Planning to visit every Goodgym in London.
Not really... 👀
As we approach the end of the January Challenge, GoodGymers from all boroughs are making a last ditch attempt to add to their area's tally. Tonight at GoodGym Southwark's group run, we had 11 GoodGymers representing 6 boroughs - Southwark led the way with Emma, Lindy, Nelly, Paulin and Sam, Lambeth had two representatives: Gayle and Michael, Vic flew the flag for Lewisham whilst Jc proudly cycled from Greenwich with his partner, Geraldine who actually falls under Haringey and finally, staying on the north side of the river, Aine (pronounced AWN-ya) came from Tower Hamlets for her first GoodGym Southwark group run.
After Sam's intro and updates speech, which was interpreted like four times...no wonder we were five minutes late...we all warmed up by running around with a couple of jumps and bends. This was finished off with some quick blasts to get our legs warm and our heart rate elevated!
Our our ice-breaker question to keep in theme with tonight's task was: Which Disney/Pixar/Dreamworks movie did you pester your parents to watch all the time as a kid?
The popular choice was Aladdin, but we had The Jungle Book, Lion King, Homeward Bound (classic), Scooby Doo and The Prince of Egypt!
Love is in the air...for Jelly babies
After a hilly 2.7k run from Old Spike Roastery to Salvation Army Camberwell via Grove Hill, we made it to find Geraldine, Jc and Paulin who had cycled there, already starting to clean the exercise mats and kids cushions.
The runners were welcomed in by Catherine and the warmth of this indoor task as we all caught our breath and took off any excess layers. The task was simple: do a deep clean of all the toys in the cupboard with disinfectants, dry them and put them back. This was necessary task as the toys are used by 20+ kids for 3 days a week, so this would ensure the toys are kept relevatively clean on a regular basis.
Initially, Aine, Emma and Lindy were taken away to do an extra task - put away bags of old rags in the attic as they weren't collected today, but essentially these old rags are sold in order to buy nappies for the baby bank.
Everyone had a designated disinfecting station as Gayle and Sam brought out the toys from the cupboard. In turn, everyone took a toy to wipe them down with a damp cloth before placing it in an area to dry.
We've been here 20 minutes, looks like we're almost done and we still have 20 minutes here....maybe we can do a 5-10 minute HIIT session
Famous last words by Sam as suddenly everyone took their time to wipe down the last remaining toys and realising we had the bigger toys (cars and alligator) to clean. Yet, this gave more time for Sam to roam around and talk with everyone. Upon asking everyone earlier in his speech, if anyone knew of any couples who met through GoodGym (as Valentine's is coming up), he found out that Geraldine and Jc met after the Big Half last year at a GoodGym celebration party....love is in the air as they had their own Valentine's yesterday (avoiding the big day itself).
As we packed away the last toys and folded the tables, Sam was indecisive on a spot for a group photo as everyone else was fuelling up on Jelly babies 🙃 We found a spot, took a few photos and thank Catherine. We said our goodbyes to the cyclists as we ran back to Peckham along the main road with various runners shooting off along the way back to Old Spike!
Despite it not being the first Wednesday of the month, Aine, Gayle, Michael and Sam opted in for a pint at The Angel Oak as they found themselves *unofficially *competing in the last two rounds of The Big Fat Quiz (Wednesday nights from 20:00)....according to Michael, we would have smashed it!
Thank You to all the GG-ers
A personal thanks from me to all those who came out tonight as the winter chills are starting to creep in! A big effort for tackling the uphill route on the way there and for cleaning all the toys!
Thank You Catherine
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 Catherine for helping out those in need, especially those families who have nothing and can use a helping hand! A big thank you for staying at your office later than you normally would on a Wednesday night.
It's Wednesday, which means GG Southwark Group Run
In this group run, we will be running from Old Spike Roastery to Salvation Army Camberwell Corps (on Lomond Grove) to assist Janet & Catherine (task owners), who asked for our assistance to disinfect their baby and children toys for their baby bank (like a food bank, but for baby/children items).
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":
📍 We meet at Old Spike Roastery in Peckham between 18:30-18:45. You can also meet us at the task: Salvation Army Camberwell Corps, 105 Lomond Grove, London SE5 7HG at 19:10.
⌚ 18:30-18:45 (leaving at 18:45 latest). If meeting at the task, be there for 19:10. We will be back in Peckham by 20:15 (latest).
✅ There will be access to Old Spike Roastery, so you can drop your bags and use their toilets before we head out.
🏃🏃♀️ 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 2.9k each way. Running at a medium pace to get to the task in 20 minutes. We will spend 45-50 minutes doing the tasks mentioned above (or as much as we can) before running back to finish by 20:15.
Advisable: Bring a head torch🔦 as we are running at night and 🤿 masks as we will be indoors.
Three runners turned up early on Sunday morning to help out with the Santa Dash fun run in aid of Greenwich and Bexley community hospice, in Bexleyheath's lovely, if muddy, Danson Park. Various tasks needed to be done, including unloading equipment; putting up gazebos and a large inflatable Santa-shaped finish arch; and tying things down to stop them getting blown away. At one point it was realised that the army cadets acting as marshals had forgotten their high-vis vests and the good gymmers got to walk the course to get the vests out, this being completed just in time to see the first batch of Santas dashing off into the distance. The morning finished with cheering of the two groups of Santas as they came through the finish and a little bit of helping with the clear up.
Greenwich and Bexley Community Hospice are holding another event to kick the Christmas festivities off in style!
They are looking for helpers from 8am-1pm to hand out Santa suits and do some stewarding. More details will be sent closer to the time!
On a mild night, 10 Goodgymers headed through the murky depths of Plumstead to the wonderful hive of activity at Glyndon Community Centre.
Andy welcomed us, briefed us on the task at hand and we split into two groups and set to undercoating the skirting board in preparation for a fresh coat of paint. Thanks to some top-notch planning by Alex, our runners had met earlier so we could get to task quickly and complete the mission in good time. Well done to everyone for deviating from GoodGym Standard Time to meet 15 minutes earlier! After some healthy competition - where we decided the group I was in had won the painting neatness prize*, we headed back out, and those running switched their head torches on and bobbed away into the distance.
In two weeks we'll be back to start on the walls and then finish off the skirting boards - what a satisfying job!
We're at More2Childcare next week to pay Sid the Snail a visit...and do some jobs around the centre.
See you then!
*This might not be true - after all, I was in this group