Group run

Sieving through the thorns!

27 runners ran 4.0km to help the Thornhill Square Gardens and Freightliners City Farm in Islington.

  • Steve Coman
  • Paul Bown
  • Claire Rees-Sewak
  • Frances Powrie
  • Aidan Padfield
  • Meg Lewis
  • Steve Lee
  • James Gilbert
  • Islington runner
  • Alix Guerber
  • Nina Jhatakia
  • Chris Ellaway
  • Ellie Austin
  • Sally
  • Ellie Simpson
  • Removed User
  • Heather
  • Laura M
  • Rachel Day
  • Bryony
  • Jordan Royster
  • Gareth Harper
  • Leah
  • Elly
  • Sabrina Gander
  • Cosmo Sanderson
  • Becky Lund
Monday, 3rd of June 2019
Led by Paul Bown

27 Goodgymers ran 3-5k to help Thornhill Square Gardens and Frelighters City Farm!

Welcome along to Cosmo and Becky whose first time it was. Great to have you along!

In the news this week:

  1. A big well done to Steve Lee who just hit 200 Good Deeds - amazing!
  2. Fantastic stuff from Steve Coman who ran 3.49 at Edinburgh Marathon recently - winning his age category, getting a big PB and a good for age time - woop woop!
  3. On Thursday it's GG Monthly Social in Old Street (I think) - go along and have fun - more details here.

Thornhill Report by James:

Around a dozen of us split off to head to Thornhill Square Gardens in Barnsbury. This is a task we visit at least a couple of times a year and it was lovely to see it in the light, since last time we visited we were wearing head torches.


We were met by Anna who was delighted to have us on short notice and soon had us working efficiently around one lucky garden plot. We were variously: pulling weeds, cutting back grass, re-anchoring wicker fence, and planting - sunflowers, dahlias, geraniums and primrose - the watering of which was elevated to an artform by our skilled irrigationists. To the melodious incantations of "Water here!", "Need water here!" and "Does anyone have some water?" there wasn't a dry bulb in the house.

Farm Report:

15 of us headed to help Frelighters City Farm, we went via Highbury Fields to extend the route slightly. Upon our arrival Liz told us our tasks, which was as follows:

  • A team of five weeding the front of the farm, swept up and made inroads in weeding the back garden
  • Meanwhile a group of eight shifted some soil. First of sieving old soil from broken down planters, and then this was wheelbarrowed over to Chris and Aidan who developed a progressively advanced system to get the soil into the planter.
  • Lastly Frances and Nina broke up bags of compost, checking for rocks and roots, and then wheelbarrowed it over to near the planter and made a pile.

After we finished up we said hey to the animals - pigs, shaven sheep, an 18 and 19 year old cow's, big goats, little chicks and a loud bird! We then ran to meet James Thornhill crew to do a time trial around the Emirates - nice!

Sign up for next week here when we'll be helping Caxton House Community Centre.

PB out

Report written by Paul Bown

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Paul Bown

Paul Bown
Previous Trainer for Camden and Islington, England Athletics Qualified Endurance Coach, 2h51 marathoner, & big sweet potato advocate

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