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📍The Arsenal Community Hub N7 7BA
This wonderfully busy community food hub has asked our crew to help out with neighbourhood deliveries!
Mon 20th Feb at 6:45pm
Helping to contribute to a national safe walking map project by running in our local borough!Read more
Mon 13th Feb at 6:45pm
This wonderfully busy community food hub has asked our crew to help out with neighbourhood deliveries!Read more
Mon 27th Feb at 6:45pm
Joining the lovely resident gardeners at Thornhill Square Gardens for an evening of composting, watering and maintenanceRead more
Mon 9th Jan at 6:45pm
On Monday evening, Area Activator Simon welcomed 11 Goodgymmers at The Emirates Stadium (including first timer Sara and a few familiar faces from a few years back- good to see you all!) for one of our first sessions back after the Christmas break. We had spend our Xmas breaks in lovely places like Croydon, Yorkshire, Sussex and Oxford, staying away from the ominous lurgee to the best of our abilities!
After a warm up on the slope connecting to the stadium concourse, our crew made their way towards Highbury Fields via the Whistler Street slopes, and down to the Better Leisure Centre on Highbury Crescent. Upon our arrival, we found an official Islington Council Christmas Tree drop off point, ready to be filled with discarded trees. Our three teams (Tree-mendous Troop, The North Stars and The Tree Team) arranged to cover the North, East and West of the Highbury and Islington borough to find trees and to bring them the drop spot within 40 minutes.
Christmas trees are like buses. Nothing for ages, and multiple ones come at one! Within the last 10-15 minutes of our session, our teams were able to dispatch 18 fully grown and very heavy trees into the official drop point with the power of team work. Great job everyone!
NEWS & UPCOMING SESSIONS
Achilles International VI Guide Running Group Runs
Every Thursday, Achilles International (an all abilities running charity) host their a group session for visually impaired runners and guides of all abilities. These sessions are in mostly hazard free locations, easily accessible via public transport, and a great way to try guiding on a regular basis!
During the winter months, we run our sessions at Paddington Rec Track in Maida Vale, and The Emirates Stadium concourse in Islington, alternating from week to week. In Summer, we will also run in Green Park.
Our next session will be at Paddington Rec on Thursday 12th January, meeting at Maida Vale underground for 6pm:
And then The Emirates Stadium on Thursday 19th January, meeting at Arsenal underground for 6pm:
January Starter Session 1: Caledonian Park junior parkrun volunteering / Crouch End Open Space
On Sunday 15th January, Area Activator Simon will be leading a weekend group run opportunity between two of our favourite community missions! 3-4 miles of social running between Cally Road and Crouch End.
Task 1: Volunteering at Caledonian Road junior parkrun
Junior parkrun is a 2km free weekly time trial designed to allow youngsters aged 4-14 years old to run independently and safely in a social setting. The team are always looking for course marshals, time keepers, barcode scanners and tail walkers to help out on a Sunday morning!
Task 2: CREOS aka Crouch End Open Space
After our task in Caledonian Park, we will run to Crouch End Open Space to help the local volunteer group (Friends of CREOS) with building and repairing the forest paths between Highgate and Muswell Hill, ready for spring time. The team are known for finishing a volunteering day with a picnic and refreshments in the Hanley Tennis Club Carpark, so worth signing up just for this!
11am - 1pm in Hanley Tennis Club Carpark, Crouch End:
January Starter Session 2: Highbury Fields junior parkrun / Penn Road Gardens
On Sunday 29th January, Area Activator Simon will be leading another group run between two of our favourite regular weekend tasks. 2 miles of social running between Highbury Fields junior parkrun and Penn Road Gardens.
Task 1: Highbury Fields junior parkrun volunteering
The Highbury Fields junior parkrun team are looking for keen helpers to assist with the running of their free weekly timed 2km run for youngsters and their families. A great way to start a Sunday morning!
Task 2- Penn Road Gardens
The residents of Penn Road Gardens will be hosting their monthly open volunteering morning just off Caledonian Road. The team have been maintaining a beautiful green spot over the winter months, and preparing fresh compost throughout the year ready for Spring. Come on down for a lovely green fingered Sunday morning task!
10am-12pm on Sunday 29th January, Penn Road Gardens.
Goodgym Islington January Social!
On Monday 30th January, after our group run to Thornhill Square Gardens, we will be visiting Mesi's Kitchen Ethiopian Restaurant for some delicious warming and wholesome food and refreshments. A great opportunity to catch-up and wrap up the January Challenge!
Monday 5th December 2022
Alex Bellinger (he/him) done their first good deed with GoodGym.
Alex is a now a fully fledged GoodGym runner. They've just run to do good for the first time. They are out there making amazing things happen and getting fit at the same time.
Mon 5th Dec 2022 at 6:45pm
It was a brisk and bracing winter evening this Monday- one that encourages double socks, and thick long sleeve tops to stay warm! However, 9 top Goodgymmers joined us this week for our run over to Highbury Quadrant Estate from The Emirates Stadium (including new runner Alex- welcome and Thanks for joining us!)
We performed a warm-up together on the slope leading over to Danny Fiszmann Bridge, before taking on the Aubert Park slope over to Blackstock Road. We reached our destination just by Clissold Park, where local resident Matthew was ready to meet us with instructions. Goodgym Islington have had a hand in a lot of the construction for these particular community flower beds and planters.
We picked up loads of shovels, spades and wheelbarrows from the Highbury Quadrant Estate Meadow, and went straight to work with moving the very last bags of soil away from the estate. One of the barrows did prove to be a bit dodgy, and had a tendency to wobble and squeak- a spritz of WD-40 did wonders though!
A curious teenage fox watched us from a safe distance, wondering what these red t-shirt wearing folks were up to! Within 25-30 minutes, the bags were light enough to be transported to a new gardening plot, without the need of further shoveling, so we worked together to drop the final load of soil for this ambitious project!
Perfect timing for #WorldSoilDay!
Achilles International VI guide running at The Emirates Stadium
Thursday 8th December, 6pm at Arsenal tube station.
Come and join Achilles International for our weekly group running session with visually impaired runners- a great introduction to guide running in a safe, friendly environment! More information can be viewed here:
Canonbury Square Gardens Group Run and December Social!
Monday 12th December, 6.45pm at The Arsenal Community Hub, and then 8.45pm at The Victoria Tavern.
Next week, we will be hosting our final group run of 2022- setting off to Canonbury Square Gardens for a lovely session of trimming, tidying, sweeping and wood chip spreading.
Afterwards, we plan to visit The Victoria Tavern on Holloway Road for a social- pizza and refreshments!
Sign up to both here:
And the social:
Headtorch Group Run Series- Christmas Edition
Friday 16th December, 6.30pm, setting off from The Running Works running shop in Aldgate.
Area Activator Simon will be leading a lovely sightseeing paced Christmas run, along the side of the Thames and the Embankment, Green Park, Buckingham Palace and over to one of the most Christmassy pubs in London, The Churchill Arms in Kensington!
12km or just over 7 miles in total distance- it will be a wonderfully festive final run for the year!
Sign up here to get involved: