6Good deeds



Tracy went on a group run
Group run

Leaf the light(s) on for me

Tue 14 Dec
Report written by Esther

A surprisingly mild evening that decided it would not listen to a weather forecast and throw some rain into the mix as we all met in the dark shadows of Langside School.

A lovely group of 10, it was fabulous to see again Tracy join us again after many months and Jason! Ellie and Tracy know each other from Canicross Training and soon formed a team responsible for leaf dumping!

Jason face lit up as he saw a leaf blower and soon was revving it up to play with. Meanwhile Jane was just as happy to see some bamboo needed chopping back and a large pair of shears to do it with.

Sian and Patricia soon tackled the first flower bed pulling off the mounds of leaves that had settled onto them covering some cute ornaments. The smells from the herbs gave a lovely aroma off as we tried to free them from so many leaves burying them.

Christine was busy cutting back a bush that was over spilling onto the path and hopefully will flower again next year. Whilst Robert was deep in the beds clearing away leaves! Nicola meanwhile was around the side surrounded by leaves!

Tracy and Ellie on wheelbarrow duty filled and spilled over many trips piles of wet leaves building speed as they were pilling up!

We left the school with a much clearer bed and pathways leaf free!

Onto the run and Christine took the lead to take us on a 2mile route to Runton Road lights! It was lovely along the way to see the houses lit up and even a couple worth a stop and picture! Runton Road itself was full of many houses and it attracts many people to see the displays whilst raising money for local charities. After no lights in 2020 it was lovely to have a selection of lights from blow up dinosaurs to candy cane driveways!

We returned back to Langside for a quick offer of cake, mince pies and alcohol free Mulled Wine out of the car boot to mark the last big task and run of 2021.

It has been a mixed bag! But friendships have grown and tasks have been done so we keep at it to Get Fit and Do Good!

Well done everyone!

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Tracy signed up to a group run
Group run

Weed, Lights and a mince pie!

Tue 14 Dec 18:00 pm
Langside School , Langside Avenue, Poole, BH12 5BN
Supporting a local school and seeing Christmas Lights!

We once again join forces with Oakdale Runners to join our Goodgym session.

It will be a combination session with a volunteer at the school followed by a run to Runton Road lights!

The plan: 6pm Langside School - Some parking available at front of school we can use as school closed. 6.30-6.45 Head for run route (approx 5km) 7.15pm Lights and direct run back (1mile) 7.45pm Mince Pie and Mulled Wine Offer 8pm Done!

If you want to walk, there is a 1 mile distance between School and Runton Road. However there is no set leader for this currently. Please bring a charity donation for Runton Road lights!

You are welcome to join us for any part of the evening, drop a message or comment!

Christmas Outfits / Headwear / Lights welcomed! Please bring gloves and if possible a chest / head torch for task and run.

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Tracy went on a training session
Training session

Testing, testing...123!

Sat 10 Jul
Report written by Esther

If you had told any of us runners 18 months ago, how one Saturday we will be super excited to go to parkrun to see each other and run 5k, you may have been a little unsure why this week was so special!

But it really is!

We are on track for return of parkrun on July 24th and this brings a new route for Poole! The new route allows for a much wider, larger start area. It also reduces the mass gathering around and in the pavilion area. The new route does however include a steep right turn at one point, which many speedy runners may have to adjust to. But it's still flat, free and lovely park to run around.

We all met rather nervously where others were grouped for this trial run. Great to see the red T-shirts of Goodgym standing out from the crowd! The core parkrun team, led by Mike and his crew had arranged this meet up to test the new route with a larger group of runner's including timers, marshal's, posts and even a lead bike!

What we had all forgotten was how fast you can run at a flat parkrun! Nothing can compare to the opportunity to run with others, whether listening to the chatter, joining in, running off a hangover or wanting to feel the lungs burn!

The start was so wide, we were all off and feeling the wind in our faces felt so fresh and good!

Calum I am so sorry we did not give you a proper hello! The excitement of parkrun meant we missed seeing you down to join us!

The results are listed in the pics, but in all honesty, this was about being part of the parkrun return so whether you loved to see your mate, (Ali), enjoyed a PB (Robert), showed us how fast you easily can run (Tracy), completed a cool sub 22 min run pre a long run that afternoon (Aaron) or brought the sweets for after (Elizabeth), we all loved it!

Bring on the official return in 2 weeks!

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Tracy signed up to a training session
Training session

Goodgym join parkrun test

Sat 10 Jul 08:45 am
Poole Borough, Poole, BH15
Try out Poole parkrun new route

Edited 09.07.21 with new details!

With parkrun due to return shortly (we hope!), it's time to have a go at The Poole parkrun new route!

We meet at The Westfield, which is the field by the gates near the Dolphin Swimmimg Pool at 8.45 to start just after 9am for the parkrun route. If you fancy speedwork session, or just a gentle jog round the route - Here is your opportunity. Bring a drink for after!

Bring your barcode and if you have one, your watch for distance too in case this is needed.

The results will be published.

It is a new parkrun route and the core Poole parkrun team will be there with marshal's, lead bike etc to ensure a good test.

Any questions please ask!

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Tracy has completed 5 good deeds with GoodGym. Tue 22 Jun 2021

Tracy is a now a pretty committed GoodGym runner. They've just run to do good for the fifth time

Tracy went on a community mission
Community mission

Have one's cake and eat it Two!

Tue 22 Jun
Report written by Esther

Its not just any Goodgym night - But Goodgym's 2nd Birthday!

A great chance to celebrate and reflect on what is so great about Goodgym Poole - Is it just a running group?

Many of you maybe aware of the 5 steps to mental wellbeing, supported by the NHS Self Help and Mind Charity. But did you know that each time we meet, we are actually achieving most of these on each task alone?

Here is a reminder of the 5 steps: (A great tool to think about where you maybe lacking as well!)

  1. Connect with other people - Have a sense of belonging, provide emotional support and allow you to support others
  2. Be physically active - Set goals and challenges
  3. Learn new skills - Helping you connect with others, build a sense of purpose
  4. Give to others - The act of giving and kindness
  5. Pay attention to the present moment - Mindfulness.

So, when we meet as a group, we are being active, we complete a community task and we are giving to others, comnecting with people and belonging to the group we are in, We are sometimes learning a new skill or new information from the task or the people around us. If you come along to Goodgym, you will see most of the members are chatting away to each other, talking of races, runs, work, life, good and bad times. Some people will just like a grab a gardening tool and feel the satisfaction of a weeded garden, swept carpark or clean window, finding a bit of mindfulness in the task in front of them.

Tonight most of us met at the local park, an open space allowing a run and chatter into the task in smaller groups.

As you approach the park, there could be seen in the distance, a bunch of red T-shirts, the great sign of who we are! As you get closer, there were big smiles and friendly chatter.

The first task was a warm up loop around the lake, the aim being a consistent pace by pairing off, meeting in the middle and turning.In all honesty, the group all arrived back still talking and laughing and we have no idea if the pace was kept, pictures were taken, or how much running was actually included! Tracy and David ran in a few minutes after the others set off, straight into the 1 mile run. Great to have you both back with us as we have not seen your faces since pre covid! Aaron joined us tonight, having been running endless miles in lockdown and only spotted at start lines of trail races around the county, so great you could join us for our celebrations and task tonight Aaron.

Within the group tonight we had Ultra runners, long covid fighters, those in categories of 70+, those that saw the sunrise on Solstice, exhausted teachers and hash runners to name a few. But we all had a reason to run together - a sense of community, a sense of friendship and eagerness (sometimes!) to run!

An unlikely group perhaps, we all headed off to Salvation Army, around the back of the bus station. The steps up and across the railway providing a great opportunity for a few loop sprints up the steps and back again to regroup!

At the Salvation Army, we met Nigel. This is a new task location for us, the volunteers at Salvation Army are getting ready to open its doors to visitors again. They offer so many vital services to the local community, from popular baby groups, to work with the homeless, to Christmas boxes and donations. It was a simple task, well suited to Goodgym. Clear away leaves and moss from car park, clean the inside window and hunt down any weeds to pull out. As usual the Goodgym team grabbed the tools and took to the task, before you could even say Sally Army! Nigel was really impressed by the teams efforts and we hope we can support them again in the future with tasks.

Tonight being our second birthday, it was a great opportunity to have a social. We headed from Salvation Army down to local chip shops and onto the Quay front. There was even a bottle of fizz and a bottle of fake fizz. There was fish, chips, ketchup, a lovely thoughtful card signed by everyone to pass to me (Thank you so much - Loved reading the messages!), and some words to remind us all why Goodgym and its members are so important to us all.

We have a great group of members that we are all so proud join us at Goodgym. Robert, our superstar sprinter has nearly 50 good deeds under his belt! We have the fabulous smile of Ali, the wisdom and wit of Elizabeth, the forever colourful with a big heart Shelley, our goal setter and all round lovely person Nicola. We have our super fit nanas, who never say no to a challenge, Patricia and Jane, our most recent members Becky and Hannah who have only ever known lockdown Goodgym but somehow feel like they have been coming for ever with their calm manner and thoughtfulness to others.

To end the fun and chatter,it was cake time! You cannot have a birthday without a cake of course! But it was not just any cake - but a Colin Catepillar Cake!

So, what is next for Goodgym Poole? Group runs will be back in the coming weeks - But with more variety of locations to cover a broader area. We will be looking to have more 'missions' for individuals to take on to support local - These are one off practical tasks. You can find out more here But more importantly, we hope to continue to have a great bunch of people who are part of Goodgym, spending time together and welcoming more members!

Happy Second Birthday Goodgym Poole!

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Tracy signed up to a community mission
Community mission

Happy 2nd Birthday Poole Goodgym!

Tue 22 Jun 18:00 pm
The Kitchen, Poole Park, Poole, BH15 2SF
Supporting a local vital charity

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.

Edited Due to Bikers Night, we will get fish and chips either from Asda or at Civic Centre chip shops. We will ask this evening what suits (in case people are unable to get to Civic Centre). ***If you are able to bring a tool, that will be helpful. Please do ask any questions! 07875 949879

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Tracy went on a community mission
Community mission

Banding Together

Sat 15 May
Report written by Manuel Laurijssen

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.


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Tracy signed up to a community mission
Community mission

Lift and Move (MOVED TO 15th May)

Sat 15 May 10:00 am
Unit 5, The Sovereign Shopping Centre, 600 Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, BH1 4SX
Help the charity set their new unit up

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.

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