Nelly

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Group Run: Preparing the Nature Reserve for acoustic night ๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŽต๐ŸŽธ

Wed 25 May 18:30 pm
Old Spike Roastery, 54 Peckham Rye, London, SE15 4JR
Tidying up the Nature Reserve ready for their acoustic night on Friday

Jane from Galleywall Nature Reserve has asked for our assistance to prepare the Nature Reserve for their acoustic night, which will happen on the Friday (27th).

What will we be doing?

  • Clearing and making the entrance and paths presentable
  • Pruning trees and bushes
  • Weeding
  • Litter picking any rubbish
  • General tidying and setting up
  • Turning the compost (additional task)

New to GoodGym Southwark?

Not to worry, it can be daunting coming to your first group run, but we are so welcoming whether you're just starting out as a runner or have been running for years. We welcome all!

Here's the important information - the "Where, When and What":

๐Ÿ“ We meet at Old Spike Roastery in Peckham between 18:30-18:45. You can also meet us at the task: Galleywall Nature Reserve near South Bermondsey Station at 19:10/19:15.

โŒš 18:30 (leaving at 18:40 latest). If meeting at task, be there for 19:10/19:15. We will be back in Peckham by 20:30 (latest).

โœ… There will be access to Old Spike Roastery, so you can drop your bags and use their toilets before we head out.

๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ After a quick warm-up, we run together as a group. If there are loads of us, there will be a back marker to ensure no one is left behind. On this run, we will be running 3.5k each way. Running at a medium pace to get to the task in 25 minutes. We will spend 45 minutes doing the tasks mentioned above (or as much as we can) before running back to finish by 20:30.

Advisable: Bring your gardening gloves ๐Ÿงค for the task.

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Summer bulbs are planted to brighten the worm's homes ๐Ÿ’ก

Wed 18 May
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Report written by Sam Lefevre

After such a glorious day in the sunshine, the grey clouds rolled in, but the humid and warmth was still ever present.

Daryl, Emma, Nelly and Sam met up at Old Spike Roastery as they discussed their weekends as they were potentially waiting for a first-timer, but she didn't arrive by 18:45, so Sam proceeded with his GG speech announcing the latest news and what's coming up!

This time, Sam wanted to do the warm-up on Peckham Rye Common as our usual spot is down an alleyway next to Old Spike. Yet, he wanted to use as much space as he could.

After the warm-up, our ice-breaker question tonight was to do with Sam's week as he went hiking in the Lake District last weekend for a work charity event, but he is also going to be participating in the Three Peaks Challenge this weekend. Thus, the question was: What is your favourite hiking spot in the world?

Daryl started with saying the Lake District as that's where his partner is from, but he also likes the Dales, Nelly found it hard to split it between the Lake District and Brecon Beacons, Emma and Sam both chose the Dolomites. Later, Paulin mentioned a place called "Rosemary Hill" and Jen said the place near her parent's place in New Zealand (which didn't make the LOTR cut...maybe the boot-leg edition)


The Bad-Ass Playlist

Straight down the paths leading from one end of the Common to the other and along the way we met up with Paulin who had cycled part of the way. We continued our 1.8k run up Dunstans Road before tackling the steep incline of Underhill and Overhill Road (it's in the name). We made it to the Dawson's Height estate where we bumped into Jen as she cycled from home there. It took us awhile to find "Ellie and the gang" (releasing their highly anticipated EP next month), but after some snooping from Sam, he spotted them.

Ellie was there with Patrick, one of the residents of the estate, but later a few more residents came out to help us plant summer bulbs. There were a variety of summer bulbs and tools to choose from. The instructions were clear: take a bag of bulbs, a tool (not yourself) that you are comfortable with and to plant anywhere. The rule of thumb was to dig double the size of the bulb to ensure it's not too deep and not too swallow.

Whilst we dug and planted the bulbs, Sam put on his "bad-ass playlist" with hits including a few ballads from the 80s. The songs, the weather and the company kept everyone's spirit high. We planted at least 20-30 bulbs each, but we can always round the total to the nearest thousand...

Time flies when you're having fun as the 40 minutes evaporated and before we knew it, Ellie was taking group photos of us! Everyone was pleased with our efforts and there were tentative plans to book in another session in July! #winning

We departed our ways with "Ellie and the gang", but there was a quick viewpoint stop at Dawson's Hill. Despite the weather being cloudy, the views were still amazing. We got in a quick group photo before saying our goodbyes to Jen who cycled home and then later Paulin who picked up her bike where we found her.

We finished off where we started on the Common to do our final warm down stretch before a cooldown walk back to the Old Spike Roastery.


Thank You to all the GG-ers

A personal thanks from me to all those who came and ran tonight! It was great to warm-up on the Common and the outbound route was challenging, but we made it to the top in one piece. Thanks for digging through some tough soil, but a bit of GoodGym elbow grease usually does the job. Great work team!


Thank You Ellie

GoodGym is all about getting fit and doing good! We praise the runners/cyclists/walkers who come to get fit and help out, but we often forget about our task owner. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Ellie and the residents of Dawson Heights for welcoming us into their community garden and giving us the chance to help out and to make new friends! We hope the summer bulbs will blossom in time.

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Group Run: Planting summer bulbs @ Dawson's Height

Wed 18 May 18:30 pm
Old Spike Roastery, 54 Peckham Rye, London, SE15 4JR
Help this community garden flourish!

Ellie from Arbor has loads of projects around London, we know and have been to the lovely Bells Gardens a few times now, but this time she would love our help at Dawson's Height Community Garden. We will be planting summer bulbs and we may be joined by some of the residents who tend to this community garden regularly.

New to GoodGym Southwark?

Not to worry, it can be daunting coming to your first group run, but we are so welcoming whether you're just starting out as a runner or have been running for years. We welcome all!

Here's the important information - the "Where, When and What":

๐Ÿ“ We meet at Old Spike Roastery in Peckham between 18:30-18:45. You can also meet us at the task: Dawson's Height, behind AM Supermarket on Overhill Road, SE22 0PN at 19:10/19:15.

โŒš 18:30 (leaving at 18:45). If meeting at task, be there for 19:10/19:15. We will be back in Peckham by 20:15 (latest).

โœ… There will be access to Old Spike Roastery, so you can drop your bags and use their toilets before we head out.

๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ After a quick warm-up, we run together as a group. If there are loads of us, there will be a back marker to ensure no one is left behind. On this run, we will be running 2.25k there and about 2.25k back. Running at a medium pace to get to the task in 15-20 minutes. We will spend 45 minutes doing the tasks mentioned above (or as much as we can) before running back to finish by 20:15.

Advisable: Bring your gardening gloves ๐Ÿงค for the task.

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GoodGym Southwark Strikes Back

Wed 4 May
โ€ข
Report written by Sam Lefevre

On the 4th of May and in a galaxy far far away....

(Cue long worded intro going forever into Space)

Thinking the group run would be a wash out, four GoodGymers came along for tonight's group run to Cossall Estate.

All the sign-ups came quite early (18:30) as the group run starts at 18:45, but something in Sam made him want to wait until 18:45 instead of going for a longer run. Glad he did as Emma showed up at 18:45 on the dot as Sam was doing his GG speech.

They were back in the alleyway for their warm-up as the grass on the Green was wet from the rain earlier and so Sam did not want to risk want injuries. Since today was May the 4th, our ice-breaker question tonight was in line with Star Wars Day and Sam asked: What Star Wars character do you related to?

Sam started the proceedings off by saying he relates to Baby Yoda or an Ewok as they are cute and cuddly like him....then Emma said Darth Maul because he is evil and has a two bladed lightsaber, Paulin didn't know any Star Wars character, but heard Jar Jar Binks is cool and finally, Nelly went for Obi Wan Kenobi as he is the hero in the majority of the Star Wars films and TV series.


Weed love to help

Our very gentle 2.5k run took around Peckham Rye Common before heading towards Nunhead and accessing Cossall Estate via Gordon Road.

At the community hall, Jaki, her partner and Oscar (the dog) were waiting for us as we arrived on time. Since the rain had stopped, we were still up for a bit of weeding. We collected the tools needed to tackle the job from the shed and headed towards one of the two main areas for fruit/veg growing in raised beds on the estate.

Deciding to concentrate on a small bit rather than spreading ourselves thin, we worked in pairs as we weeded one raised bed. Within 25 minutes, you could see the difference and importantly, you could see the soil to plant more fruits and veg in the summer. We did free up weeds around a raspberry bush thus giving it a chance to grow more!

Having filled all the bin bag with weeds, we took these and the tools back to the shed as the compost bins were full!

We said our goodbyes to Jaki as we promised to come back in the summer to help out some more and potentially help out with their festival (if they need us).

Our run back was more direct as we were keen to start our monthly social at Angel Oak in time!


Thank You to all the GG-ers

A personal thanks from me to all those who came and ran tonight! We just managed to avoid the rain and what a difference we made to the raised bed. Thank you for coming out for our monthly social too! Apologies we couldn't go to the park, but Angel Oak was a good alternative. We're now done Angel Oak, Four Quarters, White Horse and Bo Kiri. We will be back at Bo Kiri next month before a special treat in July!


Thank You Jaki

GoodGym is all about getting fit and doing good! We praise the runners/cyclists/walkers who come to get fit and help out, but we often forget about our task owner. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Jaki for giving us such a lovely task after the rain had fell! Pulling out those weeds were easy and we are looking forward to helping out in the Summer!

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Group Run: Gardening & Litter picking @ Cossall Estate / Kirkwood Nature Reserve

Wed 4 May 18:45 pm
Old Spike Roastery, 54 Peckham Rye, London, SE15 4JR
Prepare Cossall Hall & surrounding area for election day

Jaki from Cossall Estate was very appreciative of our help in April for a community clean-up session. It's local council election day on Thursday 5th of May and the Cossall Hall will be used as a ballot place. There might be a task to help clean the community centre, but ultimately it's getting the gardens on the estate to look tidy and depending on numbers, some of us can do a bit of litter picking in the nature reserve nearby.

New to GoodGym Southwark?

Not to worry, it can be daunting coming to your first group run, but we are so welcoming whether you're just starting out as a runner or have been running for years. We welcome all!

Here's the important information - the "Where, When and What":

๐Ÿ“ We meet at Old Spike Roastery in Peckham between 18:30-18:45. You can also meet us at the task: Cossall Hall, 48 Mortlock Close, London, SE15 2QE at 19:10/19:15.

โŒš 18:30 (leaving at 18:45). If meeting at task, be there for 19:10/19:15. We will be back in Peckham by 20:15 (latest).

โœ… There will be access to Old Spike Roastery, so you can drop your bags and use their toilets before we head out.

๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ After a quick warm-up, we run together as a group. If there are loads of us, there will be a back marker to ensure no one is left behind. On this run, we will be running a detour 2.5k there and about 1k back. Running at a medium pace to get to the task in 15-20 minutes. We will spend 45 minutes doing the tasks mentioned above (or as much as we can) before running back to finish by 20:15.

Advisable: Bring your gardening gloves ๐Ÿงค for the task.

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Painting by planters

Wed 27 Apr
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Report written by Sam Lefevre

It seems winter doesn't want to fade away as the dark clouds and chilly winds rolled in, five GoodGymers met at Old Spike Roastery ahead of schedule.

It was great to see Rebecca come for her first group run in a long time and Hannah making a delightful appearance after spending the last few Wednesday's training for the Ride London at the end of May. The group run was completed with Daryl and Nelly as Emma was going to meet us at the task. After a quick warm-up on the green and not the alleyway anymore, our ice-breaker question tonight was in line with International Day of Dancing, which is this coming Friday and Sam asked: What type of dance do you like, want to learn or bust out a dancing move for us?

Hannah got us going with her telling that she is learning "Swing" and a bit of "Charleston", Rebecca did ballet when she was six and Nelly likes to get going on the dancefloor with a bit of hand movements - she needs everyone to clear the dancefloor!


Insecticide by paint

Our gentle 2k run took us down the back routes of Peckham as we arrived at the end of Bellenden Road, crossed over to Peckham Library before making our way to Bells Community Centre and Gardens. Ellie was pleased to see us as we arrived slight early. There were two tasks at hand. Prepare and fill the planters or paint the walls.

Without hesitation, Nelly, Hannah and Rebecca took on the more therapeutic task of painting the outdoor graffiti wall. They had to slowly mix the paint so that the paint turned into a light green/blue-ish colour before they could apply it to the wall. Slowly and gently, they applied the paint to the wall even though one or two insects were killed in the process.

Earlier, Ellie had constructed a few more planters, so all Daryl and Emma needed to do was cut plastic sheets and staple them to the inside of the planter to make an inner lining, so it could hold the soil. As they were finishing off with the first planter (out of four), Sam decided to start filling the first wheelbarrow with the moss that we scrapped a few weeks' ago that had composted down. This acted as a base layer before adding a few wheelbarrows of top soil and then finally, one wheelbarrow load of compost. Ellie took the lead in getting all the other planters lined up as Emma and Sam continued to work in shifts to fill the planters with moss, soil and compost mixture. Daryl, at this point, had moved onto sweeping the area before helping out the girls with painting as time seemed to evaporate.

Sensing that we were so close to the end, but only had five minutes unless we didn't want to do the HIIT session, Sam chose to finish the task at hand. With an extra 10-15 minutes (and 45-50 minutes since arriving), we completed painting all the walls and filled all four planters with the soil mixture.

We were rewarded with biscuits, group photos and smiles all around before taking on the most direct route back to Old Spike Roastery to finish exactly on time - 20:30!


Thank You to all the GG-ers

A personal thanks from me to all those who came and ran tonight! We might have missed out on a 10 minute HIIT session, but at least we completed the task at hand, so thank you for bearing with me.


Thank You Ellie

GoodGym is all about getting fit and doing good! We praise the runners/cyclists/walkers who come to get fit and help out, but we often forget about our task owner. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Ellie for giving us such a great task and the opportunity to see the community garden again as it's progresses slowly! Looking forward to helping out at Dawson's Heights!

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Group Run: Filling planters & painting @ Bells Gardens

Wed 27 Apr 18:45 pm
Old Spike Roastery, 54 Peckham Rye, London, SE15 4JR
Continue to build the foundations of this new community garden

Ellie from Arbor would love us to come back to Bells Gardens. By the time, this group run comes about they will have built a few planters and these would need to be filled with guess what? The moss and other fresh soil that we scrapped the last time we were here! It's the circle of gardening. To add to this, there will be the chance for some painting too!

New to GoodGym Southwark?

Not to worry, it can be daunting coming to your first group run, but we are so welcoming whether you're just starting out as a runner or have been running for years. We welcome all!

Here's the important information - the "Where, When and What":

๐Ÿ“ We meet at Old Spike Roastery in Peckham between 18:30-18:45. You can also meet us at the task: Bells Gardens, 19 Buller Close, London, SE15 6UJ at 19:10/19:15.

โŒš 18:30 (leaving at 18:45). If meeting at task, be there for 19:10/19:15. We will be back in Peckham by 20:15 (latest).

โœ… There will be access to Old Spike Roastery, so you can drop your bags and use their toilets before we head out.

๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ After a quick warm-up, we run together as a group. If there are loads of us, there will be a back marker to ensure no one is left behind. On this run, we will be running 2k there and about 1k back. Running at a medium pace to get to the task in 15-20 minutes. We will spend 45 minutes doing the tasks mentioned above (or as much as we can) before running back to finish by 20:15.

Advisable: Bring your gardening gloves ๐Ÿงค for the task.

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Working in Scrum teams

Wed 20 Apr
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Report written by Sam Lefevre

After everyone had an egg-cellent long weekend, nine GoodGymers were up for some running and community volunteering (with a bit of rugby ๐Ÿ‰....).

There were no Easter treats this week, but Sam was treated to seeing Lindy, Nelly, Emma, Beth, Paulin and Benjamin show up at the Old Spike Roastery on time as they ventured out to the alleywall to warm up. Our ice-breaker question tonight was in line with Earth Day, which is this coming Friday and Sam asked: With Earth Day coming up and climate change being a hot topic, what are you doing at a personal level to reduce your carbon footprint?

The highlight was definitely Paulin's trip to Milan soon. She's taking the train there! ๐Ÿš† Ben is making sure his family business becomes more sustainable, where they can. Other answers included buying second hand clothes (not underwear though...), cycling everywhere, litter picking, minimizing food waste by eating everything (even vegetable peels), composting at home, lighting candles instead of using electricity and in line with that, our favourite one, peeing in the dark (reducing electricity consumption). ๐Ÿ‘€


99 problems, but GoodGym ain't one

As we set off running from the alleyway, Sam decided to take a glance back towards the Old Spike Roastery and noticed Emma locking up her bike, so he rushed over to open up the cafe in order for her to drop her belongings. We dashed from Old Spike through East Dulwich up via Crystal Palace Road (passing Sam's flat) before reaching Dulwich Park and running across it. The 3.2k route took us 17 minutes to run as we made it to Old Alleynian Rugby Club on time to see Adam and Ian (task owner) passing a rugby ball. It was great to see Adam come for his 99th good deed!

Since Ian and Sam had planned a jam packed session, there was no time to waste as we put on our gardening gloves, chose our tools and tackled an area of scrub that we have been tackling for a few weeks' on the Sunday sessions. Tonight, our main focus was to clear and remove a fallen ivy tree and everything else around it.

Beth and Lindy armed with saws took lead on cutting the ivy tree as Adam, Benjamin and Emma used sheers to assist them. Paulin used the rake to clear the ground, but found that hard, so she changed tactic and helped with the clearing of ivy. This was aided more efficiently by Nelly using the wheelbarrow to transport the smaller trimmings as the team hacked away at this fallen tree.

Twenty five minutes flashed by and after some minor thorny scratches and incidents, we all came out of the experienced more harden. Yet, Ian was about to test our hardiness with a card based HIIT session. We were down to eight people as Benjamin had to rush off to work, so Sam had to join in. There were four stations as there are four different suits in a card game. Anytime a "Heart" card would appear from the deck, the two paired up on the "Heart" station would have to do 7 star jumps whilst the rest were continuously doing squats. The "Diamonds" had to do mountain climbers, "Spades" had to do high knees and "Clubs" had sit ups. Whenever there was a Joker card, everyone had to do 7 burpees before moving stations. In the end, Sam and Lindy had the short end of the straw and somehow ended up doing like 100 sit ups....six pack (under development)!

With about five minutes left, Ian put us through a few game based competitive passing games before the teams split between red GoodGym shirts via non-GoodGym shirts for a touch rugby game. Ian was super impressed that we got in the swing of things first time of asking with passing backwards and running forwards. The score ended up being tied.

After saying our goodbyes to Ian, we ran a detour route to get to Dawson's Hill to catch the spectacular sunset and gorgeous views of London! ๐Ÿ˜Š

After taking a few photos and videos of the sunset, we ran down to Peckham Rye Common to complete the final leg of our run. We ran overtime slightly as we had to get our stretch in before making our way back to Old Spike.

Remember, we have a session at Old Alleynian Rugby Club this Sunday morning, if you would like to continue to tackle through the scrubs.


Thank You to all the GG-ers

A personal thanks from me to all those who came and ran tonight! What an evening to go on a group run, it's almost like I had planned it ๐Ÿ˜œ Thank you for sticking with the program as I know I slightly went over time...but you can't complain after getting those sunset views!


Thank You Ian

GoodGym is all about getting fit and doing good! We praise the runners/cyclists/walkers who come to get fit and help out, but we often forget about our task owner. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Ian for putting us through our paces with his card based HIIT session and giving us the opportunity to learn some rugby too! We will be back for some more in the summer!

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Gardening & fitness session @ Old Alleynian Rugby Club ๐Ÿ‰

Wed 20 Apr 18:30 pm
Old Spike Roastery, 54 Peckham Rye, London, SE15 4JR
Tidy up the community rugby club grounds

It's Wednesday, which means GG Southwark Group Run

In this group run, we will be running from Old Spike Roastery to Old Alleynian Rugby Club to assist Ian (task owner). We will be doing a bit of gardening on the grounds to clear and tidy up the area to future projects (i.e. more space for practice, outdoor gym and/or allotments/zen garden). There will be an opportunity to do some fitness (HIIT) based workout if the time allows us before running back.

New to GoodGym Southwark?

Not to worry, it can be daunting coming to your first group run, but we are so welcoming whether you're just starting out as a runner or have been running for years. We welcome all!

Here's the important information - the "Where, When and What":

๐Ÿ“ We meet at Old Spike Roastery in Peckham between 18:30-18:45. You can also meet us at the task: Old Alleynians RFC, Dulwich Common, London, SE21 7HA at 19:10.

โŒš 18:30-18:45 (leaving at 18:45 latest). If meeting at the task, be there for 19:10. We will be back in Peckham by 20:15 (latest).

โœ… There will be access to Old Spike Roastery, so you can drop your bags and use their toilets before we head out.

๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ After a quick warm-up, we run together as a group. If there are loads of us, there will be a back marker to ensure no one is left behind. On this run, we will be running 3k each way. Running at a medium pace to get to the task in 20 minutes. We will spend 45 minutes doing the task and fitness session mentioned above (or as much as we can) before running back to finish by 20:15.

Advisable: Bring your gardening gloves ๐Ÿงค.

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