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Newham family taking part in the Simplyhealth Great Newham London Run

PUBLISHED: 12:30 16 June 2017

Anthony Goodman (second left) at last year's Great Newham London Run

Anthony Goodman (second left) at last year's Great Newham London Run

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A Newham dad can’t wait to run alongside his family at the Simplyhealth Great Newham London Run.

Anthony Goodman and three generations of his family, including his son and grandson, will be taking on the run in Stratford.

The Middlesex University professor takes joy in watching his family take part in the sport he loves so much and feels responsibility as a father to make sure his children positively view their health and wellbeing.

He also wants more parents to get active with their children and says it’s the perfect way for fathers and sons to bond.

“Running with your son definitely helps bonding,” he said.

“I have another son who runs and a son-in-law who runs and a nephew who runs, so I’d like to take some credit for getting them all stuck in.”

Anthony and his son will take on the 10k route while his grandson will take part in the 2k Simplyhealth Great Newham London Family Run.

“I think my grandson will remember the day forever,” he admitted.

“Where else could you run on the same track that Mo Farah and Usain Bolt have competed on.”

For Anthony, the thrill and sensation of completing a race is even more important given the digital revolution and the effect it has on all of us.

“So much of the digital revolution is electronic and it doesn’t always encourage you to actually do things.

“As a child I was always outside running around and playing with friends and I think in general there is a danger that young people could become much less fit than their parents and grandparents.”

Goodman, who works at New Choices for Youth charity, believes that events like the Simplyhealth Great Newham London Run are important for inspiring young people into the next generation of leaders.

“I think the run is so important for the legacy of Newham,” he said. “It’s so important people in the community get involved to help future generations and get stuck in with great projects.”

The Simplyhealth Great Newham London Run is organised in partnership with Newham Council and takes place at the London Stadium on July 2.

Visit greatrun.org/newham to sign-up.


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