Tower Hamlets

Group run

Litter-ally the best January night

14 GoodGymers made their way 5.0km to help the Thames21 in Tower Hamlets.

  • Martin
  • John Shirley
  • Chris Burns
  • Jacqui
  • Laura Williams
  • Tower Hamlets runner
  • Tower Hamlets runner
  • Rohan
  • York runner
  • Emma Jones
  • Lobo
  • Oliver Rockett
  • David Rampton
  • Jess
Monday, 22nd of January 2024
Led by Laura Williams

One by one GoodGymers arrived at the Stewart Street Community Centre on the Isle of Dogs.

(Thanks to Martin, and later Chris's, interventions, the postcode and address were accurate-ish come meeting time).

Meet and Greet

With a greeting team consisting of Ricardo and Chris​ on Stewart Street; Matt and Sam from Thames21 inside, it was a good-sized welcome for those joining us as we approached 7:15.

Partnering with Thames21

Matt from Thames21 led the briefing, giving the team a little background on the charity’s activity; their work on the Isle of Dogs, and an outline of where we’d be heading tonight.

Forming two groups (those who wanted a longer run heading off with Matt; those opting for a shorter run and a little warm-up with me) we made our way out onto the river front, admiring the scenery.

Stopping at ‘The Beach’/Kelson Beach/Folly House Beach, to collect a decent amount of litter, GoodGymers wasted no time putting together hoops and bags and dispersed along the shingle, gathering a good amount of debris as the tide headed in.

Making their way along the front, clearly visible by head torches, hi-vis and of course the distinctive red t-shirt, it seemed like we’d only been at the Beach a short while, before it was time to head back to base, empty bags, and head on with the run.

...A little more mileage

A small group opted for a walk-run along the river, and the larger group impressively headed out with Matt, who took the team through the foot tunnel no less, to catch a quick glimpse of the Cutty Sark the other side of the river, before running speedily back to base.

As we said our cheerios, we were busily planning the next meetup, looking forward to another productive river run.

Next week

...we’re back to Bow, to see Kieran and Frankie at the GET OUT garden.

Until then.

Report written by Laura Williams

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Monday January 22nd, 2024 21:59

This looks amazing! 🤩🤩🤩

Gwyn Williams
Gwyn Williams
Tuesday January 23rd, 2024 07:50

Lovely idea heading through the tunnel. Well done all!

Laura Williams
Laura Williams
Tuesday January 23rd, 2024 15:10

Thanks - it was a great evening!

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Laura Williams
Led by Laura Williams

Lucky enough to be the Area Activator for Tower Hamlets. Personal trainer. Seriously sweet tooth.

GoodGymers helping out
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    • York runner
    • Chris Burns

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