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GoodGym York Christmas party
๐Ÿ—“Friday 16th December 5:00pm


Make merry and celebrate another cracking year of GG York

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Mon 28th Nov at 6:15pm

โค๏ธ All you knee-d is leaf ๐Ÿ‚

York Report written by Nicky Woodall

โ„๏ธ 20 glorious GoodGymmers met on a chilly Monday evening for our weekly group run. We had some news and warmed up while chatting about our favourite meals to cook. (Lots of curry and risotto fans, alongside some Pad Thai ๐Ÿ›)

๐ŸŽ… Keen to keep warm, we headed off swiftly and enjoyed a Christmas light sightseeing (and people-dodging) run through town to Glen Gardens ๐ŸŽ„

๐Ÿšฒ Once there, we were met by a couple of keen cycling GoodGymmers and Iain from the council who was delighted to welcome us to tackle the autumn leaves that were dominating the park ๐Ÿ‚

๐Ÿ We got to work quickly, with a crack team of 4 folk on (literally) the leaf compost bins aka โ€œLeaf Lasagneโ€. They did a sterling job, digging and turning the leaves in the three bins, ready to be added to by Team Leaf ๐Ÿ

๐ŸŒณ Speaking of whom, the rest of the gang grabbed tools to tackle the accumulation of leaves across the park. We had leaf hands (apparently not called clappers, who knew?!), rakes of many shapes and sizes and the infamous leaf-blower. Pete quickly stepped up for the latter and got to work. Mountains of leaves were swiftly blown/raked and then grabbed and dropped into bags and wheelbarrows to be transported to the leaf compost bins. Phew, incredible teamwork ๐Ÿ’ช

๐Ÿ‘Œ Too many leaves to count were collected and received by the newly organised compost bins and it was soon time to head back through town to CVS ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธ

๐ŸฆตOnce there, we did a collection of exercises to strengthen our knees, as requested previously. I may have had some name-finding challenges so if anyone fancies suggesting an alternative name for โ€œNickyโ€™s special squatsโ€, that would be greatly appreciated ๐Ÿ‘

๐Ÿป And after some more stretching, it was time to head to the pub where we had a good chat about the upcoming January Challenge. Watch this space for more information ๐Ÿ‘€

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Fri 16th Dec at 5:00pm

GoodGym York Christmas party

Make merry and celebrate another cracking year of GG York

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Mon 7th Nov at 6:15pm

๐Ÿ„ (Mush)room on the broom ๐Ÿงน

York Report written by Nicky Woodall

๐Ÿ˜ 21 fantabulous GoodGymmers met on a cool but dry Monday evening ready to #runbrightatnight for our group run ๐ŸŒ 

๐Ÿ’ช We were thrilled to congratulate Michal and David on their epic Ultra running this weekend. Incredible stuff guys ๐Ÿ†

๐Ÿฅณ As the task was a bit further tonight, Laura led a party pace group who led the way to the task, into the moonlight ๐ŸŒ›

๐ŸŽ† Meanwhile, the rest of us named, numbered and warmed up whilst stating our favourite thing about Bonfire Night. Turns out there are a lot of fire-lovers among us (and food-lovers, but we knew that anyway) ๐Ÿ”ฅ

๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿƒ Soon, it was time for the rest of us to set off, with Pete leading this group to Derwenthorpe, along a pleasant route via a well-lit cycle path. After some confusion (and much wandering whilst Google Maps-staring) as to which part of the housing estate we were meant to be, we made it and were met by a very happy Maria from St Nickโ€™s. She was excited at the prospect that work on the meadow was soon to be completed, having started a good few months ago ๐Ÿ‘

๐ŸŒพ Maria showed us the tools available and we were particularly excited by the prospect of a brand new tarp (as well as a few with holes in, aka what weโ€™re more used to!) After trying to trick as many people as possible into using quite possibly the worldโ€™s heaviest rake, Max got to work, along with the rest of the group. Smaller groups were formed as we divided to conquer the meadow. The rakers raked whilst others (particularly David) enjoyed pitching said rakings onto the tarps to be dragged to their collection points ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐ŸŒพ

๐Ÿ„ Oh, and Abi found a large mushroom, which was cool ๐Ÿ˜Ž

๐Ÿ‘Œ Pete and Jenna were so efficient that by the time Iโ€™d reached them with some extra pairs of hands for their patch, theyโ€™d finished! En route to help, Abigail and I spotted more rakings to be gathered and tarped. Cue the embarrassing moments when we subsequently lost said rakings temporarily. They were eventually rediscovered and gathered into the fold with the rest ๐Ÿง

๐Ÿ“ธ The overwhelming efficiency of (most of) the group meant that we finished our task with aplomb, much to the joy of Maria (and the rest of us). It was therefore time for a group photo before we said goodbye to our party pace crew (significantly larger than on the way out). There were still a few brave souls left for our โ€œexplosiveโ€ (tenuously fireworks-themed, obviously) fitness session, which we continued into the run back to base with inter-lamppost-sprints. With four different paced groups on the run back, we were soon reunited back at base for stretching. And then it was on to The Ackhorne for our monthly social, good times everyone, and thank you for a great evening ๐Ÿป

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Olivia WallerVickyJohn BourtonBarbara GriffinPaul Kelly
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Mon 7th Nov at 6:15pm

Raking in Derwenthorpe

Improving the environment of this JRHT development

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Mon 31st Oct at 6:15pm

๐Ÿ‘ป Ghoul to be kind ๐ŸŽƒ

York Report written by Nicky Woodall

๐Ÿฆ‡ A small but perfectly formed band of GoodGymmers dodged the trick or treaters to head to our Halloween group run this evening. A last minute cancellation of our second task due to the potential of rain (which didn't actually materialise until we were almost back at base at the end of the evening) meant that we were all headed to West Bank Park ๐ŸŒฆ๏ธ

๐Ÿ„ First up though, we warmed up by chatting about our favourite things about autumn. There was a lot of love for autumnal colours, but also an appreciation for mushrooms and the extra hour's sleep we enjoyed at the weekend ๐Ÿ˜ด

๐ŸŽƒ Mitch led us on a route specifically designed to avoid the hoards of trick or treaters amassing on the streets. This generally worked very effectively, apart from when we were nearly run into by one over-zealous trick or treaters. There was appreciation for the route over the little railway bridge so a big thank you to Mitch ๐Ÿš‚

๐Ÿ’ช On arrival, we were greeted by Kristina who split us into two groups - Team Dig and Team Leaf. Again, Leanne was keen to volunteer, this time for Team Dig. Others followed in her footsteps and there quickly assembled a worthy group of keen diggers, working around the new pond. There was a pile of soil to be dug out and re-distributed around the area, with the help of spades, wheelbarrows and even rakes to smooth over the ground. Ingenious. And only a few accusations of standing around as Pete had a chat with Kristina (he also did lots of hard work, honest). We heard from Kristina about the ongoing plans for the new pond area, which sound very exciting ๐Ÿธ

๐Ÿ Meanwhile, Team Leaf headed up (with great enthusiasm from Mitch in particular) to the other end of the park and split into three teams to tackle the autumnal deluge of leaves that has fallen recently. There was particular delight at the prospect of using the leaf clappers and only minor disappointment that the leaf blowers weren't available. Many leaves were collected and transported to the big compost bins, protecting the grass and hopefully making the paths less slippy too ๐Ÿ‚

๐Ÿ•ท๏ธ It was soon time to pack up and do our Halloween-inspired fitness session. From spider kicks, to guillotine chops with zombie kicks in between, it was quite the spectacle to watch and hopefully deterred any wannabe ghouls who may have been working. Thank you for your enthusiasm everyone, and being willing to get involved in this "novel" fitness approach ๐Ÿ‹๏ธโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ‹๏ธโ€โ™‚๏ธ

๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธAfter our final zombie sprint, we headed back to base, still attempting to avoid the final trick or treaters who were lurking. Sadly, we didn't manage to avoid the rain but after a quick cool down and chat about what we've got coming up this week, we were ready to dry off and warm up โ˜”

๐Ÿ•ธ๏ธ Thank you everyone, spooktakular stuff ๐Ÿ‘ป

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VickyOlivia WallerJohn BourtonPaul KellyLaura Barrett
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Mon 31st Oct at 6:15pm

Helping with the new pond at West Bank Park or stripping/re-varnishing benches

Making sure that this lovely park stays lovely for everyone to enjoy, and that the benches at this housing are in good condition

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Mon 24th Oct at 6:15pm

West Plank Park!

York Report written by Ed

After a last minute task cancellation, Kristina from the council came up trumps with 3 fab activities at our old hang out, West Bank Park. But before heading out we numbered off by listing our favourite hot dinners (turns out there's a lot love for curry amongst the GG Yorkies) and celebrating the successes of the past week, including a strong GG contingent at Lockton Limping and a big cheer for Abi who successfully avoided prosecution!!

Upon arriving the we quickly split into 3 groups, with some GGers making it very clear they wanted to be in Team Pond (Leanne!) before even finding out what the rest of the tasks were. Turns out the people who were quick to nail their colours to the mast missed out on some pretty hefty leaf-blowing machinery or a more sedate spot of weeding

Team Blowers were quick off the mark in moving leaves around the play area and relied on Charlotte, equipped with a broom, to collect the seemingly random blowing into some sort of pile before shifting it into bags and over to the composting area.

Meanwhile Team Weed had come up with a cunning plan to focus their attention on just one side of the flower beds in order to make use of the limited amount of light. The group certainly seemed to have picked the most relaxing task and made great progress on meticulously removing any weeds from the bed whilst having a nice chinwag.

At the other end of the Park, Team Pond were busy shifting a huge pile of soil from around the edges of the newly installed pond and raking previous mud piles from around the bases of trees into something more aesthetically pleasing. The hustle and bustle of the spades, rakes and wheelbarrows was enough to disturb the local wildlife and eagle-eyed Martin was quick to spot a speedy (possibly one-eyed) frog to the delight of Abi and Dom.

After packing away our tools and putting out a fire started by the local youths (another Good deed!) it was time for our eagerly anticipated fitness session. The group split into two teams and lined up to face each other for a fiercely competitive plank race. Everyone enjoyed it so much that despite running slightly over time they were treated to a second race before heading back to the Priory Centre

Good times had by all

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Olivia WallerJohn BourtonBarbara GriffinPaul Kelly
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Mon 24th Oct at 6:15pm

Helping with the new pond at West Bank Park

Improving the environment for the local wildlife

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Mon 17th Oct at 6:15pm

๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐ŸŒพ Hay...Hay baby (ooh ah) ๐ŸŽถ

York Report written by Nicky Woodall

๐Ÿ™Œ 23 epic GoodGymmers met for our double-task group run this evening ๐ŸŒƒ

๐Ÿฆธโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿฆธโ€โ™‚๏ธ We had some brilliant achievements to celebrate, with Tay reaching 100 good deeds this evening and Lucy and Max both doing their 200th good deed this evening. Amazing ๐Ÿ‘

๐Ÿ’ช And if that wasn't enough, we also said a huge well done to everyone who ran the Yorkshire marathon/10 mile yesterday, and a massive thank you to everyone who cheered us on and helped on the water station. Incredible stuff ๐Ÿ’ฆ

๐Ÿ‘ Nick quickly took a crack team of 5 to Heworth Without to do some hay-raking. Here's what he had to say:

๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐ŸŒพ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐ŸŒพ It was a nice little task raking up the grass cuttings and dragging them on tarps to dress the base of the trees in the field to give them nutrients and a mulch for the winter.

Good work everyone ๐Ÿ‘Œ

๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธMeanwhile, the rest of us ran (some of us cycled) to Mayfields Open Space to help with some footpath maintenance there ๐Ÿšฒ

๐ŸŒฑ Malcolm had helpfully marked out where the path was meant to go so our job was to tidy up any grass that has strayed beyond the string โœ‚๏ธ

๐ŸŒณ At the same time, we had a group cutting up branches that Malcolm had chopped down earlier. Malcolm was worried he might have been over-ambitious in his expectations - he needn't have worried as the team completed this job with time to spare โŒš

๐Ÿฅพ The footpath trimmers also did a superb job and some of them had trouble stopping when the time was up ๐Ÿค”

๐Ÿง Luckily, the allure of refreshments that Malcolm had kindly brought were enough to tempt most people into finishing their labour. Bakewell tarts and chocolate marshmallows were enjoyed with almost as much enthusiasm as we'd had for our task ๐Ÿ˜

๐Ÿฅณ And for the few people for whom even that wasn't enough to drag them away from their labours, the arrival of Michal and his promise of him sprints did the trick ๐Ÿ—ป

๐Ÿ‘€ Some of us sore-legged crew watched in awe from the bottom as everyone sped up and down the hill. We were particularly agog with David showing us how to do hill sprints the day after running a marathon (which he also made look remarkably easy) ๐Ÿ˜ณ

๐Ÿ˜Ž We headed back to base where we were joined by Team Rake and heard how I had vastly over-estimated the distance to Heworth Without (only 3.6k each way, not 5k, sorry everyone). We heard about what's coming up this week, stretched out our tired muscles and parted ways ๐ŸŽ‰

๐Ÿค“ Well done everyone, great work and thank you for your equally epic efforts at getting fit AND doing good (and eating cake, obviously) ๐ŸŽ‚

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