The Old Almondburians' Society
The Old Almondburians
Derek Ibbotson became only the ninth man in history to run a sub 4-minute mile when, in 1956, he won the Emsley Carr Mile in London in 3 min 59.4 sec. Later the same year, he competed in the Melbourne Olympic Games, capturing a Bronze Medal in the 5000m against the Russian Vladimir Kuts and his British colleagues Gordon Pirie and Chris Chataway. In July 1957, he broke the World Mile Record with a time of 3 min 57.2 sec at London's White City Stadium.
On retiring from running, Derek became an enthusiastic squash player, becoming Yorkshire Veterans Champion and representing his county about 30 times.
Latterly, Derek lived with his wife Lynette in Ossett. He died on 23rd February 2017.
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Recorded on 4 April 2007
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