Happy birthday to local ‘Good Gym’

Release Date: 12 July 2017

A local scheme that aims to help residents keep fit whilst doing something good for the local community is celebrating its first birthday.

Launched in Richmond last year, Good Gym combines keeping fit with helping community groups and providing support to isolated people.

The idea is that instead of going nowhere on a treadmill or lifting weights that don’t need lifting, GoodGym members run to do good and help others. The weekly runs are free and open to all abilities, combining a short run with a physical task on behalf of a community group.

Since the launch over 380 people have taken part in a local run and community activity. To celebrate, Good Gym are inviting residents to take part in a 7km run and a bit of weeding along Richmond Riverside.

One of the first activities Good Gym held in Richmond was helping to remove Himalaya Balsam along the river bank. On 17 July, runners will be asked to go back where it all began and help to remove the stubborn plant, whilst doing a bit of litter picking.

Cllr Pamela Fleming, Richmond Council Cabinet Member for Environment, said:

“Happy first birthday Goodgym! GoodGym is a really easy way to enjoy the great outdoors, do something for your community whilst keeping fit!

“Their weekly runs are free and open to all abilities, and combine a short run with a physical task. They can also pair runners with an isolated older person, helping them to keep active and get out and about.

“I hope even more people get involved! Anyone wants to do a bit more exercise and get involved in the communities they live in – GoodGym is perfect for you!!

Mark Barun, Goodgym’s Run Trainer for Richmond, said:

“Every week I get to watch a little magic happen, a little sparkle that lightens up a Monday for so many reasons and it is all due to the good runners of GoodGym Richmond making so many smile. It's been a great year and I am honoured to run with you!”

Rafa, who is new to London and to GoodGym Richmond, stated on why he signed up:

“I don’t like gyms, and I always wish I had more time for charity work. GoodGym is the perfect solution that allows me to get extra motivation for running, do some good, get fit and meet great people. Couldn’t be happier!”

The birthday run takes place on Monday 17 July, meeting at 6.30pm outside Whole Foods Richmond.

For more information, visit the GoodGym website. 

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Reference: P328/17

Updated: 31 July 2017