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Mon 24th Oct 2022 at 6:45pm
In between sporadic rain showers, Area Activator Simon caught up with a top crew of Goodgymmers (a mix of regulars and new starters- welcome Michelle!) outside the Arsenal Community Hub for our weekly group run. After a count-off to introduce each other (and to show off our favourite firework sounds to celebrate Diwali!), we ran approximately 1 mile together towards Elizabeth House Food Hub on Hurlock Street (utilising some hills on route!).
Upon our arrival, we found that Ernestas, Natalie and Natasha were already helping the super busy food bank crew with their half term operations. Elizabeth House Food Hub has been set up to act like a supermarket of donated produce that can be affordably purchased by the immediate community. During the holidays, more families and individuals require additional assistance with deliveries, so Goodgym Islington were asked whether would lend a hand. Half of our runners paired up together to deliver these essential parcels to households across the borough. The rest of our team assisted with cleaning and closing up the tables used for the food bank, and with loading any additional produce back into the kitchen (after some quality control). We finished off the evening with some recycling, and breaking down food boxes for collection.
The Elizabeth House Food Hub core yeam were absolutely thrilled with the amount of work completed within such a short amount of time, and asked is to definitely return in the future! Well done all!
Our final event of the night was the introduction of our monthly "Emirates Stadium Time Trial"- a personal test run with your fellow Goodgymmers to see how quickly we can run the 700m loop of the Emirates Concourse. It was so great to bring back this "Paul Bown" tradition to Goodgym Islington again.
Highbury Quadrant Soil Shifting
On Wednesday 26th November, Area Activator Simon and Ernestas of Highbury Ward will be helping Octopus Community Network with filling up some newly constructed flower planters around the Highbury Quadrant Estate.
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VI Guide Running at Emirates Stadium with Achilles International
Every Thursday, Achilles International will lead a group run for visually impaired runners and local guides at Paddington Rec Track or The Emirates Stadium. This week, we will be returning to North London for our session. Open to potential guide of all abilities, and for anyone up for a group run!
Halloween Hampstead Heath Headtorch Group Run
On Friday 28th November, AA Simon will be leading his annual Halloween headtorch run around Hampstead Heath- starting at the Bull and Gate Pub in Kentish Town, and looping around the gorgeous trails of North London. Costumes and trail shoes are advised, but not essential! Social group running pace will be the aim for the evening- please bring your own headtorch if possible.
Caledonian Park Junior parkrun Half Term Holiday Help
On Sunday 30th November, the lovely event directors of junior parkrun in Caledonian Park have asked if any of our Goodgym crew would be available to help with course marshalling, time keeping, tail walking or barcode scanning for their free weekly timed run for 4-14 year old runners. Volunteer numbers from parents and usual assistants tend to be down due to the half term break, so any help would be awesome!
Penn Road Gardens Volunteer Open Morning
After Junior parkrun, the resident volunteers of Penn Road Gardens will be hosting their monthly open morning for composting, mulching and garden maintenance near Holloway Road. A wonderful way to spend a Sunday morning with a potential Goodgym double task!
Mon 24th Oct 2022 at 6:45pm
This wonderfully busy community food hub has asked our crew to help out with neighbourhood deliveries!Read more
Mon 5th Sep 2022 at 6:45pm
Area Activator Simon was joined by Katie, Josh and Claire outside the Arsenal Community Hub on Monday evening. Before setting off on our trip over to the lovely ARC Centre in Angel, we performed the classic Goodgym count-off (name, number and "what did you enjoy most about last weekend?"). Our responses ranged from catching up with old friends on Primrose Hill, hiking across London and enjoying the Big Half on Sunday (congratulations to all of our Goodgym runners!). After a warm up on the Emirates slopes, we began our 2 mile jog across town!
This time, we decided to change up our usual running route by passing through Compton Terrace Gardens, and passing Union Chapel on our way to Essex Road, and down to Packington Street. Upon our arrival, we met with Susan, one of the excellent coordinators at the ARC Centre, and we quietly explained our task for the evening (while keeping our voices down for the Mysore Yoga class being led next door!).
Two weeks ago, our Goodgym crew helped with moving a huge amount of equipment and gardening kit from a spare room, and into an unused toilet block to allow the space to be used for an upcoming event. This week, we were tasked with re-organising the ARC Centre's portable tool and gardening shed- a former horse box, converted into a storage spot. Josh, Claire and Caitlin cracked on with carefully moving all of the contents of the horse box out and on to the side of the pavement, ready to be arranged. Hose pipes, wheel barrows, endless plant pots and tools were brought out throughout the evening.
Benedict and Charlotte also helped with checking to see if any of the office equipment from our last visit could be comfortably added to the horse box, without blocking the access point- additional pipes, wooden stakes and willow branches were added. By the end pf the evening, we had created loads more space in the box, and had made them most frequently used tools easily accessible for Will, Damien and all of the community gardeners near Packington and Canalside gardens.
Wonderful work everyone! Our run crew made their way back to The Emirates in good and ample time, and enjoyed a trip to Highbury Fields on route.
Group Run to The Rose Bowl, followed by our September Social!
After our group run to The Rose Bowl Youth Club near Canonbury, we are planning on making a trip to The Tollington Arms for some refreshments, delicious Thai food and good times to celebrate our September social.
Monday 12th September, 8.45pm onwards.
Last minute task- Memorial Garden Lifting and Shifting task at Grenville Gardens
Area Activator Simon will be helping the volunteers at Grenville Gardens on Tuesday 6th September (6pm) with moving some soil for the flower beds surrounding the community gardens.
We received the sad news that one of our frequent task owners, Sarah Roth, passed away recently. The team are planning on getting the garden ready for special event to commemorate her.
Any assistance would be hugely appreciated!
Mon 9th May 2022 at 6:45pm
Perfect running weather on Monday evening- fortunately well timed for our weekly group run from Elizabeth House Food Hub. Area Activator Simon met with Natasha, Josh, Adam, Charlotte and Charlotte (welcome to our first time group runners!) outside the community centre while discussing our busy weekends (Spartan races, Rat Races, White Star OX running relays, travelling Europe and Scandinavia and completing huge web project challenges were all on the cards).
After a dynamic warm-up, our running team made their way over to Thornhill Square Gardens, a 2 mile run up Highbury Hill (past the original Arsenal Stadium building, and through the current Arsenal Stadium), and up MacKenzie Road to Cally Road. Upon our arrival, Thornhill Square Gardens was already full of activity, as Anna, the volunteer coordinator for the Residents of Thornhill Square had found tasks for the rest of our crew.
Nikki, Emily, Adam and Alison were doing a cracking job of tending to a former patch of rose bushes (we had pulled up a lot of these dead bushes in the past- a big job!). Meanwhile, Paul, Natasha and Adam were set to shoveling bark and chipping into wheelbarrows, and evenly spreading the organic material across the flower beds (to refresh the soil and to protect the growing bulbs). Charlotte and Charlotte snipped away at the grass verges surrounding the flower beds to make the gardens look much tidier. Josh was given a mallet and chisel, and helped out with installing new posts and branch barriers for a "dead hedge" around the western side of the gardens. Caitlin had a smashing task of planting some spooky looking "ginger lillies", which are apparently not ginger and not lillies... but they resemble mandrakes. Very satisfying work!
As we wound down our activities for the evening, we separated off into a collection of groups. Emily lead a walking group setting off to The Owl and Hitchhiker pub in Holloway Road for our monthly social. Simon ran back to Elizabeth House with Adam and Josh, who completed a 4.2 mile loop combining some cycling and running on route through quiet back streets. A smashing way to finish off a top task!
Night of the 10,000m PBs- volunteer call out!
On Saturday 14th May, Parliament Hill Track will be hosting the Highgate Harriers Night of the 10,000m PBs. This is the premier athletics event of the season- a full party with Europe's top running talents competing for Commonwealth Games qualifiers and international opportunities. It's completely free to the public too!
Highgate Harriers are looking for volunteers to help with manning the barriers on trackside, so you would have the best view of the night! Plenty of perks on offer as well!
For more info, have a look here: https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/night-of-the-10-000m-pbs-friday-set-up-volunteers
Crouch End Open Space (CREOS) Sunday Volunteering Afternoon
We will be returning to CREOS on Sunday 15th May for more awesome forest path building assistance with The Conservation Volunteers and the Friends of CREOS. A classic Goodgym task with lovely local volunteers, often followed by a picnic and a chat!
Mon 9th May 2022 at 6:45pm
New task due to cancellation- Running to help at Thornhill Square Gardens instead!Read more