Caitlin Rollison

Camden

21Good deeds

21runs

20cheers

Caitlin Rollison has cheered 10 times. Mon 6 Sep 2021

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

Caitlin Rollison went on a group run
Group run
Islington

Caxton Action (and Simon's 2 year anniversary!)

Mon 6 Sep
Report written by Simon Fitzmaurice

We had a really strong turn out for last night's group run to Caxton House Community Centre- 14 total Goodgymmers, with 6 of us completing the full 2.4 mile run starting at the Emirates Stadium. It was a pleasure to see some familiar faces from the last few years (including Sally, who completed her 300th good deed!), and to hear of people's running plans (well done to Steve on his half marathon on the bizarre Olympic Park noodle course on Sunday!).

Upon our arrival at Caxton House, we were all offered much appreciated drinking water (especially at the start of this heat wave!), and were separated into two groups.

Group 1 were given clippers, loppers and gloves, and assisted the team with trimming back a mass of overgrown greenery around a front garden space. More clipping was also required for a huge pile of branches and overgrowth near the back entrance of the centre, with the intention of passing the wooden waste into a chipper.

Group 2 picked up wheelbarrows, shovels and forks, and set about clearing a collection of soil beds at the back of the centre. The plan was to distribute the old soil into a new planter, located in a sun trap and a better spot for growing food and vegetables. Unfortunately, the soil proved to be pretty firm due to the amount of sun we have experienced over the last week, but our team did a smashing job at picking away at the mud and muck.

We called time after 40 minutes of activity, and almost all of our group joined us for a social down hill run (and cycle) back to The Arsenal Community Hub.

Trainer Simon celebrates 2 years!

In September 2019, Paul Bown (legendary GG Islington and Camden trainer) moved to Sheffield, and Trainer Simon officially took over as the main organiser for GG Islington. To celebrate, we made a trip over to The Highbury Library on Drayton Park to enjoy our monthly social. It was a blast to see you all!

We have just listed the next social on the GG site, so feel free to sign up here:

https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/gg-islington-monthly-social-october

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Caitlin Rollison signed up to a group run
Group run
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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Caitlin Rollison went on a group run
Group run
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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Caitlin Rollison signed up to a group run
Group run
Islington

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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Caitlin Rollison went on a group run
Group run
Islington

Twisting my Cucumelon, man

Mon 23 Aug
Report written by Simon Fitzmaurice

Goodgym Islington returned to Caxton House for the first time in over 18 months last night- a long time considering this lovely community centre used to be one of our regular tasks! The team have been busy renovating the inside of the halls for new groups, and the outside for very exciting gardening and neighbourhood growing projects. It is wonderful to come back to help with their ambitious plans!

Area activator Simon, Caitlin, Steve and Steve met up at the Arsenal Community Hub for a chat and a warm-up, before running the 1.5 mile route to St John's Way, Archway. We caught up with the rest of our group at Caxton House, where we were greeted by a crew of volunteers, who were already busy wood chipping.

Our main task (a large ongoing project), involved filtering through a huge pile of collected branches and tree cuttings, and chopping the thinner pieces down to an even smaller size. These sticks are then fed into a wood chipper, to be made into mulch for future growing projects.

Emily and Steve also helped with digging out some old planters around the back of the centre, just by a collection of freshly grown fruit and veg. The soil in the planters is still good (despite being full of weeds), so we moved the compost over to a new location with better exposure to the summer sun. We were able to complete a full wheel barrow load (involving a push up and over a gang plank) before finishing up for the evening (we will certainly return).

Before heading home, our hard working Goodgymmers enjoyed some fresh drinking water, biscoff biscuits and some delicious, home grown cucumelons (tiny, sharp tasting but very tasty cucumbers). Super refreshing!

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Caitlin Rollison signed up to a group run
Group run
Islington

GROUP RUN- Cutting back trees at Caxton House

Mon 23 Aug 18:45 pm
The Arsenal Community Hub, 56 Benwell Road, London, N7 7BA
The garden at this lovely community hub could do with some TLC after the past 18 months!

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 Community Centre.

The team at Caxton House have asked if GG Islington would be available to help with cutting back a collection of overgrown trees and bushes in their shared garden space. The whole area is in need of some TLC after being unattended after 18 months, so all we would appreciate as many hands as we can gather!

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.

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Caitlin Rollison has completed 10 good deeds with GoodGym. Mon 9 Aug 2021

Caitlin has done 10 good deeds. They are a trusted GoodGym runner and are now eligible to join their local TaskForce.

Caitlin Rollison went on a group run
Group run
Islington

Dropping Poppies

Mon 9 Aug
Report written by Simon Fitzmaurice

6 Goodgymmers from all across the borough braved the possibility of impending summer rain showers and joined us for an intensive evening of green tasks at Thornhill Square Gardens.

Area activator Simon met with Marie Laure and Caitlin at the Arsenal Community Hub on Benwell Road for a short warm up, a catch up and a pleasant 1.2 mile run around Caledonian Road (passing some of our regular GG Islington task locations on route). We even bumped into Steve on route, who was maintaining an efficient walk to the task (somehow he beat the runners? I think he must be a wizard).

As we approached the gardens, we were greeted by the lovely Anna, the leader of the Friends of Thornhill Square Gardens group, who set up a variety of tasks for us all. GG Islington regulars Steve and Aidan were offered some beautiful new clippers for trimming down the grass verges around the primary flower beds (a home for bees and other pollinators), and a fork for pulling up some stubborn ash tree saplings. Steve was also asked to clip a collection of dead poppies from the bed too, before shaking the seedlings to encourage more poppies to grow later in the year.

Marie Laure and Caitlin were tasked with digging holes (from the nice soft ground) and planting new iris bulbs within the flower beds. The wet weather has been really benefiting the gardens, and the plants have been growing so quickly!

Anna was thrilled with the work we put in last night, and posted a lovely Thank You message on the Thornhill Square Gardens Instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/p/CSYuWkAD9j5/?utm_medium=copy_link

We will return very soon for sure!

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