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Get Living London is proud to support the Newham launch of GoodGym’s revolutionary scheme, which combines running with charitable deeds. The first run will start on Wednesday 1st October, from the London Aquatics Centre at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, at 6.30pm. The run is open to everyone, of all ages and abilities
By replacing the treadmill with the great outdoors, GoodGym channels the energy gained from exercise into social good by tasking runners to run in a pack to work on community projects or target isolation amongst older members of the community.
The foundation has already launched in a number of London Boroughs, as well as other areas of the country, and continues to expand to compete against the success of the traditional gym. GoodGym’s arrival at Newham and East Village, where athletes stayed during London 2012, will build upon the strong culture of athletic prowess and community that was started by the Olympics two years ago.
GoodGym was founded by Ivo Gormley in 2009 after he started to combine his weekly run with a visit to a housebound friend of the family, and formed a special bond. Gormley commented, “Bringing GoodGym to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and wider Newham was an obvious step for us. We can bring our unique brand of fitness to the developing neighbourhood at East Village, and have the joy of running past the iconic Olympic venues.
Derek Gorman, chief executive of Get Living London, commented “We are delighted to be able to support this initiative which enables our residents, and the wider East Village community, to make the most of our unparalleled access to fitness facilities and simultaneously give something back to the community.