Ben Darracott


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Wed 21st Feb at 6:45pm

Luke-ing down the barrow of a pun (but don't forget to leaf time for cake!)

Windsor and Maidenhead Report written by Amy L (she/her)

Well done to the 14 superstars who came out this evening for a slice of the GoodGym action. After the recent rain it was great to get out for fresh air, fitness, gardening and most importantly CAKE in celebration of Matthew's 50th good deed and Nicola's 100th (and her 101st!) It was also lovely to welcome Tori for the first time.

We had a change of task because our chair man wasn't available to lead the chair mending session. Instead we ran and walked the 1km to St Luke's for some more gardening. Kudos to the runners, who put in some extra laps of Kidwells Park, and to the GoodGymers who live near the school, so did the journey twice. This time the to do list included emptying planters, re-homing plants and clearing leaves.

Oh the places you'll grow!

Nicola nuts, Tori tiramisu, Angela apple, Toni duck, Juli jelly, Rachel raclette and Georgeta grapefruit tackled the planters, and did a lovely job of tucking the evicted plants into their new beds. There was also an intense chat about a drain.

On track for some terrible puns

Sophie sushi, Jess jellybean, Adam avocado, Matthew mars bar, Scarlett sugar and Ben (who missed the foodie ice breaker and is probably wondering what just happened) took the wheel barrow and hippo sack to the running track on a leaf clearance mission. Of course you wouldn't be-leaf the puns this prompted. Just as they were getting into their punning stride, we decided it wheely was time to leaf, after all there was cake to eat!

150 reasons for cake

Huge congratualtions to Nicola and Matthew, who have totted up an awesome 150 GoodGym good deeds between them. I presented them each with a medal and then we all enjoyed lots of cake. Juli made a gorgeous vegan chocolate cake for Matthew's 50, complete with the number 50 made of grapes, and Georgeta made a stunning carrot cake for Nicola's 100, which was topped with angel wings and a big 1-0-0 made by Sophie - thank you bakers!

As is now customary for a 100, we also had a poem:

Three cheers for Nicola Hine!

Fitness and good deeds she likes to combine.

And now she’s done 99

Good deeds (plus 2), so it’s party time!

Sorry I’m a bit late with this rhyme

Our GoodGyming plans didn’t quite align

And I think my writing is in decline

But we’re all friends here, so never mind!

Nicola’s in her GoodGyming prime

She’s made bunting out of twine

She made an awesome Windrush sign

And made the path a nice straight line.

She helped to clear that pond of slime

She sweeps up leaves and cleans up grime

She decorated our Christmas pine

And back marks so no one is left behind.

Communication is her place to shine

Her reels are much better than mine

Her run reports are so sublime

And her insta advent calendar blew my mind.

Outside GoodGym she doesn’t just recline

She does parkrun – even the incline!

Her blanket for niece Thea was a gorgeous design

And her travel photos are simply divine.

You’re a top GoodGymer Nicola Hine!

So let’s raise an imaginary glass of wine

Hip hip hooray we all shall chime

And on this cake we all shall dine.

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Ivo (he/him)

Thu 22nd Feb at 8:05am

Congrats Nicola and Matthew! and great poem Amy - raising my imaginary wine glass now! cheers!

Windsor and Maidenhead runner

Thu 22nd Feb at 9:02am

Congratulations Nicola and Matthew, you are two amazing shinning GoodGym stars!! 🌟🌟 🥳🥳🥳🤩 And thank you Amy for yet another inspiring poem! 😆

Windsor and Maidenhead runner

Thu 22nd Feb at 1:22pm

Congratulations Nicola and Matthew! You're such absolute superstars of GGWM 👏👏👏👏

Slough runner

Thu 22nd Feb at 2:57pm

Cheers to Matthew and Nicola on their amazing achievements! I'm really glad I get to read the fantastic poem you did yesterday, absolutely amazing! :D

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Ben Darracott signed up to a group run.

Wed 21st Feb at 6:45pm

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Ben Darracott went on a group run

Wed 7th Feb at 6:45pm

Grave expectations and community spirit

Windsor and Maidenhead Report written by Windsor and Maidenhead runner

.14 Goodgymers turned up at the Community Centre last night for what promised to be a spooky evening of Goodgym spirit at St Luke’s church. After being warned to be nice to the ghosts and to not get eaten by any resident falcons, we set off on a walk which had been deemed to be far too short. This meant that, after arriving, we were promptly told to go away again. Not because we’d been really annoying (I think) but to do what we call a ‘meet and retreat’. This involves pairing up, moving around the perimeter of the church at your preferred speed, doing an exercise when you found your partner, and then moving back to where you started. Competitiveness is entirely optional.

After everyone had returned, we were armed with various sizes of cutty things, which is the technical term, and set loose on the graveyard to conduct a Goodgym haunting. Our instructions basically amounted to ‘fix it’, so we resorted to the destruction of unruly plants. There were very, very many to choose from. We battled bushes of brambles to uncover hidden gravestones (one which included a rather well-preserved anchor), had a fight with some allegedly non-sentient ivy, and created the world’s biggest piles of plant as proof of our victory.

There were protests when we had to finish and threats to stay in the graveyard all night (you know, like normal people) - our Goodgym spirit is just too strong! We were convinced to stop the haunting before the exorcists had to be called in and herded to the front of the church for some more exercise. A circuit of fun awaited us, involving running, jumping, and trying to figure out how to do the bench one without just looking like you were sitting down. Then, tired and happy with our inspired success, we all went home with our spirits high.

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Windsor and Maidenhead runner

Thu 8th Feb at 2:26pm

Another winning report Scarlett! LOVE the title! 🤣🤣

Slough runner

Thu 8th Feb at 3:57pm

Great report Scarlett! :D

Windsor and Maidenhead runner

Thu 8th Feb at 4:10pm

Go Scarlett!!!

Windsor and Maidenhead runner

Thu 8th Feb at 10:52pm

Great report. Loved the report title. And sorry missed all the action. I will wait for the next church task.

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Ben Darracott signed up to a group run.

Wed 7th Feb at 6:45pm

Church grounds tidy up at St Luke's

Run or walk and clear debris and overgrown bushes to maintain this lovely green space

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Ben Darracott went on a community mission

Sat 27th Jan at 10:00am

Diggin' sawin' & layin'

Windsor and Maidenhead Report written by Windsor and Maidenhead runner

On what turned out to be a crisp and chilly morning, GoodGymmers Matthew, Ben, Nicola and Kanika met Jack along with the lovely task owners from Nature's Haven at the Maidenhead Community Centre.

We had our tasks laid out - digging for the new veg beds and building frames for the bed. Ben, Matthew and Jack got into the sawin' of timber and building the beds. Nicola and Kanika grabbed spades to start a diggin' under the guidance of volunteer Roger and his dog Buddy (who looked fetching in his red coat bringing the GG colour to the proceedings).

On previous visits, GGers had already cleared the area of bushes and brambles. As the diggin' went along, many adjustments were needed to get the bed frames down flat. Matthew joined the diggers and deep channels appeared soon enough. With a lot of fiddling, Jack and Ben helped with layin' of the first veg bed.

Two hours went by in no time and with a lot of appreciation from our task owners, we bid our farewell's and headed off in different directions.

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Diya Singh (she/her)

Sat 27th Jan at 9:01pm

Well done you all, it's lookin' good! Looks like hard work though. Hope Buddy wasn't very tired 😂

Amy L
Amy L (she/her)

Sun 28th Jan at 8:44pm

Wow, it looks like you got heaps done! Nice work team x

Ben Darracott
Ben Darracott signed up to a community mission.

Sat 27th Jan at 10:00am

Lay the veg bed at Nature's Haven

Improve the tranquillity garden at the Maidenhead Community Centre

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Amy L
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Ben Darracott completed 15 good deeds with GoodGym. 😎

Wednesday 17th January

Finding your feet

Finding your feet

Ben Darracott completed 15 good deeds with GoodGym.

Ben has completed their 15th good deed with GoodGym

Amy L
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Ben Darracott went on a group run

Wed 17th Jan at 6:45pm

Raising beds and raising a cheer for Diya and Sara

Windsor and Maidenhead Report written by Amy L (she/her)

Last night's session helping Nature's Haven had all the Goodgym good feels!

I'm still too full of cake to be able to type paragraphs, so I'm just going to dive in and list all the good stuff:

  • We were celebrating Diya and Sara each having reached 250 good deeds on Monday - incredible achievements! Check out the reports from their 250th good deeds here and here respectively and get a flavour for what brilliant people they are.

  • Our task was at the same place as our start location but I was determined that there would still be running or walking, so I sent everyone into the local area in small groups on a letter scavenger hunt. Some groups had to spell GOODGYM JANUARY CHALLENGE and others DIYA AND SARA ARE LEGENDS using letters from street signs, shops, and so on. Everyone humoured me, set off happily buzzing with ideas, and in less then 20 minutes they were back!

  • While they were out letter hunting, new member Sue popped by for a doc check. Great to have another GoodGymer one step closer to helping isolated older people.

  • Task owner Aleks had lots of fun things to keep us warm and busy in Nature's Haven's healing garden - building raised beds, sawing wood, clearing bushes - and we really enjoyed blitzing through it.

  • The sense of satisfaction on Gillian's face as she screwed one raised bed together

  • We welcomed newcomer Yesim, who really entered into the GoodGym spirit. During the task she and I snuck off to check her documents so that she can also help older people in their homes. Well done Yesim!

  • Kelley and Nicola proudly proclaiming that they had removed 3 bushes - or was it 4!?

  • Sol teaching us a Latvian's children's dance to keep us warm

  • Nicola, Angela, Yesim and Anna's keenness to join me in various random fitness exercises

  • Kanika and Diya heckling the random fitness (they played racketball before the task and each have over 250 good deeds to their name, so they have earned the right to heckle!)

  • Tony in his element sawing up planks of wood

  • Alek's delight at how much we got done on the task

  • The milestone celebration cakes! We had a stunning Victoria Sponge and 'free from' chocolate masterpiece made by Rachel, heavenly fruity muffins from Georgeta, Indian cashew sweets from Kanika

  • I made a slightly ridiculous cucumber-based sculpture for Sara because I know she isn't eating cake

  • Sara telling me she is allergic to cucumber!

  • Aleks lovingly making us all hot drinks

  • We presented Sara and Diya with medals and I read out some poetry:

For Sara

I normally write a poem for 100 good deeds

But Sara did her 100 in Slough

Or Colnbrook, or Crewe or something like that

So I’m making up for it now

250 is a lot of memories

So let me share some highlights

Wading with waterways, collecting prescriptions

And mulch spreading on cold nights

Braywick Park, Holyport FC

Ockwells and Eton Wick

She’s painted, weeded and surveyed bats

And there’s been plenty of litter to pick

Lefty loose-y, righty tighty –

Sara is practical and clever

She was there on my first ever GoodGym session

She’s been GoodGyming forever!

When I lead fitness she tends to heckle

She’s not sure if she really likes to run

But she loves to swim and play racketball

Deep down she knows fitness is fun

As a Taskforce member, Sara does extra

She helps me and Manjit out

Her brilliance knows no boundaries

So let me hear you shout…

3 cheers for Sara’s 250!

Hip hip hooray! Hip hip hooray! Hip hip hooray!

And for Diya(originally written for her 100th)

A round of applause for Diya,

And someone get her a beer!

A big day in her GoodGym career…

Her 250th good deed is here!

I first met Diya at the weir…

Using fancy raking gear.

She had moved from Newham to Berkshire,

And it was great to see her.

She’s given the weeds a clear,

And she’s painted far and near,

In every month of the year,

With GoodGyming she’ll persevere.

On social visits she’s a listening ear,

And her smile is always sincere.

Diya means light, and like a chandelier,

She brightens every sphere.

Diya’s also a keen sight-seer,

Loves to explore a new frontier,

For a photo op she’ll magically appear,

And her selfie-skills are top-tier.

At parkrun she’d say she brings up the rear,

But that’s just her modest veneer.

I want to write about football and cycling here,

But alas I’m not Shakespeare.

So let’s hear it once more for Diya,

A truly exceptional volunteer.

Let’s give her a huge cheer,

And make this cake disappear!

Please note next week's session starts at Coop Shifford Crescent rather than the Community Centre. Sign up and find all the details here. Also don't forget to bring your old trainers to donated to Jog On.

Well done for a great evening and see you all soon!

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Ben Darracott signed up to a group run.

Wed 17th Jan at 6:45pm

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Ben Darracott went on a group run

Wed 10th Jan at 6:45pm

A dark tale

Windsor and Maidenhead Report written by Windsor and Maidenhead runner

A chilly cloudless night. In the deep dark woods and over the frozen fields, a distinct sound of many crunching boots. Not a soul around to watch the dozen make their way with shovels, rakes and wheelbarrows.

Sounds of chatter breaks the silence overseen by millions of stars. Orion twinkles in the distance.

They approach their destination and set to work. Shovels can be heard far and wide while they pack in the wheelbarrows. Little lights twinkle from their head torches as some of them trudge up a frozen muddy path with those wheelbarrows. Two take up the rakes.

In less than an hour, their work is done.

A few head off into the woods in one direction, most others take up the much used tools and head back in the opposite direction.

When the sun shines tomorrow, walkers will come out with their dogs and wonder who made their path easier to walk on with the newly laid mulch.

It was just another GoodGym group session on Wednesday night in Maidenhead.

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Windsor and Maidenhead runner

Wed 10th Jan at 10:14pm

Very poetic! Sounds like a lovely session

Windsor and Maidenhead runner

Wed 10th Jan at 11:41pm

I love your tale, Kanika! GoodGym angels working their magic 🪄!