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GoodGym getting runners ready for The Big Half

GoodGym – the organisation which encourages people to run while helping the community at the same time – has set up specially designed Starter Sessions for new runners wanting to take part in The Big Half on Sunday 4 March.

The ethos of The Big Half, London’s newest half marathon, is to inspire people to take up running and participate in their first mass-participation event.

Particular focus is on the four London boroughs The Big Half goes through – Tower Hamlets, Southwark, Lewisham and Greenwich – and GoodGym has arranged Starter Sessions in all four of these boroughs.

The Starter Sessions will kickstart the training needed to complete the 13.1 miles and each run will involve a task helping out a local community organisation or charity.

These tasks are what make GoodGym unique. Set up in 2009 and supported by London Marathon Events Ltd and New Balance, GoodGym’s premise is simple: get people exercising while doing good in the community at the same time.

Last weekend (25 Nov), there were Starter Sessions in Lewisham and Greenwich which included short runs to a project – in Lewisham it was to help out at the green area of Wildcat Wilderness and in Greenwich is was to help out at a charity shop – and then a jog back once the task is complete.

GoodGym is offering a £10 entry into The Big Half for residents in the boroughs of Lewisham, Greenwich, Tower Hamlets and Southwark.

As well as weekly sessions in each borough and additional Starter Sessions, runners will get advice from GoodGym's running coaches and be cheered on by our thousands of their members.

To sign up for these places you must:

  • Be a resident of Lewisham, Greenwich, Tower Hamlets and Southwark
  • Have never have run a Half Marathon (13.1 miles) before
  • Attend at least one GoodGym group session by Monday 29 January 2018

For more information on how to sign up, visit

GoodGym is growing fast. It is now operating in 39 different areas in the UK and thousands of people – or coaches as GoodGym refer to them – have benefited from the good deeds with a further six due to start soon.