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Mon 30th Jan at 6:30pm
Today officially marks the end of the January challenge, but there is still one more day to get those good deeds in! GoodGym Wandsworth has done an amazing job - we've smashed our target of 1200 kms. We're just 12 good deeds short of our target of our 100. Why not have a look if there is something going on that you can get to today and just maybe we can make that happen!
Great to see you all in slightly warmer conditions last night. Our initial plan was to clear the garden at the brilliant Waste Not Want Not charity - an organisation which stops perfectly good food being thrown away and instead uses it to feed the local community - but Hadas had other ideas for us.
The charity has been working on a new dining area which needed to be painted. That's where we came in! Grabbing all the rollers and any tool we could lay our hands on we got cracking. Calum and Jamal took on the room next to the kitchen, Sophie, Jordan and Catherine were in the lobby, while everybody else squeezed into the kitchen area. Meanwhile Steph heroically tackled a monster pile of washing up in the kitchen.
It was another GG transformation, as within 45 minutes the place was freshly painted, looking brighter and more welcoming for local people. Way to go team.
There was just time to squeeze in some very tough but very effective tabata in the park before taking on that hill on our way back for stretches.
There's lots of fun social stuff coming up, as well as plenty of sessions to get involved in. Next week we're planning on entering (winning) a local pub quiz after our group run, all the details are here.
Have a great week GoodGym - and don't forget, one more day to reach our 100 good deed target!
Mon 23rd Jan at 6:30pm
It's almost the end of January and (hopefully) Spring is just around the corner, so it was definitely time for us to do one massive spring clean!
First we met at the BAC to do a warm up, and we also welcomed Eva to the group for her first run - give her a massive cheer!
Our task for the evening was at Battersea Scouts Centre, so before setting off we also did a quick poll to see who had been a scout, brownie, beaver or other. It seemed like most of us had dib dib dibbed at some point, and we discovered that we even had a Sea Cadet among us - we will definitely be calling on those skills when we need some knots to be tied!
It was a short run down to the centre and, given the freezing temperatures, we all piled gratefully into the warm to listen to Scoutmaster Peter's instructions. Quickly dispersing into various rooms we got started getting the place sparkling.
The kitchen crew of Steph, Joanna and Annabel began shining surfaces and polishing PVC, while Tim and Becky used some serious elbow grease in the lobby to make those walls and skirting boards pristine. Alice, Eva and Joao did a bang up job in the loos and changing rooms making sure everything was spotless, while upstairs the upper hall group were seriously busy. Sophie, Jordan and Lorna had the massive job of cleaning all the chairs - the only stumbling block was first figuring out how to get the much-discussed strap off. Meanwhile Jamal and Calum had the tricky task of rehanging all the curtains, using both height and muscle power to get them attached to all the many, many hooks.
Before long the place was immaculate from top to bottom, so well done everybody on a brilliant job. As Peter said, it would have taken the volunteers there ages to do what you all achieved in a short amount of time.
It's not often we get the chance to do our fitness session in the toasty warm, so we took advantage of the newly cleaned hall to do a body strength and conditioning session. It seemed like a great idea. Until we realised that the floor wasn't exactly pristine as the carpet was yet to be laid. Apologies for the dusty bums everybody! Still, we persevered, knocking out planks, press ups, crunches and more.
While we worked we discussed future socials and hatched a plan to create the greatest pub quiz team there ever was. We decided on date, with more to come, of Monday 6th February after the group run. I will put together a sign up page soon, so watch this space.
Great work everybody - next week we're helping out at Waste Not Want Not, and you can sign up for it right here. Have a great week all!
Mon 9th Jan at 6:30pm
As group ones go, this one was pretty special! Read on to find out why this is one session we won't forget in a hurry...
It was our first group session of 2023 - welcome back everybody! To kick off another year of doing good and getting fit, we started with a balance-based warm up and a quick round up of all our New Year's Resolutions. There were some really good ones in there including stretching more, getting stronger, running 500 miles over the year, and going o more holidays. All excellent choices!
It was brilliant to welcome back some faces we hadn't seen in a little while, and to have Sarah join her first group run - give her a cheer!
Our job for the evening was at a new location - and what a location it was! With a beautiful view over Battersea as our backdrop, our task was to empty two huge raised beds at St Mary's School so they could create a climate change garden.
The challenge: the beds were at the top of the terrace, which did mean we had a lovely panorama of the city skyline at night, but also meant carrying soil down a long flight of stairs. The excellent news: there was a slide! Yes, in a GoodGym Wandsworth first we could transport ourselves and our big bags of soil down a massive, winding slide.
Before long we were digging away as quickly as we could to get the bags filled and have our turn. There were many varied techniques, from Steph who managed to cultivate an elegant swoosh to land perfectly, to Tim who somehow managed to make it down seemingly on foot! There were also a couple of incidents of overshooting the end of the slide, but perhaps best not to mention that! We finally discovered we could in fact send the bags down by themselves without them slipping, so next week when we return to finish off the beds, we're prepared for a seamless, efficient task.
Don't forget that we're just kicking off the January challenge. Every January, we challenge ourselves to run, walk and cycle as far as we can and to complete as many good deeds as possible. In January 2022 we managed a huge 4173 good deeds and travelled over 85,000km together, and this year we’ve got even bigger targets in mind - we're aiming for a whopping 5,000 good deeds and 10,000km overall. You can help us get there! So far Wandsworth has racked up 31 good deeds, and 126 kilometres run, but we have set our own area goal at 100 good deeds and 1200 km so we can't afford to rest on our laurels! I can't wait to see what we can achieve.
Next week we're going back to hopefully finish off the job - hope to see you there.
Happy new year GoodGym!
Tuesday 6th December 2022
Stephanie Stevenson run 100 good deeds with GoodGym.
Stephanie has just reached another level: 100 good deeds with GoodGym. That's at least 100 times when they could have easily done something easier. But they didn't, Stephanie has kept going and going. Helping a lot of other people and getting a bit fitter at the same time. Congratulations Stephanie.
Mon 5th Dec 2022 at 6:30pm
Last night temperatures were dropping but thanks to the increasing festivities, a very positive task, and a most exciting milestone, spirits were rising!
Our job for the evening was at a local theatre, Omnibus, a charity which aims to bring the arts to everybody, especially young people and the local community.
We kicked off the evening with a warm up whilst also trying to spot the celebs arriving at the BAC for that evening's comedy. No luck - maybe next week!
Most importantly, we celebrated our very own celeb for the evening, Stephanie who reached that magic milestone - 100 good deeds! Absolutely brilliant, give her a massive cheer! You can check out the star herself quite rightly taking centre stage in the photos above.
After a frosty run to the theatre we were greeted by Marie who told us that they'd finally had permission to create a lovely garden in the space behind the theatre. It is a large area with a beautiful mature apple tree but they haven't been able to take ownership of it before now. Luckily the time has come, so we set about giving it a massive weed and going over. First though there was a question of a number of beautiful Christmas trees which had to be moved. With the scent of pine in the air we made like good stage hands and shifted them all to their rightful place.
Next was clearing the area, transporting wooden fencing, litter picking, tarpaulin straightening and rubbish stacking. After all that the space was starting to look a lot better, and it won't be long until we can head back to spread soil and start planting!
We headed outside for our winter warmer body blast, and, trying to ignore the very warm and toasty looking pub opposite, got stuck in to our workout. For 45 seconds at a time we tackled all the main muscle groups and worked up a sweat.
Next week would you believe it is already our last group run of the year? But don't worry, there will still be plenty going on. We have a great session planned writing Christmas cards for isolated people followed by our festive social next week - don't miss out! Plus there are several great missions going on this weekend including wrapping present sofr refugees and making Ukrainian refugees feel welcome.