Running club with a difference wins national award

Not all superheroes wear capes!

Meet the Goodgym gang – winners of Getting Wales Active 2019 …

When you lace up your trainers and get out for a run, you can feel on top of the world.
Members of a life-changing gym go that extra mile again, tackling some big social issues while they jog!

GoodGym Cardiff and Vale, a social running club, sees runners give back to their local community with missions, including helping lonely older people.

Pensioner Spiro Galae says: “Sometimes I don’t see anybody. Now I’ve got somebody to talk to, something to look forward to. I’m grateful that they sacrifice their time to help me.”

Described as a “running club with a difference” organiser Ben Annear explains: “We run to help out community projects, charities, schools, isolated older people in the community with one-off tasks they can’t do themselves.”

“We also have members paired up to an older person in the community who they run to on a weekly basis” he adds.

Since the club launched back in 2017, they have completed an incredible 5000 good deeds and the Cardiff and Vale based club now has over 300 members.

“At Goodgym we are a family with a sense of belonging, giving something back” says Ben.

“We love doing what we do.”