10 Month Streak
Mon 3rd Apr 2023 at 6:15pm
☀️ We had a whopping 30 people at our group run this evening, on a gloriously light (and still sunny!) Monday evening.
👻 We were heading to York Cemetery so waved off our walking group (led by Debs) then warmed up for running/cycling. We named and numbered off by recalling our favourite dead celebrity (in honour of our cemetery excursion). We discovered a lot of Bowie fans, along with other great and good, including Nelson Mandela and Casper the friendly ghost (hands up who’s ever put those two people in the same sentence before!)
🏃♀️🚲🚶♂️Ed led the running group to the cemetery while the rest of us cycled. We were met by the lovely Clive who was slightly surprised at our large number and tried to get a few more tools together.
4️⃣ We were given four jobs to tackle:
1) Digging and moving snowdrops to increase their spread around the cemetery for next year 🌼
2) Digging up brambles that we’d successfully cut back in January. (This required hunting down said remaining brambles, which was the first task!) 🪴
3) Lopping bank brambles in a particularly overgrown area 🌱
4) Digging and loading up bags of woodchip before dragging and distributing said bags 🌳
💪 Everyone tackled their jobs with aplomb and got a lot done. It was soon time to down and gather tools, take vegetation to the pile and head to the open area for fitness. In honour of our task location, we did a musical fitness session to the tune of Ghostbusters (thanks to Stef’s speakers). Many lunges and copious burpees later, with the backdrop of a very pretty sunset, we were Ghostbustered out and ready to head back to base.
🥳 We stretched off and said goodbye, lots of us heading to the pub for a drink and catch up.
👍 Thanks everyone, it was great to see you all. We’ve got other sessions coming up this week so you can find out more and sign up here.
🐣 I hope you have a great Easter weekend and see you for more of the same next Monday evening.
Mon 7th Nov 2022 at 6:15pm
😁 21 fantabulous GoodGymmers met on a cool but dry Monday evening ready to #runbrightatnight for our group run 🌠
🥳 As the task was a bit further tonight, Laura led a party pace group who led the way to the task, into the moonlight 🌛
🎆 Meanwhile, the rest of us named, numbered and warmed up whilst stating our favourite thing about Bonfire Night. Turns out there are a lot of fire-lovers among us (and food-lovers, but we knew that anyway) 🔥
🏃♀️🏃 Soon, it was time for the rest of us to set off, with Pete leading this group to Derwenthorpe, along a pleasant route via a well-lit cycle path. After some confusion (and much wandering whilst Google Maps-staring) as to which part of the housing estate we were meant to be, we made it and were met by a very happy Maria from St Nick’s. She was excited at the prospect that work on the meadow was soon to be completed, having started a good few months ago 👍
🌾 Maria showed us the tools available and we were particularly excited by the prospect of a brand new tarp (as well as a few with holes in, aka what we’re more used to!) After trying to trick as many people as possible into using quite possibly the world’s heaviest rake, Max got to work, along with the rest of the group. Smaller groups were formed as we divided to conquer the meadow. The rakers raked whilst others (particularly David) enjoyed pitching said rakings onto the tarps to be dragged to their collection points 👨🌾
🍄 Oh, and Abi found a large mushroom, which was cool 😎
👌 Pete and Jenna were so efficient that by the time I’d reached them with some extra pairs of hands for their patch, they’d finished! En route to help, Abigail and I spotted more rakings to be gathered and tarped. Cue the embarrassing moments when we subsequently lost said rakings temporarily. They were eventually rediscovered and gathered into the fold with the rest 🧐
📸 The overwhelming efficiency of (most of) the group meant that we finished our task with aplomb, much to the joy of Maria (and the rest of us). It was therefore time for a group photo before we said goodbye to our party pace crew (significantly larger than on the way out). There were still a few brave souls left for our “explosive” (tenuously fireworks-themed, obviously) fitness session, which we continued into the run back to base with inter-lamppost-sprints. With four different paced groups on the run back, we were soon reunited back at base for stretching. And then it was on to The Ackhorne for our monthly social, good times everyone, and thank you for a great evening 🍻
Mon 10th Oct 2022 at 6:15pm
🥶 23 brilliant GoodGymmers gathered on a slightly chilly evening for our group run. The jury was out as to whether long-sleeved tops were needed under our GGs (although I think by the end of the evening, the verdict was swaying towards yes!) ❄️
🙌 We were thrilled to welcome back the Go-Go-Govers from their incredible travels and only slightly (aka incredibly) jealous, hearing about their adventures around Europe these past few months. It’s brilliant to have you back guys 😁
🌍 Nick started our session with a little chat about World Mental Health Day, including how GoodGym ticks lots of boxes for supporting our mental wellbeing, as this acronym shows. We introduced our Mental Health First Aiders who were there tonight (Amy, Dom, Nick, Nicky and Richard) – we’d welcome knowing of anyone else with this or equivalent training. We then chatted about GoodGym helps our wellbeing as we named and numbered off. There was a fairly even split between the running, chatting and pub elements of GoodGym (and a few people even mentioned the doing good thing!) ❤️
🚸 With that, it was time to head off, running and talking for World Mental Health Day, to Park Grove Academy. We were met by Vicky who explained our tasks for the evening. Some people (Team Tall) were cutting back a very tall hedge that needed a haircut. Meanwhile, other people were cutting back trees within the wildlife areas from which branches were shorn of extraneous vegetation to create good den-building sticks. The rest of the gang were weeding the raised beds and ferrying the weeds and spare cuttings to the compost area. It was Anna’s first experience of gardening by torchlight so we were pleased to induct her into this vital aspect of GoodGym-ing in the winter months 🌠
🔦 Speaking of which, it got properly dark while we were working, a sign of the torch-lit evenings we have ahead over the next few months. Luckily, lots of people had headtorches (and most people had remembered to charge them, unlike me 🤦🏼♀️)
📸 It was soon time to tidy up and gather for/co-ordinate the group photo (creative director positions may soon be available, with extra points for symmetry). Next, it was fitness. With the luxury of the school playing fields to use, we were able to do Rock, Paper, Scissors with extra running and partner-swapping. We then did the Indian snake/chain team race, where some impressive team-working skills were evident 🐍
👋 It was soon time to head back to base for a stretch before heading to the warmth of the pub/home. Thanks everyone, good to see you and don’t forget we’ve got a few things coming up this week 👌
👍 Thanks again everyone, and see you soon!
Mon 10th Oct 2022 at 6:15pm
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Mon 19th Sep 2022 at 6:15pm
👋 15 brilliant GoodGymmers met for our weekly group run. We discussed some brilliant running (and other!) achievements over the weekend 💪
🚶♀️🚶♂️In honour of "The Queue", we discussed our favourite queue experiences whilst warming up. There were plenty of gigs and food and also some reminiscences back to school days 🚸
🚦We ran the short distance to the Cemetery (some of us taking a slightly less short route due to inconvenient road crossing points) and played a quick fitness game while we waited for Clive to arrive. (I quickly regretted allowing Stef to choose his own forfeit, after more press ups than I've done all year 🤯)
🌿 We collected the tools and headed to tonight's patch to be cleared. After instruction in what to avoid, we set to work, lopping and chopping the many brambles and nettles we found. Stef and Mitch mostly talked about shared music interests and gigs, whilst Tay and Lucy looked up rude-sounding plant names 🙊
👻 Within no time, we were due to finish our doing good to continue our getting fit. We did this in a style appropriate to the setting tonight, doing ALL the lunges (and plenty of burpees) to the Ghostbusters theme song. Oh, and Michal spotted a fox, which was cool 🦊
🌆 With the light fading fast, it was soon time to head back to base, navigating the road crossings more successfully this time. We stretched off and parted ways, to the back drop of the choir (and Tay's commentary of them) 🎤
🙌 Thanks for tonight everyone. Clive is keen to have us back one weekend soon so keep an eye out for that, and any other sessions you fancy joining in the meantime 👌