Stephen Blaine


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Stephen Blaine went on a group run

Mon 18th Mar at 6:00pm

GoodGym Worthing's 7th Birthday - Newt like Pondering

Worthing Report written by JULIA GLEESON

Happy 7th Birthday GoodGym Worthing

What an evening it turned out to be! Seven, yes seven years after GG arrived in Worthing and we had a brand new task tonight. We celebrated our special occasion with some Athletic Brewing AF beer ( complimentary with the GG sponsorship agreement) and Worthing Run Fest giveaways and also a very special announcement from Stephen ( but more about that later! )

We were helping out at a local first school, English Martyrs, to give some assistance with their pond and surrounding shrubs and bushes together with raised beds that needed a good weed and tidy.

We had a friendly welcome from the head teacher, Helen, who let us in and showed us what needed to be done before she dashed off for her ballet class.

Barbara, John and Belinda were the resident consultants for the pond maintenance and we were all super grateful for their knowledge and the tools they brought too. With Belinda still on light duties due to her thumb injury, Barbara and John started work on the pond whilst Belinda was in charge of the photography ( much appreciated by me ! )

Daisy, Ricky, Stephen and Gillybean did some amazing pruning on the large bushes surrounding the pond whilst Sue and I worked on digging over and weeding the raised beds outside of the pond area. Belinda also did some innovative compost heap creation then single handedly ( literally) shifted debris to the newly created site.

Back at the pond the pruning was still in full swing but with the entrance turning into a quad mire we decided to recycle some of the prunings to make a path that we could actually walk on with out slipping everywhere.

The pond clearing was also going well and with the discovery of frog spawn and newts we all took some time to take a look whilst also being careful to reunite any newts in the moss safely back to their pond home again.

The GoodGym flag made an appearance on this special day and just after the photo, Steve made his special announcement that he and fellow GoodGymer Natacha are engaged ! Wow ! Congratulations to the happy couple and another Worthing GG happy ending ( it must be the sea air! )

With happiness and good vibes flowing, and after clearing up, we cracked open some beers in celebration of everything and I off loaded some spare runfest tee shirts to anyone that would take one ( or preferably two!)

A great feel good evening with both a great task and plenty of happy banter and news to share with our fellow GG buddies.

Next week there will be two options of tasks - Bugcycle will be led by Gillybean and Beehive Care Home in Ferring led by me. Take your choice and vote with your feet!

Have a great week

Julia xx

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Stephen Blaine went on a group run

Mon 15th Jan at 6:00pm

Finding our rhyme and reason again at Byron Road

Worthing Report written by JULIA GLEESON

Back to the normal RV

For the first Monday meeting of January ( last week was cancelled due to snow) we met at our regular meeting point at Splashpoint LC. It was so nice to see Stephen back at GG together with Paul, Anne and Rosalind On such a cold January evening it was a real treat for me to see them turn out to do good. Special mention to Ros who had been outside working all day too.

We all set off running through the town at a steady pace until we arrived at Byron Road.

*Brushing it away *

We were enthusiastically met at the venue by Jason , one of the residents who was so pleased we were there and who is keen for us to return to sort the back garden out too as his room overlooks it. I enjoyed a chat with Jason, hearing about his story reminds me that we are only a few instances of bad luck away from being in his position. I wasn't so keen on his 'King Rat' account of finding a giant rat around the hostel!

Today, Anne was the queen of pruning and did some great cutting back of some of the lanky shrubs. Steve, Ros and Paul got stuck into clearing the borders. Luckily for us there was a big skip that we threw all the debris into which made life very easy for us. As it was so cold, and because we all wanted to do some fitness, we downed tools. The group photo outside the front door looks a little strange as they were all blowing cold air when I took it!

Fitness is back

We headed to the seafront and we loved doing squats, lunges , jumps and sprints all the way home ( via the pier) This will resume as a regular feature of Mondays for those who would like it - for those that don't, thats fine too as we can accomodate every ones needs.

January Challenge

Please do try to get to as many tasks as you can - we need 76 more this month to meet our target ( 24 so far) Plus remember every KM counts to so ensure your strava is linked to GG and get recording every time you walk, run or cycle anywhere ! If you do a good deed like Barbara does every week, then please ensure you self log it too.

See you next time !

Stay warm all of you :)


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Stephen Blaine went on a group run

Mon 25th Sep 2023 at 6:00pm

Cheers to the grave milestone!

Worthing Report written by JULIA GLEESON

Happy 60th Birthday Mr Robinson

On a very happy evening we all convened at the cemetery to combine good deeds followed by an epic celebration in honour of John 60th Birthday.

With volunteers aplenty we had to bolt on an additional task to accomodate everyone. Luckily Rik and Val came to the rescue and half the group headed to Heene Church Rooms garden to start work on a new project for us.

Back in the cemetery we welcomed Ryan to our group. Although many of us know Ryan as being Sarah partner, it was especially nice to see him at his first task. Luckily Lucy was on hand together with Ricky to partner up and do some very fine raking and bagging!

Elsewhere in the cemetery Sue was busy pruning brambles from the grave looking extremely fit in her shorts and long compression socks!

Meanwhile, Anne and Sarah were busy raking - this was certainly the case when I left to check in with the other half of the group but I'm not entirely sure that the work rate was kept up in my absence - ha ha! Some of the photographic evidence may support this!

Duncan, fresh from a 3 day stag event and a board meeting was busy digging whilst trying to stay awake!

Back at the new task - the ground force makeover team were certainly going at full strength.

Belinda had partnered up with Gillybean to clear the area around the steps ( credit to Belinda for some great before and after photos! )

John. Tamsin, Daisy, Barbara together with Rik and Val made great strides with clearing bindweed, wild garlic, brambles, weeds and rubbish !

We will return to this site in the coming winter months to really get a grip with it and smarten the whole area up.

We all reconvened at the cemetery for a Happy Birthday sing song followed by a group photo and a well deserved drink at the pub where we presented John with a variety of presents from his GG buddies!

Great job and smiles all round !

Hope to see lots more of you at the tasks in the coming weeks !

Julia xx

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Stephen Blaine went on a community mission

Sun 14th May 2023 at 9:45am

Sea La Vie !

Worthing Report written by JULIA GLEESON

3 of us plus Simba turned up at the earlier time of 08:45 to do a beach clean. Thank you so much.

Huge kudos to Barbara and Stephen for supporting this community mission today - It proved very worthwhile and what we are all about at GoodGym - Giving to our local community without hesitation.

Ongoing tech issues mean that I cant upload a photo - I have no idea what photo will appear but it wont be anything like the ones I took which is sad as they are amazing - look out on whats app for them

See you next time - you missed a banger !

Julia x

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Stephen Blaine went on a community mission

Sun 30th Apr 2023 at 10:00am

Sea You Later

Worthing Report written by JULIA GLEESON

Worthing Run Fest dawned sunny and relatively still on in our beautiful town.

For the second year running, GoodGym had been asked to give out the finishers medals which we were very happy to agree to. Stephen was also harpooned to volunteer by one of the organisers, Jade whose charms were clearly more powerful than my pleas for volunteers - but wait - he ended up in the baggage tent so maybe karma did prevail somewhere !

A number of our Worthing GoodGymers were participating in the event.

Natascha, Daisy Greg ( aka Craig) Sarah, Sue A and Mr R John ran in the 10K whilst Sue W and Jay took on the mighty half marathon. Well done to you all . You are all our superstars !

Our intrepid runners all did brilliantly with several personal best times- Notably Jay, who ran London just 7 days ago got a PB . Massive kudos to you, our very own super hero - Cake man!

The other mini super hero of the day was Jemima ( mini me Tamsin ) who was super excited to be helping with the medals, and ended up fronting our team and giving out the medals and the trophy to the winners.

Finally, big shout out to Daisy and John who ran and then volunteered too.

So sorry for the lateness of this report. The Central GG tech team did a upgrade last week of the website which resulted in multiple bugs meaning it was impossible to upload a report until just now.

Looking forward to seeing you all in the next few weeks. With 2 more bank holidays in May we will also be actively volunteering on Wednesdays too.

Thank you for your support and patience

Julia xx

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Stephen Blaine went to a social

Sat 10th Dec 2022 at 10:30am

Munching on the brunch

Worthing Report written by JULIA GLEESON

Post parkrun reward

Following the very successful parkrun we all walked along the prom, basking in the sunshine to Munch where we decided to rearrange the furniture to suit the GG worthing 'as one' ethos :) Luckily we narrowly got away with it despite a few stern words from chef Theresa.

With breakfast already pre ordered it was a ( relatively ) straight forward ordering of drinks etc. We all did slide down in our chairs when Stephen asked to alter his order ( although he was oblivious of our concern! ) but yet again, Theresa ( happily) agreed to the last minute change.

it was really lovely to see our very own mini Christmas star Jemima come along with Tamsin and what a great photo of her and of everyone by the tree:)

There were also very welcome guest appearances from Natacha , Pauls husband John, plus Nick who has been stuck on 67 good deeds for around 4 years - ha ha !

Save the date

Watch this space for our new years curry party on January 28th which our social secretary, Tamsin and I will be organising early in the new year.

Plus Bank Holiday Monday - walk and chat 09:30

Wishing you a very warm and cosy Christmas filled with love and good times.

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Stephen Blaine went on a training session

Sun 12th Jun 2022 at 9:45am

Fitness ? Shell yeah !

Worthing Report written by JULIA GLEESON

On a stunning Sunday morning 5 of us met up for our monthly fitness session.

Worthing did not disappoint with its sunny weather. blue skies, turquoise sea and a happy people along the prom.

After a warm up around the pier we went into a lower and upper body EMOM ( Every minute on the minute ) We did 4 rounds and finished with a team buyout challenge with everyone helping each other to complete 100 reps of their chosen move.

It was really was an absolute delight to be with this gorgeous bunch TamsinAnneSarahStephen

Next months date to be announced in the next few days :)

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Stephen Blaine went on a group run

Mon 6th Jun 2022 at 6:00pm

Post platti serving at Bugs Life

Worthing Report written by JULIA GLEESON

Sunshine and social

Following a 4 day platinum Jubilee weekend, GoodGym Worthing moved the 4 day extravaganza to 5 !

Tonight we combined a good deed with a social - what a perfect combination 👌 and we turned out in royal numbers!

On parade today we had (imagine a drum roll).....

Duncan, Gillybean,TamsinLucy, Sue, Anne Paul, Sarah Jay ,Stephen, Katharine John and Ricky

It was lovely to see so many familiar faces and I think it's true to say everyone enjoyed a great chat with each other whilst also doing some good stuff for the local community.

We were warmly welcomed back to the Bugcycle garden by Creative Wave's Nadia and Nessie. Tonights main task was to clear the 'lounge' area ready for a pergola to be built on Tuesday We also were weeding , watering and moving metal fencing and moving a decked wooden platform to its new home.

The majority of the team formed a chain of pure muscle to relocate some heavy rocks to make room for the pergola whilst others busiest themselves in various other ways around the garden.

One hour later and after a GG flag group photo we headed down to the communal barbeque's on Beach Green Despite a chill in the air, the sun shone and we all enjoyed sharing food and drink together. Here's to the next one in a month's time.

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Stephen Blaine completed 25 good deeds with GoodGym. 🎉

Sunday 24th April 2022

On a roll

On a roll

Stephen Blaine completed 25 good deeds with GoodGym.

Stephen has already done 25 good deeds with GoodGym. Instead of doing anything else, they've used their run to go and help people that need their help; digging, lifting, scraping, clearing, planting and weeding. Stuff that makes this a better place to be.


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Sun 24th Apr 2022 at 1:51pm

Well done Steve ! 25 good deeds !

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Stephen Blaine went on a community mission

Sun 24th Apr 2022 at 9:30am

Having a ball at Worthing Run Fest

Worthing Report written by JULIA GLEESON

The Best of Both

What better way to celebrate Worthing Run Fest than to volunteer to give medals out to members of our GG Team who were running in the 10k and half marathon.

Massive thank you to my volunteer team Barbara, Belinda, Ros, Steve , on medal duty and Daisy, Duncan and Lucy on shoe chip duty.

Many congratulations to all the runners ..... John, Ricky , Sue , Natacha, Jay, Paul, and Anne. Hopefully there were some PB times there somewhere !

What an absolute pleasure of a morning .

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