Tower Hamlets

Group run

Partners in grime

22 GoodGymers made their way 1.0km to help the Hollybush Estate in Tower Hamlets.

  • John Shirley
  • Nina Jhatakia
  • Chris Burns
  • Keri Arrindell
  • Laura Williams
  • Tower Hamlets runner
  • Joel
  • Leo
  • Tower Hamlets runner
  • Rosie
  • Rohan
  • Robert Cooke
  • Fiona M
  • Hannah
  • Zahra Sohail
  • Aine Hester
  • Tower Hamlets runner
  • TJ
  • Stephanie
  • Bella Taylor
  • Emma Jones
  • Benoît
Monday, 31st of January 2022
Led by Laura Williams

Happy Mondays

Another good-sized group gathered at our lovely Town Hall Hotel location this evening. We stayed warm in this beautiful and welcoming environment catching up on our news, and getting ready for tonight’s task. We said hello to Benoit, our first time runner, who settled in in seconds, quickly forming part of the chatty, animated group who headed out to our steps to start tonight’s warm up.

We ran through some dynamic stretches and a few shallow squats, welcoming more runners, and working our way around the group with our regular intro (name + high point of your weekend: lots of lovely upbeat contributions this week, from Aine’s Burgess parkrun/GoodGym discovery, to Chris’s fond farewell with his nephew, and Zhara’s three-birthday-cake weekend).

It's all in the prep

And so off we headed to the Kedlestone Community Centre, where Margaret was waiting very appreciatively with one of the best-planned tasks we’d seen in a long time.

The centre needs a Spring Clean as new community users are expected and everything from chairs to loo walls just needed a bit of scrubbing TLC. Margaret had lovingly prepared pages of instructions, buckets of soapy water, gloves, aprons, masks and not forgetting the large tub of Cadbury’s Heroes.

The team set to, grabbing every last item of furniture to clean; the boys headed to the loos to tackle mould, grime and everything else you’d expect to find in a loo, while another team took the kitchen. It was go, go, go. And in true GoodGym style the teams finished waaay early, so were taken outside to commence Task 2: clearing leaves and relocating otter statues. This also paved the way (forgive the pun) for our next task at the Community Centre: clearing the greenhouse...

At 8pm, we bagged up the last of our rubbish, bid farewell to Margaret, and headed out into the chilly January night, fuelled on Heroes and goodwill.


  • This week, a massive hello and welcome to Benoît, who contributed a vast amount on his first outing! We can’t wait to see you again, Benoit.

  • ...And to our Chris for leading the run and navigating, and to Aine for backmarking.

  • And last, but goodness, no means least, a massive congratulations to Nina, who tonight hit her 100th good deed. Nina, you have no idea what you bring to the party: from, literally, Lindor on a freezing Monday night, to being the most fun addition to Girls' Night Leafleting in Shadwell. Thanks for all you bring. And congratulations.

Next week:

...It’s back to the Cemetary Park to collect the last of the logs for the Meath Gardens woodland preservation area: you snooze, you lose...

Until then.

Report written by Laura Williams

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John Shirley
John Shirley
Tuesday February 1st, 2022 15:12

Love that photo of Bella (picture 10). She does not look impressed...

Tower Hamlets runner
Tower Hamlets runner
Tuesday February 1st, 2022 16:48

Congratulations Nina 👏👏

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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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    Lead a walking group to the task

    • Aine Hester

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