Today I met up with Anne for a mission for Ms C.
Ms C recently had a broken pipe in her flat. In order to fix it, the repairmen had to move her wardrobe. Ms C needed her wardrobe moved back into position in order that she could use it and have more space in her room.
After introducing ourselves to Ms C and her daughter, we got to work. Luckily, Ms C's daughter had already emptied the wardrobe, so our only task was to move it.
Anne and I approached this wardrobe move in slightly different ways: Anne wondered if we could move the wardrobe by pushing up on its upper roof, and demonstrated this action in a manner I suggested was reminiscent of her raving days 💃
My approach was much baser, and involved simply squatting and using the old gluteus maximus to push the wardrobe along the floor.
The bump and slide won the day (the wardrobe being in no way prepared for this jelly). We completed the whole operation in less than 5 minutes, which Anne thinks is the fastest mission she's done in her entire GoodGym career 😁😎
Ms C and her daughter were both very happy with our fast work, and we had a little girl power moment as we made our goodbyes.
Glad to catch you again, Anne, even if only briefly! 😊
Frannie from Octopus Community Network and the volunteers at Highbury Quadrant Estate have asked if any of our Goodgym team would be available to help with a lifting, shifting and wheelbarrowing task, early on a Tuesday morning.
We will be meeting up by the Highbury Quadrant Meadow, and then helping to move a delivery of soil and mulch over to the 3 garden locations on the estate (the meadow, the orchard and the resident allotments).
We will aim to be down within an hour tops, so a perfect way to start a work day right!
Night of the 10,000m PBs- A volunteer powered annual celebration of 25 lap racing!
After a two year break, the Highgate Harriers Night of the 10,000m PBs is back for 2022!
The event is an annual full day of endurance distance racing with the most competitive runners on the scene. These races have been listed as part of the European 10,000m qualification criteria, so some incredible running will be on show!
The unique element of this event is the overall accessibility for spectators, fellow runners and supporters to come and cheer on our local athletes. The event is completely free, and anyone can come down to watch and be inspired!
Talks, interviews and activities will be scheduled throughout the day and night, with a fully stocked bar and food outlets on offer too. The whole event is a fantastic party for grassroots running!
This is the sign up page for Saturday 14th May, any time between 2pm to closedown at 10pm.
The Highgate Harriers team would be looking for volunteers to assist with moving spectator barriers throughout the races (after the first set of laps, the barriers move to lane 3, so the supporters can be in close proximity to the runners). You will have the best view in the house!
Update- 8th May 2022
The schedule for Night of the 10,000m PBs has been finalised.
Please can you add your availability for volunteering on this spreadsheet:
The Finsbury parkrun team are organising a special Jubilee bank holiday weekend post parkrun picnic!
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:
Collecting Finishing Tokens
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:
To sign up as a volunteer, please email your name, parkrun number and chosen volunteer role to:
And the team will update the roster on the Finsbury parkrun website.
Today I met up with Anne to help Ms T by assembling a flat pack wardrobe for her.
Anne found me near to Ms T's at the scheduled time, in a forward fold and heavily focused on petting a friendly ginger cat. Sadly I had to say goodbye to my new friend as we had flat pack to build! We made our hellos to Ms T shortly afterwards and got started.
Luckily, Anne and I have very similar approaches to assembling flat pack: we checked the parts against the listed inventory, looked over each step in advance, and occasionally double-checked each other's work. Even the occasional mistake was relatively easy to fix!
We also both found ourselves using some stretch and mobility exercises as we worked: At one point, Anne moved into warrior 3 to reach a perculiarly angled screw. At another, I was helping to move the wardrobe frame using, well, I'm not wholly sure what type of movements I was using, but it looked very much like Smeagal's movements 🙃
Regardless, we finished the job relatively smoothly (if not exactly quickly). Ms T was very thankful for our efforts and gave each of us an easy peeler for the road. We made our goodbyes to Ms T, to each other, and to yet another friendly cat that asked for pets.
It was fun working with you Anne! 😊
Goodgym have been asked by Hackney Adult Social Care to see if we can help Mrs M. She requires support to remove her bed from her flat and placed outside for bulky waste collection. The bulky waste collection needs to be booked once volunteers are available and there is a lead time of around 5 days for this.