Group run

(E)State Visit

28 runners ran 4km to help their local community in Wandsworth.

  • Jessie Shaw
  • Anastasia Hancock
  • Matthew Stuart
  • Sophie Humphrey
  • Jordan
  • Freyja Winterson
  • Luke Woodward
  • Croydon runner
  • Philip Woodall
  • Hanna
  • James Collins
  • Wandsworth runner
  • Ros F
  • Jo Dunkason
  • Beth King
  • Oliver Cannon
  • JuliavC
  • Thomas Lucey
  • Caroline Halls
  • Alice Poppleton
  • Mohit
  • Kimberley Smith
  • Joanna Leyden
  • Melanie Stralka
  • Rob Street
  • Bruno
  • Ellen Shearman
  • Ariane Sanders
Monday, 9th of September 2019
Led by Anastasia Hancock

After a drizzly old day in Wandsworth, it was great to see GoodGym runners bringing the cheer to our Monday group run last night!

  • It was the first group run for Beth, Rob, Ellen and Ariane - give them a cheer for being ace!

  • On 21st September we are having GoodGym's first ever #SuperSaturday! We will be attempting to have the biggest number of community missions happening across the UK than ever before. There will be a mission going on in every area, and in Wandsworth we will be going to help create a learning space at a Tooting School. You can sign up here to get involved.

After a warm up where we did some coordination and heart raising exercises, we set off for the Kambala estate to do various jobs for the Kambala Cares. This great project is run by residents to improve the life for local people, has strong links in the community and supports local businesses, charitable organisations and community projects to benefit and people in the area. They are a non-profit organisation, run solely by volunteers, and led by Donna who met us after a 2km run with various jobs to do.

While Hanna's team got involved sorting the plants in the secret garden and were soon surrounded by wafts of lavender from the herb beds, the second team were hard at work sweeping and litter picking in the streets around the estate - a slightly less fragrant task given the dog poop - while the third group got stuck into weeding the raised beds. As well as lots of weeds and rubbish, they also discovered other treasure, including a whole bike wheel!

After 40 minutes of hard work we downed tools and headed over to the local park to do fitness. In the spirit of some much needed democracy at the moment, we took a vote between a speed and pace session or a core blast. It was abs that one (just) so we got straight on with sets of 45 seconds ab exercises with a 15 second break in between them, and finishing off with a plank minute. It was hard work, but given how much a strong core benefits your running form and protects against injuries, is an important part of our training. Great effort everybody!

Next week we have a special run as part of the UK wide celebrations for GoodGym's 10th birthday. We've got a great task at a Balham based charity building cots for disadvantaged families, then we'll be having a social after the run. Go on, sign up here to do good and have even more fun than usual!

Report written by Anastasia Hancock

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Anastasia Hancock

Anastasia Hancock
Trainer for Wandsworth and Hounslow. All things running. For fitness, fun, racing and to feel good - and for everybody! Member of HWAC.

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