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GG Islington- Monthly Social (October)

Mon 4 Oct 20:45 pm
Highbury Library, 66A Drayton Park, London, N5 1ND
Post group run social refreshments!

Come and join the Goodgym Islington crew for our monthly post group run social (1st Monday of every month).

We typically make a booking for approx 15 people at The Highbury Library bottle shop for 8.45pm.

Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks on offer, with a covered outdoor space and a basement bar available.

If the sign-up limit is reached, feel free to comment below, and we will check if there is flexibility for more guests.

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Lambeth

Hanky Petanque-y

Tue 7 Sep
Report written by Mark Gilyead

What an absolutely gorgeous evening for doing some good! ☀️

This evening we met at a buzzing Papa's Park. The music was blaring, the cafe was open and Valcie came to say hello!

We briefly discussed our favourite beverages for a day such as today (including several healthy and soft choices!) 🥵 and then we got going to Larkhall Park's petanque pitch/court/arena(???) which had definitely seen better days...

There we met Alex who gave us very clear instructions of our task:

  • Uproot a load of weeds that had gone wild around the edge of the pitch
  • Rake the gravel into piles
  • Shovel the gravel into wheelbarrows
  • Wheel the gravel to the big pile at the edge of the park so it can be reused

It was a proper workout but most of us switched up jobs so we didn't get too tired. Ed kept going on his weeding patch though, right up until the end. 👏

Some locals and one of the Friends of Larkhall Park who walked by said they were super grateful for what we were doing, pleased that the petanque pitch would finally see some use! (And definitely be easier on the eye...)

Petanque you very much

Nice work guys! Here's the link to next week's task and we'll head to the pub afterwards too! 🍹

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Islington

GROUP RUN- Caxton House Cultivation

Mon 6 Sep 18:45 pm
The Arsenal Community Hub, 56 Benwell Road, London, N7 7BA
Continuing our refreshing garden reworking at Caxton House Community Centre, Archway

The plan is to meet up outside the Arsenal Community Hub on Benwell Road, and after a short warm up, health and safety briefing and a warm welcome, we will run together to Caxton House.

We have been invited back to Caxton House (after our automated wood chipping fun 2 weeks back), to lend a hand with refreshing an awesome food and veg plot. Fresh soil and compost required, which will involve plenty of digging and wheel barrowing. Great stuff!

Task Location

Caxton House, 129 St John's Way, London N19 3RQ

If you are not planning to run with us, our arrival time at Caxton House will be 7.10 - 7.15pm.

After our session, we will aim to arrive back at The Arsenal Community Hub for 8.30pm at the latest.

Things to Note

Please only bring items you are willing to run with.

The bag drop option is not currently available to us at the Arsenal Community Hub, as the space is being used as a Covid testing facility.

This also means that we do not have access to toilets or changing areas yet either.

Area Activator Simon's 2 Year Anniversary!

Simon has just reached the 2 year milestone as your local Goodgym Trainer (and what a couple of years to do it!). To celebrate, we are planning on enjoying a few refreshments (alcoholic and non alcoholic on offer) at The Highbury Library on Drayton Park Road after this group run.

Sign up here for more info: https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/simon-celebrates-2-years-of-goodgym-training

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Lambeth

No room for punning in the hall!

Tue 31 Aug
Report written by Sarah Beck

11 of us headed up to Jubilee School to help Juan, the caretaker, prepare the school hall for an Inset Day on Friday! Welcome to Megan and Gayle who were both here for their first Lambeth Group Runs!

We met up at Papa's Park and each picked a place we would like to be right now other than a grey and cloudy London. Spain was the clear winner and Tim revealed he had been there just a few weeks ago.... not envious at all 😄

The school hall needed emptying of all the random things that had been there all summer whilst building work has been going on and so we had an eclectic selection of tasks:

  • Moving tables, dining tables and table tennis tables outside
  • Clearing the ground of felt and nails that had been discarded when building the new shed roof
  • Taking a load of broken scooters to the skip
  • Loading up some trolleys with some vintage IT equipment and rolling them to the skip and getting stuck on the slope (we made it with some teamwork)
  • Posing on and parking some little bikes in a bikestand
  • Building shelves in the shed and putting all the games and toys on the shelves

The hall was much emptier by the time we were finished and Juan was pleased so we headed off back to Papa's Park for some stretches.

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Moving Furniture at Jubilee Primary

Tue 31 Aug 19:00 pm
Papa's Park, 10-17 Pulross Road, London, SW9 8AF
Group runs are back!

💥🥳🎉😬🙌🍻

That's right, the legendary GoodGym Lambeth group run is back!

Here's how it's going to work:

  1. Arrive at Papa's Park between 6:50 and 7pm. There is somewhere to leave bags and coats if you need to, but please be considerate of others when moving in and out of the room.

  2. We'll gather outside.

  3. After a quick intro and warm up, we'll split into groups to run to the tasks (there are always options for different paces & distances - no one gets left behind)

  4. We'll arrive at the task by 7:30, blitz the task and then run back to Papa's for an 8:30 finish. If there's time, we'll squeeze in a relaxed(ish) fitness sesh.


THE TASK

Jubilee Primary School is having a load of building work done over the Summer holidays so a lot of stuff has been moved around. This week, we'll be moving furniture into a new building - lift from the legs! It's a 2km run each way but we may have a longer option.


Please bring a mask.🤿

Any questions? Drop me an email.

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Simon celebrates 2 years of Goodgym Training

Mon 6 Sep 20:45 pm
Highbury Library, 66A Drayton Park, London, N5 1ND
Drinks and a catch-up after our Monday group run (Highbury Library, Drayton Park)

Area Activator Simon started as a trainer for Goodgym Islington in August 2019 (after being handed the steering wheel from Paul Bown), and has just realised that he passed his 2nd anniversary.

Too busy Goodgymming while the world turned upside down for a year or so!

So we will be planning on hosting our monthly social at The Highbury Library on Drayton Park after our scheduled group run. Open to all Goodgymmers.

Register limit of 15 to start with, to ensure table allocations for this lovely local bottle shop, but can increase capacity upon request. Feel free to message below if we are full up.

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Ben has been to three different GoodGym areas. Mon 30 Aug 2021

A Tourist likes nothing better than exploring new areas and meeting new people, and that's what Ben has been doing. Ben has been to three different GoodGym areas now - nice!

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Islington

Market Road Massive & Simon's 3 Hundo

Mon 30 Aug
Report written by Simon Fitzmaurice

Goodgym Islington returns to Market Road Gardens on a surprisingly dark Bank Holiday Monday, along with a classic group run from the Arsenal Hub.

Simon, John and Ben (first group run with GG Islington- welcome!) ran 2km each way (4km total) across Holloway Road, past the Ringcross Community Centre (home of our weekly cycle delivery missions) and over to Caledonian Road. Frannie from Octopus Community Network had given AA Simon the keys to Market Road Gardens earlier in the day, so all 5 of us (Caitlin and Mali too) let ourselves in.

Our planned task was to continue our long running renovation project of this lovely community garden. Earlier this month, a collection of fruit trees were planted in special grow boxes at the bottom of the park. The surrounding area used to be a small forest of weeds, brambles and vines, which have since been cleared and curated into pathways and wild growing space. Our intention was to clear away most of the overgrown vines, thistles and brambles from the area, ready for children and parents to visit in the near future.

The team did a terrific job, using clippers and gloved hands to clear the weeds and overgrown shrubs over the course of 45 minutes, gathering up many boxes and wheel barrow loads of green waste. After packing up tools into Gertrude, the beautiful old dairy delivery truck (now a tool shed), we parted ways- some on foot, others by bike. A great way to make the most of a Monday evening!

Area Activator Simon's 2nd Year Celebration!

Area Activator Simon will be celebrating 2 years as the Goodgym Islington trainer next Monday after our scheduled group run (task TBC).

We will be meeting up at The Highbury Library on Drayton Park at 8.45pm. Sign up here:

https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/simon-celebrates-2-years-of-goodgym-training

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GROUP RUN- Market Road Gardens Bank Holiday Special

Mon 30 Aug 18:45 pm
The Arsenal Community Hub, 56 Benwell Road, London, N7 7BA
A social run to this popular local community garden

The plan is to meet up outside the Arsenal Community Hub on Benwell Road, and after a short warm up, health and safety briefing and a warm welcome, we will run together to Market Road Gardens.

Frannie from Octopus Community Network has let us have access to Market Road Gardens, a lovely permaculture garden space for school groups and families. Our plan is to make the place look as tidy as possible by cutting back some overgrown bushes and plants.

Task Location

Caxton House, 129 St John's Way, London N19 3RQ

If you are not planning to run with us, our arrival time at Market Road Gardens will be 7.10 - 7.15pm.

After our session, we will aim to arrive back at The Arsenal Community Hub for 8.30pm at the latest.

Things to Note

Please only bring items you are willing to run with.

The bag drop option is not currently available to us at the Arsenal Community Hub, as the space is being used as a Covid testing facility.

This also means that we do not have access to toilets or changing areas yet either.

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Ben has cheered 10 times. Tue 24 Aug 2021

Ben has helped keep other people motivated, Ben has noticed what others have done and cheered 10 people. We doff our caps to you Ben.

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