12 Goodgym Fashionistas vogued their way through the streets of N22 as they ran to help clothing charity Traid to get their shop floor ready for their winter collection.
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Big up to Hardcore Sam who joined us straight after a bout of the dreaded Covid bug and made the catwalk look more like a cakewalk. And it was her birthday this week to boot. Star.
Special mention for Becca too, who joined us for her first proper post-lockdown group run. T'was like she never stopped. Boom.
Getting a Foot in the Dior
We were joined by GG legend Ivo last night so everyone was in their best behaviour - or at least we tried! Seriously, some of this lot you can't take anywear.
Anyways, we had a lopsided run last night as the good folk at Traid had been hard at work since 6 so we did a very short 1k run straight there so we could help.
Most of us arrived on time, whilst some unnamed Goodgymmers left it appropriately and fashionably late to arrive at the party. Some people will run 23 miles just to make an entrance - runners, eh?
At Traid, we got on with the familiar jobs of packing away the clothes and working out our frustrations with a bit of hanger management.
Gramps tried to put on some frilly purple pants but was fervently and physically talked down, on account of both Ivo and his mum being there for the task. I suppose we've found the line for our Haringey Goodgymmers.
After a very efficient 45 minutes, the team at Traid were gratefully ushering our rowdy lot out the door, but not before saying thank you and taking loads of pics with the team. Another prompt mission completed.
It was then a case of the Disappearing Goodgymmers during our long run back to base as one by one, people started peeling off home.
In the end, Kapil, Ivo, and Gramps made it back to HQ for High Fives. Ace.
9 goodgymmers ran to this wonderful community garden to do their good weed for the day.
I know y the goodgymmer sings (aka Kudos corner)
You wouldn't know it because she really didn't really want to sing it from the rooftops, not even a little bit, but our very own rockstar Nurjehan completed her parkrun alphabet challenge last Saturday when she tackled York parkrun. That was a patient wait - bravo! <3
Trowel and Error
Just before we were to attend the task last night, we found out the master weeder who volunteers at Moselle Meadow couldn't meet us last night so it fell to good ol' Gramps to pick what needed to be weeded.
Undeterred, we did some hard core weeding all around the flower beds of this lovely community space.
A former abandoned site that was a fly tip haven until last year, Moselle Meadow is now a beautiful community garden - created and maintained by the local community spearheaded by Noel Park Big Local - and our goodgymmers certainly felt the love for it last night.
By around 8pm, we had wrapped up the task and our selfies, and we all set off homeward-bound feeling a little bit more zen.
8 brave goodgymmers took their chances with the weather and ended up having a lovely sunny evening helping out Leyla over at Living Under One Sun.
Blue Words and Yellow Courgettes
It's never a dull night when we visit Leyla and tonight was no exception. Leyla had arranged a few jobs for us and we wasted no time upon arrival. With the green at Luos in need of a bit of tidying up, we were happy to oblige.
It's courgette season and Luos was packed full with lovely courgettes everywhere. This perhaps subliminally led tonight's conversation to be punctuated by several anecdotes involving a few phallic rude words. One particular story about how one of tonight's stars discovered the meaning of the W word for onanist will stay with us for a very long time. You had to be there for this one, really.
After about an hour's work flew by, we said our goodbyes but not before Leyla fed us apples and minty water and sent us home with bags full of rhubarb, courgettes, and cheekiness.
Join us next week, when we will pay a visit to our friends at Lordship Rec. Fun!
The heat got to our 10 Goodgymmers last night as they went wild at the meadow in Lordship Rec in a thistley frenzy.
...to everyone doing the Camino Ultra London race on Saturday - not least our very own Ultra GGHers <3 Win it for us, team!
Thistle Be A Day They Won't Forget
Caroline from the Friends of Lordship Rec welcomed us with open arms and clear, succinct instructions - the thistles were taking over the meadows and the prickly twits needed to be shown who's boss.
Before you could say 'we gotta save them Lady's Bedstraws', our goodgymmers had jumped into the meadows in the shadow of the always beautiful Broadwater Farm Estate and started handing out life lessons on the circle of life to the thistles.
In a warm evening when Goodgym got desperately close to tipping over the 250,000 Good Deeds mark, our GGH Fam pulled well into the evening without a care in the world. Thorny On Main Indeed.
Conversation ranged from the undeniable superiority of bocadillo as a long distance nutritional aid, to our resident GGH doctor diagnosing a few lazy asses. That's the medical term and I'm sticking with it. Just don't ask about how she conducted the physical.
We even had time to stop and glare at a rival running group who kept doing laps around us. Gramps considered briefly leading a group to introduce them to the circle of life curriculum we had been applying to the thistles all evening, but we remembered ourselves and instead waved at them. We'll be back before you know it :)
Rosa just completed a six month streak of doing missions. That’s so many bags of garden rubbish cleared and jobs done to help someone out and put a smile on their face. Give Rosa a cheer to encourage them to keep up the good work.
Rosa has completed their 15th good deed with GoodGym
9 beautiful Goodgymers joined Leyla from Luos for an evening of field clearing and orange eating.
Orange you glad you came?
After what has felt like about a decade of rubbish, unpredictable weather, 9 Goodgymers found themselves blessed with a very lovely, mild evening and boy did they make the most of it.
Leyla had arranged for the field at Luos to be mowed before our arrival and had arranged an assortment of garden forks for us. We were tasked with helping to collect all the freshly cut grass so that we could then identify any holes the local fauna might have dug in the field. You know, 'elf and safety and all that jazz, innit.
Armed with our forks and happy smiles, our Goodgymers made light work of it and surprisingly managed to cover the whole of the field within an hour. Leyla was so happy she brought out the refreshments early and we even found time to help her roll some very heavy barrels away from the field. Classic Goodgym fun.
It was such a fun night that we won't mention the name of the Goodgymer who tried to blag their way into a blind date/free dinner at the end of the session. What happens in Goodgym, stays in Goodgym.
7 Goodgymmers partied until the early hours*, celebrating the Westbury Banks Nature Reserve's FOURTH Birthday. Awwww, they grow up so fast!
We had unfinished business having managed to put the WESTBURY BANKS part of the sign back up on the fence a couple of weeks back - today's order of business: NATURE RESERVE.
Our Goodgymmers made light work of the signage action until we ran out of cable ties. A quick run from Gramps to the Poundshop and some heavy duty gardening later, we were back in business and the Reserve was complete again. Literally. A brand new shiny sign was back in its rightful place.
The letters had come down during the first iteration of the lockdown and were painted by local kids (having been hand delivered by GGHaringey runners, of course!). Due to current restrictions, the artists weren't able to be there but at some point this summer, we'll all come together for a massive celebration and photo session. There will be cake! We can't wait.
12 adoughrable Goodgymmers went to the Haringey Foodbank for a pasta extravaganza!
The night was kicked off by Kapil, Juan, and Charlie who joined me for a speedy 5k run through the night to the Selby Centre.
Once we got there, we were met by Rosa, Marusha, Sylvester, Cathy, Sam, Neil, Natasha, and Sarah - and everyone was raring to go.
I divided the group into two teams. Team A went straight into the foodbank for a swift pasta-sorting session, whilst Team B stayed outside where Sarah put them through their paces with a spirited training session.
Team A wasted no time in transferring mounds of pasta into crates, destined for a food delivery today. Meanwhile, outside, Sarah and Team B were Cariocaing their way through the cold. At around 7:30 the teams switched positions, and Team B warmed up by sorting out cereal for today's food drop, while Team A were welcome with High Knees and whatnot by Sarah outside.
Honourable mention for Cathy, who hurt her ankle thanks to an errant rock, but continued smiling and stayed cheerful till the end of the season. You rock! <3
After about an hour, Femi from the Foodbank was satisfied we had put in a proper shift and sent us out into the night. Marusha handed out home-grown cucumbers as we settled down for some photos. All in all, a rather successful night.
We're visiting the Haringey Foodbank this Wednesday for a food sorting extravaganza.
We'll be doing things a bit differently as all-round SuperStar Sarah has offered to lead a couple of fitness sessions through the night. So, normally we can only take a team of 6 to the foodbank for social-distancing measures but we'll be taking a team of 12 this Wednesday and we'll divide into two teams: one will sort food whilst the other has top notch fitness session, and both groups will swap halfway through so everyone gets a go.
And if that wasn't enough, we'll be having an optional run ahead of task, details to follow! Squint hard enough and that feels pretty much like a good ol' fashioned GGH Wednesday Night