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Here we go again
It's back for a third successive year. In 2016 we managed 136 runners, in 2017 we hit 176. 2018 is the year we make 200!
If you're new to this event then be prepared for something extra special. It's GoodGym's biggest run of the year, brought to you in partnership with Team London, the Mayor's programme for volunteering.
Each year we celebrate National Volunteers Week in style by coming together for a mass speed volunteering session. Using London Iconic City Hall as a base we'll be running to help out whoever needs our help. In just 90 minutes we'll be supprting over 10 great charities, doing tasks that they would be unable to do alone.
To get a feeling of what to expect check out all the action from last year here.
This run is during office hours. Ask your employer whether they have a staff volunteering policy and if you can take this time as part of your allocated hours.
Sign up now to secure your place.
We are bringing Running Fitness to Westminster Pier !! Meeting on the steps at Westminster Pier, right next to Southbank exit of Westminster Underground Station (look out for me in Red GoodGym Top).
We will be working on our Running Fitness with a series of Running Form Drills, Running specific Strength and conditioning exercises and of course some Running!
If you are looking to get started with your running journey, want to improve after running for a little while or you are a seasoned running wanting a top Thursday evening workout this is the season for you!
The session is 45/60 (will have an option break at 45 minutes for those short on time) minutes of high energy action. There is no bag storage so please come ready to run.
Be great to have you along for the run, so sign up and come along!!
GG Richmond leaf 2017 behind. As for 2018! We've got it covered and you can't say mulch more than that!
And we’re off… It’s the 2nd of January 2018 and undaunted by the bleak weather forecast or the weight of two weeks’ foraging in the Quality Street tub over the Christmas holidays, 12 runners reported for duty at Wholefoods in Richmond.
Mark promised us a gentle short run to ETNA in St Margarets, a local community centre, where we were due to finish a job we started last year, putting the weeds to bed for once and for all with some heavy duty matting and several bags of bark.
It kicked off with a game of ‘Where’s the wheelie?’, a bit like ‘Where’s Wally?’, although you’d expect it to be less challenging since the wheelie bin we were looking for could house a baby elephant (it took two search parties…).
Then it quickly became clear that this job was Mahmoud’s personal mission. Thwarted by too little time on our last visit, Mahmoud was determined to see the job through this time. He was so committed to the task, in fact, he even ran home to get better tools when those in the shed were found wanting. Then he set about cutting and laying matting like a man possessed, whilst we weeded and mulched around him. By this time, we were being pelted by rain and a little icy wind had whipped up around us, testing the spirit of even the most hard core GoodGym runner. The garden shed was starting to look pretty tempting. But Mahmoud, seeing one last bag of bark and with five minutes on the clock, persisted until all the bark was gone. He was definitely our player of the match.
So, 2018 got off to a stomping start with old and new faces joining us for the inaugural run of the year. Let’s hope the weather is a bit kinder to us for the rest of January.
Finally, remember to log all your runs on Strava/Runkeeper (and link it to your GoodGym profile) during January for the GoodGym challenge. Collectively across the UK, we are aiming to complete 5,000 good deeds and run 50,000 kms in a month. And then, of course, there is the chase for the glory of being the best team in the UK…
Welcome to Judith on your first run, I don't think Richmond has had a mother and daughter team, so it was good to have Heidi back and for her to bring you along, well played for getting stuck in at the task. Welcome back Thomas (lots of the newer runners were delighted to see you laden down with you graze snacks.)
Well done to all those runners who have signed up for events this year. One of the challenges mentioned was R.E.D January for the charity Mind, to raise awareness and funds for mental health. Jenna is running this one daily and whilst not necessarily participating for sponsorship, if anyone would like to donate then please contact her.
In amongst the news tonight , I should have mentioned that we have a "starter" run in the calendar for Jan 13th, if anybody you know is considering joining a GoodGym run but struggles with a Monday evening or wants to have a go with other newbies then this is the run for them. If you are already a GoodGym runner you can also use this to build up your mileage, so all welcome. The run details and task are listed on the website.
Finally, we left last year singing and for those that stuck around at the end of tonights run we started the new year in fine voice too as we sung "Happy Birthday" to Mahmoud. Definitely player of the match, holding his birthday celebrations at bay while he tends to his good deeds.
BTW.....BIRTHDAY'S ARE NEWS! You must tell us about them, we promise we won't give you the bumps!
Happy New Year all
A GG RICHMOND RUN on a TUESDAY....That is right time to get our trainers back on and slippers away! East Twickenham Neighbourhood Association - One of our ongoing projects all through 2017 we have been trying to make and improve the appearance of ETNA surroundings by keeping the weeds at bay. We made a start with this in October with some ground covering but as many of you were aware and a little frustrated the task was by no means complete, so let's kick off the New Year and get things back on track (Not just by starting your calorie deficits but) by getting that blanket on the ground and slowing those weeds down for 2018. It's our year I can feel it ; )
Look forward to seeing the New Year in with you on this one (great for blowing away the Christmas cobwebs) at wholefoods 6.45pm TUESDAY 2nd January
Adelheid has done 10 good deeds. They are a trusted GoodGym runner and are now eligible to join their local TaskForce.
Adelheid is part of a crowd that's making a huge noise. Adelheid has been cheered by 25 people - that's a round of applause just on their own. We hope they keep it up.