Claire Rees-Sewak

Islington

65Good deeds

137runs

188cheers

Claire Rees-Sewak completed a training run • Lunch Run
Sun 5 Apr
6.5km
47:03
07:16/km
Claire Rees-Sewak completed a training run • Evening Run
Thu 26 Mar
4.2km
29:12
06:57/km
Claire Rees-Sewak signed up to a group run
Group run
Islington

Finishing off the SHP challenge!

Mon 24 Feb 18:45 pm
The Arsenal Community Hub, 56 Benwell Road, London, N7 7BA
A second week at Single Homeless Project, moving woodchip to the residents garden

Welcome to GoodGym Islington! We're a friendly and social 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.

The Task:

A return trip to Single Homeless Project on Ashley Road to finish off our woodchip shifting task. Less graft is expected than last week, mixing up the loading and moving with flattening and garden arranging jobs.

The Run/walk:

GoodGym is for everyone. We welcome runners of all abilities and it is often possible to walk to the task if you would prefer. 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.

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Claire Rees-Sewak went on a group run
Group run
Islington

*SHP!* (Yeah, you know me)

Mon 17 Feb
Report written by Simon Fitzmaurice

After a weekend of braving Storm Dennis (also known as Winter Storm Mabel, a weakening European windstorm which became one of the most intense extratropical cyclones ever recorded), 20 happy Goodgymmers were treated to a pleasant wind and rain free evening of running and good deeds!

Storm Ciara came along 2 weeks ago and Storm Dennis was just last weekend- before heading out for our warm-up, we asked the Goodgymmers: "What the next storm be called?" (must be a female name beginning with "E"). Our responses were as follows:

  • Emma
  • Edna
  • Esme
  • Evelyn
  • Eleven- like from Stranger Things
  • Emily
  • Eva
  • Eugenie
  • Errrrr.....

Single Homeless Project

Our crew made their way up Holloway Road (past a few road crossings and long traffic light breaks- might try some back streets instead next time), and towards 104-107 Mercers Road, two sites for the Single Homeless Project. Last year, a team of our runners did an excellent job of shoveling almost 4 tonnes of wood chip and mulch into the front yard of number 107 (we needed to get it all off the street before the end of the night, and we battled with the elements!). This time, we were requested by Regina the volunteer coordinator to carry bags of the wood chip from 107 Mercer Road to the back garden of 104 Mercer Road (approx 200m away).

We had a good system going, with our group slitting sharing the roles of bark shovelers and bag carriers between them. The trick was not to over-fill the sacks, as 200m can be a long way to walk when you are encumbered with woodchip and mulch! Another small team assembled in the garden at 104 Mercer Road, helping to prepare some bulbs for the upcoming spring season, and making sure that the bark was offloaded in the right locations.

A really satisfying task- it is amazing to see a huge pile of bark start to deplete as the Goodgymmers crack on. SHP are dependent on our contribution to fixing up their gardens, and are super appreciative of the work we have completed so far. We will be back again next week with some new tasks too!

We jogged our way back to the Arsenal Community Hub, and Graham demonstrated a few cool down stretches before we finished up for the night. Trainer Simon had a few digestives to pass round too, continuing the GG Islington biscuit tradition.

NEWS

February CREOS Community Mission

One of our classic monthly community missions will be happening this weekend (Sunday 23rd February- rescheduled from last week). Lovely gardening and green space maintenance task located near Wood Vale, Crouch End (assisted by the community for over 50 years). Typically followed by a picnic, a chat, hot drinks and occasionally some cider! A really pleasant way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

More info and sign up can be found here.

The Big Half is coming!

Come and support our Goodgym runners at one of London's best half marathon events! On Sunday 1st March, we have plenty of folks from all different GG boroughs participating, and loads of friends assisting on aid stations too.

If you would like to sign up to volunteer on one of these stations, you can find more information about this here.

Whether you are running, supporting or cheering, everyone is invited join us for drinks and food in London Bridge after the event (which finishes in Greenwich- our plan is to avoid the crowds!). Sign up here for the post-Big Half meet up.

Hackney Half 2020 aid station

Sunday 17th May sees the return of the amazing Hackney Half marathon, and Goodgym have committed to manning the Mare Street aid station on the course. This is the best place to see the race, and is one of the highlights of the run- loads of crowd support, feels like a party! 25 volunteers are required to make this happen, so sign up quick to avoid disappointment. Aid station volunteers will also receive an entry for a future Virgin Sport event (e.g. Oxford Half or ASICS London 10km).

Sign up here, and add your name to the list!

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Claire Rees-Sewak completed a training run • Evening Run
Mon 17 Feb
4.8km
30:06
06:15/km
Claire Rees-Sewak signed up to a group run
Group run
Islington

Woodchip Warriors at Single Homeless Project

Mon 17 Feb 18:45 pm
The Arsenal Community Hub, 56 Benwell Road, London, N7 7BA
Great task! Lots of shoveling and moving woodchip for SHP's resident gardens!

Welcome to GoodGym Islington! We're a friendly and social 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.

The Task:

Goodgym Islington began working on this project in September 2019, so it is really great to have to chance to return to SHP to finish off our task!

Four-five tonnes of woodchip has been delivered to the site, and we need Goodgym muscle to move it all to the residents garden at the back of the property. This task is a really good work-out, so we are going to start this week, and then attempt to complete the whole job.

Great run to and from the location too. It will be a good one!

Single Homeless Project, 104 Mercers Rd, London N19 4PU

The Run/walk:

GoodGym is for everyone. We welcome runners of all abilities and it is often possible to walk to the task if you would prefer. 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.

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Claire Rees-Sewak went on a group run
Group run
Islington

Happy Hardcore (and a Clean Sweep)

Mon 27 Jan
Report written by Simon Fitzmaurice

Despite Monday afternoon being a complete wash-out, 20 brave Goodgymmers joined us for our double task group run, and were treated to a much pleasanter working conditions! Plenty of regulars, and a few folks back for a new year of Goodgym deeds, starting their 2020 tasks this evening. Always welcome and hugely appreciated.

Before our warm-up and run to our tasks, we performed the count-off, and Trainer Simon asked the question: "What was your first job?"

The answers were as follows:

  • A "newsboy" in Harrogate, N.Yorkshire
  • Newspaper boys x 6
  • Ticket tout (before I knew it was illegal)
  • Ballet tutor for little ones
  • Cold caller for an insurance company
  • Underage barperson x 2
  • I sold socks
  • Pot washer
  • Car washer around my local neighbourhood

We performed a few warm-up drills outside the Emirates community hub (high knees, straight legs, abducter twists, lunges and squats) before separating the team into two groups. Group 1 set off on their way to Caxton House near Archway (approx 6 km of total running), and Group 2 made their way to Market Road Gardens (approx 2 km total running/walking).

Caxton House

Upon their arrival, Group 1 met up with volunteer co-odinator Rose, and immediately got to work around the community centre. Some of our Goodgymmers set about clearing the entrance stairway from leaves and debris for easy, safe access for visitors- they made swift work of this with brooms and hand brushes. In the mean-time, the rest of the group tidied up the indoors of the hall, and helped with pulling staples out of walls, ready for a new children's project to be posted up.

This was just the start of a big deep cleaning task, so we are likely to return to Caxton House very soon.

Market Road Gardens

Group 2 jogged over to meet Franie of Octopus Communities (and friend of Market Road Gardens and Hayward Adventure Playground), and to continue our project from last week. The vehicle access route for Hayward Adventure Playground needed to be broadened to allow large buses and coaches to drive right up to the site, and to do so safely. This would make unloading children from vehicles easier and safer. Our team started to lay down tarpaulin sheets on top of the access path, and added hardcore and rubble on top of the sheets to create a sturdy, non-skid surface for vehicles. Our goodgymmers loaded wheelbarrows full of heavy concrete fragments, and easily distributed it onto the originally very muddy section of the park.

The garden is really starting to look lovely- 1600 bulbs were planted by children from local schools in this park, and we can't wait to see what the place will look like in Spring.

We all set off back to the Emirate hub to enjoy some more New Zealand biscuits from James, and a few stretches to cool down after our runs.

NEWS

Tom McCann's Great North Run

GG Islington regular Tom McCann is supporting the National Autistic Society by running the Great North Run this year.

The NAS are an essential charity organisation that transforms the lives of the 700,000 autistic adults and children (and their families) in the UK. They strive to change attitudes by improving public understanding of autism and helping businesses, local authorities and government to provide more autism-friendly spaces, deliver better services and improve laws.

Tom's Justgiving page is here if you would like to donate to this great cause.

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Claire Rees-Sewak completed a training run • Evening Run
Mon 27 Jan
6.6km
42:13
06:24/km
Claire Rees-Sewak signed up to a group run
Group run
Islington

Double Tasks! Back to Caxton House, and a return trip to Market Road Gardens

Mon 27 Jan 18:45 pm
The Arsenal Community Hub, 56 Benwell Road, London, N7 7BA
Sweeping and litter picking for Caxton House, and laying down rubble for vehicular access to Market Road Gardens

Welcome to GoodGym Islington! We're a friendly and social 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.

The Task:

Two tasks this week!

Task 1: Litter picking and sweeping the courtyard for Caxton House Community Centre in Archway. 5km total distance from the Emirates Stadium.

Task Location: Caxton House, 129 St John's Way, London N19 3RQ http://www.caxtonhouse.org/

Task 2: Continuing our work at Market Road Gardens. Laying down stone rubble onto the vehicle access path, and making the main entrance look as tidy as possible. 2km total distance from Emirates Stadium.

Task Location: Market Road Gardens, 15 Market Rd, London N7 9PL

The Run/walk:

GoodGym is for everyone. We welcome runners of all abilities and it is often possible to walk to the task if you would prefer. 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.

Read more
Claire Rees-Sewak completed a training run • Morning Run
Fri 24 Jan
3.7km
27:20
07:27/km
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