We are super excited to say Happy 2nd Birthday to Poole Goodgym this week!
The first year was growth, excitement and community spirit. The second year, we have all individually and as a group, tried to find our way through the difficulties of Covid.
We can celebrate going into our third year with more hope and an even greater appreciation for friendship, community spirit, a purpose and health.
To celebrate our 2nd birthday, we have a great evening planned! *Meet 6pm at The Kitchen in Poole Park for a run of up to 5k including some options for speed work. All abilities welcomed! *We arrive at our task at Salvation Army at 6.30 for gardening and clean up work. Please bring gloves! *We will finish our task and head onto Poole Quay for optional fish and chip supper. Feel free to bring your own snacks if you prefer. *Walk /run back to Poole Park after.
This is a great opportunity to welcome back old members, bring along new people to try out Goodgym and have a chat about anything and everything.
If you would like to only join the task, please meet us at Salvation Army at 6.30pm.
Please do ask any questions! Esther@goodgym.org 07875 949879
The gang, with lots of new faces, gathered near the entrance to the Sovereign Center.
We welcomed Dominic and Nicole to their first GoodGym mission, although thanks to Tracy, they had heard about GoodGym from her Poole connections.
Angie and Star met us outside the Creative Kids studio and we split up into two groups. One was to help Star sort through musical equipment, and clear and area for a shelving unit to go in and then the musical instruments had to be sorted back into the shelves.
The other group was clearing out an area in the storage room to free up a shelving unit for the musical instruments. Then had to find space for costumes etc to go back into.
Lots of moving, shuffling, keeping our distance from each other and getting a good sweat on, and struggling to breathe with our masks on!!
But we got it all done in under an hour, Angie and Star were amazed and delighted!!
They would like our help more frequently on Saturdays moving forward, helping with moving equipment up and down before and after their performances.
WE'LL BE BACK!!!
THIS HAS NOW BEEN MOVED TO THE SATURDAY AFTER. Please remove yourself from the register if you are not able to attend the 15th May.
We are helping Codified Orchestra via Creative Kids this Saturday morning. They have ust moved in and need some big units moving and some large boards to help them have a larger storage unit.
We will meet outside the main entrance to the Sovereign Center on the pedestrian section of the high street. Not sure how long it will all take, but you are free to come and stay as long as you can or leave when you need to.
Ideally, we'd like around 10 of us and we'll work in separate groups to allow for social distancing. I am going to cap the session to 12 to make sure we don't have people standing around. Bring some gloves and a mask please.
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.
Poole Hospital Charity run this Elf Dash annually to raise much needed funds for equipment.
Our job was pretty simple, we are there to direct the runners and keep them safe as marshals.
We all met at 10.30 at Speedway and a walk around the course to know our positions. Turns out to be much nippier than expected so we jumped into the North Pole bus for a mince pie and warm up till it was duty time.
It was a short course of approx 2km and questions to answer along the way. Parents joined in so it was a very relaxed affair. Some amazing outfits along the way, kids and all times of elfs!
The warm up was headed up by Goodgym too, so I got to use my daughter's examples of being beans to be the Mexican, French, runner, string and broad bean to get everyone going!
Definitely time for a cuppa after!
We are supporting the Poole Hospital Charity in their fundraising run!
They are organizing the annual Elf Dash from Poole Cycle Speedway in Baiter Park. It is not a long route, but a bit of fun for people to get involved in supporting the charity, but also doing some exercise.
We need a bunch of volunteers to help marshall and support the event for Poole Hospital Charity!
We need to meet at the cycle speedway at 10.30am, with the actual dash kicking off around 11.30am. Finish between 12 and 12.15 or there are activities that happen at the finish if you wanted to stay for longer!
Good Evening Runners!
Its getting a little colder, definitely dark but it is dry and we have loads of friendly faces meeting at the back of Daveena's cafe!
Great to see Tracy who came on our first ever run over the summer back to join us! Big welcome to the fabulous Vici who hasn't run in about 4 years and managed over 4 miles tonight up some pretty good inclines! (I know - maybe we shouldn't like her!)
We managed a short warm up whilst dodging cars on the garage forecourt - Many of those lunges did not look pretty (mental note for future warm ups - more lunges!) before heading up the ever giving North Rd!
Thanks to Patricia who backran for us tonight!
Tracy and Richard took a good pace up the road, closely followed by Elizabeth.
Vici demonstrated what a lot of gym work can do when it comes to hills as she kept powering up them like she had been running for years, not like it was years ago!
Not the most exciting route, dodging people, cars and obstacles down the Ashley Road but there was a lovely photo opportunity along the way thanks to St John's Church and Centre (we must get in touch to see if they need volunteers at all!)
We reached Branksome community centre and one of the volunteers was ready for us with half a dozen brooms, rakes, bin liners and gloves! She even nipped home down the road to grab another rake for us! Branksome community centre is a really busy hub for families, children, young people and locals. They have a cafe in the day and many different groups in the hall and various rooms as well as a busy play area outside inc a hard court. It was a pretty simple mission tonight - clear the leaves! They were pretty thick all around the court, entrance, play area and pathways. So it was pairing up and getting on with it.
Sian wins the prize for fitting the most leaves in one bag - seen on several ococasions jumping up and down in a black bag to squish them in! This time it was Melody who had the spade and who did a great clean up job around the edge of the pitch - with the added danger of some youths kicking around a ball (That wasn't on the risk assessment or brief!) narrowly missing Sally on more than one occasion.
30 minutes later and can you guess how many bags there was - 17! All piled high with leaves till they are fit to bursting. It was really safe it all turning to mush and mud in the spring next year.
Time to head back to base - there was a lovely little incline to start with nice hill work from Melody to get back up to Ashley Road.
Down the North Road - great opportunity to relax and run down and get some pace on (remember to relax and lean into hill!) before a stretch out at Daveena's.
Home for cuppa!
Lovely evening as always!
Welcome to GoodGym Poole!
We're a friendly and social group who combine exercise with helping out in the local community. We meet every week to get active and do a physical task to help the charities, community organisations and projects in our area. We do this all within 90 minutes!
We meet every Tuesday evening in the courtyard (round the back!) of Daveena’s Café. There is a toilet and a space to store bags whilst on the run. We meet at 6.15pm ready to run at 6.30pm.
There is ample free parking on the surrounding streets or in the park opposite.
The Task: This week we return to Branksome community centre to clear the outside of the leaves! We've been promised some floodlights so we can give it a good clear up!
The Run/walk: GoodGym is for everyone. We welcome runners of all abilities and it is often possible to walk to the task if you would prefer. We always have a back-marker so no-one is left behind - we're about achieving something together so you'll always be welcome no matter what your pace is. If you have any questions or you’re worried about the task or run then just contact me.
Come and join us!