Jess Cowie

Southwark

2Good deeds

2runs

5cheers

Jess Cowie went on a group run
Group run
Southwark

Booking you in πŸ“š

Wed 20 Oct
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Report written by Sam Lefevre

Pun credited to: Adam

The smell of coffee at the Old Spike Roastery tempted us to meet inside even though the weather was mild and it hadn't started to rain (yet)! Adam was the first to arrive and like me, had already done two group runs this week with Wandsworth on Monday night and Lambeth last night. What a guy, full of goodness! πŸ˜‡ Nelly arrived next after noticing she was away these past couple of weeks. She reminded me that she had a lovely time in France with her parents last week. She was back for her regular routine. Paulin and Jess arrived one after the other as we drew closer to the departing time. Jess was back for her second Group Run and good deed as well as Hannah, who just showed up on the dot! Great to see new faces come back for more!


The shortest Group Run run

After a quick warm-up to get our hearts racing and bodies warm, we ran towards Peckham Rye Park, doing half a (total) lap of the park and headed towards Nunhead Green. The run lasted just over 12 minutes (15 minutes with traffic lights) and came up to 2k! It was just enough to consider it a group run, but I knew that Polis (the task owner for tonight) and Trii were waiting for us at Salvation Army Nunhead. It was Trii's first ever good deed and it was great to see that she wanted to come and help out her local community. It really was a pleasant surprise - from tag rugby teammates (and we still are) to community champions! Thank you Trii for coming out tonight!


Enough books to start a book shop

Knock knock knock, is anyone home?!?

The lights were on. In the background, I could see Polis make his way to the front of the building to let us in. It was a pleasure to see Polis again after a few month since our last collaboration and he looked well. The charity shop that the Salvation Army set up a few months ago was in full stock (and in full swing too). Yet, we weren't here to shop (or so I thought....). We were here to help Polis shift and lift bags (and I mean BAGS) of books from the storage space underneath the stairwell to the first floor, where the project is to convert it into a (co-)working space (as many of us work from home). However, this is still in development and thus, this space could be used to sort and store books!

Travel, cooking, children, softback and hardback

Things to put on my Hinge/Bumble profile?!...maybe the first two...three? πŸ˜‚ Nope, it was how we had to categorize the books once they started to come through from downstairs. Paulin and Nelly got a pen, some paper, sticky tape and a system in order to organise the books as Adam, Hannah, Jess and Trii took on the back-breaking and arm-aching task of carrying the heavy bags of books (and then DVDs) up (luckily) one flight of stairs.

Netflix and streaming killed DVDs - Jess

A bit of a statement there Jess, but true! Once the books and DVDs were up, the whole team got involved in categorizing. This is when the shopping started...the saying "I'll stay for one pint" and you end up having five in a pub can be applied to books in a charity shop. There were some interesting finds, it seems the book - Fear of Flying - isn't about the fear of literally flying...there were a couple of interesting sentences that catches the eye of the reader πŸ‘€. Literally.

The time to browse for books whilst sorting them too was approaching and I had to make sure we put a bookmark in this task for 20:00. Tick tock, tick tock. We had one last quick task to move the unorganised bags of books and DVDs to an area out of the way to be sorted for another day. We had to take that all important group photo before wishing Polis well AND taking our books home with us!

No time for a HIIT session or a longer run, so I took the group through a short-cut to get back to Old Spike in time for 20:15. We finished off with some stretches on the green before parting ways.

Thank You Polis

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 owners and I would like to take this opportunity to thank Polis for agreeing to stay later than usual and host us. We have a shared vision to do more work together (painting, food prep, youth clubs), so please watch out for this space and future Group Runs!

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Jess Cowie signed up to a group run
Group run
Southwark

Lifting & Shifting Books @ Salvation Army Nunhead

Wed 20 Oct 18:30 pm
Old Spike Roastery, 54 Peckham Rye, London, SE15 4JR
Helping the Salvation Army keep their charity shop clear

Salvation Army Nunhead is asking for our help to lift and shift excess donated books from their charity shop to their storage space. This will be a full body workout as we will be climbing stairs (2 flights). There might be other tasks, but this will be confirmed closer to the date.

Since Salvation Army Nunhead is just around the corner from Old Spike Roastery, we'll do a couple of laps of the Rye to ensure we get the fitness part done right.

If you prefer to walk, you can walk from the Old Spike Roastery to Salvation Army Nunhead in the same time as the runners do laps of the Rye.

The "Where, When and What":

πŸ“ Meet at Old Spike Roastery for the Group Run OR at the task, Salvation Army Nunhead (Nunhead Green entrance) at 19:00.

⌚ 18:30 (leaving at 18:45 latest). If meeting at task, be there for 19:00. 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 We will be running around 2.5k there and 1k back. There will be a back marker to ensure no one gets left behind. Running at a medium pace to get to the task in 15 minutes.

Advisable: Bring a head torchπŸ”¦ as it's getting dark for the run and potentially, a mask 🀿 for the task.

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Jess Cowie has done their first good deed with GoodGym. Wed 6 Oct 2021

Jess is a now a fully fledged GoodGym runner. They've just run to do good for the first time. They are out there making amazing things happen and getting fit at the same time.

Jess Cowie went on a group run
Group run
Southwark

No time to dig, but plenty of talent

Wed 6 Oct
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Report written by Sam Lefevre

How do GoodGymers like their Vesper Martinis? Like James Bond, shaken not stirred as we like to shake up a community and not cause a stir πŸ™„

On a warm October evening, five GoodGymers met up for a Group Run from Old Spike Roastery in Peckham to Marychurch Oasis near Rotherhithe Overground Station. Newcomer (and recruited from Sam's tag rugby team) Jess was the first one present outside the cafe eagerly waiting (with nerves) for her first Group Run! Slowly, one by one, GoodGymers started to arrive! Natalia came for her second Group Run and to my surprise, Allie showed up out of the blue as it has been several months since I was saw her! Good to see "old" faces and great to see she was up for a Group Run again. Last, but not least, Fumina turned up for her 3rd good deed just as I was about to start the GoodGym "speech" and then the warm-up! After a quick blast warm-up, we steadily ran the 5.5k (yes, I admit...it wasn't 5k as I advertised 😝), which took us along Rye Lane into Surrey Canal Walk, across Old Kent Road, down Abercorn Way, shortcut to Galleywall and Southwark Park Road before joining Jamaica Road as we did a last push to Marychurch Oasis (Time and Talent). This run with a few stops for traffic lights and "breather breaks" took us just under 40 minutes. πŸ’ͺ


Time and Talent

Being slightly late, Emma (who cycled in) and Phoebe (task owner) were waiting for us! They were pleased to see that we had arrived and Phoebe wasted no time in explaining the task as we did have 35 minutes instead of the original 45. Phoebe wanted us to dig up soil in a part of the Oasis that needed to be leveled down for future use and shift this (with the wheelbarrows provided) to an empty skip outside Time and Talent. This time, the portable floodlights were fully charged and helped with lighting up the digging area. With three shovels and two wheelbarrows, everyone took their weapon of choice and got stuck in. Naturally, I was on photographer duty, but still helped out with lifting the wheelbarrows and pouring the soil into the skip.

The time zoomed by as barrow after barrow, we shifted the soil from the ever-decreasing mound to the most mineral rich skip in the neighbourhood. πŸ˜‚ Time does past fast when you're getting a full body workout (especially upper body) with the digging and lifting as well as talking about first dates! πŸ‘€ which was great to hear after the year we had that we're all getting back to some normality. Some great quotes from night:

Had my first date at Parkrun with a sporty man over the weekend....out of breath after the 3rd lap, so he spoke about himself, but got my 2nd best ever Parkrun time πŸ˜‚

Planned to have a nice first date with a picnic....ended up having our first date at Wimbledon πŸ‘€

Thank You Phoebe

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 owners and I would like to take this opportunity to thank Phoebe for agreeing to stay late into the night and host us. I am sure we will be back as there is always plenty to do!

Thank you for the group photos too! πŸ˜‰


Hope everyone enjoyed their time at Time and Talent last night! Thank you for digging, transporting and pouring soil into a skip. I am aware everyone had the chance to do a bit of everything! πŸ’ͺ Hope to see you on another Group Run or Community Mission soon!

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Jess Cowie signed up to a group run
Group run
Southwark

Group Run to an Oasis 🌴

Wed 6 Oct 18:30 pm
Old Spike Roastery, 54 Peckham Rye, London, SE15 4JR
The Marychurch Oasis will breathe new life into the existing garden, making it more accessible, increasing the amount of food we grow, boosting biodiversity and focusing on more seasonal plants.

A slightly longer than usual group run equals a great opportunity to get those miles in!

Time and Talents have called for our help! We will help them develop the beautiful garden by bagging up and moving soil before a slow and steady run back together.

The "Where, When and What":

πŸ“ Meet at Old Spike Roastery for the Group Run OR at the task, Marychurch Oasis (Time and Talent) by Rotherhithe Overground Station at 19:15.

⌚ 18:30 (leaving at 18:40 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 We will be running around 5k there and 5k back. There will be a back marker to ensure no one gets left behind. Running at a medium pace to get to the task in 30 minutes.

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

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