th GG area)
A pictorial representation of GoodGym – get creative!
Gold Letter box
Strategic thinking was all the rage tonight, with tactical approaches from 'run fast around lots of task locations' to 'focus on the litter', with most opting for 'just try & find ALL the things'. An impressive amount of litter was collected, many miles walked and run, numerous GG task locations and Oxford landmarks visited, and so many photos submitted as evidence that there were too many to upload to the report. I especially enjoyed the creativity shown in the 'pictorial depiction of GoodGym' - gold champagne bottles, the logo spelt out in leaves, bodies twisted into logo shapes.
Prizes were awarded by the Lord Mayor of Oxford, although apparently he'll only make a speech if you give him advance warning.
Helping Junior Park run in Florence Park!
We will marshal, tail walk, bar code scan, clap and cheer the kids.
Trev is Run Director. If you want a task other than Marshall please say, also please do let Trev have your parkrun Barcode to get a parkrun volunteer credit.
If you haven't been before we meet at the bench in the middle of the park at 8:30am. Junior Parkrun is normally finished and packed away soon after 9:30am
If you can’t make it this week why not register to volunteer at Junior Parkrun Florence Park or Harcourt Hill another week, or register to help at grown up parkrun (Saturday morning 9am)? You can find your local runs and register as a runner or volunteer here.
On this week’s Group Run we’re introducing some healthy competition to our Good Deeds.
We’ll split you into teams at our meeting point at East Oxford Community Centre, give you the scavenger hunt challenge, and allow you an hour to complete as much as you can. You can run, walk, or cycle. May the best strategists win!
You will need a camera/smartphone per team. Gloves are advised. Everything else will be provided.
We will be allowed use of the Lounge at EOCC, which is on the right as you enter. We also have both somewhere to leave bags and access to the toilets this week.
It's Christmas Party time!
We will be partying in style in the Lord Mayor's Parlour, so dig out your favourite glam outfits to do the venue justice.
As a thank you for all the litter picking we do Oxford Direct Services have generously donated a sum of money which will cover the cost of a 2 course hot meal, plus mince pies. We will also provide a glass of prosecco for everyone on arrival. After that it's over to you, so bring your favourite soft or alcoholic beverage to keep your evening flowing nicely.
Please email email@example.com with your dietary requirements.
PLEASE NOTE we will close sign ups for this on 12th December so that we can give numbers and dietary requirements to the caterers.
We ask that everyone does a lateral flow test before this event, and please do not attend if that is + or if you have and COVID symptoms.
Let's get dressed up and celebrate everything you've all done in the last couple of years!
Event number #39, A beautiful sunny morning at Florence park in contrast to our Halloween storms last week! 41 kids sped around our course this week, well done to our top 5 kids who smashed it at 9mins or under
1 Nia PARRY-SPRING 08:08
2 Dillon THORNDYKE 08:27
3 Alban PARRY-SPRING 08:52
4 Benjamin PARRY-SPRING 08:53
5 Harry THORNDYKE 09:00
view full results here
GoodGym helped Marshall this week and 11 GoodGymers helped top up the marshals this week to a fantastic 23 (which is only 1 less than the 24 record!!). Shout out to Ruth for her first First Timers Briefing and Ben for leading another brilliant warm up. Trev was Run Director and got his 25 ParkRun Volunteer milestone! If anyone wants to volunteer next week, or in the weeks ahead message Kieran at firstname.lastname@example.org or let me know.. Thank you all!!
Well done to these children who got milestones for their runs over the last weeks
Hamish Cross 1/2 marathon
Phoebe Standing 1/2 marathon
Alice Monach marathon!
More photos are Here
Did you spot the Winnie the pooh chalkings from Jane? Thanks to Amy for the photos (who is now our Parkrun Event support Ambassador). AND Hi to Charlotte to her first GoodGym task, and welcome back Thomas you are both very welcome!