3 groups for this task:
Painting .... the 252 shop and reception. Ceiling tiles to paint blue and bay window to paint yellow
Gardening ...to remove lilac plants from stone walls and weed between paving slabs round the back
Shed ...to empty and tidy
Su 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, Su has kept going and going. Helping a lot of other people and getting a bit fitter at the same time. Congratulations Su.
Due to reasons beyond our control tonight's task had to cancel at the last minute, not to be stopped we decided to put on a plog of the park.
Nathan cycled down to provide us with plenty of litter picking bags, even though he wasn't joining us for the session (what a STAR) and whilst waiting we welcomed back Peter after a whole YEAR and to the FIRST ever session we welcomed Siki.
All gloved and bagged up we split into two group, one for the walkers and one for the runners and off we went. First, we made our way to the fields of Junior parkrun to see if they needed a tidy up, along the way hitting the rugby club car park and trying to figure out how you can lose your socks?
After 20 minutes it was spotless and time to move on, so we got together and ran ourselves over to the start of the Blackweir parkrun (I'm sensing a theme here). We found a dog or three along the way who seemed as though they wanted to join as our mascots, chatted to some locals about goodgym and what we do whilst also obviously cleaning the well-used pathways.
As we got close to the beginning there was just enough time to quickly hit the balance trail and test our skills, from rope bridges to springboards it was certainly a test and great fun.
A quick photo for the end and our evening was complete, thanks to everyone for helping to keep the park the beautiful place that we all need it to be.
Tenovus Cancer Care is a Welsh cancer charity that supports cancer patients and their families, funds cancer research and works to raise awareness of how to prevent cancer.
We will be volunteering in the shop on Clifton Street, it's been a very long time since we were here last. There may be some painting involved but we will confirm this soon.
It was time for our longer run this month, not to be put off 12 goodgymers got together at our meeting point at Sport Wales National Centre. We split into our two groups with the 5 walk / joggers heading out first to tackle the 3.5 km to Oasis whilst the 7 runners took a slightly different route through the park.
It was a hot day for this run, but we chatted all the way and made it in good time to meet up with our regular goodgymer Karolina, who today donned her Oasis hat.
We kept hydrated with some water and had a look around.
It had changed since the last time we had helped here with some new planters, trellis, and even more planting. Today there was some painting of the new planters and old sign, watering, general tidying up.
Oh, wait here come the walk / joggers to join in. Everyone got stuck in with their chosen tasks and we even had opportunities to chat to Karolina about some of the plants that were around the gardens.
The 30 minutes flew by so fast that we were nearly late leaving, just enough time for a quick group photo before heading back and popping out for some food and a bit of a social.
Always great times with this team.
Oasis is a great charity that offers a warm Welsh welcome to refugees and asylum seekers.
We'll be painting a fence, helping to put a new planter in the ground and any general tidying up that needs to be done. There will also be some photographers from Wales Online.
18:15 - 18:30 Meet and warm up
18:30 - 19:00 Active travel to task
19:00 - 19:30 Oasis Task
19:30 - 20:00 Actvie travel back
20:00 - Possible drinks?
Tonight a good 15 gymers got together to help out at a NEW project
Our newest start location was Chapter Arts Centre, making our total run a 7km distance today. Welcome back Adam, it's been so long but feels like you never left.
Michael made the promise of not throwing in extra workouts due to the distance, so we began our warm up over in a car park with the usual high knees, butt kicks etc.
The walk / jog group set off first then the speedy runners 5 minutes later, it was a nice simple straight route for the group session. We arrived just in the nick of time to see the organiser setting up everything that we would need, the tasks were to paint the front of the building to spruce it up, paint some tyres out in the back area to be used as planters once dry, to tidy up the grounds around the side of the building from weeding, hoeing to pruning back the larger vegetation and finally helping to pack up chairs and trestle tables ready for a local charity to borrow in the morning.
We split into teams and got to work, the painters getting busy throwing around the paint to help brighten the Church a bit and the tyres a lot.
Martin and Adam headed inside and began moving trestle tables and then folding chairs and putting them onto the trolley, it didn't take long to complete the work inside so they could then get out and join everyone in the sunshine.
The rest of the crew got busy in the grounds surrounding the building, it didn't take long before the green bin was full and it was all looking much more tidy and clean. We gathered the troop for our group photo, everyone was very chatty tonight but we finally managed a photo.
We made our way back to the start location for some food and a nice social. Next week we will be plogging so get signed up.
This will be the second run here, but our first as a group. We can get the painting completed as a group so let's make this happen.
This will be a longer run so I promise no fitness thrown in 😎
18:15 Meet at CHAPTER
18:30 Head off - active travel 19:00 Task @ St. Timothy's Church 19:30 Head off - active travel 20:00 Social @ Chapter
Tonight, a WHOPPING 16 goodgymers met up, did good and got fit.
We went through some dynamic warm up moves in the park before heading off, it was a total 5km tonight. We had some sidestep / shuffles followed by toy soldiers before finishing with the classic butt kicks, all warmed up and raring to go we split into our two groups.
The walk-jog group were led by Emma who went one way whilst the runners led by Michael sped off eager to get to the task, chatting along the way about what races we were most looking forward too (running or volunteering) now that we had them back over the next three months.
After some traffic light squats, our running and walking was over as we arrived at tonights task at StarGarAllot community gardens. We were met by Camilla who leads at the plot, we have been lucky enough to have had plenty of volunteer opportunities here before with community missions throughout the pandemic. It has been great to see the changes and keep the plots going when the usual volunteers have been unable to get there as much.
Tonight, was a chance for our regular group members to see the space, there were a few that had not seen it yet and they were impressed. Task 1, digging up and emptying some current plots and then edge them with some wood ready for the Winter plants in the greenhouse to get planted. Task 2, unwind the bindweed from the cherry trees so that they can breath again and actually be seen.
40 minutes soon went by, and we had just enough time to rehydrate, eat some biscuits and cake to refuel the run back. We said farewell to Camilla and made our way back for a cool down and chat about the rest of the tasks on this week.
Camilla needs a hand to tidy up the growing areas at the community garden, this is a great opportunity to come along and see one of our regular community mission areas if you haven't already been.