Mali D

Islington

28Good deeds

28runs

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Mali D went on a group run
Group run
Islington

FROGGspotting

Mon 22 Nov
Report written by Simon Fitzmaurice

Gloves and jacket weather has begun!

Area Activator Simon met up with Steve, Eilidh and Dee at the Arsenal Community Hub on a crisp, slightly chilly Monday evening. After a chat and a warm-up, our team run up to Grenville Gardens (a super straight line covering 1.2 miles up Hornsey Road), passing the Hornsey Baths illuminations on route. Upon arrival, we met up with the rest of our Goodgym crew, who had run, cycled and walked from other locations, and with Sarah, the key coordinator for all Friends of Grenville Gardens projects.

Our objective this evening was a continuation of our previous group run session task, when we broke apart a collection of old rotten planter boxes. A large pile of fresh compost had been donated to Grenville Gardens, and we distributed the new material throughout the three main flower patches in the gardens, using wheelbarrows, buckets, tubs and spades. The plan is to give the flowers an extra layer of fertiliser throughout the winter months.

We made a smashing effort within 40 minutes of help, and our crew covered every area of the flower beds very efficiently! Local passersbys inquired about what we were up to (a busy group of red t-shirted folks in running kit and headtorches, digging and gardening at night!), and were thrilled with our assistance in their community gardens.

Wonderful evening of Goodgym fun, folks! See you same time next week for our next group run to Caxton House Community Centre!

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Mali D signed up to a group run
Group run
Islington

GROUP RUN- Leaping for the FROGG (Friends of Grenville Gardens) 🐸

Mon 22 Nov 18:45 pm
The Arsenal Community Hub, 56 Benwell Road, London, N7 7BA
Emptying and rebuilding veg boxes for this lovely local project!

The plan is to meet up outside the Arsenal Community Hub on Benwell Road, and after a short warm up, health and safety briefing and a warm welcome, we will run together to Grenville Gardens.

Task Location:

Grenville Gardens, Grenville Rd, London, N19 4ER

If you are not planning to run with us, our arrival time at Grenville Gardens will be 7.10 - 7.15pm.

After our session, we will aim to arrive back at The Arsenal Community Hub for 8.30pm at the latest.

Things to Note

Please only bring items you are willing to run with.

The bag drop option is not currently available to us at the Arsenal Community Hub, as the space is being used as a Covid testing facility.

This also means that we do not have access to toilets or changing areas yet either.

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Mali D signed up to a community mission
Community mission
Islington

Finsbury parkrun Goodgym Takeover

Sat 4 Dec 08:30 am
Finsbury Park, London, N4 1DA
Repping the Goodgym crew at our local free weekly 5km!

The Goodgym crew have been invited to take over the volunteering and pacing duties at Finsbury parkrun!

For those who are new to parkrun, this is a nationwide (and now worldwide!) free weekly 5km time trial, hosted in your local park. The event is super accessible, and the joy of parkrun is that your 15 min runner and your 60 min finisher are just as valued and appreciated!

To allow parkrun to happen every week, volunteers are required to help with key roles such as:

  • Marshalling

  • Timekeeping

  • Funnel Management

  • Barcode Scanning

  • Collecting Finishing Tokens

and as a great secondary opportunity:

  • Pacing for certain popular 5km times

Here is a link for more information about parkrun. No experience is required for these roles, you will be directed by the event director and other volunteers on the day:

https://www.parkrun.org.uk/finsbury/volunteer/


To sign up for a certain role, or to announce your plan to run with us, please add your name and parkrun number on the following spreadsheet.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1dzHV3Zyb20g7856t46Z0-sonFQc1dU5J/edit?usp=drivesdk&ouid=108923855465957136856&rtpof=true&sd=true

In regards to pacing- we have listed some key pacing times on the spreadsheet. However, you are welcome to add other pacing times too.

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Mali D went on a group run
Group run
Islington

Mighty Mulch Movers

Mon 15 Nov
Report written by Simon Fitzmaurice

On Monday evening, 3 Goodgym folks (including Dee on her first GG run- welcome!) joined Area Activator Simon for a group run over to Market Road Gardens. Simon, Kike, Aidan and Dee ran together across Holloway Road, and up to Caledonian Road to meet Paul (one of our regular Goodgym cyclists) at the doors to the permaculture garden space.

Simon had the keys on hand (arranged in advance by the top folks at Octopus Community Network) and proceeded to open the community garden equivalent of Fort Knox to allow us access to the space and the necessary tools for the task (better safe than sorry!).

Our plan for the evening was to move all of the contents of a compost bay (full of green waste and dry rotted leaves) over to a hugelgarden space opposite, designed to speed up the decay process, and to provide fresh compost of spring gardening after the winter months. Between us, we separated into 3 teams- team 1 shoveled the green waste into wheelbarrows. Team 2 transferred the wheelbarrows to the hugelgarden spot. Team 3 unloaded the wheelbarrows and spread the mulch evenly across the beds.

This proved to be a pretty efficient way of working, and we almost cleared the entirety of the compost bay within 45 minutes of effort! A very satisfying accomplishment on one evening!

Nikki joined our group run crew for the 1.2 mile social run back to the Emirates Stadium, where we completed some additional stretches together before heading off into the night. Great work everyone!


CREOS (Crouch End Open Space) November Open Day

We will be returning to one of our favourite weekend community missions next Sunday (21st November), from 11am - 1pm. This time, we plan to lay down some fresh hoggin (cement and sand mix) along the woodland paths between Crouch End and Highgate Woods. It is a great day out, and is often followed by hot drinks and a picnic hosted by the Friends of CREOS.

Sign up here to get involved: https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/crouch-end-open-space-creos-volunteering-day-november-2021

Finsbury parkrun Goodgym Takeover

We have arranged with the lovely folks of Finsbury parkrun to take on most of the volunteering duties and pacing opportunities on Saturday 4th December. We would love to see a strong Goodgym presence on the day, whether you choose to run or to volunteer!

Sign up for for more information, and to get involved:

https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/finsbury-parkrun-goodgym-takeover

Goodgym Islington Christmas Party!

We will be hosting a special Xmas social at the Hammerton Brewery Taproom just off Caledonian Road on Thursday 16th December.

Sign up here to join us: https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/goodgym-islington-festive-social-at-hammerton-brewery-taproom

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Party
Islington

Goodgym Islington Monthly Social (December) NOW AT THE BANK OF FRIENDSHIP

Mon 6 Dec 20:45 pm
The Bank of Friendship, 226 Blackstock Rd,, London, N5 1EA
Come and join us for a post-group run catch up with refreshments!

Come and join the Goodgym Islington crew for our monthly post group run social (1st Monday of every month).

We will be meeting at The Bank of Friendship, Blackstock Road for 8.45pm.

Please note

The Highbury Library has sadly closed their doors on Monday evenings due to staffing issues. So we will be heading to The Bank of Friendship pub instead.

Plenty of drinks options (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), along with order sheets for local Thai food and Yard Sale Pizza.

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Mali D signed up to a group run
Group run
Islington

GROUP RUN- Market Road Gardens is a go!

Mon 15 Nov 18:45 pm
The Arsenal Community Hub, 56 Benwell Road, London, N7 7BA
Preparing this awesome permaculture garden for future school visitors from the Heyward Centre

The plan is to meet up outside the Arsenal Community Hub on Benwell Road, and after a short warm up, health and safety briefing and a warm welcome, we will run together to Market Road Gardens.

Task Location:

Market Road Gardens, 15 Market Rd, London N7 9PL

If you are not planning to run with us, our arrival time at Market Road Gardens will be 7.10 - 7.15pm.

After our session, we will aim to arrive back at The Arsenal Community Hub for 8.30pm at the latest.

Things to Note

Please only bring items you are willing to run with.

The bag drop option is not currently available to us at the Arsenal Community Hub, as the space is being used as a Covid testing facility.

This also means that we do not have access to toilets or changing areas yet either.

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Mali D signed up to a group run
Group run
Islington

GROUP RUN- Caxton House Crew!

Mon 8 Nov 18:45 pm
The Arsenal Community Hub, 56 Benwell Road, London, N7 7BA
Potential indoor painting task, and more vegetable plot preparation help!

The plan is to meet up outside the Arsenal Community Hub on Benwell Road, and after a short warm up, health and safety briefing and a warm welcome, we will run together to Caxton House.

We have been invited back to Caxton House to lend a hand with two potential tasks. The first would be to continue our fine work with the community food Bank garden at the back of the centre (digging out the old soil from former planters, and moving fresh compost to new planters). The next task would be to start painting the main community hall with freshly acquired supplies, ready for festive get-togethers over the next few months.

Task Location

Caxton House, 129 St John's Way, London N19 3RQ

If you are not planning to run with us, our arrival time at Caxton House will be 7.10 - 7.15pm.

After our session, we will aim to arrive back at The Arsenal Community Hub for 8.30pm at the latest.

Things to Note

Please only bring items you are willing to run with.

The bag drop option is not currently available to us at the Arsenal Community Hub, as the space is being used as a Covid testing facility.

This also means that we do not have access to toilets or changing areas yet either.

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