Runners are getting together to keep fit while simultaneously carrying out good deeds in the community.
National scheme GoodGym is in the process of being set up in Ealing, a non-profit organisation which is likely to be based at Bodyline Fitness Personal Training Studio in Springbridge Mews.
The way it will work is by people meeting, running to a location where they will do selfless work such as helping in care homes or making important deliveries for old people, before running back to base.
Roy Summers, 45, owner and director of Bodyline and a founder member of Ealing’s branch of GoodGym, said: “It has been going on for some time in various towns and cities around England. Quite a few boroughs in London are doing it.
“We can start as soon as we have 10 founder members and a minimum of 20 runners.
“Whether it’s to go to an old people’s home to make cups of tea or tidying up an allotment space, you do your good work.
“It could be a half mile jog or a five mile run, all levels are catered for.”
The director, who has been with Bodyline for over 10 years, added: “We think it should go down really well in Ealing. The Ealing Half Marathon has generated a feel good factor and I think this will too. Everyone I have spoken to thinks it’s a good idea.”
The team are in the early stages of the venture and are calling for founder members and runners, as well as organisations who may need help.
Mr Summers said that as a local business it is great if you can help in the area as well as get people fit and healthy.
GoodGym as an initiative was founded by Ivo Gormley in 2009. He supports the coordinators with the running of the project and is working on expanding the project as a whole.
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