Group run

It's raining Ten! Hallelujah #GG10

9 runners ran 5.0km to help the WANSTEAD COMMUNITY GARDENERS in Redbridge.

  • Kathryn Hertzberg
  • James Poole
  • Sophie
  • Redbridge runner
  • Vicki Busfield
  • Linda
  • James Clare
  • James Lowndes
  • John Metcalfe
Monday, 16th of September 2019
Led by James Poole

On the week that GoodGym celebrates 10 years of doing good in the community, nine runners met in Redbridge to water a community garden and did the legendary 'Nutter Lane Relay'.

It's crazy to think how far Goodgym has come from those humble beginnings in Tower Hamlets. We are now in 54 areas all across the UK, from Barnet to York and back again. We've been making communities better places to live, helping to make people less isolated and lonely and getting hot, sweaty and fitter in the process. May there be many more years and even more areas in our future.

With last Thursday's City Hall 10th Birthday celebrations still echoing in our ears, the group met at Wanstead House Community Centre to do what we do best - get fit and make Wanstead a better place. The weather forecast for the next week is suggesting an 'Indian Summer' and so after a quick conversation with local gardening legend Marian, it was agreed that the team would water the flower beds on George Green and outside Wanstead Station.

We are super proud of the work we have done with Wanstead Community Gardeners over the past three years. We've moved huge bags of soil, dug up roots, cut back trees and event created a guerilla garden in a space of unloved land in Snaresbrook. Keeping the plants water and looking great is a small role but one that keeps the town centre looking tip top throughout the year.

With the task done in double quick time, the group headed onto the streets of Wanstead for a warm up run before heading to Nutter Lane for the Nutter Lane Relay - the fitness session which we did for the first ever run for GG Rebridge over three years ago. In this tough workout, runners find a partner and while one runs over the bridge crossing the A12, the other does a different core strength drill. Once the runner has returned they high-5 their partner and swap over. It's a tough session and works both cardio and core strength.

A big shout out to the whole team for taking on a tough session and reminding me why we call it the Nutter Lane Relay - and it's not just because it's on Nutter Lane.

In celebration of Goodgym's 10th birthday there are literally tens of community missions across London and the even further afield. You can find out what's going on this week by following this link.

Report written by James Poole

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