Sheffield Area Activator. PT, England Athletics Coach in Running Fitness & Tutor.
With all this lovely weather we have been having it has meant that green growth has been shooting up everywhere! It's fantastic to see but from time to time the hedges around Heeley People's Park need a quick trim to keep things looking prim and proper and providing good open paths for pedestrians passing by. Peter pepper picked a peck of pickled peppers.
14 of us rocked up to help Parky Rob with the task this week. After a brief brief we got straight to it, grabbing loppers and cutting back the overgrowth to fill the provided tonne bags with the cuttings which were then placed in the park for composting. We also had a good sweep of the pavement and the gutter after to clean up after ourselves and leave the paths wider and nice and clear for all users.
After a good lot of cutting, tree and berry identification we popped tools back into the barrows, emptied the final tonne bags and said our farewells to Rob until the next time.
Before people went their separate ways we got some fitness in on the steps with a couple of short 30s bursts of:
- Press Ups (3 options)
- Box jumps or stair sets
Once complete we headed off into the hot summers eve back to the Showroom for some stretching and cooling down.
Until next week, happy running :)
9 of us headed over to Pitsmoor Road to help the local Pitsmoor Pickers group with a clean up on either side of the road. It was great to welcome back Robert and Thomas after spells away for work and travels. Welcome back guys!
By the time we finished the bags were pilled up and the streets were looking spotless.
On the way back we paired up for some fast times fitness featuring paired work involving:
- Isometric Squats
- Bum slaps (you had to be there)
At the end of the run Celine had the great idea of heading for some 'picky' food at a local Etheopean restaurant - Frehiwat Habesha. The food was delish and with loads to spare most of us even had lunch sorted for the next day!
Until next time, happy running :)
On a slightly muggy Sheffield evening, four runners set off for a slightly longer and hillier run than normal, to Gleadless Valley, to gives us extra time to catch up on everyone's adventures during the long weekend. We also had a quick break en route to give Michelle some time to recycle her plastics at co-op, showing us all how to do good twice on one run.
Once arrived, we met the fabulous Irene from the Gleadless Valley Litter Pickers who was already busy at work. We helped to fill a satisfying eight bags of litter between us and then manoeuvred them into the bin (action shots above!). Since the mission site was close to residential area, we hope that this will help improve the area for residents :)
The run back was thankfully much easier, being mostly downhill. Back at the Showroom, Tom rounded the evening off with some stretching and teaching us how to tie our laces in a runners knot. Our toes and shoes will thank you!
Here are some instructions for those who need a catch-up: 4 Ways to Tie Running Shoes
We gave a friendly GG welcome to a new runner introduced by Lan:
Give him a follow and a show of support! We hope to see you on another run soon!
This week we were close to home, helping out Pitsmoor Pickers on a stretch of the River Don which was laden with all sorts of litter.
James managed to pick up 340 cigarette butts!
On the way back we took on a very difficult fitness challenge which was the 'Bring Sally Up' challenge. This is a push up challenge where you push up on the word up and go down (but crucially hold your body off the floor) and then rinse and repeat. Considering it's only 3.5mins long it is very difficult with most of us having to start resting about half way. One to work on!
Once back at base we stretched off and headed home until next week.
Happy running! :)
We have a large selection of benches and planters around the Pavilion that are in desperate need of some TLC. Benches need stripped and painted, and wooden planters need constructed, painted, and then need to be planted.
The pavilion is used by a great number of people in the community, and the bowling green is a lovely place to sit and enjoy not just the busy activities of the site but also the beautiful Hillsborough Park. It's where visitors to our Wellbeing Centre sometimes sit to get a breath of fresh air. People of all ages come to sit and chat to one another, and families and visiting groups of all ages come to sit and enjoy lunch or drinks from the on site cafe. The benches and planters are currently pretty sad looking and in disrepair, and we would dearly love to make the place more welcoming and inviting for all ages.
PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A LONGER RUN THAN USUAL - SIGN UP IF YOU FEEL CONFIDENT RUNNING THIS DISTANCE OR MEET US AT THE TASK IN HILLSBOROUGH PARK. THANKS