32Good deeds



Emily completed a training run • Morning Run
Thu 2 Dec
Emily completed a training run • Afternoon Run
Tue 30 Nov
Emily went on a group run
Group run

Base layers for painting base layers

Mon 29 Nov
Report written by Simon Fitzmaurice

On Monday evening, 4 of our Goodgym Islington crew braved the zero degrees temperature outdoors, and joined Area Activator Simon for a run up to Caxton House Community Centre (approx 1.2 miles from the Emirates Stadium). After raising our heart rates with a warm up and a brisk run across the borough, we met up with the rest pf our team (on bikes or walking from home) outside the main entrance. Sue and Rose, the main volunteer coordinators for Caxton House lead us upstairs (after we masked up- thank you all for bringing face coverings for our indoor task!) and explained the proceedings for the session.

We split our Goodgymmers up into 2 groups. Group 1 (Alison, Emily, Caitlin and Annikki) were the main painting team tonight, who got straight to covering the walls of a newly refurbished sewing room. This week, our plan was to apply a base layer of white paint (after our sanding and wall cleaning task a few weeks back), and we hope to do more next week. Between our 4 painters, we got about 80% of the room covered in 45 minutes, which is a pretty remarkable effort!

Group 2 (Steve and Marie Laure) took on the technical challenge of constructing a tall metal shelving unit out of flat pack furniture. This was no easy feat- simply locating the right screws, bolts and fixings was a trick start! But the structure took shape over the last 10-15 minutes, and we were able to finish our session with a new piece of equipment set up and ready to use!

Fantastic work everyone. Very satisfying to see a plan come together! If you would like to join us to help complete our painting next week, feel free to sign up here:


(We will also be visiting The Lamb 🐑 on Holloway Road for social refreshments after our group run next Monday)

Upcoming missions and events

Saturday 4th December:

Finsbury parkrun Goodgym Takeover 8.30am-10am, Finsbury Park


Market Road Gardens Open Day 11am-12.30pm, Market Road Gardens


Met League Cross Country From 11.30am onwards, Uxbridge


Sunday 5th December

CREOS (Crouch End Open Space) Christmas Work Day 11am-1pm, Crouch End (Hanley Tennis Court Car Park)


Thursday 16th December

Goodgym Islington Christmas Social 18.30-20.30, Hammerton Brewery Taproom, off Caledonian Road.


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Emily completed a training run • Lunch Run
Mon 29 Nov
Emily signed up to a group run
Group run

GROUP RUN- Caxton House Painting part 1!

Mon 29 Nov 18:45 pm
The Arsenal Community Hub, 56 Benwell Road, London, N7 7BA
Indoor painting task for a pair of new sewing and textile rooms

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 to lend a hand with their ongoing indoor regeneration project. After cleaning all of the walls in an under-used workspace, the plan is to proceed with painting all of the surfaces.

  • Newest sports clothes are not recommended for this task, as we will be painting! -

A limit of 10 sign-ups have been placed on this task, to ensure we do not over-crowd the indoor space.

However, if the sign-up limit is exceeded, additional gardening tasks can be arranged.

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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Emily completed a ride • Morning Ride
Sun 28 Nov
Emily went on a community mission
Community mission

Penn Pals

Sun 28 Nov
Report written by Simon Fitzmaurice

On Sunday morning, 5 Goodgym regulars made a trip to Penn Road Gardens, just off Holloway Road, to assist with the resident's monthly open volunteering day. Every last Sunday of the month, the community garden look out for helpers (gardening proficient or open to doing some heavy lifting!) for a few hours of hugely beneficial maintenance tasks.

David and John began by working on the main compost bins in the gardens- moving piles of rotted compost (mulched and ready for spreading) to the flower beds around the park, before shifting the new foliage and green waste into place. The new stuff will then become compost over winter, as long as it is kept moist and properly compacted.

Emily and Alison took it in turns to collect leaves and branches from off the main pathways around the gardens, ready to be composted. Area Activator Simon scouted the flower beds for litter, blown in from the main road or thoughtlessly tossed by park users.

The team at Penn Road Gardens were thrilled by the progress we had made with their winter project, and have invited us to return in January for more springtime gardening!

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Emily signed up to a community mission
Community mission

Penn Road Gardens Open Day

Sun 28 Nov 10:00 am
Penn Road Gardens, London, N7 9RD
An invitation to help this lovely community garden space prepare for the winter months

Every last Sunday of the month, the residents of Penn Road invite keen volunteers to help with maintaining this lovely community spot just off Holloway Road.

Local volunteers will be on hand to direct anyone who arrives to offer their help between 10am- midday. Come on down to enjoy a lovely morning community task!

Follow this link for more info: https://www.pennroadn7.com/the-gardens

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Emily completed a walk • Walk to Parkrun, brrr
Sun 28 Nov
Emily completed a training run • Afternoon Run
Fri 26 Nov
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