Organisations Ariane Sanders has pledged to support
Whether it was your first group run last night or you've been part of the GG family for a long time, this one is for you -
HAPPY 10TH BIRTHDAY GOODGYM!
In those years you have all been part of creating a huge movement for good and in doing so you have run a mind-blowing
2.5 million kilometres!
Say whaaat?! That's incredible. Last night's 7kms run by 32 of us is the start of the next decade of doing good and getting fitter, and I'm looking forward to being part of that with you.
To kick off our special birthday run we had a few announcements:
As part of our special birthday week, this weekend it is #SuperSaturday where we attempt to put on the greatest number of community missions than ever before across the UK. In Wandsworth we have a great one helping out with a spot of yurt washing at a local community garden at 10:30 on Saturday morning. Sign up here - be lovely to see you there! Remember, community missions are open to everybody, you don't need to be DBS checked.
It was also a special milestone for Stephanie who last night hit 50 good deeds - what a brilliant thing to do. Next time you see her in her new black tshirt give her a massive high five! Congratulations Stephanie.
We had a very appropriate task for our birthday run last night - helping to assemble and check cots for the amazing Little Village charity in Balham.
This organisation provides for free good quality baby clothes and equipment, donated by local people to families that need them. It's like a foodbank, but for clothes, toys and equipment for babies and children and they're committed to alleviating material poverty in London. They believe no child in the capital grows up without these essential items and promote sustainable living. What an amazing project!
We did a quick warm up back in our usual spot which BAC had kindly repaved and leveled over just for us to use at our group runs (kind of) and did a poll to see how we all like to spend our birthdays. Eating cake was top, along with friends and drinks, brunch, bed, days of work and, of course, GoodGym!
After just over 3km of running we arrived at Little Village to find an amazingly organised Jo there waiting for us complete with flow charts and a list of jobs! It meant we could get straight in with the task, so dividing up into groups we started
Assembling and checking cribs
Checking travel cots
Helping in the stock room
This was one of the tasks where we had to use brain power as well as our muscles, but after about 40 minutes of work there was a wide range of different cots to show for our efforts, many travel cribs had been checked and even a spot of sweeping had been done. Great effort everybody. We were so engrossed with the task that it sadly (?) meant we had to forgo our fitness session, but with a 3km run back we still got in a good workout. Double session next week!
Speaking of next week, we have not one but two tasks on offer. Check this out, choose your preferred task and sign up! Both are shorter runs, so plenty of time for that fitness session...
Great work last night gang and many happy returns GoodGym. Thanks for every run you've done to make our city a better, kinder, fitter place.
Ariane 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.
Little Village is like a foodbank, but for clothes, toys and equipment for babies and children up to the age of 5. They're a movement of parents committed to alleviating material poverty in London.
We'll be heading down to this amazing charity in Balham to help put up cots, sort toys and other jobs.
As it's GoodGym's special week of celebrations for our 10 year birthday, we'll be sticking around for a special social at the Four Thieves after the run. Come and join us after for a little party after the run!
As always there is a backmarker so nobody is left behind and a safe place to leave bags while we're out.
After a drizzly old day in Wandsworth, it was great to see GoodGym runners bringing the cheer to our Monday group run last night!
On 21st September we are having GoodGym's first ever #SuperSaturday! We will be attempting to have the biggest number of community missions happening across the UK than ever before. There will be a mission going on in every area, and in Wandsworth we will be going to help create a learning space at a Tooting School. You can sign up here to get involved.
After a warm up where we did some coordination and heart raising exercises, we set off for the Kambala estate to do various jobs for the Kambala Cares. This great project is run by residents to improve the life for local people, has strong links in the community and supports local businesses, charitable organisations and community projects to benefit and people in the area. They are a non-profit organisation, run solely by volunteers, and led by Donna who met us after a 2km run with various jobs to do.
While Hanna's team got involved sorting the plants in the secret garden and were soon surrounded by wafts of lavender from the herb beds, the second team were hard at work sweeping and litter picking in the streets around the estate - a slightly less fragrant task given the dog poop - while the third group got stuck into weeding the raised beds. As well as lots of weeds and rubbish, they also discovered other treasure, including a whole bike wheel!
After 40 minutes of hard work we downed tools and headed over to the local park to do fitness. In the spirit of some much needed democracy at the moment, we took a vote between a speed and pace session or a core blast. It was abs that one (just) so we got straight on with sets of 45 seconds ab exercises with a 15 second break in between them, and finishing off with a plank minute. It was hard work, but given how much a strong core benefits your running form and protects against injuries, is an important part of our training. Great effort everybody!
Next week we have a special run as part of the UK wide celebrations for GoodGym's 10th birthday. We've got a great task at a Balham based charity building cots for disadvantaged families, then we'll be having a social after the run. Go on, sign up here to do good and have even more fun than usual!
Tonight we're off to Doddington Community roofgarden, a space which used to be the disused roof of a carpark and is now a beautiful local garden, to help out with various jobs including cutting back and weeding.
We'll then get a fitness session in before heading back to base. there is a back marker so nobody is left behind and a safe place to leave bags.
Tonight we're off to help out at the Kambala Cares residents association - an organisation that was set up to improve the lives of local residents and combat antisocial behaviour. It is run completely by volunteers, and they have asked if we can come and help weed, litter pick and do various other jobs to help out.
There is lots to do, and all for a great local organisation. There is a backmarker so nobody is left behind, a short fitness session, and somewhere safe to store bags.