Laura Williams

Lucky enough to be the Area Activator for Tower Hamlets. Personal trainer. Seriously sweet tooth.

Tower Hamlets

Area Activator

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GROUP RUN: Rebuilding the Pond at Bethnal Green Nature Reserve

Mon 18 Oct 18:30 pm
Bethnal Green Nature Reserve, Middleton Street, London, E2 9RR
On this evening's Group Run, we're shifting sand and lining sacks...

Come and join this tough task, complete with two workouts, to really kickstart your week.

What we'll be doing

  • We'll be meeting at Middleton Green at 6:30pm for a pre-pond workout before we start the sixth installment of our big pond task.

  • If you'd like to meet at the task, we'll be meeting Michael at the Nature Reserve in Middleton St from 6:45pm.

  • We have allowed 75 minutes for this evening's task, but we may finish earlier.

  • There will be a short, post-pond stretch workout back on Middleton Green after the task!

  • There will be somewhere to leave bags if you're coming straight from work.

Why so early?

  • Daylight! (this is a big new project, and we need to maximise the daylight left during the evening, so if you are able to sneak out of work a bit early...).
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No diggity, I got to bag it up, bag it up

Mon 11 Oct
Report written by Laura Williams

Hola, upper body extravaganza

The evening started with a speedy little workout on Middleton Green, just as the sun was setting. We whizzed through some laps of 'the little hill'; mobility and agility drills and the obligatory balance work.

We then made our way over to Bethnal Green's Nature Reserve where no fewer than 17 of us came together to help Michael and the team start filling hessian sacks with which to line the new pond.

It was an hour of heavy lifting. Anyone ever tried packing a large bag full of damp, tightly packed soil and moving it? Hola upper body extravaganza.

But the team did good: working in pairs and small groups, bags were neatly filled, expertly lifted and dragged and the job done, as per.

"How long have we got?"

"How long have we got? Shall we move some soil around to the billboard area?" asked Task Owner Michael at 7:40.

Yes, let's. It's not as if we need our lats for anything else for the rest of the week.

It was a brilliant evening of productivity. Fantastically managed, from start to finish, with bundles of equipment and lights; fab leadership from both the task team and our team (Simon, you are the best steward in town) and the usual huge commitment to Getting. The. Job. Done.

We came together for our cheerios, and planning our next sessions (this Weds at 6:30pm; next Monday's Group Run at 6:45pm).

Post-pond stretching

Then we dispersed into two groups: those who were headed straight home for dinner and feet-up and those who took a mini detour via Middleton Green again for some post-pond stretches.

A wicked night, everyone. Fantastic to see so many come out on a dark night to lend a hand that makes such a difference (this is a huge project, a big undertaking for the Nature Reserve and a lot of work that might not get done, or at least might take a whole lot longer without you).

Aaand the shout-outs...

Shout-out to Jess for this evening's spectacular pun.

And not forgetting the biggest shout out to our Charlotte who tonight reached her 50th good deed. Here's to the next 50, and thanks for all you bring to the party, Charlotte.

Until next time.

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Sun in November

Thu 4 Nov 19:00 pm
441 Bethnal Green Road, London, E2 0AN
It's the last monthly social until the December monthly social...

The Sun Tavern has been there since 1851, so it's about time we went there for monthly drinks. Plenty of beer bottled and on tap, cocktails, whiskey, and the UK's largest selection of poitin, whatever that is.

Bare-brick walls, and ancient block-print wallpaper surround you, not to mention all your favourite GoodGym people. We've got a table booked, so be there or be somewhere else!

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It's in Cambridge Heath Road, not Dundee.

Thu 7 Oct
Report written by John Shirley

Pictures from our October monthly drink.

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Laura Williams signed up to a group run
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GROUP RUN: Rebuilding the Pond at Bethnal Green Nature Reserve

Mon 11 Oct 18:30 pm
Bethnal Green Nature Reserve, Middleton Street, London, E2 9RR
On this evening's Group Run, we'll be tackling the next stage of this big pond redevelopment...

What we'll be doing

  • We'll be meeting at Middleton Green at 6:30pm for a pre-pond workout before we start the fourth installment of our big pond task.

  • If you'd like to meet at the task, we'll be meeting Michael at the Nature Reserve in Middleton St from 6:45pm.

  • We have allowed 75 minutes for this evening's task, but we may finish earlier.

  • There will be somewhere to leave bags if you're coming straight from work.

Why so early?

  • Daylight! (this is a big new project, and we need to maximise the daylight left during the evening, so if you are able to sneak out of work a bit early...).
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Full Nettle Jacket

Mon 4 Oct
Report written by Laura Williams

Slowly but surely we arrived one by one to this evening's meeting point by Mile End Park's wonderfully-located Art Pavilion.

Each were greeted individually by our brilliant Task Owner John, who equipped everyone with a fork, and some truly sturdy gloves.

Why were we here?

Well, the countdown is on to clear some dense nettles and brambles in time for half term activity. And so Friends of Mile End Park called on us to help out on this tough, time-sensitive task.

Fork of the town

And so to work we went, our small group growing less small by the minute. We uprooted, we chopped, we stacked, we carried. It was quite the workout, not least for Rohan's fork, who gave up the ghost during the first half of the task. What can we say? John did say the nettles were tough. Impressive stuff.

With good ground lights saving the day, we proceeded to make large piles of our treacherous, discarded plants, which looked quite the stinger stash as we called it a night.

We gathered for tool deposits and our last pics of the day.

"So, you can do your keep fit up there," gestured John to the floodlit area of the pavilion as we finished up. "I'll come and see if it's any good."

And so up the hill we climbed, to the well-lit area above the pavilion for some spectacular views as we tackled mini (slippery) hills, Bulgarian split squats, hip mobility, and some fab static stretching with an official barre. Hur-RAH.

What can I say?

Another night to remember. "They blitzed a fair amount," John reflected as we walked back down the hill after.

I should say.

Until next time.

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