Goodgym trainer for Brighton. A running obsessive since 2009 now spreading the running joy by coaching. Have run marathons, prefer 10ks!
Every one enjoys a slow start every now and again and, in the spirit of leisurely beginnings, Goodgym Brighton's second group run of 2021 was short but impactful. Having met at Victoria Gardens, the team hop skipped and, in some cases, cycled a stones throw away to the Gardener on Garden Street.
The Gardener is is the latest venue set up by the Real Junk Project a community cafe that helps to combat food waste by repurposing food before it goes to landfill, cooking it and serving it up on a pay as you feel basis open to everyone.
the Goodgym team were put to task clearing, wiping down and reorganizing shelves, sweeping floors, cleaning fridges and wiping surfaces. The Gardener operates a pay it forward type scheme for meals and coffees where you can choose to donate a meal to someone who may be less unable to pay, and some choose to volunteer their time as payment for their meal or to support the Real Junk Food mission.
Many hands made light work of the task and the team headed back to Victoria Gardens for five fast interval laps around the track (avoiding the cycle path). Some runners had races over the weekend so the group run was modified for those recovering from tough miles on the South Downs.
A great group task to stuck into for the first few back!
Team up with us to update the notice boards in all the residential blocks in the Ingram Crescent estate to ensure residents are kept up to speed with key information about what's happening in their community, and how they can get involved. Afterwards, we'll tour the stunning garden maintained by residents in its full summer glory - a garden which GoodGymers have also been a part in maintaining :)
Meet at the garden to start!
Brighthelm garden group need a helping hand to move a raised bed (which we helped them build a couple of years ago!)
The soil needs to be shovelled into wheelbarrows and moved onto a tarpaulin. There will also be litter picking and weeding!
Very close by ithe Brighton & Hove Food Partnership need a small group to clean the community kitchen which is used to help disadvantaged people learn about good food.
Meet at Victoria Gardens (by the Victoria Statue) at 6.30pm for a short run/walk to the task and the fitness session will be afterwards. All finished by 8pm!
Sloane Court is a council run seniors housing scheme with a big garden!
We've done loads over the years to improve this space, including planting a raised bed and a hedge to encourage hedgehogs! Resident Tony tells me the weeds are huge so loads to do!!
Please bring your own gloves and a small tool such as a trowel or secateurs if you are able to carry it safely.
Every month we meet up together and run or walk a park run. In my opinion Bevendean Down is one of the best! It might be hilly but the views are amazing and you can always walk the ups and run the downs! And as an added bonus we can go to The Bevy for breakfast after! The park run can only be accessed by footpaths. Go to the Bevy and follow the signs! We are also then going on to a Community Mission at St George's Hall after which you can sign up for here
St George's Hall in Moulsecoomb is a community hall hosting, amongst other things, Brighton's first Social Supermarket.
They are having a community fete the following week so have asked for our help in getting things looking ship shape.
We are also having a park run meet up at Bevendean Down before hand which you can sign up for here