Area Activator for GG Bromley! Mostly runs for the train. On purpose obvs.
Five fantastic GoodGymers met at the Bridge House on the longest day of the year for a trip to the awesome Ignition Brewery in Sydenham. Ignition provides training and employment for people with learning disabilities to make and serve beer (and now ice cream... read on...) 🍦
We welcomed Catherine who was with us for her first GG Bromley run 🎉 and discussed which actor would play each of us in our biopic (with quality actors favoured over look-a-likes). After a quick warm up in the park we trundled over to Ignition.
After a couple of task changes, Richard asked us to pop some flyers through some letterboxes. Ignition has a monthly market coming up as well as a beer delivery service and it's good to spread the word about their fab work.
Clare and Catherine handled the west side of the high street whilst Alex and Sam went on the east side "Thorpes" roads, and I stayed back with Richard to put together some new tables they have for out the front of the taproom.
On everyone's return, completely flyer-less, and with Sam sporting a fresh bee sting 😔, Richard gave us a sample of some of Ignition's new ice cream. Mango or pistachio gelato 😋
On the run back, we had a quick game of Squat, Squat, Goose and then stuck around for a post-run pint!
Ace stuff everyone!
Sip sip… Hooray! Sip sip…Hooray! Sip sip… Hooray!
It was a lovely evening for a GoodGym task and even a cheeky half pint!
Clare, Kat and I met at the Bridge House for a jog over to meet Richard at Ignition Brewery, an amazing social enterprise providing jobs and training for people with learning disabilities to brew, serve and deliver great beer!
A few weeks back, we had a group run to destroy some pallets and pull up some weeds (basically trees). That was the breaking task, today was the making task! They're making their car park into a lovely, greener space for a Saturday market and even an outdoor cinema.
We did a mixture of jobs:
- Bagging up loads of gravelly soil.
- spreading compost
- planting some lovely shrubs (provided by none other than Tim Lund of GG Bromley/Lewisham fame - it's a lovely community round here!)
Thankfully Chris, one of the barstaff came out with a lovely half of 'spark plug' for each of us half way through - we needed the refreshment! 🥵
Great job guys and I hope you enjoy your bonus bottles!
Today was the warmest group run of the year so far by far! We were blessed with wall to wall blue sky and a lovely golden hour task in Cator Park. We met at The Bridge House, discussed our favourite warm-weather beverages (all alcoholic options... 🙄🍸🍹🍺) and then hit the road for our run mostly down the hill to the park.
When we arrived, we met Lou who was filling up buckets from the stream for us to water some of the saplings we've previously looked after. Stephen and Maxim continued watering trees and some of the flower beds, whilst Ian, Clare and Cat went to meet Debs to do some weeding of the rose beds.
The ground was pretty dry and there were lots of weeds and brambles to wrestle out the ground. But these guys did not give up until an area of the rose bed was totally weed free!
We made a big pile of the weeds for the council to collect and then made our way back to base.
4km and a good deed in the bag.
Weed did good. 🌱😜
This week we're running to Anerley Town Hall (it's a 2km run) to move all the items from a basement room upstairs and into another room! A great chance for a whole body workout and it should be a quick job.
It might be worth bringing gardening gloves in case there are some heavy/awkward items but I'll have a few pairs with me.
We'll do some kind of fitness game on the way back 💪😉
Hope you can make it!
Running with GoodGym Bromley
🏃♂️ Whether you're new to running or a seasoned pro, you are welcome at GG Bromley! We jog to a local non-profit organisation and support them with a physical task.
📍 Every Tuesday we meet at the Bridge House pub in Penge. There's a space to leave coats and bags.
🕖 We run at 7pm but turn up any time from 6:45 for a pre-run chat. After doing our good deed we run back to base for 8:30. Sometimes we stick around for a drink!
🧤 Gardening gloves can be useful for outdoor tasks.
Any questions? Drop Mark an email.
This morning we were doing allllll the jobs, helping to set up for the 50th Penge Festival!
We thought we were just going to be leading cars into the festival site, but we were instructed to do much more than that!
⛺️ We set up several gazebos
🚙 We helped people get their stalls set up
🎏 We put up bunting
🌾 We moved hay bales
🍔 We moved food to the BBQ stall
The list goes on... And after a couple of hours, when the fete opened to the public, we headed home.
It's great to be able to support the local community!
An early start to today and some heavy lifting to be done! We met at the Goldsmiths Arms with some of the Penge Festival team to move some of the picnic benches up to the festival site.
We had various systems of getting the benches there - 2 person front and back, sides, 3 people, and we even got a trolley involved!
After several back and forths, we got the 6 benches in position.
Nice work guys 💪