So we left the lawn mown and Mexican waved on our last trip to this great charity and it's time for the next stage in getting the garden all set for the residents to use. We have done heaps and the transformation is amazing from when we first started and they have asked us to return to help continue the great work. Slap on some mossie spray, get the gardening gloves and let's get digging, trimming, weeding and some landscaping as best we can. Look forward to running with you from Wholefoods so see you there 6.45pm
This week's run and do good, to St. Christopher's in Twickenham, was partnering with the Great Get Together, an initiative founded by the family and friends of the MP Jo Cox who was killed on 16th June 2016, to reject divisive politics and bring our communities together and celebrate all that unites us. St Christopher’s is a fantastic charity doing great work to create brighter futures for children and young people in care, and we got to continue the efforts we started in April when we cleared some thick vegetation for their new vegetable patch.
This week's warm-up was in the evening warmth of Richmond Green (a welcome change from huddling in the entryways round the corner from Wholefoods in last week's torrential downpours) and Mark took us through an imaginative routing of skipping, bridges, dead bugs and mountain climbers. We even got to kick each other while we were down (well more like nudging each other while we did planks).
Then off we trotted up Richmond Hill, down Star & Garter and along the river through Buccleuch Gardens (our flowerbed now a mass of tulips, lavender and poppies), over Richmond Bridge and along to St. Christopher's on Rosslyn Road, to be greeted by the ebullient Ricky and his team.
Dividing an conquering between the various tasks, we snatched up the tools laid out for us and got stuck in to weed and lay topsoil on the new vegetable patch, mow the overgrown lawn and chop a tree down and up (if you see what I mean) that had been blown down in recent winds.
Valiant against prickles and bites (starting to itch as I write this), we made short work of our work leaving a beautiful new vegetable patch ready for planting... who knows, potatoes? marrows? giant pumpkins? ... a pile of freshly chopped branches and a lawn so immaculate it was a surprise not to see Novak Djokovic stroll out and starting warming up.
Second-time Richmond-GGer Leo was piloting the mower, and had to step up the pace as time started to run out, but was helped to a photo finish with a chorus of Mexican waves from the rest of the group. What a team.
After a quick tidy-up of tools we left the garden looking fantastic, and headed off back to Wholefoods (apart from 5 who peeled off to homes nearby). Welcome to Monika for her first run, and great to see Jane and Aran again.
Don't forget to take a look at the Whatsapp group for the list of races in the GG Olympics and post what you would like to do, the sign up sheet will be brought to next week's run also.
Community Mission happening this Sunday for Spear - take a look and sign up if you're free!
There is also the Asics London 10k on 21st July
Aran has completed their 15th good deed with GoodGym
It was a lovely light evening in Richmond and a bumper crowd of GGers assembled at Wholefoods for our Monday night running fix. A trip to ETNA (East Twickenham Neighbourhood Association, a community centre that hosts a wide range of activities for all ages, 7 days a week) was on the cards and there was a spring in our step at the thought of continuing the good work we have been doing there over a few separate sessions.
First things first, off to the Green where Mark put us through our paces a great warm-up, getting us in the zone with the culmination being pairing-up to alternate through some core-strengthening exercises which featured rather too many planks for most people’s liking. We were spurred on with motivation from our partners who were 'living on the edge', so we made it through and soon we were on our way to ETNA.
A new route took us along the Quadrant and up past the station, then down the A316 alongside Old Deer Park before heading down onto Ducks Walk, then on through East Twickers and round the corner to the ETNA centre to be welcomed by a very smiley task owner Sian.
Already on site were a cycling-shoed EL and new boy Danny, making short work of tidying the bush around a trunk. The rest of us were divvied up between cutting back weeds and clearing the beds, planting new flowers, and painting a bike shed a very fetching shade of eggshell blue (thanks EL for the colour advice on that). Fortunately this time around we didn’t have to do the task in silence (see 4th February run report)…
Everyone set to work and were soon having a great impact. Weeds were coming up everywhere and being replaced by new plants for the spring, more bushes were being cut back, and the four in the bike shed were bemused by the fact that the paint didn’t seem to want to stick to the slats. We soldiered on with extra coats and in the end managed to make our little shack look half-way decent. Then came the grand photo where we demonstrated how to 'BENCH PRESS' 23 people, making it look easy and with a smile on our face - Got to be a record surely!
The task was a lot of fun and we all left for the run back energised by the thought of the summer evenings we’ll spend doing good together. A warm welcome to newbies Eliza, Katie and Danny, and welcome back to Gemma and Aaron.
Big thanks to Sian for greeting us at the task and don't forget there is a '10 miler' along the river if you fancy it this weekend!
All our work over the last few years has paid off and ETNA is in better shape than ever, so well done all - They still need us to help from time to time to help keep things that way so they have asked we return for some TLC and maintenance to keep the centre looking and feeling better for all that use it! Main duties are painting a 2nd coat on the buggy shelter and some garden duty - weeding, clearing and planting so plenty of reasons to jump in and sign up. Look forward to seeing you 6.45pm @ Wholefoods ; - )
Whitton Youth Zone have asked us to return to carry on such great work with them from earlier in the year. It's the season of golden leaves so there will be plenty to bag so we can see the weeds that need clearing and help with all those winter garden tricks to keep the place looking great for all who get to use this great community site! Yes it is a long run but in the long run isn't it worth it ; - ) OF COURSE I hear you shout and therefore I am so looking forward to running with you from Wholefoods where we meet at 6.45pm
21 runners...no wait 20. Hold on 22, man we are off to a great start to FIGHT THE GUM DISEASE arent' we but we managed to count to 21 in the end and the invisible gg runner left us (maybe to return on Halloween - GUMbelievable some might say!).
The warm up was fast and furious, many would have followed the invisible man after just that section but not the 21 of us stuck on doing good. Let's have at it ' C'mon all of CHEW' was the shout as we set off. Our task was to make circle chalk shapes around chewing gum that gets deposited onto our Twickenham streets rather than binned like it ought to be. This task was is in association with keep Britain tidy and the council run campaign to bin it your way and involved us also appealing to the good nature of the local shops to promote the campaign by displaying the posters and stickers in their windows and businesses. A big thanks to those who got on board.
As for the streets of Richmond borough I was in mild shock at just how many circles we got down. Our legs were filling with lactate fast as we squatted countless times to reach the pavement... such a shame really with so many bins around the borough it seems such an effort to make it to one to be able to dispose of the gum. Seems like some are biting off more than they can chew if they can't do the decent thing. Still our chalk was the talk of the town as locals inquired and admitted too that they never realised just how bad the situation was. So it seemed to be having the desired effect. After a group photo with Lynette from the council and a farewell to the owner of a local kebab shop who kindly decided to support the cause and join in we made short work of our last few kilometres back to Richmond 'CHEW' complete the 7km run.
Well done all another success chalked up to Goodgym and an honour to run with you! A big shout out to Louisa, Alex, Poppy and Nansi on the 2nd run out with GG. Great to congratulate Remy in person on her marathon completion and drum roll round of applause for our awesome Kate who made 50 runs tonight. Legend in Richmond.
Back markers Jen and Jenny so well done especially after the half marathon yesterday. Thank you
Good luck Holly on Sunday
Next week we join Samia as run leader helping ETNA and RCVS.
What a great run, a great task, a great charity, in a great building but most of all what a awesome bunch of people I run with! Shame about their pun though!!!!
We warmed up after greeting Emma on her first GG run and welcomed back Jason and Yesim on their 2nd good deed with the team. Our warm up was outside Wholefoods and kept to as brief as could be so we could maximise our time on the road and at the task. Catching the very last of the sunset on the river, headtorches bobbed along the towpath, past Ham House and over Teddington Lock (did anyone else smell that lovely chimney as we passed over the bridge) to The Landmarks Art Centre. A Community centre in a grade 2 listed 18th century building. It is run by a charity that house so many great activities and functions for the community of Teddington and beyond. We were met by the lovely smiling face of Sian who is a trustee for the centre and made us super welcome before joining us as we got stuck into the task of Ivy removal.
Ivy had overstayed her welcome and infact branched out just far more than could be tolerated anymore so secateurs, loppers and bins in hand we went to get her off the railings around the centre. Still charged from the 5km run to get to the site we carried on with the same tenacity to remove as much we could in 20 mins or so and left the railings looking all the neater for it. We pulled heaps away but there was just that one that we couldn't pull out (wasn't there Anita) as time had run out
Deep breath and in good tempo we made the 5km back look easy
GG Richmond you were as ever fantastic tonight - I know as Iv-y seen it with my own eyes - well done all
News and things we mentioned before the run are as follows
Broadgate tower run up 840 steps - Interested then mail me and I can forward you some more details GG social in London is here https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/gg-social-the-birthday-edition-again if you would like to attend
Next weeks run is closed now for sign ups - but if you missed listing and still want to attend please mail me and I will see what we can do!