James Grant

Southwark

16Good deeds

16runs

30cheers

James Grant went on a group run
Group run
Southwark

Being picky in Peckham

Wed 6 Jul
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Report written by Sam Lefevre
he/him

There seems to be an increase in numbers of the first Wednesday of the month....I wonder why? πŸ˜‚

Every first Wednesday of the month, we treat ourselves to a GoodGym social after our group run. Tonight, we had something special planned, but more on that later.

It was not even 18:15 and Sam had just arrived at Old Spike Roastery and saw Joao with his bike looking lost. A Lambeth regular, he promised that he would check out Southwark's group run and did so today as normally he plays squash, but the centre he plays at is going through a refurbishment. But once you open the gates, everyone floods in and before it was 18:30, we had Lindy, Emma, Daryl, Gemma, Claire, James, Paulin and Nelly. Everyone came early as everyone was excited for tonight!

After some quick announcements, Sam gave everyone the chance to think about their answer for the ice-breaker question tonight, which was all to do with World Chocolate Day being on Thursday, so he asked: What is your favourite chocolate bar?

I'll be honest and this is a test for my memory after our social....but I think I can remember someone saying "Salted Caramel", Freddo, Crunchie, Lion, Fruit & Nuts, Lindt, Tony's, Dark Chocolate Bounty, Ritter Sport Peppermint and Kinder Bueno.


Until the litter end

After our warm-up and finding out about our favourite chocolate bars, our group run was a short 1.3k looping around Peckham Rye Common to end up at the cafe.

It was a pleasure to finally meet Laura from Plastic Free Peckham after messaging her on the Gram for many weeks prior. She introduced us to Adam, the resident Plastic Free Peckham photographer and she had all the equipment provided. We paired up in twos and took a litter picker and two bags (one for rubbish and one for recycling).

The team had 45 minutes (40 by the time we set off) to find as much litter around Peckham Rye Common and the gardens. Laura advised us on the hotspots and she wasn't wrong when the team approached those areas and bushes.

The most interesting find over the course of the session came from Claire as she found a working umbrella that had been abandoned in the bushes. She ensured we were covered to find enough litter...

A light run to Peckham Rye Common meant one thing for Sam. He knew the team hadn't had their fair share of "fitness", it is "get fit and do good" at GoodGym. Thus, he prepared the resistance bands and had told the team of the six different stations for this quick six minute blast. Staying in pairs, everyone went through a minute of burpees, lunges, ab crunches/leg raisers, push ups, squats and standing lateral leg raise with a resistance band. Everyone felt the burn in the summer setting sun.

Our final 0.8k run back to Old Spike Roastery for a stretch was met with a special delight from Bo Kiri, who provided us with a drink - Whiskey Spritzer, which we took along with us to Bussey Building Rooftop bar for our mid-year social to celebrate the first half of this year! The drinks were flowing, the pizzas provided by Voodoo Rays were demolished and the spectacular views with a setting sun were provided. What else could you ask for?! It was such a great night that there was an after party at Four Quarters as Gemma and Sam tried and failed finishing Time Crisis 2.


Thank You to all the GG-ers

A personal thanks from me to all those who came out tonight! Not a massive run and thus, we had that fitness session, which I hoped you'd enjoyed rather than dreaded. Thanks for to those who came to celebrate the first half of this year - you've all been amazing and GoodGym Southwark wouldn't be what it is without you! Here's to finishing the second half of 2022 strong, but first let's enjoy the summer β˜€οΈ


Thank You Laura

GoodGym is all about getting fit and doing good! We praise the runners/cyclists/walkers who come to get fit and help out, but we often forget about our task owner. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Laura for arranging this partnership session - the first of many. It's great to have you spearhead this cause and we will be happy to help over the months and years to come!

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James Grant signed up to a group run
Group run
Southwark

Group Run: Plogging with Plastic Free Peckham + our Special Social

Wed 6 Jul 18:45 pm
Old Spike Roastery, 54 Peckham Rye, London, SE15 4JR
Improve the environment and wellbeing of Peckham Rye Common

In the past, we have attended a couple of clean-up sessions organised by Plastic Free Peckham, but this time we're collaborating with them for this special summer solstice group run.

It's a litter picking session with a competitive edge! We will be having a friendly plogging competition around Peckham Rye Common for around 30-45 minutes (winner gets a small prize).

Plus, it is the first Wednesday of the month, which means we're having our monthly social after the run! Yet, this time it's a special one. We're over halfway through the year, so I thought we would celebrate in style - find out more here.

New to GoodGym Southwark?

Not to worry, it can be daunting coming to your first group run, but we are so welcoming whether you're just starting out as a runner or have been running for years. We welcome all!

Here's the important information - the "Where, When and What":

πŸ“ We meet at Old Spike Roastery in Peckham between 18:30-18:45. You can also meet us at the task: The Round - Peckham Rye (Cafe in the middle of Peckham Rye Common), SE15 3UA at 19:00/19:05.

⌚ 18:30 (leaving at 18:45). If meeting at task, be there for 19:00/19:05. We will be back in Peckham by 20:15 (latest).

βœ… There will be access to Old Spike Roastery, so you can drop your bags and use their toilets before we head out.

πŸƒπŸƒβ€β™€οΈ After a quick warm-up, we run together as a group. If there are loads of us, there will be a back marker to ensure no one is left behind. On this run, we will be running less than a 1k there and during the session, you can be covering up to another 1k to 3k. Our plogging task will take up to 45 minutes before running back to Old Spike Roastery by 20:05. There will be a chance for an extra social in the park with some rounders.

Advisable: Bring your gardening gloves 🧀 for the task. Litter pickers and bin liners will be provided.

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James Grant has completed 15 good deeds with GoodGym. Mon 30 May 2022

James has completed their 15th good deed with GoodGym

James Grant went on a community mission
Community mission
Southwark

Digging turfed soil for planting @ Elmington Community Gardens

Sun 22 May

Volunteers and members of Elmington Community Gardens will be meeting on Sunday 22nd of May at 10:00-12:00 to help dig out heavy turfed soil, so that they can start planting and create a wildlife corridor in other neglected spaces continuing down Brisbane Street. Bring gloves and but all other tools will be provided.

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Community mission
Southwark

Digging turfed soil for planting @ Elmington Community Gardens

Sun 22 May 10:00 am
The Wildlife Triangle, Brisbane Street, London, SE5 7NZ
Help the residents of Elmington Estate continue to grow their community garden/space

Volunteers and members of Elmington Community Gardens will be meeting on Sunday 22nd of May at 10:00-12:00 to help dig out heavy turfed soil, so that they can start planting and create a wildlife corridor in other neglected spaces continuing down Brisbane Street. Bring gloves and but all other tools will be provided.

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James Grant went on a group run
Group run
Southwark

At least we turned up 🐌

Wed 30 Mar
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Report written by Sam Lefevre
he/him

It was like day and night as the weather turned from glimpses of early summer back to the harsh arctic winter. It was a comforting feeling to be in Old Spike Roastery as the coffee machine helps heat up the small cafe. Sam had arrived early to talk with Javier (Old Spike Roastery cafe manager) and listen to an infinite playlist of Johnny Cash songs.

As Sam took a breath of fresh air, Paulin and James were within sight and slowly, but surely the rest trickled in; Benjamin, Claire (who hadn't been in awhile...welcome back!) and Nelly.

Since it was cold, we started with a more thorough warm-up session as I informed the team of the ice-breaker question as they wanted more time to think about their answers. Since tonight, we were going to a secret garden, Sam's ice-breaker question was: What is your favourite hidden gem/secret spot in London?

We had answers like Isabella Plantation in Richmond Park, local places like One Tree Hill and Nunhead Cemetery, and oddly a Gnome Garden between Denmark Hill and Herne Hill. Though, as we were getting cold (again), Ben's answer warmed us up as he said GoodGym was his hidden gem and yes, it is! Although, the gem is rough around the edges especially with that Area Activator of Southwark πŸ‘€


More secrets...long lost sons

Sam absolutely loves a hill run. "It's the quickest route to the task" he says as everyone questions their life decisions. Yet, once they are at the top and gradually running down a hill to Camberwell, the silence is deafening. The 2.5k run took us around 15 minutes to do. Sam told Cadence that the group would arrive between 19:10-19:15 and with military precision they did.

It was great to see Cadence and she had marked an area and had all the tools ready. Our task for tonight was to turn up....the soil πŸ˜‰ as they prepare to grow (I think I heard) drought resistance crops. Yet, my mind was fuzzy (as you'll find out later). With 40 minutes on the clock, six GoodGymers and about six to eight metres in length and 3 metres in width of soil to turn up, we got cracking. Two teams took on two sides and slowly over the course of the time met in the middle. Paulin, James and Nelly were Team A as they concentrated and turned over the soil with efficiency. Team B with Benjamin, Claire and Sam took their time to turn over the soil as they caught up on their (Claire's) latest life stories and dramas.

Sam did ask Cadence what her favourite hidden gem in London is and keeping within a gardening theme, she chose a great choice - Barbican Conservatory. The conversation steered towards other secret gems in London and apparently, there's a great restaurant (Paradise) in Kensal Green (who knows where that is πŸ™„) that serves amazing food....apparently, according to Claire. As we were drawing closer to the end, Sam's fuzzy mind asked Cadence about her sons and she answered that she doesn't have any. 😲 He confused her with another community task owner, but this didn't go unnoticed by the others as they asked about my "fictionish" sons and we created some backstory about his long-lost sons being garden-loving Guatemalans (disclaimer: he has never been to nor is related to Guatemala)...

Papa, I'll see you in the jardΓ­n

Sam is always glad he can provide some entertainment. The pretty much wrapped up the night as we gather the tools, took our group photos and we ended five minutes earlier, so we could see the secret garden. Cadence took us over to the other side of the estate and reminded us that this weekend they are opening their secret garden and giving away freebies (seeds, coffee, advice etc.). Before we left, Cadence was very thankful for our assistance was that would have taken her weeks to do. We will be in touch again as it's within running distance and there's always tasks to do.

Everyone ran back apart from Paulin and James who opted for Falafel & Shawarma (good shout!). We rushed off as we were getting cold and made it back to the corner near White Horse pub to do our stretches.

Well done to everyone tonight! πŸ’ͺ πŸ™Œ


Thank You to all the GG-ers

A personal thanks from me to all those who came and powered through (again) Grove Road hill as we took the shortest run to the Camberwell area. Thank you!


Thank You Cadence

GoodGym is all about getting fit and doing good! We praise the runners/cyclists/walkers who come to get fit and help out, but we often forget about our task owner. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Cadence for reaching out after our chance encounter. Thank you for coming out as the sunset was setting, it was getting colder and there was some light rain. We managed to turn over one area out of two, so I hope you can get the other turned over soon. I am sure this is just the start of many group runs to your community garden!

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James Grant signed up to a group run
Group run
Southwark

Group Run: Preparing soil for planting @ Camberwell Secret Garden (NEW CONTACT)

Wed 30 Mar 18:30 pm
Old Spike Roastery, 54 Peckham Rye, London, SE15 4JR
Preparing the soil for growing at this secret garden in Camberwell

Walking back home from a GoodGym Community Mission, I stumbled upon this little gem in Camberwell! The volunteers were having their open morning and of course, I pitched that GoodGym could help and a couple of weeks later, here we are, ready to help them with a physical task.

They need two flower beds to be turned off ready for new planting. It would be of monumental help for them and I know we can muster a few GoodGymers to do this! Yet, first, our Group Run will take us on a zig-zag 3k route from Old Spike Roastery to Camberwell Secret Garden.

New to GoodGym Southwark?

Not to worry, it can be daunting coming to your first group run, but we are so welcoming whether you're just starting out as a runner or have been running for years. We welcome all!

Here's the important information - the "Where, When and What":

πŸ“ We meet at Old Spike Roastery in Peckham between 18:30-18:45. You can also meet us at the task: Camberwell Secret Garden, Kimpton Road & Mary Datchelor Close, London SE5 7EA.

⌚ 18:30-18:45 (leaving at 18:45 latest). If meeting at task, be there for 19:15. We will be back in Peckham by 20:30 (latest).

βœ… There will be access to Old Spike Roastery, so you can drop your bags and use their toilets before we head out.

πŸƒπŸƒβ€β™€οΈ After a quick warm-up, we run together as a group. If there are loads of us, there will be a back marker to ensure no one is left behind. On this run, we will be running 3k there and 3k back. Running at a medium pace to get to the task in 20-25 minutes. We will spend 45 minutes doing the tasks mentioned above (or as much as we can) before running back to finish by 20:30.

Advisable: Bring a head torchπŸ”¦ and gloves 🧀 to help with the task!

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James Grant went on a group run
Group run
Southwark

Must be the luck of the mulch

Wed 16 Mar
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Report written by Sam Lefevre
he/him

As it drizzled all day, Sam saw the sign ups for the group run dwindle as the time drew closer to the start of the group run. Tonight's task would take us to Galleywall Nature Reserve, which would be our first group run visit of 2022. There was a session a couple of weekend's ago to tidy up the Nature Reserve after Storm Eunice.

As Sam arrived at Old Spike Roastery, Javier (the manager of Old Spike) was still around and thus, struck a conversation whilst he waited for all the GoodGymers to arrive. There were seven sign ups, but Sam knew one other runner would meet him at the task. As Paulin, Emma, Hollie, James and Benjamin arrived they were offered Baci chocolates by Sam as he recently came back from a weekend in Rome. There were some heart felt messages in the chocolates, but most were cheesy. Since it was planned that tonight would be a longer run, once everyone was in, we rushed out to get warm as the drizzling hadn't stopped!

The two-minute or so warm-up session was followed tonight's ice-breaker question, which was: Tomorrow is St. Patrick's Day, what is your favourite thing to come out of Ireland?

We had leprechauns and leprechauns chasing gold (to be specific), Guinness, Games of Thrones (as it was shot there....Northern Ireland), the Giant Causeway (again, Northern Ireland) and finally, the most heartfelt answer came from Paulin - her sister (as she was born in Ireland).


Root cause to spawn are frogs

Paulin reminded Sam that the more direct route to Galleywall Nature Reserve via Rye Lane had roadworks, so we had to run a detour route that took us 25 minutes covering over 4k, but we made it on time.

Upon our arrival at Galleywall Nature Reserve, Jane had setup all the tools and gave a quick introduction to the Nature Reserve to those who hadn't been before. She set out three tasks as we were in six and expecting Emma too. In the end, she didn't come, but we got on with all the tasks.

We split the tasks as such:

The first task was to clear a muddy area of stick and stones, raking it out and then poured bags of woodchip which was received from the Paper Garden before this spread/raked all over to cover the muddy area. This task was covered by Hollie and Benjamin, whom took on two other tasks afterwards. They cleared the entrance area of sticks and swept to make the entrance presentable. Finally, they sowed bee-friendly seeds on a mound near the pond. Great effort! πŸ’ͺ πŸ™Œ

Paulin and James took on the weeding task. They had to weed Green alkanet (the one with the blue flowers) on the mound where Hollie and Benjamin were planting the bee-friendly seeds. The Green alkanet were transported to a container to break down and where it would be added to a solution, which would be put on any growing plants - it's all cyclical! ♻️

Finally, Emma LOVES litter, didn't know that, but she does. When she heard there was a litter picking task, she jumped at it and had a particular system with her litter picking. With two bags tied to her waist and a headtorch at the ready, she played hide and seek with the litter. More seeking than hiding on her end.

We finished the night with a group photo and we got the chance to see two frogs and frog spawn in the smaller pond. Great to see nature having this safe space to live and grow!

Only Paulin and Emma ran back with Sam as the others lived nearby or the 4k run to Galleywall Nature Reserve was enough. πŸ˜‰


Thank You to all the GG-ers

A personal thanks from me to all those who came out in the rain and for powering through a much longer run than usual to Galleywall Nature Reserve. Thank you!


Thank You Jane

GoodGym is all about getting fit and doing good! We praise the runners/cyclists/walkers who come to get fit and help out, but we often forget about our task owner. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Jane for opening up Galleywall Nature Reserve to us and I am glad we could help out with spreading woodchip, weeding and sowing seeds! See you in the Spring!

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Group Run: Back to the Nature Reserve 🌱

Wed 16 Mar 18:30 pm
Old Spike Roastery, 54 Peckham Rye, London, SE15 4JR
Getting the Nature Reserve ready for Spring

Spring is around the corner and Jane from Galleywall Nature Reserve could use our assistance with a couple of tasks as we welcome in Spring!

What will we be doing?

  • Clearing the pond
  • Pruning trees and bushes
  • Turning the compost
  • Weeding
  • Litter picking any rubbish
  • General tidying up

New to GoodGym Southwark?

Not to worry, it can be daunting coming to your first group run, but we are so welcoming whether you're just starting out as a runner or have been running for years. We welcome all!

Here's the important information - the "Where, When and What":

πŸ“ We meet at Old Spike Roastery in Peckham between 18:30-18:45. You can also meet us at the task: Galleywall Nature Reserve near South Bermondsey Station at 19:10/19:15.

⌚ 18:30 (leaving at 18:40 latest). If meeting at task, be there for 19:10/19:15. We will be back in Peckham by 20:30 (latest).

βœ… There will be access to Old Spike Roastery, so you can drop your bags and use their toilets before we head out.

πŸƒπŸƒβ€β™€οΈ After a quick warm-up, we run together as a group. If there are loads of us, there will be a back marker to ensure no one is left behind. On this run, we will be running 3.5k each way. Running at a medium pace to get to the task in 25 minutes. We will spend 45 minutes doing the tasks mentioned above (or as much as we can) before running back to finish by 20:30.

Advisable: Bring a head torchπŸ”¦ as it's still dark and gardening gloves 🧀 for the task.

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