Come and join us for our first social event of the year, which will be both active and indulgent.
We'll take the overground to Chingford (1236 from Bethnal Green train station, 1240 from Hackney Downs) and then walk for an hour though the ancient Epping Forest to the Holy Innocents Church in the heart of the forest, where we will enjoy afternoon tea in the churchyard, where they have lashings of homemade cake
What you need to know
Please note that the departure station is Bethnal Green overground station in Three Colts Lane E2 6JL and NOT Bethnal Green underground station.
You'll also need cash for afternoon tea (but it's cheap... 50p for a tea and £2 for homemade cake!). Dogs are welcome (I'll be bringing Cleo and Sherlock), and feel free to bring friends.
Sunday felt like Summer.
Which was just lovely. Especially as two weeks previously, our intrepid group of GoodGymers encountered spitting, pitter-pattering, and outright wet-your-boots-it's-darned-freezing downpours.
Sunday was more of an ice cream and suncream day. And that brings smiles. Which were aplenty as Alex, Beth, Jacqui, Jatin, Jenny, Pooria (who was on his first GoodGym run - welcome!), Matthew, and I gathered around the fancy fountains by Green Park station. We were about to spend a few hours chatting and moving. Bliss.
And as we moved through St James's Park, Green Park (where we stopped to stretch and work our stomaches and cores), and Hyde Park, it felt like London was starting to feel more alive again. There's a buzz when people and groups congregate in the same space. And it was a joy to be adding to that with this lovely group of good-deeding supremos. We
We finished our jogging with coffee and ice cream in a quiet corner in Hyde Park. I always feel like I come away from these runs feeling rather lucky - lucky to have been around such interesting and lovely people.
Here's to the next one.
Come along and join a friendly group of runners and chatters for a little jaunt through our city's loveliest central parks. We'll be starting in Green Park, heading up through and around St James's, and will be finishing with a loop of Hyde Park. Along the way, we'll stop for a few quick body-weight exercises, will be joined by some nice chilled-out musical vibes, and will have a good ol' natter too.
For those wanting to take things speedy and quick, I'll send out the route in advance so you know where you're going. As for me, I'll be taking things steady and will sit at the back of the group. The route'll be roughly 10k and you'll be able to drop off at any point if this is a little far for a Sunday morning - and for those looking to spread their running wings up to the 10k mark, you'll be sure to find a super-supportive and relaxed group to get you there at the pace that works for you.
Looking forward to it, friends,
The London Landmarks Half is a closed road run around central London and is the only half marathon to go through the City of London and the City of Westminster.