Nikki H

Islington

17Good deeds

17runs

19cheers

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Islington

Water turn of events...

Mon 27 Jun
Report written by Simon Fitzmaurice

Area Activator Simon caught up with a vast array of new-ish runners and some returning familiar faces outside the Arsenal Community Hub last night (welcome back Caroline and Dharmesh). After a short warm up on the Emirates Stadium slopes, we ran together across Holloway Road, through St Mary Magdalene Church Gardens and through to the entrance of Freightliner's Farm.

Unfortunately, we were greeted with a closed gate and no-one to greet us this time. Between us, we made that decision to continue our run a little be further North, up Holloway Road, and visit Tufnell Park Plant Nursery instead. Frannie and the team from Octopus Community Network have been encouraging our crew to visit as much as possible during these hot Summer months, so an additional 30 minutes of plant watering between 10 active people certainly goes a long way!

Upon our arrival, we found loads of spare watering cans left by the newly constructed pavilion in the park, and were able to use rain water collected from some full water butts to soak the dry flower beds, and to lightly hydrate the tiny bulbs and sprouts in the official green house. We were able to recognise grapes, plums, sweetcorn, rhubarb, rocket, lettuce, onions and much more, all growing extremely well in the current climate.

After plenty of watering and plant soaking, we locked up the nursery for the night, and ran together back to Holloway Road. A few of us made our way to the awesome Victoria Tavern for refreshments, delicious (and affordable!) pizza and Wimbledon coverage.

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Nikki H signed up to a group run
Group run
Islington

GROUP RUN- Freightliner's Farm Fun- *Starting at Arsenal Community Hub!*

Mon 27 Jun 18:45 pm
The Arsenal Community Hub, 56 Benwell Road, London, N7 7BA
Visiting this amazing city farm in Paradise Park, lending a hand with overall maintenance!

Freightliner's Farm have invited the Goodgym team back to their lovely inner city project. Liz and the team have been very busy with re-opening the centre for local school groups and community groups (using the one-way system we helped with building in 2021 between lockdowns). It's so lovely to return!

We are likely to be doing some classic farm jobs (sweeping, rinsing surfaces with hose pipes, mucking out stables and replacing with fresh straw). Wellies and gloves are in offer.

Task Location

Freightliner's Farm, Sheringham Rd, London N7 8PF

If you are not planning to run with us, our arrival time at Freightliner's Farm 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

We are delighted to announce that we will be returning to the Arsenal Community Hub as a starting point!

A bag drop and bathroom facilities will be available for our group runs.

Please allow enough time to drop bags, as we will be running at 7pm sharp!

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Nikki H went on a group run
Group run
Islington

Lovely Ginger Lillies

Mon 9 May
Report written by Simon Fitzmaurice

Perfect running weather on Monday evening- fortunately well timed for our weekly group run from Elizabeth House Food Hub. Area Activator Simon met with Natasha, Josh, Adam, Charlotte and Charlotte (welcome to our first time group runners!) outside the community centre while discussing our busy weekends (Spartan races, Rat Races, White Star OX running relays, travelling Europe and Scandinavia and completing huge web project challenges were all on the cards).

After a dynamic warm-up, our running team made their way over to Thornhill Square Gardens, a 2 mile run up Highbury Hill (past the original Arsenal Stadium building, and through the current Arsenal Stadium), and up MacKenzie Road to Cally Road. Upon our arrival, Thornhill Square Gardens was already full of activity, as Anna, the volunteer coordinator for the Residents of Thornhill Square had found tasks for the rest of our crew.

Nikki, Emily, Adam and Alison were doing a cracking job of tending to a former patch of rose bushes (we had pulled up a lot of these dead bushes in the past- a big job!). Meanwhile, Paul, Natasha and Adam were set to shoveling bark and chipping into wheelbarrows, and evenly spreading the organic material across the flower beds (to refresh the soil and to protect the growing bulbs). Charlotte and Charlotte snipped away at the grass verges surrounding the flower beds to make the gardens look much tidier. Josh was given a mallet and chisel, and helped out with installing new posts and branch barriers for a "dead hedge" around the western side of the gardens. Caitlin had a smashing task of planting some spooky looking "ginger lillies", which are apparently not ginger and not lillies... but they resemble mandrakes. Very satisfying work!

As we wound down our activities for the evening, we separated off into a collection of groups. Emily lead a walking group setting off to The Owl and Hitchhiker pub in Holloway Road for our monthly social. Simon ran back to Elizabeth House with Adam and Josh, who completed a 4.2 mile loop combining some cycling and running on route through quiet back streets. A smashing way to finish off a top task!


News

Night of the 10,000m PBs- volunteer call out!

On Saturday 14th May, Parliament Hill Track will be hosting the Highgate Harriers Night of the 10,000m PBs. This is the premier athletics event of the season- a full party with Europe's top running talents competing for Commonwealth Games qualifiers and international opportunities. It's completely free to the public too!

Highgate Harriers are looking for volunteers to help with manning the barriers on trackside, so you would have the best view of the night! Plenty of perks on offer as well!

For more info, have a look here: https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/night-of-the-10-000m-pbs-friday-set-up-volunteers

Crouch End Open Space (CREOS) Sunday Volunteering Afternoon

We will be returning to CREOS on Sunday 15th May for more awesome forest path building assistance with The Conservation Volunteers and the Friends of CREOS. A classic Goodgym task with lovely local volunteers, often followed by a picnic and a chat!

Sign up here: https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/crouch-end-open-space-creos-volunteering-day-may-2022

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Nikki H signed up to a group run
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Islington

GROUP RUN- Thornhill Square Gardens Goodness! (NEW TASK!)

Mon 9 May 18:45 pm
Elizabeth House Food Hub, 2 Hurlock Street, London, N5 1ED
New task due to cancellation- Running to help at Thornhill Square Gardens instead!

Important Information

Our original task was due to be at the Rose Bowl Youth Club in Canonbury. We are now scheduled to help at Thornhill Square Gardens instead!

The plan is to meet up at the Elizabeth House Food Hub on Hurlock Street, 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, London N1 2BN

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 Elizabeth House Food Hub for 8.30pm at the latest.

Things to Note

We are delighted to announce that we now have a bag drop and bathroom facilities for our group runs. Thank you to Elizabeth House Food Hub for accomodating us!

Please allow enough time to drop bags, as we will be running at 7pm sharp!

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Nikki H went on a group run
Group run
Islington

Mulch Ado About Nothing

Mon 11 Apr
Report written by Simon Fitzmaurice

On a wonderfully warm Monday evening, Area Activator Simon met up with Toyo, Dominik, Alice, Alex, Katie and Josh at the Elizabeth House Food Hub- welcome to all of our runners going us for the first time! After a swift warm up, we ran approximately 2.2 miles along Gillespie Park Nature Reserve (a lesser known wildlife trail towards Finsbury Park underground station) and up towards Crouch Hill.

Upon our arrival, we were greeted by Frannie from Octopus Community Network, and the rest of our crew who travelled directly to the task from work. Nicolas, Guro, David and Alex were already busy at work with "double digging" the flower beds in Trinity Church, Hornsey Rise (turning over older soil with fresh mulch to refresh the growing space).

The rest of our team picked up wheel barrows, shovels, rakes and hoes, and made our way to the Brickworks Community Centre down the road. From here, 4 of our team (Nikki, Katie, Louise and Emily) started filling up 3 wheelbarrows full of fresh mushroom compost, and delivered the mulch back to Trinity Church. During this time, our crew attempted to make our way into the Brickworks Community Centre to gain access to the upper garden level- this proved more difficult than expected!

Once Frannie had cracked the code, we made our way to the upper garden and collected as much compost and mulch as possible (using trolleys, lifts and careful carrying methods). We brought all the supplies outside, and spread the fresh fertilizer evenly across some lovely growing beds, designed to withstand a wind tunnel between tall buildings. We were even able to carry a super heavy compost bag between 4 of us, and made Frannie's day!

As we made our way to back to the church with our tools, we gave each other a well deserved pat on the back after a solid evening of graft, before we departed our separate ways. Great stuff, folks!

NEWS

Achilles International VI (visually impaired) guide running group session

One of our most established tasks outside of the Islington borough. Area Activator Simon and the Achilles International team have been leading guide running opportunities and links for visually impaired athletes every Thursday evening at 6pm for about 18 months!

We meet up at Maida Vale station at 6pm every Thursday to meet our runners, and then we make our way to Paddington Recreation Ground Track for our running session.

Perfect for guides of all abilities or anyone interested in trying guide running. And we plan to enjoy some refreshments at the Elgin pub afterwards!

Sign up here:

https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/come-and-guide-run-with-achilles-international-paddington-rec-track-d1b9cb6c-8ae3-4377-8339-41a050fec273

Canonbury Square Gardens Open Volunteer Morning

The resident gardeners of Canonbury Square are hosting an open volunteering morning this Saturday, available for all to get involved! Should be great fun, and a perfect post-parkrun community mission!

https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/friends-of-canonbury-square-volunteer-morning-april

Cally Clocktower Junior parkrun marshalling help for Easter

The lovely folks from Caledonian Park Junior parkrun are looking for more volunteers to help during the difficult Easter Holiday period for their free weekly timed 2km run. Every Sunday, children from the ages of 4-14 years old are allowed to run independently through their local park with the help of local community marshals.

Click here for more information:

https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/volunteer-at-caledonian-junior-parkrun-easter-holiday-help-c51e8598-30e7-4477-b7d5-92ef387a6c46

Track Attack Easter Sunday Special

Area Activator Simon will be hosting our monthly 1 mile and 5km social running time trial at Victoria Park track this Sunday (starting at 11am). Great fun, and open to runners of all abilities- and always followed by coffee and breakfast!

Sign up here:

https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/track-attack-april-2022-victoria-park-easter-special

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Nikki H signed up to a group run
Group run
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GROUP RUN- Upper Level Gardening at the Brickworks Community Centre

Mon 11 Apr 18:45 pm
Elizabeth House Food Hub, 2 Hurlock Street, London, N5 1ED
Filling planters and preparing bulbs at this awesome hidden community garden space on the top of The Brickworks Community Centre, Crouch Hill!

The plan is to meet up at Elizabeth House Food Hub on Hurlock Street, and after a short warm up, health and safety briefing and a warm welcome, we will run together to St Mary's Church, Hornsey Rise, Ashley Road.

From here, we will pick up a collection of wheelbarrows and tools, and then make our way to The Brickworks Community Centre at the end of Ashley Road to assist with some planting and soil shifting on their secret upper deck garden!

Task Location:

First location:

St Mary's Church Hornsey Rise, Ashley Rd, London N19 3AD

Second location:

Brickworks Community Centre, 42 Crouch Hill, Finsbury Park, London N4 4BY

If you are not planning to run with us, our arrival time at St Mary's Church will be 7.15pm.

After our session, we will aim to arrive back at Elizabeth House Food Hub for 8.30pm at the latest.

Things to Note

We are delighted to announce that we now have a bag drop and bathroom facilities for our group runs. Thank you to Elizabeth House Food Hub for accomodating us!

Please allow enough time to drop bags, as we will be running at 7pm sharp!

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Nikki H went on a group run
Group run
Islington

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Mon 28 Mar
Report written by Simon Fitzmaurice

On Monday evening, Area Activator Simon met up with Katie and Alice at Elizabeth House Food Hub for one of our first Goodgym group runs in the light! We took the opportunity to run through Highbury Fields on our way over to The Rose Bowl Youth Club in Canonbury (not usually a possibility in the dark).

Upon our arrival, we bumped into Benedict and Nikki just outside the centre, and we made our way in. Dawn, the coordinator at the Rose Bowl was thrilled to see us, and had a range of tasks available for us! Benedict and Alice were taken to the newly renovated upper deck area (a potential summer party venue for the youth group), and set to varnishing a collection of wooden benches (a continuation of our task 2 weeks ago). It was amazing to see what a difference a few layers of varnish and some thorough sanding can make to a collection of old benches- literally look like new!

Nikki and Katie helped out with building three large wooden tables (donated from a former office space), by screwing the legs onto the new frames. They did a top job of making sure that these legs were secure and the whole structure was nicely balanced.

Our final touches for the evening involved moving a collection of old folding painters tables away, and setting up the youth club's media centre (3 desktop computers and a PS4 console) on the newly constructed tables. It was wonderful to be able to see the whole plan come together over the course of 45 minutes!

We waved Goodbye to Dawn, and jogged together back from Canonbury and back towards Highbury, with each of our runners peeling off to make their way home. Top work everyone!


NEWS

Group Run and April Social!

Next Monday, we will be running to Thornhill Square Gardens (just off Caledonian Road). Anna and the local residents of one of the largest green spaces in Islington love setting us some composting, wheelbarrowing and bulb planting tasks. It'll be great fun!

Afterwards, we will be planning to run back to Elizabeth House Food Hub, and up the road to Someday Canteen opposite Finsbury Park underground station. Excellent pizzas and refreshments (vegan options too).

Sign up here for both!

https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/group-run-thornhill-square-gardens-fun

https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/april-social-someday-canteen-in-finsbury-park

Thornhill Square Gardens monthly volunteer open day

Anna and the residents of Thornhill Square Gardens will be out on Saturday morning to lead an open gardening session for anyone who is free to assist. A great post-parkrun community mission!

Pop down on Saturday 2nd April, anytime between 10-12 midday.

Sign up here:

https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/thornhill-square-gardens-open-volunteer-morning-april

CREOS Forest Footpath Building Sessions no. 1

On Sunday, the Friends of CREOS (Crouch End Open Space) are looking for assistance for building the forest footpaths between Muswell Hill and Highgate. This is one of our favourite regular tasksand longest running tasks, so sign up here if you would like to join in!

https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/creos-crouch-end-open-space-forest-footpath-sessions-1

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