A scheme in Richmond that aims to keep residents fit has had its first birthday.

Launched by Richmond Council last year, GoodGym combines fitness programmes with helping community groups and providing support to isolated people.

Instead of treadmills and lifting weights, GoodGym members run to do good and help others.

Anyone and everyone of all abilities is welcome to the weekly runs, combining short runs with a physical task on behalf of a community group.

Nearly 400 people have taken part since its launch and, to celebrate, GoodGym is inviting residents to take part in a 7km run alongside some weeding along Richmond riverside.

Councillor Pamela Fleming, cabinet member for environment, said: “GoodGym is a really easy way to enjoy the great outdoors, do something for your community and keep fit.

“I hope even more people get involved. Anyone who wants to do a bit more exercise and get involved in the communities they live in, GoodGym is perfect for you.”

Mark Barun, GoodGym’s run trainer for Richmond, said: “Every week I watch a little magic happen, a little sparkle that lightens up a Monday for so many reasons and it is all due to the good runners of GoodGym Richmond making so many smile.

“It has been a great year and I am honoured to run with you all.”