Derek Redmond leads team of 200 Masons running for Crisis
Derek Redmond, Olympic Athlete, led a team of Freemasons, on June 12th, running in support of Crisis, the Homelessness charity. The Crisis Square Mile Run is a three-mile fun run through the City of London and along the banks of the Thames.
Capital FM DJ Margherita Taylor started the 11th annual Square Mile Run on behalf of Crisis. Of the 2,000 runners, 200 were Freemasons.
Last year monies raised for Crisis by the Masons' sponsorship together with the many Lodges and Chapter who made donations, raised nearly £70,000. This year the Assistant Grand Master, David Williamson, also took part in the run raising over £4,000 alone. It is hoped that, even with the smaller number taking part, the total anticipated will still be in the region of £40,000.
Derek was introduced to Freemasonry by his father Jim, a member of Lucullus Lodge 5258, and was initiated into the Lodge in September 2001 by his father. Both took part in the Crisis run.
Derek's career was tragically cut short during the Barcelona Olympics when his hamstring snapped during the semi-finals. Derek, a medal favourite, hobbled with the help of his father to complete the remaining 250 metres in a scene that has become one of the most enduring in modern Olympic history.
During his career Derek still managed to notch up an extraordinary number of track achievements including Commonwealth and European Champion in the 4 x 400m relay in 1986, World Gold medallist in the 4 x 400m relay in 1991, setting yet another British, European and Commonwealth record and also running the second fastest time ever recorded for the 4 x 400 relay.
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