Dave Clarke

Hounslow

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Race
Southwark

Parkrun On Tour: Crystal Palace

Sat 25 Jun
Report written by Sam Lefevre
He/Him

Our "Parkrun on Tour" is halfway through 2022! Eight GoodGymers came out for our sixth edition and this time, we were in Crystal Palace! Yet, since Wireless Festival is being setup, the course was changed from a 2 lapper to a 2.25 lapper. We had to do the initial steep(ish) hill three times.

Now, that's six out of six for sunny weather with these "Parkruns on Tour". With optimal conditions, 7 GoodGymers from GG Bromley, Ealing, Hounslow and Southwark were ready to take the course! Tim Lund opted to volunteer as a Tail Walker as they were in desperate need of volunteers.

We all lined up for the start and then off we went! Setting our own pace, here were the results:

  1. Sam - 23rd (21:57)
  2. Matt - 71st (24:13)
  3. Liv - 114th (26:46)
  4. Carina - 119th (27:12) - Personal Best
  5. Laura - 176th (29:36)
  6. Ian - 197th (30:19)
  7. Dave - 261st (36:46)
  8. Tim - 299th (1:02:04) - Tail Walker

After the parkrun and a group photo, we made our way to Black & Green Cafe for a deserved coffee/tea!

Well done everyone and looking forward to seeing you on another "Parkrun on Tour". The next one we'll be heading to Peckham Rye on Saturday 30th of July. I won't be there myself, but there will be a few from GG Southwark. Check the details and sign up here!

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Race
Hammersmith and Fulham

Goodgym Parkrun on Tour: North London Edition: Mile End Park

Sat 8 Oct 08:45 am
Mile end park, London, E1
Run a 5k and hang out with your fellow Goodgymmers!

Every second Saturday of the month, lets check out a different parkrun in North London as a chance to meet new people and experience new places! (+ try new coffee spots!)

My proposed schedule is below but let me know if there are any people out there would like to try.

October 8th –Mile End

We'll meet at the start line of the event 10-15 minutes before hand to warm up and motivate one another. Then once were all finished we'll snap a sick group photo before taking in the local hot beverages on offer (whatever takes your fancy the most!).

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.). You can register by going to parkrun.org.uk

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Race
Hammersmith and Fulham

Goodgym Parkrun on Tour (North London Edition): Fulham Palace

Sat 10 Sep 08:45 am
Bishops Park (Fulham Palace Parkrun finish line), London, SW6 6EA
Have a 5k run with fellow Goodgymmers and enjoy a post race beverage

Every second Saturday of the month, lets check out a different parkrun in North London as a chance to meet new people and experience new places! (+ try new coffee spots!)

My proposed schedule is below but let me know if there are any people out there would like to try.

September 10th – Fulham Palace

October 8th –Mile End

We'll meet at the start line of the event 10-15 minutes before hand to warm up and motivate one another. Then once were all finished we'll snap a sick group photo before taking in the local hot beverages on offer (whatever takes your fancy the most!).

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.). You can register by going to parkrun.org.uk

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Race
Hammersmith and Fulham

Goodgym Parkrun on Tour (North London Edition): Finsbury Park

Sat 13 Aug 08:45 am
Finsbury park, London, N15
Have a 5k run with fellow Goodgymmers and enjoy a post run drink!

Every second Saturday of the month, lets check out a different parkrun in North London as a chance to meet new people and experience new places! (+ try new coffee spots!)

My proposed schedule is below but let me know if there are any people out there would like to try.

August 13th – Finsbury Park

September 10th – Fulham Palace

October 8th –Mile End

We'll meet at the start line of the event 10-15 minutes before hand to warm up and motivate one another. Then once were all finished we'll snap a sick group photo before taking in the local hot beverages on offer (whatever takes your fancy the most!).

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.). You can register by going to parkrun.org.uk

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Race
Hammersmith and Fulham

Goodgym Parkrun on Tour (North London Edition): Hampstead Heath Parkrun

Sat 9 Jul 08:45 am
Hampstead Heath parkrun, East Heath Street, London, NW3 1NT
Have a 5k run with other Goodgymmers then socialise afterwards

Every second Saturday of the month, lets check out a different parkrun in North London as a chance to meet new people and experience new places! (+ try new coffee spots!)

My proposed schedule is below but let me know if there are any people out there would like to try.

July 9th - Hampstead Heath

August 13th – Finsbury Park

September 10th – Fulham Palace

October 8th –Mile End

We'll meet at the start line of the event 10-15 minutes before hand to warm up and motivate one another. Then once were all finished we'll snap a sick group photo before taking in the local hot beverages on offer (whatever takes your fancy the most!).

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.). You can register by going to parkrun.org.uk

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Dave Clarke went on a group run
Group run
Wandsworth

Composter Syndrome

Mon 9 May
Report written by Anastasia Hancock

There are no better words to use to describe last night's effort by GoodGym Wandsworth than Truly. Epic.

The task was to move masses of donated bags of compost up to Doddington Community Roof Garden. 'Masses' doesn't really do the job justice. We're talking over 1000 bags. Not only that, but it was up two flights of stairs!

We kicked off the night by guessing how many we would manage, which ranged from 110 to 575. Read on to find out just how many of the 50 litre bags we shifted between just 11 of us....

After just over a mile we arrived at the garden to find a pile of pallets packed with bags. OK, we thought to ourselves, that seems fairly manageable. That was before we realised there was another massive lot of them just round the corner! Not ones to be put off, we set about forming a human chain and got to it. There were many different techniques, from the 'hold it like a baby' to the 'hoik it over the shoulder' approach, but we were soon making good progress. There were some much needed breaks and shifting round of positions, and passers by must have wondered what on earth was going on a shouts of 'the chain!, the chain!' echoed around the estate.

Luckily we managed to borrow a couple of trolleys from kind Mr Tesco, which sped up the process, and we kept careful count as we went. After 40 minutes of the upper body work out of all time, we called it a night and I can reveal that Steph guessed the closest final number at an astonishing...

  • 215 bags of compost!

Well done gang, that is a huge amount of work, and massively helped out the volunteers at the garden. If you would like to come back and put in another shift, there will be a community mission happening on Saturday morning, where we will be back again to help transport some more.

If you fancy the first in a series of monthly north of the river GG on tour parkruns, then check out this one at Gunnersbury park, while there is also a great lunchtime mission every Friday to help serve food at a homeless centre. There's so much to look forward to! Happy running, all.

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Dave Clarke signed up to a group run
Group run
Wandsworth

MASSIVE CHALLENGE!

Mon 9 May 18:30 pm
Battersea Arts Centre, Lavender Hill, London, SW11 5TN
Are you ready to take on a huge job for a much-loved community garden?

We have been asked by Doddington Community Garden a massive number (we're talking hundreds and hundreds!) of donated bags of compost up to the roof garden. This is going to be one big work out, plus you'll be doing a really valuable job for a garden that relies on volunteers. Without our help it would take them days!

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Dave Clarke went on a race
Race
Southwark

Parkrun On Tour: Hilly Fields

Sat 30 Apr
Report written by Sam Lefevre
He/Him

Our "Parkrun on Tour" continued with our fourth different parkrun in South London. This time, we were back to face the hills again after testing the waters at Brockwell parkrun in February. We had finally arrived at Hilly Fields! Famously notorious for...hills (would you believe?!). A 3-lap course that had not one but two hills to tackle each lap!

It seems to be a regular theme with these "Parkruns on Tour" that we bring the sunshine. With great conditions, 10 GoodGymers from GG Barnet, Ealing, Greenwich, Hammersmith & Fulham, Lambeth, Lewisham, Southwark and Tower Hamlets were ready to get going!

We all lined up for the start and then off we went! Setting our own pace, here were the results:

  1. Harvey - 19th (21:14)
  2. Sam - 35th (22:41)
  3. Matt - 76th (25:29)
  4. Jacqui - 98th (27:07)
  5. Gaivile - 114th (27:55)
  6. Laura - 124th (28:18)
  7. Maria - 140th (29:18)
  8. Kim - 145th (29:48)
  9. Dave - 158th (30:44)
  10. Aine - 193rd (34:58)

After the parkrun and a group photo, we made our way to the Hilly Fields Cafe for a hot beverage and some had breakfast too!

Well done everyone and looking forward to seeing you on another "Parkrun on Tour". The next one we'll be heading to Tooting on Saturday 28th of May. A crossover for the GG Lambeth and Wandsworth crew! Check the details and sign up here!

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