We took our parkrun takeover to Catford Parkrun this morning, it turned out to be a very cold and windy morning but that didn’t stop us. We all arrived wearing multiple layers with our GoodGym T-shirts hiding somewhere.
We took on volunteering roles ranging from marshalling to timekeeping to first timers briefing to pre-event set up. It was a wonderful morning cheering on everyone that took part.
Next parkrun takeover we are off to Beckenham Place Park.
It would be great to see as many red t-shirts as possible along the route and in the finish area to spread the word about all the good we are doing in the borough.
There's plenty of options to choose from, including marshals, barcode scanners, finish tokens and tail walker. See what's available on the volunteering page and don't forget to email email@example.com to confirm which volunteering role you'd like to do.
Don't forget about the post-Parkrun coffee at the cafe in the park!
Molly (my dog) will also be in attendance in her GoodGym bandana
Paul is a now a pretty committed GoodGym runner. They've just run to do good for the fifth 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.
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.
We’re heading back to Hither Green station embankment to try and get to the bottom of the mountain of soil that will eventually become a wildflower meadow.
GoodGym is for everyone. We welcome runners of all abilities and it is sometimes possible to walk to the task if you would prefer. 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.
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! Every so often we head out after our run for some food and drink, a chance to get to know each other a bit better.
See you soon!
We had a brand new task this evening which was a short run from our start point but first we needed to warm up which involved a game of rock, paper scissors. The winner got to sprint to the edge of the warm up area whilst the loser had to do 5 squats – it was undecided who was actually the winner or loser in this game. Although the clear winner was Iitmari who won every round!
We made our way over to St Mary’s Primary School together as a group and met Anne-Marie who gave a very detailed health and safety introduction to keep us all safe and meant a lot of shouts of high feet around the area. There were lots to get involved in, including:
- Clearing the brambles to plant spring bulbs
- Cutting back brambles to access the fence
- Sawing the fence into parts so it could be removed
- Removing the fence
- Clearing the brambles in the area that will become a meadow
- Cutting back a hedge area
- Pairing up of abandoned shoes
- Being a human flood light
We managed to clear a huge amount of brambles, reunited a pair a shoes, freed a basketball, found a chicken dog toy and found three fur trims from multiple coats.
It was time to pack up tools and make sure we hadn’t left any in the brambles – we have a reputation for losing tools!!
We made our way to Ladywell Fields to work on our hill sprints. First off we did a hill sprint, then a hill sprint with no arms so we looked like penguins, then we partnered up and focused on driving our arms and then did another hill sprint to put this into practice and hopefully everyone felt a bit stronger on the hills by the end!
NEW TASK ALERT
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.
We have a brand new task this week! We will be heading to St Mary's Primary School to help clear the area that will eventually become a forest school. It will be a great opportunity to be involved in a project from the start and see the difference we can make in an unloved and abandoned space. For the first visit, we'll be clearing the area and digging up bramble roots, pulling up self seeded sycamore and cutting back established plants.
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. The run this week will be around 4km in total.
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!
The Vitality Big Half is a half marathon in London that follows a 13.1-mile closed-road course, starting by Tower Bridge and finishing at Cutty Sark in Greenwich. The 2021 event will take place on Sunday 22nd August.
Feel free to register for for this event if you will be taking part so that we know who to look out for and cheer on!
Paul has helped keep other people motivated, Paul has noticed what others have done and cheered 10 people. We doff our caps to you Paul.
More2 child care is a lovely centre focused on children and also provides community support which I think is amazing. It was lovely to meet Eve, the director/ owner, and help tidy the facilities. It's ashame funding can be an issue for places that provide support in the community but hopefully the government will change that in the future. Good work and I would have stayed longer if the session was longer. Also met sid the African snail, what a cutie!!!!