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Derek Redmond Shows his support at the start line!

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Derek Redmond Shows his support at the start line!

The 11th October saw the annual Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon take place. The run was set up in 2008 and since has been a great success, raising in excess of £25 million for more than 650 charities. Every year the race route takes advantage of the history London has to offer, by running through famous landmarks such as the Marble Arch, the Royal Albert Hall, the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace. The race also crosses through the beautiful Hyde Park, The Green Park, St James’s Park and Kensington Gardens.

Each year the race gains a large amount of interest from not only the runners of the race but from celebrity supporters. This year Derek Redmond got involved in the event, as an ambassador for the Half Marathon. As a former World Champion Athlete Olympian Derek was a great choice to support the runners on the day. This year Derek has also become an ambassador for the charity Right to Play, so before the race started he took it upon himself to give some words of wisdom to runners raising money for the charity. With a group of nervous runners around him, he kept spirits high and at one point expressed his urge to do the race himself stating, “I’m a little bit envious of you because it’s not something I’ve ever done before!” The retired 400m sprinter then went on to talk about mental focus and the worthy cause, emphasising the importance of raising money for the charity.

He then took his place at the side of the start line along with former Olympic swimmer Rebecca Adlington OBE and Anthony Davis Smooth Radio presenter, to start off the 13.1 mile race. Whilst the runners were touring round London in trainers, Derek took time to chat with spectators and was constantly checking up on the progress of the race.

When the last runner crossed the finish line, Derek took to the main stage to begin the presentation of prizes to the worthy winners alongside British newsreader and journalist for the BBC Sophie Raworth and the CEO of the Royal Parks Foundation Sara Lom. Derek was in his element, showing his support to the competitors and to the entire cause. He was ecstatic to find out afterwards that the Right to Play runners raised over £40,000 for the charity. Perhaps Derek will give in to his urge to run the half marathon, and next year will be amongst the runners on the start line!