Rachel

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Rachel signed up to a group run
Group run
Islington

GROUP RUN: FoodCycle Islington leaflet dropping

Mon 11 Oct 18:45 pm
The Arsenal Community Hub, 56 Benwell Road, London, N7 7BA
Our objective is to awareness on the amazing work that FoodCycle Islington does, and about their weekly community meals.

The plan is to meet up outside the Arsenal Community Hub on Benwell Road, and after a short warm up, health and safety briefing and a warm welcome, we will run together to a local meet-up point (TBC).

Task location: TBC

Here is the general task information supplied by FoodCycle:

"To drop leaflets off in the nearby area surrounding the Church to let members of the community know about our fantastic service and welcome more volunteers to get involved in our project."

"Leaflets can be delivered to an appropriate address and can be posted out to the roads surrounding the Church to help increase an awareness."


Things to Note

Please only bring items you are willing to run with.

The bag drop option is not currently available to us at the Arsenal Community Hub, as the space is being used as a Covid testing facility.

This also means that we do not have access to toilets or changing areas yet either.

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Rachel signed up to a training session
Training session
Islington

Ghoulgym Halloween Headtorch Run (Hampstead!)

Fri 29 Oct 19:00 pm
The Bull and Gate,, 389 Kentish Town Rd,, London, NW5 2TJ
Back by popular demand- trail running on Hampstead Heath while avoiding the skeletons and ghosts

Fancy an evening of spooky running in North London?

Area Activator Simon will be leading an approximate 10km run through Hampstead Heath, starting and finishing at the Bull and Gate pub in Kentish Town.

Running in the darkness of night is a wonderful experience, and really good fun with running friends. This is a social run, so do not expect to be running any PBs tonight!

All paces and abilities welcome, as long as you can run comfortably and consistently for 40 minutes.

A GPX file for the route wi be posted here once it has been created, for those who would like to follow along.

Headtorch required! And trail shoes recommended!

Afterwards, we will enjoy some refreshments at the Bull and Gate pub.

Halloween costumes not required, but fully encouraged!

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Rachel went on a group run
Group run
Islington

Cax me if you can

Mon 20 Sep
Report written by Simon Fitzmaurice

Last night, 5 Goodgymmers met up with Area Activator Simon outside the Arsenal Community Hub for a 5km total run to Caxton House Community Centre. Benedict, Steve, Alfie and Rachel made their way up Sussex Way (passing friendly neighbourhood cats on route) before meeting up with the rest of our crew in Archway.

Goodgym Islington have been visiting the Caxton House Community Centre pretty frequently over the past few months (3rd visit since August), pitching in with a big green renovation of lovely plot of planters. The idea is to shift many wheel barrows full of hardened soil from small growing beds, and to move this all to a larger planter. Fresh compost and soil will be added and mixed in at a later date, ready for spring vegetables. Alison, Steve, Benedict and Emily took on the arduous digging and forking task (and did a smashing job- especially after all the hot weather we had), while Aidan was the main wheelbarrow driver and successfully navigated the stairs to the drop off point.

The rest of our team (Rachel, Sally and Alfie) were offered pavement picking tools (skinny brushes on sticks) and knee cushions, and were tasked to chip away at some persistent weeds growing out of the path to the garden. These tools proved to be effective, and we were able to brush a bag of eco-friendly weed deterrent into the cracks to keep the place looking tidy through Autumn and Winter.

We did a smashing job over the course of an hour. Thank you to everyone who brought head torches too- this really makes such a difference for your fellow runners.

6 runners joined us for the return run back to the Emirates (down hill this time!), and we enjoyed a stretch and a chat together to close the evening.

News

Next week, we will be visiting The Rose Bowl Youth Centre.

Sign up here to get involved:

https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/group-run-return-to-the-rose-bowl

Also, check out the wonderful work our GG Islington group did at Crouch End Open Space on Sunday here!

https://www.goodgym.org/reports/chipping-in

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Rachel signed up to a group run
Group run
Islington

GROUP RUN- Hopping to FROGG (Friends of Grenville Gardens) 🐸

Mon 4 Oct 18:45 pm
The Arsenal Community Hub, 56 Benwell Road, London, N7 7BA
Emptying and rebuilding veg boxes for this lovely local project!

The plan is to meet up outside the Arsenal Community Hub on Benwell Road, and after a short warm up, health and safety briefing and a warm welcome, we will run together to Grenville Gardens.

Task Location:

Grenville Gardens, Grenville Rd, London, N19 4ER

If you are not planning to run with us, our arrival time at Grenville Gardens 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

Please only bring items you are willing to run with.

The bag drop option is not currently available to us at the Arsenal Community Hub, as the space is being used as a Covid testing facility.

This also means that we do not have access to toilets or changing areas yet either.

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Rachel signed up to a group run
Group run
Islington

GROUP RUN- Return to the Rose Bowl

Mon 27 Sep 18:45 pm
The Arsenal Community Hub, 56 Benwell Road, London, N7 7BA
First time back to The Rose Bowl Youth Centre since 2019!

The plan is to meet up outside the Arsenal Community Hub on Benwell Road, and after a short warm up, health and safety briefing and a warm welcome, we will run together to The Rose Bowl Youth Centre.

Task Location:

The Rose Bowl Youth Centre, St. Paul’s Open Space, New River Green Estate, London N1 2PT

If you are not planning to run with us, our arrival time at The Rose Bowl Youth Centre 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

Please only bring items you are willing to run with.

The bag drop option is not currently available to us at the Arsenal Community Hub, as the space is being used as a Covid testing facility.

This also means that we do not have access to toilets or changing areas yet either.

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Rachel signed up to a group run
Group run
Islington

GROUP RUN- Call to Caxton House Community Centre!

Mon 20 Sep 18:45 pm
The Arsenal Community Hub, 56 Benwell Road, London, N7 7BA
Continuing this lovely green project- new compost, mulch and food planters for the community!

The plan is to meet up outside the Arsenal Community Hub on Benwell Road, and after a short warm up, health and safety briefing and a warm welcome, we will run together to Caxton House.

We have been invited back to Caxton House (after our automated wood chipping fun 2 weeks back), to lend a hand with refreshing an awesome food and veg plot. Fresh soil and compost required, which will involve plenty of digging and wheel barrowing. Great stuff!

Task Location

Caxton House, 129 St John's Way, London N19 3RQ

If you are not planning to run with us, our arrival time at Caxton House 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

Please only bring items you are willing to run with.

The bag drop option is not currently available to us at the Arsenal Community Hub, as the space is being used as a Covid testing facility.

This also means that we do not have access to toilets or changing areas yet either.

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Rachel went on a group run
Group run
Islington

Lucky 13 on the 13th

Mon 13 Sep
Report written by Simon Fitzmaurice

Headtorch season is upon us!

Area Activator Simon met up with 6 runners at the Arsenal Community Hub on Benwell Road on Monday evening (including first timer Katherine, and GG Lambeth runner Alfie- welcome!). Our crew made our way out to Thornhill Square Gardens, just off Caledonian Road- running approx 3km each way.

Upon our arrival, we caught up with 6 more Goodgymmers (including regulars like Steve, Patrick and Benedict), and local volunteer Chris, one of the Friends of Thornhill Square Gardens.

We branched off into 4 groups between us- Team 1 picked up wheelbarrows from the community shed to assist with moving and shifting a pile of green waste and soil into a compost bin on the opposite side of the park. Team 2 helped to re-arrange and tidy a line of woven willow branches, positioned to allow new shoots to create an organic border around the flower beds. Team 3 set about weeding out the other flower beds, and trimming the connecting grass verges using loppers and secateurs. Finally, Team 4 continued their fine work of clearing the main entrance path of weeds and overgrown plants using shovels, hoes and gloved hands.

Within 45 minutes, we had all completed a plenty of objectives, especially with the darkness starting to fall. Portable work lights were used to illuminate our work spaces, along with our headtorches. We cleared up our tools and all of our green cuttings, and parted ways- 6 runners joined Trainer Simon for the return run (up hill!) back to the Emirates Stadium.

Wonderful work everyone!

Next Week!

We will return to Caxton House Community Centre to continue their lovely neighbourhood gardening project.

Sign up here to join us next Monday!

https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/group-run-call-to-caxton-house-community-centre

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Rachel signed up to a party
Party
Islington

GG Islington- Monthly Social (October)

Mon 4 Oct 20:45 pm
Highbury Library, 66A Drayton Park, London, N5 1ND
Post group run social refreshments!

Come and join the Goodgym Islington crew for our monthly post group run social (1st Monday of every month).

We typically make a booking for approx 15 people at The Highbury Library bottle shop for 8.45pm.

Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks on offer, with a covered outdoor space and a basement bar available.

If the sign-up limit is reached, feel free to comment below, and we will check if there is flexibility for more guests.

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Rachel went on a community mission
Community mission
Barnet

Forest denstruction!

Tue 7 Sep
Report written by Paul Salman

Goodgym members gathered at this extraordinary forest in the middle of North London to help the Rangers of Highgate woods. We met with Gilbert who suggested we were employed to search and destroy several of the dens. The structures are potentially dangerous and do not provide a useful habitat for woodland life in particular the insects and fungi. The wood is better rotting on the floor. We destroyed four structures before running back to the cafe area to do some exercises. Good fun and a good deed done on a lovely sunny day.

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Rachel went on a party
Party
Islington

Simon celebrates 2 years of Goodgym Training

Mon 6 Sep

Area Activator Simon started as a trainer for Goodgym Islington in August 2019 (after being handed the steering wheel from Paul Bown), and has just realised that he passed his 2nd anniversary.

Too busy Goodgymming while the world turned upside down for a year or so!

So we will be planning on hosting our monthly social at The Highbury Library on Drayton Park after our scheduled group run. Open to all Goodgymmers.

Register limit of 15 to start with, to ensure table allocations for this lovely local bottle shop, but can increase capacity upon request. Feel free to message below if we are full up.

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