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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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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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Monday 12th February

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Goodgymers have noticed what Maggie has done and have cheered them 10 times. We doff out caps to you Maggie.

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Monday 12th February

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Maggie Lo completed 5 good deeds with GoodGym.

Maggie is a now a pretty committed GoodGym runner. They've just run to do good for the fifth time

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Maggie Lo went on a group run

Mon 12th Feb at 6:45pm

Goodgym Islington Take a Tattie or Two

Islington Report written by Simon Fitzmaurice

Half term holidays are upon us, and so is our regular visit to the wonderful Elizabeth House Food Hub! 3 Goodgym Runners joined Area Activator Simon for a dynamic warm up and a pleasant chatty run up Highbury Hill and over towards the former Arsenal stadium grounds.

We were met by Roshni, a superstar at the Food Hub, who offered our team a collection of addresses to deliver to, along with carefully prepared essentials and supplies for local families and vulnerable individuals in the community. We also caught with our cycling and run commuting crew, leaving us with 7 food hub delivery volunteers from Goodgym this evening! Alongside the regular supplies, we were offered the opportunity to include special Burns Night Meals (donated from the Caledonian Sleeper Train- full neeps, tatties and haggis), heads of lettuce and additional loaves of bread (from local supermarkets) where possible.

Our team made short work of the deliveries and helped out with moving all valuable leftover food back into the kitchen and pantry areas of the centre before setting off on our return trip to the Emirates Stadium. Since we were encouraged to take as much food as possible (reducing waste where we can), Louise, Caitlin and Simon adopted a run/walk strategy up and down the Islington slopes to make our supplies survived the trip! Thanks to Adam and Mehmet for the cycle support!

Next week we will be visiting the Thornhill Square Gardens for a special bulb planting and Springtime preparation task.

Sign up here:

https://www.goodgym.org/v3/sessions/group-run-thornhill-square-gardens-b59b8842-4f99-48b0-9e24-639b26bacf99


Goodgym Islington News


Achilles International VI Guide Running Sessions- Emirates Stadium

Thursday 8th 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-emirates-stadium-b05aedd2-d3df-4b9f-b3bb-6aa2ffe55ec5


Caledonian Junior parkrun Half Term Helpers

Sunday 11th and 18th February, 8.45am, Caledonian Park

Come and help local families and 4-14 year old youngsters with running a free weekly timed 2km course around Caledonian Park!

Sunday 18th February:

https://www.goodgym.org/v3/sessions/volunteer-at-caledonian-junior-parkrun-b3e012e2-fa3f-4419-ba1b-416fd454ec11


Friends of Canonbury Square- Volunteer Morning (February)

Saturday 17th February, 10am, Canonbury Square Gardens

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

https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/friends-of-canonbury-square-volunteer-morning-february


Crouch End Open Space (CREOS) Volunteering Day

Sunday 18th February, 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/happenings/crouch-end-open-space-creos-volunteering-day-february-2024


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

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Maggie Lo signed up to a group run.

Mon 12th Feb at 6:45pm

GROUP RUN- Elizabeth House Food Hub- Half-Term Helpers

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

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Mon 29th Jan at 8:45pm

Post Group Run Social- Memsaab Islington- Happy January!

Delicious Indian Cuisine after our group run to Market Road Gardens

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Maggie Lo signed up to a group run.

Mon 29th Jan at 6:45pm

GROUP RUN- Market Road Gardens with Octopus Community Network

We love Octopus Community Network tasks! Green space maintenance evening in this beautiful wildflower project!

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Maggie Lo went on a group run

Mon 15th Jan at 6:45pm

Hollo-Way To Go, Goodgym Islington!

Islington Report written by Simon Fitzmaurice

Well done to all of the 8 hardy Goodgym runners (including first timer Andrea- welcome!) who braved the bitterly cold conditions last night, as potential snow appears to be on the horizon for London!

That said, we have to give a thought to the intrepid runners taking on The Spine Race as we speak- a 268 mile traverse across the entirety of the Pennine Way! You can catch up on the action here: https://live.opentracking.co.uk/spinerace24/

Together, our crew engaged in a series of dynamic warm ups on the Emirates Slopes, before running approximately 2km across Holloway Road and onto Camden Road towards St Mungo's Hill drop House, a residence and community network for local homeless and unhoused people.

Unfortunately, the team at St Mungo's seemed to have forgotten about our scheduled visit, and so our original gardening plans were set aside for the time being. However, Area Activator Simon had come prepared with a series of litter pickers, strong gloves and eco refuse bags for this predicament. We split into three groups- group 1 clearing the front entrance of St Mungo's of cigarette butt's, discarded cans, bottles and general litter from the busy road next door. Group 2 travelled a bit further into the neighbourhood to help with returning a rubbish pickup spot back to a clean and tidy state. Group 3 jogged down Camden Road to fix up The Cat and Mouse Children's Library, around the former Holloway Road prison site.

Between us, we successfully collected 10 full bags of litter just along Camden Road in the course of 30 minutes Very impressive and super satisfying work- congratulations all!

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GoodGym Islington News


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

Every Thursday, 7am, ON Running Spitalfields, Brushfield Street

Area Activator Simon has set up a series of morning runs, hosted every Thursday morning 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 complimentary matcha and hot drinks provided by the team at JENKI, Brushfield Street.

Next run is on Thursday 18th January

https://www.goodgym.org/v3/sessions/jenki-matcha-with-on-running-spitalfields-group-run-january-specials-35858856-b27e-49fd-b719-598337120ee3


Achilles International VI Guide Running Sessions- Emirates Stadium

Thursday 18th January, 6pm, Arsenal 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 the Emirates Stadium concourse. 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-emirates-stadium-a294fb62-fa30-45df-a598-c14091f7100a


Run Tour of Islington Parks #2- ON Running Group Run

Tuesday 16th January, 6pm, ON Running Spitalfields, Brushfield Street

Did you know that the borough of Islington contains 121 listed green spaces according to The Green Classroom?

To celebrate a great year with Goodgym Islington, Area Activator Simon will be planning a social run to visit as many of these as possible within 45 - 60 minutes! We are planning to continue this project over the month of January, to see if we can visit every Islington green space during Goodgym runs.

https://www.goodgym.org/v3/sessions/tour-of-islington-parks-2-on-running-group-run-1bbd1f19-0e98-49af-846d-b259f320ed9a


The Garden Classroom- Weekly Volunteer Mornings in Islington Parks!

Various parks and gardens on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings.

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-3670930d-b450-463e-a9fc-70bf0089ce81

Hillside Gardens, Caxton House Next Thursday- 10am - midday

https://www.goodgym.org/v3/sessions/the-garden-classroom-hillside-park-volunteer-morning-1a4a73c5-3382-4e0e-9702-95f46d40ee9c

Market Road Gardens Next Friday- 10am - midday

https://www.goodgym.org/v3/sessions/the-garden-classroom-market-road-gardens-volunteer-morning-f0815001-f04b-4f25-96f9-27a07d64cd56


Friends of Canonbury Square- Volunteer Morning (January)

Saturday 20th January, 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-january-fe18be78-a358-4a26-a9dc-c7eb771ccb3f

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Crouch End Open Space (CREOS) Volunteering Day

Sunday 21st January, 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-january-2024


Post Group Run Social- Happy January!

Monday 29th January, 8.45pm, Memsaab Islington

Following our final group run of the January Challenge, and Frannie from Octopus Community Network's last Goodgym task, we are planning on visiting Memsaab Indian restaurant for delicious curry and refreshments!

https://www.goodgym.org/v3/sessions/post-group-run-social-memsaab-islington-happy-january

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Met League Cross Country Hill Training- Primrose Hill

Friday 2nd February, 6.30pm, The Queens, Primrose Hill

Area Activator Simon has set up one final hill training session before our last cross country fixture at Trent Park (10th February). Open to all, timed Kenyan Hills intervals! https://www.goodgym.org/v3/sessions/gg-race-team-met-league-hill-training-session-february

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