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Will benefit families who are struggling financially who will receive free bundles of children’s clothes, shoes and books
Sat 10th Dec at 10:00am
Will benefit families who are struggling financially who will receive free bundles of children’s clothes, shoes and booksRead more
Mon 5th Dec 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:
Mon 12th Dec at 6:45pm
Xmas Special Group Run to Canonbury Square GardensRead more
Mon 5th Dec at 6:45pm
Back at Highbury Quadrant to build up this lovely community garden spaceRead more
Mon 28th Nov at 6:45pm
This evening, Claire, Katie and Adam joined Area Activator Simon for a run over to wonderful Rose Bowl Youth Centre in Canonbury, taking a spin past Highbury Fields on route. The Rose Bowl is a super active community space, operating as a youth club, social centre, food bank and a recording studio! Upon our arrival, we met with Dawn (the project coordinator) and Natasha and were lead put to the main play area of the youth club.
Our task for the evening was simple, but an important task for active people in greater numbers! Wielding rakes, gloves and plastic grabbers, we sought about collecting as much foliage and fallen leaf waste from the playground as possible, and attempting to compost a good portion of these leaves where possible. The kids in the area play on the football pitch a lot, and it was great know that were making the outdoors more available to them!
We successfully filled up 3 really large builders merchants bags within 30-40 minutes of team work, with was very impressive for our small crew. On our journey back to The Emirates Stadium, we stopped at the "M" entrance gate to host our December "Goodgym Islington Emirates Stadium Time Trial" (last one of the year). Our runners did a smashing job of running the 700m stretch, especially after an evening of hard graft- Well Done All!
Compton Square Gardens Open Volunteer Morning
On Saturday 3rd December, the residents of the neighbourhood gardens by Union Chapel will hosting their monthly open volunteering morning (starting from 10am, so perfect for a post parkrun mission).
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Next Group Run- Highbury Quadrant Estate
We will be visiting Frannie from Octopus Community Network next Monday as part of our group run, and lending a hand with loading soil and shingle into newly constructed flower planters.
Sign up here to get involved!
Canonbury Square Gardens Group Run and Christmas Social!
On Monday 12th December, we will be celebrating our final Goodgym group run of the year with a trip to Canonbury Square Gardens in Islington.
And then a trip to the Victoria Tavern on Holloway Road for pizza and refreshments!
More info here:
Mon 28th Nov at 6:45pm
A return to The Rose Bowl Youth Centre near Canonbury!Read more
Sun 27th Nov at 10:00am
I enjoyed joining the regulars at Penn Road Gardens for their monthly gardening session. We enjoyed tea and ginger biscuits while clearing the paths and flower beds of fallen leaves and clearing out wild garlic bulbs to make way for future planting.
Mon 14th Nov at 6:45pm
After a rare week away, with the wonderful Alison leading our group run to Highbury Quadrant last Monday, Area Activator Simon was so happy to be back at The Emirates Stadium for another group run, after his New York adventure! We had a top crew of 8 Goodgymmers join us for our warm-up and our run towards The ARC Centre in Angel this evening (including new faces to GG Islington- Holly and Alice- welcome!). We chose to take the scenic route up Whistler Avenue, through Highbury Fields and New North Road towards the edge of De Beauvoir.
Upon our arrival, we caught up with Alison and Caitlin, before opening up the unique tool shed/horse box 🐎 🔨 for our chosen implements for the evening- litter pickers, sturdy gloves, head torches, plastic bags and team work! Between us, we took to visiting Packington Gardens and Canalside Gardens, opposite the centre, and pitching in 10-15 minutes of solid litter picking and refuse collection around the neighbourhoods. These particular streets can be a wind block for debris, so we were heartened to see that the parks were actually looking pretty clean in comparison to our Summer months. Within a short amount of time, we had filled up multiple bags of trash, and were confident in setting off back to the Emirates for a lovely long run, followed by some stretches. Congratulations folks! Looking forward to next week!
Harringay Ladder Headtorch Group Run
On Friday evening (18th November), Area Activator Simon will be leading the next installment of our monthly headtorch runs, over the dark wintery seasons. This time, we will be participating in the classic "Harringay Ladder" challenge- stretching from Turnpike Lane and down to Finsbury Park, climbing and descending up and down approx 10km of parallel slopes on route. Check it out here!
Canonbury Square Gardens Volunteer Gardening Session
On Saturday 19th November, The Friends of Canonbury Square Gardens will be hosting their monthly open volunteer gardening mornings. A lovely way to catch up with the neighbours, and perfectly timed for a visit after Highbury Fields or Finsbury parkrun!
Sign up here:
Victoria Dock Time Trial
On Sunday 20th November, we will be bringing our usual time trials in Victoria Park over to the Victoria Dock Basin near the Excel centre, for our social timed running event (5km and/or 1 mile options available on a pancake flat course!). Always followed by coffee and breakfast at The Good Hotel floating restaurant!
Crouch End Open Space Monthly Forest Trail Building
The Friends of CREOS and the Conservation Volunteers will be out to host their monthly forest path building and maintenance work day this Sunday. One of our longest running and most popular community missions here at Goodgym Islington. Good solid digging and wheelbarrowing, typically followed by a picnic lunch!