Sarah McKean

Wandsworth


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Mon 1st Aug 2022 at 6:30pm

Go on and cake my day

Wandsworth Report written by Anastasia Hancock (she/her)

Last night 15 GoodGymers came together to celebrate SIX whole years of GoodGym Wandsworth! In that time we have achieved huge things together. Can you believe we have clocked up:

  • 8456 good deeds done by 1109 runners

  • 634 Missions to help older people

  • 533 Group sessions to help community projects

  • 711 Coach visits to an older person

  • 118401 kms run

  • 45729 cheers given

What an amazing legacy...so far! Well done to each and everyone of you who has been a part of it.

We kicked off the evening with a warm up and we were very happy to welcome Amy to her first session - give her a cheer!

Last night's task was at a local community centre where we were replanting flowers that had been donated by Wimbledon Tennis charitable foundation. But first there was a spot of digging to do. Well, that's what we thought at first. It didn't take long for us to realise that the area where we were going to be doing the planting was filled with some rather stubborn roots. However, we were not to be defeated and after some epic battles we were victorious over some of the biggest and toughest roots in Wandsworth.

It wouldn't be a GG Wandsworth party without a bit of compost, so true to form, we shifted and spread many bags of the stuff ready for the plants, some of which looked like they were more than ready to find a new home!

Next came the creative part, and with several of us assuming art director roles we began designing the new bed. Alan Titchmarsh would be proud - check out some of those before and after shots to see the massive difference.

Job done, and it was time for Chi to put the group through their paces with a short but hard core fitness session- although there may have been a relaxed attitude towards the timings (!), it was an effective all over body session which meant everybody was ready for the post-task celebration. And what a celebration it was! Hadas, who runs the Waste Not Want Not charity put on the most incredible spread, with a huge BBQ of jerk chicken, as well as loads of other goodies. There was also some incredible baked goods created by you lovely lot, including an amazing cake made by Catherine.

It's such a pleasure to run with you all, and to see the amazing way you make things happen for the better across the borough and beyond. A very happy birthday to each and every one of you and here's to many more years of GoodGym Wandsworth!

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Sarah McKean went on a group run

Mon 28th Mar 2022 at 6:30pm

All cooped up

Wandsworth Report written by Anastasia Hancock (she/her)

We were full of the joys of Spring last night in Wandsworth. Not only did we have a brand new task for our session, but we also got to welcome Rebecca to her very first GoodGym run! Plus it was still light, there was blossom in the air and loads of fun events to look forward to so we had lots of reasons to celebrate!

After a quick warm up anda round of the London Bridge challenge where we tried to name all of the foot bridges crossing the Thames, we set off for Sacred Heart school for one huge task.

We soon arrived to meet Jared, the headteacher, who gave us our instructions. It quickly became clear that this was going to be no mean feat. But were we chicken? Were we cluck! The job was to clear an area at the school that had been used for keep chickens and pigs and then to give it a dig over. We had plenty of tools at our disposal, and even more energy, so we got cracking.

While some of us took down the fence and clipped wire, others began the digging (even some of the forks were no match for our muscle power!), and dismantling the huge chicken coop. Meanwhile Annabel and Adam began an epic battle of Human V Pig Pen. Several techniques were used to defeat the beast, including crow barring, ripping off pieces with bare hands, sawing, and a lying-down-kicking manoeuvre. With the clock ticking down, we were into the final few minutes before victory was achieved and pen was defeated. Amazing job. With everybody working super hard last night, the result is some pretty brilliant before and after shots - check out the photos! Next week we'll be back to finish off the job.

With all that effort and hardwork, we didn't have time for our usual fitness session, so we'll save that fun for next week. There's plenty to get involved in, with a lunchtime mission on Friday at a local homeless centre, plus our upcoming Easter social. You can also sign up for next week's run here. Have a happy week GoodGym!

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Sarah McKean signed up to a group run.

Mon 28th Mar 2022 at 6:30pm

Massive task at sacred Heart School - can you help with the challenge?

It will create a safe space for the youngest and most vulnerable children to play

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Sarah McKean
Sarah McKean went on a community mission

Sun 6th Mar 2022 at 10:00am

Sorting donations at the Polish White Eagle Club Centre

Wandsworth Report written by Emily Oldfield

The sheer amount of donations the centre is receiving is overwhelming, as well as the huge numbers of people from all backgrounds who are coming to get stuck in. Everyone is pulling together to work as quickly and efficiently as possible to try and sort everything out and get it back out the door. What an amazing sense of community at such a difficult time. They will definitely need as much help as they can get so check out the times and get down there if you can! There's a cloakroom, toilets, hot and cold food, and a variety of drinks to keep you going.

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Sarah McKean signed up to a community mission.

Sun 6th Mar 2022 at 10:00am

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Sarah McKean went on a community mission

Mon 15th Nov 2021 at 6:45pm

An un-tree-lievable effort which bag-gars be-leaf

Wandsworth Report written by Sophie Humphrey

'Tis the season for leaves and we had a great group down in Wandsworth tonight up for the challenge of clearing a local community garden. Rakes, brooms and giant flipper style scoopers were out in force and before long we had used up all the bags given to us! A great excuse for a spot of fitness while we waited for more bags to arrive... thanks guys for your exercise ideas to keep us busy!

Four rolls of bags later (seriously, check out that pile!!) and we could definitely call it a successful night's work. Only thing left to do was embrace the season and literally fall into the leaves as demonstrated by Oliver who also performed some wizardry on our photos making it look like the summer evenings we miss!

Well done Wandsworth and a particular shout out to Catrin for a first Goodgym appearance - we hope to see you again soon!

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Sarah McKean
Sarah McKean signed up to a community mission.

Mon 15th Nov 2021 at 6:45pm

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Sarah McKean went on a group run

Mon 8th Nov 2021 at 6:30pm

Your good weed for the day

Wandsworth Report written by Anastasia Hancock (she/her)

Our task for the evening yesterday was back at Doddington community roof garden, a space which has been transformed by volunteers from a multistory carpark into a thriving garden for local people. It's a regular one for us, but it is always fun to see the surprise on people's faces when they visit for the first time - hidden away in a Battersea estate, it's up an easily-missable flight of stairs which opens out into a huge maze of flower beds, herb gardens and composting areas.

It was a short run of just over a mile down to the garden, so we started off the night with a warm up and a quick poll on the little and large things we're doing to help protect the environment. There were some top tips, including riding your bike as much as possible to get places, reducing meat and cutting out single-use plastic, but also some very bright ideas like deleting spam and unsubscribing from email lists which both carry a carbon footprint. You're a clever bunch!

We were excited to welcome Jenni for her first GoodGym session, and to talk about her show, Endurance which sees her perform a feat of endurance, live and in real time at the BAC. She gave us a little talk on how she was inspired by female ultra runners and also about her project 'When we run, we become', where she will be running with other people. Running safely in public spaces is something that we've talked about a lot at GoodGym - if you would like to continue this important discussion, do reach out to Jenni. And don't forget, we have a lovely community at GG, if you ever want to go out for a run and don't feel comfortable by yourself, drop a message on our whatsapp group or send me an email and we'll find a way to run with you!

After a good steady pace down to Doddington we arrived to find Malissa, lead volunteer, waiting for us. She led us through the garden, pointing out interesting plants as we went (while I was trying not to think about how many expensive 'proper' plants I've pulled up over the years of GG tasks, thinking they were weeds...). She distributed shovels, brooms and trugs, and we soon got cracking on various jobs round the garden.

After 40 minutes of hard work, we were almost done for the evening. Apologies for the quality of the photos - I was told a couple of weeks ago that they look like I'm taking them out of a moving car, at night, in the middle of a storm.

All that was left was that tough little leg finisher. We gathered out in the lovely Doddingon square and started smashing through some lower body exercises designed not exclusively to inflict pain, but also strengthen all those important leg muscles and create quads of iron. Some excellent form there everyone!

After that mean old hill and a few stretches to finish off, it was time for a bite to eat and drinks round the corner. Look out for the GG Wandsworth Christmas social coming soon! Next week I'll be away so our group run will be replaced with a Monday night community mission, check out the details here. A final word to wish Caroline, long-term GG Wandsworth member, farewell and good luck for her move to Bristol - have a brilliant time there!

Run happy, run safe, GoodGym.

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Mon 8th Nov 2021 at 6:30pm

Jobs at Doddington roof garden!

Lend a hand at this community garden

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Sarah McKean
Sarah McKean went on a group run

Mon 1st Nov 2021 at 6:30pm

You could’ve tooled me

Wandsworth Report written by Anastasia Hancock (she/her)

Haribo, Bounty, M&Ms, Reese's peanut cups, Snickers..... we started the group run last night dreaming of all the delicious treats we would've wanted to receive if we'd gone trick or treating at the weekend. With the prospect of a sugar high at the end of our run, we started off with a much-needed warm up, and welcomed Alex to her very first GoodGym session - give her one massive cheer!

We set off on the run down to a public garden which has not been well looked after since we were last there pre pandemic. This space is available for local people to use but needs some love before it becomes a welcoming area for the community. Enter GoodGym!

We were slightly delayed by the appearance of two very excited puppies who greeted us at the gate, but once they had been taken off on their walks we were able to get stuck in. Once again, it was testament to just how much a group of people with that much energy can achieve in a short amount of time. We weeded, picked litter, filled bags with waste and generally spruced the area right up!

To keep us getting too nippy, we did our fitness session on the fly, with bursts of running interspersed with strength and conditioning segments allt he way back to the BAC. While we may have got a few strange looks from passers by, it was worth it for the excellent Karate Kid crane stances you demonstrated by the side of the road!

All that was left was for some stretches, and to make plans for next week's group run followed by a lovely fireworks night themed social. Everybody welcome - come and join us for more doing good, getting fitter and some lovely food and drinks afterwards. Until then, happy running GoodGym!

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