Sadhana Patel

Brent

75Good deeds

75runs

102cheers

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On your marks, Restart, PARTY!!!

Mon 23 Sep
Report written by Liz James

10 amazing Good Gym runners joined me on an Autumnal evening to run 7km to deliver leaflets for our friends at Abbey Community Centre.

We started the evening by giving a big GG welcome to Bianca, who joined us for her first GG run.

Ready, restart, News bulletin.... 350 GG runners from 36 different areas participated in community missions on Super Saturday as part of the 10 year anniversary PARTY celebrations.

Don't worry if you missed the party on Saturday, there is an opportunity to take part in another community mission tomorrow evening in Kilburn.

Ready, restart, GO! We promptly started running to Abbey Community Centre. When we arrived we were given leaflets to deliver to advertise a RESTART PARTY on Saturday, where trained volunteers will fix all of your small electrical items!

Ready, restart, GO! We split into 2 teams and we were reset to run again to deliver the leaflets to local residents.

Once the teams were joined again, wait for it, restart, you've guessed it, we ran again, all the way home to the Queensbury, ready for the party to start!

Thanks for joining me team! Hope to see you again next week, if not before (maybe tomorrow)!!

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Raking up ten years #GG10

Mon 16 Sep
Report written by Pritesh Mistry

GoodGym is TEN!

On a muggy night in Brent TEN wonderful people joined me to run 7km, do some weeding for Harlesden Town Garden and celebrate ten years of GoodGym!

After a calamitous start to the evening (forgotten kit, intro fail and general lateness - all from me) we got ourselves together and headed off towards Harlesden.

In our intro tonight the main focus was on the 10th birthday - talking about the City Hall event last week, the Fit Together publication, our flag plans for the evening (see pics), Super Saturday for missions on the 21st and of course cakes for tonight. We also welcomed Helen who joined us for her first ever GG run, what a time to join.

The run there took in our first photo opportunity in Roundwood Park, home of the GG Brent 1km Time Trial. We all posed for the photo and so began the battle of the phones - spoiler iPhone X for the win!

Photos done and we were one our way again and it wasn't long before we got to Harlesden Town Garden. There we met Phillip who let us in and showed us the work to do. Some intensive weeding around the raised planters. Everyone gloved up grabbed tools and got to work. What we hadn't accounted for was how quickly the light was going to come in - before we knew it we were in a lot of darkness. Not to be stopped everyone with phones used them to provide light to finish the task off.

With that all done we posed for a group photo with the flag and then we were on our way. Harlesden Town Garden is a long-standing task for GG Brent so it means a lot for the flag to be there.

With everyone gathered we headed off, I goaded everyone by threatening a super long run on the way home but it was all a ruse to disguise the next flag stop. This time it was Willesden Sports Centre the original home of GG Brent. We posed outside and then were on our way again. We managed to do a quick on the run photo and video and then continued home.

With quite frankly more than enough photos I decided we should definitely do some more so we posed with the new Willesden Green railway bridge murial, one outside our current home, the Queensbury and finally one inside. We made sure we stretched and then it was time for a celebratory drink and some cake!

Happy 10th Birthday GoodGym, thanks for bringing this wonderful community to Brent!

I'm away for the next two weeks but you have Liz and then Claire in charge.

Cheers,
Pritesh

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#GG10 - GoodGym Brent at Harlesden Town Garden

Mon 16 Sep 18:45 pm
The Queensbury, 110 Walm Lane, London, NW2 4RS
Running to do good

Please note we meet at the large table at the back of the pub, on the right!

Welcome to GoodGym Brent, we're a friendly running group who also like to combine our runs with volunteering. We meet every Monday at The Queensbury Pub opposite Willesden Green station, we go for a run and do a physical task to help the communities in our borough. We meet in the pub from 6.45pm then head out to run at 7pm. We always have a back-marker so no-one is left behind - we're about achieving something together not doing something fastest! If you any questions or you're worried about the task or run then just contact me.

We are TEN! And we are heading to Harlesden Town Garden, one of most long-standing tasks to help as they work to renew the community space. 3km each way and many comedically staged photos with our GoodGym flag!

Hope to see you there and let's take advantage of the fact we meet at a pub - always happy to stay for a drink after!

Cheers,

Pritesh

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Not for the paint hearted

Mon 5 Aug
Report written by Pritesh Mistry

Ten wonderful runners joined me in Brent as we headed over to Clitterhouse Farmhouse to help with three different tasks and run 5km in the process!

We said a big welcome to Pippa who joined GG for the first time, we heard all about the GG Brent Olympics effort – big thank you to Amy, Liz, Pete, Samina, Tabitha – our wonderful team! And… we cued up the fact that it was Tabitha’s 100th good deed!

With a long intro over we let Tabitha lead the run for her 100th deed and I backmarked. Once at Clitterhouse we met Patrick who kindly offered everyone water and then set out the tasks for the night:

  • Rob, Vinay and Sadhana were helping to take some amazing pictures and other paraphernalia down from inside the café that is going to be demolished and re-built
  • Liz, Amy and Georgie were on painting duty
  • Samina, Pippa, Karen and Tabitha were helping to build trenches for a willow dome

We set everyone off working and before we knew it we had been hard at work for 40 minutes and it was time to go! We had a group photo by the lovely sunflower and then with Patrick’s offer of freshly baked scones if we come every week (we’ll see what we can do!) ringing in our ears we set off again!

On the way home Amy and Tabitha did a mini good deed helping a lady whose shopping bag had split by picking up at least a few hundred aubergines for her and then we continued on our way. Once back at base continuing the treats for Tabitha we let her choose Rob to lead the stretch which was very eventful as only one of his stretches matched anything that I would normally do – top work and thanks Rob!

With that all done it was time to finally congratulate Tabitha on her 100th deed – an amazing achievement and from one of our most dedicated and certainly the most fun of our runners here in Brent – congratulations to you!

With that done we headed to the pub for some cake and some well deserved drinks.

Cheers,
Pritesh

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Wheel be spontaneously Composted

Mon 29 Jul
Report written by Brent runner

It was a great turn out tonight as Ten Goodgym runners met to run to Harlesden Town Gardens and help with clearing the garden. As we warmed up we discussed the plans for Saturdays Goodgym Olympics, its still not too late to turn up if anyone wants to join in on the day, and of course our very own Pritesh has arranged the after party - details can be found here

It was a nice evening for a jog, and we enjoyed the scenic route through Roundwood park. We made it in no time to meet Gabriel and Philip, who were really happy with the extra ten pairs of hands to help them out. We split into three groups for three tasks. First group set at snipping branches so that they were small enough to be added to the compost bin. The second group moved a huge pile of wood to the side of the garden. The third group scooped up all the loose concrete and stones from a patch of land and loaded them into wheelbarrows to make way for a new path way.

It was great to be back at a task where we could see how our previous work had helped improve the gardens for all who use them, we had sown grass seeds a few months ago and now there was a full lawn. Many hands made light work of the tasks and finished with enough time for a secret Olympic training session on the way home (photo evidence can't be shared as we are keeping our training techniques under wraps, but I can reveal that we had a wheely good time keeping in good shape)

After making it safely back to Willesden we cooled down and stretched, and a group of us met back at the pub for yet more Olympic preparations...we now have a Brent flag!

Next Week Pritesh is back in town , and we will of course be celebrating Brent's achievements at the Olympics. Thank you for a great evening, see you all soon!

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Garden of Weed-en

Mon 15 Jul
Report written by Pritesh Mistry

14 wonderful people joined me in Brent to run 5km and help Clitterhouse Farmhouse!

On a beautiful summer evening we met at the Queensbury and boy there were a lot of you! We welcomed Matthew who was at Goodgym for the first time and then went thru the intro and news (GG Olympics!) before going through a quick warm up!

It was quite a stop start journey, not least as we passed through the hustle and bustle of Cricklewood but we kept up a good pace and were soon at the Farmhouse! There we met Patrick and Elizabeth who were incredibly grateful for our presence and the fact there were so many of us!

Our task was to do some clearing and weeding in around straw bales that were being used to grow all kinds of plants from mange tout - to luffas (yes apparently you grow a luffa/loofah!), we did some watering and we generally made everything look lovely!

Everyone worked hard for 30 mins in the evening sun and before we knew it it was time to go! Thanks to the team for leaving some water and snacks out for us! We had a tour of the main garden and then had a group photo before heading back to base!

After a speedy run back, with some traffic light squats thrown in we were back at the Queensbury! We stretched and then headed for home or a deserved beverage! Fantastic night everyone!

Next week we head down to Queens Park to deliver Queen Park Community Council's community newsletter - all the details here.

Cheers,
Pritesh

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Crickle-weeding

Mon 8 Jul
Report written by Pritesh Mistry

Eight amazing runners correctly predicted there would be no rain and joined me in Brent to help NW2 Residents Association with some mega weeding and ran over 3km!

We said a big GGB welcome to Lisa, Sula and Vinay who joined goodgym for the first time. So great to have you with us! And welcomed back an Brent veteran, Sadhana joining for her first run in over two years after injury! Welcome back!

After a quick intro we split into a running group with me and a walking group with Liz! The walkers set off and we took a slightly different route which immediately put is in the path of a caterpillar that was clearly lost! Lisa carefully helped it out of harms way and we were off again!

Reaching our destination we saw Marie and her team on a traffic island on the busy Cricklewood Broadway! Surely nine of us weren't all going to be working there? And we weren't!

Marie led us off on to the pavement and then showed us the areas that needed chopping back, weeding and litter picking. We were sooned joined by the walking group and so everyone dived in! Some of the weeds were hugely overgrown and there was so much litter in there too! We remarked on what a difference it makes between different local authorities as the main road is the dividing line and one was so much more looked after than the other.

After a good 25 minutes of hard work it was time to stop with the NW2 volunteers, the Cricklewood Baptist church volunteers and our group we had made a huge difference! We weren't able to finish everything off but I am sure we will be back!

We posed for a group photo and then split again, this time Liz took the runners and I went with the walking group and before we knew it we were stretched, back at base and ready for home.

Thanks everyone and see you next week - I am just finalising details but we should be off to Clitterhouse Farmhouse for some more weeding work!

See you then,
Pritesh

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Back to Cricklewood

Mon 8 Jul 18:45 pm
The Queensbury, 110 Walm Lane, London, NW2 4RS
Helping the town team with some weeding and watering

Please note we meet at the large table at the back of the pub, on the right!

Welcome to GoodGym Brent, we're a friendly running group who also like to combine our runs with volunteering. We meet every Monday at The Queensbury Pub opposite Willesden Green station, we go for a run and do a physical task to help the communities in our borough. We meet in the pub from 6.45pm then head out to run at 7pm. We always have a back-marker so no-one is left behind - we're about achieving something together not doing something fastest! If you any questions or you're worried about the task or run then just contact me.

We're going back to help the Cricklewood Town Team with some weeding and watering of the trees on the main road! We'll head to Gladstone Park after for some fitness fun! 5km total run.

Hope to see you there and let's take advantage of the fact we meet at a pub - always happy to stay for a drink after!

Cheers,

Pritesh

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