Group run


72 runners ran 3km to help the St Matthews Community Hall in Trafford.

  • Alexander Kenmure
  • Trafford runner
  • Cassandra
  • Liv Parker-Scott
  • Louise Robbins
  • Caroline Thomas
  • Clare Reeder
  • Anna Ledsham
  • David Higham
  • Martin Carolan
  • Lindsey
  • Lisa Hamilton
  • Vicky Turner
  • Anders Klingberg
  • John Connaghan
  • Jane MacGruer
  • Katie McInnes
  • Anne Goldsbrough
  • Rachael Moat
  • Pete
  • Maddy Hughes
  • Meera Mistry
  • Fiona Sheen
  • Anne Duffield
  • Julia Pickering
  • Kate Frain
  • Russ Price
  • Claire Roberts
  • Elaine Jackson
  • Rhona Perkins
  • Chris Frain
  • Tracey Larkin
  • Mo Bee
  • Michelle
  • Katie
  • Joanne Harding
  • Stephen Longdon
  • Pam Anderson
  • Janette Dutton Crump
  • Aine
  • Becky
  • Jo Racle
  • Ben Rieveley
  • Gillian Campbell
  • Nicola Brook
  • Grace Wilson
  • Graham Whitham
  • Tom Ross
  • Natalie Weatherill
  • Cllr Dan Jerrome
  • Isaac Mantel
  • Ryan
  • Chintaikh Unenbat
  • Fred
  • Lizzie
  • Beth
  • Adele New
  • Byambasuren
  • Alan Boyd
  • Tony
  • Jayne Dillon
  • Jane Slater
  • Audra Brandy
  • Jane Baugh
  • John
  • Laurence Walsh
  • J Connaghan
  • Thomas Howarth
  • Uchintaikh
  • Louise Wright
  • Freddy
Wednesday, 21st of August 2019
Led by Liv Parker-Scott


GoodGymTrafford launched into the stratosphere last night. An incredible 71 runners/ walkers turned out in the distinctly unpredictable weather to kick off GoodGymโ€™s newest area from our regular start location - St Matthew's Community Hall. 71 is the biggest turn out ever for a GoodGym launch and goes to show how awesome people in Trafford are!

I'vey never seen such a big group of volunteers!

We were joined by the Mayor of Trafford, Mr Rob Chilton who welcomed GoodGym to the area. We were also joined by many Trafford Councillors, Trafford Borough Council colleagues and friends from running, charity and community groups across the Borough. We even had a visit from our four-legged mascot, Freddy who got in on the action in his red GoodGym bow. GoodGym is funded by Trafford Borough Council so a big thanks to them for their ongoing and significant support to us - we couldn't do it without you.

180802 What a lovely bunch!

As well as meeting new people while we all assembled some runners also got their documents checked so that they can start doing coach runs (regularly running to see an isolated elderly person), or so that they can take part in mission runs (running to help isolated elderly people with one-off practical tasks). Big thanks to Lisa for helping with the document checks!

After our welcome chat, we warmed up in fine style including the thundering of 142 trainers as we did fast feet to get our heart rates up. Once warm, we ran/ walked from St Matthew's over to Stretford Meadows, dodging puddles and completed a slow uphill drag where we all convened for a fitness task led by Kate. Divided into two teams we squatted and balanced ourselves to give our leg muscles that extra workout and then ran back to St Matthews to complete our gardening task. A big thank you to Liv for leading the Walking group and to John for backmarking along with all the other GoodGymers from across the country who chatted to everyone and explained what GoodGym is all about. Thanks guys!


Helen, the Community Hall Manager, provided us with the kit to get going and even opened up the doors for us to listen to the Band that were practicing - the music helped spur us on even more!

Once we had allocated the tasks everyone went to it like mad things for 40 minutes really using those muscles to:

  • Pull up bushes and weeds from a massive raised bed, and to our surprise revealing some old headstones;
  • Dig out flower beds;
  • Weed and replant planters with bedding plants;
  • Weeding, digging over and planting Gladioli near the main entrance ;
  • Cutting back ivy from the long car park wall;
  • Sweeping the ground and car park;
  • Raking and sorting waste; and
  • Tidying the surrounding area.

I cannot BELIEVE the difference you have all made - thank you!


Helen was blown away by the amount of energy and how much we achieved - well done to you all!

After we had finished all our tasks, we closed with some stretches and a chat about next week's task which is a poster dash to support the publicising of an event by Calm Connections (a local children's mental health charity) in September. Click here to sign up

We all celebrated our success with cheers all round and left with a spring in our step.

It was fabulous to see so many smiling faces throughout the evening and to see you all getting to know each other, doing some fitness and of course, transforming St Matthew's which was massively appreciated by Helen.

We will meet at St Matthew's every Wednesday at 6.30pm from now on.

Once again, well done to all and we very much look forward to seeing you all at St Matthews next time!

Keep running, Kate

Report written by Kate Frain

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Anne Goldsbrough
Anne Goldsbrough
Thursday August 22nd, 2019 11:59

Really felt the GoodGym love last night!!! ๐Ÿ˜ Great work everyone!!!

John Connaghan
John Connaghan
Thursday August 22nd, 2019 12:01

Well done Kate, that was fun

Redbridge runner
Redbridge runner
Thursday August 22nd, 2019 17:49

Well done everyone. Great photos Liv!

Lisa Hamilton
Lisa Hamilton
Thursday August 22nd, 2019 18:18

Brilliant work Kate, very excited that Stockport Goodgym now has a new friend! brilliant turn out, loads of energy x x x

Jo O'Leary
Jo O'Leary
Friday August 23rd, 2019 22:12

What an amazing launch run! Go GoodGym Trafford! โ™ฅ๏ธ

Kate Frain
Kate Frain
Tuesday August 27th, 2019 14:42

Thanks all! Donโ€™t forget our next Group run is tomorrow listed on our Trafford Homepage ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธโค๏ธ

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Liv Parker-Scott

Liv Parker-Scott
I'm Liv, the GoodGym Trainer for Ealing! I love running for mental & physical wellbeing and want to spread that joy to everyone else!

Runners helping out

  • Document Checker

    Help with checking Document of runner for DBS check

    • Lisa Hamilton
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    Make sure that no one is left behind

    • John Connaghan

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