Mark Barun

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Kingston upon Thames

Area Activator

269Good deeds



Mark Barun went on a group run
Group run

Different strokes for different folks!

Mon 13 Sep
Report written by Mark Barun

GREAT pun from JP and a great run from the team too!!

My title would have been musically 'My First, My Last, My Everything as it was my first group run back since pre covid, my last as an Area Activator and in my time as run trainer with goodgym it has felt like I have given it everything and so holding that note I will cherish the evening and all my time on every run with such awesome teams. Thank you all for keeping it special.

It was a beautiful setting for our warm up and meet prior to a 5km (approx run). The sun was sinking behind the trees with golden streams shooting through the leaves as GG Kingston and Richmond members arrived looking radiant and excited to get a group run going again after so long. The young deer and its mother trotted off to make way for us to try to remember how to move like we used to 18 months ago!! AND we did it - SO WELL DONE!!...... Maybe with a few groans and some huffing and puffing but we survived a traditional type warm up and was still looking ready to tackle a run too.

We opted for the steady paced run which gave us a chance to catch our breath and catch up, swap stories just like the old times and then before we knew it we were at United Response feeling a little thirsty but ready for action.

The gnome got off lightly as he was on the menu for painting but materials were in short supply for him so we set about painting everything else we could from the list. As the light of day was fading Dave mowed the lawn to a standard that centre court at Wimbledon would have been pleased with and the swing chair and the bench started to look all the fresher for some colour. The paths got some TLC too and were all the cleaner for a good sweep. I am certain as this was all happening I spied the gnome grinning smugly to have got away with a face lift but his time will come ... perhaps on our next visit.

Great work GG and thanks to the team at United Response for the hydration too!

A quick stretch set us up for the end of the session and the next one which was in the pub.... Where a blanket of red GG shirts had gathered to give this old trainer a night he would never forget!!

Thank you so much all for everything x

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Mark Barun signed up to a group run
Group run

Helping the United Response team

Mon 13 Sep 18:30 pm
Teddington Gate Bushy Park , Queen's Rd / Chestnut Avenue, , Teddington, TW11 0EL
Brighten up the outdoor space for the residents and those that work here!

United Response is a huge charity supporting those with learning difficulties, mental health needs and more - You can find more here

Our task is painting the benches and the GNOME!!! Who has the nerve for that one???

Gloves and oldest trainers as attire is the best

The plan is to meet at 6.30pm Teddington Gate in Bushy Park - 4 / 5 km run to the task. 45 to 60 mins at the task and then we head straight home from there ; - )

The nearest postcode I can find for the meet is here Essentially we meet just inside Bushy Park, so just inside the gate where Queens road meets Chestnut Avenue - This may help's+Rd,+Teddington/@51.420393,-0.3328974,19z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x48760b6356206e15:0xe354721d363a0b5c!8m2!3d51.4230491!4d-0.3387339 - Note address in listing is nearest that will list on Google Maps

Task itself is just up from here,+Teddington+TW11+0LA/@51.4269418,-0.3497963,17z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x48760b610d729005:0xdc2577403abe84cb!8m2!3d51.4273277!4d-0.3477997

United Response Harlequin Lodge 43a Hampton Road Teddington TW11 0LA - Tel 0208 977 2094 - Task Owner is Bernadette

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Mark Barun went on a training session
Training session

Fit happens....

Sat 24 Jul
Report written by Mark Barun

Well we managed to crowbar in a session initially set up to help prime a team to run to a CM but we couldn't make that FIT this time around!

What we did though was focus on some other fitness elements - Of course we ran but there is more to fitness than just running (Oh my god did he just say that ...YEP!) So we worked strength, flexibility, some endurance, core, fast and slow twitch fibres, plyometrics and more all in one hit and then as we arrived we left running ; - )

Super to see the girls in action, especially Chloe among the red shirts for the first time!

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Mark Barun signed up to a training session
Training session

Short, sharp sesh before a community mission to get you fired up!

Sat 24 Jul 09:00 am
Hampton Common , Buckingham Rd, Hampton , TW12 3EL
leave the espresso this morning you won't need it ; - )

This is Hampton Common on the corner of Tangley Park Road and Buckingham Road we can meet on the green area,-0.3810838,17z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x39739b08078aa06f!8m2!3d51.4295493!4d-0.3811482

The session will be a quick energizer with some core and glute work to prime you for a run after so should you be on the CM to Richmond Furniture Scheme afterwards you will be ready to go!! Details for that CM are here

AND what's this ... a nice little 3km run that you can get in as well if you wish to make it from the training sesh to the task,+Twickenham+TW2+5LS/Buckingham+Rd,+Hampton/@51.4343596,-0.3732717,16z/data=!4m14!4m13!1m5!1m1!1s0x48760ca36bb5bae5:0xc5d858f5fea771e1!2m2!1d-0.3569085!2d51.4394196!1m5!1m1!1s0x487674aaee615cf1:0x767d88be8d5afe44!2m2!1d-0.3779096!2d51.4286075!3e2

So lots of links and options but hope to see some of you for the training session and wave you off to the CM too if you are heading that way.

I will not talk much as want to maximise your time at both session and allow you to make it to the task owner on time ; - )

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Mark Barun went on a party
Kingston upon Thames

3 is the magic number - HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Tue 18 May
Report written by Jane Yelloly

Happy 3rd Birthday to GoodGym Kingston.

Wonderful to have a wee celebration tonight straight after the task for Mencap with you lovely people. A charming picnic party it was despite the rain with bubbles and birthday cake and everyone bringing something to make a fantastic spread. Extra thank you to Martel for the very impressive 'rose gold' balloon and to Michelle from Mencap for saving us from the rain with indoor facilities.

Also thank you to all the wonderful volunteer runners, task owners & supporters of GoodGym Kingston over the last 3 years, and here's to hopefully another successful bumper year to come.

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