Great North Run
smaller text tool iconmedium text tool iconlarger text tool icon

Great North Run

W Bro. Jim Steel, Senior Warden of Whitley Lodge No. 2821 is going to compete in the Great North Run to raise funds for the Northumberland Masonic Charities Association (NMCA). It is understood this will be the first time that anyone has raised sponsorship for the NMCA via the Great North Run.

Jim who is 65 years old, was initiated into Sandyford Lodge No. 6934 in 1968 and was Master in 1980. He became a joining member of Whitley Lodge in 2007 and was Junior Warden in 2009 and is now Senior Warden

He spent 22 years of service as an Aircraft Engineer in the RAF and subsequent took civilian jobs including stints in Saudi Arabia, Germany and Kinloss. Because of his job, his attendance at his Mother Lodge was difficult. He did however join other Lodges and Chapters whist stationed in Wales and Gibraltar.

He has always been a keen sportsman and kept himself fit playing rugby and cricket whilst in the RAF. He now plays golf, runs and cycles to keep in trim.

He considers himself 'semi-retired' and has decided that he now needs a new challenge. So the Great North Run in September 2011 seems to be a good choice. This will be his first participation in the half marathon and he is now following a strict training schedule including gym work and 5K runs.

After making the decision to run in the event, he wants to raise some sponsorship and the NMCA seemed to be the obvious choice. A copy of the sponsorship form is being circulated for those wishing to help.

Further details and sponsor forms can be obtained by e-mailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Whitley Lodge has decided to add to the sponsorship by auctioning off a Crystal Decanter and six glasses (as two separate lots). The auction will be held at the festive board following our regular meeting on Thursday May 26th. To see the poster, click here.


Arthur Riley

Secretary of Whitley Lodge

Link to UGLE website