Tower Hamlets

Group run

No DOOR Mr. Nice Guy

31 runners ran 4.0km to help the St. Margaret's House, Hollybush Estate, and Cranbrook Community Food Garden in Tower Hamlets.

  • Jo
  • Bryon Chan
  • Dave Gilbert
  • Martin Quinlan
  • Chris Burns
  • Leanne
  • Chi Nwa
  • Charlotte Fountaine
  • Susie
  • Steve
  • Laura Williams
  • Polly O'Callaghan
  • Si
  • Lieke
  • Elizabeth
  • Jennifer McGill
  • Liz Baxter
  • Katherine
  • Redbridge runner
  • Leo
  • Rosie
  • Jo Brown
  • Dave Gowenlock
  • Isabelle
  • Johnny
  • Emma
  • Rohan
  • Jessica Farmery
  • Eileen Chen
  • Ellinor
  • Mathew
 
Monday, 13th of January 2020
 
Led by Laura Williams

Storms becoming the norm

Storm Brendan was no match for 31 robust Tower Hamlets runners this evening, who gathered in wind and rain to warm up for this evening's three-task bonanza...

But we were still doing the TRIO

  • Bryon was leading the task to Cranbrook Community Food Garden, to help Eileen and Janet with some much needed clearing, and fixing of vegetable beds.

  • Leo and Isabelle, in the meantime, were tasked with leading a team through drenched, congested streets, to shout from the rooftops about the wonderful activities neighbouring St Margaret's House have coming up, in a big leafleting job.

  • And I led a team back to Hollybush where Margaret met us with tasks galore, from de-weeding paving stones, to planting pots, to shoveling mulch and sweeping leaves.

It was a night-and-a-half. But I'm afraid Storm Brendan's pelting rain and howling winds were no match for this lot. As bin liners were filled, leaflet piles emptied, compost shifted, the evening's work got done regardless. And with smiles.

The usual incredible stuff.

And a CHOICE of workouts no less.

And then Chi headed 'round to our favourite basketball court to prep for this evening's session. And so with two trainers on board, the lucky group got to pick from a running session led by Yours Truly or conditioning work led by Chi. We finished with a little balance and cardio work before running back through slippery streets to our hotel steps for a final calf stretch.

A wrap or what.

And so to tonight's shout-outs...

Here's what I want to highlight tonight: every session I thank our Task Force, because they do so much to enable our lovely, growing sessions to run the way they do. When we need to accommodate three tasks, they appear like fairy godmothers of fitness. Here's how it looks to a trainer:

  • Task Force member Leanne got in touch over the weekend to ask if the group needed any help for today.
  • Bryon stepped forward today to lead the Cranbrook Task.
  • Leo stepped forward earlier today to lead the leafleting task.
  • Isabelle stepped in to lead the walkers.
  • All our regular task force (Kat, Lieke, and those above) help me to make decisions like whether to relocate our fitness session (weather exception needed); who gets what lighting equipment; route navigation; backmarking...the list is endless.

...And other thank you's tonight go to Chi, for yet again helping to deliver the group some really fabulous, effective fitness content, catering to all abilities. Thank you from us all.

What's coming up

Now. Do you want the good news or the great news? Next week, we're at a brand new task! And it's indoors. Yep, we're heading to Limehouse Town Hall for Week 1 of a two-week task helping the Limehouse Town Hall Consortium Trust prep for a bold building makeover...More details and sign up can be found here.

Oh, and the even better news, you don't have to wait that long for more GoodGym Tower Hamlets activity: on Sunday, Leo and Isabelle are leading another Junior parkrun event, where you can take your pick from a range of volunteering roles. The details and sign up for that one are here.

Until next time, have the most wonderful of weeks. Stay warm, stay well, and hope to see you very soon.

Report written by Laura Williams


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Laura Williams

Laura Williams
GoodGym Trainer for Tower Hamlets. Personal trainer. Seriously sweet tooth.

Runners helping out

  • Walk Leader

    Lead a walking group to the task

    • Isabelle
  • Photographers

    Take photos for the run report

    • Leo
    • Elizabeth
    • Steve
    • Bryon Chan
  • Back marker

    Make sure that no one is left behind

    • Leanne

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