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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Wow, Anastasia has completed a 12 month mission streak. That means they've cleared gardens, moved furniture and changed light bulbs in spring, summer, autumn and even winter. Show your support and give them a massive cheer!
GoodGym have been asked by Age UK Camden to help Ms M. She would like a hand with essential shopping. She would like the runner to go to Sainsbury's at the O2 centre on Finchley Road for the shopping. She is able to pay by cash and will have a list ready beforehand to collect. Ms M has had GoodGym's help before and is always very grateful for the help.
This week's fitness challenge in Wandsworth saw runners covering between 7-11km in an orienteering run around Battersea's many points of interest - well done to those of you who cracked the questions and ticked off all 6 sites!
Here are the clues with the answers:
Clue 1: At almost 130 years old, the former Battersea Town Hall is a listed building that survived a devastating fire - our former meeting point and culture hub - Battersea Arts Centre
Clue 2: Mary Tealby originally established this furry refuge in north London before moving down to Battersea. David Gandy, Paul O'Grady and Tom Hardy are all ambassadors at this safe place for (wo)man's best friend - it was of course the one and only Battersea Dog and Cat's Home
Clue 3: This beautiful Battersea structure was built by monks and nuns who believed 'Civilisation is not to kill human beings, not to destroy things, nor make war; civilisation is to hold mutual affection and to respect one another.' It represents the life of Buddha and is looked after by Reverend Gyoro Nagase - the beautiful Peace Pagoda in Battersea Park
Clue 4: The oldest church in Battersea, this was where William Blake got married and Turner painted his iconic views of the Thames from the vestry window - St Mary's Church sits in a prime spot right by the river (it also has a coffee van run by a social enterprise which is worth a visit!)
Clue 5: Battersea is famous for being the biggest producer of asparagus in the UK in the 1800s - they were known as Battersea Bundles. But can you find its namesake pub? It's a 'Spoons of course! The Asparagus pub on Falcon Rd
Clue 6: Built in 1900 and with acts ranging from Charlie Chaplin to Oasis, this old music hall has more recently hosted white collar fight nights, famous Queens from Ru Paul's Drag race as well as comedy and immersive theatre - From club nights to literary events, The Grand has something for everybody
Congratulations to everybody who took part - check out the brilliant photos from runners who nailed the clues. Look out for the next challenge coming very soon!
This week's fitness challenge was to solve all 8 clues which took Hounslow GGers to the sites of various previous tasks over the course of 7kms - a massive well done to all of you who cracked the questions! Look out for another fitness task to be completed over the coming week very soon.
In the meantime, here are the answers (apologies for the mistake in clue 8!) and some great pics from Andy...
Direct those speedy feet
To this place we gave a spruce
When water meets with heat
What does it produce?
The Water and Steam Museum
In the war against pollution
Contaminating the Thames
GoodGym provides the solution
Picking plastic with our friends
Kew Bridge slipway
Here we wrestled with a stubborn tree
And forgot those pesky gate codes
We scooped up leaves and other debris
At a school just off the Thames Road
Strand on the Green Primary School
Our gardening skills are arbitrary
But there's a reason to be smug:
Healthy Chiswick trees of cherry
From all those soil beds that we dug
Staveley Rd cherry trees
Marriages and town meetings
And our weekly meeting spot
Despite excessive central heating
It was our favourite place to squat
Chiswick Town Hall
Here despite our obvious fitness
And impressive digging style
We found we still could not diminish
That enormous compost pile
Cultivate London - Enfield Rd
Amid the enormous wall of brambles
That we battled to get clear
Despite the thorns that scratched our ankles
An ancient lodge did finally appear
Gunnersbury Park (the old lodge)
The Packhorse did our fave grub
But at the Lamb we'd never hang out
Will we someday try this fast pub
Found on Chiswick roundabout?
The Express Tavern
Solve the six clues to take you on a running (or walking) route around Battersea/Clapham featuring lots of interesting historical places!
Take a picture at each point and whatsapp or email me with them before the end of the weekend so I can put together a lovely run report. Remember to follow the government guidelines on distancing and exercise and keep safe. Let me know if you have any questions on email@example.com or 07786231424.
You have until Sunday evening to complete the challenge! Here are the clues:
Clue 1: At almost 130 years old, the former Battersea Town Hall is a listed building that survived a devastating fire
Clue 2: Mary Tealby originally established this furry refuge in north London before moving down to Battersea. David Gandy, Paul O'Grady and Tom Hardy are all ambassadors at this safe place for (wo)man's best friend.
Clue 3: This beautiful Battersea structure was built by monks and nuns who believed 'Civilisation is not to kill human beings, not to destroy things, nor make war; civilisation is to hold mutual affection and to respect one another.' It represents the life of Buddha and is looked after by Reverend Gyoro Nagase.
Clue 4: The oldest church in Battersea, this was where William Blake got married and Turner painted his iconic views of the Thames from the vestry window.
Clue 5: Battersea is famous for being the biggest producer of asparagus in the UK in the 1800s - they were known as Battersea Bundles. But can you find its namesake pub?
Clue 6: Built in 1900 and with acts ranging from Charlie Chaplin to Oasis, this old music hall has more recently hosted white collar fight nights, famous Queens from Ru Paul's Drag race as well as comedy and immersive theatre.
Follow clues based on regular Hounslow tasks and spots we pass on our runs and take photos along the way. The whole run should cover about 8 kilometres - remember to socially distance along the way. You can do this any time between today and Friday - message me to receive the clues on firstname.lastname@example.org!
Last night's mission was an annual Christmas one for us, and we were really pleased to meet Ibrahim from That's A Wrap to kick it off. This organisation aims to give a gift to every child in Hounslow who would not otherwise receive anything for Christmas, and our job for the evening was the spread the word about donations in the local area.
Ibrahim handed over 150 flyers, and after a quick photo op, off we went. We were soon delivering flyers super slickly, aiming for the roads where we knew the celebs lived - local knowledge comes in very useful!
Half an hour later the job was done so off we went for a very silly festive fitness session. The battle was on between The Sexy Snowmen and SuperGym, and after some tasks that included singing We Wish You A Merry Christmas while doing high knees, and getting your photo taken with Christmas decorations, it came out as a very festive draw!
Today we helped out the amazing Waste Not Want Not foundation packing 35 bags full of fruit and veg for the families of children who have free school meals and need a little extra help.
Not only were the bags full of lovely healthy fruit and veg, but all that good stuff would have otherwise been thrown away if Waste Not Want Not had not rescued it from new Covent Garden Market. We packed loads of watermelon, potatoes, cauliflowers, broccoli and more but it was finally the boxes and boxes of bananas that finally defeated us. All in all a peely good task.
For our penultimate run of the year we are going to be doing our annual Christmas task leafletting local houses to spread the word for the incredible It's A Wrap charity. This organisation aims to give every child living in poverty who would otherwise go without a Christmas present this festive season. On the same evening as we did this task last year they received an anonymous £500 donation, so it really is an effective and useful task!
We will meet at 6:30 at the Town Hall before heading off on our run. After we finish we will be doing a festive themed fitness session on Turnham Green with the odd treat thrown in!