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Lucia went on a group run

Mon 22nd Apr at 6:45pm

Green Day

Islington Report written by Simon Fitzmaurice

On a slightly overcast Monday evening, Dan, Alison met with Kim and Area Activator Simon outside Caledonian Road and Barnsbury overground station (Thank you for accomodating for Simon's stress fracture recovery- we are making progress!) before walking together to Thornhill Square Gardens. We chatted about our activities over the weekend (such as helping at Canonbury Square Gardens on Saturday, and joining the Goodgym cheer squad at London Marathon on Sunday) on our way over.

Upon our arrival, we met with Anna, the local resident gardening expert within the square who had a variety of tasks available for us! Lucia and first timer Milena (welcome!) picked up trowels and forks and helped with picking weeds, green waste and sycamore saplings out of the rose bushes surrounding the south side of the gardens.

Emre and Kim chipped away at the moss and weeds growing out of the walling at the entrance of park using hoes and "zombie knives", while Alison, Dan and Emily gathered the greenery into wheel barrows and towards a lovely composting system towards the back of the park.

Within 50 minutes, we did an awesome job- almost all of the weeds in this overgrown patch had been gathered within a single evening. Well done everyone!

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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 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-e4025c31-c2af-48b4-9459-b30fe9e49460

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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


Hackney Half Volunteer Aid Station!

Sunday 19th April, 7am - 1pm, Hackney Marshes Centre

Help our fellow runners at this incredible local half marathon party! Join the Goodgym team at an official water and aid station to cheer on the participants!

https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/hackney-half-aid-station-volunteering


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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Lucia
Lucia signed up to a group run.

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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Lucia has done their first good deed with GoodGym. 🎉

Monday 19th February

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Lucia has done their first good deed with GoodGym.

Lucia 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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Lucia went on a group run

Mon 19th Feb at 6:45pm

Hedge Fun Managers

Islington Report written by Simon Fitzmaurice

We almost had our first Goodgym group run starting in daylight!

Area Activator Simon met with a top crew of Goodgym Islington runners (including first timer Lucia- welcome!) for another smashing trip to Thornhill Square Gardens, near Caledonian Road. After a swift series of dynamic warm up exercises, we ran together around Holloway Road, up McKenzie Road and down to Thornhill Square.

Upon our arrival, we were greeted by Anna, the local resident gardening expert, who had been busy setting up a special task for us. After receiving a grant from Rural England, the gardening team have set to a project of building hedgerows around the flower beds in wonderful green space. A boost for the nature population in the surrounding area. First task was to create a trench around the beds, to allow the hedge rows to be planted. Then our team mixed up the remaining soil and added grit and fertiliser to the newly channeled holes, before planting the hedgerows. We wanted to make sure these new plants are prepared to grow big and strong over the springtime.

We gathered our tools together (wheelbarrows, spades, shovels, forks) at the end of the evening, and brought them to the community shed first. Anna alerted us to the fact that the daffodils planted by Goodgym Islington are starting to bloom! Congratulations everyone!


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Achilles International VI Guide Running Sessions- Emirates Stadium

Thursday 22nd February, 6pm, Maida Vale Underground station

Every Thursday, the all abilities sports charity Achilles International holds a group run session at a London location. This week, we will be meeting up at Arsenal tube station, ready to run around Emirates Stadium. Open to runners and guides of all abilities! Follow the link to get involved:

https://www.goodgym.org/v3/sessions/come-and-guide-run-with-achilles-international-paddington-rec-track-2c8faed1-c8bb-487f-9341-3a62ac847ff3

Next week, we will be trying out a new run location for the first time- Stratford Olympic Park. And we would be thrilled if you were to join us on Thursday 29th February:

https://www.goodgym.org/v3/sessions/come-and-guide-run-with-achilles-international-emirates-stadium-79d1f4dc-d526-41dc-867e-d627bacc8adf


ON Running and JENKI run club- Thursday morning matcha runs!

Thursday 22nd February, 7am, ON Running Spitalfields, Brushfield Street

Area Activator Simon has set up a series of morning runs, hosted on Thursday mornings at the new ON Running store in Spitalfields market.

A social 5km before work, with the option to take out a pair of ON Running shoes for a test spin. Followed by hot drinks provided by the team at JENKI, Brushfield Street.

Next run is on Thursday 22nd February:

https://www.goodgym.org/v3/sessions/jenki-matcha-with-on-running-spitalfields-group-06ebe096-ebd6-40cb-a0aa-79f77834f470


Penn Road Gardens Volunteer Open Day

Sunday 25th February, 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/happenings/penn-road-gardens-open-morning-february-51e9d571-1d83-47ee-a2f5-09499ef9d816


Slow Ways and Goodgym Islington Social

Monday 4th March, 6.45pm onwards, Arsenal Community Hub

For our first group run of March, we will be reviewing a running route for the Slow Ways mapping network, starting in Highbury and Islington, and finishing in Wood Green. Great social running times!

https://www.goodgym.org/v3/sessions/group-run-slow-ways-route-review-highbury-and-islington-to-wood-green

And afterwards, we are planning on visiting Ezra's Cafe in Wood Green for refreshments, food and chat

https://www.goodgym.org/v3/sessions/post-group-run-social-ezra-s-kitchen

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Compton Terrace Gardens Open Volunteer Morning

Saturday 9th March, 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-march-09fce343-68ae-4145-9c0c-35f3ac1e345b

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Lucia
Lucia signed up to a group run.

Mon 19th Feb at 6:45pm

GROUP RUN- Thornhill Square Gardens

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

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