Group run


9 GoodGymers made their way 5km to help the Arc Centre in Islington.

  • Patrick Luong
  • Benedict Lumley
  • John Shirley
  • Simon Fitzmaurice
  • Katie Hull
  • York runner
  • Victoria Hanau
  • Kim
  • Alex Bellinger
Monday, 27th of March 2023
Led by Simon Fitzmaurice

And so begins our spring time Goodgym group runs!

We have arrived at the time of year when head torches suddenly become less essential, and we can almost run without additional warm clothing! The first Goodgym session within British Summertime!

Area Activator Simon was proud to christen his special 500 good deed t-shirt this evening, and was joined by 8 other Goodgym legends from all the London boroughs. After a series of warm up drills on the Emirates slope, we ran 1.6 miles together through Angel and down towards The ARC Centre via the Packington Estate. We caught up with John, Louise and Benedict at the ARC HQ, along with resident gardening expert, Kelly.

We split our full crew into two groups for this evenings tasks. Team 1 (Veg Patrol) were in charge of clearing two full planters of vegetables (chard, bay leaves, wild mustard, beetroot), and moving the soil over to another planter near the main entrance of the ARC Centre. Team 2 (Lifters and Shifters) were tasked with moving 8 timber planks from the locked up Riverside Gardens space, back to the ARC Centre. Afterwards, we successfully shifted a very heavy concrete slab back to Riverside Gardens, with the help of one of the squeakiest wheelbarrows in existence!

In appreciation for our efforts, we were offered the opportunity to take home some of the freshly uprooted vegetables! Our team ran back to the Emirates Stadium together, while carrying an array of veggies in hand or sticking out of various pockets or trail vests!

Area Activator Simon will be back in two weeks for his next group run (our "Moving the Masses" exercise facility verification run on Bank Holiday Monday). However, long time Goodgym Islington task force member Patrick will be leading our group run to The Rose Bowl Youth Club next Monday.

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John Shirley
John Shirley
Tuesday March 28th, 2023 10:23

Great report

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    Make sure that no one is left behind

    • Alex Bellinger
    • Katie Hull
    • Patrick Luong

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