Vanessa Crannis

Colchester

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Colchester

A hybrid Run and a clean sweep in Stanway

Wed 26 Jan
Report written by Tav

The elite runners of Colchester sprung into action last night in Stanway. Well all except a particular Area Activator with multi-tasking issues! Forgetting my phone meant no keypad code so my wonderful Taskforce stepped while I retrieved the phone!

Frazertook on a healthy pace and with now he is on Strava we can all give him a thumbs up or a cheer on the Goodgym website.

The foodbank was a lot cleaner than after the Christmas rush but our mop buckets quickly turned to a 'hot chocolate' brown! WhilstLouise vacuumed the rest of us sanitized surfaces, swept and mopped!

We did a warm which required balance and coordination, then the hybrid running and driving began...the challenge to drive to our start/finish and run to intercept the team...

Great team spirit shined through with caring conversations and wacky ones too.

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Cleaning Colchester Foodbank

Wed 26 Jan 18:45 pm
YourZone45 Colchester Colchester , 19 Angora Business Park , Colchester, CO3 0AB
Essential service for Colchester residents

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.

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GoodGym never leaf anyone behind

Wed 19 Jan
Report written by Tav

Goodgym Colchester (aka the full-moon wolf-pack) have transitioned into 2022 with the same enthusiasm for helping others in Colchester - perhaps even more! Tonight we ran up Mersea Road to Labrook Drive and helped Colchester Borough Homes to sweep leaves and pick litter on there car park and accessible entrances. Thanks to Steph for fetching more bags so that we could clear the leaves. Especially satisfying was the haul of plastic bottles and litter found in the dense hedge. I wonder how long they have been there and how long they would have stayed there if we had no found them? As the evening temperature dropped we thanked Steph and headed off for some sprint relays to get that cold air bursting in our lungs.

Well done everyone and welcome back Bob!

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Which way to litter pick when there's a fork in the road?

Wed 12 Jan
Report written by Helen

We met at the The Gym on Queen street, where Helen explained that the task had changed a bit, from the one advertised, and we would be heading off into the wilds of Colchester to track down some litter instead. Sorry guys!

However, we did have shiny new, never-used-before litter pickers and hoops from CBC, so we lashed some of their special litter warrior bags to our hoops and set off after a quick warm up.

The team did a brilliant job on a circuit of Abbeyfields, expertly identifying litter from leaves, and gradually filling up two bags with all sorts of finds, including: approx. 12 masks, a pair of knickers, two socks (different ones) a hat, a glove, some laces, and an awful lot of drinks bottles.

After that, we left the bag by a litter bin, reported it to the council, as per procedures, and headed home as it was pretty chilly out there! Well done everyone, we successfully tidied up the town, and removed hazards from the undergrowth to help the wildlife.

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Colchester In Bloom - is it spring yet?!

Wed 2 Feb 18:45 pm
The Gym, 20 -28 Queen Street, Colchester, CO1 2PJ
Preparing for Spring!

TBC

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 wonderful members.

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Tidying up CBH Community Centre

Wed 19 Jan 18:45 pm
The Gym, 20 -28 Queen Street, Colchester, CO1 2PJ
Tidying up on Ladbrooke Drive

Head torches ready! Lets go...for those meeting us at the task the address is: 41 – 45 Ladbrook Drive, CO2 8RN.

Just a reminder to always check where we are meeting. 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 legendary members.

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Gardening, grouting & sweeping at Colchester Borough Homes

Wed 12 Jan 18:45 pm
The Gym, 20 -28 Queen Street, Colchester, CO1 2PJ
Helping maintain a safe and pleasant home for residents.

Locations to be confirmed but the meeting place will be outside The Gym. Most residential homes have a courtyard and garden that needs a bit of TLC.

Just a reminder to always check where we are meeting. For this task for example we are meeting at the The Gym and going to Colchester Borough Homes. 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

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Colchester In Bloom New Year!

Wed 5 Jan 18:45 pm
The Gym, 20 -28 Queen Street, Colchester, CO1 2PJ

Please note that this group run has been cancelled.

Preparing for Spring!

TBC

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HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY Christmas, Hanukah, and Kwanzaa

Wed 8 Dec
Report written by Tav

That 12 days of (GG) Christmas was incredible...your talent is endless!

Looks like we might have managed this socially distanced and outdoor Christmas Carol task in the nick of time. Residents at Worsnop House and John Lampon Court watched, sang and clapped along from the comfort of their living rooms and balconies as the super talented Emily provided the music and Ella rekindled her GG version of The 12 Days of Christmas! For some of the GG Colchester squad it was the first taste of our Christmas carols and I am sure it will not be the last.

In my day job, at home and at Goodgym there has been a lot of time to share and appreciate each others unique Christmas traditions. This weird couple of years has given us all time to reflect and by gosh it is amazing how adaptable everyone is. The patience people show, the caring and the understanding and I hope that is the most contagious thing to come from COVID - with Goodgym leading by example.

In this reflective, festive time of year it is so important to celebrate difference and culture. Would you like to write a run report...make it into a reflective space to share some wisdom and what Goodgym means to you? Tell us about you memorable Christmas times or what you celebrate in your family?

Oh yeh, and welcome to Lottie for a chilly sing song.

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Carol Singing for Colchester Borough Homes

Wed 8 Dec 18:45 pm
The Gym, 20 -28 Queen Street, Colchester, CO1 2PJ
Bringing some festive cheer!

It has been a couple of years since we were able to do this but we are very excited to offer two opportunities for a little Christmas sing song for residents at Colchester Borough Homes! We will have the wonderful and musical Emily to help us keep in tune and maybe even provide some backing music! Location will be Worsnop House followed by John Lampon Court just up the road! We will run/jog/walk there together from The Gym in town.

Dress up in your festive gear and ho ho hope to see you there!

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