Tom Martin

Islington

6Good deeds

6runs

2cheers

Tom Martin has been Mission Verified. Thu 5 Aug 2021

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Tom Martin went on a group run
Group run
Islington

A Plum Gig

Mon 2 Aug
Report written by Simon Fitzmaurice

Our team at Goodgym Islington joined us for our second official group run from the Emirates Stadium since the return of social running. This time, 5 of us warmed up and ran together towards Elizabeth House Foodbank, one of our classic missions during the height of the pandemic. Paul and Hanry bumped into each other while run commuting from North London, and found out that they were going in the same direction!

Upon our arrival, we met up with the rest of the crew, who had come straight to the task from work, on foot, by bike and on electric scooter! Natalie from Elizabeth House has prepared 10 large crates of donated shopping for our goodgymmers to drop off at various walkable locations across Arsenal, Highbury Hill and Blackstock Estates- essential supplies for local families, vulnerable individuals and those in care.

As the food bank volunteers closed up the centre for the day, we were all offered some lovely sweet plums grown at the Castle Climbing Centre community food gardens, which would have been discarded otherwise (as is the nature of growing fresh fruit from trees- nothing for months, and then a year's worth of food appears out of nowhere!)

Our 5 Goodgym runners picked up their bags of plums, and scaled the mighty Highbury Hill climb back to the Emirates Stadium for our return journey to HQ. A top evening out helping out a busy community organisation.


Next Monday

We will be back group running again next Monday- running to Thornhill Square Gardens, just off Caledonian Road. Beautiful community garden space, maintained by the Friends of Thornhill Square Gardens.

Sign up here to get involved:

https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/group-run-thornhill-square-gardens


Elizabeth House Foodbank Community Missions

If you would prefer not to join the group run sessions over the following Monday evenings, then Elizabeth House Foodbank would love to invite you back to help with more food bank deliveries over the next 3 weeks!

Starting at 6.45pm at Elizabeth House Foodbank, each Monday evening.

Sign up here for the next one:

https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/elizabeth-house-foodbank-deliveries-summer-holiday-special

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Tom Martin signed up to a group run
Group run
Islington

Elizabeth House Foodbank Deliveries

Mon 2 Aug 18:45 pm
The Arsenal Community Hub, 56 Benwell Road, London, N7 7BA
Vital supplies for the local neighbourhood

The plan is to meet up outside the Arsenal Community Hub on Benwell Road, and after a short warm up, health and safety briefing and a warm welcome, we will run together to Elizabeth House Community Centre.

Task Location Elizabeth House Foodbank, 2 Hurlock St, London N5 1ED

If you are not planning to run with us, our arrival time at Elizabeth House Foodbank will be 7.10 - 7.15pm.

After our session, we will aim to arrive back at The Arsenal Community Hub for 8.30pm at the latest.

Things to Note

Please only bring items you are willing to run with.

The bag drop option is not currently available to us at the Arsenal Community Hub, as the space is being used as a Covid testing facility.

This also means that we do not have access to toilets or changing areas yet either.

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Tom Martin has completed 5 good deeds with GoodGym. Mon 26 Jul 2021

Tom is a now a pretty committed GoodGym runner. They've just run to do good for the fifth time

Tom Martin went on a group run
Group run
Islington

Feeling chipper about our 1st run back!

Mon 26 Jul
Report written by Simon Fitzmaurice

Goodgym Islington were so happy to celebrate their first group run back at The Arsenal Community Hub since 2020, and were thrilled to have 12 Goodgymmers along with us. It was wonderful to see so many familiar faces from classic group runs past, regulars from lockdown community missions and complete first timers giving Goodgym a go (welcome Matthew).

After a short warm up utilising the mighty slope up to Emirates Stadium, our team run to Market Road Gardens (one of our favourite task locations) via Mackenzie Road (passing Ringcross Community Centre on the way). 2 miles total distance covered this evening by everyone involved (Thank you for backmarking, Steve)

Area activator Simon unlocked all the gates for Market Road Gardens (a lovely permaculture project), and our crew wheeled out a collection of wheelbarrows, rakes, spades, huge brushes and shovels. We even created a glorious vehicle called "Herbie" out of an abandoned shopping trolley and a storage tub found in Heyward Adventure Playground. Our primary focus for the evening was to clear a huge pile of wood chip off the vehicular access point for the playground users, and into an allocated storage bay. Many hands got cracking with shoveling and transferring the wood chip across the park, while Patrick took charge of depositing the wheelbarrows neatly in the loafing bay.

Our 2nd task involved sweeping and clearing lots of mud, green waste and debris off the pavement surrounding the entrance to the community centre. This was all strewn across the paths after the very heavy rain over the weekend, so we collected as many of these obstacles as possible.

We admired our handiwork for a bit (all major tasks completed within 45 min!) before running and cycling back the Arsenal Community Hub, and topping off our group run with a final hill rep and a bit of stretching.

9 of us then made a visit to a great local bar called "The Highbury Library", located just behind our start point for some light refreshment and a quality catch-up!

Sign up to next Monday's group run to Elizabeth House Foodbank here:

https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/elizabeth-house-foodbank-deliveries-d4ac3696-9cf6-4492-8bd0-93ae52054178

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Tom Martin signed up to a group run
Group run
Islington

First Group Run Back! Market Road Gardens!

Mon 26 Jul 18:45 pm
The Arsenal Community Hub, 56 Benwell Road, London, N7 7BA
Getting active, while helping at this amazing community permaculture space!

So glad to announce that Goodgym Islington will be leading their first group run session since early 2020!

The plan is to meet up outside the Arsenal Community Hub on Benwell Road, and after a short warm up, health and safety briefing and a warm welcome, we will run together to Market Road Gardens.

Task Location Market Road Gardens Market Road London N7 9PL

If you are not planning to run with us, our arrival time at Market Road Gardens will be 7.10 - 7.15pm. Area Activator Simon has the key to access the space.

After our session, we will aim to arrive back at The Arsenal Community Hub for 8.30pm at the latest.

Things to Note

Please only bring items you are willing to run with.

The bag drop option is not currently available to us at the Arsenal Community Hub, as the space is being used as a Covid testing facility.

This also means that we do not have access to toilets or changing areas yet either.

GG ISLINGTON CATCH UP!

Simon has booked some outdoor seats at The Highbury Library cafe and bar, in Drayton Park (round the back of the Emirates).

Please feel free to join us for a catch up drink and chat after the session!

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Tom Martin went on a community mission
Community mission
Islington

None Shall Grass

Mon 19 Jul
Report written by Simon Fitzmaurice

The Goodgym Islington crew returned to Market Road Gardens yesterday evening (gathering around the famous milk float/tool shed affectionately named "Elizabeth Gertrude" or "Old Bessie") for a sunny summer community session.

Our team have been involved with the renovation of this lovely hidden green space just across the road from Caledonian Park over the past year, and the area has become a thriving permaculture garden (with over 40 species of plants and flowers growing strong).

Our task this time was to separate some discarded branches and green waste from our dedicated woodchip pile (using wheel barrows and shovels), and then to continue filling the bay as best we can. Steve and Tom also helped with clipping away some overgrown nettles and thistles from the main pathways- curating the space, while letting it go wild! Woody and Mali were the main wheelbarrow drivers this evening, while Nikki, Paul and Sam took it in turns to fill up the barrows with plants and wood chip.

Frannie from Octopus Community Network was thrilled with the progress we have been making with this ongoing project, and how these gardens have flourished with the recent rainfall.

Next Monday, we will be back at Market Road Gardens, but as part of our first Goodgym Islington group run since early 2020! How exciting!

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Tom Martin signed up to a community mission
Community mission
Islington

Market Road Gardens (Week 4)

Mon 19 Jul 19:00 pm
Market Road, London, N7 9PL
Join us for our mighty Market Road Gardens greening project!

We will be helping the lovely folks from Octopus Community Network and Market Road Gardens again this week.

Task location:

Market Road Gardens, Off Market Road, London, N7 9GT

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Tom Martin signed up to a community mission
Community mission
Islington

Market Road Gardens (Week 3)

Mon 12 Jul 19:00 pm
Market Road, London, N7 9PL

Please note that this community mission has been cancelled.

Join us for our mighty Market Road Gardens greening project!

We will be helping the lovely folks from Octopus Community Network and Market Road Gardens again this week.

Task location:

Market Road Gardens, Off Market Road, London, N7 9GT

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