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Do Good and Get Fit at the Same Time with GoodGym

Do Good and Get Fit at the Same Time with GoodGym

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Do good and get fit at the same time with Brighton’s newest fitness offering, GoodGym!

GoodGym is a growing community of runners who combine exercise with helping local communities. Members stop off on their runs to support isolated older people and undertake physical tasks for community organisations.

The launch of GoodGym Brighton on Tuesday 11 July was a wet and soggy one - it rained and rained and rained - but the city came out in force for a great first run and task!

The run was kicked off by double Olympian Nigel Levine who shared some motivational words: "It's great to see the local Brighton community being inspired through running and volunteering. Keep doing what you're doing - you're an inspiration!”  

The launch run involved a 4km run where after 3km, all runners were pretty soaked through from the rain, but happy and energised and keen to get the Doing Good going at The Brighthelm Centre.

In order to transform the pre-school garden runners were split into teams with different tasks - Team Turf, Team Woodchip, Team Membrane, Team Flower Bed and Team Litter Pick!

And with seconds to spare before the time limit the task was complete. What a transformation!

GoodGym Brighton led by trainer Tara Shanahan, a local running enthusiast, said: “I am so excited to be part of GoodGym Brighton. I’m really looking forward to meeting lots of new runners and helping with the good work done by local community groups.

I think Brighton is the perfect place for Goodgym as there is already a strong community ethos here and it’s such a great place to run.”

In addition to the weekly group run led by Tara, GoodGym runners will also be paired with an isolated older person and commit to a weekly social visit and/or help with one-off household tasks.

The GoodGym befriending scheme has been proven to reduce loneliness and improve wellbeing. GoodGym welcomes runners of all ability and is open to everyone in Brighton.

For more information about GoodGym or to sign up to next week's run visit the Brighton GoodGym website.