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Hammersmith and Fulham

Litter-ally refusing to be beaten by litter!

Tue 3 Mar
Report written by Beth Nelson

17 GoodGymers had a litter Tuesday pick me up as they trashed out a 3km run and litter pick

Tonight we had another rubbish task but were excited to have a Bexcellent GoodGym special guest join us from Edinburgh! Welcome back Bex!

It was also lovely to welcome along, Marc from GoodGym Croydon, thanks for joining us!

Trash in the pan news

With everyone ready and raring to go we headed outside to our intro and warm-up spot, which had been made slightly smaller due to a skip placed in it...who'd do such a thing?!

First up, we congratulated Alice, Lucy and Speedy on completing The Big Half on Sunday 🏅🙌.

  1. Race volunteers needed - Volunteer at adidas City Runs: 1 hour - Sunday 5th April and Hackney Half Aid Station Volunteering - Sunday 17th May.

  2. Community Missions - Lots of Community Missions happening this weekend! Help sort surplus donations at City Harvest in Acton sign up here. Check out all the other upcoming Community Missions here.

  3. Vitality Running World Cup - Represent your Country! First round begins on Thursday 5th March. Read all about it and sign up here. To join the GoodGym Team click here.

A litter bit of improvisation

Having lasted out the intro speech and news as long as I possibly could to ensure all those who were running late 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️ could catch us before we set off, we finally started the warm-up.

We began with some high knees, spotty dogs, Biscuit's favourite and some dynamic stretches - lunges, squats and shooing of the chickens before fore a quick round of the 'number exercise' challenge 1️⃣2️⃣3️⃣4️⃣,

Excellent co-ordination and the ability to tell the left from the right was something we discovered Bex did not possess tonight which very much amused us all (especially me!) 😂. We finished off with some fast feet and headed off on our run.

Matt lead us along the river to The Crabtree Wharf, a beautiful inlet on the River Thames where litter-ally all the floating rubbish washes up and accumulates 🚯. We've found some weird and wonderful things down in this inlet - who can forget the plastic seagull and marine radio from the summer?!

Inlet - "a small arm of the sea, a lake, or a river". Everyone gloved up 🧤 and carefully made their way over the brick wall into the inlet. Upon first look the inlet didn't look too bad, well certainly not as bad as we've seen it previously! Fingers crossed this was down to people littering less and recycling more ♻️, or even better, using less plastics.

Spotted first up by Biscuits was a can of 'Rich Matt' paint which of course we got Matt to pose with, alongside Eloise. Mary, Cookie, Francesca, Marc and Biscuits efficiently combed through the overgrowth and space on the right-hand side of the inlet gathering up handfuls of balls, wrappers, bottles and bottle tops amongst other litter.

Sticks turned into fishing rods for Lucy and 'taller' Beth as they went fishing for litter. Shoes, balls aplenty and a contact lens to make a pair were safely rescued from the river and bagged up, and even more surprisingly, Lucy didn't fall in! 😉

Yucky slushy mud was no match for the team as they worked their way around their inlet. Brambles however, now they were a slightly trickier challenge with many getting caught in their spikes! This week's 'bag lady' was Arba as she held out her bin bag for everyone with handfuls of litter, posing triumphantly.

Out closer to the river, Rowena, Alice, Tom and Bex worked diligently to gather all the litter that had gathered in and around the tree roots, while Speedy carried and opened his bin bag to perfection and ensured no litter was dropped. With 4 bin bags filled and time ticking, we called it a night.

Under the tree of the inlet, beautifully lit by the street light and floodlight, Mo took charge of the artistic direction for the team photo tonight. "Oh it's lovely that!". Another top photo taken by the camera pro, Mo 📸 👌. The team then headed out of the inlet back over the wall, with 'taller' Beth wonderfully styling out a slight slip!

Bin bags were all responsibly disposed off in the industrial sized bins 🚮 before we began our short run back to base, 'the long way' along Fulham Palace Road.

Everyone seemed to pick-up the pace on the run back and we were all back at base in super quick time! Was it the 3-letter word of pub spurring us on I wonder 🤔. Back at base we had a stretch off before heading to the Hop Poles, or home!

Xtremely good work tonight team! You're litter-ally the best! 🙌 Thank you all for coming along.

Next week we're heading back to John Betts Primary to help label the library books and other jobs in and aroudn the school! Sign up for next week's run here. Have a great rest of your week and weekend! 😃 See you next week!

Unless you're heading back to Edinburgh 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿...

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Book us up...we count get enough!

Tue 11 Feb
Report written by Beth Nelson

17 GoodGymers ran 3km back to school to help out John Betts Primary

It was another chilly night but this didn't stop 16 hardy GoodGymers from joining me tonight to help out again in Eloise's school, John Betts Primary. Much to everyone's delight, all the jobs tonight would be indoors in the warm!

After coming along to our starter session last month, it was lovely to welcome along Shauna to her first Tuesday H&F group run.

Que Ciara, Ciara

As we headed outside, there was no sign of Ciara, and Dennis was running later than Katie 'I'll meet you at the task'! 😉 - jokes aside, if you’re planning a Saturday run I’d recommend you get it in early doors to avoid the storm!

News, news, news

  1. The 'Big Six' Races - They've been announced for 2020! Check out the list here.

  2. January Challenge 2020: 'Extraordinary Task' Award - read more about the award here. Submissions are open until midnight on Wednesday 12th February.

  3. Race volunteers needed: Volunteer at The Big Half - Sunday 1st Mar and Hackney Half Aid Station Volunteering - Sunday 17th May.

  4. Last Saturday of the month Community Mission with Fulham Palace Trust Volunteers. For all the details of the session on Saturday 29th February, click here.

  5. Vitality Running World Cup - Represent your Country! First round begins on Thursday 5th March. Read all about it and sign up here.

School runnings

Following a pulse raising warm-up which involved some high knees, spotty dogs and ‘dancing feet’ (out out in in) we set off to John Betts Primary School, with Lucy kindly backmarking to ensure no one was lost en route.

Having successfully navigated our way around all the pedestrains, we paused briefly to allow everyone to regroup and much to everyone's delight Alice’s exercise of choice was squats, rather than burpees or press ups!

The naughty children, Matt, Jonathan and Katie had sped ahead and whilst waiting for us at the entrance, decided to do a self-imposed wall sit - a wise decision to prevent further punishment!

The great divide

We entered via the large front door and were greeted in the main school hall by the school caretaker, Matt and his daughter, Emily. Following a quick brief with Eloise around the numbers and how to divide the group, Matt explained the tasks for tonight:

  • Help sort the library books with the PTAs 📚
  • Help sort the maths equipment 🧮
  • Clean the staircase and skirting boards 🧽

The chill in the air makes us numb, but maths makes us number

'Team Maths' headed upstairs with Eloise to one of the classrooms and were faced with lots of different coloured trays all filled with very unorganised maths equipment - a sign of children having far too much fun learning maths?! With an attentive GoodGym class, Mrs Nash explained all the sorting that needed to be done. Coins, cubes, rulers, clocks and scales were among those that needed sorting. The final aim and the pièce de résistance was each classroom having the same coloured trays rather than a mix of colours. Oh the satisfaction!

Biscuits had far too much time on his hands as Lucy addressed the scale of the problem.

Andrew was in the money, Alice was the new kid on the block, while Helen proved she ruled at winding up all the measuring tapes.

Not all maths puns are terrible, just sum!

Mo arrived just in time to see Speedy's cone above his wonderful sorted shapes as he got stuck into the tray sorting, while Eloise and Lucy ensured there was some child's play amongst all the hard work...

Sorting complete, the team headed downstairs and armed themselves with cleaning cloths and products. Venny, Biscuits and Sarah gave the stairs a good clean up while Shauna, Andrew and Matt got down on their hands and knees to give the skirting boards a deep clean - and they were sparkling once they were finished!

Ready, steady, book!

'Team Library Books' - Tom, Bev, Cookie and Katie went with Matt across to the Library where the PTAs had made a start on sorting all the library books according to their sticker colour. Each sticker colour was linked to a specific genre, these included Green 📗 = Nature, Blue 📘 = Science and Technology, and 📙 = History.

All the library books were once upon a time grouped by genre in the library but over the past few years had become very jumbled up. It was decided that a complete sort of all the books was required.

The small but mighty team grabbed handful after handful of books, sorting them into their correct genre piles - some of which became slightly precariously balanced as the evening went on.

We'll do this job by the book!

As the team sorted through the books they couldn't help but have a quick read through some, Tom brushed up on his history, Cookie picked out the classics such as Thomas The Tank, Bev learnt more about trees, while Katie sought some top in-line skating tips!

With all the jobs completed, Lucy choreographed a throwback 'school' team photo on the benches complete with a trophy. Fun and games over we said our goodbyes and thank yous to Matt and Emily, and headed outside. Sadly, there was no time for a fitness session tonight, but we did manage to get in a few more jumping jacks and spotty dogs to warm-up before we began our run back to base. Once back at base we had a good stretch off back before heading home or to the pub. Class dismissed!

You stay classy GG H&F!

Wonderful work tonight team! 😊

Shoutouts 📣

  • Thank you to Katie and Lucy for their extra snaps, and to Lucy for both backmarking and for posting on 'gram live from the task!
  • Well done to Sarah, Biscuits, Eloise and Matt for completing an undulating Richmond 10k.

Next week

We've got another indoor task! We'll be painting at Gibbs Green Tenants Hall, sign up for the session here. Have a great rest of your week!

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Greenwich

We snail-ed it!

Wed 22 Jan
Report written by Jenny P

On a cold, drizzly January evening 15 hardy GoodGym runners met at the Old Royal Naval College, eager to warm up by doing good in our local community.

When everyone had arrived we introduced ourselves and discussed the burning issue that we were all dying to know... what toppings do our GoodGym pals like to eat on their toast?? Unsurprisingly there were lots of votes for cheese and peanut butter (excellent sources of calcium and protein indeed!) Plus a few more unusual choices (butter and mustard on toast anyone? Or perhaps some fruit and nut sprinkled on your Hovis?)

After those revelations we dropped off our bags and stretched our legs with a few back and forth shuttle runs in the Naval College grounds. We then took the scenic route along the river path to this week's task at More 2 Childcare, which is a lovely nursery based next to The Forum in Greenwich. This is one of our regular tasks, and we particularly love it because we get to hang out with their giant pet snail - Sid!

When we arrived there were ab-snail-utely loads of great tasks for us to get stuck into! These included assembling a flat pack table, hanging some cabinet doors, vacuum cleaning some rugs, trimming back a tree in the back garden, weeding the flower beds and pots in the front garden and sweeping the front path. Plus there was a slightly out of the ordinary request to paint some little pebbles to look like ladybirds. Luckily we had amongst us three fine artists keen to tackle this challenge!

We all got stuck in and the time flew by as we worked all around the nursery. After half an hour most of us were finished and everything looked great (especially those lovely smiley ladybirds!) Assembling the table turned out to be super fiddly and took longer than expected, but in true GoodGym spirit a few wonderful volunteers stayed behind to finish it before they left. Top marks to you guys for your dedication!

The rest of us headed back to the college for some cool down stretches and to say our goodbyes. Well done everyone and see you all next week!

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Greenwich

Helping at More 2 Childcare

Wed 22 Jan 18:45 pm
Queen Anne Building, Old Royal Naval College, 30 Park Row, LONDON, SE10 9LS
Lots of odd jobs inside and out!

Hi everyone and welcome to GoodGym Greenwich!

We're a friendly and social group who combine running with volunteering in the local community. We meet every week to get active and do a physical task for charities and community organisations in the area.

The Task

This week we are heading to More 2 Childcare which is a wonderful nursery based next to The Forum in Greenwich. We'll be helping out with some odd jobs around the nursery.

The Run

The run will be between 3-5km and we will do a short fitness session at the end if time allows.

Where & When

We meet at 6.45pm for a 7 o'clock start at the Old Royal Naval College between the Queen Mary and Queen Anne buildings. The session will be about 90 minutes in total so we should be all wrapped up by 8.30pm. We have a room to store bags and belongings if needed as well.

What To Bring

Please bring a headtorch as we might be based in the garden and therefore outside for the whole session. Warm clothes and gloves would come in handy too! Apart from that, just yourself!

See you then!

Sarah

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Hammersmith and Fulham

Bulb planting, how to sleigh it with flowers

Tue 17 Dec
Report written by Beth Nelson

On the last run of 2019, and of the decade, 15 GoodGym'ers had a Santastic evening planting bulbs at the Josiah Braithwaite Community Garden!

Oh it’s beginning to look (and sound) a lot like Christmas! Tonight, 14 wonderful GoodGym’ers joined me on the final run before the Christmas break, festively dressed in Christmas hats and earrings, and high in spirits.

In a Tuesday evening double-deed special, 6 of these GoodGym’ers had just come from a Community Mission for the Shepherd’s Bush Families Project, where they were serenaded by the angelic voices of Katie and Lucy who sung and danced their way to the BetterGym...in the words of Buddy the elf...”the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear!”

Big welcome along to Beverley who joined us for her first GoodGym H&F group run - thank you for coming along, hope you enjoyed it!

You snow the drill...news, then 'elf & safety

  1. Win a limited-edition GoodGym sweatshirt 👕 - bring a friend to a community mission in December and post the story of your community mission on social media with the tag #winterwarriors. All the details can be found here.
  2. New GoodGym badge alert! - attend a community mission between Thursday 19th of December and Sunday 5th January to earn this new winter warrior badge.
  3. H&F Community Mission - 'Operation put the hall back together' for Shepherd Bush Families Project on Thursday 2nd January from 11am-1pm. Join Lucy to help move furniture and toys back into their hall, please sign up here.

Time waits for snowman

With the news and all important 'elf and safety briefing covered we had a quick warm-up which comprised of some high knees, jumping jacks, spotty dogs, lunges and some festive 'shooing of the turkeys'.

Before we set-off on our run we had a quick fitness fix through a brilliant team performed of the 12 Days of GoodGymas:

  • 12 stars a-jumping
  • 11 squatters squatting
  • 10 lungers lunging
  • 9 runners a-leaping
  • 8 press-ups
  • 7 lungers side-lunging
  • 6 dabbers dabbing
  • 5 spotty dogs
  • 4 squat jumps
  • 3 burpees
  • 2 single hops
  • and a partridge in a GoodGym tee!

Bravo team! 👏

No rain, deer

The pouring rain had convenient stopped and with everyone nicely warmed up we headed off through the busy streets of Hammersmith up towards Shepherd’sBush, pausing briefly for the beloved wall sit en route. Thanks to all the rain there were quite a few shouts of "puddle" and after a splash, "sorry, puddle!".

Sleigh, what?!

We entered into the Josiah Briathwaite Community Garden, part of the Nubian Life Centre, and were greeted by the lovely Susannah. The Nubian Life Centre provides adult day care services for the Afro-Caribbean community with health issues such as Dementia and Alzheimer's.

Susannah explained that the garden was used by the elders for their Saturday gardening club where they grow organic and medicinal food. The young'uns also come along to pick and eat the apples and cucumbers in the garden, and they're also taught skills such as cooking and felting.

Yule never guess who got here first!

One of the tasks for the evening was going to be the sweeping of the paths, but the Christmas elves had beat us to it and had formed neat piles of leaves that Alice was quickly able to clear-up and bag using the small but efficient dustpan and brush!

Working in Claus proximity

The other task for tonight was a first for many...bulb planting! There were 2 species of bulbs that the team were planting tonight, the edible Camassias and Allium. With the key planting techniques covered: how deep in the soil to plant, which way up to plant and how you should plant in triangles and not straight lines, the team gloved up and split into smaller groups of 3 or 4. Each group took a handful of bulbs, a floodlight and a trowel and set to work.

With fabulous team and trowel work it wasn't long before all the bulbs were expertly planted in the planters ready to flower in the spring. Great job team. Amazing work as always! All that was left to do was to pack-up the trowels and gardening gloves, and of course take our team photo with some perfectly-lit conditions thanks to all the floodlights!

Time to head back? Sleigh it ain't so

Following a quick final chat with Susannah about the Gardeners' World visit last year - check it out here - we all said our final thankyous, goodbyes and Merry Christmas' and began our run back to base.

Following a speedy run back to base, we were treated to a special Mo led cool down and stretch off, in the words of the man himself, "ah that's lovely that!"

2019...it’s a wrap! 🎁 What a TREEmendous 🎄 & RUNderful 🏃🏼‍♀️🏃🏻‍♂️year...time to get Santa-mental! 🎅🏼

Thanks for another fantastic year team! And for the chocolate treats! Have a lovely Christmas and Happy New Year!

SEE YOU IN 2020...FIRST RUN OF THE YEAR - TUESDAY 7TH JANUARY! Please sign up here.

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Run to help Josiah Braithwaite Community Garden

Tue 17 Dec 18:45 pm
Hammersmith Fitness & Squash Centre, Chalk Hill Rd, but actually much easier to access from Western side of Broadway shopping Ctre A219 (Butterwick Rd), London, W6 8DW
Join us to do good and get fit

It's our last run before the Christmas break!

This week we're heading up to the Nubian Life Resource Centre to help out at their Josiah Braithwaite Community Garden - we'll be helping out with some weeding and sweeping of their pathways.

Hopefully see you there!


Welcome to GoodGym Hammersmith and Fulham! We're a friendly and social group who combine exercise with helping out in the local community. We meet every Tuesday at Hammersmith Fitness & Squash Centre for a run and physical task helping communities in Hammersmith and Fulham. We meet at 6.45pm and start running at 7pm.

There's always back marker, so nobody ever gets left behind. We also have somewhere to change and store your bags safely while we're out. You'll need a £1 coin or locker coin for the lockers.

If you have any questions, please drop me a line: bethn@goodgym.org.

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Getting bench with GoodGym H&F!

Tue 10 Dec
Report written by Beth Nelson

The dark, wet and windy conditions didn't put off 17 wonderful GoodGym'ers from joining me to help out at Springvale Residents Tenants Hall tonight. There weren't any newbies to welcome along tonight but it was lovely to have one GoodGym tourist, Sam join us for the evening.

With everyone gathered we headed outside to the covered car park area for a very brief intro and the weekly news:

  1. H&F Community Mission I - Age UK H&F's Christmas party is on Thursday 12th December. Please let Johnny aka Biscuits know when you will be arriving to lend a hand if you've signed up.
  2. H&F Community Mission II - Notting Hill Genesis on Friday 13th December from 1-4pm, help sort donated food and gifts, please sign up here.
  3. H&F Community Mission III- Operation hall prep for Shepherd Bush Families Project on Tuesday 17th December from 5.30-6.30pm, help move furniture out of the hall, please sign up here.
  4. Win a limited-edition GoodGym sweatshirt 👕 - bring a friend to a community mission in December and post the story of your community mission on social media with the tag #winterwarriors. All the details can be found here.

Rebels with a Claus!

Well done to Alice, Speedy, Mo and Andrew for completing the Santa Dash 🎅 at Brockwell Park and to Matt, Eloise and Lucy for completing the Osterley 10k 🙌🏼.

Railing by

We had a quick warm-up and stretch to get the pulses raised before we headed off on our short run over to Springvale Tenants Hall. En route we had a brief stop to regroup and Cookie chose a somewhat uncomfortable 30 second railing wall sit for the group which everyone really thanked him for! Railing wall sit complete we continued on the last part of our run with Matt reminding us that he'd never done a task in the rain!! Surely that streak was about to end tonight?!

Beating around the push

Once we discovered the garden gate was in fact already open and just required a gentle push, we headed inside where we were greeted by the ever smiley, Berni who ran through the list of jobs for the evening:

  • Sweep up and bag the leaves from the garden area 🍂
  • Move the benches and cover them with a tarpaulin 💪
  • Hoover the inside of the hall 🧱
  • Clean the mirrors and radiators in the hall 🧽

The group divided in two; one half of the group headed outside to sweep and bag all the leaves, and then move the benches. Andrew, Tom, Matt, Sarah and Katie worked superbly as a team as they swept and bagged all the leaves with only a couple of brooms, a dust pan & brush, and some bin bags. Jackie and Annabel worked their tetris magic as they got two of the benches moved and covered with a tarpaulin with supreme speed and efficiency. Andrew and Arba had obviously taken note as they moved the final two benches with equal efficiency!

Time to reflect

Back inside, the other half of the group were cleaning the mirrors and radiators while Lucy hoovered the floor making sure it was spotless! Some of the group also took a moment to admire the wall of photos from our previous visits, complete with a red GoodGym tee that Berni has created as a thank you from all the residents - what a lovely gesture!

With all the jobs completed and the hall looking spick and span ready to host the polling on Thursday, the team tucked into the impressive array of treats that Berni had kindly provided for us as a big thank you for all our help tonight and over the past year.

Deep in the Sally

Before we headed off back to base we made use of the nice and dry indoor hall for tonight's fitness session. The first was requested by Tom last week (...well that's what I heard anyway!), one of the team's old favourites, 'Sally Squats'! 3mins 25seconds of squatting, what's not to love?! I think everyone felt the glute burn! The next was decided by a very democratic vote, the 'Roxanne press-up challenge', with a press-up done every time Sting sung "Roxanne"...a whole 27 times for those who were wondering!

Fitness session complete we took a very creative and artistic photo in one of the mirrors under the direction of Biscuits and Speedy. We then said our goodbyes and Merry Christmas to Berni and headed back to base for our cool down and stretch off. Great work tonight team, thank you for coming along and for all your hard work.

DON’T FORGET, THURSDAY IS POLLING DAY! 📝

Next week it's our last run of 2019 (and the decade!), we'll be heading up to the Nubian Life Resource Centre to help out at their Josiah Braithwaite Community Garden. Sign up here. Have a lovely rest of your week and weekend. Hopefully see you next week, if not, Happy Christmas and Happy New Year!

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Lending a hand at Springvale Tenants Residents Hall

Tue 10 Dec 18:45 pm
Hammersmith Fitness & Squash Centre, Chalk Hill Rd, but actually much easier to access from Western side of Broadway shopping Ctre A219 (Butterwick Rd), London, W6 8DW
Join us to do good and get fit

This week we're heading back to Springvale Residents Tenants Hall to water, sweep and weed around the Tenants Hall and in their garden area so that it looks spick and span ready for the election on Thursday.

Hopefully see you there!


Welcome to GoodGym Hammersmith and Fulham! We're a friendly and social group who combine exercise with helping out in the local community. We meet every Tuesday at Hammersmith Fitness & Squash Centre for a run and physical task helping communities in Hammersmith and Fulham. We meet at 6.45pm and start running at 7pm.

There's always back marker, so nobody ever gets left behind. We also have somewhere to change and store your bags safely while we're out. You'll need a £1 coin or locker coin for the lockers.

If you have any questions, please drop me a line: bethn@goodgym.org.

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Christmas card delivery for H&F Foodbank

Tue 3 Dec 18:45 pm
Hammersmith Fitness & Squash Centre, Chalk Hill Rd, but actually much easier to access from Western side of Broadway shopping Ctre A219 (Butterwick Rd), London, W6 8DW
Join us to do good and get fit

This week we're heading down to Fulham to help deliver Christmas Cards in the local area for H&F Foodbank.

Hopefully see you there!


Welcome to GoodGym Hammersmith and Fulham! We're a friendly and social group who combine exercise with helping out in the local community. We meet every Tuesday at Hammersmith Fitness & Squash Centre for a run and physical task helping communities in Hammersmith and Fulham. We meet at 6.45pm and start running at 7pm.

There's always back marker, so nobody ever gets left behind. We also have somewhere to change and store your bags safely while we're out. You'll need a £1 coin or locker coin for the lockers.

If you have any questions, please drop me a line: bethn@goodgym.org.

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Leaf-let to GoodGym H&F to keep you postered!

Tue 26 Nov
Report written by Beth Nelson

450 leaflets distributed and 6km run by 22 GoodGym'ers? I don't be-leaf it!

On what threatened to be a wet and miserable evening, a lovely mild and dry (thankfully!) evening greeting us in H&F. An amazing 21 GoodGym'ers joined me tonight to run and spread the word about some wonderful local charities.

Baptism of flyer

Tonight it was lovely to welcome along Lauren and Tatjana to their first H&F group run, thank you both for coming along and lending some extra hands tonight, hope you enjoyed it! And thank you as always to my wonderful regulars 😊.

Today’s task was the distribution of leaflets for Open Age UK H&F, posters for Food2You and some postcards for Age UK H&F around the streets of Hammersmith. So what do all these local charities do and provide I hear you ask?...

  • Open Age H&F provide hundreds of weekly activities for local residents aged 50+ to sustain their physical and mental fitness, maintain an active lifestyle and develop new and stimulating interests.
  • Food2You, a grocery delivery service run by Age UK for vulnerable, isolated older people who can't do their own shopping. It will be up and running in Hammersmith & Fulham very soon and they are currently looking for volunteers to drive the delivery vans and assist with co-ordination.
  • Age UK H&F offer services for the over 50s, these range from home cooked meals to physical activity classes to IT classes, led by the man himself, Johnny Wren. Part of the programme Johnny is heading up is getting those in the community more IT literate, and one side of the postcard promoted this service. The other side was a call for more volunteers.

Flyer flyer pants on flyer!

Following a pulse-raising warm-up and a quick-fire number game we set off towards Shepherd’s Bush and White City, weaving in and around pedestrians and puddles (some were more successful than others at the latter!) and regrouped at Shepherd's Bush Green.

Before continuing on, we smashed out tonight’s fitness session of “When I went to GoodGym H&F...”. This was based on the school game, except with exercises. Everyone was challenged to both remember and do all the previous exercises, and add in an additional exercise and repetition.

We called it a day when we reached Sarah at number 14 and had the following list: 1 squat, 2 twists, 3 lunges, 4 knee raises, 5 jumping jacks, 6 jumps, 7 ‘funky chickens’, 8 punches, 9 left-leg hops, 10 right-leg hops, 11 spotty dogs, 12 star jumps, 13 press-ups and 14 windmills. Cake and biscuits was also mentioned, but sadly today no-where to be seen (until next week...).

Which, by my calculations worked out as a grand total of: 14 squats, 26 twists, 36 lunges, 44 knee raises, 50 jumping jacks, 54 jumps, 56 ‘funky chickens’, 56 punches, 54 left-leg hops, 50 right-leg hops, 44 spotty dogs, 36 star jumps, 26 press-ups and 14 windmills. Phew! Great work team, 14 exercises and a whopping 560 repetitions done in total 🙌🏼. There was also the bonus of “We went to GoodGym H&F and got some ‘motivational’ heckles from some kids on bikes!” 🗣🚲 as captured and captioned by Lucy on the ‘gram! @goodgym_hf for those not yet following.

Make like a tree...and leaf-let

Fitness completed we continued on our run. We reached Shepherd’s Bush Road and headed down one of the adjoining side streets. The team split into two and implemented the efficient 'flyer chain' down all the streets with perfection. With some helpful local knowledge from Lauren about a cut-through the large pile of leaflet quickly began to diminish and after 40 minutes of leafleting door-to-door the team had covered a substantial amount of the surrounding side streets.

Realising that we had yet to get a team photo with our leaflets, in a case of déjà vu from last week we headed towards the Josiah Braithwaite Community Garden. Once outside we inspected the level of leaf fall over the past week and grouped together for some team photos, and under direction from team photographer, Mo, we struck a fabulous ‘flexed’ pose 💪🏼. In the words of Mo, “that’s lovely that!”

Time flyers when you're having fun!

With time flying (as it always does!) we began our run back to base armed with one Food2You poster each. The challenge was to get the poster displayed in a shop, supermarket or local convenience store. In a classic case of speaking too soon about it being an early Christmas miracle that no-one had been lost, as we reached Shepherd's Bush Green again we realised that we were 3 GoodGym'ers short! Thankfully the yellow viz of Johnny was soon spotted running with Rosie and Tatty!

With a handful of Food2You posters successfully delivered and displayed, and most importantly, everyone present and correct, we all headed off on our short run back to base for a stretch off and then back home. Another good deed done! Thank you for all your hard work and efforts tonight team...560 exercise repetitions and around 450 leaflets delivered, boom!

Shoutouts 📣

  • A big well done to Matt who got not one but TWO PBs at the weekend!! 🥳🙌🏼.
  • Well done to Alice and 'Speedy Jonzales', Jonny Knight for completing the Spartan Stadion Race at Twickenham! 🙌
  • Thank you to all my backmarkers, and to Mo for his fantastic camera work as always 📸.

News 📰

  1. H&F Community Mission - Age UK H&F's Christmas party is on Thursday 12th December. Please sign up here if you can lend a hand anytime between 4pm-8.30pm.
  2. Other local Community Missions - Tree planting in Chiswick on Saturday 30th November, all the details are here.
  3. Santa Dash 🎅- Sunday 8th December at Brockwell Park. Run a 5k or 10k dressed as Santa! All the details are here - Andrew has kindly created a team called 'GoodGym H&F'.
  4. GG-all areas Christmas party 🎅🎄⛄🎉 - Friday 6th December. Places are limited so make sure you sign up! All the details are here.

Next week, we’ll be spreading some Christmas cheer as we will be delivering some Christmas Cards for H&F Foodbank around Fulham. Please sign up here. Have a great rest of your week and weekend. Hopefully see you next week!

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