Sarah McKean

Wandsworth

119Good deeds

119runs

339cheers

Sarah McKean went on a community mission
Community mission
Wandsworth

An un-tree-lievable effort which bag-gars be-leaf

Mon 15 Nov
Report written by Sophie Humphrey

'Tis the season for leaves and we had a great group down in Wandsworth tonight up for the challenge of clearing a local community garden. Rakes, brooms and giant flipper style scoopers were out in force and before long we had used up all the bags given to us! A great excuse for a spot of fitness while we waited for more bags to arrive... thanks guys for your exercise ideas to keep us busy!

Four rolls of bags later (seriously, check out that pile!!) and we could definitely call it a successful night's work. Only thing left to do was embrace the season and literally fall into the leaves as demonstrated by Oliver who also performed some wizardry on our photos making it look like the summer evenings we miss!

Well done Wandsworth and a particular shout out to Catrin for a first Goodgym appearance - we hope to see you again soon!

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Community mission
Wandsworth

Clearing leaves and other jobs

Mon 15 Nov 18:45 pm
Christchurch Gardens, Cabul Road, London , SW11 2PN
at Christchurch Gardens

Christchurch Gardens in Battersea have formed a Friends group to help keep the area welcoming for local people following some antisocial behaviour. They've worked hard to get it looking great, and GoodGym has been a part of the ongoing jobs. They've asked us to come back and clear the leaves that are rotting and stopping the grass growing, as well as some other jobs.

Bring a headtorch and gloves if you have them for this task as it's a dark area.

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Sarah McKean went on a group run
Group run
Wandsworth

Your good weed for the day

Mon 8 Nov
Report written by Anastasia Hancock

Our task for the evening yesterday was back at Doddington community roof garden, a space which has been transformed by volunteers from a multistory carpark into a thriving garden for local people. It's a regular one for us, but it is always fun to see the surprise on people's faces when they visit for the first time - hidden away in a Battersea estate, it's up an easily-missable flight of stairs which opens out into a huge maze of flower beds, herb gardens and composting areas.

It was a short run of just over a mile down to the garden, so we started off the night with a warm up and a quick poll on the little and large things we're doing to help protect the environment. There were some top tips, including riding your bike as much as possible to get places, reducing meat and cutting out single-use plastic, but also some very bright ideas like deleting spam and unsubscribing from email lists which both carry a carbon footprint. You're a clever bunch!

We were excited to welcome Jenni for her first GoodGym session, and to talk about her show, Endurance which sees her perform a feat of endurance, live and in real time at the BAC. She gave us a little talk on how she was inspired by female ultra runners and also about her project 'When we run, we become', where she will be running with other people. Running safely in public spaces is something that we've talked about a lot at GoodGym - if you would like to continue this important discussion, do reach out to Jenni. And don't forget, we have a lovely community at GG, if you ever want to go out for a run and don't feel comfortable by yourself, drop a message on our whatsapp group or send me an email and we'll find a way to run with you!

After a good steady pace down to Doddington we arrived to find Malissa, lead volunteer, waiting for us. She led us through the garden, pointing out interesting plants as we went (while I was trying not to think about how many expensive 'proper' plants I've pulled up over the years of GG tasks, thinking they were weeds...). She distributed shovels, brooms and trugs, and we soon got cracking on various jobs round the garden.

After 40 minutes of hard work, we were almost done for the evening. Apologies for the quality of the photos - I was told a couple of weeks ago that they look like I'm taking them out of a moving car, at night, in the middle of a storm.

All that was left was that tough little leg finisher. We gathered out in the lovely Doddingon square and started smashing through some lower body exercises designed not exclusively to inflict pain, but also strengthen all those important leg muscles and create quads of iron. Some excellent form there everyone!

After that mean old hill and a few stretches to finish off, it was time for a bite to eat and drinks round the corner. Look out for the GG Wandsworth Christmas social coming soon! Next week I'll be away so our group run will be replaced with a Monday night community mission, check out the details here. A final word to wish Caroline, long-term GG Wandsworth member, farewell and good luck for her move to Bristol - have a brilliant time there!

Run happy, run safe, GoodGym.

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Group run
Wandsworth

Jobs at Doddington roof garden!

Mon 8 Nov 18:30 pm
Battersea Arts Centre, Lavender Hill, London, SW11 5TN
Lend a hand at this community garden

We have a great session planned at Doddington Roof garden tonight- a community space transformed from a multistory carpark into a thriving garden! We'll be shifting soil and other jobs, so get ready for a workout that really does some good.

Please bring a headtorch or other light if you have one as the area is not well lit.

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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Sarah McKean went on a group run
Group run
Wandsworth

You could’ve tooled me

Mon 1 Nov
Report written by Anastasia Hancock

Haribo, Bounty, M&Ms, Reese's peanut cups, Snickers..... we started the group run last night dreaming of all the delicious treats we would've wanted to receive if we'd gone trick or treating at the weekend. With the prospect of a sugar high at the end of our run, we started off with a much-needed warm up, and welcomed Alex to her very first GoodGym session - give her one massive cheer!

We set off on the run down to a public garden which has not been well looked after since we were last there pre pandemic. This space is available for local people to use but needs some love before it becomes a welcoming area for the community. Enter GoodGym!

We were slightly delayed by the appearance of two very excited puppies who greeted us at the gate, but once they had been taken off on their walks we were able to get stuck in. Once again, it was testament to just how much a group of people with that much energy can achieve in a short amount of time. We weeded, picked litter, filled bags with waste and generally spruced the area right up!

To keep us getting too nippy, we did our fitness session on the fly, with bursts of running interspersed with strength and conditioning segments allt he way back to the BAC. While we may have got a few strange looks from passers by, it was worth it for the excellent Karate Kid crane stances you demonstrated by the side of the road!

All that was left was for some stretches, and to make plans for next week's group run followed by a lovely fireworks night themed social. Everybody welcome - come and join us for more doing good, getting fitter and some lovely food and drinks afterwards. Until then, happy running GoodGym!

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Wandsworth

Tidying up a community garden

Mon 1 Nov 18:30 pm
Battersea Arts Centre, Lavender Hill, London, SW11 5TN
in Battersea

Before the pandemic GoodGym spent several sessions tidying up a community garden in the middle of an estate in Battersea that had been locked for a couple of years. Unfortunately there has been little done in the garden over the lockdown, so we have been asked to come and do what we can to make it welcoming for local people again.

Bring gloves and a headtorch if you have it as the area isn't well lit.

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Sarah McKean went on a group run
Group run
Wandsworth

Hot dig-gety

Mon 18 Oct
Report written by Anastasia Hancock

It is a testament to true GoodGym grit and commitment that in the pouring rain, a group of ten lovely people turned up to help their community - amazing job. It was wonderful to see some faces new to Wandsworth, and some familiar ones back again.

We even had a reporter from the South West Londoner newswire there to do a little piece on us, despite the drizzle. Fame at last!

Our task was at St Mary's church in Balham, where head volunteer gardener Marian had asked us to come and help prepare the ground ready for the planting of several rose bushes that they had been donated. Before we set off we did our weekly warm up and talked about our dream holiday destinations, which featured Hawaii, the Philippines, Costa Rica, and Cuba. I think you could tell we were feeling the cold, because Norway was the only northern hemisphere country chosen!

It was a two mile run down to the church through the common and on to the busy streets of Balham. We soon arrived to find Marian waiting for us with tools, bags and bottles of water. We had a little lesson in a weed called alkanet - every day is a school day at GoodGym! - and then got cracking.

We dug, turned over soil, got rid of ivy, eliminated weeds and filled bags. Check out the very bad before and after shots to just about make out how much we got done. I can only apologise for the bad quality! Just under 45 minutes later we had made a big difference, so after one final group photo we braved the incessant rain and headed back to the Arts Centre, forgoing our usual fitness session (I ignored the cheers...)

All that was left was to stretch and dry ourselves off. Great work, team. Next week we'll be back to finish off the job - you can sign up here hope to see you there for some slightly less damp doing good and getting fitter. As always, everybody welcome! Until then, have a week of happy and safe running.

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Wandsworth

Garden Restoration

Mon 18 Oct 18:30 pm
Battersea Arts Centre, Lavender Hill, London, SW11 5TN
It will make the community area nicer for everybody

We have been asked by a local church and community group to remove the weed Alconette and its long tap roots, as well as the spreading ivy. We will then fork over the soil and restore by adding farmyard manure and forking in before planting new roses.

This will make the area a welcoming place for local people.

This is a slightly longer run (2 miles each way) so we'll be leaving pretty sharpish after 6:30 to make the most of the light but this week there will be no fitness session (unless you're desperate for one of course!)

Don't forget not to bring a bag you can't run with, and please bring gardening gloves if you have them.

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Sarah McKean went on a community mission
Community mission
Wandsworth

Donation stations

Sat 11 Sep
Report written by Anastasia Hancock

It may have been one of goodgym Wandsworth’s biggest tasks yet, but we rose to the challenge for a very important cause. We turned up at a huge warehouse in Colliers Wood to find tonnes of donations destined for refugees from Afghanistan- our job was to sort them so they were ready for distribution. With teams organising, folding, bagging and packing the mountain of donations gradually grew smaller (check out the incredible before and after shots!). There is still loads to do so there will be sessions next weekend too- if you want to do something tangible to improve the lives of refugees then this is the one for you!

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Wandsworth

Help Wandsworth Welcomes Refugees sort donations for Afghani refugees

Sat 11 Sep 11:00 am
Cycle42, 42 Station Road, London, SW19 2LP
Urgent help needed!

Wandsworth Welcomes Refugees volunteers have been busy collecting and organising urgent clothing donations for Afghanistan, but they desperately need helping sorting it. They've put on two session to do this, and have asked for our help. The official start is 11 am, but feel free to turn up when you can for as long as you can manage.

Seema is the point of contact on the day , her contact number is: 07710000052 in case of any problems.

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