Amy has got Strava connected. Strava is a great way to track your progress.
Amy is a now a fully fledged GoodGym runner. They've just run to do good for the first time. They are out there making amazing things happen and getting fit at the same time.
Curious? Amy has just run their first session in another area. For that explorative spirit Amy is awarded the scout badge. A Scout is trustworthy
Smashing evening of exercise and volunteering this Monday, at a super local task. 15 smiling Goodgymmers met up at the Emirates Stadium yesterday (including a new runner- welcome Amy!), for our trip to Compton Terrace Gardens, right opposite Highbury and Islington Station.
Before setting off, we had a chat about our weekend activities (a few runners attended the Rother Valley running festival in Sheffield, meeting up with Goodgym legends Paul Bown and Lucy Jeczalik while up North!), and someone mentioned that Goodgym has been featured in the Waitrose newspaper last week- a full article about what we do. We used this as a subject for our count-off, asking the question: "What is your favourite supermarket, and why?".
- Tesco- "Because it's everywhere!"
- Lidl/Aldi- "Because of the magical mystery middle aisle."
- Morrisons- "Because it's from Yorkshire, and everything from Yorkshire is great..."
- Sainsburys- "Because you can really taste the difference."
- Earth in Kentish Town- "Because I like the novelty of saying that I am going to Earth for my shopping"
Since we were treated to a task in close proximity to HQ, we ran a really nice loop around Highbury Fields park before approaching Upper Street. As soon as we arrived, the super efficient task force that is Compton Terrace Gardens Volunteer Team got us straight to work with wheelbarrowing compost across the lovely community space to specific plots. The plan was to maintain the garden with fresh soil during the winter months, ready for spring next year. Our Goodgymmers immediately set to lifting and carrying in a connected chain, and made short work of the gardening. Maybe 50 bags of compost moved in about 30 minutes!
We departed the gardens, and ran a longer route back to the Emirates (past the tennis courts at the top of Highbury Fields, and down to Drayton Park station, via some nice back streets). We finished off our session with a set of hill sprints from the community hub, up to the top of the stadium. 3 repeats, followed by an easy jog down hill between each one- and followed by stretching and biscuits!~
Really excellent work last night, everyone. Looking forward to visiting Octopus Communities next week!
Stars in their Eyes event with North London Cares
North London Cares is a wonderful charity, with a similar ethos to Goodgym- connecting people from all generations in the Islington area with fun, interactive social events.
This Saturday, they will be hosting a "Stars in their Eyes" party at Birchmore Hall, Highbury Quandrant at 3-5pm. It would be lovely to have a nice group of Goodgymmers there for the festivities, and hosting duties.
Sign up here!
Mini Mermaids Running Club x Goodgym - Highbury Fields parkrun Takeover
Mini Mermaids Running Club is an amazing charity set-up to encourage girls under the age 11 to engage in phyiscal activity and exercise in fun and engaging ways. Goodgym have been invited to help the Mini Mermaids to complete their 5km challenge (each of the girls have worked towards this over 8 weeks) at Highbury Fields parkrun on Saturday 7th December.
We are looking for:
"Mama Mermaids"- female Goodgym runners who would be willing to be an accompanying adult for a Mini Mermaid during their 5km run. This would include offering support and encouragement to help them achieve their goals.
parkrun Volunteers- Goodgymmers willing to marshal, cheer, support and help with the general running of parkrun from the sidelines. Or to come and run and represent Goodgym!
Sign up here for more details.
Goodgym Islington Christmas Pizza and Drinks
Book this in your diary!
After our task on 9th December, we will be going straight to Zia Lucia on Holloway Road for a meal and good times before we part ways before our Christmas Break. Chosen by popular demand, Zia Lucia does some of the best pizza in Islington (Goodgym Guarantee!).
Sign up to confirm your place here!
Official Goodgym Christmas Party
Huge Christmas Party for all of Goodgym, hosted at Stephen's House (a bar, not the house of a poor guy called Stephen) in Finchley. Drinks, dancing and celebrations- Fancy dress contest included.
Friday 6th December. Only 30 tickets remaining so grab them quick! Sign up here.
Welcome to GoodGym Islington! We're a friendly and social group who combine exercise with helping out in the local community. We meet every week to get active and do a physical task to help the charities and community organisations and projects in our area.
Our plan is to enjoy a nice run through Highbury Fields, before meeting up with the residents of Compton Terrace for an evening of gardening and good times!
Task Location: Compton Terrace Gardens, Upper St, London N1 2UN
GoodGym is for everyone. We welcome runners of all abilities and it is often possible to walk to the task if you would prefer. We always have a back-marker so no-one is left behind - we're about achieving something together so you'll always be welcome no matter what your pace is.
Starting location at Arsenal Hub at the Emirates Stadium - please sign up beforehand for security reasons
We meet every Monday at 18.45 - setting off at 19.00 to run down to our task to do some good and then we run back. There will be somewhere to store bags whilst we run.
- Caxton House - where we'll be doing ivy removal, removing some posts and chains, clearing. To continue our destruction work!
- Newington Green Alliance - They are holding a local community event at Newington Green Primary School focused on uniting local people and businesses in the area building deeper connections and avenues of communication - helping everyone thrive. We are going to be leafleting for this event.
Bring your headtorch!
We are a fun and sociable group who do good and get fit together. We welcome all abilities but ask that you are able to run for at least 15 minutes, don't worry though we keep together as a group and no-one is ever left behind! Come along and join us!
By signing to this group run you have agreed for your name will be shared with the Arsenal Foundation for security reasons.
Gonna be a good one - I'm looking forward to it!
Paul Bown - Islington Trainer
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Earth Hour is the world’s biggest switch off event. Each year, millions of people around the world switch off their lights and organise events – at home, in their community or in their towns or cities – to show they care about the future of our planet.
From the week commencing March 25th, GoodGym will be teaming with Earth Hour to do good for the community across the UK with a variety of environmentally themed tasks.
Earth Hour highlights the changes needed at a global level, but also encourages everyone to take personal action. You could, for instance, change the way you eat, embrace reusables and buy less plastic, or help to restore nature in your community. You can share your pledge using #VoiceForThePlanet throughout March to show how you are making a difference.