You can run for yourself and help other at the same time. It's all thanks to Good Gym, an organisation based in East London which combines jogging with working for the community.
Group of around 20-30 people can be usually met on Monday evenings, in the Arch Gallery located between Cambridge Heath and Bethnal Green stations. They gather there not only to run together but do good deeds at the same time. The group runs a few kilometres to a certain place e.g. school or community garden, and do some appointed physical work. It can be cleaning, moving furniture, turning compost, or anything that serves the local community. This is what is called Good Gym.
The initiative started a few years ago from one man. He was running and at the same time helping elderly people in his area by delivering a newspaper and some groceries or helping to clear the garden. Slowly the idea has grown bigger and now Good Gym teams meet in different locations, so far mainly in East London. Different groups run around Leyton, Bethnal Green, Canary Wharf and West Ham. Meetings take place on different days and at different times.
Everyone who would like to join can chose a group to complete a challenges. You just need to show up at certain time in certain place. For details, look at Good Gym website. There is also another option – becoming a member. It means you're assigned to a person who needs help and some cheerful visits throughout the week. He or she will be your coach and motivate you to run. Usually people who need help are less mobile or just need company in everyday life. Experience is beneficial for both sides.
Organisations that are interested in the work being done in their premises should apply via Good Gym website and follow the details.
The idea is all about do something for yourself and for others while you burn calories. Don't be afraid if you're not running too often. Group runs are different lengths according to where the tasks are and pace is adjusted for all the participants.