Mon 5th Sep at 6:30pm
There was a bit of a back to school feel in Wandsworth last night as, after a some very hot and sticky runs in past weeks, it seemed like there was a new season just around the corner.
This means there is a lot to do in the local area, especially for the community gardens readying themselves for Autumn. Our job last night was to run down to Doddington Roof Garden to help out at this lovely space which has been developed from an abandoned car park into a community garden where local people can grow fruit and veg.
We kicked off the night with a warm up, and welcomed Rory to his very first group run - great to have you join us Rory! So after testing our coordination and reflexes, we were ready for the off, but not without our weekly question. Given that yesterday was international cheese on pizza day (yes, it's a thing...) we reflected on our fave takeaways. Curry was the run away winner, but pizza came an honourable second, and there were even a few delicious sounding outliers such as Greek and good old fish and chips.
We weren't totally sure what the jobs we had to do were before setting off, but after promising it wouldn't be anything to do with the the hundreds of bags of compost we had previously lugged up the stairs, we arrived to find our task for the night was....shifting bags of compost. Sorry team! Still, watched over by the dozens of cats who have made Doddington their home, we carried the less-than-fragrant bags over to the beds and created a very good looking pile of useful soil. Great job everyone.
It was then over to the square where, with the sounds of Spanish music from the flamenco and language school next door as our accompaniment, we knocked out a total body workout with a brutal squat finisher. Well done on some excellent plank form, super sprinting and synchronised step ups!
After a short run back to base we had time for some stretches and a chat about all the good things coming up, including next week's run to Battersea Park, the regular Friday lunchtime community mission to serve lunch at a local shelter and an upcoming parkrun takeover at Fulham Palace where we hope to fill as many of the volunteer roles as possible - you can sign up here. Until then, have a great week, GoodGym!
Mon 22nd Aug at 6:30pm
After such a long spell of hot water, our local trees are in desperate need of some extra love - and that's where GoodGym comes in!
We met last night at our usual spot, and it was lovely to see some new as well as returning faces. We started off with a little bit of a challenge with our warm up, testing our coordination and reactions, and it soon became clear everybody was on fire!
Our job for the evening was at Bramford community garden, so after introductions and a lovely chat about all the great things we did over the weekend (including parties on boats, family time, BBs and catching up with friends - all the fun!) we set off for Wandsworth Town.
Halfway through the run we had a little pit stop to have a photo at a previous task where we have even been namechecked on the plaque - if you're passing Bramlands Close by Clapham Junction check it out!
After 2.5km we arrived to find Sha, who manages the garden, waiting for us with several cannisters and instructions about which trees needed the most attention. Over the next half an hour we crossed over the road to Maccy D's, which had generously allowed us to pilfer their water supply, and back over to the garden to give the thirsty plants a good drenching. Well done team, you will have saved several leafy lives! We also got in a good litter pick, focusing on plastic bottles and those annoying cig butts.
Next week it's bank holiday Monday, and we will be having a group run but it will be slightly earlier on. You can sign up for Monday fun right here. Until then, have a lovely week!
Monday 1st August
Amy Jones done their first good deed with GoodGym.
Amy 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 1st Aug at 6:30pm
Last night 15 GoodGymers came together to celebrate SIX whole years of GoodGym Wandsworth! In that time we have achieved huge things together. Can you believe we have clocked up:
8456 good deeds done by 1109 runners
634 Missions to help older people
533 Group sessions to help community projects
711 Coach visits to an older person
118401 kms run
45729 cheers given
What an amazing legacy...so far! Well done to each and everyone of you who has been a part of it.
We kicked off the evening with a warm up and we were very happy to welcome Amy to her first session - give her a cheer!
Last night's task was at a local community centre where we were replanting flowers that had been donated by Wimbledon Tennis charitable foundation. But first there was a spot of digging to do. Well, that's what we thought at first. It didn't take long for us to realise that the area where we were going to be doing the planting was filled with some rather stubborn roots. However, we were not to be defeated and after some epic battles we were victorious over some of the biggest and toughest roots in Wandsworth.
It wouldn't be a GG Wandsworth party without a bit of compost, so true to form, we shifted and spread many bags of the stuff ready for the plants, some of which looked like they were more than ready to find a new home!
Next came the creative part, and with several of us assuming art director roles we began designing the new bed. Alan Titchmarsh would be proud - check out some of those before and after shots to see the massive difference.
Job done, and it was time for Chi to put the group through their paces with a short but hard core fitness session- although there may have been a relaxed attitude towards the timings (!), it was an effective all over body session which meant everybody was ready for the post-task celebration. And what a celebration it was! Hadas, who runs the Waste Not Want Not charity put on the most incredible spread, with a huge BBQ of jerk chicken, as well as loads of other goodies. There was also some incredible baked goods created by you lovely lot, including an amazing cake made by Catherine.
It's such a pleasure to run with you all, and to see the amazing way you make things happen for the better across the borough and beyond. A very happy birthday to each and every one of you and here's to many more years of GoodGym Wandsworth!