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Redbridge runners invited to work out and help out

PUBLISHED: 06:55 22 July 2016

GoodGym is launching in Redbridge

GoodGym is launching in Redbridge

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Runners are being encouraged to combine good deeds with exercise in an innovative new scheme.

GoodGym, a non-profit organisation, is inviting residents to join a weekly run where they stop halfway to do something helpful around the borough.

Ed Field, a partnership manager at the community project, said the concept is a great way to get fit.

He said: “It’s a lot of fun and a great way to help people out.

“People will meet up and go on a run of between one and five kilometres, led by running coach James Poole.

“Then they will stop and take part in a community project, which can be anything that will help people in Redbridge.

“This includes community allotments, parks, anything like that.

“It’s great because instead of lifting weights in the gym, people are running to lift rubble or spread compost in a park, which actually improves things!”

The runs last about 90 minutes, with a 45-minute volunteer break in the middle.

They are free to take part in and residents don’t have to commit to attending every week.

As well as the weekly group runs, people can volunteer to be paired with isolated residents who they can visit during their workouts.

Ed said: “They become your running coach, because they’re your motivation for going out on the run.

“So each week, you can visit this person, in between your run.”

If you can’t regularly commit to seeing someone, residents can volunteer for one-off missions, such as clearing an elderly resident’s garden.

Ed said: “It can be anything, and people can ask for specific tasks.

“Recently runners went to a house, where the resident had got a new sofa, but the council couldn’t pick up the old one until it was outside.

“So they ran there, moved the sofa outside, and then continued on their run.”

The first group run, with a mystery volunteer mission, takes place on Monday at 6.45pm, at Wanstead House Community Association, 21 The Green.

To sign up, click here.


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