Rachel Vuong

Wandsworth

4Good deeds

4runs

17cheers

Rachel Vuong went on a community mission
Community mission
Islington

Magic Miles at Maida Vale

Thu 14 Oct
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Report written by Simon Fitzmaurice

We had a stellar turn out for our regular group run with Achilles International VI guiding session at Maida Vale this week. 5 Goodgymmers (returning runners Harvey, Rachel and Katy, with new starter Alex), and lovely running volunteers Addie, Albert and H were on hand to enjoy a solid evening of track running at Paddington Rec Track.

VI runners Naqi, Andrew, Richard and Tom joined us for the session, and we walked together to the track side before setting off at our own paces. Track Mafia, the local running group were also down for a session, and were really lovely and supportive of our regular Achilles runs.

We will return next week at 6-6.15pm, Maida Vale Underground Station. See you then!

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Rachel Vuong signed up to a community mission
Community mission
Islington

Come and Guide Run with Achilles International

Thu 2 Sep 18:00 pm
Green Park Underground Station, London, W1J 9DZ
Be a sighted runner and explore the world of guide running!

Achilles International are an amazing organisation who link guide with blind and particially sighted runners, and they are looking for potential guides for future training sessions.

Goodgym (and parkrun) communities have been very supportive of this team over the years, so we are looking to see if we can introduce more runners to the world of guiding.

Green Park Group Runs

Every Thursday at 6pm, a regular crew of guides and blind/partially sighted runners will meet up at Green Park Underground Station (just by the ticket barriers), ready to partake in a 5-8km run around the park. We aim start at 6.15pm, and we operate a bag drop during the session.

How do I get involved?

We are looking for volunteers to come and help our runners from the station, over to our meeting spot near Green Park Fountain, and back again afterwards. TFL staff are on hand to assist with the runners journey to and from Green Park.

We are looking for guides to navigate the runners during the session (paces and distances will be discussed beforehand), and to look out for obstacles and hazards during the run.

Open to runners of all guiding experience

If you are not confident with guiding a runner at first, you are welcome to run with a guiding couple to watch their techniques and how it is done.

What do I do now

If you are interested, sign up here.

We will contact you on Wednesday, and link you to the Achilles International WhatsApp group to discuss our plans for Thursday evening.

Introduce yourself, and let us know your guiding experience, and we will work together to create an awesome group!

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Rachel Vuong has been to three different GoodGym areas. Thu 26 Aug 2021

A Tourist likes nothing better than exploring new areas and meeting new people, and that's what Rachel has been doing. Rachel has been to three different GoodGym areas now - nice!

Rachel Vuong went on a community mission
Community mission
Islington

Lively Loops with Achilles International

Thu 26 Aug
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Report written by Simon Fitzmaurice

Every Thursday evening, a keen crew of guides and VI runners meet up at Green Park Underground Station for a social group run (established by the awesome team at Achilles International). This week was no exception, and we had a smashing turn out from Goodgymmers based all across London.

Welcome to Rachel and Gillian, who were trying guide running for the first time (and congratulations on 50 good deeds, Gillian!). 5 VI runners were present tonight (Naqi, Tom, Chris, Andrew and Richard), so we had plenty of runners on hand to guide our classic 1.2 mile Green Park loop. Lucy and Area Activator Simon were also on hand to snap photos of our running crew, to look after bags and to cheer our runners with Siri (Chris' daughter).

Wonderful running on a late Summer evening- all different speeds, paces and distances. Unfortunately, we did experience an unexpected incident during the session, where Tom struck his knee against a park bench. A bit of a shock mostly, but the team really came together to make sure he was alright. A trip to A & E was needed (Rachel really stepped up tonight), and Tom was fixed up with a couple of stitches.

I was really impressed with how our Achilles International and Goodgym family responded to an unpleasant happening. We will back same time, same place, next week.

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Rachel Vuong has completed their first run in a new area. Tue 24 Aug 2021

Curious? Rachel has just run their first session in another area. For that explorative spirit Rachel is awarded the scout badge. A Scout is trustworthy

Rachel Vuong went on a group run
Group run
Lambeth

I love you so Mulch

Tue 24 Aug
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Report written by Mark Gilyead

What a delightful evening for doing good.

We met in golden hour, discussed which plant we'd be (with some very thoughtful reasoning) and welcomed brand new GG runners Jesse and Tim, as well as brand-new-to-Lambeth-group-run-runners Lindy, Rachel, Katie and Federico ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ Lovely to have you along!

Our task was a brisk 2k from Papa's and despite a couple of traffic light squat stops, we made it to Fairholme House with energy aplenty.

Orsetta from the incredible Urban Growth gave us a bunch of tasks, mostly involving brown stuff:

๐Ÿ‚ Compost turning - which Becca, Lindy and Chris managed with aplomb(??)

๐Ÿ‚ Most of us were based at a huge pile of mulch (basically woodchip) which was to be moved onto the ground around some raised beds. Some shovelled and some wheel barrowed. And we also bagged a load of it which was going to another nearby community garden!

๐Ÿ‚ Then we had our team of rakers, Federico, Clare and Michael who spread the mulch across some weed-proof tasks, just like one might spread Nutella on toast ๐Ÿ‘…

The task was done in no time, and now the residents of Fairholme House have a bouncy surface to their garden to enjoy whilst tending to the veg, and some thoroughly turned compost.


On our way back, we took a little detour for a classic game of rock, paper, scissors with a fitness twist.

Great work guys :)

Next week I'm not about so Sarah is leading a sesh to Jubilee Primary School. Here's the link.

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Rachel Vuong signed up to a group run
Group run
Wandsworth

Change of task - back to Doddington roof garden!

Mon 13 Sep 18:30 pm
Battersea Arts Centre, Lavender Hill, London, SW11 5TN
Lend a hand at this community garden

Unfortunately our scheduled task had to cancel, so have a lovely new one at Doddington Roof garden - a community space transformed from a multistory carpark into a thriving garden! We'll be shifting mulch up the stairs and other jobs, so get ready for a workout that really does some good.

Don't forget there is no bag drop or facilities at the BAC, so try and avoid bringing anything with you.

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Rachel Vuong signed up to a group run
Group run
Lambeth

Shifting woodchip with Urban Growth

Tue 24 Aug 19:00 pm
Papa's Park, 10-17 Pulross Road, London, SW9 8AF
Helping get the community garden at Fairholme House up and running

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That's right, the legendary GoodGym Lambeth group run is back!

Here's how it's going to work:

  1. Arrive at Papa's Park between 6:50 and 7pm. There is somewhere to leave bags and coats if you need to, but please be considerate of others when moving in and out of the room.

  2. We'll gather outside.

  3. After a quick intro and warm up, we'll split into groups to run to the tasks (there are always options for different paces & distances - no one gets left behind)

  4. We'll arrive at the task by 7:30, blitz the task and then run back to Papa's for an 8:30 finish. If there's time, we'll squeeze in a relaxed(ish) fitness sesh.


Sound good? Here's our task for this week:

Urban Growth set up community gardens across Lambeth so that locals can help to grow veg, encourage bees and improve their mental health.

They've asked us to help shift a load of woodchip onto the area around the vegetable beds. We'll have shovels and wheelbarrows and get it all laid in 30 minutes!

It's a 2km run to get there but we'll probably have the option of a longer run if you fancy it.


๐Ÿงค๐ŸงคPlease bring gardening gloves!

Any questions? Drop me an email.

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Rachel Vuong signed up to a community mission
Community mission
Islington

Come and Guide Run with Achilles International

Thu 26 Aug 18:00 pm
Green Park Underground Station, London, W1J 9DZ
Be a sighted runner and explore the world of guide running!

Achilles International are an amazing organisation who link guide with blind and particially sighted runners, and they are looking for potential guides for future training sessions.

Goodgym (and parkrun) communities have been very supportive of this team over the years, so we are looking to see if we can introduce more runners to the world of guiding.

Green Park Group Runs

Every Thursday at 6pm, a regular crew of guides and blind/partially sighted runners will meet up at Green Park Underground Station (just by the ticket barriers), ready to partake in a 5-8km run around the park. We aim start at 6.15pm, and we operate a bag drop during the session.

How do I get involved?

We are looking for volunteers to come and help our runners from the station, over to our meeting spot near Green Park Fountain, and back again afterwards. TFL staff are on hand to assist with the runners journey to and from Green Park.

We are looking for guides to navigate the runners during the session (paces and distances will be discussed beforehand), and to look out for obstacles and hazards during the run.

Open to runners of all guiding experience

If you are not confident with guiding a runner at first, you are welcome to run with a guiding couple to watch their techniques and how it is done.

What do I do now

If you are interested, sign up here.

We will contact you on Wednesday, and link you to the Achilles International WhatsApp group to discuss our plans for Thursday evening.

Introduce yourself, and let us know your guiding experience, and we will work together to create an awesome group!

Read more
Rachel Vuong has cheered 10 times. Fri 30 Jul 2021

Rachel has helped keep other people motivated, Rachel has noticed what others have done and cheered 10 people. We doff our caps to you Rachel.

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