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Back once again!
Now in it's 4th year GoodGym and Team London, the Mayor's programme for volunteering, would like to invite you to be involved in the biggest GoodGym session of the year. There is no better way to mark Volunteer's Week - you'll spend 90 minutes getting fit while contributing over 100 hours of volunteering to the local area.
Using iconic City Hall as a base we'll be running, jogging and walking to help out charities and community groups all over London. In just 90 minutes we'll be supporting over 10 great charities, doing tasks that they would be unable to do alone. To get a feeling of what to expect check out all the action from last year here.
This event is during office hours. Ask your employer whether they have a staff volunteering policy and if you can take this time as part of your allocated hours.
Please arrive at City Hall for 9.30am to claim your free Run to do Good t-shirt. Allow 15 minutes to get through security as this is likely to be quite busy. There are toilets at City Hall in which to get changed but we advise everyone to come dressed ready to run jog or walk. There will be a secure place to leave bags at City Hall when out at the event.
Sign up now to secure your place.
Roll up, roll up and be a part of the BEST athletics event of the year
GoodGym have provided volunteers for the Night of the 10k PBs for the last four years and we want you to be involved again.
Night of the 10k what-nows?
The Night of the 10k PBs is an annual 10k track race organised by Highgate Harriers - but with a twist! Spectators can watch from the third lane (#lanethreebeerncheer). There's also live music, fireworks, and a DJ - it's just way more fun than track racing normally is.
For the last few years, the race has been part of the run-up and selection for some major competitions - it's incorporated the British Championships since 2014, the Rio Olympic Team GB trials in 2016, and the IAAF World Championship trials in 2017. Which means you get to watch some of the UKs best runners compete up close. And marshal. And drink beer.
What will I be doing?
This is where you come in: as the race has become more popular, it's needed more trackside marshals: to manage the barriers, usher the crowds in to lane 3 and then out again, and keep an eye out for unruly spectators and objects that may stray on to the track etc.
By volunteering, you'll get a front of house view and it's ACE! Wear your red t-shirt and we'll make our bit of the track a sea of red!
How do I sign up?
If you want to volunteer, just sign up on this page. I will send another email closer to the time, in mid-June, outlining full details, time to arrive etc.
This week we are heading back to More 2 Childcare. They have loads of things that they need help with: Power wash the playground Sweep up the playground Paint the childrens play house Paint the fencing front and back Weeding the paving Weeding the childrens beds Planting out a flower bed Painting childrens toilets
The run will be about 4km in total and we will do a fitness session at the end to help with your running.
We meet at 6.45pm at the Old Royal Naval College between the Queen Mary and Queen Anne buildings. We also have a room that you can leave your bags and belongings in.
It will probably be quite dark so if you have a head torch them bring it with you in case you end up doing some weeding outside!
See you then!
24 awesome runners ran 5km to help spread the word for the Greenwich and Bexley Hospice!
It was two for the price of one last night. Two events to flyer for, both in the aid of our lovely local hospice. If anyone is interested in the two events you can find out more about them here.
No new people last night but we still started the run with name, headcount and favourite thing, last night was takeaways since it was SAMOSA DAY. Great to hear that Gareth's mum's roast dinner cafe has taken off!
We split into two groups. Ben took a slightly longer distance group to flyer the streets near Vanbrugh Hill while my group stayed local and cleared the leaflets in West Greenwich! My group was promised no hills but since we finished our flyering early and we were running past Point Hill, I thought it would be rude not to as I heard the view from up there was particularly spectacular. So up we went and a few minutes later we were rewarded with the best view in London!
After a few photos we headed back to meet the others for a quick fitness session. A 4 minute tabata (20 seconds on, 10 seconds off) alternating between squat jumps to get those legs nice and strong and mountain climbers to get that core working! It was over in a flash and it was time for a stretch and more importantly our well overdue social!!!
We headed to our lovely local just 5 minutes walk away for a wonderful evening of food and bevs. So nice to catch up with you all, we will try and do this on a more regular basis!
Great work with the task! All the leaflets were cleared and no one got lost! Win win!! See you all next week! Oh and also good luck to those doing the Great North Run at the weekend!
This week we will be doing a DOUBLE flyering session. We have two events to spread the word about. The Big Bike Ride and The Twilight Walk, both are to raise money for the Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice.
The run will be quite stop and start as we will be posting leaflets round the houses but shouldn't be any more than 5k in total. You can take it as easy or as hard as you like and run as little or as far as you want!
We meet at 6.45pm at the Old Royal Naval College between the Queen Mary and Queen Anne buildings, there is a bag drop too.
See you there!
GoodGym Southwark take Peckham Rye parkrun
What are you doing on the morning of 8th Sept? PECKHAM RYE PARKRUN is the correct answer. We're providing pacing for our parkrun friends and generally bringing red thunder to this awesome South London parkrun. Find out more about the course here. It's fast, flat and dog friendly. Win win win!
If you're up for pacing, have a look at this spreadsheet, pick a slot that's around 2-4 minutes behind your recent form and stick your name down.
Please arrive for 8.30am to pick up your bib and have a nice photo.
Non-Pacers are extremely welcome, let's paint Peckham Rye red!
Don't forget your barcode!
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Next week is the third Wednesday of the month and you know what that means! Social! We're heading to Batch next door for a drink after the run - sign up here.
Tonight is the monthly GoodGym social at The Mulberry Bush by Southbank. Expect International Pun of the Month, heroes and more! Sign up here.
Next week I'm on holibobs so Ben from Greenwich is popping over to cover. We're going to Grove Park Allotments our old fave, total distance 3km. Sign up here.
Knock on the door we're twenty-four
Last night at whopping TWENTY FOUR GoodGymers gathered at Old Spike Roastery to tackle two tasks at once. One group was off on an 8km round trip to see Barnaby at Bee Urban and the other went on a 6km round trip over to Bell House in Dulwich. It was a beautiful evening and with the slightly cooler temperatures, we were keen to head out. The long runners set off early with Helena and Girija and the shorter runners warmed up with me and then set off for Bell House.
The long runners encountered a bit of an issue - Barnaby at Bee Urban had confused us with Lambeth who run on a Tuesday and had been expecting us the night before. Oh no! Luckily we got in touch with him and found plenty of leaves and rubbish that needed shifting. We still managed to get our good done! Big props to the long runners for using their initiative. You can find out more about the Barnaby's projects here.
The 6km runners went to beautiful Bell House where we got to work loosening the soil in a bed we cleared last time we were there and then planting. With the help of Sarah and George we got plenty of bulbs in and can't wait to see them make the garden even more beautiful. For more info on the gorgeous Bell House and everything they do - click here. It was hard to tear ourselves away but we managed to tidy up and get ready for our group photo. We went for 'moody indie album cover' before our usual happy selfie variation. We'd make a mean gardening-based indie band. Any thoughts on names?
Great work team. Have a great night next week, see you on 22nd August!
Keep running happy, Lucy
Ps. sorry about the Taylor Swift pun
GoodGym Southwark is the best way to get your good feels on a Wednesday
We meet every Wednesday at 18.45 to run somewhere and do some physical volunteering in the local community. Then we run back to base for 20.30. Bikes and belongings can be left securely at our starting point Old Spike.
Double task joy!
This week we're visiting our old friends at Bee Urban's project Camberwell Subterranea AND we’re seeing newer friends Bell House.
This means two runs! Bell House is 6km round trip, Camberwell Subetrranea is just over 8km.
The 8km run will need to leave at 19.00 sharp.
23 awesome runners ran 3km to clear leaves and weeds at St Marks church!
And so the heatwave continues, but it seems to be a good thing as it brought out 4 lovely new runners last night so please welcome to the gang Beth, James, Marianne and Rachael! Hope you enjoyed your first run with us!
We have a Facebook group for GoodGym Greenwich where people often post about races or other bits going on so feel free to join!
Yay for Bliss!
Big congratulations were in order yesterday as it was Bliss's 50th Good Deed! Well done Bliss, hope you celebrated with a tequila last night!
We headed off for a quick warm up and then ran through the park (which was looking rather sad and yellow) to St Marks Church! We were met by the lovely Tony who had got everything organised for us and even had some cold lemonade at the ready! What a fab host!
There were 3 tasks which needed some attention. The first one was sweeping and bagging up leaves at the front of the building. The second was weeding and clearing the courtyard and the third was cutting brambles and vines out the back!
We split off into groups and got going immediately! Everyone grabbed some tools and went for it. There were two stand out tools of the evening, the comedy broom which was about 10cm wide and the cool leaf grabber which was super effective! After 20 minutes, the front of the building had totally been transformed and lots of bags of leaves had accumulated. Nice work!
The other two groups were getting on just as well, group 3 even had some snacks to keep them going... blackberries from the brambles! They were REALLY sour though, probably because they were covered in fox wee hahaha.
After half an hour the place was looking WONDERFUL!!! The bags were brought around the back, tools were put away and a final drink was had before we took our group photo and headed off! What a transformation!
We went back through the park, back to the uni for a quick partner core session on the grass (which more resembled hay) and then called it a night!
Great work everyone as always! We got so much done!!! See you all next week!