Benedict Lumley

Islington

127Good deeds

240runs

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GROUP RUN: Market in your diary! (Market Road Gardens)

Mon 18 Oct 18:45 pm
The Arsenal Community Hub, 56 Benwell Road, London, N7 7BA
Preparing this awesome permaculture garden for future school visitors from the Heyward Centre

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.

Task Location:

Market Road Gardens, 15 Market Rd, London N7 9PL

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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Flyering around Orwell's gaff

Mon 11 Oct
Report written by Simon Fitzmaurice

Last night, Goodgym Islington were treated to a gorgeous Autumnal evening for running around the Canonbury and Highbury boroughs. 11 runners in total joined us at the Arsenal Community Hub on Benwell Road (including new members Audrey and Benedetta- welcome!), where we enjoyed a chat about our weekend adventures (congratulations to Steve on his excellent running at the Adidas City Run yesterday- we also look forward to hearing from our Manchester Marathon heroes too!). After a warm-up on the Emirates slopes, we ran together past Highbury and Islington station, and on to the Canonbury Tavern.

Our task this evening was to distribute flyers for an amazing local project called FoodCycle Islington (a charity that Alison has previously helped with!), who offer hot cooked food for anyone who requires it, no questions asked. The organisation are currently looking for volunteers, regular assistance, funding and new clients, so these local flyering sessions are important to the development of the cause. Area Activator Simon arrived with 250 flyers and a stack of maps for the immediate area, and our 5 teams of Goodgymmers ran across the borough to share the FoodCycle message. Simon stayed put at the Canonbury Tavern watching bags (the pub itself is about two houses away from George Orwell's residence, according to a blue plaque!).

Our team made short work of the flyering task (amazing how efficient a crew of Goodgymmers with maps can be!), so we enjoyed a more scenic run back to the Emirates Stadium, passing Highbury Fields on route.

Wonderful running everyone! We will be returning to Market Road Gardens next Monday for more gardening goodness!


Cross Country Fun this weekend!

Racing is well and truly back after a long hiatus, so now could be the perfect time to join the Goodgym Race Team!

https://www.goodgym.org/race-team

Goodgym are entered into the Met League Cross Country season 2021-2022, a series of 5 muddy trail races across London. Expect hills, puddles, countryside, river crossings and lots of laughs with good people!

Seriously some of the best running fun available, and 100% open for all runners signed up to the Goodgym Race Team.

The first in the series is this Saturday in Claybury, East London.

https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/met-league-cross-country-claybury

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GROUP RUN: FoodCycle Islington leaflet dropping

Mon 11 Oct 18:45 pm
The Arsenal Community Hub, 56 Benwell Road, London, N7 7BA
Our objective is to awareness on the amazing work that FoodCycle Islington does, and about their weekly community meals.

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 a local meet-up point (TBC).

Task location: During the task, Area Activator Simon will be based outside the Canonbury Tavern.

Canonbury Tavern, 21 Canonbury Pl, London N1 2NS

Here is the general task information supplied by FoodCycle:

"To drop leaflets off in the nearby area surrounding the Church to let members of the community know about our fantastic service and welcome more volunteers to get involved in our project."

"Leaflets can be delivered to an appropriate address and can be posted out to the roads surrounding the Church to help increase an awareness."


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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I love it when a planter comes together...

Mon 4 Oct
Report written by Simon Fitzmaurice

On Monday evening, our Goodgym crew braced themselves for a potential wash out, following a torrential downpour at 5pm. However, we were pleasantly treated to a warm autumn evening of gardening at Grenville Gardens instead!

7 Goodgymmers (regulars, familiar faces and new attendees including Jonathan and Matilda- welcome!) met up outside the Arsenal Community Hub on Benwell Road before we set off for a 1.5 mile run up Sussex Way. Area Activator Simon almost took a wrong turn on the way up to Archway, but luckily Kike and Steve were on hand as backmarkers to correct the course!

On our way over, we chatted about our weekends- a lot of us watched London Marathon on TV or in person. Congratulations to Steve Coman and Sam Chapman on your Marathon endeavours! Super inspiring!

Upon our approach to Grenville Gardens, we met up with 8 other Goodgymmers waiting outside the community gardens, and found Sarah, a local FROGG (aka Friend of Grenville Gardens) who invited us into the space.

Our main task for the evening involved transferring masses of lovely home grown vegetables and plants (lavender, mint, spinach and other greens) out of a large broken planter, and then dismantling the flower bed using electric drills. Our headtorch heroes on the opposite side of the park were busy digging holes and trenches in between other plants, ready for community bulb planting on the weekend. Another team set about clearing loads of overgrown ivy from out of the flower beds (a very satisfying job after the rainfall- nice soft ground to work with!).

After almost a full hour of activity, we downed tools, and parted ways. 6 of our runners ran back to the Arsenal Stadium (enjoying the down hill on quiet streets!), and a few of us enjoyed a few social drinks at The Highbury Library on Drayton Park as part of our monthly routine (back again next month!).

Thank you for joining us, folks! We will be back again next week to help with flyering for FoodCycle Islington. See you then!

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GROUP RUN- Hopping to FROGG (Friends of Grenville Gardens) 🐸

Mon 4 Oct 18:45 pm
The Arsenal Community Hub, 56 Benwell Road, London, N7 7BA
Emptying and rebuilding veg boxes for this lovely local project!

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 Grenville Gardens.

Task Location:

Grenville Gardens, Grenville Rd, London, N19 4ER

If you are not planning to run with us, our arrival time at Grenville 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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Benedict Lumley completed a training run • Lunch Run
Fri 1 Oct
5.3km
34:55
06:36/km
Benedict Lumley signed up to a group run
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Islington

GROUP RUN- Return to the Rose Bowl

Mon 27 Sep 18:45 pm
The Arsenal Community Hub, 56 Benwell Road, London, N7 7BA

Please note that this group run has been cancelled.

First time back to The Rose Bowl Youth Centre since 2019!

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 The Rose Bowl Youth Centre.

Task Location:

The Rose Bowl Youth Centre, St. Paul’s Open Space, New River Green Estate, London N1 2PT

If you are not planning to run with us, our arrival time at The Rose Bowl Youth Centre 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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Benedict Lumley completed a training run • Goodgym
Mon 20 Sep
7.3km
48:28
06:36/km
Benedict Lumley went on a group run
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Cax me if you can

Mon 20 Sep
Report written by Simon Fitzmaurice

Last night, 5 Goodgymmers met up with Area Activator Simon outside the Arsenal Community Hub for a 5km total run to Caxton House Community Centre. Benedict, Steve, Alfie and Rachel made their way up Sussex Way (passing friendly neighbourhood cats on route) before meeting up with the rest of our crew in Archway.

Goodgym Islington have been visiting the Caxton House Community Centre pretty frequently over the past few months (3rd visit since August), pitching in with a big green renovation of lovely plot of planters. The idea is to shift many wheel barrows full of hardened soil from small growing beds, and to move this all to a larger planter. Fresh compost and soil will be added and mixed in at a later date, ready for spring vegetables. Alison, Steve, Benedict and Emily took on the arduous digging and forking task (and did a smashing job- especially after all the hot weather we had), while Aidan was the main wheelbarrow driver and successfully navigated the stairs to the drop off point.

The rest of our team (Rachel, Sally and Alfie) were offered pavement picking tools (skinny brushes on sticks) and knee cushions, and were tasked to chip away at some persistent weeds growing out of the path to the garden. These tools proved to be effective, and we were able to brush a bag of eco-friendly weed deterrent into the cracks to keep the place looking tidy through Autumn and Winter.

We did a smashing job over the course of an hour. Thank you to everyone who brought head torches too- this really makes such a difference for your fellow runners.

6 runners joined us for the return run back to the Emirates (down hill this time!), and we enjoyed a stretch and a chat together to close the evening.

News

Next week, we will be visiting The Rose Bowl Youth Centre.

Sign up here to get involved:

https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/group-run-return-to-the-rose-bowl

Also, check out the wonderful work our GG Islington group did at Crouch End Open Space on Sunday here!

https://www.goodgym.org/reports/chipping-in

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GROUP RUN- Call to Caxton House Community Centre!

Mon 20 Sep 18:45 pm
The Arsenal Community Hub, 56 Benwell Road, London, N7 7BA
Continuing this lovely green project- new compost, mulch and food planters for the community!

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.

Read more
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