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Insane on the Membrane!

24 runners ran 4.0km to help the FROGG in Islington.

  • Steve Coman
  • Paul Bown
  • Claire Rees-Sewak
  • Frances Powrie
  • Aidan Padfield
  • Meg Lewis
  • Steve Lee
  • Islington runner
  • Graham Atkins
  • Alix Guerber
  • Chris Ellaway
  • Tim Slater
  • Ellie Austin
  • Sally
  • Paris
  • Tom McCann
  • Matthew Hacke
  • Caz Steer
  • Charlotte
  • Laura M
  • Rachel Day
  • Mukund Varma
  • Leah
  • Ayumi Mine
 
Monday, 20th of May 2019
 
Led by Paul Bown

24 Goodgymers ran 3-5k to help Caledonian Park and Grenville Gardens!

Welcome along to newbies Paris, Mukund and Ayumi - lovely to have you along.

In the news this week:

  1. Well done to all those that ran and volunteered at Hackney Half at the weekend!
  2. Good luck to Steve Coman who is doing his marathon in Edinburgh this Sunday!
  3. Night of the PB's is on 6th July this year, come cheer, have a beer and volunteer if you'd like!

Caledonian Park Report:

12 of us headed up to Caledonian Park via paradise park and up the hill. We met the wonderful Merium getting wheelbarrows out of a lock up just outside the park. We collected six wheelbarrow, eight shovels and an array of other tools.

On the south-west corner of the park there is a trail path that needed our attention - first off pulling up the plastic membrane, next clearing the overgrowth around the path and lastly emptying barrows of woodchip onto the path.

Friends of GoodGym!

We split into teams to get started. The black plastic membrane was tough getting up but once you got a hold you could roll it and dirt towards you. This made the task a lot quicker! The woodchip crew did a fantastic job in keeping a constant stream of wheelbarrows heading up the path towards the rakers who were on hand for key directing and spreading duties.

Over 50 minutes we got absolutely loads done, Merium was so pleased with all the work we had done! After posing for a group picture we took the tools back to the lockup and then headed down the hill home.

FROGG Report by Aidan:

12 of us headed to Grenville Gardens to meet the lovely Vince this time. The gardens are looking lovely and they are starting to add their own bog. We had two wheelbarrows on the go, soil running back and forth to fill the planter two thirds full. Steve Lee beautifully levelled the soil whilst completing the bog cocktail with layers of gravel as well.

On the other side we were weaving some veeeeery tall willow into a secret garden tunnel for people to escape through. With a bit of jumping and a small hand from some garden ties the tunnel was complete!

With time to spare we beautified the path with some expert speed weeding. With even more time to spare we had a crack at a speed fitness session in the park with everyone taking a turn to shout out an exercise to do for 10 reps. We even managed some press ups.

Heading off back down the hill, Steve C led a group for an extra lap around the Emirates and Graham, a more leisurely expert stretching session. Good deeds, good running, good stretching.

Sign up for next week here, we'll be meeting at the Arc Centre and helping the Police with a knife search!

PB out

Report written by Paul Bown


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