We've past the halfway mark in the January Challenge, and we're still raring to go. So, tonight, 14 goodgymers got together to finish off a task that had been niggling (mostly me) since last year. The buddleia at St. Andrews Forget-me-not Cafe had become so large during the lockdowns, that during our first mission to tackle it we had to stop due to the thickness of its branches.
We were determined to finish the job, 8 runners met in the City Centre, warmed up and then ran 1.5 miles to our second meeting point for the walkers. This was the first time that we had split like this, but it seemed to work for us on a bit of a longer run that may have been too far to walk in the allotted time. From here, we made our way together - it wasn't far until we were at the Church grounds.
The wonderful Kathie was waiting for us, all wrapped up for a warm welcome. We had a quick chat as we tried to figure out the split of groups for the tasks to be done.
- Sweep the pathways of leaves to make it safer,
- Clear the leaves from the back of the Church,
- Move the potted Christmas tree around the back,
- Cut down the buddleia (of course),
- Cut the holly growing over the fence,
- Trim any overgrown plants in the alleyway.
A lot of work, just the way we like it.
Whilst we pondered the split, Alice got straight to work with the brush and was making her way over the path. Nathan joined to clear the leaves, so the rest of us made our way to the side garden to begin the pruning.
We made our Best Bud (leia) team of four, first to take down the main branches and then to cut smaller for the green waste. Hard at work ........ we put all our effort in and ......... "saw it" off.
30 minutes went by in the blink of an eye and many a camera flash, it was time to down tools and decide where we were going to have our final picture. Energised and celebrating a completion of the task, the runners and three of the original walking group decided it was time to complete a quick lap of the local 'Rec'. It was a lovely added mile to the exercise tonight, every little counts......(other supermarkets are available).
After our final farewells, the walkers and the runners went their separate ways - with so many challenges a good stretch was needed at the end of the run tonight, followed by a small social and chat about a proper social in February to celebrate our January Challenge.
We will not be defeated by the Buddleia, last time we cam to do this we couldn't quite finish it off. Now we are back, it's a NEW YEAR and we are full of ENERGY.
We will be having a nice lap of the Rec near by, for those of you wanting a good run.
Walking group will be available but at a different meeting point,
Meet at 18:45 Penylan Library and Community Centre Pen-Y-Lan Rd Pen-y-lan Cardiff CF23 5HW.
We will be running to meet you along the way.
Su became a walk leader. Su led the way for others to get fit by doing good.
It was that sort of day, where we said our farewells to last years goodgym and welcomed in a new one for 2022. No better way than to clean the streets and reset the City for a new brighter goodgym future.
Eight plucky goodgymers got out and did good, plenty of chatting after two weeks off and a very different city as the Winter brightness had already reduced, Winter Wonderland had gone and the tree outside the Castle did not have long left in it!
*Andrew – Pun Generator Extraordinaire
Don't forget to get signed up for the weekends, (I will need to let junior parkrun know how many are coming on Sunday by Thursday).
We have our first line in #BINGO - congratulations to Emma.
Dust off those Winter Blues and get signed up to NEXT Tuesday - as we head to our first of the year to Samye
It's a New Year so a New City Clean Up - yes that's correct, it's PLOG time. If we have people who don't want to run we can also put on a litter pick option, but please leave a comment so I know how many litter pickers to bring with me.
Tonight was the last run for the year to help out the 'Forget Me Not Cafe' at St. Edwards Church, the wonderful group that provide a friendly and welcoming environment, suitable for people with memory problems and their carers also people recovering from a stroke or people who feel isolated and vulnerable.
A simple task tonight, to put back the chairs and a quick vacuum after the final meeting for the 'Forget Me Not' group.
The group ran a good 2.5 km to the task, then masked up we got straight to work. We made short work of it, and as soon as it was back to the usual, we were spoiled with Ferraro Rochette chocolates (other chocolates are available).
As we were finished, and we had been treated to chocolate, it seemed only fair that we take a detour adding some kms to our return trip. A lovely run around a park, and a slightly longer run back and we were done - with an impressive 7.25 km tonight.
Just the ONE group task remaining this year - and just the ONE space remaining.
Still additional community missions on the weekends though, Stargarallot, Junior Parkrun & flyering
Get signed up - https://www.goodgym.org/my/happenings
Forget me not cafe are finally meeting again at St. Edward Community Hall and so we are also returning to help them, this will be there 'in person' meeting in the hall so we will be making our way over to help put things back all clean and tidy.
We will be mopping, vacuuming and having a workout moving the chairs back into position.
If it's not raining and there are enough of us, some could even get back outside and attack the buddleia to finish that task from last time.
Tonight's Pun is a good Welsh one, for the good serious goodgymers in Wales. We braved the Storm for what should have been a litter pick / scavenger hunt, but soon became a battle to keep bags in check and not getting blown away.
We fought for as long as possible, whilst still looking for some scavenger items so that we could, at least, say we had found a few. At the 45 minute mark, after sideways rain, we decided it was time to head back and call it a very rainy, windy, and somehow still fun day.
We celebrated afterwards, together with mince pies, a lovely drink and some gold coins.
Don't forget, we will be heading to Winter Wonderland on Thursday.
And just the two group activities left this year, so get signed up.
What an amazing night for a good deed, a beautiful crisp autumnal evening - leaves on the floor, an icy nip in the air, but a clear sky and lights all over for the wonderful season ahead.
The Perfect time for a PLOG / Litter Pick
Two groups to set off tonight
The first were the always chatty walkers, who were going to follow the Taff River embankment with their trusty litter pickers and clear up the route - every bit helps to keep that plastic from polluting the waterways.
The second were the running buddies, 10 eager ploggers ready to clear the mean streets as we made our way along some of the main roads. 7.5 km total run, with some amazing photo opportunities along the way thanks to the seasonal lights, there were hills and a great work out to keep us warm.
A grand total of 10 bags of rubbish collected along the way, not bad for an hours' worth of walking / running. Some lovely crochet work also found along the way for Remembrance day - you can see it in the photo reel for the report.
For those who tonight had no idea of the song that we were on about when we managed to come up with a new pun using the word 'Plog' again - we have to run out soon surely........
I introduce to you Paul McCartney - Frog Chorus - We All Stand Together
Click below to see the video
We are going to have a plog around the city, there will be a choice of distances available plus an option to litter pick if you are unable to run.