🏃♀️Welcome to GoodGym Bromley!🏃♂️
We’re a super friendly group who combine exercise with helping out in the local community. Every Wednesday we meet to get active and do a physical task to help charities or community organisations across Penge.
WHERE WE MEET
We meet outside the Bridge House pub in Penge. You can lock your bike up in their beer garden but there’s currently nowhere to leave bags so please come ready to run.
We're running back to the Upper Norwood Library Hub. We've spent a couple of weeks clearing back foliage around the fences, and now is the time to paint it! Maybe don't wear your best gear, and a head torch would be great 👌🔦
It's a few k up to the Library.
RUNNING WITH US
We welcome runners of all abilities and we always have a back-marker so no one gets left behind. We usually run at a relaxed pace and tasks are never more than 4km from the pub.
Any questions? Drop me an email!
We're delighted to be able to help our friends at the Marsha Phoenix Trust again. This week we will continue the good work started in the garden on previous tasks.
- Make your own way to the task, at 90-92 Tressillian Road (a big house set slightly back from the road, with a bright red front door)
- Take direction from Sue, who will be leading volunteers through the session
- Please observe social distancing and wear a mask as you pass through the building
- Do not share tools
- Feel free to ask for a less physically heavy task if you would prefer something else, there's plenty to do, with something for everyone!
Helping to tow trolleys from the leisure centre to the Green and set up a gazebo and tables
Katy has completed their 15th good deed with GoodGym
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.
There’s always something to do at our monthly rendezvous with Crouch End Open Space, and this time we attracted runners from Haringey, Islington, Camden, Southwark, Lambeth and Redbridge!
A big pile of steaming mulch, of varying colour and consistency, had to be shovelled into wheelbarrows, transported and spread over a path, with the previous, downtrodden mulch dug up and relocated to another space.
There was also litter to be picked up, and poplar and brambles to be cut back. Some people just didn’t want to stop! But eventually, after a picnic of rolls, pickle, tomatoes, crisps and cider, we headed home in our many different directions. But we’ll be back!
We're going to help out the Friends of Woolwich Common who work to protect this beautiful open space and keep it clear from litter.
They'll have plenty of bags and pickers so just bring some gloves with you. If you register to be an Environmental Champion at firstname.lastname@example.org you can also get your own pickers from the council.
We'll meet opposite the Queen Elizabeth Hospital on the common at 11am. This will be a recurring task on the last Sunday of each month to keep the common in tip top condition! Rachel might not be there but the Friends of group will give you a good welcome. Make sure you take some snaps and nominate someone to write the run report!
We have been asked by a local church and community group to remove the weed Alconette and its long tap roots, as well as the spreading ivy. We will then fork over the soil and restore by adding farmyard manure and forking in before planting new roses.
This will make the area a welcoming place for local people.
This is a slightly longer run (2 miles each way) so we'll be leaving pretty sharpish after 6:30 to make the most of the light but this week there will be no fitness session (unless you're desperate for one of course!)
Don't forget not to bring a bag you can't run with, and please bring gardening gloves if you have them.