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Wed 18th Jan at 6:30pm
Wit the thermometer dropping below zero last night, it would have been so easy to stay inside wrapped up in the warm. Not at GoodGym! It was amazing to see 11 GGers don their thermals and woollies and make it out to lend a hand at an important local organisation.
Cultivate London works hard to improve health and wellbeing across London by encouraging and helping local communities to engage with their green spaces, and last night we going to support them doing this at a local school.
With Chris leading the way we took the scenic route to Berrymede Junior school to meet Romina who was organising the job for the evening. The idea was that we would mix up the enriched soil and leaves that GoodGym Ealing had collected with some magic ingredient called 'bone meal'. Apparently this stuff will boost for the plants that Cultivate London will sow to help them flourish. For Harvey and Kash it was a repeat task as they had been the night before but they threw themselves into the job with all their usual enthusiasm and muscle power!
With the chilly conditions the group worked hard and fast and before long the super soil was mixed and getting bagged up at a rate of knots. Can't wait to see what it produces!
Next week hopefully Spring will be poking its head around the corner, and we have a task helping to create a learning area at a local school. Until then, keep warm, keep running and stay happy, GoodGym!
Wednesday 11th January
Chris Gudde run 100 good deeds with GoodGym.
Chris has just reached another level: 100 good deeds with GoodGym. That's at least 100 times when they could have easily done something easier. But they didn't, Chris has kept going and going. Helping a lot of other people and getting a bit fitter at the same time. Congratulations Chris.
Wed 11th Jan at 6:30pm
A last minute change of location last night meant that we managed to squeeze not one but two different tasks in to last night's session - double the fun, double the good!
In an extra bonus, it was Chris' 100th good deeds, which is definitely something to be celebrated! If you'd like to say well done for all those litter picks, weeding sessions, squats and sprints, then give him a cheer right here.
Unfortunately the head gardener at the kitchen garden we were meant to be going to has picked up an injury, but a last minute request had come in from the Friends of Harvard Hill to plant 100 daffodil bulbs before it was too late for them to bloom this year. We sprung into action!
After a short run down to the pick up the daffs and tools, we made our way over to the park and got planting. In what was perhaps a GG Hounslow record, we got through the whole sackful in no time at all. As Chris pointed out, we must be getting better at this! The reward? A pack of chocolate digestives to share.
With the rest of the evening ahead of us and high on a sugar rush, we decided to get in a litter pick. Michelle has noticed some areas locally with a real rubbish problem, and after a few minutes of running she took us to a particularly bad spot and we got stuck in. Before long we had stuffed full several bin bags of litter and Kash had even found an old bed head!
Two tasks down, we headed over to the park to do a fitness session which started off with partner based sprints. There was some great form on display, and warmed us up nicely for the circuits session. It was a tough full body workout, but everybody gave it everything, which was great to see.
Wed 4th Jan at 6:30pm
It was our first group run of 2023 last night and we were back with a bang! 13 runners went to Kew Bridge to tackle the worst state of litter pollution we had ever seen there.
After a thorough warm up we ran the 2km down the bridge to find Richard waiting for us with masses of litter pickers and trugs. The dock was in quite a sorry state, full of plastic bottles and other rubbish.
We sprang into action, finding all manner of surprising - yet not biodegradable - objects. Along with the hundreds of plastic bottles there was a very nice rucksack, although none of us were brave enough to look to see what might be hiding inside, an old oil can and several individual shoes.
After half an hour and a bonus spruce up of the public walkway, the place was looking a million times better. Have a look at the before and after shots to see the difference!
Waving good bye to Richard and a much cleaner drawdock we headed back to base, not without stopping along the way for four different fitness stations. These included tough ones such as steps ups, progressive squats, plank variations and cardio finisher that meant there were mutterings of 'are you mrs Trunchball?'
We finished off a very productive night with some stretches. Next week we're back at Cultivate London to help with various jobs, and don't forget that there is a big January plog happening on the 14th where we aim to clear the terrible rubbish problem alongside the A4. Hope to see you there!
Wishing you all a very happy, fit and goodness-filled 2023!