Getting fit and doing good with GoodGym

Published Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Budding runners interested in keeping fit and doing good are being invited to join the Bromley GoodGym runs.

The first Bromley GoodGym is meeting each Tuesday evening, with members being coached by a trainer as part of the run. Each week the group runs to a local community organisation or charity to help with a practical task they would be unable to do alone. Already, these tasks have included clearing litter and removing weeds from the grounds of a youth centre and clearing up a local nature reserve. 

As part of getting fit, GoodGym members are also invited to run to an older person to provide them with a befriending service. This scheme has been proven to reduce loneliness and isolation as well as improve people’s wellbeing. This extra ‘running motivation’ is designed to encourage runners to continue with their training. GoodGym members can also help older people with one off missions such as physical tasks around their home. 

Simon Loughran, the Bromley GoodGym coach, who is also a UK Athletics coach said, “This is very much a social activity as well as a running session and we welcome runners of all ability. GoodGym is a growing community of runners who combine exercise with helping local communities and that’s what we are doing here in Bromley. Why not come and join us and sign up on the website.”  

Councillor Stephen Carr, Leader of Bromley Council said, “If you are interested in getting fitter and running, this might be for you. Our borough is full of people who are inspired to support and help others, including Friends of Parks and foster carers for instance, and I would like to pay tribute to people who give their own time to serve others and the wider community. If this has inspired you, why not get in touch and sign up to take part in future runs and the community focussed missions which GoodGym will get stuck into.” 

Further information and sign-up details are available on the GoodGym website on their Bromley page www.goodgym.org/areas/bromley. Runs currently start from Bromley Civic Centre each Tuesday evening at 6.30pm, with the run starting at 6.45pm. The physical activity will typically last for around 30 to 45 minutes, with the group then running back to the start venue by 8.15pm. 

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Editor’s notes

  • GoodGym was founded by Ivo Gormley in 2009 in Tower Hamlets. He discovered that combining a weekly run with a visit to a housebound older neighbour was just the motivation he needed to get him into regular exercise. GoodGym’s administration team is a registered charity, charity number 1160988.
  • GoodGym runners have carried out over 45,000 good deeds to help older people and community organisations throughout the UK. GoodGym operates in 28 areas nationwide and aims to launch in every city in the UK by 2018. 

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