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WHAT A TASK we had this week!
It had it all;
We met with the lovely Julie of Heeley City Farm (HCF) who let us into this gem of a place and through the site to the field we would be working in past all of the very cute goats.
HCF have had to have some trees on site felled and the larger logs needed splitting, bagging and shifting so that they can be dried and sold in the future to bring some income into the site which doesn't have any monetary support from the Council and needs to be self sustaining so this was a great way for us to help out.
We got straight to it, splitting.... into smaller teams:
- Log splitters - 'I wanna be... your sledgehammer!'
- Assistant log splitters - putting in the 'grenade' splitters into the logs to get them started
- Log sorters
- Log baggers
- Log movers
- Log shakers (ok, made this one up)
- Goat petters
We certainly expended some energy and shed some timber on this task! It was great to be out in the night air, a great remedy to any splitting headaches...At times it was hard to see the wood from the trees, but in the end we were told we had made up 24 bags which was a great effort!
After finishing we made great use of the well lit traffic free hill outside for some hill reps in teams where we did 4 reps of:
40% 60% 80% 110% (as the Americans say)
We had a steady saunter back before stretching off and making birthday plans (see listings on website).
Until next time, happy running! :)
HCF have just had several large trees cut down due to disease, these have been logged but need splitting - HCF have invested in log splitters (so no sharp axes!) and some sledge hammers!
Once split, the logs can then be placed in sacks and wheel-barrowed to the log store, so lots of tasks to keep a big group busy! Lifting, rolling logs, log splitting, bagging up and barrowing.
Safety googles will be provided by Julie for those using the sledghammers and those nearby to ensure eyes are safe.
Please bring your own gloves.
The nights sure are drawing in and despite lovely sunny eve's when we meet the light is short lived and it's getting to the stage when it is nearing dark when we arrive at our tasks. I actually really like this time of year, when you look back and you can see a long line of head torches dancing up and down and you get that feeling of 'bonus points' when your out running and helping the community in the dark when others are sat at home.
Anyways.... Good thing we've got the GG flood lights on hand to light up the areas we are working on. Thanks to all that have dusted them off from the backs of cupboards etc or even brought their own down, it really does make the eve tasks so much easier and safer, thanks again!
This week we were back to our old friend Parky Rob at Heeley People's Park (HPP) where they have had some comments about overgrowth on some of the pavements of Well Road...
Well, well, well, we can't have that can we. Enter GOOD GYM!
We got tooled up with loopers, saws, seceteurs and ton bags and got to it, cutting back as much as we could to make the pavements of Well Road look spic and span!
Talk within the group varied from the high brow pun generation (credit for the run title) and large stick sawing from James to the cultural impact of the Spice Girls on future generations from Cat, to the degredation of the stadardisation of the size of Twiglets from Ash. We are nothing but varied in our chats at GG!
We filled 3 of the massive ton bags and composted the cuttings before downing tools and heading back to the U-Mix center for some fun fitness, with a split set of upper and lower body exercises using the big steps to vary intensity and effort.
On return to The Showroom, we stretched off and made our orders which included some very impressive orders where Racheal 'risked it for the brisket' and shared some lovely fruity cake!
We'll be meeting with Rob at the Playground to get briefed and tooled up before tackling the overgrown hazel and other foliage on Well Rd.
Please bring your own gloves and head torch and if you have a GG floodlight, please charge and bring with you, thanks!
On another beautiful sunny Sheffield afternoon we met outside The Showroom Cinema and got ready for the off. Our new friend Mohammed jumped in for the group photo before we headed off toward Ship Shape with James as our trusty back marker.
On arrival, unfortunately there wasn't anyone around to greet us and provide us with tools so we had to think on our feet. We did what we could with what we had and got litter picking and weeding what we were certain were weeds! Despite trying Regather down the road to see if there was anything we could do for them quickly it wasn't a goer so we did what we could at Ship Shape, had some excellent photos at the front door and then headed to the U-Mix center for an extended fitness session.
This weeks fitness session involved some paired work with one partner on the the planters doing step up's, step up's squat downs or box jumps, whilst the others did a lap of the area.
Next up we headed down to the climbing frame and again did a couple of paired rounds of dead arm hangs, knee lifts or leg lifts whilst partners did their choice of press ups, using the concrete steps to increase/decrease intensity.
Following a fantastic fitness session we headed home for stretching and refreshments at the Showroom. Hopefully we will be back at Ship Shape again in the future.
We will be helping this fantastic community centre with litter picking at the front of the centre, and with tidying the 2 garden beds at the front of the centre as well.
Please bring gloves with you. Thanks
We will be taking on gardening and site maintenance tasks around the Common Ground site:
Machon bank Netheredge Sheffield S7 1GR
This includes emptying compost bins and redistributing the lovely compost to the raised beds, weeding and litter picking to keep the site looking great.
If you have your own gloves and litter pickers, please do bring with you on the night.
It was great to see such a big crowd out for GG tonight with our biggest number since the lockdown re-start!
Fantastic to see some old faces that haven't been seen in a while as well as some new faces that are becoming more regular, as well as completely new faces such as Lan who joined us on her first GG run and seemed to have a really good time.
We took off in the August sunshine with some loop backs and chats on route to Heeley People's Park where we met fantastic Parky Rob and another 4 GG crew who had already filled the color coded trugs with woodchip in prep for this eve's task.
Rob gave us a good brief and we got straight to it filling trugs to the brim with wonderful woodchip, whilst others grabbed one, sometime two if they were feeling strong trugs and took them up the super steep Sheffield hill to a park path that was in real need of some woodchip loving. Can anyone beat The Trugonator James in the woodchip carry Olympics? I think not. The chips were lovingly spread to ensure full coverage of the path for all to enjoy and mulch down step by step.
Once we were out of time Rob told us more about how our involvement with the park had lead to successful funding bids that have purchased new playground equipment for the park users. FANTASTIC!
Feeling good, we said our goodbyes and headed toward home, before taking a pit stop at the U-Mix park for a quick 4 rounds of APPLES & ORANGES where we split into 2 teams with each having 4 exercises of 30s on the following:
- Straight arm hangs or pull ups
- Step ups or box jumps
- Knee lifts or leg lifts
- Press ups of. varying intensity
After this we headed back to the Showroom to stretch our muscles and stretch our bellies for some with some sizable Showroom portions! More chips please!
Tim 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, Tim has kept going and going. Helping a lot of other people and getting a bit fitter at the same time. Congratulations Tim.
Huge congrats to @Tim on his 100th run! Check the photos for Tims honorary GG bear photo, courtesy of @Rachael.
Tonight we headed up to help @Craig with the upkeep of the Sustrans National Cycle Network.
We got a great brief from @Craig who told us the tasks for the eve:
- Litter picking
- Chopping back overgrowth
- Sweeping back glass
After all the work was done we did some Olympic themed clean and jerks with gardening equipment for our fitness session before heading home.