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Sun 25th Feb at 9:30am
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: https://www.justgiving.com/page/brightongoodgym-halfmarathon2024?utm_term=MqPB5rDjy
Sat 24th Feb at 8:15am
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Tue 13th Feb at 6:15pm
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 💕
Sun 28th Jan at 8:30am
Our Roy is the parkrun director of the Junior parkrun in Hove Park, and he always welcomes his GoodGym friends willing to volunteer and participate to this event as much as we do like to do this GoodGym community mission to see him (also). Roy has such a great spirit and he’s always active as we all are, now on a mission to finish his master!
We like parkrunning! Yesterday we were in Bevendean Downs and had a community meet up at The Bevy Pub – More Than a Pub! We are super keen to keep supporting them with our volunteering work and breakfast orders 😊 after running their 5K parkrun on the top of the hills up there – where there is a wonderful landscape, really!
And, we like (certainly I do) to volunteer at the Junior parkrun in Hove, despite slightly sleepy on a Sunday morning 😊. Either as a run back marker or as marshals, we always enjoy ourselves by cheering those little heroes running this recreational 2.5K parkrun race, dressed up as spider man, superman or fairy, or still in their pyjamas – but, always smiling!
Nice spotting our Maddalena and superhero active mummy who is on a personal mission to pass her own passions to her little ones!
And, and ... Surprise surprise… Guess who did we meet yesterday?
As our photographer, Rebecca, can confirm it was Paul Sinton-Hewitt, the founder of parkrun!
That was an emotional Good weekend, indeed.