Sharron has asked for our help to clear out some of the lockups at the Youth Centre - they're gradually reopening and are having a Spring Clean!
We'll be sifting through and chucking stuff into a skip and there may be a bit of leaf clearing (of course) to do too.
Please bring a mask and gardening gloves! 🤿🧤
Katie just completed a six month streak of doing missions. That’s so many bags of garden rubbish cleared and jobs done to help someone out and put a smile on their face. Give Katie a cheer to encourage them to keep up the good work.
Sam, Danielle and Katie met at Gregg’s in Brixton to collect their leftover goodies - and came away with four bags of sandwiches, pastries, and an incredible number of doughnuts. The doughnuts were surprisingly heavy but with a bit of teamwork they made it safely to their destination where they will be enjoyed by the service users at a prison and homeless outreach service.
Bright Morning Star Prisons and Homeless Outreach help to rebuild, support and elevate the lives of the most vulnerable people on the street and at their Walk-In Centres. They provide basic and immediate physical and emotional help to the public, and provide a free counselling service.
We've been asked to help with transporting leftovers from Greggs, 4 Electric Avenue, Brixton to Lola who distributes the food at 3 Hermes Court, Southey Road, SW9 0PF. Here's a map - it's a 2km run/ride.
If you go in and say you're collecting food for Bright Morning Star Prison and Homeless Outreach, they should give you the leftovers! There may be quite a lot so just take what you can :)
🎒Please bring a backpack/panniers to transport the food (plastic bags might be useful too as the bags the pastries etc are in can be greasy!).
🤿Please bring a mask to wear in the shop
We need 3 people to sign up to transport the food - you can either run or ride, together or separately. If there are any problems, please call Modesta from Bright Morning Star who will meet you on 07432 690877.
Any questions? Email me 👉 email@example.com
Thank you 🙏 and hope it goes well!
Luckily the skies cleared and rain stopped as we were waiting for the pizzas.
Gillian strapped pizzas to the back of her bike and made her way to the hostel. Katie and I followed on foot.
I don't have any photos of us from the mission but Gillian took some.
Hopefully the pizzas were enjoyed!
We all know Franco Manca is amazing - well now they're proving to be even better.
They've offered free pizza to the Robertson Street Project - part of Thames Reach who help homeless people out. But they need a team of pizza delivery GoodGymers to transport it from the restaurant to the hostel.
We ideally need 5 people to make this happen as there will be 20 pizzas and it's a 25 minute walk. If you're cycling it's worth thinking about where to leave your bike as the pizzas probably wouldn't travel so well under your arm...
The pickup spot is Franco Manca's - 76 Northcote Road, SW11 6QL and the drop off venue is Robertson Street Project, 1a Daley Thompson Way, Robertson Street, SW8 3DA - Their number is 02077208505 should you need it. Here's a map of the route.
PHOTOS - Please absolutely take photos for the run report en route, but make sure none of the hostel's clients are in the photos - thanks!
Any questions, please drop me an email. I (probably) won't be there for the task.
Very informal hello from me Pete your new Area Activator for Camden. Grab a drink, have a snack or eat your dinner just please do come prepared share one of your favourite Good Gym memories, if your happy to share them (you can't all pick Alara!)
It would be fantastic to meet as many of you as possible!
During the heart of the 2021 lockdown, a team of Goodgymmers created a fitness goal for themselves- they signed up to "Make-It-Happen March", and wrote down a specific objective that they wanted to complete, on a certain day in March. We, as runners, can really benefit from goal orientated training- whether this is to achieve a time, to complete a distance or to try something new- but this can be really challenging when socialising and events are limited.
Here is a run-down of some achievements by our "Make-It-Happen March" crew:
We had a lot of half marathon runners taking on a personal challenge throughout the month of March. Redbridge Area ActivatorJulia completed not one, but two half marathons- her first since 2014! John also successfully completed a half marathon on 21st March. Katie had not run a half marathon distance within or outside of running event conditions, but was able to run a lovely loop across London bridges, following the Thames.
Sally was training for a trail half marathon on the Sussex Downs, but unfortunately was informed that it had been cancelled or rescheduled. She made use of her current training fitness, and ran a half marathon on London streets instead, passing Hampstead Heath, Primrose Hill, Regent’s Park, Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, Green Park, St James’s Park, Battersea Park, finishing with a callipo on Clapham Common. Area Activator Simon ran his own half marathon effort over at the Victoria Docks near the Excel Centre, attempting a time trial for the first time in over a year. He also scheduled a morning plogging session in his local park (Finsbury Park, London) before heading to work on 1st March!
Marianne completed a new distance goal early in March, covering 33km in one run for the first time, on a bright sunny Bournemouth day! Ultra runner Matt had a hard session scheduled for his long run training (6-7 hours on feet), so he decided to run the course of the Green Man Ultra in Bristol, a smashing race that was due to be run in March.
He also made a smart choice to dedicate a 100% rest day later in the month:
"Rest day! In some ways rest days are the trickiest days, but they are important to let your body recover, so I thought I would commit to this as part of the challenge and prevent all the challenges just being about going further, faster and higher. So I rested, watched some TV and read a book, and did a little bit of stretching."
"Then the next day I put what I learnt above and had a better adventure style long run which even had a stop for a picnic, with a falafeloummi wrap a former favourite meal after a Saturday GG group run in Bristol."
Louise took on a really cool challenge through the whole month of March- she had a cancelled "vertical mile" race on the calender last year, so she decided to run a vertical mile in elevation instead! This is 1610 m throughout the full month of March- which is a super achievement!
It has been wonderful to hear feedback from all of our participants, and how positively this challenge has been received:
"Thanks for listing this challenge, it spurred me on"
"I had been meaning to get back to it for a long time but setting the date on the calendar really helped hold me accountable and to commit to it!"
Well done everyone! Congratulations for a successful month of achievements!
Set a personal goal, and we'll help you stick to it!
It has been proven that goal setting and making plans in advance can dramatically increase your chances of hitting your own personal achievements. Very few people would rock up to a marathon without any prior training (not unheard of, but also not advised!).
So Goodgym Islington are offering you the chance to publicise your personal goals over the month of March by adding them to our group calendar.
Our intention is to fill the entire month with Goodgymmers committing to their own objectives.
Monday 1st March: Simon Fitzmaurice has committed to running a half marathon on this day.
Tuesday 2nd March: Steve has planned to attempt a 10km PB on this day.
Wednesday 3rd March: Kike will be partaking in a 40km bike ride.
Thursday 4th March: Mary wants to organise a 3 hour walk with a good friend.
And continuing these plans until 31st March.
If we completely fill up the calendar, we will allow participants to log multiple commitments on the same day.
Add your commitments to the spreadsheet here:
And share your photos and achievements with Area Activator Simon by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
We would love to make a great report with loads of happy faces at the end of the month!
We're starting Week 3 of our January Challenge now - you should join in the fun.
You don't have to be in Camden to sign up and play along.
Keep me updated with your progress and don't forget to link your Strava to your profile so we can get our monthly kilometres run figure up!