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GROUP RUN- Thornhill Square Gardens- WALK SESSION
🗓Tomorrow 6:45pm

📍Caledonian Road and Barnsbury Overground Station N1 1DF

Joining the lovely resident gardeners at Thornhill Square Gardens for an evening of composting, watering and maintenance

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Mon 22nd Apr at 6:45pm

GROUP RUN- Thornhill Square Gardens- WALK SESSION

Joining the lovely resident gardeners at Thornhill Square Gardens for an evening of composting, watering and maintenance

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Mon 15th Apr at 6:45pm

Disturbing the Soil Worms

Islington Report written by Simon Fitzmaurice

A Return to Caxton House Community Gardens

This week, Area Activator Simon caught up with 9 Goodgymmers from all across town between Archway underground station and Caxton House Community Gardens. Continuing our regular walking groups (runs will return on Monday 13th May!), our team arrived outside the centre and met with Rose and a big crowd of local volunteers, all on hand to help out for an evening of lifting and shifting.

The plan is to make a start on building a lovely new sensory garden- ready for new bulbs and plants to be prepared in June (we will definitely be returning to help out!). First things first, our crew picked up shovels and forks to dig up masses of old soil, and bagging the mud up for other projects. Emre did a smashing job of wheelbarrowing the full bags to the garden entrance gate, ready of pick up. Emily and Sally also helped with weeding the pavements on the main courtyard, and gathering sycamore seeds from the surfaces (these can be invasive and quick growing- best to pick them up ASAP!).

After 45 minutes of digging and jaffa cakes, our crew successfully pulled out an abundance of plastic piping, left behind from previous garden users. A difficult job, very well done! Excellent work everyone.

Together, we walked back toward the underground station, before popping in for refreshments, pizza and Scrabble at The Archway Tavern for our monthly social.


GOODGYM ISLINGTON NEWS


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!

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Thursday 18th April- The Big Battersea Park London Marathon Meet Up!

https://www.goodgym.org/v3/sessions/achilles-international-vi-guide-running-big-battersea-london-marathon-gathering


Thursday 25th April- Stratford Olympic Park

https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/come-and-guide-run-with-achilles-international-olympic-park-stratford-route-8ab55c50-d137-4389-812a-56f43f003406

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Thursday 2nd May- Green Park

https://www.goodgym.org/v3/sessions/come-and-guide-run-with-achilles-international-green-park-summer-session-be3638a8-9cab-4297-bdd7-3c5ac8616be6


Thursday 9th May- Paddington Rec Track (Maida Vale underground)

https://www.goodgym.org/v3/sessions/come-and-guide-run-with-achilles-international-paddington-rec-track-dabb9655-646a-4c7d-bca8-6b96c43812d2

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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-21780f70-5a13-477c-8a8c-4750f8e8e69c

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Friends of Canonbury Square- Volunteer Morning (April)

Saturday 20th April, 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-april-47df49e5-fe6b-49c1-8f7f-db1a3ea72d6b


Crouch End Open Space (CREOS) Volunteering Day

Sunday 21st April, 11am - 1pm, Hanley Tennis Club Car Park, Greenways

Our annual 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-april-2024

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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 27th April

https://www.goodgym.org/v3/sessions/highbury-quadrant-greening-with-elizabeth-house

Saturday 4th May

https://www.goodgym.org/v3/sessions/highbury-quadrant-greening-with-elizabeth-house-7b9e8578-50ca-4d6d-a57d-28fe4008fc50

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Penn Road Gardens Volunteer Open Day

Sunday 28th April, 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-march-184b9602-cc34-44e0-8e8d-a8d7694dcff7


Night of the 10,000m PBs- Volunteer marshals for the UK athletics party of the year!

Saturday 18th May, 2pm - 10pm, Parliament Hill Track

Help the UK's premier grassroots athletic event go ahead on Parliament Hill!

The event is an annual full day of endurance distance racing with the most competitive runners on the scene. These races have been listed as part of the European 10,000m qualification criteria, so some incredible running will be on show!

https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/night-of-the-10-000m-pbs-2024-official-saturday-show-time-volunteers


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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Mon 15th Apr at 6:45pm

GROUP SESSION- Caxton House Sensory Garden Building

Building a lovely new sensory garden at this great community centre

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Mon 8th Apr at 6:00pm

Easter Eggs and Excellent Energy at Elizabeth House

Islington Report written by Simon Fitzmaurice

Early on Monday evening (a rare 6pm start!), 5 Goodgymmers met with Area Activator Simon outside Arsenal Underground station. Together, we walked together down Gillespie Road, and over to Elizabeth House Food Hub on Hurlock Street- a busy "supermarket style" community food bank for the Highbury and Arsenal boroughs.

The Easter holidays often affects the availability for regular helpers at the food hub- families and those with dependents may find themselves unable to attend the "supermarket" in person as well. So Goodgym Islington have been maintaining a frequent connection with this essential centre, offering assistance over holiday months. The hub was in full flow when we arrived, but Roshni and the crew had set up a series of pre-prepared drop off locations for supplies and essentials. Including a special Easter Egg for a former volunteer and visitor over in Highbury Hill!

Emre and Dan took on a collection of deliveries around Twyford House, on the estate, while Charlotte and Faye ventured further into the borough (past the former Arsenal stadium complex!). Upon the return of our Goodgymmers, the food hub had started to close down for the night. So we all pitched in to move non-perishable food and supplies back into the kitchens and on to shelving. All perishable items were then composted or offered to any hungry volunteers (lots of allotment grown rhubarb, celery and mushrooms were taken home!).

A wonderful evening had by all. Well done everyone!


GOODGYM ISLINGTON NEWS

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Caxton House Community Centre Sensory Garden Building

Monday 15th April, 6.45pm, Archway Underground station

We have been invited back to Caxton House to lend a hand with their new sensory garden project. Lifting, shifting and digging to be expected. But other lighter tasks are also available as well!

https://www.goodgym.org/v3/sessions/group-session-caxton-house-sensory-garden-building

And following our group session, we will enjoy our monthly social:

Post Group Session Social- The Archway Tavern

Monday 15th April, 8.45pm, Archway Tavern

Excellent refreshments and good times kn Navigator Square, Archway!

https://www.goodgym.org/v3/sessions/post-group-session-social-the-archway-tavern


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!

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Thursday 11th April- Emirates Stadium (Arsenal tube station)

https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/come-and-guide-run-with-achilles-international-emirates-stadium-97c18e66-4836-4992-95e4-9e11a7d46e19

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Thursday 18th April- The Big Battersea Park London Marathon Meet Up!

https://www.goodgym.org/v3/sessions/achilles-international-vi-guide-running-big-battersea-london-marathon-gathering


Thursday 25th April- Stratford Olympic Park

https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/come-and-guide-run-with-achilles-international-olympic-park-stratford-route-8ab55c50-d137-4389-812a-56f43f003406

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Thursday 2nd May- Green Park

https://www.goodgym.org/v3/sessions/come-and-guide-run-with-achilles-international-green-park-summer-session-be3638a8-9cab-4297-bdd7-3c5ac8616be6


Thursday 9th May- Paddington Rec Track (Maida Vale underground)

https://www.goodgym.org/v3/sessions/come-and-guide-run-with-achilles-international-paddington-rec-track-dabb9655-646a-4c7d-bca8-6b96c43812d2

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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-11b34c92-756d-4e39-9848-5da9adfce6c8

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Compton Terrace Gardens Volunteer Open Morning - April

Saturday 13th April, 10am - 1pm, Union Chapel

Monthly community gardening mornings with the Friends of Compton Terrace Gardens.

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-april-2b3023ac-cc7a-4a40-a9a3-41dc490f2941


London Heathside AC Track Busting Volunteer Afternoon!

Saturday 13th April, 2pm - 6pm, Finsbury Park Track

Call out for volunteers to spend a few hours 2- 6pm Saturday 13th April (the weather forecast predicts a scorcher) helping to get the track ready for the season ahead.

Come prepared for some manual labour, a bit of banter with club mates, afternoon tea and the satisfaction that you have helped your club keep this invaluable facility going - it is largely run by a small band of dedicated volunteers.

https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/london-heathside-running-club-track-busters-volunteer-session

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Friends of Canonbury Square- Volunteer Morning (April)

Saturday 20th April, 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-april-47df49e5-fe6b-49c1-8f7f-db1a3ea72d6b


Crouch End Open Space (CREOS) Volunteering Day

Sunday 21st April, 11am - 1pm, Hanley Tennis Club Car Park, Greenways

Our annual 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-april-2024

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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 27th April

https://www.goodgym.org/v3/sessions/highbury-quadrant-greening-with-elizabeth-house

Saturday 4th May

https://www.goodgym.org/v3/sessions/highbury-quadrant-greening-with-elizabeth-house-7b9e8578-50ca-4d6d-a57d-28fe4008fc50

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Penn Road Gardens Volunteer Open Day

Sunday 28th April, 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-march-184b9602-cc34-44e0-8e8d-a8d7694dcff7


Night of the 10,000m PBs- Volunteer marshals for the UK athletics party of the year!

Saturday 18th May, 2pm - 10pm, Parliament Hill Track

Help the UK's premier grassroots athletic event go ahead on Parliament Hill!

The event is an annual full day of endurance distance racing with the most competitive runners on the scene. These races have been listed as part of the European 10,000m qualification criteria, so some incredible running will be on show!

https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/night-of-the-10-000m-pbs-2024-official-saturday-show-time-volunteers

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Mon 8th Apr at 6:00pm

GROUP RUN- Elizabeth House Food Hub- Easter Helpers (6PM START)

This wonderfully busy community food hub has asked our crew to help out with neighbourhood deliveries!

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Simon Fitzmaurice
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Thu 28th Mar at 6:00pm

Wonderful West Ham Stadium and Waterden Park Laps

Islington Report written by Simon Fitzmaurice

5 top Goodgym runners joined Area Activator Simon for our 2nd official trip to the Stratford Olympic Park with all abilities running club Achilles International. Together, we had an abundance of visually impaired runners, bag drop supporters and guide runners meeting at the Westfield exit of Stratford Station, before battling some strong winds towards the West Ham stadium (our bag drop location).

It was awesome to catch up with our running friends- Andrew and Tim are currently in the depths of training for London Marathon. Chris Blackabee, Severine and daughter Siri also joined us after travelling from Belgium last week. Chris was featured on a smashing interview on the BBC about the Achilles International collaboration with London Landmarks Half Marathon next week.

Listen to the interview (from 45 minutes in) here:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p0hfr8bt?partner=uk.co.bbc&origin=share-mobile

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Lorraine

Mon 1st Apr at 10:02am

Excellent well done everyone, wouldn't mind joining you on a a guided run

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Tue 26th Mar at 6:15pm

We Thought It Was Spring!

Camden Report written by Alex Murtough (he/him)

Before the clocks spring forward, we always know our evening tasks will be dark... yet sometimes... we also hope for the dry!

Yesterday felt like a flipped day of meteorological halves, with the morning bright and warm, and the evening... less so!

The weather didn't, however, dampen our moods and spirits.

Emre, Steve, and I met with smiles outside King's Cross Station, and we took a happy and steady run up through Camden and over to Kentish Town.

We talked about Emre's home in Cyprus, teaching, history, and more! It was a joy to share that time and run together :)

We arrived in Kentish Town just as the sun had fully descended, and we met the wonderful Suzanna who'd arrived with a wise umbrella in hand.

Through the gates into the Willingham Close Estate we went, and we were met by the friendly Hilda and John, who give so much of their time and skills to their community.

Our task - amidst the continuing rain - was to create some breathing space for recently planted hedgerow stalks. We donned our gloves and got to pulling out the surrounding weeds, nettles, and grass, creating the air and room for these new plants to flourish.

Thank you, all, for your work and time - it was cold and wet, yet fun and enjoyable too - and we made a difference yesterday :)

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