GoodGym Olympics 2019

165 runners ran in a race.

  • Beth Hoskins
  • Bryon Chan
  • Hackney runner
  • Sarah Moore
  • Sophie Hedges
  • Steph Turner
  • Steve Coman
  • anne malcolm
  • Brahma Pochee
  • Lambeth runner
  • Paul Bown
  • Tom Benson
  • Islington runner
  • Alice Ridgway
  • Polly Skeats-Beswick
  • Richard Breakspear
  • Mark Gilyead
  • Tim Gretton
  • Claire Thomson
  • Patrick Luong
  • Jessie Shaw
  • Steve Jenkins
  • Claire Rees-Sewak
  • Newham runner
  • Catriona Sibert
  • Lucy J
  • Jay Rosenberg
  • Frances Powrie
  • Aidan Padfield
  • Steve Lee
  • Hackney runner
  • Daniel Allen-baines
  • Graham Atkins
  • Jacqueline Francis
  • Richmond runner
  • Alex Murtough
  • Jim
  • Emily Waller
  • Peter Van Tongeren
  • James Gilbert
  • Steve Murtough
  • Helen-Angharad Fagan
  • Eva Sharpe
  • Sarah Place
  • Alex Passa
  • Liv Parker-Scott
  • Alix Guerber
  • Sarah-Jane Messenger
  • Mireille
  • Toyin
  • Dom Tooze
  • Lucy Ranson
  • Matthew Stuart
  • Sophie Humphrey
  • Jade Jones
  • Tav
  • Christian Brown
  • John D Wren
  • Sarah Wren
  • Vic
  • Claire C
  • Tabitha Skinner
  • Sharon Prince
  • Issac Gideon Young
  • Frances Collier-Wright
  • Amber Maurice
  • Susie Crafer (Longworth)
  • Luke Woodward
  • Amy Crawford
  • Tori
  • Catherine Brewis
  • James Hotham
  • Kevin Prince
  • Leanne Allsopp
  • Trafford runner
  • Chi Nwa
  • Michael Welsh
  • Clair Sim
  • Alex Brown
  • Al Smith
  • Alex
  • Julia
  • Helen Killingley
  • Beth Nelson
  • Greenwich runner
  • Salwa Wardeh
  • Phoebe
  • Emily McGovern
  • Stefan Durkin
  • Abigail White
  • Tara Shanahan
  • Jack Concanon
  • Michael Clayton
  • Nicky Woodall
  • Tim Wheatley
  • Remy Maisel
  • Pete
  • Michelle
  • CJ Jessup
  • Andy Wright
  • Lambeth runner
  • Christopher O'Driscoll
  • Croydon runner
  • Sara Brimble
  • Charlotte Martin
  • Dan Benwell
  • Ella Jeffries
  • Chris
  • Katie Carew-Robinson
  • Lambeth runner
  • Chris
  • Stephanie Stevenson
  • Becky
  • Claire Oxlade
  • Paul Kelly
  • Philip Woodall
  • David Ewens
  • Tom Clough
  • Tony Hewett
  • Paul Fawcett
  • Jo Kitching
  • Luis
  • Alice Newstead
  • Keith Borrett
  • Angela Chick
  • Rebecca
  • Latoya Stephens
  • Abi Perrin
  • Catherine Moore
  • Rob Riley
  • George
  • Callum
  • Beth Sawyer
  • Africa Calzon
  • Helen
  • Newham runner
  • Oliver
  • Wandsworth runner
  • Redbridge runner
  • Caz Steer
  • Charlotte
  • Jonny Knight
  • Anwen Greenaway
  • Amanda Bater
  • Teresa Gebski
  • Bethan Greenaway
  • Kapil
  • Olivia Powell
  • Rebecca
  • Alexander Majewski
  • Oliver Cannon
  • Linda
  • Lenka
  • James Clare
  • Sarah
  • Minh
  • Laura
  • Sarah Wilson
  • Lucy Hill
  • George Woolfrey
  • Elizabeth Gold
  • Momoko
  • Liz
  • Sharon Graham
Saturday, 3rd of August 2019
Led by Tom Benson

Update: Photos are now ready: Please click this link for the wonderful pictures of the day taken by Tom Hunter and Sarah Rajabalee Photos

Well what a day, on Saturday 3rd August I checked the weather forecast and was relieved to see the chances of rain was limited, however what they failed to say was just over Hampstead heath, there was going to be from 12 o’clock onwards flashes of red thunder would be seen. The local residents should have been warned a sea of red was heading to Hampstead heath armed with cakes, carved vegetables, frying pans and bags full of energy, witnesses said that it was very infectious.

So after lots of emails and badge/medal making the third GoodGym Olympics took place. Over 160 folks from all over the GoodGym community came to London to compete in the annual sports day. Events on offer were classic running events such as the 400m and elimination mile to more novel but just as serious ones such as the egg and spoon and a first time entry the Bucket stilt relay. The day was amazing and brought together some fantastic competition and lovely fun sprint. We saw photo finishes on so many races including a tense 100m to a mass final lap on the 5,000m, the energy and sprite was amazing and just sums up GoodGym.

This years event had a marching band created from a competition I set up to create an Olympic anthem, James and Laura from Lambeth created two entries and Mark, Lambeth leader, joined them together to make an amazing effort and brought together a number of musicians to create a marching band for the day, it was beyond words. Alongside the events we had a loads of lovely baked goods taking part in the bake off and some amazing carved vegetables in the veg competition. I have included a few pictures as they say it better than my typed words. Loads of new things were introduced this year from medals hand made from clay, amazing village games, area badges and temporary tattoos which all look great.

I have organised this for the last three years and every year folks contributions and enthusiasm amazes me and makes it all worth it, although this is a lot of work to put it together there are a number of people whose effort and ensure the days goes on without any hitches, from the first aiders to the commentators, timing team, village games organisers, start of the day setting uppers, marshals, bake off helpers and bakers, loads and loads of people. Also mega shout out to the areas that travel far and wide to come, you made such an effort and it was lovely you made the effort, shout out to Colchester, Bristol, Brighton, Oxford, Portsmouth and York

When I can compile the results I can find I will make them public as with when more photos come available. Anyhow, thank you so much for coming and getting involved it was truly a great day and everyone contributed to it. Next year as we have had three years in London, I am looking for an area outside to host it, stay tunes for announcements coming up in the next few months.

Nice one, Tom

Report written by Tom Benson

Discuss this report

Jay Rosenberg
Jay Rosenberg
Monday August 5th, 2019 14:20

Solid performance Tom and to prove it many of us didn't depart until past midnight!! Thank you :D

Jessie Shaw
Jessie Shaw
Monday August 5th, 2019 14:46

Thank you Tom and all the Benson clan! Your efforts pulled out another outstanding event!

Alex Murtough
Alex Murtough
Monday August 5th, 2019 22:03

Thank you Tom for such a beautiful day full of positivity, smiles, and just a touch of red thunder! Christmas has some competition for best day of the year... bring on 2020!

Richard Breakspear
Richard Breakspear
Monday August 5th, 2019 23:43

Thanks so much for organising this! Great fun! Enjoyed watching the bemused locals watching the parade and all the shenanigans! 😆

Angela Chick
Angela Chick
Tuesday August 6th, 2019 07:28

Thanks so much for such a fun day! I can't wait til next year!

Sarah Wilson
Sarah Wilson
Tuesday August 6th, 2019 17:59

Tom you are awesome! To organise such an event takes some doing, thankyou so much, I loved it! See you next year, Sarah :)

Anwen Greenaway
Anwen Greenaway
Wednesday August 7th, 2019 08:42

Thank you! We had so much fun!

Pritesh Mistry
Pritesh Mistry
Wednesday August 7th, 2019 14:46

Just incredible - what a hero!

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