Help out generous joggers in Wanstead this Halloween

PUBLISHED: 13:15 21 October 2016 | UPDATED: 13:15 21 October 2016

The Goodgym team working out on one of the allotments in Redbridge

The Goodgym team working out on one of the allotments in Redbridge


Have you ever been on the verge of going for a run, before bad weather or a good TV show has put you off?

Do you, like this reporter, need a little extra encouragement to get off the sofa and go to the gym?

Goodgym Redbridge is preparing for a special Halloween party for children and adults with learning difficulties, at a Wanstead allotment, while getting fit.

“We’re a group of runners who go to local organisations, and help them out, tidy up plant bulbs,” marketing manager Steve Kirlew explained.

“We then do a fitness session at the site, before running home.”

Goodgym carries out several different types of activity, and Saturday’s work out, at Wanstead Community Gardens, in Nutter Lane, is a “task event”.

“Goodgym runners will help, for example, elderly people put up a light or other one off tasks, while running there and back,” Steve continued.

On Saturday the fitness fanatics will be tidying up the allotment for the “unique project”, helping young people and adults with learning difficulties.

On Wednesday the site will be transformed to host a healthy Halloween event, with pumpkin cooking, carving and a spooky planting session.

“We aim to give people an extra reason to go out and get fit,” said Steve.

He explained each week the task changes, so the runners can help different groups in the community.

“Sometimes members will jog to elderly people’s houses, just go keep them company, before running home,” Steve added.

If you want to take part in Saturday’s session, Goodgym is meeting at Wanstead House Community Association, in The Green, at 10.15am.

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