Marie-Laure Hicks

Islington

32Good deeds

76runs

23cheers

Marie-Laure Hicks completed a training run • Goodgym run (weeding)
Mon 13 Sep
7.0km
46:44
06:40/km
Marie-Laure Hicks went on a group run
Group run
Islington

Lucky 13 on the 13th

Mon 13 Sep
Report written by Simon Fitzmaurice

Headtorch season is upon us!

Area Activator Simon met up with 6 runners at the Arsenal Community Hub on Benwell Road on Monday evening (including first timer Katherine, and GG Lambeth runner Alfie- welcome!). Our crew made our way out to Thornhill Square Gardens, just off Caledonian Road- running approx 3km each way.

Upon our arrival, we caught up with 6 more Goodgymmers (including regulars like Steve, Patrick and Benedict), and local volunteer Chris, one of the Friends of Thornhill Square Gardens.

We branched off into 4 groups between us- Team 1 picked up wheelbarrows from the community shed to assist with moving and shifting a pile of green waste and soil into a compost bin on the opposite side of the park. Team 2 helped to re-arrange and tidy a line of woven willow branches, positioned to allow new shoots to create an organic border around the flower beds. Team 3 set about weeding out the other flower beds, and trimming the connecting grass verges using loppers and secateurs. Finally, Team 4 continued their fine work of clearing the main entrance path of weeds and overgrown plants using shovels, hoes and gloved hands.

Within 45 minutes, we had all completed a plenty of objectives, especially with the darkness starting to fall. Portable work lights were used to illuminate our work spaces, along with our headtorches. We cleared up our tools and all of our green cuttings, and parted ways- 6 runners joined Trainer Simon for the return run (up hill!) back to the Emirates Stadium.

Wonderful work everyone!

Next Week!

We will return to Caxton House Community Centre to continue their lovely neighbourhood gardening project.

Sign up here to join us next Monday!

https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/group-run-call-to-caxton-house-community-centre

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Marie-Laure Hicks completed a training run • Morning run
Sun 12 Sep
15.0km
01:23:57
05:35/km
Marie-Laure Hicks went on a party
Party
Islington

Simon celebrates 2 years of Goodgym Training

Mon 6 Sep

Area Activator Simon started as a trainer for Goodgym Islington in August 2019 (after being handed the steering wheel from Paul Bown), and has just realised that he passed his 2nd anniversary.

Too busy Goodgymming while the world turned upside down for a year or so!

So we will be planning on hosting our monthly social at The Highbury Library on Drayton Park after our scheduled group run. Open to all Goodgymmers.

Register limit of 15 to start with, to ensure table allocations for this lovely local bottle shop, but can increase capacity upon request. Feel free to message below if we are full up.

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Marie-Laure Hicks completed a training run • Goodgym run
Mon 6 Sep
6.2km
42:42
06:55/km
Marie-Laure Hicks went on a group run
Group run
Islington

Caxton Action (and Simon's 2 year anniversary!)

Mon 6 Sep
Report written by Simon Fitzmaurice

We had a really strong turn out for last night's group run to Caxton House Community Centre- 14 total Goodgymmers, with 6 of us completing the full 2.4 mile run starting at the Emirates Stadium. It was a pleasure to see some familiar faces from the last few years (including Sally, who completed her 300th good deed!), and to hear of people's running plans (well done to Steve on his half marathon on the bizarre Olympic Park noodle course on Sunday!).

Upon our arrival at Caxton House, we were all offered much appreciated drinking water (especially at the start of this heat wave!), and were separated into two groups.

Group 1 were given clippers, loppers and gloves, and assisted the team with trimming back a mass of overgrown greenery around a front garden space. More clipping was also required for a huge pile of branches and overgrowth near the back entrance of the centre, with the intention of passing the wooden waste into a chipper.

Group 2 picked up wheelbarrows, shovels and forks, and set about clearing a collection of soil beds at the back of the centre. The plan was to distribute the old soil into a new planter, located in a sun trap and a better spot for growing food and vegetables. Unfortunately, the soil proved to be pretty firm due to the amount of sun we have experienced over the last week, but our team did a smashing job at picking away at the mud and muck.

We called time after 40 minutes of activity, and almost all of our group joined us for a social down hill run (and cycle) back to The Arsenal Community Hub.

Trainer Simon celebrates 2 years!

In September 2019, Paul Bown (legendary GG Islington and Camden trainer) moved to Sheffield, and Trainer Simon officially took over as the main organiser for GG Islington. To celebrate, we made a trip over to The Highbury Library on Drayton Park to enjoy our monthly social. It was a blast to see you all!

We have just listed the next social on the GG site, so feel free to sign up here:

https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/gg-islington-monthly-social-october

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Marie-Laure Hicks completed a training run • Evening run
Sun 5 Sep
12.0km
01:01:55
05:08/km
Marie-Laure Hicks signed up to a group run
Group run
Islington

GROUP RUN! - Thornhill Square Gardens

Mon 13 Sep 18:45 pm
The Arsenal Community Hub, 56 Benwell Road, London, N7 7BA
Social running to this lovely community gardens just off Caledonian Road. A favourite task!

The plan is to meet up outside the Arsenal Community Hub on Benwell Road, and after a short warm up, health and safety briefing and a warm welcome, we will run together to Thornhill Square Gardens.

Task Location Thornhill Square Gardens, Islington, N1 1BE

If you are not planning to run with us, our arrival time at Thornhill Square Gardens will be 7.10 - 7.15pm.

After our session, we will aim to arrive back at The Arsenal Community Hub for 8.30pm at the latest.

Things to Note

Please only bring items you are willing to run with.

The bag drop option is not currently available to us at the Arsenal Community Hub, as the space is being used as a Covid testing facility.

This also means that we do not have access to toilets or changing areas yet either.

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Marie-Laure Hicks signed up to a group run
Group run
Islington

GROUP RUN- Caxton House Cultivation

Mon 6 Sep 18:45 pm
The Arsenal Community Hub, 56 Benwell Road, London, N7 7BA
Continuing our refreshing garden reworking at Caxton House Community Centre, Archway

The plan is to meet up outside the Arsenal Community Hub on Benwell Road, and after a short warm up, health and safety briefing and a warm welcome, we will run together to Caxton House.

We have been invited back to Caxton House (after our automated wood chipping fun 2 weeks back), to lend a hand with refreshing an awesome food and veg plot. Fresh soil and compost required, which will involve plenty of digging and wheel barrowing. Great stuff!

Task Location

Caxton House, 129 St John's Way, London N19 3RQ

If you are not planning to run with us, our arrival time at Caxton House will be 7.10 - 7.15pm.

After our session, we will aim to arrive back at The Arsenal Community Hub for 8.30pm at the latest.

Things to Note

Please only bring items you are willing to run with.

The bag drop option is not currently available to us at the Arsenal Community Hub, as the space is being used as a Covid testing facility.

This also means that we do not have access to toilets or changing areas yet either.

Area Activator Simon's 2 Year Anniversary!

Simon has just reached the 2 year milestone as your local Goodgym Trainer (and what a couple of years to do it!). To celebrate, we are planning on enjoying a few refreshments (alcoholic and non alcoholic on offer) at The Highbury Library on Drayton Park Road after this group run.

Sign up here for more info: https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/simon-celebrates-2-years-of-goodgym-training

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Marie-Laure Hicks completed a training run • Evening run
Tue 31 Aug
5.5km
30:21
05:30/km
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