Patrick Luong

Love scotch eggs, ice cream and buffets.

Islington

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Patrick Luong completed a training run • Three pints after GoodGym and home
Tue 21 Jun
4.0km
21:26
05:18/km
Tue 21 Jun
3.6km
18:41
05:15/km
Patrick Luong went on a community mission
Community mission
Islington

Wonder Wall

Tue 21 Jun
Report written by Simon Fitzmaurice

On Tuesday evening, 5 Goodgymmers from Islington, Camden and Hackney travelled to the awesome ARC Centre in Angel to lend a hand with watering some of the 400 donated plants, bushes and trees from this year's Chelsea Flower Show.

However, Will the gardening expert gave us a more urgent task before we started with gardening. Loads of paving slabs had been dropped off outside the centre as part of their impressive renovation of their front garden and café area. However, the stones risked being stolen by passers-by unless we built them into a structure in ample time!

We formed a human chain to transfer the stones, with Frankie, Victoria and Patrick gathering the piles of slabs, and then letting Simon and John build up a dry stone wall around the centre itself. Very satisfying work, watching a sturdy barrier appear in front of our eyes!

From here, we then made our way towards one of the Canalside Gardens plots with a wheelbarrow full of soil, forks, spades and a mattock to help with preparing the area for more planting, despite the heatwave. Will broke up the hard dry soil with the mattock (a pick axe-like tool), while Simon and John turned over the old soil to introduce fresh soil. Frankie and Patrick shoveled a few barrows of fresh soil between the centre and the garden, while Victoria used a hose to thoroughly soak all of the thirsty plants and greenery in the space.

We brought the session to an end just after 7pm, and returned to the ARC Centre to celebrate Frankie's 100th good deed and Simon's 400th good deed (That's 500 between us! Go team!).

We hope to return to the ARC Centre for future gardening projects very soon (Saturday afternoon is likely- watch this space).

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Patrick Luong signed up to a community mission
Community mission
Islington

ARC Centre Flower Watering (Chelsea Flower Show Gardens)

Tue 21 Jun 18:00 pm
The Arc Centre, 98b St Paul Street , London, N1 7DF
A call out for a pleasant evening of flower watering with the ARC Centre

Areas Activator Simon and Damien from the ARC Centre will be helping to give some newly planted flowers and brushes from The Chelsea Flower Show during the current heatwave.

A lovely way to spent a Summer evening on a warm day!

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Mon 20 Jun
1.3km
06:59
05:10/km
Mon 20 Jun
2.0km
09:42
04:49/km
Patrick Luong went on a group run
Group run
Islington

Monday at Mungo's

Mon 20 Jun
Report written by Simon Fitzmaurice

On a glorious Monday evening (sun hat weather, especially for those with fair skin!), Area Activator Simon and Josh met up at The Arsenal Community Hub on Benwell Road, for the first time in 2 years. It feels so good to be back to our old group run meeting place, though we will be ever grateful for Elizabeth House Food Hub for letting us use their facilities over the last 6 months. We had a chat about our busy trips (Josh had visited Croatia recently, and Simon had run across Hadrian's Wall), before performing some warm ups up and down the access slopes to the Emirates Stadium. From here, we ran about 2km up to Hilldrop Crescent via Camden Road to arrive at St Mungo's.

St Mungo's Hilldrop House is a hub for those experiencing homelessness and accomodation issues in the Islington borough. The team had asked if GG Islington would be open to giving their residential gardens and entrance some TLC after the greenery started to get overgrown in the hot weather. Josh and Simon got stuck in with snipping branches and bushes to clear the main pathway to the entrance doorway, before being joined by Alice, Patrick and Emily, who had just arrived after completing another task in Camden (TRAID charity shop sorting). The rest of our crew lent a hand with chopping down some brambles surrounding the gardens, and by pulling away some vines that were choking the trees.

Within 45 minutes of proper graft, we had successfully filled 10 bags of green waste from the garden space and had made a real difference to the appearance of the entrance way. This is certainly a larger task, and we will definitely return soon to help out as best we can!


NEWS

Freightliner's Farm Fun

Next Monday, we will be returning to one of our favourite all time tasks, Freightliner's Farm in Paradise Park. First time back after lockdown! Come and visit some adorable animals, and help with the running of this community farm.

Monday 27th June, 6.45pm from Arsenal Community Hub, Benwell Road.

https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/group-run-freightliner-s-farm-fun

June Social - The Victoria, Holloway Road

After our group run next Monday, we will also be popping over to the lovely Victoria Tavern on Holloway Road for one of their famous pizzas, and a few refreshments.

8.45pm onwards.

https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/june-social-the-victoria-tavern-holloway-road-2a85e0b6-a12c-4e4b-b398-cba749f9c6cd

Track Attack June- Victoria Park Time Trial

On Sunday 26th June, Area Activator Simon will be hosting our monthly 1 mile and 5km time trial on Victoria Park track (starting at 11am).

Runners of all abilities welcome and encouraged for a non-competitive, social run. Always followed by coffee and breakfast at the Park Café.

https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/track-attack-june-2022-victoria-park

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Patrick Luong went on a community mission
Community mission
Camden

TRAIDing places

Mon 20 Jun
Report written by Emily

Phew, what a mission! Every 3 months the TRAID volunteers empty the shop and replace with completely new stock. Me and Patrick turned up about 6pm and the store volunteers had already been working for an hour to clear the racks and bag up the clothes to go back to the warehouse. I helped with this task for a bit, then joined Patrick hauling bags of goods up from the basement. Once the bags were cleared we moved on the the HUGE boxes of new clothes and quickly mastered carrying a pile of clothes upstairs on both arms.

The store was very warm so it was hard work going up and down the stairs in the heat. Once we were finished we ventured to McDonald's to sample the new Tiramisu McFlurry, which I give 10/10. We were both heading straight to another task with Islington so it was a great energy boost.

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Patrick Luong signed up to a group run
Group run
Islington

GROUP RUN- Big Garden Clear Up at St Mungo's- *Starting at Arsenal Community Hub!*

Mon 20 Jun 18:45 pm
The Arsenal Community Hub, 56 Benwell Road, London, N7 7BA
Since this residential centre for homeless care re-opened after lockdown, their gardens are in need of some renovations for the clients well-being

This Monday evening, we will be visiting one of our tasks from a few years back (possibly a Paul Bown project before me!). St Mungo's on Hilldrop Road is a homeless care hub off Camden Road, that offer resources and essential information for unhoused residents in the area.

The centre has just opened back up to full capacity after the lockdown, and their gardens and main entrance areas are in need of some TLC after the time away. Expect some greenery clipping, bramble pulling and weed shifting!

Task Location

St Mungo's, 1 Hilldrop Road, Islington, London, N7 0JE

If you are not planning to run with us, our arrival time at Tufnell Park Plant Nursery 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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Patrick Luong signed up to a community mission
Community mission
Camden

TRAID in the old for the new

Mon 20 Jun 18:00 pm
Traid Camden , 154 Camden High Street, London, NW1 0NE
Helping Traid charity shop on Camden clear up after their sale

TRAID is an environmental charity working to tackle and solve the problems caused by producing, consuming and disposing of clothes. The funds are mainly raised through our charity shops which hold five SALES per year. On the last day of the sale we need to clear the shop of leftovers for it to be restocked. The tasks are to take clothes off the hangers, pack the clothes and the hangers, and stored them in the basement.

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