Group run

Cax me if you can

9 runners ran 6km to help the Caxton House in Islington.

  • Benedict Lumley
  • Islington runner
  • Steve Lee
  • Simon Fitzmaurice
  • Islington runner
  • Alfie
  • Sally
  • Rachel
  • Emily
Monday, 20th of September 2021
Led by Simon Fitzmaurice

Last night, 5 Goodgymmers met up with Area Activator Simon outside the Arsenal Community Hub for a 5km total run to Caxton House Community Centre. Benedict, Steve, Alfie and Rachel made their way up Sussex Way (passing friendly neighbourhood cats on route) before meeting up with the rest of our crew in Archway.

Goodgym Islington have been visiting the Caxton House Community Centre pretty frequently over the past few months (3rd visit since August), pitching in with a big green renovation of lovely plot of planters. The idea is to shift many wheel barrows full of hardened soil from small growing beds, and to move this all to a larger planter. Fresh compost and soil will be added and mixed in at a later date, ready for spring vegetables. Alison, Steve, Benedict and Emily took on the arduous digging and forking task (and did a smashing job- especially after all the hot weather we had), while Aidan was the main wheelbarrow driver and successfully navigated the stairs to the drop off point.

The rest of our team (Rachel, Sally and Alfie) were offered pavement picking tools (skinny brushes on sticks) and knee cushions, and were tasked to chip away at some persistent weeds growing out of the path to the garden. These tools proved to be effective, and we were able to brush a bag of eco-friendly weed deterrent into the cracks to keep the place looking tidy through Autumn and Winter.

We did a smashing job over the course of an hour. Thank you to everyone who brought head torches too- this really makes such a difference for your fellow runners.

6 runners joined us for the return run back to the Emirates (down hill this time!), and we enjoyed a stretch and a chat together to close the evening.


Next week, we will be visiting The Rose Bowl Youth Centre.

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Also, check out the wonderful work our GG Islington group did at Crouch End Open Space on Sunday here!

Report written by Simon Fitzmaurice

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Runners helping out
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    Make sure that no one is left behind

    • Rachel
    • Steve Lee
    • Islington runner

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