Derek Johnson (runner)
Derek James Neville Johnson (5 January 1933 – 30 August 2004) was a British track and field athlete, who was born in Chigwell, Essex, and educated at East Ham Grammar School. He did his National Service in Egypt before going up to Lincoln College, Oxford, to read medicine in 1953. Whilst at Oxford, he pursued an athletics career and, in the 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Vancouver, he won gold medals both in the 880 yards and the 4 x 440 yards relay.
|Representing Great Britain|
|1956 Melbourne||800 metres|
|1956 Melbourne||4x400 metre relay|
|British Empire and Commonwealth Games|
|1954 Vancouver||880 yards|
|1954 Vancouver||4×440 yards relay|
|1958 Cardiff||4×440 yards relay|
In 1958 he won a silver medal in the 4 x 440 yards relay in the 1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Cardiff
Johnson competed for Woodford Green AC (now Woodford Green AC with Essex Ladies www.wgel.org.uk) where he was coached to his success by Ken Bone and was later awarded Life Membership. In the 1980s he also became a member of the Serpentine Running Club and ran several London Marathons. A great ally of David Bedford and a leading administrator in athletics.