John Shirley

GoodGym Tinnie-Blowing finalist 2020

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John Shirley completed a training run • Afternoon Run
Tue 28 Jun
Tue 28 Jun
John Shirley completed a training run • Evening Run
Mon 27 Jun
John Shirley completed a training run • Intervals
Mon 27 Jun
John Shirley went on a group run
Group run
Tower Hamlets

Raiders of the Lost Park

Mon 27 Jun
Report written by Laura Williams

Sunny, warm and picturesque: that's how we like our tasks in Tower Hamlets.

And so it was a group of 9 came to meet Marcelo from the Parks team this balmy Monday evening.

Some of us met at the Town Hall Hotel steps, glad to be free of makeshift home work stations for the day, armed with the perfect excuse to head out. Others met us at the task, at the north east corner of huge, bustling, beautiful Victoria Park, on bike and foot.

Trash treasure

There Marcelo met us, complete with gloves galore; sturdy bin bags and bin bag hoops, the ultimate volunteering accessory (the bin bag hoop enables you to bag your trash treasure with infinitely more ease, much-appreciated when tackling dubious-looking damp items, and weighty vodka bottles).

We were dispatched all over this hidden woodland area, close to the Park's yard, which Marcelo explained didn't get a lot of visitors. We discussed the future of this area, which, although a bit of a litter hotspot, is also a sanctuary to much wildlife, with bundles of potential.

As always it was a companionable, active way to start the week. After navigating uneven, rocky, dense terrain for nearly an hour, we grabbed our litter bags and accompanied Marcelo to the commercial bin.

Piling the trash high, we posed for our final pics, promising to return soon for Woodland TLC Part II.

Next week,

...we're back at the Cemetery Park, to continue clearing those woodland paths.

Until then.

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John Shirley signed up to a training session
Training session

Track Attack July 2022- Victoria Park

Sun 24 Jul 11:00 am
Pavilion Cafe, Victoria Park, Old Ford Rd,, London, E9 7DE
Back by popular demand- 1 mile and 5km time trial in Victoria Park!

Come and join us for a Goodgym track meet at Victoria Park Track.

(We will meet at the Pavilion Cafe at the entrance to the park and then walk over to the track).

Sign up to run either:

1 mile time trial- 4 laps

5000m (5km)- 12.5 laps

Please comment on this event page to state which distance you would prefer.

Although the event is timed, it definitely isn't going to be competitive. Open to all, chase your own goals!

Come and cheer each other on. Afterwards, we will meet up for a coffee and possibly some brunch at the HUB Cafe across from the track.

Meet you at Pavilion Cafe near the entrance to Victoria Park (Globe Road), and we will walk to the track

Please note that we may host this session at Victoria Dock instead depending on the weather conditions leading up to this session. All participants will be notified in advance via email.

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John Shirley signed up to a community mission
Community mission

Shifting woodchip @ Elmington Community Gardens

Thu 30 Jun 19:00 pm
The Wildlife Triangle, Brisbane Street, London, SE5 7NZ
Help the residents of Elmington Estate continue to grow their community garden/space

We helped Alice and the Elmington Estate Garden team in our group run recently, but we did not finish off moving all the woodchip, so we will be spending this hour shifting the woodchip. Please meet at the task for 19:00 on Thursday 30th of June at The Wildlife Triangle. Bring gloves and but all other tools will be provided.

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John Shirley signed up to a group run
Group run

New Task: Helping the Friends of Finsbury Park (+ Social Afterwards!)

Wed 29 Jun 18:45 pm
Blue House Yard, 5 River Park Road, London, N22 7TB
Join us to give the Friends of the Finsbo a hand

The Task:

This is the first time we're visiting the Friends of Finsbury Park and they have promised us plenty of tasks! So it should be a fun even. Join us

The Run/walk:

Join us at Blue House Yard from prompt 6:45 departure towards Finsbury Park. We'll take the scenic route to include the New River Path so it should around 4k or thereabouts.

Social afterwards:

We're going to Rowans! :)

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John Shirley completed a training run • To Stevenage station (with backpack)
Sun 26 Jun
John Shirley completed a training run • Test Run
Sun 26 Jun
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