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Dan Dunn (He/ him) went on a group run

Mon 20th May at 6:20pm

Careful with the (s)nails!

Islington Report written by Simon Fitzmaurice

After an incredibly busy weekend for the London running scene (check out our report on the Night of the 10,000m PBs at Parliament Hill Track here, our crew met up at the Arsenal Community Hub on a sunny Monday evening. Area Activator Simon was joined by Ralph and Louise for a lovely 1.6 mile run through Highbury Fields, along Petherton Road footpath and to Newington Green, linking to Mildmay Community Centre. Upon our arrival, we met with Dan, Lucy and Caitlin before heading through the a lovely secret garden area at the back of the community hub. The plots, beds and greenhouse are actively used for growing organic produce at discounted rates for local residents and users of the food bank.

Our task for the evening involved removing a large mass of overgrown plants from a forgotten flower bed (neglected from a previous owner). Due to the recent rain fall, the roots were looser than expected, so we could mostly pull the shoots straight from the soil! We collected up the green waste into black bags, that were covered in wildlife and mini-beasts. Loads of snails, slugs, beetles, stink bugs, woodlice and even centipedes!

Since we made excellent progress on shifting the greenery out of the planters, we then moved on to dismantling some rotted wooden decking from the back of the garden. Again, due to the wet weather, we were mostly able to do this by hand (with sturdy protective gloves)- but also had to be very careful not to come in contact with sharp nails protruding from the wood. More time, less haste, more care!

We will be returning to Mildmay Community Centre on the 10th June- watch this space!

https://www.goodgym.org/v3/sessions/group-run-mildmay-community-centre-garden-fix-up-2

We have a special Bank Holiday edition of our group session next Monday. Meeting just by Clissold Park for a series of classic fitness games before flyering around the Highbury Quadrant Estate for London Open Gardens Festival!.

Sign up here to get involved!

https://www.goodgym.org/v3/sessions/group-session-bank-holiday-fitness-games-and-flyering

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Achilles International VI Guide Running Sessions

Every Thursday, 6pm, Various London locations

On Thursday evenings, the all abilities sports charity Achilles International holds a group run session at a London location.

Here is a list of our upcoming events and sign up pages. Runners, supporters and guides of all abilities and experiences welcome!

Thursday 23rd May- Emirates Stadium

https://www.goodgym.org/v3/sessions/come-and-guide-run-with-achilles-international-emirates-stadium-80f59abe-2d99-46bb-99a7-8384ceed2811

Thursday 30th May- Stratford Olympic Park

https://www.goodgym.org/v3/sessions/come-and-guide-run-with-achilles-international-olympic-park-stratford-route-a62f62c2-4983-4404-a9fa-075f3a811719

Thursday 6th June- Green Park

https://www.goodgym.org/v3/sessions/come-and-guide-run-with-achilles-international-green-park-summer-session-0a217b1b-9f2c-46fe-9d07-ddaf5d315c4b

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London Orienteering Klubb- Finsbury Park Go Orienteering Event

Tuesday 21st May, The Twelve Pins, 6pm onwards

Orienteering is really great fun! All abilities running, walking and map reading.

Follow a map offered by London Orienteering Klubb, and find the "controls" (flags and scanning points) across Finsbury Park in order.

2.5km and 5km distances on offer

https://www.goodgym.org/v3/sessions/london-orienteering-klubb-finsbury-park

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Penn Road Gardens Volunteer Open Day

Sunday 26th May, 10am - midday, Penn Road Gardens

Every last Sunday of the month, the residents of Penn Road invite keen volunteers to help with maintaining this lovely community spot just off Holloway Road.

https://www.goodgym.org/v3/sessions/penn-road-gardens-open-morning-may-7d3ebe7e-3ab5-42a7-9351-32a2c89b7925


The Garden Classroom- Weekly Volunteer Mornings in Islington Parks!

Wednesday mornings, 10am - midday, Newington Green

The Garden Classroom has started multiple weekly open garden mornings in Newington Green, Market Road and Hillside Park (near Caxton House). Set up by trained horticulture specialists and open to all!

Newington Green Next Wednesday- 10am - midday

https://www.goodgym.org/v3/sessions/the-garden-classroom-newington-green-volunteer-morning-04e5f5f4-1d3c-4449-9706-bb739a01eadc

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The ARC Centre Riverside Gardens

Friday 24th May, 7pm, The ARC Centre, Angel

Come and help the local volunteer gardening team with some lifting and shifting on Regent's Canal. Followed by a trip to The Hanbury Arms in Packington Square!

https://www.goodgym.org/v3/sessions/the-arc-centre-riverside-gardens-part-2

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Highbury Quadrant Greening with Elizabeth House

Every Saturday, 10.30am - 12 midday, Highbury Quadrant Meadow

A fantastic task for post-parkrun runners at Highbury Fields or Finsbury Park!

Elizabeth House Community Centre, in partnership with Islington Council, Highbury Quadrant Tenants and Residents Association, Highbury Councillors and community organisations transformed three unloved and unusable green spaces on Highbury Quadrant estate.

These green spaces have been designed into three distinct spaces, improving bio-diversity and the local environment. There is now a beautiful meadow, an orchard and woodland areas.

Local residents have the opportunity to access these green spaces and take part in gardening and nature based activities, every Saturday mornings 10 am to 12 pm.

Saturday 25th May-

https://www.goodgym.org/v3/sessions/highbury-quadrant-greening-with-elizabeth-house-178fe3fd-f1ff-47b1-a90e-5bdf4d2bf63e

Saturday 1st June-

https://www.goodgym.org/v3/sessions/highbury-quadrant-greening-with-elizabeth-house-f0843541-48e4-4394-9e05-01a943b17195

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Compton Terrace Gardens Open Volunteer Morning

Saturday 8th June, 10am - midday, Union Chapel, Islington

A friendly gardening group started to look after the park about 10 years ago. We are always looking for more help - with planting, mulching, pruning, and all the other things a garden needs.

Everyone welcome, no special skills needed! Lots of fresh air and a nice chance to meet local people.

A smashing community mission for those partaking in Highbury Fields or Finsbury parkrun on a Saturday morning!

https://www.goodgym.org/v3/sessions/compton-terrace-gardens-volunteer-open-morning-june-4d7078cc-979a-4302-9aeb-2ed524886a2d


Friends of Canonbury Square- Volunteer Morning (June)

Saturday 15th June, 10am, Canonbury Square Gardens

Lending a hand with this beautiful neighbourhood maintained garden in Islington, a perfect post-parkrun task!

https://www.goodgym.org/v3/sessions/friends-of-canonbury-square-volunteer-morning-june-7bead29b-6690-41f9-96c0-75410bf98352


Crouch End Open Space (CREOS) Volunteering Day

Sunday 16th June, 11am - 1pm, Hanley Tennis Club Car Park, Greenways

Our monthly trip to CREOS this year for a woodland regeneration- loads of smashing forest path building has been planned!

https://www.goodgym.org/v3/sessions/crouch-end-open-space-creos-volunteering-day-june-2024

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Dan Dunn
Dan Dunn (He/ him) signed up to a group run.

Mon 20th May at 6:20pm

GROUP RUN- Mildmay Community Centre Garden Fix Up 1 (6.20pm Start!)

Gardening Goodness at this awesome community hub, kitchen and food bank!

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Dan Dunn
Dan Dunn (He/ him) went on a community mission

Sat 18th May at 1:30pm

Lane 3 Cheer Squad In Full Force

Islington Report written by Simon Fitzmaurice

We at Goodgym Islington were thrilled to be invited back to help at Highgate Harriers Night of the 10,000m PBs, a completely unique free premier grassroots athletics event at Parliament Hill Track. A selection of the UK and Europe's fastest club runners, U20 athletes and sub-elite competitors race the gruelling 25 lap challenge across the whole day, and into the night. Races 16 and 17 offer the chance for top runners to meet the qualifying standards for the upcoming Paris Olympics.

Our crew met throughout the day, and were tasked with being Trackside Marshals, responsible for keeping an eye on potential hazards during the races, and to explain the event to anyone joining as a spectator (which is highly encouraged!). We can also lay claim to being the loudest support team on the day, giving the biggest cheers to the amazing performances on show!

We also had the chance to make the most of our down time by enjoying some delicious special edition beer from Sambrooks Brewery, and excellent food in the "in-field"- a full VIP and activity area located in the centre of the track.

Thank you so much for showing your support for grassroots athletics. And definitely consider coming to join us next year for more running inspiration!

If you would like to catch up with this awesome event, full coverage from can be seen here:

https://www.youtube.com/live/MTuhU73buKQ?si=yl6fUzOY-JujfO29

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Dan Dunn
Dan Dunn (He/ him) went on a community mission

Fri 17th May at 7:00pm

Canal Canter

Islington Report written by Simon Fitzmaurice

Areas Activator Simon, Anne, Dan and Patrick met with lead gardening volunteer Mariana at The ARC centre on a gloriously sunny Friday evening. Together, we were tasked with a 1 hour time limit to help with moving a newly donated sack of fresh soil, over to Riverside Gardens on Regent's Canal, with the use of shovels, wheelbarrows (of varying quality!) and buckets. Each trip was approximately 400m from point to point, so we were putting in some solid wheelbarrow mileage between us!

Riverside Gardens is a lovely protected wildflower garden just off the Packington Estate. Full of flora and fauna, and cultivated to remain semi-wild. We successfully deposited almost 2/3rds of the full bag of soil between us- great progress for a big task!

We will return next week to complete the job!

Sign up here to get involved:

https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/the-arc-centre-riverside-gardens-part-2

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Dan Dunn (He/ him) went on a group run

Wed 15th May at 6:15pm

Painting the wonderful Belsize Community Library :)

Camden Report written by Alex Murtough (he/him)

Do we really know what we're doing?

Someone asked.

Know where we can find a book on painting?

Was how our happy group of 8 started at Belsize Community Library on Wednesday evening.

We'd already braved and toppled a sun drenched Haverstock Hill, and we busily combined our rehydrating efforts with pouring paint into trays.

The office and corridor walls had previously been painted by a local group of children. Who'd done a brilliant job, but just on parts of the wall. We were there to fill the gaps and apply a new coat.

Which we got to speedily and whilst catching up with one another.

It's a joy to be in special community spaces, in spring long evenings, and whilst the usual hubbub has passed. We enjoyed the space and we made a difference across a fast 45 minutes.

Thank you, all, for your work, time, and joy - it was lovely to see you!

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