6 GoodGymers made their way 4.5km to help the Friends of Caledonian Park in Islington.
- Monday, 26th of September 2022
- Led by Simon Fitzmaurice
As dusk descended onto The Emirates Stadium on Monday evening (headtorch season has begun!), Area Activator Simon met with Sarah, Charlie and Kim outside The Arsenal Community Hub, ready for our weekly group run. During our warm up, our crew mentioned that they were very excited about the London Marathon this weekend (and inspired by Eliud Kipchoge's exceptional run at Berlin on Sunday), while others had plans to go on a bat walk, and to visit London Zoo!
Out task had been scheduled for a 1.2 mile run up to the gorgeous Caledonian Park, following Mackenzie Road north from the stadium. A sprinkle of rain in the previous hour allowed us to run interrupted on quiet pavements!
As we turned the corner on Shearing Way and into the park, we were greeted to a beautiful sight of the famous Caledonian Park Clocktower lit up in the dark, and our two cycling Goodgymmers Alice and Natalie. Cally Park volunteer coordinator Miriam exited her choir practice to lead our team to four wheel barrows packed with hoes, rakes, spades and leaf grabbers, and lead us over to the gorgeous woodland trail area of the park.
Outside of her usual park maintenance projects, Miriam also helps as an event director for Caledonian Park junior parkrun- a 2km free weekly timed running event for children aged 4-14 years old every Sunday at 9am (always looking for new volunteers if you would like to get involved: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/caledonian-juniors/). During the run last Sunday, the marshal team noticed that quite a bit of mud and green foliage had washed over the paths through the wooded corridor, and had made the surface quite slippery under foot. Our objective this evening was to push as much of the mud off the pathway as possible to keep it safe for local visitors.
Within 40 minutes of pushing, scraping, digging and shifted, our team of 6 successfully cleared all of the pavement from the top of the park, all the way down to the Market Road basketball courts - the whole of "birdcage walk"- aptly named due to the bird feeders and water bowls positioned for avian neighbours to enjoy!
We trundled our equipment back to The Tollington Café, and posed for a necessary clocktower-at-night photo together before heading off on our separate ways, with 4 of us running the return trip to the Emirates. Congratulations folks- great stuff!
Upcoming News in Islington
Achilles International VI Guide Running sessions- Now at Arsenal station!
On Thursday 29th September, we will be hosting our first visually impaired guide running session at the Emirates Stadium.
Typically, these runs occur at Green Park and Paddington Rec Track on alternate weeks, but we have opened up the concourse of the Emirates as a new floodlit option during the Winter months.
Starting at 6pm at Arsenal tube station, runners and guide runners of all abilities are welcome. Find out more here!
Mildmay Community Centre Garden Maintenance Evening Session
On Friday evening (30th September), Area Activator Simon will be joining the resident gardener of Mildmay Community Centre in Newington Green for an evening of green fingered Autumnal maintenance.
We will have lights and gloves available for all. A lovely way to top off the week, at Islington's most impressive community carbon neutral Passiv Haus!
OCTOBER SOCIAL- Warming Soup and Noodles at Áu Laç Vietnamese Cuisine, Highbury Hill
After our group run to Market Road Gardens on Monday 10th October, we will be visiting the amazing Áu Laç restaurant on Highbury Hill for delicious Vietnamese food and refreshments.
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