Sheffield Trainer. PT, England Athletics Coach in Running Fitness & Tutor.
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! :)
We will be heading to a section of the National Cycle Network (NCN) for a general clean-up, litter-picking, vegetation management and general sprucing.
Please bring your own gloves, head torch and big portable flood light if you have one (charged). Thanks
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!
Lynwood Gardens is a community woodland area at the rear of the Francis Newton pub.
National Cycle Network route 6 (NCN6) passes through and the route is in need of some TLC
We'll be repairing the stone borders, clearing back vegetation and picking up any litter.
Please bring your own gloves and charged head torch and if you have a big GG floodlight, please do charge and bring with you, thanks!
We will be collecting leaves on site to make leafmould. Fallen leaves in the vicinity of the walled garden need to be raked up and collected into bags then taken to the garden (very close by) & stacked onto an overgrown area ready to be stored for 1 to 3 years to make leafmould which is used to make a seed sowing or potting mix for seedlings & plants.
The impact of our leaf collection will be the provision of a valuable resource for Heeley City Farm's food growing activities. Leaf mould as a growing medium replaces bought in growing media which are costly & not always good quality. The impact will be a saving of funds but also better quality plants which leads to better quality produce for people eat. Furthermore plenty of learning will come from the process of making leafmould into growing media. The bags of leaves are to be stacked over an overgrown area so will also help to suppress weeds which will then allow the area to be turned into a more productive space in 1 to 3 years time.
Please bring your own gloves and headtorch and if you have a GG floodlight, please charge and bring with you. Thanks.
Ship Shape is a fantastic Health and wellbeing centre that provides activities for local communities tackling health and inequalities in the deprived areas of Sheffield.
We will be helping to tidy up the space outside the centre for activities. Expect cutting bushes, litter picking and weeding.
We'll also be painting one of the inside rooms so activities can resume inside in the winter!
Please bring a head torch and your own gloves. If you have a GG floodlight, please do charge and bring with you. Thanks.