Joanne Harding

Labour & Cooperative Party Councillor for Urmston. All about Keeping Fit & Doing Good! Closely followed by a Border Terrier ❤️



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Joanne Harding signed up to a community mission
Community mission

Reach Out to the Community Food Project

Wed 16 Dec 18:00 pm
St Matthews Community Hall, Chapel Lane, Stretford , M32 9AJ
Enable meals for homeless people affected by Pandemic to be prepared

Reach out are currently providing food for people without permanent homes who are living in hotels during the pandemic.

We will help them with a range of tasks so that they can start their Thursday with a running jump.


The task will be socially distanced and in compliance with current restrictions/ guidance. We may split mission time in half depending on interest level and space available.

Please contact Kate with any queries on

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Joanne Harding signed up to a race

The Ciderthon Half Marathon and 5K

Sun 9 May 09:00 am
Sheppy's Cider Farm, Taunton, TA4 1ER
Cider and a social

Wouldn't it be great if there were races that involved cider... WELL THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT THIS IS!

Join me on at the Ciderthon on 9th May 2021!

Half Marathon entry gets you

  • T-shirt
  • Medal
  • 13 Cider Tasters, and a finisher’s pint

5K Entry gets you

  • T-shirt
  • Medal
  • 2 Cider Tasters, and a finisher’s pint

I will be uploading information about transport and accommodation in due course!

There are also prizes on the day for the best fancy dress!!

We get a discounted entry if we book as a group (unfortunately there is no discount for the 5K distance).

If you have any questions, please email me
PG x

Info about the race can be found here: []

Tickets can be purchased here: []

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Joanne Harding has completed 15 good deeds with GoodGym. Tue 30 Jun 2020

Joanne has completed their 15th good deed with GoodGym

Joanne Harding went on a community mission
Community mission

Pack to basics

Sun 28 Jun
Report written by Kate Frain

We were contacted by a local hospital to help gather donations for a Covid Positive ward for elderley and palliative patients as they did not have their own toiletry bags.

We were more than happy to help and we managed to collect a large number of items and drop these off for them to be put into specially made care packs.


Well done and thanks everyone! Another mission completed (and Kate's 50th Good Deed!)

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Joanne Harding went on a training session
Training session

We're not alone now.....

Wed 1 Apr
Report written by Kate Frain

For our first Zoom session we went all out and worked out 80s style with some of our GoodGym Trafford faves and some new faces from Stockport and Liverpool!

Great to see:

Hannah Jo Simone and Rob

And of course our old mucker John who we haven't seen for a while!

It was so lovely to see everyone and we chatted about what we had been doing to keep fit including running, HIIT sessions, cycling, walking and all manner of other things. Keep up the good work guys!

After that we did a funky warm up and burnt a load of calories working out to our shared 80s soundtrack blasting out. We conga-ed with Gloria, shimmied with Tiffany and smashed it to Eye of the Tiger!

that was brilliant fun and lovely to see you all!

Here's the team grooving to the Conga:


Once we had completed some more high octane workouts we did a hardcore abs circuit just to completely finish us off!

We closed with some new from Fi about her soon-to-be coach (that makes 6 in Trafford - yippee!) and how we can get involved both in missions for people in need and also Community Missions.

Fab fab fab to see you all! Thanks for coming and see you next time, lots of love

Kate xx

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Joanne Harding signed up to a group run
Group run

GoodGym Trafford x Stretford Parkrun - Kickstart session

Sat 4 Jan 09:00 am
Ryebank Road, Stretford, Manchester, M21 9TA
Find out more about GoodGym Trafford!

Join Kate and the team to find out more about how you can do good and get fit with Goodgym Trafford in 2020.

After Parkrun we’ll meet from 9.45 am at the snackhut in Longford stadium to have a chat about what’s involved and to do a Goodgym task.


Our GoodGym run for this session is the 5K Stretford Parkrun starting at 9am! Please head over to their parkrun website to find out about how to take part in the free organised run for all levels. Look out for people wearing red GoodGym t shirts and say hi to them on your way round. Keep an eye out for our GoodGym Trafford mascot, Freddy too!

After the run, as above we will meet from 9.45 to chat about GoodGym and to do a GoodGym task.

Everyone and all abilities are welcome.

Please drop Kate a message at with any queries!

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Joanne Harding went on a group run
Group run

We wish you a MERRY FITNESS!

Wed 18 Dec
Report written by Kate Frain

8 lovely members of the Goodgym Trafford team met at our base location to celebrate all our achievements, complete a focused fitness task and bring some good cheer to our brilliant base location, St Matthew's Community Hub.


Decked out in our (now standard) festive headgear we first set up our grotto with our Goodgym kit and prepared for the festive fitness sesh designed to help us work on our core and glutes over Christmas (in between cheese of course!)


The team practice "dead bug pose"

After a rather rusty but still gutsy rendition of the twelve days of Christmas our resident musical whizz, VICKY treated us to some lovely festive tunes and we chatted through our high points of Goodgym in Trafford to date and what's planned for the 2020 including starter sessions in January and lots of new members on the horizon - HURRAH!

We also congratulated LOUISE on reaching the 10 good deed milestone - WELL DONE!!

This was swiftly followed by more carols and a highly competitive game of "put GG Trafford on the map"!


Once we'd thoroughly entertained ourselves (and everyone else within 100 yards) we spruced up St Ms and wished each other the last goodgym farewell of the decade!

I'm proud of how we've put Goodgym Trafford on the map - Well done and thank you to each and every one of you for being such a brilliant Goodgym team - can't wait to see us go from strength to strength next year!

Merry Fitness, Kate xx

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Joanne Harding went on a group run
Group run


Wed 11 Dec
Report written by Kate Frain

9 of our smashing GoodGymers yet again doubled up last night and did TWO festive tasks to help out in the local community. We just can't help but help!

We met as per at St Matthew's Community Hub at 6.30 where we discussed our news and were very excited to get a lovely Christmas card from one of our original members who is out on manoeuvres at the moment and updating us on his news. Merry Christmas to you!

Fab team!

Once we'd recorded a group message to send on our whatsapp group back, we warmed up and split into two teams.


Whilst our advance team ran up to Gorse Hill Studios to start helping them decorate their entrance hall and stairwell for the fast approaching festive season, our super speedy tree decorators helped our lovely base location by putting up their Christmas tree ready for a special rememberance bauble service that's coming up. They then galloped up to meet us and we all set to to transform the place.

Festive head gear in place we tinselled, baubled and even made our own decorations whilst listening to festive tunes and some epic Christmas karaoke that was going on!


Thank you so much, it looks lovely!

We even got the approval of Santa which means we're not on the naughty list this year!


After our inaugural GoodGym Trafford Fairy Light switch on we said our goodbyes and made our way back to the start location where we stretched off and chatted about next week's session - a fitness session and Christmas Social including treats and a Christmas sing-a-long with our very own Vicky. We can't wait - see you there!

Have a fabulously festive week!

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Joanne Harding went on a group run
Group run

Have yoursELF a very STRETFORD Christmas!

Wed 4 Dec
Report written by Kate Frain


9 of our ace GoodGymers jingled all the way down to Stretford Public Hall last night to help them deck the halls ready for their Christmas light switch on this Friday!

We met as usual at St Matthew's Community Hall in Stretford at 6.30pm where we were filled with festive cheer to welcome new GoodGymer Lauren to the team and also tourist Pete (from our lovely neighbours GoodGym Stockport). Great to have you on board both!


We also started our joint donation campaign for Streford Foodbank - we'll be collecting over the next week so give us a shout if you've got stuff to give. Thank you 

Once we'd snaffled an extra tree decorating task at St Matthews (two tasks are always better than one!) and donned our festive head gear, we warmed up and chatted about our news which included an update from Fiona about the seasonal Festive Community mission she was part of over the weekend. You can read her report here - thanks for stepping in and getting ready to tumble that tombola!

As this was our regular walkable task almost as soon as we had set off we we arrived in the shake of a reindeer's tail at the beautiful Stretford Public Hall where we were met by Jo who explained about the history of the Hall. It was built by John Rylands to say thank you to the local community and in more recent years has been taken over by Friends of Stretford Public Hall who raise funds for its upkeep and renovation. Jo then guided us to our task which included decorating the frankly massive Christmas tree, drinking tea and chatting to all the other people from community groups who were using the Hall.


Once we'd completed that we cantered (yes literally) back up to St Matthews where we cooled off and decorated tree number two!


Be proud of yoursELVES!

We're booked up until Christmas now but are very much on the look out for tasks in the new give us a shout! Until next time,

Be good to yoursElf and others too.

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Joanne Harding went on a group run
Group run

Springing into action in a flash!

Wed 13 Nov
Report written by Kate Frain


Our crack team of Trafford Goodgymers did themselves proud last night at our Stephen Street Community Garden task!

We met as usual at St Matthews at 6.30pm where we chatted about our news, warmed up and introduced the task.

Two of our members who have completed 10 good deeds already (Fiona [] and Jo[]) are now fully fledged Taskforce members which means they can set up Community missions and help with all sorts of Goodgym loveliness! Great to have you on board!


Once we were ready we set off at a fair clip off to the community garden getting a great blast of fresh air to blow the cobwebs away.

We assembled ready for the task and set ourselves a challenging time cap to complete the weeding, planting and tidying so we would move extra fast and therefore stay warm!

Up here for thinking, down there for dancing (running)!

In just 30 minutes we had blasted through the task and really turned the garden round putting our Green Fingers to the test


Many hands make light work

We planted all the bulbs, making LIGHT work of the flowerbeds, the myriad of leaves and the tidying. We even got visited by Lord Edward of Urmston who approved our handiwork 198518 Ted the dog observing regally

198506 Fiona's Green Fingers

Jo, the lovely task owner, was so pleased with what we achieved that we're invited to the Summer barbeque to celebrate! Roll on summer!

Once we'd made sure we'd tidied up, we cantered back to St Ms for a warm down and pats on the back. We all agreed that whilst it had been a chilly one, getting out there and keeping moving had been really great for our wellbeing, especially for those of us who have been having a mega busy or stressful time of it recently.

Well done to us all for making it, braving it and out-of-the-park smashing it!

See you next time, take care

Kate x

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