Paul Browning

Lewisham

6Good deeds

6runs

21cheers

Paul Browning went on a community mission
Community mission
Lewisham

Taking (over) is the new giving

Sat 27 Nov
Report written by Kim Parker

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.

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Paul Browning signed up to a community mission
Community mission
Lewisham

Volunteering at Catford Parkrun

Sat 27 Nov 08:45 am
Mountsfield Park, Stainton Road, London, SE6 1AN
Make this event happen!

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 catford@parkrun.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

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Paul Browning has completed 5 good deeds with GoodGym. Mon 15 Nov 2021

Paul is a now a pretty committed GoodGym runner. They've just run to do good for the fifth time

Paul Browning went on a group run
Group run
Lewisham

The mountain is now a mole hill

Mon 15 Nov
Report written by Kim Parker

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.

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Paul Browning signed up to a group run
Group run
Lewisham

Move the soil at Hither Green station embankment

Mon 15 Nov 18:45 pm
Glass Mill Leisure Centre, 41 Loampit Vale, Lewisham, SE13 7FT
Create a wildflower meadow

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.

The Task:

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.

The Run/walk:

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.

The Essentials:

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!

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Paul Browning went on a group run
Group run
Lewisham

Please take a-fence

Mon 11 Oct
Report written by Kim Parker

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!

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Paul Browning signed up to a group run
Group run
Lewisham

Help to create a forest school area at St Mary's Primary School

Mon 11 Oct 18:45 pm
Glass Mill Leisure Centre, 41 Loampit Vale, Lewisham, SE13 7FT
Improve this abandoned/unloved space

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.

The Task

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.

The Run

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.

The Essentials

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!

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Paul Browning signed up to a race
Race
Greenwich

The Vitality Big Half 2021

Sun 22 Aug 08:30 am
Tower Bridge Road, London, SE1 2UP
A popular half marathon spanning four GoodGym areas!

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!

Good luck!

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Paul Browning has cheered 10 times. Thu 19 Aug 2021

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.

Paul Browning went on a community mission
Community mission
Greenwich

Worthwhile

Thu 19 Aug
Report written by Kimberley Stanislas

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!!!!

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