During these very difficults times, LGBTI+ charities have been greatly affected by Covid 19 in raising the money they need to continue supporting the community at this hour of need.
31 intrepid Goodgymmers want to help! We'll be running (individually) every day in July, covering at least 5k a day. And in the process, we hope to raise loads of lovely money for LGBTI+ charities (tbc).
Help us by sharing our fundraising page, and by tagging your runs with #RunWithPride.
Josh has done 10 good deeds. They are a trusted GoodGym runner and are now eligible to join their local TaskForce.
Josh is part of a crowd that's making a huge noise. Josh has been cheered by 25 people - that's a round of applause just on their own. We hope they keep it up.
5 Goodgymmers had a lovely time helping out at the Haringey Foodbank.
The foodbank needed their baked beans and soups for 2021 sorted by month and our Goodgymmers sorted them efficiently, whilst discussing a variety of topics, from Warhol's iconic use of the tinned soup to the virtues of white chicken sauce on Bird Eyes waffles.
In the end, Femi was so pleased with our handiwork that we've been invited back next week.
Femi at the Haringey Foodbank needs some help to sort out the storage room and shelving some donated food. We'll be working in a team of six so we can maintain appropriate social distancing during this task. Join us!
The reviews are in: "Turn up, show the weeds who's boss, clear some paths so the nice people at Living Under One Sun can plant some veggies, make like a tree and leave! Bosh!" - Amy
A lovely day was had at the East Hale Allotments, where 6 fully fledged Goodgymmers (and 2 trainee Goodgymmers) congregated for some clean, sweet, ol' fashioned spot of al fresco urban agriculture.
Prickly thistles, stinging nettles, and even some very angry bees were no match for our heroes, who cleared paths along the LUOS allotment so that Leyla and Co can get on with the job of growing some healthy and scrumptious food for the community.
After some apicultural shenanigans that might have ended up with Josh and I getting stung, and some generous consumption of sweet, sweet pineapple, we all came to the conclusion that a great day was had and that we'd be back tomorrow for some more socially distanced fun. YOU SHOULD JOIN US!
The wonderful LUOS was heavily affected by the lockdown and one of the biggest issues they've had was keeping their allotment (where they grow fresh veg and fruiy to produce cheap, homecooked food in the community) under control. They've now had a couple of professional gardeners donating some time to get the allotment running efficiently again but they will need as many hands as responsible social distancing allows. Come join us - mif we're lucky, Leyla might even bring some of her inimitable Oranges.
Haringey Council is showing their appreciation to the wonderful NHS workers and Care Workers getting us through this difficult times, by laying down a series of road markings to say, ‘Thank You’. And the road markings are GORGEOUS!
They are located at the following locations:
St Ann’s Road, N15 outside the hospital entrance St Paul’s Road, N17 outside the Olive Grove & Eden Care Home Park Road, N8 outside the NHS Health Centre Bounds Green Road Outside the Ambulance Station
For your challenge next week, how about you visit a couple of the sites during one of your government-allowed exercise sessions? Or if you want to push yourself a bit more, you can complete the challenge set by the Haringey Councillor Seema Chandwani and do the 8miles round trip to visit all four in go!
When you spot one, snap a selfie or a nice pic and share it on social media with the tag #HaringeyLovesItsCarers. We'll look out for them and collect them all by the end of next week.
8 Goodgymmers ran just 400m shy of 60k as they took on the challenge of running in every corner of Haringey. As you would expect, they crushed it.
This will come as no surprise to any of you, but over here at GGHaringey we are head over heels with our home borough. Since we've had to slow down a bit from running to do good deeds (though needless to say, we're still at it), we've been finding new ways to stay in touch with our beloved.
This week we challenged ourselves to do a group run "together" but in the spirit of the times, each runner ran a different route. The goal was to reach every single one of Haringey's 22 neighbourhoods. Oh, and we did.
At around 11ish on Saturday, we set off for our date with sunny Haringey.
Niamh (with her ever trusty canine companion) serenaded our beloved whilst covering St Ann's, Tottenham Green, Bruce Grove, and West Green.
Kapil collected flowers for our beloved as he ran from Wood Green to Ally Pally, clocking off Bowes Park and Bounds Green too on the way.
Neil whispered sweet-nothings in our beloved's ears as he flew between South Tottenham, Seven Sisters, and Finsbury Park.
Our beloved blushed as Natasha, with a smile on her face, regaled our beloved with tales of beauty and romance collected during her travels between Tottenham Hale, Northumberland Park, White Hart Lane, and Little Russia.
Josh flirted outrageously with our beloved as they sat down for dinner, somewhere between Crouch End, Highgate, Fortis Green, and Muswell Hill.
Dave made our beloved smile as they had a drink after dinner, but not before criss-crossing the borough.
Liam then gallantly walked our beloved home, after a long but lovely day.
And then I* go and spoil it all by saying something stupid like I love you.
In total, our 8 runners covered 59.6 kilometres between them and and GGHaringey visited every neighbourhood in the borough. We even threw down the gaunlet to our neighbours by putting tanks on the lawns GGIslingon and GGBarnet!
What a fun group run that was! And you can join in the fun too - how many of Haringey's wonderful parks can you cram into one run?
*I covered Stroud Green, Hornsey, Noel Park, and Broadwater Farm for those interested
I'm back in action after a doctor-ordered break and that can only mean one thing... I will once again start bothering you all to keep on running!
So, with that in mind, shall we all go for a run on Saturday? Hear me out, I haven't gone 'completely' mad.
I was having a look at maps of Haringey last night for fun (as you do) and an idea popped into my head when I saw that Haringey is divided in 22 districts or neighbourhoods*
So, how about we all go for a run on the same day and cover every single corner of this beautiful borough? I've divided the districts into six nice routes of around 2.5/3.5miles, each covering at least three districts. So hopefully we'll get at least six of us to take at least one each but do feel free to cover as many as you are physically able to.
If you sign up, let me know which route you're planning to run so I can keep track.
For an added 'together' bonus, you could aim to start your Saturday run at 11am and we'll all be running in Haringey together. Times are always difficult so if you can't make 11am, just make sure you complete your run on Sat.
Take loads of photos, make note of any funny things you see on the way, and send it all to me!
*For all the geeks out there like me, this is different to electoral wards so dion't come at me with any sass.