It was a perfect ten at Tottenham Green tonight as 10 industrious Goodgymmers lent a hand to the Friends of TG in readying the site for a future bulb planting session.
Rain, Rain, Go Away...
The weather forecast had threatened us with heavy rain and lightning all day long so Gramps was very pleased to arrive at HQ for our rendezvous dry as a bone.
Our lovely crew of regulars was joined by Chris all the way from Germany. In London just for a week, he joined us on his first evening in town for a trek across deepest Haringey. I'm not sure he was quite sure what he'd got himself into!
We ran a cool 3.5k to task and were welcomed by Laura. We did a quick litter pick while she set up our proper task for the evening. Before you could say 'Louise and Dave, stop drinking discarded bits of booze', Laura was leading us to the North part of the Green to work on the playground and prepare a bed for some bulbs.
We swept leaves to be used as mulch, we cut back some unruly hollyhocks, we turned the soil on the bed and did our best to integrate the swept leaves into it.
All the while, thanking the heavens for the dry evening.
Just after 8pm, Gramps called an end to the proceedings. We packed up, took a few pics, and helped Laura transport all the tools back to the store room. We had collected quite a lot of hollyhocks seeds so Laura suggested we could take them with us as we ran back and spread them across North London. And that's exactly what we did.
We ran home, Goodgymmers peeling off along the way. In the end, Kapil, Chris, and Gramps made it all the way back to HQ.
And, wouldn't you know it, just as we all settled down with a cuppa, the heavens did open after all. Lucky escape.
Gramps is giving his weary bones a break next week, so the dream team of Sarah and Latoya are stepping in to run the Wednesday session at Luos. Join them!
Come and join us for an old school clear up at Tottenham Green.
Meet us at 6:45 for 4k run to task (one way - so bring your Oyster card for afterwards!). If you prefer, you can meet us at task for 7:15ish
7 indus-tree-ous Goodgymmers paced the streets of North London, flyering for the wonderful Trees for Streets.
Sam the Conqueror laughed off Covid just a mere couple of weeks ago and got back in the saddle, racing her way to her 200th Good Deed tonight! Hero!
Also, a busy running weekend saw our Julie and Sarah tackle the Manchester Marathon, our Niamh and Dave smash the Camino Epping Forest Ultra, and our Charlie speedy-gonzales his way to his first ever half marathon at the Royal Parks. Speedsters galore! <3
On Wednesdays, we smash the pa-tree-archy
The good folk at Trees for Streets are on a mission to give London another push to become a city forest and at Goodgym Haringey we had to get involved in the party.
Heroics started the night before when Lizzie from TfS was let down by a courier but undeterred, she commandeered a hire car and traversed London town to deliver a very heavy box of leaflets to good ol' Gramps.
Tonight at HQ, both Charlie and Dave turned up looking fresh after their speedy exploits from the weekend and joined Nurj, Geraldine, Kapil and Gramps in celebrating the wonderful Sam as this was her 200th Goodgym Good Deed. We had vegan jellies and badge maths shenanigans.
We then ran a rather hilly route towards the valley at the bottom of Alexandra Palace where our efforts were to focus tonight. And before yew could say 'who put Bella in the Wych Elm' our Goodgymmers had divided into two groups: one led by Sam, the other by Nurj and Geraldine and we ran on opposite sides of the road, leafleting to our heart's content.
After about 45 minutes and 4k later, we came to a halt before the group's timekeeper had a chance to tell Gramps off for overrunning.
Selfies here, more vegan jellies there. And a nice run back to HQ. An ace eve.
Join us next week when we're visiting the Friends of Tottenham Green for more fun and games.
And while we're at it, however punnily tangentially, fuc* the patriarchy.
And we'll be helping spread the good word this Wednesday!
There will be a run - up to 5k. But don't worry, no one gets left behind!