We love visiting Seniors and especially visiting to put up the Christmas decorations! Join us this week, for a run of around 7km, where we will add some festive cheer to south east London. If you have a head-torch, please bring it for the run, it will be dark!
If you are new to all this, don't be shy and don't be worried about feeling left out, we try to make everyone feel very welcome. If you are using the changing rooms and lockers at Glass Mill, make sure you bring a returnable £1 coin.
Let's get together to eat, drink and be merry!
I am going to book Mamma Dough in Ladywell, for 7pm on Friday November 26th. Please sign up ASAP if you can come, so we can confirm numbers and they can order enough sprouts.
Lycra is, of course, optional and no bug spray or head-torches needed this time.
Third time lucky on our return to Hither Green station embankment, this time we'd perfected our soil moving technique, we had an elaborate human chain moving the soil in buckets from one end to the other, a couple of people filling in the edges with soil, we had people swapping in and out to relieve the people digging - fantastic work everyone!!
Ain't no mountain high enough
I had high hopes that we might get to the bottom of the soil this week but it's going to take another session or two and then we'll finally get to the seed sowing stage and hopefully we'll see our rewards in spring/summer when the wildflower meadow will be looking beautiful.
In the end we didn't have time for a fitness session on the way back to Glass Mill as we got carried away with the soil but I think everyone worked hard enough anyway. I bet arms are aching this morning.
Next week we are heading to Glebe Court, a salvation army care home to work in the garden. Sign up here. Important information - we are required to have proof of double vaccination and a negative lateral flow test in advance of arriving at the task otherwise we will not be allowed onto the premises.
Don't forget the GoodGym Lewisham (nearly) Christmas Party, sign up here.
First off, congrats to Julian for reaching 100 good deeds at last weeks group run - he's already on 102!
This week we were back to Hither Green station embankment to continue laying the cardboard (very kindly delivered by Lewisham market) and then to continue laying the soil on top. Hopefully this will stop the weeds growing through and give the wildflower meadow the best chance of success!
We made a human chain and had the cardboard laid out in no time and then it was onto the hard work for the evening, shifting the soil into position which is now right at the other end of the area we were working in! Not only were our arms getting a work out but also we were definitely getting out steps in.
The mountain of soil is gradually getting smaller in size and even though we didn't manage to cover the entire area that we'd hoped to, we did cover a bigger area than last time. Fantastic work everyone, it wasn't an easy task!
Next week we are flying for the Age UK Christmas Fair in Blackheath. Sign up here!
And on Saturday morning, we are volunteering at Hilly Fields Parkrun so if anyone fancies a change from running then here's all the details.
It was fabulous to see so many people brave the pouring rain ready to shift 10 tonnes of soil at Hither Green station embankment. This is our third attempt at helping create a wildflower meadow in this space, Anne-Marie had a new plan of action this time - laying lots and lots of cardboard (kindly donated from Lewisham market) and on top of that laying 3-5cm of soil.
First up we warmed up with another game of rock paper scissors but with no sprinting this week as I didn't want any injuries from slipping on the wet grass!! Instead the winner got to do starjumps and the loser had to do 5 squats. Everyone got into the swing of things once they'd remembered the rules of rock paper scissors.
We made our way over to Hither Green station to the mountain of cardboard and soil awaiting us and after a thorough H&S briefing from Anne-Marie we were counted into the site and formed a chain to move the cardboard to the end of the area. Unsurprisingly we were speeding through moving the giant mountain of cardboard and we had nearly reached the soil.
We began taking it in turns shifting the soil and spreading it across the cardboard, those that were having a break from soil shifting took part in mexican squats and lunges, the exercise equivalent of a mexican wave. No rest for the wicked at GoodGym Lewisham (rest is 100% allowed whenever required)!!
It was time to pack up and be counted out of the embankment area, tools were counted in as we have developed a reputation for miss laying tools and them being lost until they're found months later! We took a different downhill route back to Glassmill for our cool down.
Next week, we are heading back to Hither Green station to continue our work.
We started our group run with the police approaching us and asking what was going on!! Turns out they weren't questioning the elaborate warm up I was trying to implement but asking where we were going as they'd heard of GoodGym and wanted to get involved! Thanks to everyone for seemlessly picking up the warm up whilst I was having a chat with the police.
After that excitement we made our way up the hill to Springbank Road Community Garden, Anne-Marie had said to run slowly due to traffic but in the excitement of the warm up, we got there earlier than expected but after a couple of minutes we were met by Clare and Anne-Marie. In that couple of minutes, in true GoodGym style, we did a quick litter pick of the garden.
There were a number of jobs to get done this evening, including:
- Clearing brambles
- Painting the railings
- Cutting back plants
- Trimming branches to be used as stakes for plants
- Putting a net over the bus shelter
The latter proved slightly tricky but we're not put off by a challenge and eventually got the net over the bus stop ready for the rose bush to climb up and over - the prettiest bus stop in SE London.
Next week I promise to ensure the lights are fully charged!
There's also still time to sign up to Petts Wood 10k - it would be great to see as many GoodGym t-shirts as possible.
This was our first visit to Seniors since before the pandemic and we were all very excited to be returning! The task may have changed from gardening to window cleaning but that didn’t deter us - great work everyone!!
We had a couple of hills to tackle before we even made it to Seniors. It was a good reminder for everyone to focus on using their arms when running up hills, not letting them swing around in all directions. It’s also a good distraction for how hard your legs are working! The views on the way back more than made up for the hills..
Once we arrived at Seniors and regrouped with those meeting us at the task, it was time to get stuck in. We even managed to make a start on the conservatory windows but with it being pitch black by now, we weren’t entirely sure whether we’d cleaned them well or not. The highlight of the evening was Cathy giving us a brief history of the building and what it used to be used for. Thanks for the sandwiches as well!
Next week we are off to Springbank Road Community Garden - don’t forget head torches as it’s getting dark on group runs now! It would be wonderful to see you there.
Congratulations to everyone who ran The Big Half on Sunday - you all did amazing! It was amazing to see so many GoodGym runners on the route running and supporting.
It was also great to have GoodGymmers from other areas joining us this evening!
As there were a few tired legs this evening (mine included) we did a gentle warm up and made our way up a big hill to Springbank Community Garden where a lot of people were meeting us, preferring to get tired legs to the task using another means of transport. We started by working out who knew the difference between a plant and a weed, a common GoodGym question, and then we divided tasks based on those answers.
Anne-Marie had a long list of tasks for us, including:
- Plum picking (there may have been limited plums remaining but we made the most of it)
- Digging up trees
- Painting the fence
- Planting plants
- Cutting back the plum tree
- Putting up a sign
- Moving a planter
We smashed it (and no one got hurt)!! We left feeling like a job well done and knowing Anne-Marie was very happy the long list of jobs had been completed. We were also treated to some homegrown vegetables including a variety of courgettes, cucumbers and plums - thank you
Next week we are off to St Swithun's Church in Hither Green - sign up here
Welcome to GoodGym Lewisham!
We're a friendly and social group who combine exercise with helping out in the local community. We meet every Monday evening to get active and do a physical task to help the charities and community organisations in our area.
This week we will be helping out at Springbank Community Garden in Hither Green. One of the main tasks will be picking fruit off the plum trees and there will be other tasks to get stuck into in the garden.
GoodGym is for everyone! We always have a back-marker so no-one is left behind - we're about achieving something together, so you'll always be welcome no matter what your pace is. This weeks run is approx. 5km in total - don't forget we have the task in the middle to recover.
We meet at Glass Mill Leisure Centre at 6.45pm, so a short walk from Lewisham Station. We have access to lockers and changing facilities, so you could easily drop in on your way home (bring a pound coin or padlock if you want to use the lockers). Look out for the red t-shirts, we're very friendly!
On what turned out to be a beautiful evening for some running and doing good, 14 superstars gathered outside Glass Mill ready to head over the Wildcat Wilderness. This evening we celebrated Adam's 50th good deed after stalling on 49 for a lot of the pandemic, it's well deserved - next time we see him, he might be wearing his black 50th good deeds t-shirt. Give him a cheer!.
It was wonderful to see some new faces, faces from different areas and returning faces! After a quick warm up, we started to make our way to Wildcat Wilderness. It's one of our longer runs and everyone smashed it! We picked up the cyclists and people meeting us at the task and made our way into Wildcat to meet Heather who explained this evenings tasks, weed bashing - much to everyone's delight!
The group split into 2, one tackling the pathways leading to the bees and the other tackling the area around the willow trees. There was a moment when I thought the group I was giving instruction to had weed bashed too far (is that even possible?) but after checking with Heather, it was all good!
Before we wrapped up there was a path that needed clearing by the bees and the best person to tackle that was a weed bashing expert - Vic! The path was cleared in no time and it was soon time to gather everyone back up for a group photo.
We arrived back at Glass Mill a slightly smaller group to when we departed, for a cool down and celebrate our achievements this week.
We are volunteering at Hilly Fields Parkrun on Saturday morning, if anyone fancies joining, sign up here and don't forget to email HF Parkrun to let them know what role you'd like to do.
GOOD LUCK to everyone running The Big Half on Sunday!!