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Wed 5th Oct at 6:15pm
Well, the rain poured down for most of the day (seems to be a regular occurrence just lately!). As I was leaving to come out for Goodgym, there was a rain and sunshine combo…. there must have been a rainbow somewhere…..
But, true to Goodgym form, the rain dried up in plenty of time for our group run. Emily, Maurice & Nicola met at the Wishing Well ready for our task later that evening. We did our warm-up before heading out for our run. We decided on quite a long route tonight as our task was relatively short and we had a bit more time on our hands than usual, so off we set on our 3 mile circular route. It was a fairly flat route but it wasn’t without the odd hill here and there (puff, pant!). Maurice & Emily both put me to shame – I really need to up my game! It was an enjoyable chatty run though and as always, nice to have a natter about our week and its happenings….
Back at the Wishing Well, we set to work planting some daffodil bulbs (once we’d finally manged to sort figure the gate lock out that is - Karen, I missed your lock capabilities this evening!!). It was pretty dark by this point, so it was a bit challenging to see what we were doing!! We got all the bulbs planted though and I’m sure they’ll look lovely when they come up next Spring. I think we planted about 30 in total. Not bad work in the dark I don’t suppose!
After all the bulbs were in, we had the obligatory selfies and then headed down to the lovely Hops Belgian Bar for a cheeky drink (or two!). There may also have been some crisps chucked in there too! We had a lovely natter, put ideas forward for more gorgeous Goodgym socials and discussed how we could increase Goodgym participation!
All in all, another lovely evening spent with amazing friends. Well done everyone on great run and our short but sweet task!
Have a great week. Take care until next time, Lots of love, Nicola xxx
Wed 28th Sep at 6:15pm
Just the 3 amigos tonight!!! We were a little lower in number than usual as Karen & Nigel are sunning themselves in Portugal (how rude!! - and no - we’re not at all jealous!! ;-))
After a quick warm up, Emily, Maurice & Nicola headed off for a run. We did a 2 mile circular route - not an area we’re unfamiliar with as it’s right in the centre of Crewe and near to lots of our familiar tasks. It was a nice chatty run and it was the perfect weather conditions for running - not too warm and not too cold! Dry too - which was a blessing after so much rain over the last couple of days!!
After our run, we headed into town with our pickers and bags. We haven’t done a litter pick in the town centre before - it was ideal as it was well lit, which is really helpful now that the nights are beginning to draw in.
We were pleasantly surprised with how relatively clean the town centre was. We thought we’d collect a lot more rubbish than we did. We all still managed a fair amount but not our biggest Goodgym haul by a long way! I think that's a positive though!!
We walked another mile on our littler pick, so tonight we did 3 miles in total!! A lovely way to exercise while doing good at the same time!!
Well done everyone!! Another productive and lovely evening spent with wonderful people.
Same time next week? xxx
Wed 7th Sep at 6:15pm
After lashings of rain and a bit of lightning too, we weren’t too sure how tonight’s task was going to pan out…. Were we going to get drenched?? We were outdoors doing a litter pick and had visions of looking like drowned rats by the time we’d finished!
Luckily… the gods had other ideas and the rain cleared up in time for our evening of Goodgym fun! We met at our lovely Queen’s park for a warm-up with Emily who is in the final stages of her run leader qualification and was doing this as part of her assessment. She did an excellent job with the warm-up, getting us all to do a fartlek run. It went brilliantly and Emily explained it perfectly. Well done Emily!
As we were in the park, it would have been rude not to do a cheeky (slightly shortened) parkrun! We did 2 laps as opposed to the usual parkrun 3. 2 was plenty after a full day at work! Those pesky hills never seem to get any easier!
After our run, we set to work with our pickers and our bags collecting litter. We worked our way around the edge of the park, paying particular attention to the bits that often get missed. The park really is pretty good for not having tonnes of litter. There are groups that meet regularly to help keep it tidy. Despite that, we still managed to collect 4 decent bags worth! Goodgym is never without some fun and laughter and we had a fun playing 'Where's Wally' but intstead, it was 'Where's Maurice!). See if you can spot him in the pictures. Maurice also found one of the painted rocks, which he re-hid (I'm not sure it will ever be found again!!!!). And our resident rebel Karen was hoping for a sneaky ride on the Swan pedalos.... luckily for us, they were locked up in the middle of the lake!! Maybe next time Karen - or perhaps we could make that our next social! Lol!
We had a bit of an adventure tonight – in the form of being locked in the park! Don’t worry, we did get out! And it was our choice. As a Run Director for Crewe Parkrun, Karen is a keyholder for the park, so we had a quick chat with security who agreed that he was happy for us to stay in the park after he’d locked up. With the park shutting earlier now because the nights are drawing in (boo), we wouldn’t have had much time for collecting litter. It was quite a nice feeling to know that we were the only ones in the park – with the exception of ducks, swans, geese and squirrels of course!
A small shower decided to try and catch us out but we dived under the playground seating area for a bit of shelter! It soon passed over and we were able to head out of the park without being drenched!
It was a very chilled task tonight, which was nice. Lots of chatter, lots of laughs and lots of litter. All in all, another successful evening.
Well done everyone! Another awesome job!
See you at the next one! You’re awesome!
Lots of love Nicola xx
Wed 7th Sep at 6:15pm
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Wed 31st Aug at 6:15pm
Tonight was a very special night as we were celebrating Nigel gaining his Goodgym wings on his 100th task!! 100 deeds Nigel, absolutely amazing, well done! We’re all super proud of you and all that you do for our local community. You are such an important part of Goodgym and our Wednesday evening's just wouldn’t be the same without you!!!
Tonight we paid a visit to the allotment at the Wishing Well. It’s been a while since we were there, so it was good to be back and probably good that we went as sadly, summer is coming to an end and we won’t be able to get there quite as often once the darker nights descend!!
We started our evening with a brief warm-up before heading out for our run. It was still quite muggy and warm tonight, so it felt like quite an effort (well it did for me anyway! Lol!). We clocked up a respectable 2.5K on a circular route around town.
Back at the allotment, we set to work tidying up. Maurice & Nigel mowed the lawns, Emily tidied up the beds, Karen & Nicola weeded the path and Emily harvested the smallest parsnip ever! The lawns, beds and paths were looking much tidier and much more loved once we'd worked a little Goodgym magic.
We concluded our evening celebrating Nigel’s 100 deeds down at Hops Bar with a cheeky drink and Colin the Caterpillar cupcakes…. Yum. Looking forward to when Emily reaches her 100 in a few weeks and we have a good excuse to eat more cake!
Well done everyone. Great work as always and loved being with you all and catching up!
Have a great week!
Lots of love as always, Nicola xxx
Wed 24th Aug at 6:15pm
It was great to be back at Flag Lane Baths this evening. We've been working on this project on and off for the past couple of years, ever since it was awarded planning permission to be turned into a thriving Community Space. Sadly, as it's been lying derelict, it has been prone to lots of litter being dumped there and being used as a place for people to gather with alcohol etc. It's been in constant need of TLC.
Tonight we got stuck in trying to tidy the area up ready for the annual family fun day that takes place every year during August and is happening this coming weekend.
Before we got our hands dirty though, we did our weekly Goodgym run.... this week covering a fantastic 3.5K on a circular route to the park and back. Emily, Karen, Nigel & Maurice had a good natter as they went, all while running at a great pace!!
Back at the baths, it was time to get stuck into the task! Armed with brushes, hoes and bin-bags, we set to work in clearing the area. It was a sticky night and with quite a physical task and after our run as well, it's fair to say that we felt pretty hot and tired!! (sign of a great Goodgym task!).
It was really nice to be joined by other members of the community who also got stuck in to help... Crewe Clean Team & The Lighthouse Centre
The difference after we'd all got stuck in was amazing!!! As we often say, many hands make light work...
Well done everyone!!! Another productive night in the community, doing good and keeping fit!! You're all amazing!!!
Until next time.... Xx