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It will all end in Orienteers!
GoodGym Huddersfield very impressively turned their hand to a bit of urban orienteering today. With 15 checkpoints to locate, individuals and socially distanced teams of two spent two hours racing around the Huddersfield area with a map and a list of questions to answer relating to the checkpoints.
Ranging from the mundane "What is the name of the Stadium Way roundabout sponsor?" to the more obscure "Which two birds are mentioned in the Lemn Sissay poem painted on the wall of the university's Richard Steinitz buliding?", the event required swift running, quick thinking, plus the ability to plan the shortest possible route to find the answers at all 15 locations.
It was good to see a few new GoodGymmers giving the event a go, in addition to the regular crew and also one or two who we've not seen for a while. With the option of starting anytime between 8am and 2pm, the early birds got the best of the sunshine but possibly also cold fingers when using phones or good old pencil and paper to record their answers. By late morning most of the runners were out on the course, or back and messaging through their answers and finishing selfies of themselves outside Huddersfield station.
Just after 3pm everyone was home, impressively no one exceed the time limit and incurred time penalties. There were also a number of "Full Houses" with both individuals and teams managing to clear the entire course, visiting every checkpoint...particularly well done to you guys.
The results at the sharp end were tight with just minutes separating then top 3, proving that time really matters in this type of event. In third place scoring a maximum 250 points in a time of 1 hour 50 minutes was Zena & Steve Whalley. In second, again on 250 points and just a single minute quicker were GoodGym first timers John Lambe and Mick Lunn.
But todays winner was a solo runner and a GoodGymmer who we've not seen for a while. Heather Wilshaw Jones cleared the course, scoring 250 in 1 hour 45 minutes making her GoodGym Huddersfield's Urban Orienteering Champ. Well done Heather a great result and good to have you back.
Well done and thanks to everyone who took part, another successful GoodGym lockdown event I think.
Well, we have certainly proved there are plenty of steps in Kirklees!
A great effort from all the GoodGymmers (and dogs) who spent the week searching for and running up steps during their daily exercise sessions. The longest set we found were on Kilner Bank, some 204 in total.
I think there is actually an even longer set in the area, but these will need to wait for Step Challlenge 2!
As we are all aware our local area has an abundance of hills, and as a consequence there are also plenty of steps. So this week’s GoodGym Huddersfield Challenge is to find, photograph (and run up) the longest set of steps you can locate whilst out on your daily exercise.
You have from 9am today until 9am on Wednesday 3rd March to complete the challenge. The steps need to be within the Kirklees boundary (ruling out out Scammonden Dam steps which are in Calderdale).
So get running, searching and photographing. Post the pics on the Facebook page along with the number of steps you’ve run up, and I’ll feature the best here next Wednesday.
As promised here's a bit more info about the Huddersfield GoodGym's Urban Orienteering event on Sunday 7th March.
This is simply a fun event, involving individuals or (socially distanced) teams of 2 runners visiting as many specific locations around Huddersfield town centre as they can within a 2 hour period. Navigational skills are not essential, although some local knowledge and/or the basic ability to read a map would be an advantage.
When you are ready to start (anytime between 8am and 2pm on Sunday 7th March), simply use Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp to send me selfie of yourself, Harold Wilson and the Huddersfield railway station clock. This will count as your start time, and I will immediately reply with an electronic map marked with 15 checkpoints and also a list of questions relating to those checkpoint locations.
From then on you have 2 hours to run around the area visiting as many of the locations on your map as you can, finding the answers to the questions as you go.
Some answers are worth more points than others (values will be indicated on the question list), so it makes sense to plan your route carefully. A good sense of direction, sensible pacing and remaining calm under pressure are just as important as quick legs.
When you have found all the checkpoints and answered the associated questions, or have simply had enough, return to the station and retake the shot of yourself, Harold and the station clock. Once this and all your answers are messaged back to me I will record your finish time and calculate your score.
I do need your answers all in one go. These can be typed and sent in a single Messenger or WhatsApp message. Alternatively you may wish to use a paper and pen to keep a note as you run round and send me a photograph of your answers. As long as your answers are clear either method is acceptable.
You need to ensure you return to the railway station before the time limit is up, or you will start to lose your hard-earned points on a sliding scale!
The winner will be the runner(s) who has scored the most points in the shortest time. I will post the results here and on the Huddersfield GoodGym Facebook page shortly after the final runner(s) has finished.
Oh and one other thing.....Obviously you should actually visit the locations shown on the map and not simply use Google or Streetview to find the answers!
The discussion about finding war memorials following Sunday's Photo Challenge gave me an idea for a different Challenge this week.
This one will be a collaborative effort where between us all, whereby we'll attempt to photograph as many war memorials as we can over the next week. Whether you are running, riding or walking get a shot of yourself with a memorial whilst you are out on your daily exercise.
Aside from acting as a motivator to get out and exercise, the activity may also enable us to identify any memorials that could do with a little GoodGym love and attention once lockdown is over, and of course act as a reminder to us of the many people who have selflessly given their lives in various conflicts over the years.
So here's how it works, on your runs, rides and walks between today and next Wednesday simply get a selfie of yourself with a local war memorial and post it in the GoodGym Huddersfield Facebook group. I would imagine that if we look hard between us we can find at least 20 around our local areas.
Lets see how we do, good luck everyone!
Photo above is David Bilton on one of our previously regular gardening tasks with the memorial at Tolson Memorial Garden.
Please note that this community mission has been cancelled.
Once again the Riverside Way is starting to look a bit rubbish. The usual untidiness is beginning to accumulate on the route, so armed with the GoodGym litterpickers and black bags we'll work our way along the Way from the Stadium to the Snow Island removing the rubbish as we go.
Bring your gloves and headtorches, we'll meet outside the Stadium Health & Fitness Club for an hour of high intensity litter picking. As ever please walk, run or cycle to the task if you can.
It was our final session tonight posting leaflets promoting Kirkwood's Christmas Tree Recycling scheme. Thanks to Kati Law (looking festive in her santa hat), Ben Godfrey, Zena Whalley and Tom Elcock for your leaflet posting skills.
Have a good holiday period and I'll see you all in the New Year!
Please note that this community mission has been cancelled.
Our friends at Christ Church Moldgreen need GoodGym's assistance again. Quite a few of the elderly members of the congregation who usually look after the churchyard are shielding due to Covid and have not ben able to maintain the gardens. This means there are various shrubs, plants and weeds in danger of getting out of hand again.
Hence GoodGym have been called upon to help tidy the churchyard, all tools will be provided you simply need to bring your gloves, headtorches and enthusiasm. There'll be plenty of digging, weeding, cutting, raking and sweeping to keep us entertained for an hour.
Saul has just reached another level: 100 good deeds with GoodGym. That's at least 100 times when they could have easily done something easier. But they didn't, Saul has kept going and going. Helping a lot of other people and getting a bit fitter at the same time. Congratulations Saul.