I'm Nicola, proud GoodGym Trainer for Crewe! I love people, volunteering, running, travelling, dreaming & chocolate!!!
19 Month Streak
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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 21st Sep at 6:15pm
It was an absolute pleasure to be back at My CWA this evening. It’s been a while since we were there and we always love the tasks we get given there! Tonight, the task was a surprise as we didn’t know what we would be doing until we were there. We weren’t disappointed…. It ended up being Karen’s favourite task!
We met outside and did a short warmup before heading out for our run. It was a circular route this evening with one or two sneaky hills in there (sorry!). Despite it being almost the end of September, the weather was still warm and quite muggy. Maurice paved the way for us (Maurice, you’re getting fitter by the week!). We did 2 mile route in total (felt like 10, haha) before returning back for our task.
Back at the task, the lovely Kat & Rebecca supervised us with our tasks for the evening. Nigel & Maurice headed upstairs to shift some hefty furniture and Karen & Nicola stayed downstairs to get creative with some wall art. I’m glad to say that Rebecca took the lion's share of the responsibility for the creative bits (can’t speak for Karen but creativity definitely isn’t one of my stronger points!).
Nigel & Maurice definitely picked the short straw with shifting the furniture but they did a great job as they were solid & heavy cupboards! Definitely enought to work up a sweat I think! Meanwhile, downstairs, the wall was transformed from a blank white canvas to a gorgeous piece of wall art. I believe it’s going to be a volunteer tree and host pictures of the volunteers that help this wonderful charity. We managed to get all the pieces of the tree on the wall and it was looking lovely by the time we came to leave.
It was a really lovely evening spent, as always, in the company of really lovely people and I’m looking forward to getting back to My CWA soon as they never disappoint with their tasks! Plus, it’s always a bonus to be inside as the darker nights and colder weather descend!
Well done team – fantastic as always!
Have a great week & see you soon, Nicola xxx