13 Month Streak
44 Month Streak
Mon 22nd Aug at 6:15pm
😁 19 brilliant GoodGymmers braved the rain for our group run this evening ☔
🚂 Some of the gang had raced (and possibly/probably beaten, @Ed) the train over the weekend, so doubly impressive to be back out running again 👌
🐖 We named and numbered off while saying our favourite farm animals (pigs were popular, as we're the classic sheep, with the odd pygmy goat thrown in for good measure). Oh, and we did some wall squats too. After a quick running warm up, we split into two groups to head to our respective tasks ✌️
🏃 Nick led to St Nick's and here's what he had to say...
👨🌾👩🌾 Our task tonight was to scythe a part of Millennium Fields close to the path. We had 5 scythers and the rest of us raked the grass onto new extra slidy tarps to take to the compost. We took great care not to cut down two Teasels and a big bunch of Tansy. Jenna said she thought she'd been doing too much swinging, which caused a chuckle 😂
🍎 The rest of us headed to Holgate Community Orchard where we were thrilled to collect Laura en route and meet Tay there. It was brilliant to see the progress since our many dark Monday evenings there last winter. The raised beds are in and ready to be planted next week. We're looking forwards to smelling the lavender and verbena and hearing the buzz of the bees who we hope will flock there 🐝
🌱 Tonight, we were pulling back the sheeting to see which pokey weeds were trying to sneak through and were pleasantly surprised that there actually weren't too many. (We like to think this means that our previous hours of labour there worked!) Some people (including a crack team of Amy, Carl and Louise) therefore set to work digging up roots near the entrance while Laura and Saeid did some pulling and cutting back of the brambles on the fence 🌿
🗝️ Soon, it was time to pull the sheet back in place and play spot the peg hole to pin it back down. The lack of pesky weeds means they don't need us back next week 🥳
💪 A jog back to base reunited us with our scything pals for some "on the minute" fitness. We did two reps of five exercises with no complaints (honest) 🤔
👏 It was then time to part ways and say see you soon, or go to the pub together for some 🍻
🤩 Thanks everyone, and hopefully see you again soon 🎉
Mon 8th Aug at 6:15pm
😁 20 brilliant GoodGymmers met on an unexpectedly warm Monday evening for our group run ☀️
🎉 We celebrated the epic getting fit by doing good achieved over the weekend through the parkrun, three community missions and the York 10k (with plenty of socialising in between). Good work everyone 💪
🥳 We also celebrated Vicky's brilliant 250th good deed 👏
🏋️ We did some wall squats while naming and numbering off. In honour of the Commonwealth Games, we also heard about people's favourite sporting event to watch, including lots of Wimbledon and Athletics with the odd Crufts event thrown in for good measure 🐕
👻 We then headed off for an exciting new task, at York Cemetery. We were greeted by Clive who gave us an introduction to the cemetery (plus our health and safety briefing). We set to work on our first task, clearing bindweed off a yew hedge in the Soldiers' Field (where many First World War soldiers from the local military hospital at Fulford were buried) 🏥
🎈 We also saw a big hot air balloon, which was quite cool, and sparked quite the chat about the various anxieties/perils of said mode of transport 🤔
🌱 This mission was swiftly accomplished and we moved on to our second area, which was particularly overgrown. We set to work clearing this area and were able to reveal four rows of graves that had been almost hidden by the undergrowth 🙈
🌿 Max (aka "the Maxchete") developed a particularly effective technique for cutting back whilst others were raking and bagging all the cuttings, or clearing ivy from the headstones and/or trees 🌳
(🐝 Cue an interesting lesson from the incredibly knowledgeable Clive about how to "work with nature" when it comes to ivy and when/when not to clear it vs leave it for the butterflies and other wildlife 🦋)
👀 It was very satisfactory being able to see a big difference from our tool, so much so that we just couldn't stop and some people had to be (almost) physically dragged away from it when our time was up. When we did manage to extract everyone, we dragged our laden bags to the compost area and headed to an open patch for our fitness aka many squats 😳
🎶 James (and his phone) provided the soundtrack for an (honestly not extended) version of Flower by Moby aka Sally Squats. There were some (many) moans as our legs struggled to hold the squats but some people got to the end of the song, which is an impressive achievement 🙌
*We didn't actually do any dusting but we were definitely sprucing up the area, so near enough 🤷🏼♀️
Mon 4th Jul at 6:15pm
It was a beautiful Summer evening in York and although we had to make do without leader Nicky (detained with family COVID) we got to welcome Suzie from GoodGym Leeds and we welcomed back Becky from Prague too.
After reviving Paul Anderson's old bean based warm up - Runner Beans, String Beans, Jumping Beans, Broad Beans, Baked Beans, French Beans and probably some other random beans too (dont think we managed Sean Bean or Mr Bean) we celebrated Louise's 200th good deed 👏and set off for a 2k run out to meet Kristina at West Bank park.
There was a sizeable walking group led by Amy - mainly because Team GoodGym had been running at Endure24 in Leeds last weekend - 485 miles were run by the 3 teams while the pair of Becky Mo and Michael ran 70 miles each as did David B solo! Phew! 🙌🏃🏽♀️🏃♂️
Kristina soon had us split into 3 groups. The first group went off to grapple with Geraniums in the rose arbor where Prostrate Pete seemed to spend most of his time lying down. The Geraniums needed pruning back so they would flower again (without chopping up the roses - Barbara insisted she caused no collateral damage despite wielding her shears with abandon). 🌹
Meanwhile group 2 were in the leaf mould compost bins digging out the good stuff and rotating the not so good compost into another bin - like compost bin juggling although every time I came by Debs was just standing in the compost and Paul was mainly leaning on a spade. They then barrowed the good leaf mould over to the wildflower beds - mostly walking but Egg running obviously - where group 3 of Kathryn, Stefan & Ed were waiting to gently rake it all in - seemed very peaceful up that end.
There was just time for a Tubthumping work out of skipping and burpees (Tamar specially requested lots of burpees) to the sound of Chumbawamba - look out for the photo of Levitating Lucy - before we headed off for a trot back to cool down at the pub - no cake this week (very poor) but its the Monthly Social next week so maybe better luck then?!
Mon 20th Jun at 6:15pm
😁 Lots of smiling GoodGymmers met on the dress rehearsal for the longest day of the year. There were celebrations aplenty, for Dom and Abi's civil partnership last week, Dom's incredible 600th good deed and Paul Kelly's 250th (we think that should be a recognised milestone) 🥳
🏏 We named and numbered with our favourite summertime activity (anyone for a game of cricket?!) and set off towards Holgate. Mitch led a walking group to Holgate Community Garden where they met a few additional runners. Here's what Laura had to say about what they got up to...
We raked and cleared probably 30 to 40 dumpy bags of hay between the 6 of us.
Impressive stuff 💪
🍎 Meanwhile, the rest of us headed to the deceptively-similarly-named Holgate Community Orchard. Our task was to clear everything except one tree from the area surrounding the cleared area, for raised beds to be put in in a few weeks time. There were spades for some very hard ground and saws for those braver souls, leading to some very impressive digging and sawing. One particularly stubborn root took a team of 6 (including some vitally important observers/supervisors) but grit and determination won out and it was extracted with moments to spare before the end of the task 😬
🌄 Time for a quick group photo before some 'accessible hill reps' x4 and a run back to base for Louise's yummy turnip cake with chilli sauce and then pub/home 🍻
Mon 13th Jun at 6:15pm
☀️ 26 epic GoodGymmers gathered for a sunny Monday evening group run. After an impressive weekend of running at Swaledale and other marathons, there was lots to celebrate. And lots to plan, including a rounders social so tell us your availability here 📅
🏋️ We warmed up whilst saying our favourite fitness activity alongside naming and numbering off (additional suggestions are always welcome) then set off for Greenfields Garden 🏃♀️🏃
💪 Louise wasn't quite ready for us so while we tried to track down her phone number, Egg led an impromptu plank/push up fitness 💨
🌺 With our cores properly warmed up and Louise arrived, we received a quick introduction to the garden and its many community uses. We split into five groups of five and quickly got to work. There were Dalek bins to be filled, compost heaps to be rationalised, paths to be hoed, beds to be weeded, new plants to be watered and (possibly best of all) strawberries to be picked 🍓
👍 There was plenty to be done so we were kept busy until the clock said it was time for a group photo and fitness round 2. This was a musical one, to the Ghostbusters theme, involving lunges and burpees 👻
😇 And that was that, it was time to head back to CVS. Except that wasn't actually that because GoodGym York can't possibly pass up an opportunity to do a bit more good. So some of us picked up the many, many tourist leaflets that were inexplicably scattered around the bus stops and gave them in bundles to Mitch to recycle them for us, very kindly (thanks Mitch!) ♻️
🦉 And just in case anyone was interested, I saw an owl on my way home, which was a lovely way to round off a lovely evening 🌠
(Apologies for the pun, rationalising was a tricky one 🤔)