Octavia Threlfall

King's College London

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Octavia Threlfall has done their first good deed with GoodGym. Tue 13 Feb 2018

Octavia is a now a fully fledged GoodGym runner. They've just run to do good for the first time. They are out there making amazing things happen and getting fit at the same time.

Octavia Threlfall went on a group run
Group run
King's College London

A very pig task to balance out the puncakes

Tue 13 Feb
Report written by Alyx Murray-Jackman

Tonight we visited Oasis Farm Waterloo, an urban farm and community resource in Waterloo, a hidden gem just moments from the Southbank, and the closest farm to Parliament. We also managed to run 4km and fit in a quick but tough circuits session.

Joining us for their first ever GoodGym group run, we had the amazing Rajmund, Anna, Georgia, Octavia and Theo (wow so many!) – give them a cheer for coming out in the cold and using their run to do some good. As well as welcoming these fab runners we also heard about the Long Run taking place in South London this weekend for anyone that’s about, and a little reminder of the Thursday running fitness session happening in Vauxhall this week.

As well as braving the cold, here at GoodGym King’s we also had to brave the busy Waterloo Bridge Commute as we couldn’t head out over Blackfriars Bridge as usual due to the location of the task. We practiced our dodge, duck, dip, dive and dodge techniques and headed out. With everyone safely over the bridge, we made quick work of the rest of the journey down to the farm and met Roddy outside.

The task: The super organised Roddy split us up into groups when we arrived and showed us each to a planter – we needed to remove all the soil, take out all the bricks, move the planter, and then re-fill it with the bricks and soil – we had a tough 40 minutes ahead of us with a good arm workout! Between us we managed to fully move a couple of planters and make a great start on 2 or 3 more which some volunteers are going to finish off in the morning. I think the sounds of the animals settling down for sleep helped us work hard (especially the pigs from the Pig Palace!).

Roddy kindly let us use the farm's new barn for our fitness session as it started to rain. We went through questions like "are you scared of spiders?", "have you eaten any pancakes already today?" and "do you cycle to work?" - if you answered yes to the question you had a 40 second strength exercise to do, if you answered no then it was a 40 second cardio exercise. After lots of squats, high knees and mountain climbers (great suggestion Sophie!), we were ready to head back to King's. We waved goodbye to Roddy with promises of coming back soon to help with more tasks (hopefully in slightly warmer weather)! We ran back a slightly longer route, with slightly better views, over Westminster Bridge and did some stretches back at the base.

Credit to Gosia for the pun!

Next week is student volunteering week, so join us for our special run to help Rhythm of Life, a superb homeless charity in Covent Garden.

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Octavia Threlfall signed up to a group run
Group run
King's College London

Plant trees at Oasis Farm Waterloo

Tue 13 Feb 17:30 pm
KCL - Macadam Building, Surrey Street , London, WC2R 2NS
Let's improve the air quality around our campuses

It's Sustainability Week at King's! For this special run we are visiting Oasis Farm Waterloo to plant some trees and improve the air quality around the Waterloo area.

Once the task is complete we will return to King's by 7.15pm, stopping off to do a fitness session on the way back.

There is a safe place to leave your bags and get changed, plus we always have a back marker so nobody is ever left behind.

Please make sure you sign up on this page due to on-site security measures, and enter via the entrance on Surrey Street

At GoodGym King's we get fit by helping the local community. We meet at 5.30pm in the Macadam Building Lobby, Strand Campus, every Tuesday. We start at 5.45pm with a warm-up and then run as a group to each week's physical task. We'll then do a short fitness session together before arriving back at King's by 7.15pm.

GoodGym King's would not be possible without help from King's London Office and King's Sport.

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