Paralympic hero completes record

(Photo by David Baird -
(Photo by David Baird -

Paralympic hero Richard Whitehead has completed his 40th marathon in 40 days running from John O Groats to Lands End.

The double amputee and Paralympic gold medal winner who is from Nottingham set off on his fundraising quest on Auguts 13.

Just after the half way point crowds braved the rain and gathered at the Victoria Park Leisure Centre in Ilkeston to cheer him on as he set off on his 24th marathon.

After crossing the finish line at the most Southern point of mainland Britain Richard said: “I’m really tired. It has been really tough the last couple of days.

“Cornwall is really hilly and the energy levels are wacked at the moment. But I have had a great team around me who have supported me.

“It has been awesome to see people on the way and the support online as well.”

Richard Runs Britain has so far raised £105,000 for charities Scope and Sarcoma UK.

Richard added: “Despite the constant aches, pains and endless hills there was one thought that kept me going.

“That thought was a determination to prove that anyone and everyone can live a life without limits.

“Once you have accepted this, you can push the barriers, I hope I’ve been able to leave that message with the people across Britain.”

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