Lucy completed a community mission. Instead of watching TV or lying in bed, Lucy was out there making their community a better place to be. For making that choice they have earned the community cape.
Congratulations to regular runner Rosie Robbins on reaching the remarkable achievement of 50 good deeds! She started her Goodgym adventure back in the day up north in that there London, but London's loss is Brighton's gain and for the past two years or so she's been good deeding down south. And let's not forget what a great social secretary she was back in the good old days when we were allowed to have social lives!
At the other end of the Goodgym range of experience we were very happy to welcome Lucy for her first Brighton good gym (another refugee from the big city, having previously completed a couple of good deeds in Lambeth!) and Nathan discovering the joys of Goodgym for the very first time.
Our task tonight was to help the residents of the Craven Vale Estate tidy up. We connected with Garry from the council's Tidy up Team to supply us with bags and tools, so armed with proper litter pickers and bag holding hoops half the group had a good old litter pick. The rest of us using , scrapers, spades, brooms and forks weeded the bed in front of the block and tidied up the weedy kerbs and steps to make it easier for residents to get in and out. David from the litter picking group reported seeing a frog or toad cross the road and thought we might get a pun out of it but my punning brain is not working tonight! And Sherman found some kids shoes and despite normally being our best photographer only managed to get one good pic! Sadly my new phone hasn't improved my night time photography skills so the photos don't really demonstrate what a difference we made! Well done all!
We'll be helping residents at the Craven Vale Estate clear up litter and weeds to keep the estate looking nice. The evening light is fading so if ou have one, bring a head torch, if not we'll find you a job in a well lit area.
We'll meet community leader Nick in Hadlow Close, there is a community centre at the end of the road but you should see him before you get there. Enjoy the hill!!
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: email@example.com
Lucy 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.
Last night was all about destruction; demolishing the remains of a dilapidated allotment space and a brutal game of Rock, Paper, Scissors.
After a quick briefing, including many a safety warning, we had a speedy warm up and set off to Lee Samuel House, a sheltered housing block, just a few hundred metres from Papa's Park.
Tom took a group on a 4k jaunt and the rest of us took a spiralling route round the houses. We all ran past David Bowie's birthplace but alas, we had no idea which house it was...!
When we arrived, Mandy from Notting Hill Genesis gave us the lowdown on the garden and how it was going to be transformed into a far nicer allotment, with raised beds and levelled ground so the residents could grow their own food.
The task ahead was a big one.
It was a huge space with a monumental amount of wood, metal, trellis, plant pots, canes, tyres, netting, planks, the walls of a childrens playhouse, pallets, bed frames, plastic, bricks, a frog, foam, carpet, rope, multiple large spiders, rods, crates etc. etc. etc. and a whole lot of weeds to avoid. And all this needed dismantling and sorting into piles.
With nothing but our hands and some gardening gloves we set to work. Everyone split themselves between different sections of the garden, working together to decide how best to break everything apart. As soon as one structure was taken down, we'd find something else underneath which needed dismantling. Wood was held together by stubborn nails, netting was wrapped around weeds and wooden planks seemed to have merged with the ground...
But there was nothing than could stop the undeniable force that is GoodGym Lambeth from getting the job done.
When everything was piled up, we took a quick group snap of our efforts and headed back to PAPA's. We had time for a quick game of rock, paper, scissors (lose - you sprint to the fence and back, win - you do a squat or a wall sit) and a nice long stretch to finish off.
Next week it's a nice long run to the Portico Gallery in West Norwood! See you then. ✌️
The residents at Lee Samuel House love gardening, but the current allotment spaces are not fit for purpose. So our job is to dispose of existing structures before raised beds are built to allow for easier mobility.
It's right round the corner from PAPA's Park but we'll have a longer run option and another group of runners heading to help the GP Food Coop with the emptying of some planters.
We meet at PAPA's Park on Pulross Road, round the corner from Brixton tube. We meet at 6:45, ready to run at 7. There's a secure space to leave bags and coats and there are toilets too! We have different run lengths and fitness drills so whether you're a seasoned pro or a beginner, we've got an option for you!