Sue Giles


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Sue Giles went on a group run

Wed 22nd May at 6:45pm

Battleweed Common

Windsor and Maidenhead Report written by Amy L (she/her)

This evening was our second week battling Himalayan Balsam, which threatens native biodiversity if left to flower and explode it's seeds all over the place. Last week we were at Ockwells Park but this week we headed to Battlemead Common.

There were very few GoodGymers signed up when I checked earlier in the day, and the rain was hammering down, so I was pleasantly surprised when there was a flurry of last minute sign ups and the weather turned pleasant.

We had a lovely, leafy walk along the Thames Path to the what 3 words location shared by task owner Ranger Tom: gently.cotton.chair. Kudos to Gillian for running loops around the rest of us while we walked.

Scarlett and Matthew chose to make their own way to the task and their scenic route took a bit longer than ours. We concluded that it's better to follow TomTom than Mattnav.

The task location was a peaceful spot filled with nettles and Himalayan Balsam. You would be forgiven for thinking the evil plant here was the nettles, and we did get quite a few stings, but the pretty balsam was our target.

Balsam doesn't directly hurt, even if you bash each other over the head with it. Nicola and Matthew can confirm that it is in fact quite a pleasing thing to do, creating a nice hollow sound...

Thankfully balsam is easy to pull up. It's little pink roots mostly come up with a satisfying pop. We were instructed to pull them up and discard them at our feet, so it was easy to work our way along, leaving the right kind of destruction in our wake.

It was difficult to drag everyone away from this satisfying and addictive task, but we had another lovely walk along the tow path back to our start location and I'm sure we'll be back for more soon. Watch this space!

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Windsor and Maidenhead runner

Thu 23rd May at 4:41pm

It was such a satisfying task. I'm glad I subscribed the last minute (even when it was still drizzling). Wellies, rain trousers and puffy jacket - all protected from rain and nettles!

Sue Giles
Sue Giles signed up to a group run.

Wed 22nd May at 6:45pm

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Sue Giles
Sue Giles went on a group run

Wed 15th May at 6:45pm

Grab a wheelbarrow, you've pulled!

Windsor and Maidenhead Report written by Amy L (she/her)

This evening's task was was a first for us - Himalayan Balsam bashing at Ockwells!

Himalayan Balsam is an invasive species, which threatens native biodiversity if allowed to spread, so task owner Ranger Tom asked for our help to stop it from going to seed and smothering the native flora mix at beautiful Ockwells.

Tom told me we would be going to what3words location ///police.hurt.dozen, which sounded a bit ominous. Add to that the planned 'bashing', and promised attacks from stinging insects and pollen and I worried we were in for a violent and painful evening.

The reality couldn't have been more of a contrast. We had a lovely peaceful walk through the park; ///police.hurt.dozen turned out to be a pretty, sun-kissed spot, not far from a stream and surrounded by trees and birdsong; most of the insects we met were gorgeous blue dragonflies, and we didn't even need to bash anything: the roots of the offending plants were very happy to come up with no more than a gentle tug.

We quickly amassed huge piles of pulled up plants, creating our very own Himalayan (Balsam) mountain range!

Bar the odd nettle sting (especially the one on Anne-Laure's face, which led her to declare that she was growing a face on her face!), it was the perfect evening to refresh and soothe body and mind.

Can't wait for more of the same at Battlemead Common at next Wednesday's Group Run/Walk!

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Windsor and Maidenhead runner

Thu 16th May at 8:12am

Great work everyone! "///police.hurt.dozen" had me cracking up 🤣🤣 Hope Anne-Laure's new face doesn't hurt too much!

Windsor and Maidenhead runner

Thu 16th May at 10:54am

This looks like a great task on a beautiful evening! Hope I can join you next week for more at boulters!

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Sue Giles signed up to a group run.

Wed 15th May at 6:45pm

Run or walk and Himalayan Balsam bashing at Ockwells

Protect native species by reducing the spread of invasive Himalayan Balsam

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Sue Giles
Sue Giles went on a group run

Wed 8th May at 6:45pm

How many GoodGymers does it take to fill a raised bed?

Windsor and Maidenhead Report written by Jenni H

Tonight's task was a takeover by me, Jenni! 👋 I've been doing my GoodGym fitness leader training, and Amy kindly let me lead tonight's task for my assessment - thank you!

A group of us met at the Community Centre, and I delivered the briefing - where we were going, how we'd get there and most importantly to make sure we were doing it safely!

The walking duo of Diya and Kanika set off, while the runners did a self-led warm up, including Adam's choice of squats and Samrita feeding the chickens! Once our muscles were ready, we set off up the hill and off to the task...

...where the rest of the team met us!

After a chat with our taskowner for the night, Carl, it was clear it wouldnt take us very long, so Amy sprang into action to find us some more bits to do!

The answer to how many GoodGymers it takes to fill a raised bed?

Not very many at all!!

With an efficient team filling wheelbarrows with soil on one side of the building, others navigating round to the beds and a team of levellers, we were done filling the bed in record time! While team soil were working away, teams bike shed and weeders got to work.

Diya and Sophie were having loads of fun scaring everyone cleaning up inside the bike shed with their water throwing and Roberta and Gillian made easy work of the weeds around the building!

With our task, and some bonus bits complete, Amy and Sophie devised a fitness session, making use of the school's play equipment. With standing push ups, tricep dips, balancing and running across the playground, everyone had a good workout!

All that was left to do was to say goodbye to Carl, check who was coming back to base to do our stretches, so we set off into the sunset!

Thanks everyone for a fab evening for me to do my fitness leader assessment! Great road crossings and no spade mishaps 😂 I hope to lead a session for you again soon... and everyone will be welcome when Reading GoodGym is up and running!

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Windsor and Maidenhead runner

Thu 9th May at 8:33am

Such a fun session yesterday evening! Great job leading it, Jenni! It's a 10 from me! 🤩👌👏

Windsor and Maidenhead runner

Thu 9th May at 8:33am

Well done on leading this group run Jenni! It was another fun night in the brilliant weather ☀☀

Diya Singh
Diya Singh (she/her)

Thu 9th May at 12:12pm

Flawless leading, Jenni! Great action shots of the water-throwing 😂💦

Amy L
Amy L (she/her)

Thu 9th May at 2:56pm

Great work Jenni and well done to everyone who came along. Jenni loads of luck with your plans for Reading - I have every faith in you!

Mandy Driver

Fri 10th May at 12:11am

Well done Jenni ♥️

Kash

Fri 10th May at 9:07pm

Well done on becoming a fitness leader Jenni! Windsor and Maidenhead are lucky to have you. Fingers crossed for GG Reading coming soon!

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