And talking of mugs - Congratulations to Tim Wheatley for winning our SPOTM, which included a mug! Tim is not a mug. In fact he's been smashing out missions, group runs, temporary tattoo illustrations and many other artistic GoodGym-related things, so our collection of mug, vanity kit, hip phone holder thing, coaster and bottle were very well deserved.
Nice one Tim!
This week we were heading off to Kennington Park, a lush green space near Oval, to help them with a multitude of jobs ahead of an inspection they've got tomorrow for Britain in Bloom. Nicky led a group on a 5k long route while the rest of us went the direct 3k.
When we arrived, Marietta showed us the huge pile of equipment they had and gave us the lowdown on what we needed to do:
🌱 Bindweed removal
🥀 Dead-heading roses
🍂 Getting the leaves off the shelter
🌳 Hedge Trimming
We found that bindweed is a sneaky plant that gets everywhere. We discovered many undesirable items whilst litterpicking. And we have some quality topiarists in the Lambeth ranks!
Having collected up some huge bags of leaves and weeds, it was time for us to leave. Marietta was super grateful and said they'd have enough time to finish the last few bits ahead of the inspection on Thursday.
Some of us decided that we weren't sweaty enough already so squeezed in some fartlek on the way back whilst others were far more sensible in taking a leisurely jog!
Awesome work GoodGym Lambeth
Last night we had a bunch of jobs to do:
👉 Papa’s Park kindly put us up every week so it’s only right that now and then we do some jobs for them. Weeding in some of the ground beds and sanding a big concrete bench in preparation for painting was on the agenda.
👉We also had a load of Food2U posters to spread across Brixton and the local area. Food2U is an Age UK initiative where older people who are less mobile can get their weekly shop bought, delivered and put away for them by a friendly driver who sticks around for a chat. We did this in January and it was really helpful.
Time for a team challenge!
So with 6 different areas to take the posters too, 6 groups were formed. These 6 groups made 6 massive piles of weeds and much sanding was done. Then the 6 groups headed off in their 6 different directions to spread 60(!) posters from Clapham High Street to Herne Hill and everywhere in between.
We were reminded that fly-posting can earn you an £80 fine… Thanks Paul for the heads up! So our teams used their local knowledge to poster in leisure centres, libraries and shops across the area.
See pics for evidence of the mysterious Carnegie library (nice building, but closed), the purple clouds of the Stockwell skyline (actually, it’s a painting) and David Bowie's head.
Ace work everybody! 👌
Sign up for next week’s run here with runs to either the Portico Gallery to move some gazebo weights or a shorter trip to Agnes Riley Gardens.
PAPA's park is where we run from - an awesome community cafe and events room complete with a sports court and play area.
Every now and then we help them out with some weeding and general tidying up and this week we'll also be painting their big concrete bench!
If you were wondering about the running, don't you worry! Of course there will be a fab fitness sesh and some 1k loops round the block.
We meet at Papa's every Tuesday from 6.45pm. There are toilets and a secure space to leave bags.
Kerry is a now a fully fledged GoodGym runner. They've just run to do good for the first time. They are out there making amazing things happen and getting fit at the same time.
OH MY GIDDY PLANT
Last night was all about the plants and the planters and thankfully we had a massive gang of GoodGymers to tackle our two tasks. They probably quite fancied the pub afterwards too.
Tonight we had 2 run options: * George took a small group on a serious 6k trek to Crown Dale Surgery in West Norwood to help the GP Food Co-op rearrange some planters and fill them up with soil. * The rest of us went on a 2k jaunt to Myatt's Field for some bindweed removal and FITNESS FUN.
George's group arrived in West Norwood to be mysteriously greeted by nobody... but then they discovered the plans for the planters and they were off, lifting and shifting to get them into place. There was some excellent lifting from the legs (see pics) and they even had time to fill a planter and a half before heading back to base. It was a warm evening for all this work and those guys absolutely smashed it. 👏👏👏
Everyone else had a quick warm up with a classic knees up and kick-ass and began the run to Myatt's Field Park. We were greeted by Eliza who showed us the task - removing nasty bindweed from the compost heap. Unfortunately it was wreaking a bit of havoc and needed to be removed pronto.
// For all those keen gardeners: Apparently growing plants in compost with any hint of bindweed is a bad idea. It'll just wrap around your lovely plants and suffocate them. //
So we removed the pallets and the tarps to find an absolute tonne of the stuff, still managing to grow in the dark. Everyone was then very diligent with removing all traces of bindweed (as well as any rubbish we could find, obviously. #goodgym). We filled up a couple of big sacks and made a reasonable pile of rubbish.
The highlight was undoubtably the discovery of a family of frogs and even some newts! Despite a couple of screams, some brave souls moved the frogs to avoid them getting squashed.
We then had a quick game of RUNOPOLY in the park. It's basically circuits:
- Community Chest - Press Ups
- Pass GO - Sprints
- Squatting (it's a property-themed game after all)
- Chance - ??? It's a mystery (I tell you what to do).
30 seconds on, 30 seconds rest, next exercise. Twice round. Everyone smashed it. 👊
After that, we ran back to Papa's, had a nice stretch, decided that Papa's park's concrete bench needs to be painted GoodGym red (more on that in a few weeks time...) and then we hit the pub.
Ace work, everybody. 👌
Next week we've got 2 tasks; finishing off the soil shoveling at Crown Dale and back to Ruskin Park Community Garden. Sign up here.
This week we're heading to Myatt's Field Park. The group that run it do awesome things for the community, but one thing they could really do with getting a handle on is the bindweed. It's starts to grow from May and can kill other plants. Thankfully for us, pulling it out is a satisfying job, ideal for working those triceps!
We'll also be helping out the GP Food Co Op with some loading and unloading of big wooden planters.
We'll have runs from 4k to 10k roundtrip so we've got you covered whatever you fancy!
Bring gardening gloves if you have some or buy a pair like these fairtrade ones?! https://ethicalshop.org/gardening-gloves.html
We'll meet at PAPA's park near Brixton station from 6.45pm, ready to run at 7pm. There is space to change, toilets, and a secure space to leave your bags. We'll squeeze in some fitness drills and return back for 8.30. And then we'll go to the pub for a brew or two!
Any questions? Drop me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org