Group run

Life in the Mung-ergrowth

7 GoodGymers made their way 6km to help the St Mungo's- Hilldrop House in Islington.

  • John Shirley
  • Simon Fitzmaurice
  • Islington runner
  • Luke Burrage
  • Victoria Hanau
  • Caitlin Rollison
  • Kim
Monday, 3rd of July 2023
Led by Simon Fitzmaurice

On Monday evening, 5 Goodgym running folks caught up at the Arsenal Community Hub ready for our trip to St Mungo's Hilldrop House. After a short warm up on the Emirates Stadium slopes (engaging the plantar and picking up our feet), we ran together along Camden Road and up our local hills.

Upon our arrival, we met with Victoria and Caitlin outside the distinctive blue building (former church, now converted as a homeless and sheltered living charity hub), ready to tackle a massively overgrown garden space. After being led inside to pick up gloves, reusable green bags, hoes, rakes and clippers, we all got stuck in! Luke and John pulled up loads of troublesome vines that were choking out the remaining plants around the main beds (and stretching around the pathways). Meanwhile, Katie and Kim did a smashing job of snipping away at some thorny and dangerous brambles and nettles surrounding the entrance. Throughout the evening, we spotted a plethora of wildlife within the weeds- endless snails, young grasshoppers, beetles and even a pretty caterpillar during our solid 50 minutes of hard graft.

Together, we did a smashing job of clearing the immediate foliage from the gardens surrounding Hilldrop House. Our plan is to return next week, to finish the job!


Achilles International VI Guiding Group Runs- Emirates Stadium

Thursday 6th July, 6pm, Arsenal Underground Station

Our weekly group running session with the awesome visually impaired runners at Achilles International returns to Emirates Stadium. Open for guide runners of all abilities, and new potential guides are very welcome! Dog watchers and bag drop helpers encouraged!

Crouch End Open Space (CREOS) Forest Path Building Morning - July

Sunday 16th July, 11am-1pm, Crouch End Open Space

Our monthly woodland regeneration session with the CREOS volunteering team. A fantastic morning for lifting, shifting, digging and beautifying between Muswell Hill and Highgate.

GROUP RUN - Tufnell Park Community Plant Nursery & Social!

Monday 17th July, 6.45pm, Arsenal Community Hub

We will be visiting the beautiful Tufnell Park Plant Nursery for our group run on a Monday evening. Loads of water for thirsty plants!

And afterwards, we will be visiting the wonderful Wolkite Ethiopian Restaurant on Benwell Road for our July post run social (and also Area Activator Simon's birthday!).

Goodgym x Achilles International- Bushy parkrun visit

Saturday 22nd July, 8.30am, Bushy Park, Hampton

Achilles International, the all abilities sports group, are planning on attending the original "free weekly timed 5km time trial", more commonly known as "Bushy parkrun" in Hampton.

We are looking to invite potential running guides (for various paces) and those interested in the world of guide running (especially anyone happy to volunteer and cheer on the course) to come and join us!

Penn Road Gardens Open Morning (July)

Sunday 30th July, 10am-12 midday, Penn Road Gardens

An invitation to help this lovely community garden space near Caledonian Road over Summer. Often complimented with mugs of tea and coffee!

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