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THE GOODGYM revolution

CAN YOU COMBINE RUNNERS AND GOOD DEEDS TO CHANGE A COMMUNITY? WE ASKED GOODGYM FOUNDER, IVO GORMLEY

GOODGYM

Who would have thought 20 years ago that, following on from the transformational work of parkrun, a movement such as GoodGym would be bringing runners and isolated people together to create such positive change in local communities.

The GoodGym community of runners, now established in nearly 50 different areas in the UK, was originally founded nearly 10 years ago by Ivo Gormley, to tackle the problem of isolation amongst older people. Runners, being the type of humans who tend to like both being in the outdoors and being active, have become a perfect link to people in need, combining fitness with doing good deeds.

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The Community issue! The September Family issue is packed full of stories and information on just how vital our running community is. There’s no doubt that for many of our readers, as they head into the school holidays, their running community helps them keep going. That’s why we’ve strategically placed this theme to coincide with the summer holidays, and motivate readers to keep up their running, however tough that can feel. Why not join a running community, and make a difference to the lives of others? Tina Chantrey looks at the work of GoodGym, and how this nationwide movement is reaching out to hundreds of thousands of old people while getting fit at the same time. We have the inspiring story of Grace Mackintosh Sim, who combines her passion for art and running to help her local running community. There’s also the real-life stories of two incredible women; Emma Preston relied on the Run Mummy Run community to turn her life around and lose weight on her journey to fitness; Julie Cole turned to the Riot Squad crew to build confidence as she travelled through divorce, plus other major life issues. There’s also cover star Sorrell Walsh’s story, of how the London collective, Run Dem Crew, helped her realise her potential on her path to achieving the men’s, not just women’s qualifying time for Boston Marathon (sub three hours!). This issue is a celebration of the people around us who enable us to achieve the goals and dreams we never thought possible. Also covered in this issue: podcasts for runners, fun cross-training ideas, intermediate half-marathon training plan and holistic injury prevention, focusing on the kinetic chain. We’ve also got our Best in Test trail special, with trail shoes, back packs and accessories under test from our team of qualified runners.