Goodleaf Vertical Marathon

Gold medal for 2012 Goodleaf Vertical Marathon

What on earth is a Goodleaf Vertical Marathon?!

Well, actually we made it up…

…in 2012 we thought it would be fun to host our own Olympic event and give our climbers the chance to win Bronze, Silver or Gold or even the highly coveted Green Goodleaf medal. We thought we could maybe raise a little cash for a local good cause by asking everyone to make a small donation to join in. It’s a simple way of giving back to our local community. We’ve raised over £5700 since we started thanks to you.

What happens?

‘Medals’ (stickers) are awarded in relation to how far you’ve climbed. We add up the distance that each individual has climbed over our tree climbing season when we close and we hope that together we can climb the distance of the marathon! That’s 42.195 km or 26 miles & 385 yards fact fans.

Gold – at least 3 ascents of the tree (about 45 m)
Silver – 2 ascents of the tree (about 30m)
Bronze – 1 ascent of the tree (about 15 m)
Green – valiant effort in tree climbing or flapjack eating (usually about 7 m)

It’s not an exact science but it’s loads of fun and a great way to challenge yourself – so get your tree climbing gear on – it could be you on the podium/branch this year!

2019 Goodleaf Vertical Marathon results

A 2 minute beach clean board standing on a sandy beachYou blew us away in 2019!

We raised £952.60 and climbed over 55.2 km. What amazing totals!

This year we worked with Planet Aware a local organisation who are committed to helping people and organisations make smarter choices about the way they use the earth’s resources.

We’ve bought two 2 Minute Beach Clean boards. One is looked after by the lovely people at Three Buoys at Appley beach. It’s perfect for a post tree climb litter pick! The other is a town centre board that’s outside ARCH (a community shop run by Aspire) in Ryde High Street.

The boards have all the information, litter pickers and bags that you need to do your own mini clean-up when you’re on the beach. It’s been a real community effort and we’d also like to thank Ryde Inshore Rescue who have really helped us too.

Please do share your litter picking pictures with #2MinuteBeachClean and #WeLoveRyde.

2018 Tree Climbing Vertical Marathon results

couple in tree boat hammock, Goodleaf tree climbing, Isle of WightIn 2018 we raised money for Oakfield CE Primary School which is situated at the top of the lane that runs through Appley Park.

Oakfield has fantastic grounds, which once included Appley Park and were landscaped by Humphry Repton in the 18th century. We’re delighted to announce that we raised  £929.32 for the school’s new sensory and kitchen garden and climbed a whopping 44.95 km in the process, easily beating the distance of a marathon. The school is situated in an area of high deprivation and the garden will also provide a prayer garden as space for reflection and contemplation to enhance the well-being of children and their families.

2017 Tree Climbing Vertical Marathon results

a group of children about to go tree climbing with GoodleafIt’s been another bumper year for the Goodleaf Vertical Marathon – our tree climbers climbed the distance of 43,426 km. Well done everyone!

An extra massive pat on the back for everyone this year – for the past four years we’ve added up tree climber’s and instructor’s climbing distances together to reach the marathon, but (drum roll!), but in 2017 we’ve reached the distance just on tree climber’s climbs alone. Fantastic!

Even better, we raised over £800 for the Wight Squirrel Project a local charity who work to protect the Isle of Wight’s population of Red Squirrels (we only have red ones on the Island). We’ve got a soft spot for these squirrels and you can often see them in Appley Park if you’re quick enough. The project is run entirely by volunteers who monitor squirrel numbers, care for injured squirrels and also complete important research about the squirrels.

2016 Tree Climbing Vertical Marathon results

tree climbers and vertical marathon medal winnersWowsers – we nailed it in 2016! Together we climbed a total of 55,608 metres – that’s over 55 KM! We took a lot more school groups climbing in 2016 and it shows in the number of metres we climbed. Thanks kids!
We also raised £685.07 for Ryde Inshore Rescue – it was an absolute pleasure to be able to support the hard work the volunteers do.
We gave out 405 Gold medals, 310 Silver medals, 759 Bronze medals and 563 Green medals over the year – amazing.

2015 Tree Climbing Vertical Marathon results

picture of girl pointing to gold medal sticker

2015 Vertical Marathon Gold Winner

Congratulations tree climbers – you climbed an amazing 40, 613.5 metres – that’s nearly a marathon in itself! Add on Paul’s climbs and it comes to 44.783 kms, way past a marathon.

It’s not quite as many km as 2014, but we can blame the rain in August for that! It’s still an excellent result, so a big thank you from us.

We raised a whopping £623.39 which we donated to Friends of Appley along with a donation of £110 from our Big Tree Party in May 2015. So in total donated we’ve raised £733.39, which Friends of Appley will use to install something in the park for our four legged friends. More info on that coming soon.

As well as metres climbed and pounds collected, we gave out 429 Gold Medals, 293 Silver medals, 572 Bronze medals and 568 Green medals. Wow!

2014 Tree Climbing Vertical Marathon results

picture of four people under a tree

Gold Goodleaf Vertical Marathon winners

Thanks so much to all our tree climbers in 2014 – we did it! For the first time since we started the Goodleaf Vertical Marathon in 2012 we climbed well over a marathon. We topped 45 kms of tree climbing over the season….45.045 km to be precise. We also raised £664.00 for our local Isle of Wight charity Gift to Nature, thanks to you, our generous and expert tree climbers. Well done and thank you so much. Amazing…

Gift to Nature have kindly decided to spend our donations on something for Appley Park our seaside location. Watch this space for more details.

In 2015 we are collecting for Friends of Appley, a local charitable group that support the park and beach areas.


2013 Tree Climbing Vertical Marathon results

Another superb result; £683 raised but alas no marathon reached – we’re edging our way there on 38.25 km. In 2013 we raised money for the Isle of Wight Christmas Toy Appeal. They collect and purchase new presents for children and young people on the Isle of Wight who would otherwise be going without a present. It was very special to know that there was something special under the Christmas tree for those children.

2012 Tree Climbing Vertical Marathon results

A massive thank you to everyone. We raised over £650 for Special Olympics Isle of Wight with the Goodleaf Vertical Marathon. This covered all the costs for one Isle of Wight athlete to attend the 2013 Summer Games in Bath. It’s definitely a gold medal result!

We didn’t quite climb a marathon, but we managed a grand total of 33.01 km over the whole of 2012. We awarded 1082 medals including over 400 Gold medals. It’s an excellent result and we’re amazed at the amount of climbing that goes on in our trees.

A special mention must go to Samuel who has climbed with us on a number of occasions – he climbed over 100m in one two hour session and will be awarded a Goodleaf Cup of Honour.