Walking shoes

Friday 23 September 2022



Good morning all, something a little different from me today.

In a couple of weeks, I will be running my first EVER half-marathon race at Richmond Park, Sunday 2nd October. As some of you know, I have been training throughout the year, to build up my fitness, stamina and general health all round.

I began running in the first lockdown and was amazed and happy that for the FIRST time ever at the grand old age of 54 I completed my first 10K. Then lockdown stopped and my old habits came back and at the start of this year, I was determined to get my running back on track – pun intended

In January, I downloaded the Couch to 5K app and began again. The app is a wonderful way to get back into running, as it guides you along with a mixture of walking and jogging over a nine week programme. Soon I was running more than jogging, and eventually completed my first 5K non stop.

With renewed vigour, I started running 10K’s.

So here I am now, nine months later, with a new goal, to complete my first 21K race. My best time is 2 hours and 8 minutes, my goal is to get to 2 hours and 2 minutes.

To aid my motivation, I have decided to raise money for Dragon Hall, and it would mean a lot to me if you sponsored my run.

My target is £1000, and if each of you pledge just £5:00, then that target will be easily reached.

To sponsor, please click on the link below:-


IMPORTANT: Please note that when you pledge, GoFundMe will ask for a 15% donation, you can delete when entering amount.

Thank you in advance!


You can leave me a message on Whatsapp.
My Mobile number is: 07759 646507
My email address is: john@dragonhall.org.uk

What's On

Regular Classes

09:00 Line Dancing (Zoom; £1 per class)
11:00 – 13:00 Badminton (Free – but booking essential)

10:00 – 12:00 Jewellery Class (Full)

10:00 – 11:00 Yoga (£5.00)
11:15 – 12:15 Pilates (£5.00)

10:00 – 12:00 Drop In Digital Workshop by Camden
11:15 – 12:15 Flamenco (£3.00)
13:00 – 15:00 Badminton (Free – booking essential)
13:00 – 15:00 Digital Photo Class

10:00 – 11:00 Tai Chi (Free – Zoom)
10:00 – 12:00 1-1 digital support (appointment only)
12:00 – 14:00 Lunch Club (£3.00 – full this week)

Please email me for any further details or to reserve a space / tickets.
You can also leave a message on Whatsapp.
My Mobile number is 07759 646507
What's On

Forthcoming Activities


Sunday 2 October
John doing 1/2 marathon (more details to follow!)

Monday 3 October
19:00 Tosca Performance (Full)

Friday 7 October
11:30 Talk by Silvertime

Saturday 8 October
13:00 LGBTQ+ Latin Dance

Sunday 16 October
12:00 Free entry to Kew Gardens

Friday 21 October
11:30 Talk by Susan George

Sunday 30 October
11:00 Social Walk with Richard (full)


Monday 19 and Tuesday 20 December
Christmas Lunch (More details to follow soon)

Please email me for any further details or to reserve a space / tickets.
You can also leave a message on Whatsapp.
My Mobile number is 07759 646507
And Finally

And Finally…

If you need to contact me, please contact me only on this mobile number 07759 646507.
Please do not visit me at Dragon Hall. I work at different venues throughout the week and I might not be there.

It is essential that all events/workshops or classes are booked in advance. Dragon Hall is still following social distancing guidelines and most sessions are now fully booked. If you would like to attend an event, please ALWAYS contact me beforehand.

Please note that all payments for classes are paid online via our website. If you have any difficulty with this, I am happy to assist. But again, this must be done beforehand and booked with me.


Thank you for your support and cooperation.

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Friday Lunch Club – April 2022

Cartoon of John Hayes

Contact John at john@dragonhall.org.uk or 07759 646507 in case of an emergency. 

Be safe – and remember to laugh at the little things!