Father inspires marathon effort in Paris
A Freemason’s son was inspired to take on the 26-mile Paris Marathon by his father’s dedication to supporting the Masonic Samaritan Fund (MSF). Elliot Mason’s father, Robert, is a Metropolitan Grand Lodge Freemason from Perfect Ashlar Lodge, No. 1178. Elliot said,
‘I came to support the MSF through my dad, who is incredibly passionate about the work the charity does.’
Elliot Mason’s father, Robert James Mason is a London Freemason from Perfect Ashlar Lodge No. 1178.
Elliot said: 'I came to support the MSF through my dad, who is incredibly passionate about the work the charity does. I wanted to raise awareness and money for the fund because people with a health and care need require immediate treatment and support. The charity also provides grants to medical research charities which can help improve healthcare around the world, helping groups of people whose complex needs are often overlooked and underfunded.'
At the 19th mile, Elliot took a short break to get down on one knee and propose to his longterm girlfriend. After celebrating together, Elliot raced the remaining seven miles to complete the course in three hours fifty minutes. So far he has raised over £300 for the charity and donations are still accumulating on his online fundraising page.
The Paris Marathon starts on the Champs Elysees, and runners pass historic sites such as Notre Dame Cathedral, the Bastille and the Eiffel Tower before finishing in sight of the Arc de Triomphe.