What's ten-and-half-tonnes between friends?
Turns out it wasn’t actually nine tonnes but nineten-and-a-half. Love a challenge.
So we met outside the Hub where Joelle gave us a brief history of the park, and some interesting key stats.
We then made our way over to the children’s playground for our Task briefing:
Shovel sand into wheelbarrows by the Changing rooms.
Navigate the 5-min walk/wheel back to Playground, depositing sand on areas where it’s most needed (edge of swings; bottom of slides).
Rake and distribute sand evenly.
Return wheelbarrows to sand pile for refilling.
… You get the picture.
The team were something else. They didn’t stop: they were like machines. I don’t know how (I consider myself fit but I caved in after one trip, such was the forearm fatigue).
After 90 minutes of hard graft we called time (“Send the last barrow out at 8:30”) before returning tools to shed, enjoying a quick stretch and bidding farewell to Joelle and Richard. Until next time 🤞.
Well done everyone - it was fast, it was furious, and as always, it was phenomenally good fun.
A huge huge warm welcome and shout-out to Iain whose first GoodGym event it was and who was unstoppable (literally). We watched, we marvelled… We wondered how. Thanks for a brilliant contribution and we really hope to see you soon.
An open invitation to all good gymers to join us for a social game of rounders in Victoria Park. Please feel free to bring friends. We'll be meeting outside the Hub Cafe in the middle of the park and then will be moving on to set up the game nearby. Afterwards you'll be welcome to join us for a coffee at the café (card only). Organised by Aine Hester with support from Stephen.
The Big Monday Night Task: Shifting, wheeling & raking 9 tonnes of sand over the Victoria Park Children's Playground.
9 tonnes of sand has been delivered to Victoria Park, which needs shovelling into barrows, wheeling across to the playground, and raking across the playground, to keep this surface safe for the children.
Are you in?
What you need to know
You will meet Task Owner Joelle and Area Activator Laura outside The Hub at 7pm. Please arrive punctually, as you will be given instructions at this time.
You will be divided into teams to shovel, wheel and rake. You may also have some other clearing, spreading and raking tasks in the vicinity.
Activity will then be overseen by the Duty Ranger and Laura.
Please allow 90 minutes for this task.
We will finish with a short fitness session, including vital post-task stretches.
Another warm Wednesday evening at the massive echoey warehouse saw Fiona, Jem, Stephen, PvT and myself helping out Taidgh and Chris from Crisis by getting stuck into box ordering by sequence, everyone's favourite task of pallet wrapping, loading of monitor screens and keyboards in a delicate balancing act and then using the pallet trucks to shift everything around in some form of co-ordinated fashion to enable Taidgh to demonstrate his forklifting skills moving all of this remaining IT equipment to the loading bay.
In spite of the subterranean conditions in the warehouse, it proved to be warm work, but 19 pallets later our tasks were complete - Chris was most grateful as this time last year he'd had to do all that work on his own.
Still no definitive date for Crisis to exit the building, and definitely more work for Friday's group to get done...and yet again, it was still light and warm when we exited the building.
A hot, humid Monday was no match for tonight's GoodGym runners who turned up in a whopping group of 12 for this evening's Monday Meath fitness session.
We then whizzed through our mini-band workout but be sure there was nothing mini about this workout. We tackled lower body, abs and core and upper body, before finishing with our favourite greyhound-and-hare speedy lap of the park, and calling it a night with our Peaceful Music playlist, and some stretches under the sky.
We then said our farewells.
Well, some of us did while others headed off with Stephen, (Task Force Pro, who's heading up our new social squad), to the pub. What a great way to end your first GoodGym event - well done everyone.
Another lovely evening, working hard, enjoying one another's company, looking forward to sociable summer get togethers.
The Crisis team are in the final stages of vacating the Leven Road premises. Down to just two staff members, Crisis Operations Manager Anna has been in touch to say, "All the equipment left in the warehouse now needs putting on pallets and taking to the loading bay! With GoodGym's help, we'll get this task done immeasurably faster, ready for the hire trucks to take the stock away."
AFTER YOUR BRILLIANT CONTRIBUTION LAST WEEK, WE’VE BEEN ASKED BACK THIS WEEK!
Can you help?
What you need to know
The session will run from 6:30-8:30pm. If you need to leave a bit earlier, that'll be fine.
You may be doing anything from labelling equipment to moving pallets and cages. Full training will be provided where needed, and both Anna and Taidgh will be leading this task, so there'll be bundles of help and support as you work!
A full house of GoodGym-ers attended Stepney City Farm under the guidance of Siobhan with Emma and Paula leading the task.
Everyone pulled their socks up and got stuck in.
Stephen and Eva battled it out with their puntics and came up with some absolute gems...
Great big wooden boards were loaded on trolleys and laid against the pig enclosure whilst Mars admired/instructed from his side of the fence, an absolutely enormous pile of wood chips was shovelled and used to cover a veritable hedge of nettles just in front of the pig couple, huge great chunks of wood were picked up and piled up nearby. Siobhan seemed happy and exclaimed that she thought it would take a week, but with GoodGym helping out it was done in an hour and a half!
Aziz turned up not wearing his GG shirt because he likes to “be different” but Sara, Joanne and Eva followed suit.
I was particularly impressed with John this evening- I mean he worked hard (and he always does) - because he exemplified magnificent colour coordination and wore lilac purple shorts and purple gloves.
Emma wore Birkenstocks and jeans. She probably won’t do it again.
Rohan remarked that everyone and everything was “just marvellous, wonderful” and he had a cracking time, as did we all.
Welcome to Sara for her first ever session.
Thanks to everyone for turning up, working hard and making the time so enjoyable.
Seven of us went to the Half Moon pub afterwards and were led by Stephen our current Social Club Grand Master Pro.
I’ll leave you with this pearl from Eva: “ How much woodchip can a GoodGymer shift if a GoodGymer could shift wood chip?”
Come and join us for our first social event of the year, which will be both active and indulgent.
We'll take the overground to Chingford (1236 from Bethnal Green train station, 1240 from Hackney Downs) and then walk for an hour though the ancient Epping Forest to the Holy Innocents Church in the heart of the forest, where we will enjoy afternoon tea in the churchyard, where they have lashings of homemade cake
What you need to know
Please note that the departure station is Bethnal Green overground station in Three Colts Lane E2 6JL and NOT Bethnal Green underground station.
You'll also need cash for afternoon tea (but it's cheap... 50p for a tea and £2 for homemade cake!). Dogs are welcome (I'll be bringing Cleo and Sherlock), and feel free to bring friends.
Welcome to Team Monday.
We'll meet in huge, picturesque Meath Gardens, for a fitness session led by Area Activator Laura, which will run as follows:
- Welcome, hello's, how-are-we-all-doing...
- Quick lap of the gardens
- Some simple speedwork (suitable for all levels)
- Resistance band exercises, for upper and lower body
- Last minute lap
- Cool-down and stretch
PLEASE BRING A MAT OR A TOWEL TO LIE ON THE GRASS.