Kirsty Harding

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📍Glasshouse Table Table S70 2SB

It will help homeless people in Barnsley

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Wed 23rd Nov at 6:30pm

Turning Over A New Leaflet

Barnsley Report written by James Smith

The task for this evening was to deliver leaflets promoting a local charitable group; which happened to be an especially great group this time (or GG for short!). We met up at Glass House as usual and had a brief discussion about where we would be spreading the good word tonight. A map with a planned route on had been printed off previously, and thankfully received approval from the squad. We decided to start at the bottom of the planned area and work our way up to Locke Park so we could utilize the fitness equipment there afterwards.

Hitting the mail on the head

We raced up Racecommon Road for about 800 m, and arrived at our first street earmarked for delivery. Here we divided up the leaflets between us, and decided that two of us would do alternating houses on one side of the street and the other one would do all houses on the other side. We did Blenheim Gardens and Frederick Avenue, before going along Raley Street, then down St Edwards Avenue and over the road to Della Avenue. As usual on leafletting tasks we got the odd barking dog, stiff gate and hidden letterbox just to make our delivery duties more interesting. We were so fast and efficient with our pacy posting that we ran out of leaflets sooner than expected (note to self: print more than are needed incase of fast fingered folk). This meant that we could do an extended fitness session in Locke Park.

Tying ourselves in squats

In the park we first headed towards the multigym equipment. We would do 20 reps (or equivalent) on each machine. We each picked a piece of gym apparatus and got going. There were 5 pieces to work around, so in total we did 100 reps on each of these. So pumped up by this activity, we decided to jog on to the fixed bars to do some further fitness. We did some outward-faced-hand pull-ups with legs outstretched on the ground, climbs over a high frame, and tricep dips on the parallel bars. All bar none had fun on the bars. We finished our exercise session with Kirsty trying to instruct James on some acrobatics- it may be possible to teach an old dog new tricks... hold the bar, put your feet up through your arms and all the way around so that you can land on your feet. Needless to say, this didn't work for James and it ended up with just dangling upside-down by the legs. Nevertheless it was flipping fun to try it. We grabbed some quick photos of us hanging around, before heading off to run back, with squatting at traffic lights as always, and then stretch off.

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Kirsty Harding signed up to a group run.

Wed 30th Nov at 6:30pm

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Kirsty Harding
Kirsty Harding signed up to a group run.

Wed 23rd Nov at 6:30pm

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Kirsty Harding completed 15 good deeds with GoodGym. 🥳

Wednesday 9th November

Finding your feet

Finding your feet

Kirsty Harding completed 15 good deeds with GoodGym.

Kirsty has completed their 15th good deed with GoodGym

James Smith
Kirsty Harding
Kirsty Harding went on a group run

Wed 9th Nov at 6:30pm

Keep Your Bin Up

Barnsley Report written by James Smith

The task tonight was to clear some of the streets and playing areas in Barnsley of rubbish. This was to aid the Barnsley Litter Pickers (BLP) in their ongoing rumble against the rubbish. This evening we were happily met once again by Scott from Twiggs. We were hoping to be joined on our run by a new member too, but something came up and they were unable to make it. Nevermind, we run every week, so plenty more opportunities to get involved in future!

We set off from Glasshouse after a brief introductory talk about the task ahead... and possible fitness activities afterwards. It was an uphill run to our meeting point and we are now so speedy at hills that we arrived early! As we came prepared with pickers and purple bags we decided to get a head start on the task before Scott met us. We slowly meandered our way up the street keeping an eye out for our contact. It didn't take long for us to spot him, and we all joined forces to work our way up Stock's Lane. This street is generally fairly clear as our other litterpicking contact who we go out with from time to time lives in this area.

It's all uphill from here!

We made our way up the street, people on both sides, making sure that no wrapper was left unturned. Not over-reaching ourselves, we reached over walls to retrieve litter that was well hidden. We crossed road, bridge, and puddle on our 'trashy' quest to gather the garbage. The bushes, as always, were the treasure troves holding the trash, with cars too concealing clutter. Thankfully our litterpickers enabled us to delve into these depths with relative ease. Our bags by now brimming, we sealed them up and left them by a street bin. 3 bags down, 3 to go.

Moving onwards into the trees, we found ever-more unwanted items in the undergrowth. Coming to the end of our route, and with a little time left, we unanimously decided to head down to sparrow park (our summertime stretching and exercise spot) where there has been vandalism and drug use recently. Here we gathered up drug paraphernalia from the bushes and contents from a broken bin. We then left the purple bags near a bin on the roundabout, said our thankyous and goodbyes to Scott, and headed off for some fitnessy fun!

Our fitness this week was to be in the stairwell of Glasshouse. Up each flight of stairs we alternated a different exercise. One flight was squats with raised arms, the next box-jumps. On our way up we were spurred onwards by a stairwell spectator curious about our upward endeavors. Upon reaching the top, having not stopped (a la S-Club-7), we dived straight into some indoor stretches. We did our usual set of stretches with some added forearm work because of the squeezing motion of the pickers throughout the evening.

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Kirsty Harding
Kirsty Harding signed up to a group run.

Wed 9th Nov at 6:30pm

Joining 'Keep Barnsley Tidy' Members to Litterpick

Keeping the streets and recreational areas clean

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Kirsty Harding went on a group run

Wed 2nd Nov at 6:30pm

Taking Pole Position; No Cane, No Gain

Barnsley Report written by James Smith

Tonight we were off to the YMCA community allotment. Due to train strikes and other circumstances we had fewer numbers than expected tonight. No bother though, more fun 'allotmenty' work for us. The run to the task tonight was a nice gentle uphill. We started by crossing the roads feeding the roundabout at the sets of traffic lights. Kirsty was so eager tonight that she started doing squats at the stops without even needing a prompt! Kudos for the 'keen-ness'!

When we got to the allotment, we opened up the container and waited for the folks from the YMCA to arrive, unable to 'contain' our excitement for what might await us tonight. We didn't have to wait long for them to arrive though and they showed us what needed attending to; we were to clear an area of sticks and branches that may be used for built compost bins in future. The branches were to be categorised by us into two types; ones deemed suitable for use as supporting canes and thinner ones that would be used to build up the fence/hedge that is currently ⁷under construction along one side of the allotment. The thin ones for the fence/hedge were carried over in bundles and added on top of the branches that were already in place. It was bundles of fun! The more sturdy ones were stacked left of the pallet insect hotel for future use using our 'one-stack minds'.

The good folks from the YMCA also said that we were welcome to some chard if we wanted as it wasn't likely to last much longer in Barnsley's inhospitable winter climate. Magically, we were able to....

Pick a chard, any chard!

This task took up the lion's share of the time and before we knew it it was time to start wrapping up.

We locked up the container and prepared for some bouncy exercises on the allotment; it was time to do some box jumps onto the benches supported by rubber tyres. We lept 30 times (plus a couple of extras for the camera), focusing on arm movement to propel us up. We always bounce back!

Following this flight-filled frolicking we set off back to Glasshouse roundabout for our next fun-filled fitness session; the Fitzwilliam Strava segment! On the way there we bumped into a familiar face, Kirsty's mum who was out on a run. As our 2 new members were unable to come tonight and another was stopped in her tracks due to strikes I thought it would be nice to have another person join our fitness, so I of course asked if she would like to do the segment with us... and she did. Woop! Kirsty was just running the segment for "fun" as her battery had gone on her phone, and little did I know, I was too as my phone wasn't recording properly (thanks battery saving mode!). It's great sprint training anyway. With this done, we got to talking about a running circuit very close by, which both ladies have experience of doing. We thought we might aswell give it a bash as it was so close. The route incorporated some slabby downhill running, a bit of off-road and some more sprinty uphills; we just can't get enough of them!

After all of the exercise tonight, the three of us headed over the road to Glasshouse to finish with some guided stretching.

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Kirsty Harding went on a group run

Wed 26th Oct at 6:30pm

First Pasta Post

Barnsley Report written by James Smith

The group run this evening was to the BCDP to aid Peter and his team with their efforts to assist the homeless in Barnsley. We started off with a quick count up to make sure we didn't lose anybody during the course of the evening, and headed off for the short-but-sweet run to the drop-in project on the other side of the roundabout.

When we arrived, there was already quite a gathering outside as usual, though we managed to do some queue jumping and gain early access through the guarded hatchway.

When inside, we had a few jobs lined up for us alongside the other volunteers at the centre. Mainly taking orders and handing out the requested items to the door staff. We were taking orders from the front of house staff and filling up the pre-packed bags with extra bonus items shouted through. This involved a choice of pasty. The pasties had to be picked with the aid of a pasty key. Each one had a different pattern on top to distinguish it from the others. For example dotted line for steak, wavy lines for cheese and onion etc. People could also request an Italian, we played pass the pasta, or pizza, accordingly. We also had to keep cups of tea or hot chocolate poured in batches of 4 ready to be handed out. Thermal flasks of these were made by classy kitchen aid Kirsty, ready to top up the next batch of cups, keeping the supply ready to choc and roll!

Wake me up before you cocoa

We were also making up the bags to be handed out at the door in future. This involved putting two juice boxes, a bag of biscuits (made up by a fellow volunteer at the centre. She was super keen on joining GoodGym but is a couple of years too young, definitely a future recruit though) and a chocolate bar. We put 6 completed bags in a large crate and stacked it up ready for future use.

A bag in the hand is worth two in the bush

After a solid hour busily working away, we said our goodbyes to the other volunteers and went on our way to do some fitness. Tonight's exercise activity was a short, steep Strava segment up Fitzwilliam Rd. We did a practice run first to test the water, then did a full power run. Everyone pushed themselves hard to the top, super effort!

After this, we did a short jog over to our meeting location and used the wall and steps to stretch off.

Until next week.

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Kirsty Harding
Kirsty Harding signed up to a group run.

Wed 2nd Nov at 6:30pm

YMCA Allotment Work

Maintain a community growing space

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James Smith
Kirsty Harding
Kirsty Harding signed up to a group run.

Wed 26th Oct at 6:30pm

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