Robert Hayes

Islington

2Good deeds

2runs

1cheers

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Islington

Squad ghouls - Goblin candy, dark bulb moments and shear terror

Mon 25 Oct
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Report written by Patrick Luong

As a spook-tacular trick or treat, Patrick led the GG Islington squad ghouls and showed they ain't afraid of the park. The devilish dozen united in Islington's biggest square and helped to rake up bags of leaves, trim back the edges of the flower beds and plant daffodil bulbs ready for the next spring - that's a scary amount of work!

While Simon was away, Patrick came to play. It was mercifully mild and dry, and not exactly bone-chilling weather! A lucky seven of us met at the Emirates and we were pleased to welcome first timers to an Islington group run, Victoria and Annikki.

We jogged as one wolf pack and seemed to hit every traffic light on the way but made it to the Square in pitch black! Thankfully, most people had brought headtorches 🔦 and Patrick had brought extras. And in the dark were five more GoodGym bodies, our amazing g-host Anna and some local residents with their dogs wearing glowstick collars!

As usual, Anna was well prepared and had loads of hard work for us to do:

  • Team secret rakers - it's so mild but the golden leaves are falling down. Team rakers were taken to a secret location to rake and bag (and stomp on) as many leaves as they could fit in three big bags. Steve took a great photo of the team but it was haunted 👻
  • Team dark bulb moment - another group , supported by "The Twig lady" ( not Twiggy), were responsible for planting new life! It was quite comforting to think about Spring already as we enter the darker days
  • Team shear terror - terror for the weeds only! Our team were in the flower bed enclosures and clearing out the interlopers. Hanry was given the trusty shears and they felt old. It turns out they were made not in Germany, but West Germany.

Pop quiz answer: The Berlin Wall came down in 1989 and these shears were older than some of the team!

Finally, for a Halloween special, Patrick brought treats and inducted Victoria to some of Britain's finest candy/sweets 🍬🍭 .

All was left was for a team photo 📸, run back to base and a reminder about Friday's Halloween run and next week's group run with a social. Great effort team and let's hope we can help Thornhill win another gong at the London in Bloom awards. Ghoul be back in Simon's safe hands from next week.

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Robert Hayes signed up to a group run
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Islington

GROUP RUN- Thornhill Square Fun! (Edited)

Mon 25 Oct 18:45 pm
The Arsenal Community Hub, 56 Benwell Road, London, N7 7BA
Helping the residents at Thornhill Square Gardens to shift mulch and bark

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 Thornhill Square Gardens.

We have been invited back to Thornhill Square Gardens to help the residents with maintaining one of the boroughs largest public green spaces. Anna, the head volunteer will meet us in the gardens with wheel barrows, clippers, rakes and secateurs for classic Goodgym garden work!

Task Location

Thornhill Square Gardens, Islington, N1 1BE

If you are not planning to run with us, our arrival time at Thornhill Square 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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Robert Hayes has done their first good deed with GoodGym. Mon 18 Oct 2021

Robert is a now a fully fledged GoodGym runner. They've just run to do good for the first time. They are out there making amazing things happen and getting fit at the same time.

Robert Hayes went on a group run
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Islington

Trees, Trails and Tiny Snails 🐌

Mon 18 Oct
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Report written by Simon Fitzmaurice

On Monday evening, Area Activator Simon jogged over to the Arsenal Community Hub on Benwell Road for our regular Goodgym Islington group run meet-up. Little did he know, the streets were full of football fans getting ready for the match! Despite this, Robert successfully navigated the busy roads to meet up for a social run past the match day stands, excited families and pub bound friends out for a good night, towards Market Road Gardens off Caledonian Road.

Upon arrival, we met up with Steve, Caitlin and Mali at the Heyward Adventure Playground site, a lovely wild permaculture garden designed for local residents and visitors of the connected community youth club. All of our required tools and equipment were found in "Florence", the former milk float at the back of the gardens- wheelbarrow, clippers and gloves.

Our task for the evening (set up by Octopus Community Network) was to cut away around a set of pathways and trails set across the wild flower gardens. Nettles and ivy has started to grow over the paths, becoming potential obstacles for children and parents. We were careful to not cut away to much of the greenery, as the plan is to maintain as much natural growth as possible for the local animals and insects (including the friendly snails brought out by the rainfall earlier in the evening).

We had made some massive headway over course of 45 minutes, especially between the 5 Goodgymmers- can't wait to see our progress in the daylight!


Halloween Headtorch Run

On Friday 29th October, we will be leading a special social run across Hampstead Heath and the extension, in the dark! Approximately 10km total distance, on potentially soft and muddy ground. Starting and finishing at the Bull and Gate Pub in Kentish Town.

Sign up here, and look put for spooky goings-on!

https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/ghoulgym-halloween-headtorch-run-hampstead

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GROUP RUN: Market in your diary! (Market Road Gardens)

Mon 18 Oct 18:45 pm
The Arsenal Community Hub, 56 Benwell Road, London, N7 7BA
Preparing this awesome permaculture garden for future school visitors from the Heyward Centre

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 Market Road Gardens.

Task Location:

Market Road Gardens, 15 Market Rd, London N7 9PL

If you are not planning to run with us, our arrival time at Market Road 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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Robert Hayes signed up to a group run
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GROUP RUN- Return to the Rose Bowl

Mon 27 Sep 18:45 pm
The Arsenal Community Hub, 56 Benwell Road, London, N7 7BA

Please note that this group run has been cancelled.

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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