20 Month Streak
Wed 27th Sep at 6:45pm
5 Speedy Goodgymmers made their way around Bounds Green for a leaflet drop on behalf of the Springfield Park Fun Day next month. And dropped it they did, reader! Dropped it like it's hot!
The Goodgymmer Always Knocks Twice
Dave, Clare, Charlie and Gramps met under an almost full Harvest Moon at Blue House Yard for a nice and quick 2kish run to task. Along the way they picked up Rosa (aka Mama Gramps) and they were ready for the task at hand.
Haringey Council and the good folk at TCV are hosting a Fun Day at Springfield Park in October as they canvass and mobilise the community for some future improvements to this community green space.
Armed with a multitude of leaflets and a map of the areas to be targeted, our Goodgymmers began snaking their way through Bounds Green. Oh, it's always a great sight to behold. As usual, Dave sped away instantly like the Energizer Bunny, but tonight he had competition from Clare who is quite clearly a natural at this task and picked up speed straight away too. Our resident speedster Charlie kept them company while Gramps and Mama Gramps moved at a more gingerly pace a few miles behind them.
After around 30 minutes, we had covered all the roads that we had been asked to leaflet but as we still had a few of them, we improvised and carried on for a bit longer. We even managed to hand a few out to passersby who were bemused by our efforts.
A few pics here, a few laughs there, we were all done by 8pm. Boom!
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Wed 13th Sep at 6:45pm
It was a big turnout with 9 GoodGymers celebrating Nurjehan and her birthday this week. Judging by the quality of litter, clearly all of Ally Pally’s visitors had been joining in the celebrations too!
Queen Khan only deserves the best, so AA Gramps arranged a literal palace for our location and task leader, Jo got out brand new litter pickers for our good deed.
The group spread out along the grand south slope and we enjoyed the back drop of Ally Pally and the city in sunset. We found a bougie class of litter - balloons, pistachio shells, and even champagne corks.
We scoured the site and tried to pick up every tiny bit of rubbish we could find. Of course we had to finish bang on time for Nurjehan’s birthday task, so we took some great photos in front of the palace and headed home.
Wed 9th Aug at 6:45pm
6 clinical Goodgymmers carried out some amateur tree surgery as they visited the Noel Park Estate in Wood Green.
We're Suckers For Good Puns
In what was a really lovely summer evening, our 6 Goodgymmers walked, ran, and hobbled to Wood Green to lend the Noel Park Big Local crew a hand in maintaining some of the trees on the Estate.
Armed with secateurs, shears, and other sharp things we walked down the long avenues in N22 in search of trees struggling for water in the heat with an explosion of suckers in their beds. Before long, we had located them and we got on with some tree surgery 101.
It was hot and steamy work but very rewarding as we made quick progress. Halfway through we were approached by some young and very grateful residents who pointed us towards the tree outside their own house and with a little bit of their help, we gave it the trendiest of haircuts.
Our work was temporarily stopped by the arrival of an ice cream truck but by 8pm, we had left half of the trees on Lymington Avenue N22 looking super.
A lovely night.
Finally, big shout to Sarah and Niamh for today's photos and puns. And to Dave, who came simply for the lolz and the ice cream <3
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Wed 26th Jul at 6:45pm
Who would've thought when Sarah and Dave et al laced up in July 2015 for the first Goodgym Haringey run ever that we would still be running around, doing good/ getting fit/ causing mischief 8 years on the trot. Mad skills, team. Happy birthday to us!
Clare braved the North London rain to join us for her first Haringey Goodgym run and she was a natural. Come again!
Wet Wet Wetbury
Can't feel it in my fingers/ Can't feel it in my toes/ The water's all around me/ and so the feeling goes...
We met up under the rain at Blue House Yard for our birthday run and there was some pass-agg mithering about the length of tonight's run as there were rumours Gramps was going to take everyone for a surprise 5k. Of course he didn't and after a lovely 2k run (as advertised ) we arrived at the Westbury Banks Nature Reserve, where the Nature bit had exploded during the warm, wet weather we're having and needed a bit of a trim.
Enter Goodgym Haringey.
Louise C (nominally from GGYork but actually from GGLondon-wide fame) jumped at the opportunity of managing the trimmer and led the group from the front, making headway amid the most heavily-forested parts of the Reserve.
Beelined behind her, John, Charlie, Francesco, Louise CW, Natasha, and Nurjehan worked quickly and in style weeding, chopping away, and collecting things for the composting bins. Dave and Clare concentrated on giving the Reserve a hardcore litter pick, and finally Sarah took charge of the photography for the night (and the punnery work - kudos for all the puns herein tonight).
Just before 8, wet as an otter's pocket but with beaming smiles still adorning their faces, our Goodgymmers called it a night. After some selfies and high fives, we moved down the road to the dry refuge of the Westbury Pub for birthday fun and drinks.
A good night was had by all.
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