Tower Hamlets

Group run

You’ve never had it so wood

17 GoodGymers made their way 2.0km to help the Friends of Meath Gardens in Tower Hamlets.

  • Ivo
  • Martin
  • John Shirley
  • Nina Jhatakia
  • Laura Williams
  • Joel
  • Tower Hamlets runner
  • Tower Hamlets runner
  • Johnny
  • Robert Cooke
  • Fiona M
  • Heather
  • Tower Hamlets runner
  • TJ
  • Stephanie
  • Hackney runner
  • Oisin
Monday, 15th of November 2021
Led by Laura Williams

Moving some logs, spreading a little woodchip…

It sounded like the perfect start to the week. Twenty minutes in and there was only one question that needed asking: “How much do you think that weighs?”

How it started

10 of us met on the Meath Gardens basketball court for a variety of shuttle runs, single leg exercises, seated abs and core and some running drills, all set to “the worst playlist for a long time” according to Joel.

The team did good – as usual – not batting an eyelid as I threw in one more balance challenge (“It’s really good for your glutes”) allowing just seconds for stretching at the end.

Into the woodland…

And the team size slowly grew - by the time we gathered for our briefing and headed to part one of a three-part task, there were no fewer than 17 of us.

Our first job was to roll three huge logs into the woodland space, to create a seated, fenced-off area for park-users and TH residents. It was a vast effort, assisted by a new recruit and his excitable, engaged canine friend.

All three teams did good, particularly those manoeuvring the biggest trunk – no mean feat as they rolled this way and that to re-position it a zillion times before it reached its designated spot.

After a moment to take in this huge achievement, it was onwards to Part II: spreading woodchip over flower beds and gooseberry bushes. Again, the team busied themselves doing this at a great pace, finishing in no time, leaving a last couple of minutes to weed the tree cages.

We completed our session with a couple of stretches, a cheerio and the start of the plan for next week’s session.

Until then.

Report written by Laura Williams

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