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Diane needs our help with tidying up Ballast Quay Garden in preparation for a big opening! The garden will be open on the weekend of 26-27 June for the Bexley Hospice appeal. If you've never heard of the wonderful work that the Greenwich and Bexley Community Hospice do, follow this link to find out more: http://www.communityhospice.org.uk/
The task is to help with the garden's general tidy up - there will be the usual weeding, pruning and raking, and probably a lot of watering to do too!
Please remember to bring your gloves and do not share tools.
If anyone would like to write the run report afterwards and take some photos (and let's face it, who wouldn't?), say so in the comments below.
Steve loves to wander. Steve has been to seven different GoodGym areas and seen the different cultures, etiquette and style of different trainers and met hundreds of people. Steve is a wanderer.
WOW what a mission!
We might have slightly over run but it was totally worth it to see the job done. 10 tons of crushed concrete shovelled into bags and carried up four flights of stairs.
Well deserved ice cream treat at the end thanks to the Southbank centre made it even more worth it.
Over the last couple of months Good Gym have been supporting Grounded Ecotherapy volunteers to get the garden ready to reopen after 20 months of closure. The work has really paid off and the garden opens next week and is looking stunning!
Huge thank you everyone for making it happen.
Join for a friendly, chatty, and relaxed jaunt around the Royal Parks. We'll be taking in Green Park, St James's Park, and Hyde Park for a steady distance of about 10K in total, and at about halfway, we'll take a little water break and work through a few music-fueled body weight exercises.
Sunday mornings with 10Ks usually don't sound as good as coffee and pancakes, but if you're after a super-inclusive group to get you up and around 10K, then please do join. Absolutely all paces welcome - from super speedy sonics to those who think Sunday mornings should be a little more relaxed. For anyone wanting to take things a little more steady, I'll be sitting right at the back of the group ready for a chat :)
Any questions, just holla by putting them in the comments below.
Looking forward to it,
Returning to the fabulous Southbank Centre roof Garden, continuing on our mission to help get it ready for opening again to the public. We'll be doing some general gardening duties including weeding and painting planters as well as moving crushed concrete to make new pathway.
Please bring your own gloves if you have, or can provide you some.
What better to do on a muggy summer evening than go wading in the river? 12 intrepid GoodGymmers from Lewisham, Greenwich and Southwark did just that on Wednesday evening.
The task was to help clean up the River Ravensbourne through Brookmill Park in Deptford, a a mile or so down from where it flows into the Thames at Deptford Creek. Years back, the river was stuck in a concrete culvert, but when the Docklands Light Railway came here in the 1990s, the DLR paid for it to be brought back to life again. So these days it bubbles and gurgles through the park - you wouldn't think you were in Deptford. It's also remarkably clean - and that's where volunteers come in.
After donning our waders and grabbing litter-picking tools, we took to the water in pairs, spreading out along the river, removing bits of builders' junk, old clothes, plastics, drinks cans, and ripping out bits of Himalayan balsam that had appeared on the banks. There were lots of dead crabs, but nothing too gruesome. The water was surprisingly deep in places, but we managed to remain standing...
While the river looked clean, we still managed to fill plenty of bags with rubbish. And wandering through a fast-flowing river with heavy waders is a surprisingly good workout.
It was a terrific evening to catch up with old faces (and new ones too - time to welcome Victoria to GG Lewisham after switching from Lambeth) and spot a few minty-fresh 100 tops too. Plenty of passers-by stopped to say hello too. Thanks to Lawrence and Tim for leading us - we'll be back (if you let us!)
Come along and join a friendly group of runners and chatters for a little jaunt through our city's loveliest central parks. We'll be starting in Green Park, heading up through and around St James's, and will be finishing with a loop of Hyde Park. Along the way, we'll stop for a few quick body-weight exercises, will be joined by some nice chilled-out musical vibes, and will have a good ol' natter too.
For those wanting to take things speedy and quick, I'll send out the route in advance so you know where you're going. As for me, I'll be taking things steady and will sit at the back of the group. The route'll be roughly 10k and you'll be able to drop off at any point if this is a little far for a Sunday morning - and for those looking to spread their running wings up to the 10k mark, you'll be sure to find a super-supportive and relaxed group to get you there at the pace that works for you.
Looking forward to it, friends,
I admit it.
And I'm doing so because I want to be honest. Honest with you, my dear reader. It's an unwritten (ironic?) contract between writer and reader, isn't it. You've taken the time to read and the least you deserve is absolute, complete, and unconditional honesty.
So here's me admitting to you - admitting that I woke up feeling awful - awful because I'd only completed a measly 7 GoodGym missions yesterday :( That's right, only 7 over 8 hours :(
How could I be so selfish with my weekend's time? Could I really call myself a GoodGymer? Surely I should simply burn my red t-shirt? I woke up in this existential crisis of conscience, dear reader, and I wondered, and wondered and wondered - would I ever feel good enough for GoodGym again?
Okay, fine, maybe I didn't. And maybe I didn't do any GoodGym missions this weekend. But don't tell anyone, okay? Especially as I did spend this morning with GoodGym friends from across our wonderful city.
We convened in the lovely Green Park. Joining the brother, Steve, and I, were the awesome Daniele, Jatin, Jenny, Laura, and Tom. What a pleasure it is to spend time with friendly, smiley, and super-interesting people.
Following some athletic limbering up in front of the park's Sunday morning strollers and coffee-sippers, we shot down the Mall, up across to the Embankment, over and past the House of Parliament, and back to Green Park. Upon our return, we found a spot, pumped up the boombox's speakers, and got to some core-boosting bodyweight exercises. A few sips of water later and we shot off for our morning's second stint of jaunting, taking in a lovely (and rain spotted) loop of Hyde Park.
Nearly two hours passed by in conversation and laughter - thank you to this lovely group for making the morning rather special.