GoodGym Portsmouth, a group of runners who combine getting fit with working on community projects, turns one on Wednesday 8 May and is calling on people to join them on their birthday run.

In their first year, GoodGym Portsmouth has completed more than 850 good deeds. For their first birthday celebrations they'll be returning to Manor Infant School, the location of their first run. They'll be helping to tidy the outside area by digging over the garden and sweeping the playground. There will also be cake! Anyone wishing to join in should meet at 6.15pm at Fratton Community Centre. Everyone over 18 is welcome and there is no cost. It's a short run so is ideal for beginners.

As well as the group runs to community projects, GoodGym also does smaller or individual runs to help older people with tasks that they can’t manage at home or just to have a cup of tea and chat with an older person who's lonely.

Katie Carew-Robinson, Run Leader for GoodGym Portsmouth, said; "I can't believe it's been a year since we launched. It's been wonderful to welcome so many people to GoodGym in that time and to help with such a diverse range of community projects. The feedback we get from people we help is so rewarding and it's also great when people who take part report that they feel fitter and have caught the running bug! It would be lovely to celebrate our birthday with some new GoodGym runners and ensure that there's a party atmosphere as we help to tidy the grounds at Manor Infant School."

GoodGym Portsmouth is supported by Portsmouth City Council. For more information visit: www.goodgym.org/areas/portsmouth

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