Barking runner completes 100 kilometres in aid of charity

PUBLISHED: 13:00 25 August 2017

Emdad Rahman completed 100 kilometres in aid of charity (Pic: Hanna-Mariam Chowdhury)

Emdad Rahman completed 100 kilometres in aid of charity (Pic: Hanna-Mariam Chowdhury)


Emdad Rahman celebrated running 100 kilometres for Alzheimer’s Research UK by joining the honourable Mayor of Barking and Dagenham for tea.

Emdad, who is also a Dementia Friends Champion was joined at the reception by his three sons and Labour Party cabinet member councillor Cameron Geddes.

The experienced runner who has started pounding the streets again after injury was advised to break down his 100k target into bitesize figures to maximise the spotlight on what Running Down Dementia as a campaign is trying to achieve.

The Longbridge Ward resident completed his milestone during an early morning run past Barking Park, through Barking market and Barking town hall path, along Broadway theatre before a mazy meander through Barking Abbey Ruins and Barking Riverside led to a finish and post run selfie at the Barking Learning Centre.

Mayor Abdul Aziz said: “I wish to congratulate Emdad on this outstanding achievement today and this will inspire countless others to get involved in matters which benefit those who are most needy.”

Cllr Cameron Geddes added: “Having known friends who have endured dementia I am so proud of our local resident Emdad for having completed his 100k as I know the money raised will be put to good use.”

Alzheimer’s Research are the UK’s leading research charity aiming to defeat dementia and it powers world class studies that give us all the best chance of beating dementia sooner.

Running Down Dementia is a campaign with thousands taking part in the fightback against dementia and Rahman is one of 85,000 members of the group.

“Each day I look to make a difference through a gesture big or small,” he said.

“It’s what inspires me to keep pushing.

“I’m delighted with this achievement but I’m already planning my next adventure.

Participating in Running Down Dementia you give everyone hope by helping to fund vital research.

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