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Tracey is a GoodGym January 2021 Challenge Hero
GoodGym Swindon Virtual parkrun Christmas Takeover - From 6pm on Friday 25th December until 6pm on Sunday 27th December
It's back and it's CHRISTMAS! The GoodGym Swindon Christmas 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 even on Christmas Day. 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 41st virtual parkrun (and the very first Swindon Christmas virtual parkrun) commencing Friday 25th December 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 Christmas fancy dress is optional!
And here are the rules:
1) Run solo or with up to five others 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 25th December until 6pm on Sunday 27th December.
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!
Hello everyone! It's nearly Christmas and because it's been a while since we all got together for a virtual chit chat Stuart. has kindly organised a virtual social thanks to Zoom. Don't forget the mince pies and mulled wine; it's time to kick back and have a bit of a laugh!
Connect via Zoom on Tuesday at 6:30pm (check out the link below). We are guaranteed to have lots of fun and laughter then! Do you have any questions? Feel free to contact Emma here or here: firstname.lastname@example.org. Really looking forward to it everyone!
Zoom Link HERE!
Please note that this community mission has been cancelled.
The Mechanics Institution Trust have been in touch to ask if we can help with a painting task inside the Central Community Centre. Both the stairway and the upstairs meeting room need sprucing up after many years of wear and tear. *Please note that this is a continuation of the task started on Tuesday 17th November. *
This lovely task of painting and chatting and more chatting (!) will be limited to six people to allow for social distancing.
Please bring gloves, hand sanitiser, antibacterial wipes and a face covering to this task. Being an indoor task with social distancing measures in place, please DO NOT turn up if you have not signed up beforehand.
Tracey has run their first marathon. This means dedicated training, consistent effort and a lot of support. There's always some pain, always some stress, and always some questioning of what life is all about when your take on something as hard as a Marathon. Your support has has helped make this possible, now the hard work is over, give Tracey a pat on the back.
We were back at The Haven this evening to help with their Temporary Winter Housing Project. This project is now in it’s third year and offers a select number of Swindon’s rough sleepers an opportunity to enrol on a three-month project which includes safe accommodation as well as a contract of support with the end goal to be tenancy ready. We met Ian (Social Enterprise Manager) who explained that the usual communal sleeping arrangements have had to be changed to separate sleeping quarters to enable the project to go ahead in January. As Ian showed us round, some of us reminisced about our first time at The Haven and having to use our head and body torches as there was no electricity! We’ve seen the space change and be used for different purposes over the last 2 years but it’s fair to say we were astounded to see the space transformed into separate bedrooms, 2 communal areas, staff quarters and toilet facilities.
Having spent Lockdown 2.0 with the builders in, and some of the former residents having painted it, it was our job this evening to give the building a thorough clean through before the floor could be fitted and the furniture built. Tracey got to work hunting for hoovers, and successful she was too! Jason and Kirsty joined the hoover crew, comparing whose pipe was the longest and which had the best suck. Pure filth on tonight’s task, and not just on the windows – my task, to clean them all. Giving me a full house having now cleaned windows in every building at the Haven. Adam and Becky grabbed the two brushes, got down on hands and knees and scrubbed like troopers. With so much action, we hadn’t noticed the dust cloud emerging until the smoke alarms started going off!! The ringing felt like it went on forever but thankfully Ian managed to plug in the code just before we finished.
Satisfied with our efforts and that the smoke detectors were in full working order, we all scattered in case they went off again!