Group run

Goodgym Barnet visit the massage parlour!

5 GoodGymers made their way 13.0km to help their local community in Barnet.

  • John Shirley
  • Paul Salman
  • Kirsten Shoraka
  • York runner
  • Moya Malekin
Tuesday, 2nd of May 2023
Led by Paul Salman

A few GoodGym members came together to help the Finchley pollinator project. ( ) We were meeting Shiri , the organiser of the project, in North Finchley just outside the Samui spar massage parlour. They have four young trees outside in the street that had been selected to host some pollinating plants grown by Shiri and her team. As usual, we warmed up and had a chat at the Phoenix Cinema about 3 km away. Before the run, I distributed postcards from Raleigh bikes. This included a 10% discount at the Raleigh bike shops and two rather lovely chocolates. There was a fight over the two vegan chocolates which Louise won! Thank you, Raleigh bikes! We headed off along the High Street in our red T-shirts and soon got to the massage parlour. ( well, it was a good headline for the report hopefully it got your attention!)
Shiri met us and handed out tools. We set to work clearing and preparing the soil for the planting. It’s amazing how satisfying it was to put them in place. A grateful pedestrian on hearing what we were doing, presented us with a pack of fairy cakes. We finished off by watering them - thanks to a local flower shop who gave us a watering can.

It’s great to see the community come together with just a small project that makes the local environment that little bit better!

Thank you, John and Louise for coming along to support Barnet. We hope to see you more often.

Kirsten, who was reunited with an old doll set in a charity shop in North Finchley. 😊

And the green fingered and nearly qualified group run, leader - Moya

Thanks again for coming, running and doing some good!

This was the message from the organiser of the Finchley pollinator project.

Hi Paul thank you so much for the brilliant work done by you and your fellow goodgymmers! Everyone were so lovely and hardworking, there was so much to do but thanks to you we managed it in just under an hour. Well done, Deena Alison and myself truly appreciate it!!


This initiative is such a good fit for GoodGym, who look to help local organisations and encourage sustainable activities.

In turn I’d like to thank them for all the hard work .. such a great initiative!

Report written by Paul Salman

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John Shirley
John Shirley
Wednesday May 3rd, 2023 10:46

Last massage I had was a free one after the Budapest Half

Paul Salman
Paul Salman
Thursday May 4th, 2023 07:04

It’s a shame the shop wasn’t open.. we will have run back and water the plants when they are..

Paul Salman
Paul Salman
Thursday May 11th, 2023 12:30

For those that are interested please see a link to a recent, webinar, for everyone involved in the pollinator project . learning about providing shelter to pollinators from Scarlett from Buglife and Get London

The webinar is now on our youtube channel, and the links mentioned can be viewed on the video's description.

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Paul Salman
Led by Paul Salman

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    • Moya Malekin

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