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Mon 27th Nov at 6:15pm
😁 21 brilliant Goodgymmers gathered for this evening’s group run, cited as possibly one of the most random and/or mudtastic yet. More on that later though.
🌧️ Sadly, the weather wasn’t quite as good as we might have hoped but we’ve never let that put us off!
🍮 Ed led the warm up where we got our mouths watering discussing our favourite puddings, in honour of national cream pie day. Winter classics such as crumble and sticky toffee pudding (with a variety of accompaniments) made the cut, along with some inspired by recent baking activity (cinnamon buns or white chocolate and ginger cheesecake, anyone?)
🏃♀️🏃♂️With our legs warm and our stomachs rumbling, Ed led the running group to West Bank Park whilst Abi led the walkers.
🌹 On arrival, Kristina gave us our expected compost-shovelling instructions for the new flowerbeds in the rose garden, along with some unexpected bonus tasks. Martin and Stef leapt into the skip to start shovelling from there into the first barrows. Meanwhile, Kristina took a few people with her to construct temporary barrow paths with cardboard.
⚽️ She also sent some people to the goalposts on the football pitch with tampers to commence one of our more unusual tasks, something that was fondly named “wet mud flooring” (as opposed to dry stone walling). Once the barrowers had dropped off their compost at the new flowerbeds in the rose garden, they collected “turf” (mostly mud with the odd blade of grass) and barrowed that back to the football pitch. The ground around one goal mouth in particular was particularly sloppy so Team Tamp were charged with laying/tessellating the pieces of turf and tamping it down to form a new (and slightly less sloppy) layer on top.
🤔 Whilst some doubt was expressed when some water started soaking upwards through the new layer, Kristina reassured us that this is a tried and tested technique that will improve the ground. Whilst our housemates may not have appreciated the next level mud attached to the tampers’ trainers, hopefully the footballers will appreciate their efforts.
💪 Soon, it was time to down tools and do a quick couple of rounds of “Meet and Retreat” for fitness before we headed back to base, stamping mud off en route.
🙌 Thanks everyone, and don’t forget that Kristina’s kindly letting us have the final compost scrapings for our Tiny Forest on Kimberlow Hill. So if you’ve got any spare time 11-12 on either Thursday morning or Friday morning please join Claire to help gather this invaluable resource!
Mon 27th Nov at 6:15pm
Making this lovely park even lovelierRead more
Thu 16th Nov at 6:30pm
An unexpectedly dry evening!
Confusingly for those who haven't been to this task before, instead of filling a skip, our task was instead to empty it, but of lovely compost (made from the contents of York green bins I believe).
To avoid messing up the very boggy grass with our barrows, Kristina had sourced a kitchen's worth of cardboard packaging which we used to make our very own yellow(ish) skip road, avoiding the steps and up the little slope to the lovely new flowerbeds-to-be.
Ed and then Michal did a sterling job of skip diving for compost and filling up our barrows, while the rest of us hi-vis heroes trotted our barrows up and down. Soon enough our hour was up and we headed into the night for our teas. Plenty left for the next team tomorrow!
Mon 6th Nov at 6:15pm
🌧️ 18 excellent GoodGymmers gathered for our weekly group run. The rain may have been present when we first arrived but it quickly absented itself for the rest of the evening, which was greatly appreciated.
🎇 We named, numbered and warmed up by discussing bonfire night. There were some fans and some not-so-fans (mostly for pet/environment-related reasons, so fair enough). We did learn that it took Lucy’s family 17 matches to light a sparkler though, which is pretty impressive!
✌️ We split into two groups, with Mitch leading the way to Holgate Community Orchard. Here’s what he had to say about their task:
🧱 At Holgate Orchard, we were tasked with clearing a large area of ivy, transferring the soil pile into this section and flattening it. The idea is the area will have a shed, shrubbery and raised beds on it by spring. With that in mind we had no time to lose! A few of us got to work clearing as much ivy and roots as possible, whilst the largest group were digging up a large pile of soil and laying it over this section. There was even time for some litter (i.e. brick) picking.
🍎 After making progress, we came to our two main obstacles. Very large roots and old carpets. We needed to remove these before we could transfer any more soil. So through teamwork (driven by a determined Carl) we removed the roots and carpet.
👌 We made a large headway on this task, and will definitely be back soon!
🌹 The rest of us headed to West Bank Park, Ed leading the running group while four of us cycled. We knew the drill and quickly got to work. Ed and Stef were appointed skip-based shovellers while the rest of the gang shuttled wheelbarrows of compost to and from the rose garden. With one more barrow than barrowers, we were able to maximise efficiency this time (though some people were sad they didn’t get a break between barrow-loads!)
🐾 Kristina has brought cardboard and plastic sheets to try and protect the ground from getting any more muddy and Penny (and Wookie!) did a good job of directing everyone on their first trips there!
💪 It was certainly quite the workout, with tonnes (maybe not literally) of compost moved, miles covered and muscles built. Good work everyone, and if you missed it, don’t worry as we’ll be back there next week.
🗻 After a quick group photo, Mitch has invited us to join their group for some hill reps on Windmill Rise. So without further ado, the runners headed there while the cyclists helped Kristina pack up (ensuring the wheelbarrows were appropriately tessellated and the little stuffed pig that appeared from nowhere found a home!) It was soon time to head back to base and onto home or the pub.
👏 Thank you everyone, see you again soon!
Mon 6th Nov at 6:15pm
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Sunday 15th October
Anna earned their community cape by completing their first community mission.
Anna completed a community mission. Instead of watching TV or lying in bed, Anna was out there making their community a better place to be. For making that choice they have earned the community cape.
Sun 15th Oct at 8:00am
14 brilliant GoodGymmers, accompanied by a brilliant dog and child, took on our annual task of running the mile 3 water station for the Yorkshire marathon and 10 mile race.
It’s always a lovely day and this was no exception. The sun was shining, though the temperature was a tad chilly.
We gathered bright and early and started unscrewing the lids of MANY bottles of water. Some people had special (mostly gardening) gloves, whilst others were lucky enough to use a special tool (until it got broken...) Either way, many bottles were opened, and blisters gained in the process.
It was soon time for the race to commence so we looked keenly for the first participant, with various people vying to be the one to give out the first bottle.
With a blurry flurry of runners, that was the marathon done. It was then time to get ready for the 10- mile race. Time for more bottle cap- unscrewing (and more blisters) before the next team ran through.
We were thrilled to spot some GGs in both the marathon and 10-mile races and gave them some extra-loud cheers (along with cheering everyone else of course).
A similar battle ensued as to who could give the last bottle out and with that accomplished, it was time to pack up and head to the Govers' for some much-needed warmth, tea and cake.
Thank you everyone, and a huge well done to all the runners too - what a bunch of heroes!