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Beattie went on a group run

Tue 18th Jun at 6:45pm

Green Thumbs and Run Drums: GoodGym's Garden Sprint

Barnet Report written by Paul Salman

Tuesday evening, an intrepid group of GoodGym members assembled at the historic Phoenix Cinema with a dual mission: to help out at Northway Gardens and to get a good workout in the process. The warm summer air was perfect for running, and there was a palpable sense of camaraderie as the group gathered for a warm-up and discussed their summer plans.

Among the group were George and Phil, new to GoodGym, with George impressively having run all the way from home. Moya kindly volunteered to be the back marker, ensuring no one was left behind as the group set off at a gentle pace, weaving through East Finchley tube station and the quiet backstreets.

Once sufficiently warmed up, the group engaged in some Indian running, with sprints to the front keeping everyone on their toes. The sun was setting, casting a golden hue over the evening—a perfect backdrop for a run in a T-shirt.

Upon reaching Northway Gardens, the group met Brian, their host for the evening. Brian explained the tasks ahead and shared a bit of history: the gardens along Mutton Brook used to be maintained by four groundsmen, but now rely on community volunteers due to budget cuts.

The team split into two groups: one tackled the overgrown vegetation along the bank of the stream, while the other started on a disused flower bed, preparing it for replanting. With dedication and teamwork, they cleared the bed, spread mulch, and made the area ready for new plants. It was a rewarding experience, knowing their efforts would help rejuvenate the gardens for everyone to enjoy.

As the work wrapped up, the group headed back towards the Phoenix, incorporating some paired sprints around a circular track for a final burst of energy. It was a magnificent effort from everyone involved, with special kudos to George and Phil for their enthusiasm, Moya for ensuring the group stayed together, Theo for capturing the evening in photos, and Rachael, the ever-reliable stalwart of the team.

In the end, the evening was a perfect blend of fitness, community service, and socializing. GoodGym had not only contributed to the upkeep of Northway Gardens but also strengthened the bonds within their own group, proving once again that a little community spirit goes a long way.

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Beattie
Beattie went on a group run

Tue 28th May at 6:45pm

Alms less cooperation between GG Barnet and the Finchley charities!

Barnet Report written by Paul Salman

Five intrepid GoodGym members gathered at the Phoenix Cinema this evening, ready for a run with purpose. After a lively warm-up, we set off down East Finchley High Street towards our destination: the Finchley allotments, nestled behind some imposing steel gates.

Upon arrival, we were welcomed by Simon, our guide, who introduced us to Carmel. Carmel works for the Finchley Charities, a venerable institution established in the 1400s. It's awe-inspiring to think of the centuries of community support and good deeds this charity has provided, particularly through the Almshouses.

The charity recently acquired a plot at the allotments to grow food for the local Food Bank and create an educational space for school visits. It was our mission tonight to help clear the plot and prepare it for planting.

Split into two enthusiastic groups, we dug, weeded, and worked our socks off! Amidst the toil, I had a fascinating chat with John about the Almshouses in Barnet. His insights into their historical and current roles were enlightening and added an extra layer of meaning to our work.

After transforming the plot into a promising space for future crops and providing a hole for the pond we said our goodbyes and headed back. Our return run featured some fun Indian sprints, with the runner at the back sprinting to the front, keeping our energy high as we made our way back to the Phoenix Cinema for a final warm-down.

The rain kindly held off, and we wrapped up the evening with smiles all around, proud of our contribution to such a longstanding and impactful community project. Another GoodGym run well done!

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Sevan
Beattie
Beattie signed up to a group run.

Tue 28th May at 6:45pm

Beattie
Beattie signed up to a group run.

Tue 18th Jun at 6:45pm

Gardening at community Gardens (Northway)

Maintaining this beautiful open space for the local community

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Beattie
Beattie went on a group run

Tue 30th Apr at 6:45pm

112 holes but it’s not a golf pitch

Barnet Report written by Cloud (She/Her)

Beautiful evening for a short group run to help our friends of Coldfall wood.

Beattie, Rachel, Emily, Moya and Cloud set off from The Phoenix cinema for a steady 12 min run with a pit stop for a series of short sprints.

we met our host Linda at the back of Coldfall woods where the green open space is. Today's task involved digging little holes ready for seed planting next week. the planting will be done by the local school kids.

we have done an amazing job (pat on the back) digging a total of 112 holes ! there were a total of 5 volunteers... who do you think dug the most holes and how many??

keep up the great work GGers!

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Melanie Young

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Paul Salman

Tue 30th Apr at 9:32pm

Well done, everybody involved! I think Moya Dug the most holes in the ground!

Paul Salman

Wed 1st May at 6:57am

Added a couple of new photos

Paul Salman

Fri 10th May at 5:35am

Linda sent a message to thank you again for what you did as the school planted recently in the holes you dug She said . Eden Primary school came in this afternoon with much enthusiasm and filled the plug holes with the yellow rattle. Thank you. A great job for us.

Beattie
Beattie signed up to a group run.

Tue 30th Apr at 6:45pm

Beattie
Beattie went on a group run

Tue 23rd Apr at 6:45pm

Raking in the miles to Martin primary School.

Barnet Report written by Paul Salman

Greetings, GoodGym enthusiasts! Last night's escapade was nothing short of a woodland wonderland adventure at Martin Primary School's enchanted forest paths. Our mission? To spruce up those trails so the kiddos can frolic freely amidst nature's embrace.

We rendezvoused at the bustling Phoenix Cinema, amidst the buzz of a new NHS film echoing through the halls. But fear not, for our hearts were set on a different kind of rescue mission: to save Martin Primary's forest paths from the clutches of neglect.

As the cool evening ended, we kicked off with a vigorous warm-up routine - lifting knees, back kicks, and even a spot of skipping (a skill I've yet to master, I must confess). Alas, a pesky injury confined me to two wheels, but fear not, I pedaled alongside, cheering on our gallant runners.

Under the adept leadership of Beattie ,and with Rachel as our trusty rear guard, our spirited squad embarked on our woodland odyssey. And lo and behold, we welcomed Asia our newest recruit, who bravely tackled the trails with aplomb, proving that running prowess knows no bounds.

Upon meeting John, our woodland wizard, we delved into the task at hand - excavating woodchip, ferrying it in wheelbarrows and wheelie bins, and sprinkling it like forest fairy dust over the paths. With every scoop and rake, we carved out paths fit for the wildest of adventures.

But our work was not done yet! With the cool evening air invigorating our spirits, we indulged in a brief but exhilarating HIIT session - press-ups, squats, and Kubilay sprints, oh my! Great effort from Tom and Two sets later, our muscles tingling with satisfaction, we bid adieu to our woodland haven and made a beeline for the Phoenix.

With weary limbs and contented hearts, we gathered in the foyer for a final stretch, the echoes of cinema-goers' laughter fading into the night. And as we toasted to another successful mission, I couldn't help but marvel at the magic we conjured amidst the trees, and the camaraderie that binds us together in our noble quest.

Until next time, dear comrades, keep on running, keep on giving, and keep on spreading the GoodGym love!

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Beattie
Beattie signed up to a group run.

Tue 23rd Apr at 6:45pm

Beattie
Beattie went on a group run

Tue 9th Apr at 6:45pm

GoodGym Barnet Where every stride makes a 'food'tastic difference!

Barnet Report written by Paul Salman

What a turnout! Over 30 GoodGym enthusiasts rallied together for an evening of fitness and goodwill, all in support of the Finchley Food Bank. It was a sight to behold, with both familiar faces and a plethora of new ones joining the cause. Despite the cool breeze, the sun decided to grace us with its presence, making our mission even more delightful. We gathered outside the iconic Phoenix Cinema, eager to embark on our journey but not before a quick snapshot and some words of inspiration about the GoodGym spirit.Who says it's all about running? Not us! Penny and Franky led an equally enthusiastic group of walkers, while Paul and Moya took the reins for the running squad. The runners dashed off first, blazing down the left-hand side of the High Street, while the walkers strolled along the right.In a twist of fate, the walkers and runners reached the Food Bank simultaneously. How's that for timing? Well, it turns out the runners had been making pit stops for some impromptu exercises, from paired squats to synchronized pushes. With Anna, the Food Bank manager, welcoming us with open arms, we wasted no time unloading our bounty of food donations. The Food Bank was in dire need, and we were determined to make a difference. But why stop there? Feeling the adrenaline, the runners voted for an extended route through Coldfall Woods. Picture this: a breathtaking sunset peeking through the trees as we conquered hills and valleys, our spirits soaring higher with each step. Homeward bound, we weaved through the backstreets, pausing only to push our limits with three sets of sprints and well-deserved recoveries. As the night drew to a close, we reconvened at the Phoenix for some much-needed stretches, basking in the warmth of camaraderie and accomplishment. Until next time, Finchley Food Bank - you can count on us! Keep on running, walking, and spreading the GoodGym love!

Great to meet Tan & Tom on their first group run with Barnet.

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Helena Aka

Wed 10th Apr at 5:55am

This looks amazing and I’ve missed out big time! Am I correct in thinking that this takes place

Paul Salman

Wed 10th Apr at 7:26am

Yes we meet every tuesday at 6.45 at the phoenix to do fitness and do some good in the community! 🤗

Paul Salman

Wed 10th Apr at 8:02pm

How do people feel about doing this again in a couple of months time? Let me know..

Cloud
Cloud (She/Her)

Thu 11th Apr at 5:58pm

Great task yesterday! Yes, Paul it would be great to do it again!

Paul Salman

Fri 12th Apr at 7:54am

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