Flo Wratten

Islington

9Good deeds

9runs

25cheers

Flo Wratten went on a group run
Group run
Cardiff

Bulb Fiction

Tue 12 Oct
Report written by Michael

Our biggest group since the lockdown ended, and what a wonderful group they were!

Ashley & Flo

Welcome to goodgym Cardiff

Jamie, Hayley and Rosie

Welcome Back for your second group

Tonight, we welcomed the return of Marie, who surprised us all at the virtual marathon at the end to cheer us to the finish. It is good to have you back in Cardiff. Two teams splitting up, the regular runners led by Michael taking a slightly longer route to make up the km and the super chatty walk / joggers led by Ellen who would make their way straight to the task.

19:00 and we had arrived at the task, once again Lorraine (the task organiser) had put up whiteboards with our tasks for the evening. If only all task started with a list of tasks like this

So many tasks tonight, it was a very satisfying evening.

  • Remove the remaining Crocosmia from the raised beds at the front of the yard.
  • Cut off the bulbs from any Crocosmia removed and add to the 'bucket of bulbs'.
  • Remove the old plants from the hanging baskets and then make up new ones.
  • Move a slab table into a new position.
  • Sweep up any leaves from the yards.
  • Touch up the paint in the tearoom.
  • Touch up the paint in the kitchen.
  • Plant daffodils and tulip bulbs in the newly emptied raised beds.

A lot of tasks, but we are GOODGYM let’s DO THIS. We split into our groups and got to work, it was a remarkable sight as plants vanished and new ones popped up, bulbs removed and new ones planted, the tearoom started to glow with the bright refreshed paint and a heavy table moved to create a more accessible path to the garden space.

Plenty of chatting tonight as new people were welcomed into the group, and before we knew it the time had gone, and snacks had appeared from Lorraine. Time for a quick social, only a small journey home tonight so we could afford the extra time to get to know each other.

5-minute countdown

Food down, smiles on, let’s get our group photo before heading back. A quick journey to our end location and a stretch for those that were not continuing their runs home.

Join us next week as we go back to school.

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Flo Wratten signed up to a group run
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Cardiff

Helping at Samye Foundation

Tue 12 Oct 18:15 pm
Sport Wales National Centre, Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, CF11 9SW
the building and garden is used by the local communities

3 groups for this task:

Continuing the Painting .... the 252 shop and reception. Ceiling tiles to paint blue and bay window to paint yellow

Gardening ...to remove lilac plants from stone walls and weed between paving slabs round the back

Shed ...to empty and tidy

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Flo Wratten went on a group run
Group run
Islington

A Plum Gig

Mon 2 Aug
Report written by Simon Fitzmaurice

Our team at Goodgym Islington joined us for our second official group run from the Emirates Stadium since the return of social running. This time, 5 of us warmed up and ran together towards Elizabeth House Foodbank, one of our classic missions during the height of the pandemic. Paul and Hanry bumped into each other while run commuting from North London, and found out that they were going in the same direction!

Upon our arrival, we met up with the rest of the crew, who had come straight to the task from work, on foot, by bike and on electric scooter! Natalie from Elizabeth House has prepared 10 large crates of donated shopping for our goodgymmers to drop off at various walkable locations across Arsenal, Highbury Hill and Blackstock Estates- essential supplies for local families, vulnerable individuals and those in care.

As the food bank volunteers closed up the centre for the day, we were all offered some lovely sweet plums grown at the Castle Climbing Centre community food gardens, which would have been discarded otherwise (as is the nature of growing fresh fruit from trees- nothing for months, and then a year's worth of food appears out of nowhere!)

Our 5 Goodgym runners picked up their bags of plums, and scaled the mighty Highbury Hill climb back to the Emirates Stadium for our return journey to HQ. A top evening out helping out a busy community organisation.


Next Monday

We will be back group running again next Monday- running to Thornhill Square Gardens, just off Caledonian Road. Beautiful community garden space, maintained by the Friends of Thornhill Square Gardens.

Sign up here to get involved:

https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/group-run-thornhill-square-gardens


Elizabeth House Foodbank Community Missions

If you would prefer not to join the group run sessions over the following Monday evenings, then Elizabeth House Foodbank would love to invite you back to help with more food bank deliveries over the next 3 weeks!

Starting at 6.45pm at Elizabeth House Foodbank, each Monday evening.

Sign up here for the next one:

https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/elizabeth-house-foodbank-deliveries-summer-holiday-special

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Flo Wratten signed up to a group run
Group run
Islington

Elizabeth House Foodbank Deliveries

Mon 2 Aug 18:45 pm
The Arsenal Community Hub, 56 Benwell Road, London, N7 7BA
Vital supplies for the local neighbourhood

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 Elizabeth House Community Centre.

Task Location Elizabeth House Foodbank, 2 Hurlock St, London N5 1ED

If you are not planning to run with us, our arrival time at Elizabeth House Foodbank 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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Flo Wratten has cheered by other people 25 times. Mon 26 Jul 2021

Flo is part of a crowd that's making a huge noise. Flo has been cheered by 25 people - that's a round of applause just on their own. We hope they keep it up.

Flo Wratten has been to three different GoodGym areas. Mon 26 Jul 2021

A Tourist likes nothing better than exploring new areas and meeting new people, and that's what Flo has been doing. Flo has been to three different GoodGym areas now - nice!

Flo Wratten went on a group run
Group run
Islington

Feeling chipper about our 1st run back!

Mon 26 Jul
Report written by Simon Fitzmaurice

Goodgym Islington were so happy to celebrate their first group run back at The Arsenal Community Hub since 2020, and were thrilled to have 12 Goodgymmers along with us. It was wonderful to see so many familiar faces from classic group runs past, regulars from lockdown community missions and complete first timers giving Goodgym a go (welcome Matthew).

After a short warm up utilising the mighty slope up to Emirates Stadium, our team run to Market Road Gardens (one of our favourite task locations) via Mackenzie Road (passing Ringcross Community Centre on the way). 2 miles total distance covered this evening by everyone involved (Thank you for backmarking, Steve)

Area activator Simon unlocked all the gates for Market Road Gardens (a lovely permaculture project), and our crew wheeled out a collection of wheelbarrows, rakes, spades, huge brushes and shovels. We even created a glorious vehicle called "Herbie" out of an abandoned shopping trolley and a storage tub found in Heyward Adventure Playground. Our primary focus for the evening was to clear a huge pile of wood chip off the vehicular access point for the playground users, and into an allocated storage bay. Many hands got cracking with shoveling and transferring the wood chip across the park, while Patrick took charge of depositing the wheelbarrows neatly in the loafing bay.

Our 2nd task involved sweeping and clearing lots of mud, green waste and debris off the pavement surrounding the entrance to the community centre. This was all strewn across the paths after the very heavy rain over the weekend, so we collected as many of these obstacles as possible.

We admired our handiwork for a bit (all major tasks completed within 45 min!) before running and cycling back the Arsenal Community Hub, and topping off our group run with a final hill rep and a bit of stretching.

9 of us then made a visit to a great local bar called "The Highbury Library", located just behind our start point for some light refreshment and a quality catch-up!

Sign up to next Monday's group run to Elizabeth House Foodbank here:

https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/elizabeth-house-foodbank-deliveries-d4ac3696-9cf6-4492-8bd0-93ae52054178

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Flo Wratten signed up to a group run
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Islington

First Group Run Back! Market Road Gardens!

Mon 26 Jul 18:45 pm
The Arsenal Community Hub, 56 Benwell Road, London, N7 7BA
Getting active, while helping at this amazing community permaculture space!

So glad to announce that Goodgym Islington will be leading their first group run session since early 2020!

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.

Task Location Market Road Gardens Market Road London N7 9PL

If you are not planning to run with us, our arrival time at Market Road Gardens will be 7.10 - 7.15pm. Area Activator Simon has the key to access the space.

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.

GG ISLINGTON CATCH UP!

Simon has booked some outdoor seats at The Highbury Library cafe and bar, in Drayton Park (round the back of the Emirates).

Please feel free to join us for a catch up drink and chat after the session!

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Flo Wratten signed up to a group run
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Southwark

Weeding & Clearing

Wed 23 Oct 18:45 pm
Old Spike Roastery, 54 Peckham Rye, London, SE15 4JR
Helping the community

Get fit and do good in Southwark!

Combine running and volunteering in Southwark with GoodGym. We're a friendly group of runners with boundless enthusiasm for helping others!

It's getting dark so bring a head torch.

Meet us at Old Spike Roastery at 18.45 (you can store belongings there safely) and we'll be back at the cafe at 20.30.

We're running 5km overall to nearby Cossall Estate Residents community garden, to land a hand to their raised beds.

There will be plenty to get stuck into throughout the grounds!

Any queries, please get in touch iangostling@goodgym.org

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Flo Wratten went on a group run
Group run
Southwark

Moving manure in spades

Wed 2 Oct
Report written by Ian Gostling

Southwark News

Wall of Honour

  • High Five to Tara for completing her first run with us!
  • Big Shout to Allie for running tonights session with a 15kg backpack! Ready for her Rhino suited Half Marathon next week!!
  • Show it off! This weeks Champions are Sam for completing his first Half Marathon in under 2 hours! and Helena & Ed who ran the WINE drinking Marathon Du Medoc last month! Thirsty work!

Let’s have a Recap

Last night 15 runners ran 6km in total to the beautiful Bell House Gardens, home to a magnificent Grade II Listed building, and charity offering educational needs such as dyslexia support.

It was a dry night (after 2 heavy days of rain!) but with a slight temperature drop, conversations once again debated how many and which layers to wear for the evening!? We jumped through a brisk warm up passing the first test of names and numbers (always a tricky one!) and headed on a straightforward route up Barry Road and through the peacefully dark Dulwich Park. Managing to not get locked in and with Helena back-marking we arrived to meet Graham in the Bell House tool shed.

The daylight was well gone, but fear not we came prepared! With head torches and garden lamps we got to work on our first task - moving over 20 large bags of manure! Despite the smells and varying weights a chain was formed to deposit the bags into the compost heap at the back of the garden, with thankfully few mishaps!

Reece & Richard gave some man power to a tired lawn mower and helped move the heavy machine from the bottom of the garden back into the shed! And although we faced a challenge in the dark, we were able to illuminate the back of the garden so that the final task could be completed in true GoodGym style, turning over soil and digging out weeds working in an organised team being careful not get a stab in the dark! Much to Graham's surprise ALL 3 tasks were completed within 25 minutes, so we bid goodbye to the garden until Spring!

Leading the way home Richard navigated us along Woodwarde Road, sharing a few jokes along the way! And back up the hill towards the library. After adding in some loops backs and extra sprints for the front runners we all arrived together for a final stretch and appreciation for Allie's Rhin-ormous effort!

FACT OF THE DAY A Black Rhino’s skin can be up to 5cm thick! - No wonder those costumes are so heavy!

Next week we will be running 6km overall to our friends at Salvation Army in Camberwell. There will be plenty to get stuck into helping clear up after their recent building work! Sign up here

Dom T will be taking the ropes next week. Any queries, please get in touch at dom@goodgym.org

See you soon! Chin Up!

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