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Nik West been to three different GoodGym areas. 🥇

Sunday 6th September 2020



Nik West been to three different GoodGym areas.

A Tourist likes nothing better than exploring new areas and meeting new people, and that's what Nik has been doing. Nik has been to three different GoodGym areas now - nice!

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Nik West went on a community mission

Sat 5th Sep 2020 at 9:30am

Shiver me timbers! This pirate ship was past it’s sail-by-date!

Derby Report written by Nicky West

Ahoy me hearties! It has been a while but it was great to get the old crew together and get the Little Trooper’s nursery ship shape and Derby fashion!

The call may have gone out at short notice, but the Derby shipmates didn’t disappoint. It was great to have a bit of GoodGym back in our lives and remember why we all joined up.

It was all hands of deck and in the space of a few hours, the team painted the largest room of the nursery, emptied an old sand pit, shifted a large woodpile, cleaned a dirty buggy shelter and last boat certainly not least dismantling a pirate ship! These were jobs that the nursery team had been trying to do for years and they were exceptionally grateful for the GoodGym whirlwind.

Thank you to Emma, Molly, Catriona and Ashley and a special recognition for Ben and your first ever Good Deed! It was great to have you on board!!

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Mon 7th Sep 2020 at 11:16am

Looks amazing, great job guys! 😊

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Nik West went on a community mission

Sat 25th Jan 2020 at 8:45am

A toe-tally app-tastic Parkrun

Kingston upon Thames Report written by Kingston upon Thames runner

On a dark and dreary looking Saturday morning, the Kingston Goodgym faithful bravely trooped out to our weekly Parkrun on a spontaneous mission to help out with the volunteering and the running. After last week's massive turn out of over 500, the volunteer coordinator was understandably anxious that the usual supplies of splits on stopwatches and place barcodes would run out so dared the Goodgym contingent to use the new (to us anyway) Parkrun app. Laura bravely took on the challenge of forewarning the pedestrians and cyclists using the towpath that 400+ runners were about to stampede their way from around the corner before returning to scan away on the app...proving to lots of non-belivers that it did scan even if it didn't bleep! Caroline took on the challenge of using the app to time and, after freezing fingers to the point of sensation loss, figured out that the volume buttons also work to mark the splits. Oops, gloves back on. We'll all know for next time! Matt made it along despite a broken toe to keep the funnel in order and Samia and Jane took on the role of finish line cheerers as there was a surplus of volunteers this week. Kate and Rob were running and appreciated the support on Kate's birthday weekend run. We were also all pleased to see a few returning familiar faces...Nik and Nicky popped by to add to the birthday celebrations and show off their new Goodgym runner in training. Having cheered and whooped, timed, scanned and chivvied along all the runners and walkers, off we all went to warm up at our usual post Parkrun venue and carried on the celebrations and fun times. Thanks to Kingston Parkrun for having us and see you all again soon!

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Laura Waller

Sat 25th Jan 2020 at 10:13pm

Excellent report! 👏🏻

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Nik West completed their first run in a new area. 🥳

Wednesday 4th September 2019



Nik West completed their first run in a new area.

Curious? Nik has just run their first session in another area. For that explorative spirit Nik is awarded the scout badge. A Scout is trustworthy

DaniCaroline Thomas
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Nik West went on a group run

Tue 3rd Sep 2019 at 6:15pm

GoodGym killed the Radio Star....OhAhAhOh (Sam's alive, honest)

Derby Report written by Dani

We've launched!

55 runners (not including our special VIP guests from the council, including Mr. Mayor!) met at the Jurys Inn yesterday to mark the launch of GoodGym's 54th hub & to kick off doing good, whilst getting fit in our wonderful city.

It was brilliant to see so many new faces to GoodGym starting this journey together (we're sure you'll all be hooked from now on!) as well as seasoned GoodGym'ers from other areas supporting the launch; a huge thanks to the GoodGym Sheffield crew & those who travelled from the depths of the south (London!) to celebrate with us yesterday.

Doing Good

Our first task took us through the lovely green space of Darley Park to support the Friends of Darley Open Spaces (FODOS) begin the transformation of the Butterfly Garden into the Wildlife Garden & boy did things get WILD!

From dead-heading buddleias (I only learned what that meant yesterday) to weeding, sweeping, hoeing, digging & admiring the UK's largest collection of Hydrangeas, our tribe of 53 runners made an incredible difference.

To put a number on that difference (we like stats!) the 40 minutes each of us spent last night volunteering, collectively equates to 36.6 hours! Amazing right!? That's 2,200 minutes! I'm sure the fabulous volunteers from FODOS would agree that our first task has made an enormous difference to their garden & to the local community who enjoy that space. These numbers really help to highlight what GoodGym is all about... we might not be volunteering somewhere for very long, but as a large group of runners (come on, we work fast!) we can get a heck of a lot done!

(Pssst... We're back at the Wildlife Garden on the 29th October to support this lovely group again!)

Whilst Getting Fit

More stats, the running kind, the kind we love.... We traveled a total of 4km powered by foot last night, with a running group led by Dani (me) & back-marked by Rachel & a walking group led by Nicky (let's give the task-force a cheer!) as well as a mini fitness session which saw you all finding your glutes with squats & lunges. Plus we can totally include the 40 minutes of hard labour you put in at the garden, especially the diggers & wheel-barrowers!

Radio's back!

TV's overrated, we're going to be on the radio! & Sam from BBC Radio Derby is totally alive FYI. Keep your eyes peeled on GoodGym Derby's social media channels for an announcement of when you can hear your claim to fame on the BBC Derby Radio Breakfast Show. Thanks Sam for joining us & doing double the mileage running & back forth to do interviews!

Ready for task two!?

The launch event is done & dug (hehe), but this is only the beginning!

Every week (on Tuesday, don't turn up on a different day, we won't be there) at 6:15pm we'll meet at the Jurys Inn & run to a task, smash it & run back! Next week we're going a little further afield, running a total of 10km to do a leaflet drop in Mackworth for a community library. This isn't any old leaflet drop; there will be an option on the run out to work on your speed (getting some practice in) because once we hit Mackworth, a friendly teams-based competition will unfold! Don't let the sound of speed-training put you off, all abilities are welcome as always.

10km too much at the moment? Our third task takes us to another beautiful green space, with a total distance of 5km.

The Snaps

Big thanks to Ashley for taking amazing photos on last night's launch. If you haven't yet set a profile photo for your GoodGym account, find yourself in the snaps & use one of these beauties!


Finally, a huge cheer to every single one of you for being such a wonderful group last night; for getting stuck in, being super friendly to everyone & generally just a delight to be around. Here's to next week & the start of something beautiful with GoodGym Derby!

Happy running & exploring,

your trainer, Dani x

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Nicky West

Wed 4th Sep 2019 at 11:07am

Fantastic first night Dani! Thank you for all the hard work and organisation to get it to this stage and for a brilliant launch task!

Richard Taylor

Wed 4th Sep 2019 at 11:19am

It was so amazing to be there for the launch last night, Dani! You were brilliant and everyone worked so hard, not only on the task and the run, but also making everybody feel welcome and supported. I can't wait to see what fantastic things GoodGym can achieve in Derby!

Simon Fitzmaurice

Thu 5th Sep 2019 at 7:11am

Whhooooa! 54 runners! Well done GG Derby, that's amazing!

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Nik West signed up to a group run.

Tue 3rd Sep 2019 at 6:15pm

GoodGym Derby launch event

Join us in sprucing up the Wildlife Garden

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