Tracy completed a community mission. Instead of watching TV or lying in bed, Tracy was out there making their community a better place to be. For making that choice they have earned the community cape.
Tracy has helped keep other people motivated, Tracy has noticed what others have done and cheered 10 people. We doff our caps to you Tracy.
Three of us helped with the preparations for the Chaddesden Park Age UK Centre's lunch club. We were given a cheerful welcome and a drink by the volunteer chefs.
Tracy and Linda were old hands at this task, having it down to a fine art, and showed me the ropes as it was my first Sunday visit (having only been to the centre in the dark before).
We had a good workout moving tables and chairs, and between us we managed a relay triathlon; Tracy ran to the venue, I turned up on my good old bike (Daisy), and Linda went off for a swim afterwards.
Everyone at the centre was extremely appreciative of our help, and the food they were preparing smelt delicious. Thanks to our lovely trainer Dani for organising the event for us.
Please note that this is a paid event (£10pp).
This is the second event in the Run Dem Trails Series - something I organise alongside GoodGym - & I'm really looking forward to our new location of Ashbourne Town Hall. For the lovely members of GoodGym, you can purchase a place at this event for a discounted price of £10pp. This includes the run, post-run refreshments & a runners' yoga class.
We love running, but sometimes running in the same place & importantly, on the same stuff (tarmac!) can get a little boring, right? The trails offer the perfect antidote; nature, a mud mask for your feet & great company.
Join me for a Saturday afternoon plod in the beautiful Ashbourne, picking up the Tissington Trail, getting our pins muddy over a 10km route before stretching them out in a delicious runners' yoga class back at our cosy venue. After we've topped our tanks up with some runners' fuel of course.
You could even stay in Ashbourne after the event to try the Market Places' famous fish & chips if you're feeling peckish; they're delicious!
All & any paces are welcome for this event. I'll be leading the run & there will be a back marker to ensure that nobody is left behind. The run will be a conversational pace, with regular regroupings to keep us together.
Let's go run dem trails!
- 10km trail route, filled with mud, sheep & good conversation
- Refreshments will be provided; hot & cold drinks & some tasty fuel to keep us going
- All yoga equipment will be provided
- Dress & prepare accordingly for the run as it may be wet / muddy. Trail trainers are recommended if you have them
- On road & paid car parking available in Ashbourne Market Place
If you'd like to come along, sign up on here or drop me an email at email@example.com
The Age UK lunch club happens every second Sunday of the month & can cater for 40+ elderly people from the local community. Some of these are isolated & lonely & this is their opportunity to socialise, connect & seek support.
We'll be arriving at the Age UK at 10am to help set up ready for lunch club; moving tables & chairs, wiping the tables, sorting & placing cutlery & arranging condiments.
This help is greatly appreciated by the volunteers, who are usually in the kitchen preparing for their guests!
The task will begin at 10am at the Age UK centre - there's parking on site. If you wish to travel in by foot, either walking or running - amazing! Or you may choose to park up early & go for a steady lap of the park. There's loads of options with this one to get fit whilst doing good.
Please note that we're meeting at the Age UK centre car park, not the Jurys Inn
Tracy has done their first race with GoodGym. Performing on the day is a lot of pressure; Tracy's dealt with the nerves and turned up on the day to make it happen.
GETTING RACING FIT
It was an exciting morning on Sunday as runners from Derby and Leicester GoodGym - as well as far flung Newcastle! - donned their trainers & eagerly toed the start line of the Carsington 10km & Half Marathon.
The weather was forecast to pour it down all morning, so it was a pleasant surprise when the rain disappeared & the sun even tried to make a break through the clouds. The sun was definitely welcome for those of us spectating too & doing the important job of cheering on the GG'ers!
It was a race of mixed emotions, as always.
Helen & Tracey both completing the 10km were delighted with their times. Helen very much so, having knocked 9 minutes off her previous 10km PB - go girl!
Sam, Salvo, Huw & Katherine completed the Half Marathon, which was a challenging course anyway; up & over the 'bumps' & facing strong gales along the exposed part of the reservoir. Sam was delighted with his result, setting a new PB with an impressive time of 1 hour & 32 minutes & Salvo & Katherine were relieved to have made it to the end, having completed this beast of a race!
As with all events, there are highs & lows whilst running but no matter how it went, with medal in hand, a cold Kombuca in this case & the race behind you, there's always something to smile about.
I think everyone did great - Well done GG'ers!
So, what's next? :)
Big Loves x
18 brave runners refused to stay off the trails, despite the threatening bellows of Dennis the Menace yesterday afternoon. The weather may not have been kind to us, but once in the fields, splashing through the mud, we had a brilliant time. Among those runners, three GoodGymers - Dani, Rachael & Tracy, taking a break from the road & testing out the dirt routes.
There's something natural & freeing about running through such atrocious conditions; rain peppering the body, mud splashing up legs, wading through knee deep puddles, climbing over fallen trees & of course, laughing with fellow dirt lovers.
It wasn't all hard work; after the run was over & feet cleaned & dried (kinda), it was time to enjoy snacks & then a runners' yoga class. Ran, fed & stretched, this grubby bunch looked sleepy & content by the end of the first "Run Dem Trails" event.
If you'd like to be involved in the next one, we're going to be based at Ashbourne Town Hall on the 21st March for a similar set up... minus Dennis we hope!
Big Loves x
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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic this event is likely to be cancelled/moved. Once the race organiser has confirmed plans we will update this page.
Details to come.
RUNNING FOR GOOD
What a splendid afternoon for a lap around Carsington Water; the sun was shining, lovely cool running weather & the cafe was still open when we got back to the Visitor Centre, the ultimate reward!
We were delighted to be joined by a complete newbie to GoodGym - Linda - for who the (almost) eight miles was a new distance personal best! Along with Linda, regular faces to the GG Derby clan met in the main carpark, shivering in the cold to begin with, before we began a steady jaunt around the reservoir.
We soon warmed up, regularly regrouping to take some lovely snaps & of course, a photo of Sam sitting down on the job, in a wooden armchair perfectly placed for a break! Just the cuppa missing from his hand...
The benefits of social runs in a beautiful location are obvious as we smiled, chatted & encouraged each other around the route. For some, a steady Saturday jog & for others, an opportunity to push current limits & set a new record for distance. Whatever the reason for attending, we all connected & supported one another, completing the full lap with smiles.
Conversation soon turned to these benefits of running & the strange phenomenon that means runners remember runs & races more fondly than maybe it actually felt at the time (we've all been there!), almost with rose tinted glasses, meaning that even when running is really hard, we still sign up to more races & events once were back in the comfort of our homes! This phenomenon is due to a cocktail of feel-good chemicals that is released into the body with movement & as well as making us remember runs fondly, it also helps us to connect & cooperate with the people we run with, on a greater level.... awesome!
So, with new bonds & friendships sealed by those feel good chems, we arrived back at the cafe ready to enjoy cake & coffees, the perfect Saturday afternoon.
Thanks so much to everyone who came along & to those who tried to join us, but didn't quite make it - we missed you Ash!.
We'll plan another social run soon, if you have a location in mind, let me know & lets get something in the diary.
Big Loves x