Kingston upon Thames

2Good deeds



Owen has cheered 10 times. Tue 4 Feb 2020

Owen has helped keep other people motivated, Owen has noticed what others have done and cheered 10 people. We doff our caps to you Owen.

Owen went on a group run
Group run
Kingston upon Thames

Guttered we had to leaf so soon

Tue 4 Feb
Report written by Kate MacPherson

What a great turn out of runners for a Tuesday night in Kingston! With 17 runners warming up outside the Guidhall our run leader for the evening, Samia, had us heel flicking, walking our hands out to a plank, lunging and going through the essential pre-run stretches to prevent injury. Before long we were all warmed-up and ready to do our quick run through the market square and off towards Canbury Gardens and on to our task for the evening!

It was to St Luke’s CE Primary School we ran this evening! With a link made by one of our own Kingston Goodgym runners, we were tasked with some clearing of leaves from the scooter and bike racks as well as the cleaning out of gutters and drains outside the classroom’s conservatories. While it seemed like they were big tasks to take on when we arrived, it didn’t take long before we’d divided to conquer our mission and got into the groove (between each rack over the gutters too). With great speed of scooping and sweeping, it wasn’t long before all gutters were cleared on the Key Stage 2 classroom side of the school and our task leader took us over to the Key Stage One side to continue while there was still time to clear as much as we could.

While the gutters were being cleared by half of the group, we couldn’t be’leaf’ how quickly a few bags were filled with the leaves from around the bike stands by the other half! Many hands made light work as the bags of mud and sludge from gutters got heavier! Once the last sweep left little ‘broom’ for improvement where the scooters stood, it was time to ‘leaf’ the bags by the shed and prepare for our run back.

With a final quick monkeying around on the trim trail of the playground, it was time for a group photo and school was out!

Well done to all on this Kingston group run for your support of a local school that has a big part in our local community. We were lucky to meet some new runners this evenings as well and send a big cheer to Scott and Moemen on their first group run with us and Owen and John returning for their second. Huge congratulations to Claire for her achievement of 50 good deeds and to Rob for 100 good deeds in Kingston! And thanks to Caroline for backmarking and Kate for being a wonderful taskowner and writing the run report! Our community is a better place because of your great contributions!

We’re back to school again next week so sign up to join us on a run and task to support St Paul’s CE Primary School next Tuesday!

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Owen signed up to a group run
Group run
Kingston upon Thames

Helping with the upkeep of a local School

Tue 4 Feb 18:45 pm
Guildhall, Kingston-upon-Thames, London, KT1 1EU
Help improve the ambience and environment for all who use this school in our community

A great task referral from a super Kingston runner, so delighted we can follow up and assist with a New Task Owner. They are a local school to us and they like what we do so let's get ready to get stuck in!

There is plenty to help with here so quite a mix of tasks with the priority being painting a wall as well as leaf sweeping and clear around the premises. If time and enough of us then we could see a few extras on the menu too!

Don't forget we are meeting as ever 6.45pm @ Guildhall 1 AND you get a break from the usual trainer as Samia is all fired up to lead you on this good quest!

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Owen has done their first good deed with GoodGym. Tue 28 Jan 2020

Owen 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.

Owen went on a group run
Group run
Kingston upon Thames

Stone Me did the Earth Move!

Tue 28 Jan
Report written by Claire Dunne

Having enjoyed the comfort of some warm tasks on our group runs over the past few weeks we braced ourselves for a task in the great and rather cold outdoors. Once we had welcomed new member Owen to his first run and Emily back for her second Kingston task we decided how many layers we really needed before leaving the warmth of Guildhall.

Our first stop was the market square for a much needed warm up. Mark had us playing stuck in the mud with a few jumping jacks involved for good measure and then working in pairs on a set of squats and lunges to make sure we were fully warm for our run.

Then off we went running along the river and up into the roads of Kingston for 3km until we reached our task at Latchmere Recreation Ground where we were met by members of the Friends of Latchmere. Four GoodGym members headed off in one direction to get shovelling while the rest set off to get digging.

A large amount of earth needed clearing from a concrete area behind some storage containers so that a shed could be built and there was lots of earth for our GoodGym team to move.

Across the other side of the recreation ground 5 holes needed to be dug 2ft square and 1ft deep for fruit trees to be planted. This was easier said than done when we got through the turf and the topsoil to find lots of huge rocks. It was time for the pick axe to take over from the shovels to loosen those rocks.

Rocks removed we kept digging and emptying the holes until they were deep enough. Once ready we refilled them backwards with the turf on the bottom and topsoil on top.

They are now all ready to have fruit trees planted in them on Thursday when the Friends of Latchmere volunteers go to the park to complete the planting.

By this point the warmth of the run and the digging and shovelling had worn off and it was time for another 3km run back to Guildhall and a good warm down on the steps.

Well done to our Owen and Emily on competing their first and second tasks.

Thanks to Martell for being backmarker and Caroline for leading the walking group.

Looking forward to seeing you all next week!!

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Owen signed up to a group run
Group run
Kingston upon Thames

2 for 1 - Bench Prep and litter pick has moved onto digging and planting

Tue 28 Jan 18:45 pm
Guildhall, Kingston-upon-Thames, London, KT1 1EU
Let's improve our fitness and the area for this great community led project

3 picnic tables that need prepping for painting and a litter pick all in the one task was the plan but now the Task Owner has asked ....

'We now have an orchard coming …well 5 fruit trees and we wondered if goodgym can help and dig us the holes and backfill? Depending on how many come there is also a need to clear earth off the concrete area behind the containers'.

So how many are coming - Have you signed up yet??

We meet at 6.45pm Guildhall 1 to do some good work for FOLAR (Friends of Latchmere Rec) a community based project to enhance our surroundings making a park space for all to enjoy in our Kingston area

This is definitely a head torch and gloves task btw!

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