Runners and supporters gathered at Exbury Gardens to run (and support) 10km and to celebrate Rachel's final run in the UK before she heads for a land "Down Under".
It was hot and windy on the course but very pretty. Special mentions to Jo for making the right decision to stay on the sidelines post-illness and to Aoife for an excellent run, 7 minutes quicker than she predicted.
Post running and cheering, it was all about the picnics, with an impressive array of food from Rachel's family and some very calorific baking from Jen!
We gave Rachel her card (kudos to Wilson for her production skills) and a print of her 200 good deeds t-shirt design (thanks Angela) to be displayed in a prominent place in her new home.... just to make sure she doesn't forget us or her awesomeness in her 200+ good deeds. :)
We then got to have a wander round the gardens, which were beautiful and John got some extra running in chasing Jack!
A warm welcome to our first tourist for over 2 years... all the way from Sheffield, Max. Make sure you give him a cheer!
It was just as lovely to see everyone else too, of course! We were a bit dismayed to see how much the nettles had grown since the last time we were in the garden, so the main mission of the day was to try and get them somewhat under control...
Angela, Jo, Max and Paul got to work chopping and hoeing and covering lots of ground. Val and Charlotte picked up the rubbish as it was uncovered. Lots of pens were found as well as a softball and tennis ball. Judy weeded the planters and planted some geraniums.
Tony was king of the keys and equipment which was fine until he had to put the equipment away and the gates were locked!
Everyone was allowed out eventually and we all got home in the light.... we love the light evenings!
In true GoodGym style, we had mid party good deed.
While Mel, Tony and I did the washing up (with a very questionable tea towel), everyone else got out into the sunshine and undertook a litter pick around the park.
Extra marks to Dr Jo, Rosie and Maxine for doing this while carrying babies (in both senses of the word).
Recycling was collected and kept to be put into Vicki and John's green bin. The usual suspects of wrappers, packets and cigarettes were found plus a sad purple deflated ball and a tin of butane gas (useful for camping!).
Once the good deeds were completed, we reconvened for Mel's quiz.
Happy 4th birthday to us!
We took over Milton Village Hall to celebrate 4 years of GoodGym Portsmouth.
We welcomed the next generation of GoodGymers, we ate lots of food and Mel gave our brains a workout with a quiz. Rachel got her new T-Shirt and we all went home with sugar highs!!
A NE wind (is that one that sounds like Jo?) was a bit of a novelty this morning which made the outward leg into a headwind and then a tailwind on the way back. Once we'd turned around the halfway cone it felt like there was no wind... why does that happen?!
Today was a first time at parkrun for Aoife and a first 5k for a while from Judy, with pacing assistance from Jen. Tracey was back after a bout of illness too. Sinéad was on marshalling and entertainment duty at the zebra crossing.
Tony was our first GG runner home (as expected!)
We all celebrated our 5k completion with the best coffee on the seafront (in my opinion ;)) and caught up on the latest news, which includes Rachel doing her 200th good deed next week!
Great work by everyone, results can be seen here.
Wow, Tony has completed a 12 month mission streak. That means they've cleared gardens, moved furniture and changed light bulbs in spring, summer, autumn and even winter. Show your support and give them a massive cheer!
The sun shone for the monthly litter pick at Baffins Pond Association.
We were joined today by Molly and Zoe so Molly could take some photos for her uni project.
The team at BPA had set up the very swanky double bin bags for collecting both rubbish and recyclables. Wilson was particularly impressed with these.
Half of us went one way and half the other as we tried to pick up all the litter that was around the area that the Easter Egg hunt was taking place later. The group that I was with found mostly small things including a bike light, reflector, 2 socks (bingo!) and some nerf bullets plus all the usual suspects. The group that went the other way hit the jackpot and found an old trampoline (hence the report title) and a mattress - that one will have to be lifted by the council.
Plenty of rubbish bags were filled and collected and the Baffins Pond area looked much cleaner by the time we finished.
Tonight we had three jobs:
- clean the windows so that Arundel Court School's Easter art work can be displayed
- pull up bindweed to continue the everlasting battle (which I think we're winning!)
- collect and dispose of the litter that had been gifted to the bushes and flowerbeds around the church
We all split into 3 groups to complete the jobs and catch up with each others' news.
Once the jobs were done, we were rewarded for our efforts with tea/coffee, hot sausage rolls and a selection of chocolate biscuits, they know how to keep us coming back!!
The garden at St Faith's is being well looked after by their parishioners but the bindweed is sneaking back so they would like some GoodGym muscle power to help pull it up/down/out. As always, there will also be a bit of litter picking around the garden area.
We can use the garden area or the local park for a quick fitness session before the kettle goes on. We have been promised a cup of tea to finish off and we can never say no to that from our friends here!!
Alternative working title Lino Ritchie. Apologies for any songs that may now stay in your head for a few hours.
Tonight we found the bottom of the pond!! It was an exciting moment as the lining of the pond was revealed - although there were plenty of theories as to what it was before "pond liner" was settled on.
We carried three new empty planters round from the side of the school into the garden and the challenge was to first clear a piece of ground flat enough for them to sit on, then to fill them with the nicely composted soil from the old pond site. A classic GoodGym task. These will be planted up with veg seeds by the school kids in the next few weeks and the wellbeing garden will begin to take shape.
We also unearthed a huge amount of old plastic including many crisp packets. We had a good reminisce about old crisp flavours, especially the anti social ones and discovered that we had a split in the Monster Munch camp - roast beef vs pickled onion!
A small number of GoodGymers tonight but a good solid amount of lifting, shifting and digging done.