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Mon 19th Feb at 6:15pm
Newcastle Report written by Newcastle runner
Tonight was part two of our leaflet delivery task for East End Women - a fantastic charity which is part of the bigger Building Futures East Charity. East End Women provide an amazing range of activities, workshops and seminars, designed to empower women in the East End of Newcastle. Our task was to help spread the word about what's on offer.
Aimee and Adam chose to run the mile from our Stepney Bank Stables base to Byker while Anna and I chose to walk, having already got our running in! The leaflet delivery was speedy and uneventful. We did spy, though, the bright lights of a funfair with a Big Wheel lighting up the quayside! Maybe go and check it out!
Wed 14th Feb at 2:00pm
Today we started a fab new journey with EarthWatch as we started planting a brand new tiny forest at Fawdon Park. This will be a great new addition to the area, as it always is when green spaces are added in local communities. As you can see a really-well organised planting session made an otherwise dreary afternoon something special!
Kudos to Aimee and Damu for using their work breaks to do amazing things today, and a shout out to Charlotte too who made it across to Fawdon before being tested by muddy paths and having to make her way home.
We will be helping out at further Tiny Forest tasks over the coming months. Keep checking back.
Sat 24th Feb at 10:15am
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Mon 12th Feb at 6:15pm
It’s the first Monday evening session in absolutely ages where I’ve left my house in daylight.. whisper it… Spring is coming!
Six GoodGymers and only 100 leaflets - the reverse of last week’s session where we felt we had too many leaflets for people attending and we ran out of time! Confident we’d smash this task very quickly I added an extra ask to it- could we also fill two bags of litter, one before the start of flyering and one after? Spoiler alert- of course we could!
Our brilliant friends at Building Futures East which many GoodGymers will know is the home of East End Women Foodbank, had asked us to do some leaflet dropping in two areas: Heaton tonight and Byker next week. The organisation is struggling to spread the word of the amazing work they do via daily workshops at the BFE base in Newcastle. With so much on offer we want to help them to boost the numbers and we are always happy to help.
The majority of the group were running tonight, Seb leading the way and back-marked by brilliant Zoe who we were happy to see back for her second GoodGym session with us tonight. It’s all uphill to Heaton but we all arrived at exactly the same time - and yes, a bag of litter had been collected along the way.
We made very quick work of the flyer distribution, leaving time for another bag of litter to be collected and Adam to receive high praise from some passing locals. Always nice getting real- life kudos! Everyone then joined in with a cardio-blasting fitness session which combined a relay of sprints and a highly competitive pairs game of the game I call leg-tappies. This was a great, fun, high energy way to end a satisfying task and a brilliant way to start the week.
I’d love to get some more names on the register for our Tiny Forest planting session this Wednesday as we start a love story with EarthWatch this Valentine’s Day! Pop along if you can.
Sat 10th Feb at 10:00am
I arrived slightly late to find task owner Mike from Urban Green and GoodGymer Rob taking apart a fly tipped trampoline in Kenton Park . Mike had tools but the trampoline frame fell apart easily, and we put all the scrap metal in the van for recycling.
After the trampoline was dealt with the main task was cutting back the hedge to about a yard from the fence to stop the plants from growing through the fence onto the pavement. This prompted Mike, the fountain of knowledge, to explain about the old ways of measuring when a years was the distance between the end of the average persons nose and their thumb when they arm is stretched out horizontally. Another interesting fact was Bowes Museum was the first building to be built using the metric scale in England.
Once the over growth cutting back part of the task was done we had a quick tea break and Mike lent me some clean gloves, as I had managed to spill a can of very stinky stagnant water all though my hand. They still smelt after loads of hand sanitiser!
We continue on in the same area with Rob and Mike digging up fallen leaves and mud from the pavement just outside the park and I started litter picking and then Rob also joined me. The amount of litter in this area was horrific, apparently mostly caused by school children threw their cans in the bushes on the way home from school. We also found some alcohol bottles, which hopefully weren't the school childrens, and some records. Mike informed me and Rob we were getting old when a price sticker on a bottle of Glenns vodka price sparked a discussion of the the sharply raising costs of alcohol and macdonalds hash browns!
The area looked much better when we were done with the trampoline removed, no bushes protruding through the fence and much less litter! Look out for future tasked with Urban Green tomorrow at Hodgkin Park and in the three weeks time.
Sun 3rd Mar at 10:00am
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Mon 5th Feb at 6:15pm
I’m often an avid forecast-watcher but today I was in overdrive waiting for the wind to drop.. it never did. High winds and our longest group run in a while was one thing but combining that with a task where stuff can (and often does!) blow away adds another level.
Nevertheless, myself and two hardy GoodGymers Aimee and Damu met ready to rock and do battle with the elements in order to help our friends at FoodCycle Walker. This brilliant organisation offers a hot meal to anyone who needs it, and we’d been asked to spread the word in the area with a big 250 leaflet drop. Armed with Google Maps and little confidence of the route, with the wind stinging our eyes and faces, we headed out from Stepney Bank Stables towards Byker and across to Walker where the plan was to get leaflet dropping as soon as we could so as not to get cold. It’s an uphill route all the way!
The streets in this area are something of a maze but with some prior knowledge of where was likely to get confusing we covered a number of streets pretty quickly, only slowed down by the sheer number of gates and some disproportionately long driveways! Despite a solid effort we ended up calling it a night with a handful of leaflets left. I still think 220 between three of us in 45 minutes is pretty good going though! Thankfully the run was all downhill on the way back as we’d well and truly got our steps in tonight.
Sat 3rd Feb at 2:00pm
Newcastle Report written by Newcastle runner
There were certainly some challenges to today’s mission helping Mr G. The situation is quite sad so making a funny pun didn’t really seem appropriate, although I’ve ended up with a pun about not making a pun.
The first challenge Aimee and I faced was working out where exactly Mr G’s flat was. We know that the addresses in the Byker Wall are a law unto themselves but this one was more difficult than ever! After asking several neighbours and the shopkeeper (whose shop turned out to be attached to the block we were looking for) eventually a helpful neighbour pointed us in the right direction. Even then, getting into the block wasn’t easy, then working out why number 11 was between numbers 12 and 19 and eventually having to go upstairs before going down two sets of stairs, we were exhausted by the time we found number 10!
Mr G’s situation is very sad. He has been diagnosed with cancer and this, together with other physical difficulties, means that he has to leave his flat. We were asked to go and help him pack up his belongings. However, he doesn’t yet have a moving date so it was difficult to plan what we could pack and what he still needs. In the end we could only pack a few clothes but we assured him that his referrer could contact us again in the future when plans are clearer.
In the meantime Mr G seemed keen to chat and we stayed for a while. Hopefully he found this as helpful as the packing.
Sat 3rd Feb at 10:30am
It was a nice sunny Saturday morning as Beth, Aimee and I met up at the Staithes cafe in Gateshead. Our mission, should we choose to accept it, was to spread the word about a window art exhibition(which I thought was a super cool idea!). Navigating the estate wasn't an easy task though and we frequently stopped to consult the map, to check which streets we've covered.
I also got distracted by this gorgeous cat who sprinted at full speed towards me then promptly laid down for belly rubs!
We finally managed to successfully deliver the massive box of leaflets and had a nice catch up over tea and cake at the really nice, but very busy, Staithes Cafe.