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TO FEEL GOOD I DO GOOD

THEY SAY RUNNING MAKES THEM FEEL AMAZING BUT IT’S NOT JUST BECAUSE OF THE RUNNER’S HIGH. LISA JACKSON MEETS THREE ?REMARKABLE WOMEN WHO’VE REAPED ENORMOUS PERSONAL BENEFITS BY USING RUNNING TO HELP OTHERS
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“Shovelling compost and cuddling baby rabbits at Stepney City Farm have been just some of the highlights of my GoodGym runs,” says Anna Myat, 46, from Stepney Green in east London. “After the former, a good deed we did at a local school, some of us went to the pub and were asked to kindly sit in the garden outside!

“IT’S SO REWARDING COMBINING RUNNING WITH DOING GOOD DEEDS”

“I started going to GoodGym one winter in 2013. I hate the cold and wasn’t keen on running on dark and chilly evenings but it’s helped me to keep running all year round, so much so that I completed my first marathon last year. I read about GoodGym in the newspaper and just loved the idea of using my runs to assist in community projects and help isolated, elderly people. You sign up to the GoodGym website and create a profile that shows how many runs and good deeds you’ve completed – so far I’ve done 169. We usually run straight to the task after meeting up, spend about 30 minutes doing the task and then do a longer run or some sort of training session in a local park on the way back, which adds up to about 3K to 6K in total. GoodGym caters for all abilities and speeds. There’s always a leader at the front who knows where we’re going and a tailrunner to make sure no one gets left behind. The types of tasks have varied from repainting a community centre to cleaning leaves from the bottom of the model boating lake in Victoria Park to weeding, pruning and shifting mulch. I like gardening and when I joined GoodGym I was a stay-at-home mum to four children, so it was a chance to both do a useful task I enjoyed and run and interact with other adults.

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