Wed 1st Feb at 6:30pm
Wed 1st Feb at 8:15pm
Belated celebration of GG Southwark turning 7 (in January) - cake and drinks!Read more
Wed 1st Feb at 6:30pm
Helping the Salvation Army maintain their book shop / libraryRead more
Wed 4th Jan at 6:30pm
New Year, New GoodGym Southwark Group Run?
Just because the year changed from 2022 to 2023, didn't mean our group run had to change too. We were back after our deserved festive break with the same format, but with a few new faces. We got introduced to Lily and Maksym who came for their first GoodGym experience and got their first good deed ever! Kudos to you both! There were a few travellers who had come from afar namely from Camden (Sophie), Lewisham (Clare and Steve) and Lambeth (Joao, Magdalena and Nathan).
Although, it was a fairly mild night, there was this bitterly cold wind in the air. Yet, after everyone bunched up in Old Spike to listen to Sam's GoodGym intro speech, we braved the cold night to quickly warm-up down in the alleyway.
Sam's ice-breaker question tonight, was to do with the fact it's the New Year, so people usually have goals in mind...but he wanted to be inclusive and included to other questions: What are your 2023 goals?, What are your hopes for the world in 2023? or What was your best/worst Christmas present that you received this year (if you celebrate it)?
There were a bunch of answers, but from memory there were running goals, trying new sports, doing more GoodGym (more than last year), being a better person, world peace, reading a book a week, sustainable shopping, running and finishing the Isle of Wight Ultra and Steve is now the proud owner of a warm cuddly onesie.
Competitive by nature
With Sam leading from the front and Daryl backmarking the back of the run, we all ran 2k together from Old Spike through Nunhead and finished off with a strong uphill incline to Telegraph Hill Lower Park. Technically, we were in Lewisham as Southwark does not have drop-off points for Christmas trees as they ask people to email the council for collection. Thus, we found ourselves just across the border (hope Kim (the AA of Lewisham) doesn't mind). Once everyone took a breath and Sam took out his maps, he assigned four sub-team captains to take charge of their team to find Christmas trees in certain streets and areas around Telegraph Hill Lower Park. We were met by Alex who met us at the task meeting point and so he was promptly put in a team. Sam made it competitive by saying the team that collected the most Christmas trees won the box of Lindor Dark Chocolate (a re-gift).
There was nothing for a good 10 minutes as Sam waited at the drop-off point and saw three residents bring their Christmas trees over by themselves. Then suddenly from three different streets, three teams brought a tree each and thankfully, it included the two teams (Steve with Lily, Maksym and Clare as well as Emily with Joao, Lindy and Gemma...ended up being their one and only tree) that hadn't dropped off a tree yet and Daryl's team took a further lead with a third tree.
As the time drew closer to quarter to 8, Nelly and Magdalena brought a fourth tree for Daryl's team. Yet, suddenly in the distance, Steve, Lily, Maksym and Clare assisted each other to carry 3 Christmas trees and suddenly it was a tie for top spot! It was exciting as some of the World Cup games... Daryl's team were determined to win, so he went off to find another tree (keep up, we're up to five now) and as luck would have it, a man on his electric scooter was dragging two Christmas trees (as one wasn't big enough for his front Bay window....first world / rich problems...). Nelly and Magdalena swooped in and helped him untie the trees and "officially"/"unofficially" take the win with 7 trees in total for their team! If that didn't happen, it would have made it more interesting as if we forgot...Nathan, Alex, Clare and Sophie came back at the end with 3 trees themselves and took their total to 4! Joint second place, so we dragged and "stole", a total of 16 Christmas trees (7, 4, 4 and 1) in 30 minutes!
All in all, everyone had a great time running around the roads near Telegraph Hill on a small treasure hunt. We departed after a group photo saying goodbye to Alex, Emma and Steve. Later on in the run back to Old Spike, Lindy split from us. We finished off with some stretches before a few of us went for a drink or two at Jumbi.
Thank You to all the GG-ers
A personal thanks from me to all those who came out tonight! It was great to see 16 (17 including me) GoodGymers come out last night and as I said it reminded me of pre-pandemic days. Thank you for keeping up with the run as it was hill, cold and dark in places. Plus, for some it was your first run in a long time, so kudos to you! I was impressed with everyone's spirit to get involved with the task and the competition, so thank you for getting stuck in!
Wed 4th Jan at 6:30pm
Cleaning up the streets around Telegraph Hill of any discarded Christmas treesRead more
Wed 14th Dec 2022 at 8:15pm
How do you wrap up an amazing year with incredible people?
By inviting them to an "End of year / Christmas" social in an exclusive bar (shout out to Bo Kiri) with pre-ordered pizza from Voodoo Ray's on GG Southwark, to take part in a closely contended sensory pub quiz with dubious spelling and grammar mistakes and even more questionably smelling lip balm...and a gift giving ceremony to those people who deserve a special mention/shoutout. That's how.
After watching France beat Morocco and as we demolished 6 x 22" inch pizzas and 2 x 12" inch pizzas, we were all ready for the pub quiz, which Sam had prepared during his holidays in Thailand in November and updated it that morning. It was a sensory pub quiz, which meant there would be a blindfolded touching, tasting and smelling round. We split into teams of 3s or 4s and ultimately, we had 6 teams fighting for the grand prize of....Thai soaps (shaped in the fruit that they smell of). After 10 rounds mixed in with general knowledge of the events of 2022, the winners winning by 1/2 point was "BAP" - Benjamin, Anna and Paulin.
The awards ceremony consisted of nine out of the twelve GG Southwark members who were given a yearly target of "number of good deeds to reach by the Xmas social" reaching them and being awarded with Thai gifts or gifts that meant something to them/GoodGym. Kudos again to Lindy, Emma McNally, Emma, Nelly, Daryl, Paulin, Anna and Benjamin. Also, to Laura Grant and Olive who were not there on the night for reaching your targets! There will be 2023 targets, but after the January Challenge!
The proceedings ended with a wholesome GG Southwark 2022 highlights video and a send off for Emma McNally who is leaving us for three months to travel and explore!
Thank you to my GG Southwark family for the gifts - GG shirt and the "Walking the O2" experience. Treasure both and will post photos once I go on the experience.
Finally, we were kicked out of Bo Kiri after overstaying by 30 minutes, but Michael (supervisor) was fine with that. We headed off to Nag's Head for the after party, but the after after party at Four Quarters didn't happen as we were content with finally getting a table and chairs.
Thank you one more time for coming to whether it was one or multiple GoodGym sessions this year and after a much deserved rest, we go again! See you in 2023!
Wed 14th Dec 2022 at 6:30pm
Having a day off, Sam arrived early to check the tech setup at Bo Kiri for the social later and then mingled with Andres in Old Spike to catch-up on the past few weeks and months. Joao arrived super early as he was super keen, but soon enough everyone started to pour in from 18:30 - 19:00 as the Old Spike filled up its narrow space like the old days (pre-pandemic). It was by far the largest group run of the year and luckily we had two tasks to split the group. Sam went through the motions of his GG speech before deciding on tonight's ice-breaker question, which was to do with the fact it's our last group run of the year, so let's reflect and tell everyone: What was your highlight of the year?
There's too many on here to remember their answers, but moving or changing flats, new homeowners, running the Big Half, sister getting married, seeing family, changing or quitting jobs, seeing new places (US/Canada/Slovenia) to name a few.
We split the group in two inside Old Spike Roastery, Anna took the hardcore Goodgymers who were willing to brave the cold and walk/light jog over to the Rye Hill Estate to blitz it with leaflets for Nunhead Knocks. Sam took the rest for an indoor task at the Salvation Army in Nunhead.
Anna's lot were given the first batch of leaflets and teams of two set off on a treasure hunt to find the right blocks around the estate. Anna spent the rest of the task on a treasure hunt for Goodgym runners! With speed and efficiency we managed to cover almost all of the addresses listed. Daryl and Gemma finished first and led the charge back to the pub for the social. Katy and Louise went next, having conquered a ten storey tower block the Goodgym way (stairs, not the lift!). Paulin, John, Lindsay and Emma finished off Torridge Gardens.
8pm came around, but Benjamin and Claire were nowhere to be found! After a jog around the estate to try and find them, we assumed/hoped they had headed back already so we all went back to the bar. Mild panic ensued when we arrived with no sign of them! Visions of them locked away at the top of a tower block arose. Thankfully, they strode through the door at 8.20, having managed to do the majority of the extra tower blocks that the rest of us had given up on!
Well done all for covering an area that would have taken normal volunteers hours and hours, Nunhead Knocks will be very grateful.
On the other side of Nunhead, Sam led the run with Nathan backmarking and Lindy, Nelly, James, Joao, Jess and Clare running inbetween 1k to open the doors of Salvation Army. Like sneaky elves, they made their way to the library/book store as their task for tonight was to re-create two "reading" areas. One for the adults and one for the children. They had to move a fridge, a microwave and other furniture to get the space prepped before bringing in a sofa, carpet, lights, bookshelves and books to make it feel homely.
With different versions of "Rockin around the Christmas tree" being played, the 40 minutes flashed by as the team paused for the last five minutes to search for a book to take home as well as get that all essential group photo before locking up and heading back to Old Spike and to start the evening's proceedings - Christmas social!
Thank You to all the GG-ers
A personal thanks from me to all those who came out tonight! I know everyone was looking forward to the social more, but it's also great you could help out with two meaningful tasks on the night.
Thank You Polis & Nunhead Knocks
GoodGym is all about getting fit and doing good! We praise the runners/cyclists/walkers who come to get fit and help out, but we often forget about our task owner. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Polis for allowing me to borrow the keys to Salvation Army Nunhead to get on with the task and to Nunhead Knocks for giving us flyers to flyer around Rye Hill estate! See you in 2023!