27 Month Streak
69 Month Streak
Wed 20th Mar at 6:30pm
Helping the Nature Reserve with their re-development project and get the site ready for SpringRead more
Wed 7th Feb at 6:30pm
Despite it being the end of the January Challenge, we still had plenty of GoodGymers keen to run on a Wednesday night and do good in their local area! Sam opened up Old Spike to meet the friendly faces of Daryl, David, Isaac, Lucy, Maria, Nelly, Roberta, Steve and Tim.
Sam went through his usual GG intro speech and tonight, he only had an ice-breaker snap-poll, which was to do with National (deep-pan) Pizza Day (in the US) and Lunar New Year happening on Saturday. He asked which one you would order when having an food app up: deep pan or Chinese?
Winning by a few votes was Chinese!
Brushing up on our painting skills
After a quick warm-up in the alleyway, Sam led the group out back onto Rye Lane with Lindy backmarking as she was carrying her work items with her (as she wanted to make her way back home after the task). Speedy Sam rushed down Rye Lane, Surrey Canal Walk and into Burgess Park (with a slight diversion) before 500 metres later arriving at St. Mary Newington Close to find James, Paulin and Phil already tucking into a tub of pink paint and applying it onto a wooden bench. Yes, we came over to Southwark Communities to apply another lick of paint on the donated garden furniture as Spring is just around the corner and the residents will be out and about enjoying the garden. At the task, we met Lottie (task owner), Folarin and eventually, after taking the bus over, Louise.
With loads of paint tins and paint brushes, Sam split the team:
It was such a therapeutic task and we had plenty of time (40 minutes) to apply a good coat of paint. Once it came to time, we took back the paint and paint brushes to the kitchen to wash up before taking our mandatory group photo.
On the way back, we said goodbye to a couple of runners as they peeled off home, but those who stayed until the end got a lovely stretch!
Thank You to all the GG-ers
A personal thanks from me to all those who came out last night! It was a chilly night, but hopefully running faster than usual helped with warming the core. Thank you to Daryl and Lindy for backmarking on the run. We're off to Salvation Army Camberwell Corps next Wednesday for more painting on Valentine's Day!
Wed 7th Feb at 6:30pm
It will increase the lifespan of Southwark Charities furniture meaning they can enjoy it for longer and save it from landfill and brighten up their spaceRead more
Sat 27th Jan at 12:00pm
Wed 24th Jan at 6:30pm
With two group runs left until the end of our January Challenge, Sam was keeping his fingers crossed for a high attendance as this group run would not only contribute to the amount of good deeds, but since this was the longest group run distance, it would add a lot of kilometres to the distance target.
13 out of the 14 GoodGymers that came out tonight met at Old Spike Roastery for the start of the group run. We waited slightly longer as Alex was running late. Yet, knowing it was a longer run, Sam skipped the warm up, but delivered his typical GG speech including his ice-breaker question which was two snap polls to determine whether people liked Haggis and crunchy or smooth peanut butter as it was going to be Burns Night and National Peanut Butter Day.
It was pretty much a straight victory for "yay" to Haggis and "crunchy" peanut butter.
Every day I'm shovellin'
Sam led the group out of Old Spike with Katy backmarked (both ways). We ran down the busy Rye Lane through the dark cycle/walking paths of Surrey Canal Walk before reaching Old Kent Road crossing over to the quiet backstreets of South Bermondsey. After running 3.7k, we arrived at Galleywall Nature Reserve to meet Emma, who lives close by.
Straight to it, Eddie talking through the two main tasks and one smaller task on offer. Sam split the group calling out on who wanted to shovel gravel into wheelbarrows: Isaac and Nathan were keen whilst operating the wheelbarrows: Daryl and Laura put their hands up. On the other end, when Daryl and Laura would tip the gravel onto the pre-determined areas, Alex and Elena would be there to rake it out to a smooth surface. The second major task was to secure three wooden beams into the growing bed, so that visitors and gardeners can walk on these beams rather than on the soil. More shovels were needed to dig out the soil, so Andrada, Emma, Katy, Sander and Steve took on this task. Finally, Tim took on the smaller task of finding bags of leaves and bringing them back to a pile that had already been stacked up for the leaf mulch they want to make. Maria was our resident photographer and videographer as she wants to start a TikTok account for us!
After 30 minutes, we had finished the three tonne bags of gravel (they weren't all full), secured the wooden beams and brought over the bags of leaves. Finishing the tasks with 10 minutes to spare!
Eddie was very pleased that he took videos and photos to share with the Galleywall Nature Reserve committee. We will be back at the tailend of February to get the reserve ready for Spring! We all ran back apart from Elena and Emma as they live closeby and Andrada peeled off towards the end to go home. The rest that stayed on made it back to Old Spike and were treated to Lindy's belated 200th good deed cake. We ate it for her as unfortunately, she dropped out from tonight's task last minute.
Thank You to all the GG-ers
A personal thanks from me to all those who came out last night! It was a long run than our usual distances, but we managed to blitz through the task in 30 minutes in our alloted 40 minutes. Thank you to Katy for backmarking and thank you to all for consistently coming to these group runs - it means a lot for me. Next week: it's the last one for our January Challenge and we're cleaning the local streets up with a "litter pick bingo".
Wed 24th Jan at 6:30pm
Helping the Nature Reserve with their re-development project and get the site "winter ready"Read more
Sat 20th Jan at 10:30am
Designed and setup as a starter session, this group run on Saturday did have a newbie signed up, but she dropped out in the morning after Sam sent out a reminder email.
Not to worry, David, Laura, Lindy and Tim met up Sam at Old Spike for 10:30. After talking to the manager of Old Spike and convincing him to come on Wednesday night for his first group run, they gathered outside in the alleyway to warm up and answer the recycled ice breaker question and snap poll Sam used on Wednesday night. The result? Pineapple is not allowed on pizza and hot toddy and lemon, ginger and honey are popular remedies for when you have a cold.
Daryl just arrived in time as we ran 2.5k from Old Spike to Tiny Forest in Peckham Rye Park after doing a loop of the park.
Anna and fellow Tiny Forest treekeeper, David met us at the site just as Clare arrived as she walked from home. The starter session task was to weed around the growing tree saplings as these weeds were taking vital nutrients for these trees to grow. With cheap hand tools Sam got from Amazon and 30 minutes later, they managed to scratch the surface of weeds in this Tiny Forest patch in Peckham Rye Park.
With five minutes left, the group that ran over said their goodbyes to Anna, Clare and David as they ran a short 1k back to Old Spike for their deserved flat whites and lattes to finish off the morning and get rewarded for this quick group run.