Nice evening for a Barbie

18 Goodgymers helped their local community in Portsmouth
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Wednesday 31st May 2023

Report written by Katie Carew-Robinson (she/her)

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First up, was the greatly anticipated Golden Trainer....

1km, definitely no watches, predict your time, run or walk (or both), closest to their predicted time wins.

Here are the results from this year:

  1. John 1 second faster than predicted
  2. Jo 6 seconds faster
  3. India 10 seconds slower

India and Sasha were the only two who went slower than their predictions.... everyone else underestimated their ability or (more likely) the effect of a bit of "friendly" competition and a stopwatch on their speed!

The full set of results can be seen as an image in the photos.

Part 2 - litter picking

The good deed part of the evening involved a litter pick around Kingston Rec, always a rich hunting ground for discarded items. Rachel was keen to find the usual items to really know that she was back in Pompey - there was definitely plenty of cigarette butts and a few full poo bags but did we find any clothing?

Other gems included a "diamond" (useful for proposing to a dog apparently), a broken brollie, a moped in a bush, half an avatar figure and a plastic crocodile. Find of the night was a Barbie who had a lot more street cred than any Barbie I owned when I was a kid, she matched Jen's outfit pretty well but had 1 more shoe than normally seen on Jen!

Many bags of litter and one bag of recycling were collected. Thanks to Vicki for taking the recycling back to her green bin.

We met up with Anna from Fratton Big Local and a couple of the friends of Kingston Rec who'd been doing a great job picking up litter in the park area. Anna brought snacks so once the golden trainer winner had been announced, easy peelers and biscuits were passed round and shared.

Great job by everyone. And lots of good pics tonight too (apologies that I didn't get everyone in action, I thought you'd probably be more interested in me pressing the stopwatch at the correct point!!).

Session Leader
India Custance
Rachel Cutler
Dave Moore
Harry Hender
John Belfrage
Jen Stoneham
Judy Knapp
Val Cameron
Sinéad McCarthy
Angela Chick
Jo Kitching
Samantha Belfrage
Tony Hewett
Katie Carew-Robinson
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Dave Moore

Wed 31st May 2023 at 8:25pm

We’ve done DIY, been on road trips and holidays together, and yet my running capabilities are the cause of the first argument 😂😂

Katie Carew-Robinson

Wed 31st May 2023 at 8:33pm

Have more faith in yourself Dave! Next time you'll know to go with your gut instinct!!


Wed 31st May 2023 at 8:40pm

That was great fun with so many of us.... that pesky trainer will be MINE next year 🤣