BT's Coventry workers and Jonnie Peacock make it a clean sweep!
Who said keeping fit was rubbish?
Coventry BT workers Dean Wilkes and Jon Remeika don’t think so!
They swapped their laptops for brooms to turn their passion for running to good use - with help from gold medal Paralympian Jonnie Peacock.
The pair took part in the first of a series of events designed to combine keeping fit with putting something back into the local community.
The event marked the start of a partnership between BT and running community GoodGym, whose supporters combine getting fit with doing good around the UK.
Dean and Jon were part of 40-strong group of BT staff and other volunteers who took part in a three kilometre run from BT’s city centre offices in Birmingham, to a community playground adjacent to Nelson Mandela Primary School, in Balsall Heath.
There they met sprinting legend Jonnie Peacock who led them in an hour’s sweeping, tidying, gardening and litter picking to make the area spick and span for the local children, before running back to the start.
The aim of the task was to achieve what would have been the equivalent of five days’ work for one person.
Dean, who is based in Coventry, said: “I would recommend it to anyone considering taking up running as they catered for all levels of ability, to top it off you get the satisfaction of doing something for the community, in our case cleaning up a football pitch so it could be used again by the local school.
“It was great to meet Jonnie Peacock in person, having being inspired by him at the 2012 Paralympics.”
Jon, who works in Coventry, said: “I really enjoyed it along with the work helping the local community. It was good to meet new people with similar interests.
“Jonnie Peacock has achieved great things already in sport so hearing his positive words was inspiring to all of us. I would recommend these events for anybody who wants to keep fit, meet new people and help their local community.”
GoodGym has joined forces with BT to enable them to reach even more communities over the next year, including a further 15 cities.
Details of all the events are available at: www.goodgym.org
Jonnie Peacock MBE, a BT Ambassador, said: “BT has a long history of supporting volunteering and is committed to using the power of sport to change people’s lives. GoodGym combines both. It’s a great way to get fit, meet new people and do some good. I enjoyed joining in and doing my bit.”
Ivo Gormley, founder of GoodGym said: “With the support of BT I hope we develop a strong culture of community exercise that helps get new people into running and makes a big difference to community organisations across the country.”
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GoodGym is a growing community of runners who combine their exercise with helping their
communities. Founded in 2009, its members stop off on their runs to do manual labour for
community organisations and to support isolated older people. GoodGym is expanding rapidly from its roots in Tower Hamlets to other boroughs and cities and is currently active in 26 boroughs and cities. It aims to launch in every city in the UK by 2018. GoodGym is a non-profit company and is registered with the Charity Commission.
GoodGym is free to participate in and welcomes all levels of runners.