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Let's have a recap
Last night 22 runners ran or walked 4km overall to the brand-new Crisis store in Peckham High Street for the national charity for homeless people. With the new store being right on our doorstep, we went through a quick warm up and a short loop up to the High Street. When we arrived we met Lauren the store manager who directed us to all corners of the store, with many staff making last minute display preparations we were able to add the icing on the cake and as Ed described it! We quickly got to work arranging rails in size order, collecting wipes and cloths to clean every surface of dust, Katie covered the entire floor with a cordless Hoover and Pauline followed up with a dustpan and brush. Richard and George added security lines to the jackets and Civ and Emma lead a group in the back room packing down six bags worth of cardboard! in 40minutes so much was covered, cleaned and re-organised ready for the official opening of the store at 11am.
Be sure to check out the items and artwork on display produced by women who have taken part in the 'Making For Change' programme. A collaborative training initiative for women at HM Prison Downview to learn new skills that could lead to future employment possibilities and break the cycle between prison and homelessness.
FACT OF THE DAY - Groundhog Day is celebrated this week in Canada & the US. It is a Pennsylvanian superstition that if a groundhog emerging from its burrow sees its shadow due to clear weather, it will retreat to its den and winter will persist for 6 more weeks! If it does not see its shadow due to cloudiness, spring will arrive early. - Fingers crossed!
We finished the session with a 3km loop around Peckham Rye and a 500m lamp post time trial to test our paces and raise the heart rate!
Next Week we're running 8km overall to Stompie Gardens working with a local community group to help spread out some wood chip and clear up some weeds. It's getting darker so bring along a headtorch! Sign up here.
See you there Team!
Welcome to Southwark GoodGym!
We're a friendly group of runners who combine running and volunteering with local charities and community projects in Southwark.
We meet in Peckham every week to get active and do a physical task.
Arrive at 18.45 this Wednesday in Old Spike Roastery, Peckham, you can store belongings there safely and we'll be back at the cafe at 20.30.
This week we'll be running 4km overall to the BRAND NEW Crisis store opening in Peckham! It is the day before they are due to open so we will have exclusive acces to help them get everthing ready!
As usual we will add in some fun drills to keep our fitness levels up!
GoodGym is for everyone. We welcome runners of all abilities and it is often possible to walk to the task if you would prefer. You can store belongings safely and we'll be back at the cafe at 20.30. We always have a back-marker so no-one is left behind - we're about achieving something together so you'll always be welcome no matter what your pace is.
A Tourist likes nothing better than exploring new areas and meeting new people, and that's what Susie has been doing. Susie has been to three different GoodGym areas now - nice!
Susie has done 10 good deeds. They are a trusted GoodGym runner and are now eligible to join their local TaskForce.
A whopping 35 runners trooped out of St Pancras & Somers Living Centre on Wednesday night to get out and do some good in Camden.
Becs (as in the Rebecca Clarke, GoodGym Media and Comms extraordinaire) reached her 50 Good Deeds milestone tonight and Laura Lambert hit 100 Good Deeds! Stop reading right now and go and give them a cheer! Well done to you both. Big milestones deserve cake baked by Liz, but more on that later.
As normal, the team split with 10 runners going with John to C4WS and the rest of the rabble coming with me to see Helen in the Camden Scope shop on the high street.
C4WS Report (by John)
A group of 11 threaded their way through the crowded streets of St Pancras and Bloomsbury, avoiding swiftly opened van doors on the way, for our 12th visit this winter to the homeless people's shelter at the American International Church. We knew the routine by now, setting up a human chain to move sheets, mattresses and other bedding from a storage area to the warm area where less fortunate Londoners can spend a night away from the streets and enjoy a hot meal in comfort. In a few minutes we achieved what would have taken an hour for the busy helpers in the church. Afterwards we jogged back to Granary Square for a fitness session: three laps round St Martin's School of Art at a steadily increasing pace, before a relaxing warm-down on the swivel chairs at Coal Drops Yard.
23 of us arrived to Helen's Scope shop in Camden high street, ready to get stuck in. A queue formed and our very drilled taskmaster handed out the jobs to the waiting teams. Jewellery needed sorting and pricing, mannequins needed re-dressing (by the GoodGym visual merchandising team - "Sorry if it's 'Devil Wears Prada' but I think we need a belt here."), shoes needed polishing, donations needed sorted (and steaming) and the upstairs office needed an early spring clean. So many jobs and so little time, but we managed to do them all and boy did that place shine as we left.
By the time both teams got back to base, it was time for blondies and fudge (both made my the inimitable Liz!) to celebrate the two big Good Deed milestones. Liz's recipe for the delicious blondies are at the bottom of the report if you'd like to try at home.
COMMUNITY MISSIONS AHOY: There's not one but TWO plogging Community Missions today - one at 1pm at Red Lion Square Gardens and the other is Glebelands Wood Nature Reserve from 4:45-5:20pm! Let's beat Lambeth to be the top scoring London GoodGym in the January Challenge. We can do it!
NEXT GROUP RUN: It's official, we're going back to Alara Wholefoods and there'll be a box of granola in it for every runner after you've helped shift some manure, tidy up the pond and do some weeding. A smaller group of us will be heading back to C4WS to make the beds again. It's going to be a brilliant night whichever task you choose.
Liz's Peanut Butter and White Chocolate Blondies:
125 g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
100 g butter at room temperature, plus extra for greasing
150 g crunchy peanut butter
175 g light brown sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
100 g white chocolate, chopped
Preheat the oven to 170C/gas 3. Butter the sides of a 20 x 20cm square cake tin and line the base with greaseproof paper.
Sift the flour and baking powder into a small bowl and set aside.
In a large bowl, cream the butter and peanut butter together until very soft. Add the sugar, egg and vanilla extract and beat until well combined. Add the flour, baking powder and the chopped chocolate and mix to form a dough.
Place the dough into the prepared tin and bake in the oven for 25–30 minutes, or until golden brown and almost firm in the centre.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the tin, before removing and cutting into squares.
Welcome to GoodGym Camden! We're a friendly and social group who combine exercise with helping out in the local community. We meet every week to get active and do a physical task to help the charities and community organisations and projects in our area.
GoodGym Camden is the best way to get fit in North London. We meet at 6.45pm, there's a short intro and then we're off on the run just gone 7pm.
This week we will be splitting the group:
We'll run up to the wonderful people at the C4WS Homeless Project; we'll be making their 15 beds for the night so that homeless people from the area can come and get a good's night sleep out of the cold.
The bigger group will be going to Helen at the Scope charity shop in Camden to help sort donations, tidy up the shop and do some (very early) spring cleaning. Also - if you're lucky - you might be able to join Rosie and dress up as you work. There was a great afro and jumpsuit combo in December last year that might not able to be beaten.
We meet at The St Pancras & Somers Town Living Centre, on the other side of the building from the main entrance to the Crick Institute. Look out for the red t-shirts!
There is somewhere safe to leave your bags and toilets are available.
We welcome all abilities but ask that you are able to run for at least 15 minutes, don't worry though we keep together as a group and no-one is ever left behind! Come along and join us.
Gonna be a good one - I'm looking forward to it!
Ben - Camden Trainer