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Sat 6th Jan at 10:30am
What a joy to get a horse pun for a task at the stables on the same day as the big Tyne and Wear derby!
It was so great to get a big turnout for our first Saturday session of the year, and a big welcome to Sophie who has been wanting to give us a try for ages. Welcome Sophie, you did a brilliant job of getting stuck in today!
It was a session of two teams today, both of which united in one wish- helping our good friends at Stepney Bank Stables. This community stables is not only our group run base but does loads of amazing things in and around Newcastle. Two tasks were requested today- take down the Christmas tree and decorations, and sweep out the ramp from the stables to the yard. While most people made a choice, I nominated Elliott (sorry!) to be in charge of the tree as he was an expert when we put the tree up back in December. Knowing what an overcomplicated jigsaw it had been on the way up would definitely help for the way down.
The sweeping team outdoors got cracking on a very physical job clearing hay, mud and water from the path for a full body workout in chilly sunshine. The before and after photos today show how much muscle went into this bit.
Anna had the genius idea back indoors to wrap and bind the sets of branches for the tree to make the assembly of the tree a little easier next Christmas, and it definitely went back in the box much easier than it came out.
With both tasks finished within 40 minutes I was feeling generous and offered a choice of fitness sessions, with a little interval workout coming out on top. Lots of squats, running and a few nose-to-walk press ups helped to warm up the group after a very chilly task.
We are back at Stepney Bank Stables on Monday where we are meeting to head off on a quayside litter pick. We’d love to see you, hope you can make it.
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Sat 16th Dec 2023 at 10:30am
Phew- we made it! Our last GoodGym session of the year done and what a perfect blue sky morning for the task.
Anna ran to meet us today, Beth cycled, and Paul, Louise and I arrived fresh from Town Moor parkrun - Louise quickly changing into full Mrs Claus gear on the way for the occasion!!
It was one of my personal favourite tasks today with the brilliant Ouseburn Trust- clearing and edging the paths to make them safer and wider for pedestrians. It is a brilliant workout and you can definitely look back and see the impact you're making as you go along. Check the before and after photos! Much scraping, brushing and chatting made the time fly by and soon it was fitness session time- 'the five exercises of Christmas' was on the cards today which involved squatting, spinning and some very impressive tuck-jumping!
That's it for GoodGym Newcastle in 2023. We are back on January 3rd and hope to see you soon.
Sun 1st Oct 2023 at 8:45am
Everyone had at least one layer more than they needed on a warm junior parkrun morning at North Marine Juniors in South Shields.
The sun was shining as lots of little runners and walkers ran, hopped and skipped the seaside course.
Paul and I were helping out today as marshals. It was a lovely start to the day to cheer, clap and support everyone round.
Mon 31st Jul 2023 at 6:00pm
Shock, horror, another wet day in Newcastle! Rain can’t stop play and thankfully we were heading off to an indoor task this evening anyway. Up through Walker and into Byker the running group went led by Paul who was leading for the first time in a few months. I walked then we met Louise at the task.
We have been helping Recyke Y Bike since the very early days of GGNCL and every time is different, but tonight will be one of the memorable ones. We’d been drafted (pun intended, obvs) to help to organise donations of games and books that will be used in the Bike, Book Swap that’s taking place over the summer in and around Byker. This will give local families access to a brilliant toy, book and game exchange that comes to their doorstep for free. Louise did a double good deed tonight as she came to the session AND brought a big donation of games- many of which Elliot and Maddy wistfully looked at and wanted to play!
When the sorting was done, we completed a variety of other jobs that are small tasks that make a big difference including sweeping the workshop floors, moving bikes and helping to fold the big gazebo cover! The task owner Vanessa was really grateful that we’d done so many things to help. We are back at the end of August with a bike cleaning task which will be loads of fun.
Please please get involved this Wednesday with our leaflet drop for FoodCycle. Numbers are low and Lucy could really do with some extra hands on this one! NB: This will now start at the earlier time of 5pm.
We are back next Monday for a session with a twist- meet us for a walk and a drink for the summer social.
Sun 30th Jul 2023 at 8:45am
Paul and I volunteered at North Marine junior parkrun in South Shields today as I made up for missing the last takeover when I was ill.
Paul was on timekeeping duty this morning, successfully timing 61 brilliant little parkrunners, walkers, skippers and lots in between.
I did a volunteer role I have never done before, something rare for me after 11 years of parkrunning! I was on warm up lead duties, thankfully with a card to prompt me and a human prompt in the shape of junior parkrunner Eva.
I had a separate job afterwards of running around with my best friend's daughter who managed to knock over two minutes off her PB! Lots of smiles all round and a morning well spent.
Sun 16th Jul 2023 at 8:45am
A huge well done to Charlotte, Aimee, Lucy and Paul who volunteered south of our usual patch at North Marine Junior parkrun in South Shields. This had been my bright idea when previous plans were cancelled, and I ended up sick and unable to even attend!
Despite high winds in South Shields today the event went without a hitch as Paul and Charlotte timed, Lucy parkwalked and Aimee marshalled a muddy patch. We will be back at this lovely parkrun again in the future, but we are back in Newcastle tomorrow completing a Quayside litter pick if you fancy getting involved.