Trying my best to do my bit
This week, GoodGym Swindon were Haven-sent to help tidy up the outdoor space for service users.
The Swindon Night Shelter have operated the Haven Day Centre for a few years now and we've seen it really change as we've supported them. From the shell of a school, to an impressive, functioning homeless shelter with great temporary accommodation for over winter, a lovely outdoor space with veg patch, alongside the main day centre building.
We met Ian from the Night Shelter on a familiar Tuesday evening, and were led by TaskForce member Sam. The task? A classic GoodGym muscle builder! Clear a large pile of wood that a diligent guest had chopped down from around the facility, break it down, and transfer into bags for a future tip trip.
To make sure we were socially distanced, we split into two groups. Tracey, Teresa, Adam and Sam got hacking, while Gina and Jason whacked the weeds around the veg patches. Ian and I then flitted between the two groups, helping out as needed.
This was a great chatty task. We caught up while we weeded and hacked. Conversations ranged from how pleased we were to be coming out of lockdown and meeting in careful groups again. We also talked new jobs and changing work patterns alongside when first pub pints or haircuts were planned, all the while trimming down the twigs.
As the evening rolled on without any sitar, the pile dropped down, and the birds flew around to see our handiwork and eye up any beetles.
Check out in the pictures how close one robin got to us to say hello neigh-bird!
We did a great job of heaving and snapping to fill several big bags of weeds and wood, then said our goodbyes to cycle or run our ways home. By the end of the evening, we were successfully halfway down the pile, so we may soon be back to finish things off!
What's coming up soon at GoodGym Swindon? * Next Tuesday 20th, we're tidying up the Woodland Walk at Bridlewood Primary School. * Weekend of 24th/25th April, we're doing a Swindon Virtual parkrun takeover! More details over the WhatsApp group soon * Following Tuesday 27th April, we're litter picking at Lydiard Park - spaces still available if you want to be involved!
GoodGym (not)parkrun will be hosted by a different GoodGym area each week during lockdown and is aiming to get everyone involved throughout 2021, get fit and active in your local community and carry forward the parkrun spirit, whilst following Covid rules of course.
GG Haringey is picking up the baton for (not) parkrun on Saturday 27th March! Everyone is very welcome to join!
And remember to follow all Covid rules and guidelines on your run, be safe, be socially-distanced and keep moving!
You can complete your 5K any time on Saturday and submit your time, by midnight on Saturday, using the form
A big shout out to Melanie Young @ GoodGym Bristol (aka tech savvy whizz kid) for creating the results form and who will put the results together for our (not)parkrun events.
To let her know your email address and other useful information, there's a one-off registration form to complete. You can find this here.
If you'd like a photo to be included in the run report, please take a selfie and email it to email@example.com - THE OWNER OF THE BEST SELFIE (AS CHOSEN BY GGBristol's MELANIE) WILL GET THE COVETED GGHARINGEY'S 'MYSTERY ENVELOPE' - HEAVEN KNOWS WHAT WONDERS IT WILL CONTAIN! :) (terms and conditions appky, or summat)
Have you got wanderlust after a year of lockdown? After virtually exploring Swindon in our February fitness monopoly challenge, it was time to head further afield in March. With international travel banned, what better time to explore the length of the country and take on a virtual Land's End to John O'Groats (LEJOG) challenge?
After some frantic WhatsApping and spreadsheet making, we got ourselves organised - 1084 miles of running or walking in 31 days.
Could we do it? Well, after clocking up an impressive 66 miles on Day 1, not only did we know we could do LEJOG, the challenge was on for JOGLE too 💪
With a quick wave to our friends at GoodGym Bristol, we were soon on our way to the East Midlands (fuelled by Sam and her recommendation of Bird's pork pies) and on to Leeds. By day 8, we could proclaim we'd walked (and run) 500 miles. Although the storms hit as we ran along the North East coast, we ploughed on to cross the border.
We hit JOG on 17 March - but no hanging around as JOGLE was on. As we headed south, Spring had sprung and we spotted daffodils and postboxes wearing Easter bonnets.
Always with a close eye on the data, on 21 March we projected that we'd make it to Land's End on 31 March. Time to up the ante again... could we get to Land's End and then back to Swindon by the end of the month?
After a quick pit stop in Lands End for a Cornish cream tea on 28 March, we started heading back to Swindon. 202 miles to cover in 3 days...the challenge was on!
The final day quickly came around...77 miles to home. And we were averaging 77 miles a day - it all seemed too good to be true.
Did we make it home? For a while, I wasn't sure we would. Tracey kindly offered to step in and carry out an emergency walk to the shops for essential snacks. But she was spared from this mission as the totaliser suddenly sprang to life and suddenly that was it, home sweet home! 🏡
Teamwork makes the dreamwork. Together we covered an impressive 2409 miles in a month. And that's just the human miles - our canine friends did their bit too 🐶
Thank you to everyone who took part and supported and motivated everyone to keep marching on. Special thanks to captains Gabrielle, Gina, and Cath who kept us on track. And to Pauline for joining us on our tour.
The day centre has been closed through lockdown 3 but is keen to reopen its doors to offer much needed support, once it is safe to do so. With spring in the air, we've been tasked with helping out in the garden. So whether you've got green fingers or just enjoy the outdoors, grab those gardening gloves and sign up today!
It’s our a first task of 2021 for Swindon Night Shelter. Pre-COVID, The Haven was one of our regular venues. We've had lots of fun here, whilst helping out, including celebrating our first birthday!
Please bring gloves, hand sanitiser, antibacterial wipes and a face covering to this task. Please note that the maximum number of volunteers allowed at this task is eight and therefore please DO NOT turn up if you have not signed up beforehand.
So who is fed up of the lockdown and keen to get fit(ter) before Easter 🐣 ? Well you'll be pleased to know that GoodGym are here to help, by inviting you to an informal virtual event - LEJOG! This is something I have never heard of before but the idea is that we walk, jog or run from Lands End 🏴 to John O'Groats 🏴 (that's 1084 miles in total) as a group by the end of March. So there's no pressure here - if we all do a little we will get a long way! And the more that sign up the better of course :-)
And thank you to the LEJOG Leaders who are:
Week 1: Monday 1st March to Sunday 7th March - Cath Rose
Week 2: Monday 8th March to Sunday 14th March - Gaby Newson
Week 3: Monday 15th March to Sunday 21st March - Jo O'Leary
Week 4: Monday 22nd March to Sunday 28th March - Gina Johnston
Week 5: Monday 29th March to Wednesday 31st March - TBC!
Please note that there is no medal available - only virtual hugs!
The Rules 🦠
Walk, jog or run by yourself, with other members of your household OR with one other person from another household while social distancing.
Connect with Strava (if possible) and record your LEJOG miles on there.
And then log your miles on here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfpU93IAt8HwcrFnXH6J-k2jq93QftJm-xt9lF6eP5VTxozWQ/viewform
Take some photos of your travels and post on WhatsApp and social media.
Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to be added to our LEJOG WhatsApp Group.
Have FUN 🥳!
Can't wait to get started with this - see you all at Lands End tomorrow (virtually of course)!
Aloha! This weekend, under bright blue skies, Swindon became a tropical paradise 🏝️ and we had a lot of fun in the sun 🌞
It was a GoodGym takeover for Swindon's virtual parkrun and a Hawaii 5-0 theme gave the opportunity to escape winter and release those Hawaiian shirts and beachwear from the depths of the wardrobe.🩳👙 And the Swindon running community did not disappoint - with the brightness of the outfits matching the vibrancy and warmth of our running family.
Our fabulous team of virtual pacers, tailwalkers and marshalls supported 144 runners and walkers, with 15 people ringing the PB bell 🔔. 20 minute pacer Paul was quick off the mark in the most magnificent grass skirt. Alexandra was spot on with the 30 minute pacing, as were Cath and Annie in her pawsome outfit 🐶.
With the news of the roadmap for the return of parkrun, we hope that we'll be together again soon. Maybe for a celebration cake -meanwhile Ashleigh kindly offered virtual slices of a very real cake 🎂...it's the thought that counts?!
GoodGym Swindon Virtual parkrun Takeover - From 6pm on Friday 26th February until 6pm on Sunday 28th February 2021
It's back! The GoodGym Swindon Takeover at the awesome Swindon Virtual parkrun. Thanks to our wonderful parkrun community here in Swindon, a FREE weekly virtual 5K parkrun is available to everyone and anyone. Check out the Swindon Community Running Facebook page for more information:
Here is what happened last time; check out the Run Report HERE!
We have been asked to provide volunteers at the 50th virtual parkrun commencing Friday 26th February at 6pm. We are recruiting for the following positions:
Pacers - 20, 22, 25, 27, 30, 32, 35, 40 and 45 minutes
Run Report Writer
If you would like to do one of the roles above, please write a comment below which one. It would be great if we could try and fill all of these volunteer roles. Doubling up on pacing positions is fine!
And here are the rules:
1) Run solo or with one other person whilst maintaining social distancing.
2) Adhere to social distancing guidelines; stay at least 2 metres away from anyone outside of your household during your run
2) Do not run at an official parkrun location at 9am on a Saturday; doing so will lead to instant disqualification
3) If you do not feel well, do NOT run.
4) Tourists are welcome!
5) The run can be at any time from 6pm on Friday 26th February until 6pm on Sunday 28th February.
6) Upload your run to Strava and submit your result here!
8) Take a photo where possible and post on the GoodGym Swindon WhatsApp Group and the Swindon Community Running Facebook Page.
Looking forward to volunteering with you again. Stay safe and stay connected with GoodGym Swindon!
Helping Out at Swindon's COVID-19 Vaccination Centre @ STEAM - From Tuesday 26th January to Saturday 30th January 2021
PLEASE SIGN UP TO THIS TASK BY 10AM ON FRIDAY 22ND JANUARY
We have been asked to help out and provide support at our local Covid-19 vaccination centre at STEAM next week. Can you spare a few hours to help out? If you can - please have a look at the shifts below and make a comment (below) as to which one suits you:
Car Park Marshals (this role will be outdoors).
Tuesday 26th January 08:00-13:30 or 13:00-18:30
Wednesday 27th January 08:00-13:30 or 13:00-18:30
Thursday 28th January 08:00-13:30 or 13:00-18:30
Friday 29th January 08:00-13:30 or 13:00-18:30
Saturday 30th January 08:00-13:30 or 13:00-18:30
Patient Coordinator Volunteers (this role will be indoors)
Wednesday 27th January 08:00-13:30 or 13:00-18:30
Friday 29th January 08:00-13:30 or 13:00-18:30
When signing up to this task, your name, contact details and preferred shift will be forwarded onto Swindon Borough Council who will then correspond with you directly.
Please also note that full training and PPE will be provided.
Thank you so much for your help and support with the COVID-19 vaccination programme.