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13 Goodgymers helped their local community in Hounslow
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Wednesday 5th July 2023

Report written by Anastasia Hancock (she/her)

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Last night we were back at an old task location for us - we've been to the Chiswick Methodist Church several times before to paint the walls, write Christmas tags for kids and for a general tidy up. It's the home of several different community organisations including youth groups and support for people who have had strokes. So it was great to be back - and not just because it was one of the shortest runs we do!

A mere few minutes down the road we met up with Carol who had a list of jobs for us, starting with carrying a huge pool table up a flight of stairs. Luckily the Hounslow crew are highly experienced furniture shifters, and it didn't take long for the stairs to be negotiated and the table to be transported safely to its new home. Of course it had to be tested out, just to make sure it was in the right place, of course...

First job done we headed outside to tackle the overgrown areas. Gloves on and bin bags at the ready we pulled out weeds, thistles and every other plant trying to exert its presence where it was not wanted. After 40 minutes of hard work it was great to see a real difference. Job satisfaction!

We said goodbye to Carol and ran back to Turnham Green. It may have been a short run but we certainly weren't going to neglect the fitness. Diving up into two teams, and after a lot of discussion about the logistics, we started off with a plank relay before moving onto a more traditional relay featuring sprints and static hold exercises. After all that it was declared a tie - that's the GG spirit!

Next week we're back to Cultivate for one of the last sessions at their old site before they move.

Good luck to all doing and volunteering at the Asics race this weekend, for the special NHS parkrun takeover on Saturday and for all the other brilliant things you're doing!

Session Leader
Remy Maisel
Jonny Carter
Alan Armstrong
Pippa A
Lucy Hill
Georgia Ford
Jon Scott-Francis
Anastasia Hancock
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