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Mon 17th Jun at 6:45pm

From Playground to Penthouse

Islington Report written by Simon Fitzmaurice

Area Activator Simon was thrilled to catch up with Laura, Sarah and Luke at the Arsenal Community Hub on this gloriously sunny Monday evening. Particularly as this was the first group run session led by Simon since his injury 12 weeks ago! Together, our crew warmed up with a series of dynamic running specific exercises on the Emirates Slopes, before running 1.5 miles to The Rose Bowl Youth Club, passing through Highbury Fields on route.

Upon our arrival, we met with Caitlin and task coordinator Dawn, a legend at the youth club. We were taken through to the main playground space, while making our way through a crowd of local figures and representatives of the Islington borough, here to network for community opportunities. It was awesome to introduce Goodgym Islington as a concept to a lot more people!

Our task for the evening was to spruce up the main playground and football pitch by weeding the grounds as efficiently as possible, and sweeping the entirety of the outdoors area before visitors arrive tomorrow. Luke handled the upper decks with ease, while everyone else cracked on with the play area- chipping away at moss, weeds and green waste that started to grow wild after the heavy rains and warm weather. Together, we completely transformed the space within 45 minutes!

Our final job for the evening involved dropping off about 12 bags of construction debris and 2 old chairs over to an official drop off point for Islington Council. No problem at all for our Islington crew. As a Thank You for our efforts, we were invited up to the beautiful open rooftop at the top of the Rose Bowl to enjoy some fruit nibbles, chilled sparking water and treats before running back to Emirates Stadium together. Well done everyone, great job!


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 20th June- Battersea Park

Thursday 27th June- Emirates Stadium

Thursday 4th July- Stratford Olympic Park

Thursday 11th July- Green Park

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


Guide Runners and Supporters needed for Metro Blind Sport Athletics 2024

Sunday 29th June, 10am - 5pm, Mile End Athletics Track

We are proud of the Metro Games, the only remaining national athletics event specifically for visually impaired people. It’s a great opportunity to take part in athletics at a great facility, have fun, making new friends and catching up with some old friends!

All abilities, ages and sight levels are welcome!


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 22nd June-

Saturday 6th July-


Compton Terrace Gardens Open Volunteer Morning

Saturday 13th July, 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!

Saucony London 10km Water Station Volunteers!

Sunday 14th July, 7.30am - 1pm, The Sanctuary, Westminster

An incredible event that offers runners to opportunity to race through traffic free streets in the Capital!

Motiv Sports (who also operate the Hackney Half and Oxford Half marathons) have requested Goodgym assistance to help at their 2nd aid station on the day.

The objective is to have 40 volunteers for each station, handing out water to thirsty runners as they pass by.

Friends of Canonbury Square- Volunteer Morning (July)

Saturday 20th July, 10am, Canonbury Square Gardens

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

Crouch End Open Space (CREOS) Volunteering Day

Sunday 21st July, 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!

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Laura Lapadat signed up to a group run.

Mon 17th Jun at 6:45pm

GROUP RUN- Rose Bowl Youth Club

A run together to The Rose Bowl Youth Centre near Canonbury!

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Laura Lapadat has done their first good deed with GoodGym. 🥳

Tuesday 17th October 2023

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Laura Lapadat has done their first good deed with GoodGym.

Laura is a now a fully fledged GoodGym runner. They've just run to do good for the first time. They are out there making amazing things happen and getting fit at the same time.

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Laura Lapadat went on a group run

Mon 16th Oct 2023 at 6:45pm

Working the Night Shift at the Museum of Homelessness

Islington Report written by Simon Fitzmaurice

Goodgym Islington are thrilled to visit a new organisation in the borough- The Museum of Homelessness in Finsbury Park (set up by Arbor Projects).

On Monday evening, Area Activator Simon met up with a top crew of Goodgym runners at the Arsenal Community Hub (including first timers Laura and Lucy- welcome!), staying out of the cold in the nice warm reception area. After a chat and bag drop, we performed a dynamic warm up towards the stadium concourse, and ran the 1.6 mile journey towards Manor House Lodge (zig-zagging through quiet low traffic zones to avoid busy pavements).

Upon our arrival, we met with Ellie and Harry (and a 9 month old Lurcher cross puppy called Keith) at the entrance of the impressive Victorian park lodge building. Wheelbarrows, spades, buckets and gloves were all on hand ready for our evening task.

The Museum of Homelessness is a community outreach project for local park users (housed or unhoused) that is due to open in 2024. As part of the hub, a disused garden space is currently being developed by volunteers and users of the homelessness centre. Goodgym Islington have come down this evening to lend a hand with some of the heavy lifting!

Team 1 (those with effective head torches and clip lights) took hold of wheelbarrows and buckets to collect large piles of fresh wood chip from the North East side of Finsbury Park, depositing the chippings along a newly resurrected pathway in the Museum gardens. Team 2 (using our industrial work lights) helped with digging out the rest of the pathway, edging the overgrown grass verges, laying down compostable cardboard and shoveling wood chip on top. Within 45 minutes, we had successfully laid out an entire pathway, and ferried over 6 full wheelbarrows of chippings into the new gardens. Well done everyone!

To complete an excellent evening, our group split up between walkers and cyclists, and runners joining AA Simon for a jog back the Emirates Stadium via Sobell Road (a tidy loop around the borough). We decided to keep our headtorches on hand, and the enjoy a fun downhill run through Finsbury Park in the dark (a rare opportunity- the space is typically packed!), before continuing over to the stadium (approx 1.4 miles). Top stuff!


The Green Classroom Morning Gardening Sessions

Wednesday 18th October, 10am - midday, Newington Green

An open invitation to attend a wonderful gardening session hosted by Lizzy and Decibel of The Green Classroom, a wild cultivation space in Newington Green.

Sessions are available on the following dates:

Wednesday 18th October

Wednesday 1st November

Wednesday 8th November

Compton Terrace Gardens Volunteer Open Morning - October

Saturday 21st October, 10am -1pm, 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. We meet once a month on a Saturday morning near the shed in the middle of the Gardens.

GG Race Team- Met League Hill Training Sessions!

Thursday 26th October, 6.30pm, The Pembroke Castle, Camden

Goodgym Cross Country is back! We will be returning to the Met League in 2023 and 2024!

If you have never tried cross country, it is amazing muddy fun. A definite challenge, but accessible to all who want to give it a go, and are part of a UKA affiliated team (like the Goodgym Race Team).

To coincide with the events, Area Activator Simon Fitzmaurice (who is a UK Athletics Coach in Running Fitness or CiRF for short) will be hosting a series of hill interval training sessions at Primrose Hill over the Autumn and Winter months.

The Pembroke Castle, 150 Gloucester Ave., London NW1 8JA, and we will run to Primrose Hill together to start our session.

October 26th

November 24th

January 5th

January 26th (aka February fixture session)

Penn Road Gardens- Open Gardens Volunteer Morning (October)

Sunday 29th October, 10am-12 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.

Local volunteers will be on hand to direct anyone who arrives to offer their help between 10am- midday. Come on down to enjoy a lovely morning community task!

Follow this link for more info:

Ghoulgym Halloween Headtorch Run (Hampstead!)

Tuesday 31st October, 6.30pm, The Bull and Gate, Kentish Town

Fancy an evening of spooky running in North London?

Area Activator Simon will be leading an approximate 10km run through Hampstead Heath, starting and finishing at the Bull and Gate pub in Kentish Town. Running in the darkness of night is a wonderful experience, and really good fun with running friends.

Queen's Park Harriers Liddiard Cup Cross Country (75th Anniversary)

Saturday 4th November, 1:00pm - 5:00pm, Kingsbury Free Church (Baptist), NW9

Classic muddy running fun in Fryent Country Park!

Queens Park Harriers invites clubs to compete in the annual Liddiard Cross Country Trophy race which will be run under UKA rules.

This will be the 75th running of the event as no events were held in 2020 and 2021 and we hope to see many of the teams who have competed over the years, plus new ones.

There will be a unique, 75th anniversary medal for all competitors.


Met League Cross Country - Wormwood Scrubs

Saturday 11th November, 12:45pm - 3:45pm, Claybury Park

Met League Cross Country is a set of five 7-8km races organised by London race clubs. They are held in parks and forests around London with the routes including a mixture of grass, gravel and a fair bit of mud (it is XC after all!)

Cross Country is for everyone! Wonderful fun- sign up here for more information!

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John Shirley

Tue 17th Oct 2023 at 11:15am

That Creos task was last Sunday (15th), but presumably there'll be another next month

Simon Fitzmaurice

Tue 17th Oct 2023 at 11:18am

Thanks John. I have edited now

Laura Lapadat
Laura Lapadat signed up to a group run.

Mon 16th Oct 2023 at 6:45pm

GROUP RUN- Museum of Homelessness, Finsbury Park

A new project for Goodgym Islington! Building garden structures in Finsbury Park!

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