Hammersmith and Fulham
Tonight we're off to Battersea Scout's group to help them with their overgrown outside area. During lockdown it got a bit neglected and now has lots of brambles and weeds to get rid of. The organisation is run by volunteers, so they have asked us for a bit of GoodGym muscle!
Please bring your headtorch if you have one as the area is poorly lit. If you have gardening gloves they'd be helpful too!
GoodGym Wandsworth is a friendly group who combine exercise with helping out in the local community. We meet every week to get active and do a physical task to help the charities and community organisations and projects in our area.
Tonight's task is just being confirmed, but it will involve doing good and a bit of fitness too! Check back soon for more details. We always have a back-marker so no-one is left behind - we're about achieving something together so you'll always be welcome no matter what your pace is. Please bring a headtorch if you have one and don't forget there is nowhere to store bags.
Blue Monday? Not in Wandsworth it wasn't! We ignored the chilly conditions and the Monday vibes, and instead opted to get together to run to a local theatre and arts charity for a spot of volunteering and a high energy fitness session.
It was lovely to welcome Tony to his first GoodGym session - give him a cheer! It was also great to hear about all the tips people had for cheering themselves up when they feel a bit down. As we did our warm up, we decided calling a family member or friend, going for a walk or run, eating something delicious or trying a new recipe, seeing somebody tap dance and of course, watching Nigella was the sure fire way to feel happier!
After a short run to the theatre we were given our list of jobs, which included cleaning, painting and weeding. This venue aims to bring the arts to the whole community, but does not receive any direct funding, and so always welcomes some energetic volunteers.
A lot was done in a short amount of time last night, so well done team. After downing tools we headed outside to Clapham Old Town for a brief but intense session of Tabata, upper body exercises and a plank finisher. What a way to beat that chill!
A quick run back to base and some stretches, and we were done for the evening. As well as our usual group run next Monday, we have lots of missions throughout the week coming up. You can check them all out here.
Happy running everyone!
Tonight we're back at the lovely Omnibus theatre to help out with various jobs - this is a really important local arts and theatre charity that relies on donations and volunteers so they are very grateful for the support from us!
We will also do a little fitness session - please avoid bringing bags as we have nowhere to store them.
Every last Saturday of the month, let's meet-up/takeover a different parkrun in South London, this is the schedule I propose throughout the year:
- January 29th - Burgess Park
- February 26th – Brockwell
- March 26th – Southwark
- April 30th - Hilly Fields
- May 28th – Tooting
- June 25th - Crystal Palace
- July 30th - Peckham Rye
- August 27th – Beckenham
- September 24th – Dulwich
- October 29th – Clapham
- November 26th – Catford
- December 17th - Bushy
Meet at the start line 10-15 minutes before, run the Parkrun at your own pace and those who finish first can cheer on the rest! After everyone has completed their 5k run and we get that all important group photo, for those who want to stay on, we'll get a hot beverage (whatever is your poison).
What are parkruns?
Parkruns are free, weekly, community events all around the world. Saturday morning events are 5k and take place in parks and open spaces. You can run, walk or volunteer at parkruns. You can even take your dog (if you have one) along! If you have never run a parkrun before, they are a great way to get into running in a welcoming and inclusive environment. Remember, it's FREE, but you can register here to keep a profile (number of parkruns you do, times, etc.).
Despite everything that is going on, it was amazing to see six GoodGym elves meeting for our last run of the year, ready to get stuck in to a big task for the local community. That's true Christmas spirit!
After a few technical malfunctions with the festive music, we did some warm ups and talked about what we'd most like Santa to bring us this year - it included running kit, Schitt's Creek monopoly (who knew?), a job (def going to happen) and a lie in. You're definitely all on the nice list, so start getting excited!
Just as we began our run down to the local school, the speaker suddenly kicked in, and we all got a bit of a shock as Mariah started singing to us half way down the hill! Nevertheless we got to the school in no time, and got started with a task that doubled as a fitness session. Our job was to shift heavy bags of compost and woodchip - thank goodness for the barrows because it was quite a distance to the secret garden the kids use. We then tackled the mother of all lavender and rosemary roots, while a big pruning job was done. Well done team, fitness + good deed well and truly wrapped up!
After a quick run back we had our end of year social, finding out who was in Taylor Swift's top 1% of listeners, who could take on Clapham's steepest hill in a big coat and normal shoes and crush it, who knows everything there is to know about Bolton's scrap metal salvage scene, who is planning an epic trek in January and who has the best Christmas jumper in the land!
Merry Christmas one and all. Keep an eye out for missions happening over the festive period and I look forward to seeing you back for the first group run on Monday 10th January, when we will also have a triple birthday whammy to celebrate.
Happy holiday running all!
A group of Good Gymers along with other volunteers spent a couple of hours wrapping hampers for refugees. The charity is aiming to have 100 done to give to refugees in Wandsworth and we definitely made a dent in that!