Tara Isherwood

Windsor and Maidenhead

TaskForce

46Good deeds

74runs

189cheers

TaskForce achievements

25

Community Missions
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Group Runs
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Walking Groups
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Tara Isherwood went on a community mission
Community mission
Windsor and Maidenhead

Weeding at the weir

Mon 14 Jun

A return to continue weeding at the Weir. Bring your gloves.

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Tara Isherwood went on a community mission
Community mission
Windsor and Maidenhead

Every drop matters

Fri 11 Jun
Report written by Tara Isherwood

Two runners (one who was very late!) had a speedy race to and from the community allotment. While there we watered the plants using the water butts that were really full. Once the vegetables were looking suitably showered we headed home. What a lovely mission to do on a busy workday, it really is a calming oasis.

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Tara Isherwood signed up to a training session
Training session
Windsor and Maidenhead

Social 5km Run - Thames and Jubilee rivers

Mon 14 Jun 20:15 pm
Rowing Club, River Road, Maidenhead, SL6 0AT
Tick off one of the June Magpies 150 Routemaster Challenge 5kms

A scenic and sociable 5km run from River Road, by the rowing club, with the added bonus that you'll be ticking off one of the routes from the June Magpies 150 Routemaster Challenge.

All paces welcome. We will make sure no one gets left behind.

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Community mission
Windsor and Maidenhead

Return to St Luke's School

Mon 21 Jun 19:00 pm
St Luke's Church of England School Car Park, Entrance from Ray Mill Road West, Maidenhead, SL6 8SB
Help spruce up the school grounds

Join a small group heading back to school to help St Luke's Church of England Primary with some weeding, tidying and possibly painting or planting.

This task can be a tricky one to find...if you enter Ray Mill Road West from the Western end (B4447) you are looking for the second turn on the right. If you get to Holly Drive you've gone too far. It is more of a driveway than a street and as you enter there is a big red sign for the school on the left. Head past the red sign, straight down the driveway, and you will find yourself in the car park.

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Tara Isherwood went on a community mission
Community mission
Windsor and Maidenhead

Playing stuck in the mud

Wed 2 Jun
Report written by Amy Lovell

Wow what an adventure! This was definitely the muckiest and stinkiest community mission we have had so far, but we loved it! The weather was beautiful, we had a really warm welcome from our task owners Make Space for Life, and the task provided an epic workout.

Make Space for Life are a group of volunteers who have been maintaining and improving the National Trust owned North Town Moor area for the last decade or so, and our job was to help them clear reeds and debris from the pond for safety and aesthetics. A big thank you to Friends of Maidenhead Waterways for providing the waders, gloves and rakes for this task.

Amy, Jess, Matt, Nicola and Tara were the wading team. The pond is fed by run-off from surrounding roads, so it accumulates really horrible silt: tar-black, oily, smelly, and super sticky. It then gets clogged up with debris like sticks, dead weeds and litter. The water was waist deep and in places the silt was thigh high. Wading in this dense filth required every lower body muscle, and quite a lot of 'hope and prayer'! Faced with this stuff plenty of people would get that sinking feeling and want to run-off but thankfully we saw the fun side. I say thankfully because we couldn't have gone anywhere fast even if we had tried! We yanked out satisfying handfuls of reeds and sent them to the bank in a soupy human chain...

...where they were hauled out of the water by Juli, Anna and the Make Space for Life team. They heaved the weeds into wheelbarrows and ferried them along the bank, creating an impressive weed mountain. So satisfying to see!

By the end we all looked a bit like extras from some kind of sci-fi horror film, but Make Space for life kindly provided buckets of warm soapy water to round of our mud spa experience, as well as some wonderful snacks. We were also treated to a sighting of the moorhen family, which we had been careful to avoid whilst working in the pond.

Feeling a bit more human again, Juli, Anna and Amy completed the evening's adventure with a beautiful 5km run around North Town Moor and the Greenway - one of the routes from the June #Magpies150 Routemaster Challenge, and Matt, Nicola and Tara cycled home.

We had a lovely message from John at Make Space for Life the next day:

I just wanted to thank you and your team for the magnificent effort, you achieved far more than I possibly imagined you would. Please pass on my thanks to all concerned. In addition to clearing a large area of the pond from the reeds, I think we learned two important facts. Firstly it is still possible to move and work in the pond despite the mud and secondly it is possible to remove at least some of the reeds by hand.

Well done everyone, and an extra shout out to Anna and Matt, who were both celebrating reaching 10 good deeds with GoodGym.

We hope to return soon to test the limits of reed removal by hand a bit further!

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Community mission
Windsor and Maidenhead

Painting and weeding at St Edmund Campion #3

Tue 15 Jun 19:00 pm
Altwood Road, Maidenhead, SL6 4PX
Improve the playing area for the children

This task is to finish our painting of the pirate ship in preservative and continue with some weeding in the vegetable patch. We will split into two groups. You will need gloves!

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Tara Isherwood went on a community mission
Community mission
Windsor and Maidenhead

A sup-herb mission

Tue 1 Jun
Report written by Tara Isherwood

11 goodgymers met to complete our good seed for the day. For one more thyme we split into team garden and team paint. Team garden were Anna, Ana, Kelley, Nicola and Hannah. This was Annas first mission, and she joined the others in making good of the garden. Michelle, Jess, Diya, Kanika, Sara and Tara carried on painting the ship. Diya climbed the rigging and Jess walked the plank. Our host Tricia made everyone a well earned hot drink to keep us going. A lovely evening for getting out and doing our good deeds!

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Tara Isherwood went on a training session
Training session
Windsor and Maidenhead

Another great month of GoodGym Running Tag

Mon 31 May
Report written by Amy Lovell

We loved playing tag in April so much that we carried on in May. Such a fun game that helped us discover new places, made us look at sights and landmarks on our runs a bit differently, and definitely got me out running a few times when I wouldn't otherwise have bothered. Special mention to Juli Wood, who achieved more tags than any other runner - fantastic effort!

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Windsor and Maidenhead

June month-long Magpies 150 Routemaster Challenge

Wed 30 Jun 23:45 pm
All sorts of interesting places, Around Windsor and Maidenhead, Windsor and Maidenhead, SL6 XXX
15 x 5km routes for 15 local charities. How many can you tick off?

This year Maidenhead Magpies Football Club are celebrating their 150th year. As part of their celebrations, and at a time when many local charities have been terribly impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, they have launched the Magpies 150 Challenge, through which they are aiming to raise at least £150,000 to support 15 Windsor and Maidenhead based charities. You can find out more about the chosen charities by visiting their website here.

We took on some epic #150Challenges before Christmas and its time for another! This challenge is designed to get you out running or walking and it might give you some new local route inspiration too. Below you can find links to GPX files for 15 different routes. You should be able to open these using your favoured navigation device or app. Each one is roughly 5km. You have one month....how many can you tick off?

We would love to raise some more funds for the Magpies' 15 chosen RBWM charities too, so if you are taking part please consider making a donation to this Just Giving page or asking friends and family to sponsor your efforts. GoodGym is all about connecting with and helping our local community on our fitness journeys, and these 15 charities represent those who are most vulnerable and most in need of help in our local area.

The routes have been designed to start and end near parking but the parking is not always free or easy to find. If you have any questions, fire them at the team in this GoodGym Running Games WhatsApp group and hopefully you will find answers!

Running and walking with friends makes the miles go quicker. Use the WhatsApp group to find a running buddy and/or keep an eye on the happenings page for social small group runs on these routes.

Here are the routes...

Shottesbrooke Park

Ockwells and Thrift Wood

Copper Horse loop from Bishopsgate

Runnymede Memorials

Windsor Leisure Centre to Castle loop

North Town Moor Greenway

All the Bray Lakes

Battlemead and stop for an ice cream at Ray Mill Island

Winter Hill Golf Course and Cookham Moor

Brick and Tileworks and Spencer's Hill

Dungrovehill Wood

Thames and Jubilee

The Pinkneys Boot

Loop South of Holyport

Eton Wick, Eton and Thames

I have also shared the routes from my Strava profile in the GoodGym Running Games WhatsApp group, and James Lovell has helpfully plotted them on a couple of Google Maps. To check these out head over to the group, go to Group Info > Media, Links and Docs > Links.

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doc check
Windsor and Maidenhead

Get your docs checked

Wed 30 Jun 18:30 pm
Oaken Grove Park - the bit closest to Courthouse Road, Courthouse Road, Maidenhead, SL6 6HY
Meet Amy at Oaken Grove Park - the bit closest to Courthouse Road

Document checks are required to run to help older people.

This doc check:

  • will take you less than 15 mins.
  • is a chance to meet your local trainer.
  • is a good time to get some training and fitness advice if you're new to running.
    • is before a group run, but you don’t have to join the run if you don't want to.

You can find out more information here

Any questions, please get in touch with dbs@goodgym.org

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