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On Running: Following An Epic Adventure – running from Germany to Shanghai

The CultureJukebox team love an epic adventure – so it’s been great to follow @Junki72 on Twitter over the past few days.

He’s trying to do something truly remarkable. Run from Germany to China! Check out his progress here.

The run is ambitious. To say the least! Kai Markus is covering circa 12,000km over 235 days and across eight countries. Remarkable.

Given the craziness (and sheer distance) of his run, you’re probably thinking that Kai is one of those superhuman ultra runners. But Kai says he’s just a “crazy guy” and runner, trying to connect German and Chinese societies. Kai also wants to inspire young people to take up running and fitness. “Where there’s a will, there’s a way,” he says.

Kai interviewed before he starts his adventure (©JuliaSchwendner)

Kai (who is sponsored by sports brand 361°) kicked off his journey earlier this month in Hamburg with a crowd of supporters and press.

Kai, making friends along the way (©JuliaSchwendner)

And he’s already reached Poland! See some amazing images and read about Kai’s story on his blog here.

1. week – 1. country

Our Neighbourhood: Get fit and do good too…

Great news for our neighbourhood, because the brilliant GoodGym crew are coming to our corner of East London – launching a Redbridge team.

The genius idea sees people getting fit by doing good; volunteering their time on much-needed community tasks. These can often mean volunteering time and energy with elderly people, on outdoors tasks and helping to bring people together.

It was launched in Wanstead on Monday July 25th.  Organisers explained: On a gorgeous evening for doing good, 15 runners were joined by the Redbridge Mayor to get fit and a do a good deed. After a brilliant welcome speech from Mayor Gurdial Bhamra and a few insights from GoodGym founder, Ivo, the group were off like a bullet down Wanstead High Street – if good needed doing in the borough, this was the group to do it.

The task in hand was Wanstead Community Allotment, a fantastic project run by the good people at Vision Redbridge and is used by local children and adults with learning difficulties. However, like all allotments it takes plenty of TLC and has recently been over-run with weeds. The allotment is going to be a long term project for GG Redbridge and it will be amazing to see it transformed over the coming months… With the Mayor watching from the sidelines and giving his support the allotment was transformed within 35 minutes. Gone were the waist high weeds and pesky grasses. Banished was the bindweed and the tiresome thistles. Sweat was shed and weeds were uprooted. Not to put too fine a point on it, but Wanstead may never have seen weeding as fine as this.

With the good deed done, it was time to head out and get hot and sweaty. After a100-up and some Strides on Nutter Field, the group headed to do an urban stair race utilising the pedestrian bridge over the A12. With the runners split in to pairs it was a chance to see who was the fastest over the dual carriageway – much to the amusement of Monday night traffic – and who could hold a squat the longest. Brilliant fun but tough on the quads as well.

With a sweat worked up and 4km run we returned to our new home at Wanstead House for some easy stretching and to bask in the glow of a job well done…”

The CultureJukebox team would definitely recommend getting involved! You can find out more on the GoodGym Redbridge Twitter feed too. Great fun.

GoodGym comes to East London - in Wanstead on July 25th: c/o GoodGym.org
GoodGym comes to East London – in Wanstead on July 25th: c/o GoodGym.org
GoodGym comes to East London - in Wanstead on July 25th: c/o GoodGym.org
GoodGym comes to East London – in Wanstead on July 25th: c/o GoodGym.org
GoodGym comes to East London - in Wanstead on July 25th: c/o GoodGym.org
GoodGym comes to East London – in Wanstead on July 25th: c/o GoodGym.org

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GoodGym comes to East London - in Wanstead on July 25th: c/o GoodGym.org
GoodGym comes to East London – in Wanstead on July 25th: c/o GoodGym.org
GoodGym comes to East London - in Wanstead on July 25th: c/o GoodGym.org
GoodGym comes to East London – in Wanstead on July 25th: c/o GoodGym.org