What happened yesterday morning? Parkrun usually sets Ella and I up for a good Saturday. A nice little buzz, a mildly competitive run and a coffee & cake.
But yesterday shone in a way only Goodgym can! I have been to Sofia, Bucharest, Wandsworth, Ironbridge Coalbrookdale and errmm Chelmsford...and yesterday was equally lovely.
Andy lost his Parkrun virginity with a sub-30 (29.35) effort, Vanessa got a smashing PB of 26.59 showing her running talent at many distances, Frazer and Louise did their first MarksHall Estate Parkrun, Ella got a course PB of 21.23, Stu and Helen concentrated hard in their vital volunteer roles, oh and I ran the wrong way! (lol)
I do not get nervous about running or many things but here is a secret...I was nervous whether people would like the cake I baked. But the chatter, laughter and messing around with a football helped! MarksHall emptied after parkrun and we enjoyed a peaceful picnic with a Woodpecker and House Martins in the sky.
Super morning and a a Great Get Together tribute to Jo Cox for sure.
PS. The report title refers to us, to running the wrong and an awfully ugly pug on the course.
...running in a Goodgym wonderland.
Another sunny evening in North Essex for Goodgym to get some kilometers in the legs and do some good.
We met on Queen Street and zigzagged our way through the lanes to get to Plum Hall.
It had been a few months since our last visit so the maintenance tasks were all much needed. Grouting, trimming, sweeping and litter picking galore. The homes are now pesticide free and Rebecca pointed out the areas that needed some TLC...
There was lovely chatter and hard graft and a nice jog back to base and home...Next week we are at the foodbank and our city centre tasks will be starting at the Mercury Theatre!!!
See you for our parkrun party in Saturday!!
A fun and active task at Plum Hall which needs some TLC. There are leaves, weeds and tree suckers to remove to maintain the courtyard.
Bring your gardening gloves and any tools you want but also equipment is provided.
The big new warehouse needs a clean! T-shirts on, marigolds at the ready and let’s get busy.
Just a reminder to always check where we are meeting. For this task for example we are meeting at the Foodbank. The Foodbank will be the only task we do that is indoors due to surge in COVID rates. And for that reason I want to minimise time in which we may be close to one another. Safety first! Goodgym wants to encourage exercise and traveling in an eco friendly way but it also wants to remain helpful to the community and to our members.
What a stunning day to volunteer at a half marathon and support all the runners and their amazing and diverse reasons to run. It was a pleasure to support the Headway volunteers and the police cadets. The Goodgymers were stationed on East Hill around the three mile mark to encourage and cheer runners and to become amateur traffic police! We are a bit biased so the loudest cheers came for Louise, Emma and Dan!
Despite the event highlighting how (needlessly?) reliant people are on driving into our city centre, the runners looked happy, safe and quite pleased to be running downhill after the effort of North Hill and with the gradual Ipswich road incline ahead!
As I write WhatsApp is buzzing with news from end of the race...the volunteers and cheer squad went for a coffee and a cake and I hope the runners relax and recoup however they enjoy the most!
Well done everyone, you all managed the same distance, and well done to the organizers and volunteers for doing Colchester proud.
Firstly, if you want to donate to Headway here is the link: https://www.headwayessex.org.uk/i-want-to-help/make-a-donation/
Once you are signed up I will gather the email addresses to pass on to Kristy at Headway but of course you can do that yourself by emailing with the following information: To register your interest please reply to this email with the following information for yourself and any friends or family you will be able to bring along to help.
Any time restrictions on the day i.e. only available until 1pm etc:
Only to enable the success of the event we pass on the names and emails of volunteers to the event organiser who will be in touch to arrange your help on the day.
This task is for Headway Essex who hope to raise £10000!
"The carrot and the stick are pervasive and persuasive motivators. But if you treat people like donkeys, they will perform like donkeys." – John Whitmore
"Humor is a spontaneous, wonderful bit of an outburst that just comes. It's unbridled, its unplanned, it's full of suprises." Erma Bombeck
Two quotes to get the Wednesday brain juices flowing.
Colchester was warm, sunny and fabulous last night.
We met to deliver leaflets for Level Best Art Cafe as they fully open to the public again - go find them on Culver Street East for some wonderful food and first class service!
There was some lovely running news as Vanessa gears up for Edinburgh marathon with Katherine (give them a cheer on the GG website), Frazer, Ella (3rd woman) and Dan enjoyed Colchester Stampede 10k and Louise prepares for Colchester Half Marathon. (Come and volunteer with us - Sunday 8.15am at the War Memorial outside Castle Park on the High Street).
After ducking and diving around the Dutch Quarter all all our leaflets were gone and we went to Castle Park where a spontaneous game of DONKEY ensued. A ball and a torpedo and some remarkable skills - we really got our minds thinking fast and there were giggles galore.
On the way home we discussed GG badges and speculated about what other badges could be offered...any thoughts in the comments!!
Enjoy the rest of your week!
The pleasant evening sun made a welcome contrast from the last time we litter picked this area in torrential rain, this time six goodgymmers (with a later Phil arrival) got to work following the 10k many of the group completed at the weekend.
A bout of covid kept usual run leader Tav at home, so Louise helpfully picked up the equipment and made sense of Tav's 'sausage' drawing to give us a trail. The usual medley of cigarettes, masks, cans, sweet wrappers and our particular select finds; a fluffy pillow in the bushes and a burner phone stashed in some weeds.
Good spirits as always, some chat about members' 10k results and upcoming runs, nice to be tackling these litter picks without head torches at last. Tuesdays have been an easy switch and bringing out lots of members, hopefully group runs returning soon..