Then, from the stands came his father, Jim. “All I can remember after that is telling the coach, Tony Hadley, to look after my camera,” Jim told The Guardian in 2011. “The next thing I knew, I was on the track.” Jim told his son to stop, not wanting him to further injure himself, but when Derek refused, he said “Well then, we’re going to finish this together.”
In a 2012 article for The Daily Mail, Derek recalled, “[Jim] managed to get me to stop trying to run and just walk and he kept repeating, ‘You’re a champion, you’ve got nothing to prove.’”
The love and comfort Jim Redmond showed his weeping son still pulls at our heartstrings almost 30 years later.