A year of community spirit with GoodGym
Runners with GoodGym Slough marked their one year anniversary with a bumper turn out for a task helping the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust.
Thirty runners turned up at Salt Hill Park to put on waders and litter pick the Salt Hill Stream, to dig holes and move logs to build insect homes and to do a litter pick of the park.
GoodGym was brought to Slough with the help of the council’s public health team. It is a group of community minder runners who like to keep fit while doing good. They run to a task, spend about 40 minutes helping out, and run back to base.
In the celebratory run report, Manjit Birk, run leader, said: “All I can really say about the past year is that I have loved every Monday evening. Spending it with what truly are some of the nicest, funniest, good-hearted people you will ever meet.
“I love the diversity of runners we have in Slough. Our team consists of new graduates, experienced runners to some who have hardly run at all; runners in their 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s and even one runner in her 80s; we have runners with young families to runners with older children and three GoodGym babies will be born this year too! Whatever their reason to run and do good is, all I can say is I am truly grateful for their ongoing commitment and support to GoodGym Slough.”
Councillor Natasa Pantelic, cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: “I am so pleased to see GoodGym Slough has gone from strength to strength over the course of a year. The dedication of the runners who turn up each week is impressive and they really do make a great contribution to our community. I can’t wait to see how the group grows over the coming years and I hope to get along to a task myself soon.”
The group is always keen to help more community groups. If you have a task in mind for them, get in touch with Manjit by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
You can register to join GoodGym Slough in advance and meet the group at their Salt Hill Activity Centre base on Mondays at 6.30pm.
What has the group achieved in a year?
- 819 good deeds - around 350 hours of voluntary work.
- 22 different community groups helped in Slough.
- Three runners trained to become run leaders.
- Six runners have become task force team members – so can organise and lead smaller voluntary activities.