John Shirley

GoodGym Tinnie-Blowing finalist 2020

Camden

TaskForce

567Good deeds

1,835runs

7,406cheers

TaskForce achievements

4

Community Missions
listed

7

Group Runs
back marked

1

Walking Groups
led

26

Run reports
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11

Run reports
photographed
John Shirley signed up to a group run
Group run
Tower Hamlets

GROUP RUN: Meath Gardens + Hollybush Gardens + Care4Calais Donation-Drop

Mon 2 Aug 18:30 pm
Chiringuito, Museum Gardens, Cambridge Heath Road, London, E2 9PA
Choose from two-tasks (AND spread even more joy by bringing unwanted items to tonight's task...)

Choose from tonight's tasks: gardening with Margaret at Hollybush or litter-picking and weeding at Meath Gardens.

What's happening tonight?

  • We'll be meeting in Museum Gardens at 6:30pm for a warm-up and briefing.

  • At 6:45pm we'll be leaving for Hollybush Gardens to 'drop off' a small group, for an urgent task hedge-cutting task with Margaret at Hollybush.

  • For those who fancy a longer run, the remainder will speed down Roman Road, to help Joanna and the team with the litter-pick and some weeding in Meath Gardens.

  • At 7pm and 8pm we will also host two slots for donation drops in Meath Gardens, for Care4Calais' clients, new temporary residents of Bethnal Green, who could do with a hand on the clothing and tech front.

  • Items needed for the donation drop include:

1) Menswear in small or medium sizes, particularly summer wear and sportswear.

2) Men's shoes, up to size 10, and especially shoe sizes 8 & 9.

3) Old, unwanted tech: smartphones and tablets.

If you want to join the run and you're bringing items, we will all help carry them down to the task on our run!

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John Shirley signed up to a community mission
Community mission
Tower Hamlets

(PART OF TONIGHT'S GROUP RUN: DONATIONS-ONLY OPTION) Donating your unwanted items to Care4Calais

Mon 2 Aug 19:00 pm
Meath Gardens , 1 Smart Street, London , E2 0SN
We're partnering with two great local orgs to get those flip-flops and unwanted phones rehoused...
  • We are hosting a donation drop at tonight's Group Run!.

  • If you can't make the run but would like to drop off donations at either 7pm or 8pm, do sign up here and claim a good deed!

What do I need to do?

  • Come to Meath Gardens at EITHER 7pm or 8pm where we will be hosting two donation drops.

  • This is for Care4Calais' clients, new temporary residents of Bethnal Green, who could do with a hand on the clothing and tech front.

  • Items needed for the donation drop include:

1) Menswear in small or medium sizes, particularly summer wear and sportswear.

2) Men's shoes, up to size 10, and especially shoe sizes 8 & 9.

3) Old, unwanted tech: smartphones and tablets.

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John Shirley went on a group run
Group run
Tower Hamlets

The Pull Monty

Mon 26 Jul
Report written by Laura Williams

Amazing gardening work from Team TH this evening.

Yes, a sturdy crew of 15 helped Catherine de-weed the large Parkview Estate, of thistles, bindweed, and just about every other menace to a garden you can imagine.

How it started

We met in our current meeting location to the East of Victoria Park, where we separated into two groups: a small team headed out on a shorter, more leisurely lap of the park, while Chris, for the second week running, took out a bigger team on a much longer loop.

What we did

We gathered together by the community garden, where Catherine had prepared maps and Weed Teams (more wholesome than it sounds) before we all made our way to our respective corners of the garden.

It was thistle-y, it was tough...We dug, we tugged, we loaded, we binned. It was a humid one too, so more pats on the back to tonight's team.

The time flew by, and soon we were posing for a final couple of pics, before Catherine led us through several relaxation and grounding exercises, the theme being 'letting-go-of-the-day', along with any unforeseen difficulties (yes, unexpected adversities, we're looking at you).

...And how it ended

A team then headed off to the pub, for a cooling drink and a chat - a great way to start the week.

Next week, we're two-tasking it: yep, we're at Hollybush cutting back more overgrowth of the Family Area and heading to Meath Gardens for a litter-pick and weeding. It's all go.

Until then, have a really good week.

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John Shirley signed up to a training session
Training session
Barnet

Morning GG Online yoga with Paul Thursday 6.55AM

Thu 29 Jul 06:55 am
Not Known, ???, ???
Morning strengthen, stretch and relax the body

Half hour on line yoga session at 7am Join at 6.55 This is a simple beginners / intermediate online yoga session designed to both strengthen, stretch and relax the body. It will be an 1/2 hour session using some simple yoga poses both static and dynamic, and the focus will be on mindful breath and movement. Please wear loose clothes, you need a yoga mat (or similar) and may be a thin blanket for relaxation. Please let me know if you have any questions or if its your first time. I will email a link out on the day before or on the Yoga whatsApp group. ( let me know if you what to go on the Whats App group.)

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John Shirley went on a party
Party
Westminster

Westminster is Bestminster

Sun 25 Jul
Report written by Simon Fitzmaurice

The Goodgym Aid Station 2 team (created as a response to the amazing level of enthusiasm garnered by the Goodgym crew!) assembled outside Westminster bright and early on Sunday morning, ready for a day of race prep and good vibes! Our objective was to lay out hundreds of paper cups in a neat and organised manner before the first runners pass our water station for the ASICS 10km.

All the volunteers (including the lovely team from Fordy Runs group, who were also on hand) got straight to it, and we had towers of cups ready to be distributed in no time! Which was certainly to our advantage, as the first runners were tearing round the course as we worked (first place approached our 9km aid station in about 26 minutes!).

For the rest of the morning, we had a blast cheering on the all of the passing runners, approaching the final stretch of their races. Experienced semi-pro club runners, first timers, charity challengers and plenty of Goodgymmers were out enjoying their first mass participation running fest on London streets for almost a year and a half. The atmosphere was electric.

Thank you to all of the Goodgym team for coming out and supporting grass roots running races, and for encouraging your fellow running folk to achieve their own personal goals. Can't wait to do it again!

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John Shirley went on a community mission
Community mission
Islington

Quadrant Trio

Sat 24 Jul
Report written by Simon Fitzmaurice

3 Goodgym Islington regulars met up at Highbury Quadrant Estate Gardens around mid-morning (after parkrun timekeeping and well deserved lie-ins!) to help Octopus Community Network with their ongoing regeneration project.

Frannie was on hand to show us direct us the tasks on offer (all centred around the main decorative meadow). The new toolshed is due to be opened up to the public very soon (as a neighbourhood gardening hub), so we wanted to make the space look as sharp as possible.

Area activator Simon helped out by moving large bags of compost to the orchard via wheelbarrow, and by organising some donated plant pots for future gardeners. John grabbed a set of shears, and did a smashing job of snipping away at the overgrown tree line surrounding the toolshed (in good time as well, as Frannie was worried about the gutters getting blocked before the torrential rain on Sunday). Steve had arguably the most satisfying task- the plan was to rebuild an old table, to become a work top for visitors. This involved trimming, whittling and sawing down some wooden slats to create a perfect dovetail joint to hold the table together- no nails or glue required!

We thoroughly enjoyed our busy morning of odd jobs at Highbury Quadrant, and look forward to returning soon!

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John Shirley signed up to a community mission
Community mission
Islington

Highbury Quadrant (post-parkrun) Greening!

Sat 24 Jul 11:00 am
361 - 387, Highbury Quadrant, London, N5 2TB
Return to this amazing wild garden space near Clissold Park

Goodgym Islington have been invited back to another lovely morning gardening session at the hidden wildflower garden on Highbury Quadrant (down the road from Clissold Park).

Frannie from Octopus Community Network will be on hand to offer a range of moving, shifting, clipping, digging and general garden maintenance tasks for us all.

Perfectly timed to act as a post parkrun activity for attendees of Finsbury, Highbury Fields, Ally Pally or any of the North London parkruns!

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