Get­ting fit as you help com­mu­nity

Bath Chronicle - - NEWS - Dena Shoe­bridge Print writer 01225 322273 dena.shoe­bridge@reach­plc.com

Self­less run­ners in Bath who are get­ting fit while lend­ing a hand to vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple and com­mu­nity groups are cel­e­brat­ing their third an­niver­sary this month. The Goodgym Run scheme in Bath is a run­ning group which com­bines weekly runs with do­ing good deeds around the area. Since it was set up in Bath dozens of run­ners have car­ried out more than 2,580 good deeds in the area. Emily Jones, who joined the group on its first out­ing in Oc­to­ber 2015, said she loves the dif­fer­ence the run­ners make to the com­mu­nity and vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple in the area. The civil en­gi­neer joined Goodgym Run as a stu­dent af­ter see­ing the group ad­ver­tised on TV and wanted to learn more. She said: “I was a typ­i­cal stu­dent and in my stu­dent bub­ble not re­ally do­ing much apart from my stud­ies and not in­volved in the com­mu­nity. “I wanted to get fit and this seemed like the per­fect way to not only in­crease my fit­ness but also to be part of the lo­cal com­mu­nity. I dragged a few friends along and we had a great time. “It’s re­ally sat­is­fy­ing to know you’ve spent your evening do­ing some­thing use­ful for some­one. It’s very so­cia­ble and be­ing out­side in the fresh air do­ing some ex­er­cise is great for men­tal health. “The peo­ple we help are al­ways in­cred­i­bly ap­pre­cia­tive and 10 run­ners can do so much in half an hour. “Some­times, we can com­plete tasks that would take much longer with­out our burst of en­ergy.” Goodgym Run run­ners meet ev­ery week at Bath Leisure Cen­tre and run to a pre-planned lo­ca­tion where they work hard ei­ther dig­ging, lift­ing, scrap­ing or clear­ing for a good cause. Re­cently the group ran to Don­key Lane to help out at Tran­si­tion Bath Com­mu­nity Gar­den for an hour be­fore run­ning back. While there the team cleared over­grown ar­eas, did weed­ing, cleared some paths through the gar­den and did some prun­ing. The 25-year-old said as well as en­joy­ing help­ing the com­mu­nity she likes do­ing ‘coach’ runs where a DBS checked run­ner jogs to a vul­ner­a­ble el­derly per­son’s home, spend­ing an hour hav­ing a cup of tea and a chat or help­ing around the house be­fore run­ning back. She said: “Ev­ery run is re­ward­ing but I par­tic­u­larly re­ally en­joy the coach runs. I used to visit a 91-yearold lady who lived alone and I re­ally looked for­ward to my hour with her. It made her day and mine too.” The group, which meets ev­ery Tues­day at 6.15pm at Bath Leisure Cen­tre, runs no more than 5km in to­tal so it is suitable for run­ners of any abil­ity. For more in­for­ma­tion or to join visit www.goodgym.org

Pic­tures: Paul Gil­lis

Goodgym run­ners at work tidy­ing and clear­ing at Tran­si­tion Bath Com­mu­nity Gar­den

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