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London Underground Root Planners

7 GoodGymers made their way to help the The Single Homeless Project in Islington.

  • Benedict Lumley
  • Simon Fitzmaurice
  • Katie Hull
  • York runner
  • Emily
  • Victoria Hanau
  • Caitlin Rollison
Monday, 12th of June 2023
Led by Simon Fitzmaurice

7 Goodgym runners and cyclists joined Area Activator Simon for a roasting hot group run session over at Single Homeless Project, Ashley Road last night. This was a special request from the team, who were very keen to plant some newly donated plants into the front garden of the centre before they dry out in the heat!

Due to the very warm weather, Simon, Louise, Victoria and Katie made sure that we had regular walking breaks during our 1.5 mile run up Sussex Way, past Elthorne Park and over to Ashley Road. Keen eyed Goodgymmers might have recognised St Mary's Church and Caxton House being passed on our run (2 great Goodgym tasks from the past year!).

We arrived in good and ample time, and were lead to the back of SHP by volunteer Ritchie, locating hose pipes, forks, spades, trowels and gloves in the greenhouse. From here, we walked round the the front garden of the second property, two doors down.

Benedict and Caitlin soaked the soil to prepare the surfaces for planting, while Emily and Katie did a smashing job of turning the earth, pulling roots and weeding. Within 40 minutes, we successfully settled all of the donated plants for the SHP project, and now the space is ready for future gardening.


During our group run, we came across no less than 5 cats! out sunbathing, and gathered 14 pence of collected coins dug up from the SHP garden space.


Come and Guide Run with Achilles International (Green Park Summer Session)

Thursday 15th June, 6pm, Green Park Underground Station

We will be assisting Achilles International for another group run and VI guiding session at our classic Green Park summer location. Welcome to guides and potential guides of all abilities.

Crouch End Open Space (CREOS) Volunteering Day (June 2023)

Saturday 18th June, 11am, CREOS meadow

Our monthly woodland regeneration session with the CREOS volunteering team. Building beautiful forest paths between Crouch End, Highgate and Muswell Hill!

GROUP RUN- Slow Ways Route Mapping Pioneers- Angel to Camden

Monday 19th June, 6.45pm, Arsenal Community Hub

This is a slightly different task than usual!

Our plan is to run together from The Arsenal Community Hub, over to Angel Underground Station (1.2 miles).

We will then run a new route to Camden (using Regent's Canal, past King's Cross and Granary Square, and onwards to Camden Lock- approximately 2 miles).

Our objective is to record the ease of navigation and the accessibility of this route for other users.

This will then be uploaded to the Slow Ways website (, a database for pedestrian friendly walking routes across the UK.

Post Group Run Social- June (The Swimmer)

Monday 19th June, 8.45pm, The Swimmer N4

Beautiful pub on the Islington/Haringey Border- Come for a chat, refreshments, food and good times!

Guide Runners Needed for Metro Blind Sport Athletics 2023 (50 year Anniversary!)

Saturday 24th June, 10am - 3pm, Mile End Stadium

Experienced and new guides needed for this annual visually impaired athletics event. An incredible sports day for athletes of all abilities!

Penn Road Gardens Open Volunteer Morning

Sunday 25th June, 10am - midday, Penn Road Gardens

Every last Sunday of the month, the residents of Penn Road invite keen volunteers to help with maintaining this lovely community spot just off Holloway Road.

Local volunteers will be on hand to direct anyone who arrives to offer their help between 10am- midday. Come on down to enjoy a lovely morning community task!

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