Run regularly to see an isolated older person.
Visiting an older person as part of your weekly run can make a huge difference to their life. Over a million older people are always or often lonely, going for months without seeing friends or family. You could make a massive difference to their life by dropping in for 20 minutes as part of your run.
How it works
Many GoodGym runners are paired with isolated older people and they run to see them each week for a quick neighbourly visit.
We call the older people our runners visit coaches because they help motivate our runners to run and they share their wisdom with them. It's amazing what you can learn from your coach.
Coach runs can be fit around your schedule and don’t need to take up more than 20 minutes of your time per week.
How to get involved
To start running to a coach, you need to become a member and get coach verified.
It's simple and we'll guide you through every step.
Becoming a member
If you become a member we'll help you get fit by doing good. You get the support of your local trainer and help to set and achieve fitness goals and a new GoodGym New Balance technical running top. You also get 20% off at NewBalance.com.
All aspects of GoodGym are free to participate in. Most Goodgym members donate an optional £9.95 a month which go to the GoodGym Charity to help us reach more older people. We’ll ask you if you’d like to donate when you join.
Becoming coach verified
We work to make GoodGym as safe as possible. Part of this involves you providing references, doing a short online training module and getting a background check.
Getting verified only takes a few hours of your time over 2 weeks.
Find your coach run
Meet our coaches and runners
Wondering what it’s like to visit one of our coaches? Here are some of the stories that have come out of the relationships between GoodGym runners and older people.
I was very lonely. You've opened up a whole new world to me. Being a runner's coach is wonderful. They've given me the confidence to get out there again.
I’ve never been a morning exerciser. Being paired up with Connie has given me that motivation to start the day with a run. Getting to know her has been a breeze compared to the run there!"