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Mon 9th Oct 2023 at 6:45pm

Less Slow Ways, More Go Ways

Islington Report written by Simon Fitzmaurice

Area Activator Simon was thrilled to meet up with 7 keen Goodgymmers for a special Slow Ways route planning group run (back by popular demand). Amazing to have runners from Camden, Hackney, Newham and Ealing coming over to the Emirates Stadium for a social run across the city!

Our objective for the evening was to submit a route for the Slow Ways network, a mapping project that prioritises safe and accessible routes for walkers and runners across the UK. Most mapping software focuses on displaying routes that are the most direct- covering the distance in the least amount of time, but these paths might not be the most walker friendly (no pavement, poorly lit, sharing with fast moving vehicles). The plan is to create a full walking network for the entirety of the UK!

Check out the Slow Ways website for more info: https://beta.slowways.org/

We ran the following route (HigHam1)

Highbury and Islington Underground Holloway Rd, London N5 1RA

to

Hampstead Heath Overground South Hill Park, London NW3 2QD

https://www.strava.com/routes/3139661249141098714

6km approximately from point to point.

On route, we made note of important information to be referenced in our Slow Ways listing- such as what time of day were we heading out (approx 7pm on a Monday, in the dark), or whether our route was wheelchair accessible or on a gradient. The first park we came to proved to be very dark, so we decided to change our route to avoid this pathway. Paradise Park is typically very pleasant during the day, of course! From here, we continued up MacKenzie Road and past a few of our popular Goodgym Islington group run locations- Market Road Gardens, Caledonian Park and Hilldrop House.

Islington became Camden, and we ran towards Tufnell Park and beyond. Some fun residential streets took us to Parliament Fields, Gospel Oak and towards Savenake Road- 1km from our final stop at Hampstead Heath overground station. We had picked an excellent evening out for our autumnal run- well done everyone! To celebrate, a few of us stopped at The Magdala pub for refreshments.


GOODGYM ISLINGTON NEWS


The Green Classroom Morning Gardening Sessions

Wednesday 11th 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 11th October https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/the-garden-classroom-newington-green-volunteer-morning-60c3fd6b-2a62-4e5f-b0db-f6bee275171d

Wednesday 18th October https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/the-garden-classroom-newington-green-volunteer-morning-34a47328-71bc-46c7-9496-9d9ce7c9d3d6

Wednesday 1st November https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/the-garden-classroom-newington-green-volunteer-morning-39033162-54b7-4115-bb38-aa4a66b999da

Wednesday 8th November https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/the-garden-classroom-newington-green-volunteer-morning-dd4a2a57-faca-4d7e-a0f4-623f517a832d


London GoodGym Monthly Drinks

Thursday 12th October, 6.30 - 10.30pm, The Thirsty Bear, Stamford Street

WAHOO - it's the monthly London GoodGym drinks

Come have a drink, chat with friends and celebrate all we've done this past month.

Drinks are moving South this month. The venue is:

The Thirsty Bear 62 Stamford Street London SE1 9LX

https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/london-goodgym-monthly-drinks


Met League Cross Country - Claybury Woods

Saturday 14th October, 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!

https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/met-league-cross-country-claybury-woods-de60f7a9-3468-4aac-bf87-d2781ec25c5f


Crouch End Open Space (CREOS) Volunteering Day (October 2023)

Sunday 15th October, 11am - 1pm, Crouch End Open Space

Join us as we help the team at CREOS, a local conservation charity, maintain and improve a lovely green oasis in Crouch End.

CREOS looks after the meadows and wooded pathways of the Crouch End Open Space. GoodGym runners have been helping them maintain this beautiful patch of land for a while now, and the CREOS team always has lots for us to do.

This month, the CREOS team are planning on playing down a load of hoggin (a mix of hardy sand, clay and gravel aggregate) for new paths along the forest walking routes. It will be a big job, so we can use as many hands as possible

https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/crouch-end-open-space-creos-volunteering-day-october-r-2023


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.

https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/compton-terrace-gardens-volunteer-open-morning-october


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 https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/gg-race-team-met-league-hill-training-session-october

November 24th https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/gg-race-team-met-league-hill-training-session-november

January 5th https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/gg-race-team-met-league-hill-training-session-january

January 26th (aka February fixture session) https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/gg-race-team-met-league-hill-training-session-february


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: https://www.pennroadn7.com/the-gardens

https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/penn-road-gardens-open-morning-october-431b9eba-2d5d-4eb5-ac6a-8b794dc13de3


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.

https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/ghoulgym-halloween-headtorch-run-hampstead-0bf38d65-a437-41e1-97f6-039755a8a1d4


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.

https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/queen-s-park-harriers-liddiard-cup-cross-country-75th-anniversary

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Luke Burrage
Luke Burrage signed up to a group run.

Mon 9th Oct 2023 at 6:45pm

GROUP RUN!- Slow Ways Route Mapping- Highbury and Islington to Hampstead Heath

Establishing safe walking routes and pedestrianised paths for the general public across the UK!

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Luke Burrage went on a group run

Mon 2nd Oct 2023 at 6:45pm

Block Party

Islington Report written by Simon Fitzmaurice

While avoiding some very dramatic thunder cracks and lightning flashes, Area Activator Simon met with Luke and first time Goodgym runner Patricia (welcome!) at the Arsenal Community Hub for our evening of running and good deeds. Together, we engaged in some warm up exercises up the Emirates Stadium slopes, before running to Highbury Hill, and towards the lovely Highbury Quadrant Estate near Clissold Park (just over 1 mile from point to point). Along the route, we passed a known den for local fox cubs just by the gardens- about 4 or 5 very healthy looking foxes curiously watched us jogging by!

Frannie, the main coordinator for Octopus Community Network (a mutual collaboration between 15 of Islington's largest multi-purpose community centres- https://www.octopuscommunities.org.uk/) met our team (along with Alison) at the Highbury Quadrant Meadow. Our task for the evening was to efficiently distribute flyers across the neighbourhood to promote an up and coming garden open day and fresh growing tutorials near Birchmore Hall. The areas surrounding Highbury Quadrant have 15+ housing blocks, each stretching to 5 flights of stairs each- no easy task unless you are a fit and healthy Goodgymmer, of course!

Between the 4 of us, we covered each housing block methodically- with each runner scaling the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th or 5th floor in rotation, to ensure the same Goodgymmer wasn't climbing all the stairs every time. Within 40 minutes, we had successfully dropped off flyers at every property that was willing to receive the message. Hopefully we will see great numbers at the next open gardening event!

From Highbury Quadrant, we ran back towards the Emirates Stadium up and down Highbury Hill again, and successfully avoided another heavy downpour! Well done everyone!

Here is a lovely mention on the Octopus Community Network Instagram page

https://www.instagram.com/p/Cx6Fx-cIFlI/


GOODGYM ISLINGTON NEWS


Camino Ultra Epping Forest 50km and 25km Eco Trail- Aid Station Superstars!!!

Goodgym Crew are back for the exciting new installment of the Camino Ultra Epping Forest Race!

Saturday 7th October, 9am - 5pm (various shifts), Butler's Retreat, Epping Forest

DaznBone (aka Darren Strachan and David Bone) and the Camino Ultra team are putting together the logistics for their next 50km ultra race (running from Wanstead Flats, up the green corridor to Epping Forest and back), and have invited the Goodgym crew to get involved!

On the course, there will be 4 major aid stops, and we have been invited to take over the first refresh point and the penultimate aid station.

This will involve providing water and snacks to runners of all abilities during the key stages of their race, and to support them with smiling faces and enthusiasm!

https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/camino-ultra-epping-forest-50km-and-25km-eco-trail-aid-station-superstars


GROUP RUN!- Slow Ways Route Mapping- Highbury and Islington to Hampstead Heath

Establishing safe walking routes and pedestrianised paths for the general public across the UK!

Monday 9th October, Arsenal Community Hub, 6.45pm

The plan is to run together from The Arsenal Community Hub, over to Highbury and Islington Station (0.6 miles). We will then run a new route to Hampstead Heath, connecting the Slow Ways Point for Highbury and Islington to Hampstead Heath (HigHam 1). Our objective is to record the ease of navigation and the accessibility of this route for other users.

This will then be uploaded to the Slow Ways website, a database for pedestrian friendly walking routes across the UK. https://beta.slowways.org/

After our run, we will stop by at a local pub in Hampstead Heath, in walking distance from Hampstead Heath overground station.

The Magdala 2A S Hill Park, London NW3 2SB

https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/group-run-slow-ways-route-mapping-highbury-and-islington-to-hampstead-heath


London GoodGym Monthly Drinks

Thursday 12th October, 6.30 - 10.30pm, The Thirsty Bear, Stamford Street

WAHOO - it's the monthly London GoodGym drinks

Come have a drink, chat with friends and celebrate all we've done this past month.

Drinks are moving South this month. The venue is:

The Thirsty Bear 62 Stamford Street London SE1 9LX

https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/london-goodgym-monthly-drinks


Met League Cross Country - Claybury Woods

Saturday 14th October, 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!

https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/met-league-cross-country-claybury-woods-de60f7a9-3468-4aac-bf87-d2781ec25c5f


Crouch End Open Space (CREOS) Volunteering Day (October 2023)

Sunday 15th October, 11am - 1pm, Crouch End Open Space

Join us as we help the team at CREOS, a local conservation charity, maintain and improve a lovely green oasis in Crouch End.

CREOS looks after the meadows and wooded pathways of the Crouch End Open Space. GoodGym runners have been helping them maintain this beautiful patch of land for a while now, and the CREOS team always has lots for us to do.

This month, the CREOS team are planning on playing down a load of hoggin (a mix of hardy sand, clay and gravel aggregate) for new paths along the forest walking routes. It will be a big job, so we can use as many hands as possible

https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/crouch-end-open-space-creos-volunteering-day-october-r-2023


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.

https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/compton-terrace-gardens-volunteer-open-morning-october


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 https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/gg-race-team-met-league-hill-training-session-october

November 24th https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/gg-race-team-met-league-hill-training-session-november

January 5th https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/gg-race-team-met-league-hill-training-session-january

January 26th (aka February fixture session) https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/gg-race-team-met-league-hill-training-session-february


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: https://www.pennroadn7.com/the-gardens

https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/penn-road-gardens-open-morning-october-431b9eba-2d5d-4eb5-ac6a-8b794dc13de3


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.

https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/ghoulgym-halloween-headtorch-run-hampstead-0bf38d65-a437-41e1-97f6-039755a8a1d4


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.

https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/queen-s-park-harriers-liddiard-cup-cross-country-75th-anniversary

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Luke Burrage signed up to a group run.

Mon 2nd Oct 2023 at 6:45pm

GROUP RUN- Highbury Quadrant Green Space Flyering and Garden Maintenance

Back at Highbury Quadrant to promote some great events for this lovely community garden space

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Luke Burrage went on a community mission

Thu 31st Aug 2023 at 6:00pm

Speedy Stadium Laps with Achilles International

Islington Report written by Simon Fitzmaurice

We were so fortunate to have 18+ VI runners, guides and bag drop / dog watch supporters on Thursday evening at Emirates Stadium. Our crew met up at Arsenal underground station (along with first timers Sean, Ciara, Michaela and Philip- welcome), before heading to the "Tony Adams Statue" for all different group runs (intervals, steady runs before The Big Half, fartlek and run-walks were on the agenda!).

A great turnout for an excellent evening of running.

See you at Paddington Rec Track/ Maida Vale next week!

https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/come-and-guide-run-with-achilles-international-paddington-rec-track-3ae77db9-eb1a-4b57-985e-7a8c44cadbff

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Luke Burrage went on a community mission

Thu 24th Aug 2023 at 6:00pm

park life

Islington Report written by Luke Burrage

Great run, M really helps me to keep going so we did just short of 6 miles which is great!

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Luke Burrage signed up to a community mission.

Thu 24th Aug 2023 at 6:00pm

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Luke Burrage went on a group run

Mon 21st Aug 2023 at 6:45pm

Eliza-BEST House

Islington Report written by Simon Fitzmaurice

Our Goodgym Islington crew met up again at The Arsenal Community Centre last night to run towards Elizabeth House Food Hub off Gillespie Road for the final time this Summer. The third of three visits from our team over the Summer Holiday period, offering some relief for the incredible group of volunteers who operate this vital resource. We ran together across the Emirates Stadium concourse, and down to Highbury Hill, before meeting up with Nathalie and the team (and David who caught us at the task).

A large collection of bags full of essential supplies and donated food had been prepared for us all to deliver to at least 7 households in the immediate area (plenty of spots on the Blackstock Estate). In pairs, our Goodgym volunteers methodically dropped off each bag to their respective owners.

Upon our return, we then helped with closing down the centre- collapsing tables, cleaning and sanitising all surfaces and sweeping the community centre floors. Any excess food was then sorted into the kitchen and fresh food storage areas, or collected up for organic waste and composting. But not before being offered to anyone in need of extra peppers, lettuces, courgettes, pears or huge marrows!

We concluded our evening with a steady walk together back to the Arsenal Community Hub. Excellent work everyone! We will return for a Special Bank Holiday group run to Highbury Quadrant next week!


Goodgym Islington News

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Caledonian Park Junior parkrun - Summer Time Marshal Help!

The team at Caledonian Road Junior parkrun (a free weekly timed 2km run designed for youngsters and families to run safely and independently - ages 4-14) are in need of more marshals and volunteers to allow the event to happen. Many of the core helpers are away for Summer, so any assistance would be hugely appreciated. It's the best way to start a Sunday!

Sunday 27th August, 8.45am:

https://www.goodgym.org/v3/sessions/volunteer-at-caledonian-junior-parkrun-summer-holiday-help-4

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Goodgym x Jog On Recycling Clothes Swap and Group Run @ The Running Works

Wednesday 23rd August, 6pm, The Running Works, Aldgate

Come join us for a social group run with Goodgym and The Running Works, in collaboration with Jog On and Athletic Brewing Company! We will be hosting a clothes swap and donation drive for running and athletics kit as well. A great night to be had! https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/goodgym-x-jog-on-recycling-clothes-swap-and-group-run-the-running-works

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Achilles International- Guide Running in Green Park and Picnic!

Thursday 24th August, 6pm, Green Park Underground Station

Goodgym have been collaborating with Achilles International for the last 3 years for our weekly group run sessions with visually impaired runners. On Thursday, we will be marking the end of our summer runs in Green Park with a post-run picnic before reverting back to our sessions at Paddington Rec Track and Emirates Stadium.

Come and join us, no matter your guiding abilities! https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/come-and-guide-run-with-achilles-international-green-park-summer-session-ad1207bd-6b6b-43ce-b86d-7f88f44fc894

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Penn Road Gardens Open Volunteer Morning

Sunday 27th August, 10am - midday, Penn Road Gardens, Islington

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! https://www.goodgym.org/v3/sessions/penn-road-gardens-open-morning-august-957f8dd9-aa82-4c3d-bae8-7aeb15bc3798

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Bank Holiday Monday Group RUN- Highbury Quadrant Gardens

Monday 28th August, 6.45pm, Arsenal Community Hub

Back at Highbury Quadrant to build up this lovely community garden space with Octopus Community Network. Please note that although we are meeting at the Arsenal Community Hub, we will not have access to the bag drop or WC facilities this week. Back to normal next week!

https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/group-run-highbury-quadrant-gardening-good-times

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SEPTEMBER SOCIAL- Medal Monday at Victoria Tavern, Holloway Road

Monday 4th September, 8.45pm, Victoria Tavern, Holloway Road

Come and join us for delicious £7 pizzas and refreshments at The Victoria Tavern, to celebrate our achievements over Summer (especially to those racing at The Big Half!)

https://www.goodgym.org/v3/sessions/september-social-medal-monday-at-victoria-tavern

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THE BIG LONDON SOCIAL!

GoodGym London Monthly Social (GG Camden), Thursday 14th September, TBC

The first (of hopefully many) monthly drinks in London. Come and meet other GoodGymers and toast each others achievements. We'll be celebrating those on the Heroes Board from August and maybe even deciding which recent puns are worthy of accolade. The venue is TBC but will be somewhere fairly central with good transport links.

https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/goodgym-london-monthly-social

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Luke Burrage signed up to a group run.

Mon 21st Aug 2023 at 6:45pm

GROUP RUN- Elizabeth House Food Hub Summer Holiday Helpers (3)

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

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