Tue 21st Nov at 6:15pm
A squad of 9 enthusiastic GoodGymers ventured out tonight distributing leaflets for the christmas tree-cycling collection service. We welcomed back Rob - great to see you and catch up :)
We made our way over to the Cheylesmore area, meeting up with Chris and Claire along the way, navigating the streets using google maps and Dale - thank you! Together, in 50 minutes we covered 10 roads, delivering 504 leaflets with a distance of around 3 miles.
Well done everyone and great team effort from taskforce with leading a second team and guiding.
Shout out to Graeme who intended to come tonight but couldn't make it but is gonna deliver some leaflets tomorrow - nice one Graeme!
Sat 4th Nov at 7:30am
It takes a special kind of person to wake up early on a dark, damp and cold Saturday morning in November, but never the less, four GoodGymers arrived bright(ish) and early at Holbrooks Park to clear as much litter as possible before Parkrun. The rain was persistent and the ground wet and muddy. It didn't take long for our trainers to become saturated, although we had come prepared with multiple warm, waterproof layers.
Allan and James got to work with the pickers, while Chris and Claire collected the finds in bin bags. It's always fun to see what unusual litter you can find and amongst the finds were numerous fireworks, some quite quite sizeable! It would also appear that the drink of choice in the local area is Chekhov vodka, as we certainly found copious empty bottles of it. Not forgetting my personal bugbear... disposable vapes! (Grrrrrr...)
With as much litter picked as possible in the time available, we then made our way to the volunteer briefing where Chris and Claire donned blue 'Park Walker' bibs, James donned a pink bib over his existing hi-viz jacket (making him ultra-viz!), ready to barcode scan and Allan lined up on the start, ready to leg it round the course and pick up scanning and close down duties after finishing.
With Holbrooks Parkrun closed down for another week, James made his way to his next community mission while Allan, Chris and Claire had a much needed hot drink and breakfast at Food @ Whitehalls.
Holbrooks Parkrun have expressed their gratitude to GoodGym for their support with the events and always welcome volunteers. We'll be back there again in early December, but you can always help them out at any of their events. Check out www.parkrun.org.uk/holbrooks/futureroster/ to find upcoming volunteering opportunities.
Tue 31st Oct at 7:45pm
It might not have been our night for quizzing, coming in 10th and 11th aka LAST, but it was still a fun night. At least they played the winning song a couple of times Ghastly Goodgymers!
Thanks to Laura and Nigel for operating the speed quizzing app and to Nigel and Graeme for providing the treats and nibbles.
Thank you all for coming and great to meet you Paul and Julie, better luck next time hey?
Tue 31st Oct at 6:15pm
7 Goodgymers gathered this halloween eve to go for a walk/gentle jog to the memorial park and back.
Graeme and Claire set off on their walk whilst the rest of the Goodgym gang carried out the halloween special warm up, including some great thriller arms and Frankenstein hamstring kicks - ha! Following the warm up we started on our run to catch up with the walkers.
It was really busy out with lots of trick or treaters around Earlsdon. We kept looping back to the walkers, although they were actually pretty speedy so were never that far behind. They were also very easy to spot with Graeme's lit up pumpkin costume which actually looked like he had red shining boobs (gutted i didn't get a picture of this!)
Once we reached the park we turned back leaving Graeme and Nigel to walk Chris and Claire home then the Laura's and James headed back into town to make their way to the quiz.
Very enjoyable walk, run with great company, thank you all!
Tue 29th Aug at 6:15pm
Ten Goodgymers ran and walked to Earlsdon to deliver some leaflets for a Myton Hospice charity ball. We met inside Coventry Boys and Girls club tonight as it was tipping it down. Deb had very kindly made homemade cakes as we had a double celebration tonight, it was Joe's birthday and Laura D's 100th deed and she had made special ones especially or us - so thoughtful! Laura P also brought along a card for Joe for all of us to sign which was a lovely idea.
Thankfully by the time we were setting off the rain had cleared so we did the warm up outside in the fresh air and then set off for Earlsdon. We met up with the walkers and poor Joe was soaked through after the rain had caught him on his walk to the meeting point. Deb had boxed the birthday cake and ran very carefully ran holding it all the way, once we were all together we sang Happy Birthday to Joe and presented him with his card and cake :)
We split into 2 teams and made our way down the first road, one team one side of the road and one the other. As there was 5 of us on each side of the road it was maybe a few too many so Lil suggested the teams take different roads to make it more efficient and speed things up a bit. This worked much better, we got into the swing of things and the piles of leaflets were shrinking fast. By the time we were ready to leave we had managed to deliver around 600 leaflets, which was fantastic!
It was a lovely evening, finished off with the yummy homemade cake, chocolates and a bag of plums that James had brought along from his plum tree, happy days!