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Monday 12th February

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Adam O'Riley completed 25 good deeds with GoodGym.

Adam has already done 25 good deeds with GoodGym. Instead of doing anything else, they've used their run to go and help people that need their help; digging, lifting, scraping, clearing, planting and weeding. Stuff that makes this a better place to be.

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Mon 12th Feb at 6:45pm

Goodgym Islington Take a Tattie or Two

Islington Report written by Simon Fitzmaurice

Half term holidays are upon us, and so is our regular visit to the wonderful Elizabeth House Food Hub! 3 Goodgym Runners joined Area Activator Simon for a dynamic warm up and a pleasant chatty run up Highbury Hill and over towards the former Arsenal stadium grounds.

We were met by Roshni, a superstar at the Food Hub, who offered our team a collection of addresses to deliver to, along with carefully prepared essentials and supplies for local families and vulnerable individuals in the community. We also caught with our cycling and run commuting crew, leaving us with 7 food hub delivery volunteers from Goodgym this evening! Alongside the regular supplies, we were offered the opportunity to include special Burns Night Meals (donated from the Caledonian Sleeper Train- full neeps, tatties and haggis), heads of lettuce and additional loaves of bread (from local supermarkets) where possible.

Our team made short work of the deliveries and helped out with moving all valuable leftover food back into the kitchen and pantry areas of the centre before setting off on our return trip to the Emirates Stadium. Since we were encouraged to take as much food as possible (reducing waste where we can), Louise, Caitlin and Simon adopted a run/walk strategy up and down the Islington slopes to make our supplies survived the trip! Thanks to Adam and Mehmet for the cycle support!

Next week we will be visiting the Thornhill Square Gardens for a special bulb planting and Springtime preparation task.

Sign up here:

https://www.goodgym.org/v3/sessions/group-run-thornhill-square-gardens-b59b8842-4f99-48b0-9e24-639b26bacf99


Goodgym Islington News


Achilles International VI Guide Running Sessions- Emirates Stadium

Thursday 8th February, 6pm, Maida Vale Underground station

Every Thursday, the all abilities sports charity Achilles International holds a group run session at a London location. This week, we will be meeting up at Arsenal tube station, ready to run around Emirates Stadium. Open to runners and guides of all abilities! Follow the link to get involved:

https://www.goodgym.org/v3/sessions/come-and-guide-run-with-achilles-international-emirates-stadium-b05aedd2-d3df-4b9f-b3bb-6aa2ffe55ec5


Caledonian Junior parkrun Half Term Helpers

Sunday 11th and 18th February, 8.45am, Caledonian Park

Come and help local families and 4-14 year old youngsters with running a free weekly timed 2km course around Caledonian Park!

Sunday 18th February:

https://www.goodgym.org/v3/sessions/volunteer-at-caledonian-junior-parkrun-b3e012e2-fa3f-4419-ba1b-416fd454ec11


Friends of Canonbury Square- Volunteer Morning (February)

Saturday 17th February, 10am, Canonbury Square Gardens

Lending a hand with this beautiful neighbourhood maintained garden in Islington, a perfect post-parkrun task!

https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/friends-of-canonbury-square-volunteer-morning-february


Crouch End Open Space (CREOS) Volunteering Day

Sunday 18th February, 11am - 1pm, Hanley Tennis Club Car Park, Greenways

Our annual trip to CREOS this year for a woodland regeneration- loads of smashing forest path building has been planned!

https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/crouch-end-open-space-creos-volunteering-day-february-2024


ON Running and JENKI run club- Thursday morning matcha runs!

Thursday 22nd February, 7am, ON Running Spitalfields, Brushfield Street

Area Activator Simon has set up a series of morning runs, hosted on Thursday mornings at the new ON Running store in Spitalfields market.

A social 5km before work, with the option to take out a pair of ON Running shoes for a test spin. Followed by hot drinks provided by the team at JENKI, Brushfield Street.

Next run is on Thursday 22nd February:

https://www.goodgym.org/v3/sessions/jenki-matcha-with-on-running-spitalfields-group-06ebe096-ebd6-40cb-a0aa-79f77834f470


Penn Road Gardens Volunteer Open Day

Sunday 25th February, 10am - midday, Penn Road Gardens

Every last Sunday of the month, the residents of Penn Road invite keen volunteers to help with maintaining this lovely community spot just off Holloway Road.

https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/penn-road-gardens-open-morning-february-51e9d571-1d83-47ee-a2f5-09499ef9d816

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Adam O'Riley signed up to a group run.

Mon 12th Feb at 6:45pm

GROUP RUN- Elizabeth House Food Hub- Half-Term Helpers

This wonderfully busy community food hub has asked our crew to help out with neighbourhood deliveries!

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Adam O'Riley went on a group run

Mon 8th Jan at 6:45pm

So FIR So Good

Islington Report written by Simon Fitzmaurice

On an absolutely Baltic evening (2 degrees and threatening to snow!), 5 intrepid Goodgymmers met at the Arsenal Community Hub for Goodgym Islington's annual Christmas tree pick-up task! We began with a dynamic warm up on the Emirates Stadium slopes (much appreciated considering the weather!) before heading towards Whistler Street, and onwards towards Highbury Fields. Area Activator Simon even found a tree on route, and scaled a solid ascent and descent before dropping it off at the designated Islington council drop point outside the Highbury Leisure Centre.

Perhaps he was training for our next Goodgym Race Team: Met League Cross Country Fixture in Welwyn Garden City on Saturday 13th January?

https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/met-league-cross-country-welwyn-garden-city-274823d4-9ad0-4792-82e7-56681fbec46c

Upon our arrival, we split up into two groups- team 1 (Alison and Byron) headed to the North of the park, while team 2 (Paul and Adam) ran South, on the search of discarded Christmas trees. Within 20 minutes, we were able to drop off 5 trees from the surrounding area, ready to be recycled!

For the last part of our session, we decided to run to Paradise Park, by Freightliner's Farm to try a new area for Xmas tree pick-ups. This proved to be a great idea, as we found a Massive Christmas Tree in a church yard on route, and proceeded in directing this tree down McKenzie Road! Great job team! 4 more trees were discovered while we were making our way over, bringing our number to 10 recycled Xmas Trees on a very cold Monday evening. Wonderful work all!


Goodgym Islington News


St Mungo's Hilldrop House Group Run

Monday 15th January, 6.45pm, Emirates Stadium

Our next group run will be a return trip to St Mungo's Hilldrop House to continue our fine gardening help around the resident entrance for this important homelessness response centre.

https://www.goodgym.org/v3/sessions/group-run-st-mungo-s-hilldrop-house-2


ON Running and JENKI run club- Thursday morning matcha runs!

Every Thursday, 7am, ON Running Spitalfields, Brushfield Street

Area Activator Simon has set up a series of morning runs, hosted every Thursday morning at the new ON Running store in Spitalfields market.

A social 5km before work, with the option to take out a pair of ON Running shoes for a test spin. Followed by complimentary matcha and hot drinks provided by the team at JENKI, Brushfield Street.

First run on Thursday 11th January:

https://www.goodgym.org/v3/sessions/jenki-matcha-with-on-running-spitalfields-group-run-january-specials-74ffed0a-6aff-4c94-ba19-cba06124500c


GoodGym London - January Social- Market Halls Canary Wharf

Friday 12th January, 6.30pm, Market Halls Canary Wharf

Our next all boroughs social will be held at the awesome Market Halls London venue next to the new Elizabeth Line station in Canary Wharf. Excellent food, plenty of refreshments and good times!

https://www.goodgym.org/v3/sessions/goodgym-london-january-social


Run Tour of Islington Parks #2- ON Running Group Run

Tuesday 16th January, 6pm, ON Running Spitalfields, Brushfield Street

Did you know that the borough of Islington contains 121 listed green spaces according to The Green Classroom?

To celebrate a great year with Goodgym Islington, Area Activator Simon will be planning a social run to visit as many of these as possible within 45 - 60 minutes! We are planning to continue this project over the month of January, to see if we can visit every Islington green space during Goodgym runs.

https://www.goodgym.org/v3/sessions/tour-of-islington-parks-2-on-running-group-run-1bbd1f19-0e98-49af-846d-b259f320ed9a


Post Group Run Social- Happy January!

Monday 29th January, 8.45pm, Memsaab Islington

Following our final group run of the January Challenge, and Frannie from Octopus Community Network's last Goodgym task, we are planning on visiting Memsaab Indian restaurant for delicious curry and refreshments!

https://www.goodgym.org/v3/sessions/post-group-run-social-memsaab-islington-happy-january

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Adam O'Riley signed up to a group run.

Mon 8th Jan at 6:45pm

GROUP RUN- Christmas Tree Pick-ups

Helping Islington Council with collecting Xmas Trees following the festive period

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Adam O'Riley went on a group run

Mon 13th Nov 2023 at 6:45pm

How many Goodgymmers does it take to plant some light bulbs?

Islington Report written by Simon Fitzmaurice

Area Activator Simon met up with a bumper team of 11 Goodgymmers at Arsenal Community Hub last night (including first timers Daniel and Maggie- welcome to you both!). After a full dynamic warm up on the Emirates Stadium slopes, we ran together (with Adam following us on his bike) over to the wonderful Thornhill Square Gardens (about 1.4 miles total, along Mackenzie Road).

After distributing head torches and gardening gloves, we met up with Anna, one of the residential gardening champions of Thornhill Square. Our task for the evening was to dig up an abundance of holes within the rose bushes of this public green space with forks, spades and hand trowels. Once an 8 inch hole had been dug, we would fill the holes with about10 new narcissus bulbs each.

Daniel and Louise took it in turns to bring wood chip to to spread across these newly cultivated beds, to keep these little bulbs safe from wandering dogs and hungry birds over the Winter months. Sarah and Patricia did a smashing job of preparing their own gardening spot, around a dead head fence created during one of our previous Goodgym Islington group runs earlier this year!

After about 40 minutes of digging, planting, wheel barrowing and bark spreading, we packed up out tools back in the community shed in the centre of the park, and bode Anna farewell until next time. Hopefully we can return to see our bulbs growing in Spring! We completed our session with a trip to The Swimmer, at The Grafton Arms for our November social, enjoying refreshments and delicious food on a gorgeous autumnal evening. Well done everyone!


Goodgym Islington News


Crouch End Open Space (CREOS)- November 2023

Sunday 19th November, 11-1pm, Hanley Tennis Club Car Park

Our monthly woodland regeneration session with the CREOS volunteering team. Forest path building followed by a smashing picnic with Crouch End locals!

https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/crouch-end-open-space-creos-volunteering-day-november-2023

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Achilles International VI Guide Running Sessions- Emirates Stadium

Thursday 23rd November, 6pm, Arsenal Underground station

Every Thursday, the all abilities sports charity Achilles International holds a group run session at a London location. This week, we will be meeting up at Arsenal tube station, ready to run around the Emirates Stadium concourse. Open to runners and guides of all abilities! Follow the link to find out more:

https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/come-and-guide-run-with-achilles-international-emirates-stadium-000942e4-034a-4542-8d55-8c077c22cf29

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GG Race Team- Met League Hill Training Session! - November

Friday 24th November, 6.30pm, Pembroke Castle, Camden

A monthly hill training group run session led by Goodgymmer and CIRF Simon. All abilities Kenyan Hills running over at Primrose Hill, in preparation for our next cross country fitness at Uxbridge!

https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/gg-race-team-met-league-hill-training-session-november


Simon's 200th parkrun (& 100th volunteer shift!) @ Mile End parkrun

Saturday 25th November, 8.45am, Mile End stadium

Join Area Activator Simon for his 200th parkrun at Mile End, and his 100th volunteer shift! We will head to the lovely Yurt Café in Limehouse afterwards for breakfast, hot drinks and good times!

https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/simon-s-200th-parkrun-100th-volunteer-shift-mile-end-parkrun

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Penn Road Gardens Volunteer Open Day- November 2023

Sunday 26th November, 10-midday, Penn Road Gardens

Every last Sunday of the month, the residents of Penn Road invite keen volunteers to help with maintaining this lovely community spot just off Holloway Road.

https://www.goodgym.org/v3/sessions/penn-road-gardens-open-morning-november

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Met League Cross Country - Uxbridge

Saturday 2nd December, 12 midday, Hillingdon Athletics Stadium

Run with GoodGym for some cross country racing- the 3rd fixture of the amazing Met League season. Approximately 7-8 km of muddy fun, open to all!

https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/met-league-cross-country-uxbridge-a76dfe91-06bd-4b71-89b3-2c2be2d7b503

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Freightliner's Farm Sunday Special- December

Sunday 3rd December, 11.30-1pm, Sheringham Road, Islington

We are so happy to be invited back to the wonderful Freightliner's Farm just off Paradise Park for our first regular weekend volunteering day!

The team will be on hand to offer some animal friendly tasks around the site.

Sign up here:

https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/freightliner-s-farm-sunday-special

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Adam O'Riley signed up to a group run.

Mon 13th Nov 2023 at 6:45pm

GROUP RUN- Thornhill Square Gardens

Joining the lovely resident gardeners at Thornhill Square Gardens for an evening of composting, watering and maintenance

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Adam O'Riley signed up to a group run.

Mon 30th Oct 2023 at 6:45pm

GROUP RUN- TASK CANCELLATION- NEW TASK TBC

A new project for Goodgym Islington! Building garden structures in Finsbury Park!

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Adam O'Riley went on a group run

Mon 16th Oct 2023 at 6:45pm

Working the Night Shift at the Museum of Homelessness

Islington Report written by Simon Fitzmaurice

Goodgym Islington are thrilled to visit a new organisation in the borough- The Museum of Homelessness in Finsbury Park (set up by Arbor Projects).

https://museumofhomelessness.org/

On Monday evening, Area Activator Simon met up with a top crew of Goodgym runners at the Arsenal Community Hub (including first timers Laura and Lucy- welcome!), staying out of the cold in the nice warm reception area. After a chat and bag drop, we performed a dynamic warm up towards the stadium concourse, and ran the 1.6 mile journey towards Manor House Lodge (zig-zagging through quiet low traffic zones to avoid busy pavements).

Upon our arrival, we met with Ellie and Harry (and a 9 month old Lurcher cross puppy called Keith) at the entrance of the impressive Victorian park lodge building. Wheelbarrows, spades, buckets and gloves were all on hand ready for our evening task.

The Museum of Homelessness is a community outreach project for local park users (housed or unhoused) that is due to open in 2024. As part of the hub, a disused garden space is currently being developed by volunteers and users of the homelessness centre. Goodgym Islington have come down this evening to lend a hand with some of the heavy lifting!

Team 1 (those with effective head torches and clip lights) took hold of wheelbarrows and buckets to collect large piles of fresh wood chip from the North East side of Finsbury Park, depositing the chippings along a newly resurrected pathway in the Museum gardens. Team 2 (using our industrial work lights) helped with digging out the rest of the pathway, edging the overgrown grass verges, laying down compostable cardboard and shoveling wood chip on top. Within 45 minutes, we had successfully laid out an entire pathway, and ferried over 6 full wheelbarrows of chippings into the new gardens. Well done everyone!

To complete an excellent evening, our group split up between walkers and cyclists, and runners joining AA Simon for a jog back the Emirates Stadium via Sobell Road (a tidy loop around the borough). We decided to keep our headtorches on hand, and the enjoy a fun downhill run through Finsbury Park in the dark (a rare opportunity- the space is typically packed!), before continuing over to the stadium (approx 1.4 miles). Top stuff!


GOODGYM ISLINGTON NEWS


The Green Classroom Morning Gardening Sessions

Wednesday 18th October, 10am - midday, Newington Green

An open invitation to attend a wonderful gardening session hosted by Lizzy and Decibel of The Green Classroom, a wild cultivation space in Newington Green.

Sessions are available on the following dates:

Wednesday 18th October https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/the-garden-classroom-newington-green-volunteer-morning-34a47328-71bc-46c7-9496-9d9ce7c9d3d6

Wednesday 1st November https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/the-garden-classroom-newington-green-volunteer-morning-39033162-54b7-4115-bb38-aa4a66b999da

Wednesday 8th November https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/the-garden-classroom-newington-green-volunteer-morning-dd4a2a57-faca-4d7e-a0f4-623f517a832d


Compton Terrace Gardens Volunteer Open Morning - October

Saturday 21st October, 10am -1pm, Union Chapel Islington

A friendly gardening group started to look after the park about 10 years ago. We are always looking for more help - with planting, mulching, pruning, and all the other things a garden needs.

Everyone welcome, no special skills needed! Lots of fresh air and a nice chance to meet local people. We meet once a month on a Saturday morning near the shed in the middle of the Gardens.

https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/compton-terrace-gardens-volunteer-open-morning-october


GG Race Team- Met League Hill Training Sessions!

Thursday 26th October, 6.30pm, The Pembroke Castle, Camden

Goodgym Cross Country is back! We will be returning to the Met League in 2023 and 2024!

If you have never tried cross country, it is amazing muddy fun. A definite challenge, but accessible to all who want to give it a go, and are part of a UKA affiliated team (like the Goodgym Race Team).

To coincide with the events, Area Activator Simon Fitzmaurice (who is a UK Athletics Coach in Running Fitness or CiRF for short) will be hosting a series of hill interval training sessions at Primrose Hill over the Autumn and Winter months.

The Pembroke Castle, 150 Gloucester Ave., London NW1 8JA, and we will run to Primrose Hill together to start our session.

October 26th https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/gg-race-team-met-league-hill-training-session-october

November 24th https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/gg-race-team-met-league-hill-training-session-november

January 5th https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/gg-race-team-met-league-hill-training-session-january

January 26th (aka February fixture session) https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/gg-race-team-met-league-hill-training-session-february


Penn Road Gardens- Open Gardens Volunteer Morning (October)

Sunday 29th October, 10am-12 midday, Penn Road Gardens

Every last Sunday of the month, the residents of Penn Road invite keen volunteers to help with maintaining this lovely community spot just off Holloway Road.

Local volunteers will be on hand to direct anyone who arrives to offer their help between 10am- midday. Come on down to enjoy a lovely morning community task!

Follow this link for more info: https://www.pennroadn7.com/the-gardens

https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/penn-road-gardens-open-morning-october-431b9eba-2d5d-4eb5-ac6a-8b794dc13de3


Ghoulgym Halloween Headtorch Run (Hampstead!)

Tuesday 31st October, 6.30pm, The Bull and Gate, Kentish Town

Fancy an evening of spooky running in North London?

Area Activator Simon will be leading an approximate 10km run through Hampstead Heath, starting and finishing at the Bull and Gate pub in Kentish Town. Running in the darkness of night is a wonderful experience, and really good fun with running friends.

https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/ghoulgym-halloween-headtorch-run-hampstead-0bf38d65-a437-41e1-97f6-039755a8a1d4


Queen's Park Harriers Liddiard Cup Cross Country (75th Anniversary)

Saturday 4th November, 1:00pm - 5:00pm, Kingsbury Free Church (Baptist), NW9

Classic muddy running fun in Fryent Country Park!

Queens Park Harriers invites clubs to compete in the annual Liddiard Cross Country Trophy race which will be run under UKA rules.

This will be the 75th running of the event as no events were held in 2020 and 2021 and we hope to see many of the teams who have competed over the years, plus new ones.

There will be a unique, 75th anniversary medal for all competitors.

https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/queen-s-park-harriers-liddiard-cup-cross-country-75th-anniversary

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Met League Cross Country - Wormwood Scrubs

Saturday 11th November, 12:45pm - 3:45pm, Claybury Park

Met League Cross Country is a set of five 7-8km races organised by London race clubs. They are held in parks and forests around London with the routes including a mixture of grass, gravel and a fair bit of mud (it is XC after all!)

Cross Country is for everyone! Wonderful fun- sign up here for more information!

https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/met-league-cross-country-wormwood-scrubs-de82f7a1-4676-41ea-8d65-e6014ff33989

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John Shirley

Tue 17th Oct 2023 at 11:15am

That Creos task was last Sunday (15th), but presumably there'll be another next month

Simon Fitzmaurice

Tue 17th Oct 2023 at 11:18am

Thanks John. I have edited now

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