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Sun 25th Feb at 9:30am

Half – together!

Brighton Report written by STEFANIA ROSSO (she/her)

This past weekend, Brighton GoodGym-ers have been running or volunteering while engaging their heart with their friends Susan and Joel in Mind.

We have been running in memory of Brighton GoodGym-er and friend Susan – Susan was a regular on our group runs, and a kind and supportive friend. She loved literature, her favourite philosopher was Kierkegaard, and four times a year she would make a little nature shrine in her home to celebrate the new season. She carried a ridiculously large backpack to our GoodGym sessions (we still have no idea what was in it), cooked a mean roast dinner, and was famously good at chin-ups.

We have been taking on this challenge also in honour of another GoodGym-er and friend Joel – Joel was a vibrant, intelligent and caring person with a happy-go-lucky outlook on life, often pushing the boundaries of adventure and upfront to help the others.

On Sunday 25 February, we braved the wind to run and cheer at Brighton Half Marathon, a brilliant race organised by local charity The Sussex Beacon. Despite the horrendous headwind for the final 5K, everyone made it safely over the line…and then to the pub, where we enjoyed a well-earned roast together.

In their own words, here are a few answers from GoodGym-ers when we asked:

“What’s your Why to come out this weekend?“

“I ran to support my brilliant GoodGym friends, who lost someone special to them a couple of years ago, and to celebrate the importance of movement and fitness in keeping mind and body healthy“. Rosie

“I ran in memory of fellow Goodgym-er Susan, who was one of the people who first welcomed me to GoodGym Brighton. Delighted that we’ve managed to collectively raise 3x more than our original fundraising target for Mind! I also ran for the challenge of getting my pb under two hours“. Pippa

“While I was not personally affected, I can see what a gap Susan left in the lives of those who knew her. Working for a mental health trust I can see how much people need support.” Sarah

“I ran to beat my six-year personal best, and in memory of a wonderful person who was a big part of our lovely community.” Michael

“I wanted to just cheer on all the great effort you GoodGym good folk put it...and I love the atmosphere! Well done again :)” Edel

“My why: training run for the Brighton full marathon on 7th April. Practicing negative splits, racing strategies in real race conditions. Also happy to run with my friend Stefania and support her pace and mission. Thankyou, GoodGym!“ Colin

"I have been enjoying very much taking part in GoodGym activities, as besides keeping fit and having fun with like minded people, I'm aware it's a great opportunity to contribute to my local community and help others!" Maddy

“My why is because I like to keep fit but it's also important to me to give back to the community I live in. I joined GoodGym to make friends as I was new, and alone, when I first moved to in Brighton. Last weekend I came to support friends primarily, but also because I knew Susan well, and was affected deeply by her death“ Frannie

“I always love to keep myself moving and motivating myself to new challenges for life! Never particularly liked long-distance running, but I felt Good to run this Brighton Half with a purpose and the company of my fellow friends. As a GoodGym Area activator, I am still thrilled when I think about that last time I did a GoodGym session with Susan and when Joel proudly told me that he had joined GoodGym and signed up for a few GoodGym runs and community missions” Stefania

“This Sunday, I supported my dear friend Stefania running for GoodGym and in support of Mind honourable fundraiser for Joel & Susan who were members of Brighton Explorers and GoodGym. I remember photographing Joel and having lovely conversations, I think at a Sewage Against Sewage campaign. Such a kind soul, always smiling, despite appearing a bit distant and maybe shadowing some cloudy emotions. There was more in Joel“. Klara

“While still on the doorstep to join GoodGym parkrun in Joel’s memory, I felt I needed to say things I have never said, but I wished I had. Insights were shared. Mine will be to keep up with thriving Brighton Explorers club’s charitable mission“.

“Why? We believe in the power of sports to support those struggling with their mental health and by sharing our passion for sports to #DoGoodGetFit“ Stefania, GoodGym Brighton

GoodGym sessions, parkruns and races like the Brighton Half are not just great ways to challenge ourselves and support our fitness goals, but also provide an opportunity to come together and remember friends like Joel and Susan, GoodGym-ers who sadly lost their lives.

Massive thank you to everyone who supported the fundraiser for Mind.

We’re fundraising for Mind because their work supports people like Susan and Joel, providing mental health information, advocacy, and peer support. Since the pandemic, the demand for mental health services has been increasingly overwhelming, and charities like Mind are doing essential work to help keep up.

If you’d like to donate, you can still do so here:

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Tue 20th Feb at 6:15pm

Active Kindness, tuned by Zumba.

Brighton Report written by STEFANIA ROSSO (she/her)

Brighthelm Centre is a well-established community venue situated in the heart of Brighton. Our first ever beneficiary charitable organisation, a short run from our meeting point at the Victoria Statue in Brighton.

GoodGym’s call today was to make the space much nicer for its community groups and tenants, and so we did by tuning our GoodGym steps with the Zumba choreography of ZumbaWithMon Class, which is on here every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday!

We tackled the centre’s stairwells with a double GoodGym action: by deep cleaning the steps and making the windows shined top down and bottom up, and vice versa.

Nice bumping in the musicians from Water Bear College of Music and other community groups who were busy in the rooms upstairs. This gave me a sense of belonging to all those organisations that we serve with our active GoodGym volunteering work. And, it just keeps resonating a mutual devotion for each other community charitable mission, and enduring respect for all the diversity, time and energy that we all donate while contributing towards a greater Good in our city. This is Active Kindness, among each other and all.

Today we kept our running short to rest (a bit) our legs prior a busy four sessions on this weekend, 24-25th February. Click here to sign up on what’s on in Brighton area.

Brighton GoodGym-ers will be volunteering and/or running at our local parkruns and at the Brighton Half to embrace our cause while engaging our hearts in memory of some fellow GoodGym-ers. We are also fundraising for Mind.

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Philippa (She/her) signed up to a group run.

Tue 20th Feb at 6:15pm

Brighthelm Centre's clean action with Zumba music tunes!

We will make the space much nicer for the community groups and tenants!

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Philippa (She/her) went on a community mission

Sat 17th Feb at 8:15am

Mud mud glorious mud! Supporting the East Brighton Parkrun's 200th event!

Brighton Report written by Sarah Katharine (She/Her)

On a misty soggy day in Brighton five indomitable Goodgymers volunteered at East Brighton Parkrun.

East Brighton Park was founded by Nancy Platts and has reached its 200th event. It is famed for being all on grass which with the soggy weather did make it a bit more challenging!

Despite the rain and mist me, Nicola and Frannie helped with set up.

While Edel was a cheery marshall encouraging those of us who ran along a particularly muddy section of the course.

At the end we were greeted by Pippa scanning our barcodes and taking some great photos of Good Gym runners.

We also were very excited to meet Paul Sinton-Hewitt the Parkrun founder.

Last but not least there was celebratory cake at the end!

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Philippa (She/her) signed up to a community mission.

Sat 17th Feb at 8:15am

Philippa (She/her) went on a group run

Tue 13th Feb at 6:15pm

GG Brighton don't take no crêpe off of nobody 🥞

Brighton Report written by Philippa (She/her)

Brighton and Hove? More like Brighton and SHROVE, am I right?!

A group of courageous GoodGymers braved the wind and rain to come out for a Pancake Day training session. We jogged, sprinted, side stepped, skipped, and hopscotch-ed our way along the seafront, admiring the mighty waves pummelling the beach. Then we took shelter at Brighton Bandstand, where we did a slightly chaotic, pancake themed HIIT session that challenged both body and mind!

Finally, after a communal stretching session, it was off to the pub for some tasty vegan pancakes and a bit of a social 🥞 Thanks everyone for a lovely evening 💕

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Judy Knapp

Wed 14th Feb at 1:53am

Great photos!

Philippa (She/her) signed up to a group run.

Tue 13th Feb at 6:15pm

GG Brighton don't take no crêpe off of nobody 🥞

A GoodGym group run combining a themed fitness session with a social gathering

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Philippa (She/her) signed up to a race.

Sat 3rd Feb at 8:55am

Parkrun Meetup

Come and enjoy a friendly 5k run or walk in lovely Preston Park

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Philippa (She/her) signed up to a community mission.

Tue 30th Jan at 6:15pm

GoodGym January Challenge: Good Ping Pong-ing 🏓

Supporting the club users to thrive by doing our little good ... and, helping with cleaning their venue!

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