Jordan

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Wandsworth

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Jordan went on a group run
Group run
Wandsworth

A night at the theatre for a little run through

Mon 17 Jan
Report written by Anastasia Hancock

Blue Monday? Not in Wandsworth it wasn't! We ignored the chilly conditions and the Monday vibes, and instead opted to get together to run to a local theatre and arts charity for a spot of volunteering and a high energy fitness session.

It was lovely to welcome Tony to his first GoodGym session - give him a cheer! It was also great to hear about all the tips people had for cheering themselves up when they feel a bit down. As we did our warm up, we decided calling a family member or friend, going for a walk or run, eating something delicious or trying a new recipe, seeing somebody tap dance and of course, watching Nigella was the sure fire way to feel happier!

After a short run to the theatre we were given our list of jobs, which included cleaning, painting and weeding. This venue aims to bring the arts to the whole community, but does not receive any direct funding, and so always welcomes some energetic volunteers.

A lot was done in a short amount of time last night, so well done team. After downing tools we headed outside to Clapham Old Town for a brief but intense session of Tabata, upper body exercises and a plank finisher. What a way to beat that chill!

A quick run back to base and some stretches, and we were done for the evening. As well as our usual group run next Monday, we have lots of missions throughout the week coming up. You can check them all out here.

Happy running everyone!

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Group run
Wandsworth

Helping out at Omnibus Theatre

Mon 17 Jan 18:30 pm
Battersea Arts Centre, Lavender Hill, London, SW11 5TN
Support this local arts and theatre charity

Tonight we're back at the lovely Omnibus theatre to help out with various jobs - this is a really important local arts and theatre charity that relies on donations and volunteers so they are very grateful for the support from us!

We will also do a little fitness session - please avoid bringing bags as we have nowhere to store them.

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Jordan went on a group run
Group run
Wandsworth

Sieving Wonders of the World

Mon 10 Jan
Report written by Anastasia Hancock

We were back with a bang in Wandsworth last night with a fabulous group of GoodGymers raring to go!

It was lovely to see Wandsworth regulars, faces from other boroughs coming to join us, and to welcome Kelly to GoodGym for her very first run. Cheers all round!

After a quick warm up where we talked about the task ahead - helping out at a local community garden transformed from a multistory carpark and run by volunteers - and discussed our New Year's resolutions. Several of us pledged to be on time more (every year for me - going to happen any day now, I'm sure of it), while others vowed to walk, cycle and run more. There was even the excellent intention to be more Nigella.

We set off for Doddington, with only a minor hiccup along the way as some of us took on a little additional mileage, and arrived at the garden to find Malissa waiting for us with jobs that included digging over and sieving the compost, as well as clearing leaves from the pathways.

After forty minutes of hard work, we said our goodbyes and headed off into the night, stopping along the way for several fitness stations which included the dreaded progressive squat and pavement toe taps.

There are loads of exciting things coming up, including several missions this weekend - you can check out all the options here. If you fancy a free tickets to the National running show on the 22nd - 23rd Jan at the Birmingham NEC (https://nationalrunningshow.com/birmingham) you can get a free one thorugh Wandsworth runner Oliver with free ticket code - OCANNON. Thanks Ollie!

Don't forget parkrun every saturday at 9am - a couple of GGers said they were doing Wimbledon so look out for some friendly faces.

Next week we're off to a local theatre and arts charity to lend a hand, you can sign up for more fun right here. Hope fully see you then, but in the meantime, run happy into 2022!

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Jordan signed up to a group run
Group run
Wandsworth

First group run of the year!

Mon 10 Jan 18:30 pm
Battersea Arts Centre, Lavender Hill, London, SW11 5TN
Help out at a rooftop garden

We're back with a bang for the first group of the year! Join us at the BAC to run down to a rooftop community garden where we will be helping the volunteers with various jobs at this converted rooftop. We will then do a fitness session which will blow those cobwebs away before heading back to base.

If you have a headtorch please bring it along as this is a dark task.

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Jordan went on a community mission
Community mission
Wandsworth

An un-tree-lievable effort which bag-gars be-leaf

Mon 15 Nov
Report written by Sophie Humphrey

'Tis the season for leaves and we had a great group down in Wandsworth tonight up for the challenge of clearing a local community garden. Rakes, brooms and giant flipper style scoopers were out in force and before long we had used up all the bags given to us! A great excuse for a spot of fitness while we waited for more bags to arrive... thanks guys for your exercise ideas to keep us busy!

Four rolls of bags later (seriously, check out that pile!!) and we could definitely call it a successful night's work. Only thing left to do was embrace the season and literally fall into the leaves as demonstrated by Oliver who also performed some wizardry on our photos making it look like the summer evenings we miss!

Well done Wandsworth and a particular shout out to Catrin for a first Goodgym appearance - we hope to see you again soon!

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Jordan signed up to a community mission
Community mission
Wandsworth

Clearing leaves and other jobs

Mon 15 Nov 18:45 pm
Christchurch Gardens, Cabul Road, London , SW11 2PN
at Christchurch Gardens

Christchurch Gardens in Battersea have formed a Friends group to help keep the area welcoming for local people following some antisocial behaviour. They've worked hard to get it looking great, and GoodGym has been a part of the ongoing jobs. They've asked us to come back and clear the leaves that are rotting and stopping the grass growing, as well as some other jobs.

Bring a headtorch and gloves if you have them for this task as it's a dark area.

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Jordan went on a group run
Group run
Wandsworth

Your good weed for the day

Mon 8 Nov
Report written by Anastasia Hancock

Our task for the evening yesterday was back at Doddington community roof garden, a space which has been transformed by volunteers from a multistory carpark into a thriving garden for local people. It's a regular one for us, but it is always fun to see the surprise on people's faces when they visit for the first time - hidden away in a Battersea estate, it's up an easily-missable flight of stairs which opens out into a huge maze of flower beds, herb gardens and composting areas.

It was a short run of just over a mile down to the garden, so we started off the night with a warm up and a quick poll on the little and large things we're doing to help protect the environment. There were some top tips, including riding your bike as much as possible to get places, reducing meat and cutting out single-use plastic, but also some very bright ideas like deleting spam and unsubscribing from email lists which both carry a carbon footprint. You're a clever bunch!

We were excited to welcome Jenni for her first GoodGym session, and to talk about her show, Endurance which sees her perform a feat of endurance, live and in real time at the BAC. She gave us a little talk on how she was inspired by female ultra runners and also about her project 'When we run, we become', where she will be running with other people. Running safely in public spaces is something that we've talked about a lot at GoodGym - if you would like to continue this important discussion, do reach out to Jenni. And don't forget, we have a lovely community at GG, if you ever want to go out for a run and don't feel comfortable by yourself, drop a message on our whatsapp group or send me an email and we'll find a way to run with you!

After a good steady pace down to Doddington we arrived to find Malissa, lead volunteer, waiting for us. She led us through the garden, pointing out interesting plants as we went (while I was trying not to think about how many expensive 'proper' plants I've pulled up over the years of GG tasks, thinking they were weeds...). She distributed shovels, brooms and trugs, and we soon got cracking on various jobs round the garden.

After 40 minutes of hard work, we were almost done for the evening. Apologies for the quality of the photos - I was told a couple of weeks ago that they look like I'm taking them out of a moving car, at night, in the middle of a storm.

All that was left was that tough little leg finisher. We gathered out in the lovely Doddingon square and started smashing through some lower body exercises designed not exclusively to inflict pain, but also strengthen all those important leg muscles and create quads of iron. Some excellent form there everyone!

After that mean old hill and a few stretches to finish off, it was time for a bite to eat and drinks round the corner. Look out for the GG Wandsworth Christmas social coming soon! Next week I'll be away so our group run will be replaced with a Monday night community mission, check out the details here. A final word to wish Caroline, long-term GG Wandsworth member, farewell and good luck for her move to Bristol - have a brilliant time there!

Run happy, run safe, GoodGym.

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Jordan went on a group run
Group run
Wandsworth

You could’ve tooled me

Mon 1 Nov
Report written by Anastasia Hancock

Haribo, Bounty, M&Ms, Reese's peanut cups, Snickers..... we started the group run last night dreaming of all the delicious treats we would've wanted to receive if we'd gone trick or treating at the weekend. With the prospect of a sugar high at the end of our run, we started off with a much-needed warm up, and welcomed Alex to her very first GoodGym session - give her one massive cheer!

We set off on the run down to a public garden which has not been well looked after since we were last there pre pandemic. This space is available for local people to use but needs some love before it becomes a welcoming area for the community. Enter GoodGym!

We were slightly delayed by the appearance of two very excited puppies who greeted us at the gate, but once they had been taken off on their walks we were able to get stuck in. Once again, it was testament to just how much a group of people with that much energy can achieve in a short amount of time. We weeded, picked litter, filled bags with waste and generally spruced the area right up!

To keep us getting too nippy, we did our fitness session on the fly, with bursts of running interspersed with strength and conditioning segments allt he way back to the BAC. While we may have got a few strange looks from passers by, it was worth it for the excellent Karate Kid crane stances you demonstrated by the side of the road!

All that was left was for some stretches, and to make plans for next week's group run followed by a lovely fireworks night themed social. Everybody welcome - come and join us for more doing good, getting fitter and some lovely food and drinks afterwards. Until then, happy running GoodGym!

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Group run
Wandsworth

Tidying up a community garden

Mon 1 Nov 18:30 pm
Battersea Arts Centre, Lavender Hill, London, SW11 5TN
in Battersea

Before the pandemic GoodGym spent several sessions tidying up a community garden in the middle of an estate in Battersea that had been locked for a couple of years. Unfortunately there has been little done in the garden over the lockdown, so we have been asked to come and do what we can to make it welcoming for local people again.

Bring gloves and a headtorch if you have it as the area isn't well lit.

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Jordan went on a group run
Group run
Wandsworth

Hot dig-gety

Mon 18 Oct
Report written by Anastasia Hancock

It is a testament to true GoodGym grit and commitment that in the pouring rain, a group of ten lovely people turned up to help their community - amazing job. It was wonderful to see some faces new to Wandsworth, and some familiar ones back again.

We even had a reporter from the South West Londoner newswire there to do a little piece on us, despite the drizzle. Fame at last!

Our task was at St Mary's church in Balham, where head volunteer gardener Marian had asked us to come and help prepare the ground ready for the planting of several rose bushes that they had been donated. Before we set off we did our weekly warm up and talked about our dream holiday destinations, which featured Hawaii, the Philippines, Costa Rica, and Cuba. I think you could tell we were feeling the cold, because Norway was the only northern hemisphere country chosen!

It was a two mile run down to the church through the common and on to the busy streets of Balham. We soon arrived to find Marian waiting for us with tools, bags and bottles of water. We had a little lesson in a weed called alkanet - every day is a school day at GoodGym! - and then got cracking.

We dug, turned over soil, got rid of ivy, eliminated weeds and filled bags. Check out the very bad before and after shots to just about make out how much we got done. I can only apologise for the bad quality! Just under 45 minutes later we had made a big difference, so after one final group photo we braved the incessant rain and headed back to the Arts Centre, forgoing our usual fitness session (I ignored the cheers...)

All that was left was to stretch and dry ourselves off. Great work, team. Next week we'll be back to finish off the job - you can sign up here hope to see you there for some slightly less damp doing good and getting fitter. As always, everybody welcome! Until then, have a week of happy and safe running.

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