Trainer for Wandsworth and Hounslow. All things running. For fitness, fun, racing and to feel good - and for everybody! Member of HWAC.
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We're back at Turnham Green - a lovely public space that we have been helping maintain and make even more beautiful over the years.
We'll be lending a hand with the thistle problem, among other jobs, and Jan will be there to oversee and instruct.
Do bring your own gloves if you have them.
We've got a Saturday group run for you this week! Come and start the weekend right with a nice run, a session helping out an independent theatre and arts charity, and a little bit of fitness thrown in for fun!
Tonight we'll be having a good run and work out while we deliver flyers in Battersea to spread the world about the food sharing service Waste Not Want Not offers the local community.
The charity rescues food that would otherwise be wasted and hands it out free to the community. They want to make sure as many people as possible are aware of the service in Battersea so we'll be delivering leaflets in the apartment blocks.
Three...is the magic number! After all, there were three musketeers and three wise monkeys, the genie grants three wishes and good things come in threes - which is why when we were a small but powerful team of three GGers last night, we were not going to be deterred!
After a quick warm up, Alica, Hannah and I ran down to Doddington roof garden, a multistory carpark which has been transformed into a beautiful community space, to help out.
When we arrived we were relieved to see that the job we thought we might be tackling, moving bags of mulch up the stairs to the roof, hadn't come through as Malissa, the lead volunteer, was unable to get the bags in time. Phew - that would've been a big ask for just the three of us! Instead we each had our own job to do - Alice got stuck in giving the beds a big water with a hose that wasn't prepared to play ball, while Hannah was tasked with replanting a 'salvia amistad' (we're learning!) as I trimmed a dead vine.
Dodging the MANY spiders, and watched over by the group of cats that live in the garden, we pruned, dug and rehydrated until it got dark. After a little lesson on the many types of sage from Malissa, we set off on our run back to the BAC discussing Russian nursery rhymes, the best parkruns, spider bites and what on earth British Daylight Saving is all about!
We'll be doing it all over again next week, so ope to see you then! Happy running, GoodGym.
It may have been one of goodgym Wandsworth’s biggest tasks yet, but we rose to the challenge for a very important cause. We turned up at a huge warehouse in Colliers Wood to find tonnes of donations destined for refugees from Afghanistan- our job was to sort them so they were ready for distribution. With teams organising, folding, bagging and packing the mountain of donations gradually grew smaller (check out the incredible before and after shots!). There is still loads to do so there will be sessions next weekend too- if you want to do something tangible to improve the lives of refugees then this is the one for you!
On a lovely summer's evening we met at Chiswick Town Hall, decided to forego the warm up for obvious reasons, and shot off towards our task at a local church.
A grand total of three minutes running later, we arrived at our task to find Carol waiting with an array of excellent tools and instructions to clear the outside area. The church is home to a number of teen and youth groups, so we were happy to help out making the area as welcoming as possible.
After a good bout of pulling up weeds, hoeing and clearing, Carol emerged with the king of tools, the big daddy, the tool we've been looking for all these years. It was a small, scythe-like implement that really did the trick with those pesky weeds in between the paving stones. Where have you been all this time?!
After a job well done, we set off on the run back to Turnham Green to do two rounds of tabata - one full body work out and one focussed on the core. After 8 minutes of intense effort, we rewarded ourselves with some nice stretches, cursed the bugs that wanted to eat us all alive, and called it a wrap!
Next week we're helping out at Cultivate London, I hope to see you there!
Please note that this community mission has been cancelled.
We have been asked to team up with Chiswick School to help clear the allotments they use with the children to help them grow fruit and veg. Ella will be meeting you there for a big overhaul - they will provide tools but bring gloves if you have them.
Wandsworth Welcomes Refugees volunteers have been busy collecting and organising urgent clothing donations for Afghanistan, but they desperately need helping sorting it. They've put on two session to do this, and have asked for our help. The official start is 11 am, but feel free to turn up when you can for as long as you can manage.
Seema is the point of contact on the day , her contact number is: 07710000052 in case of any problems.