Paralympic hero heading to town.....

Paralympian hero Richard Whitehead MBE is due to arrive in Ilkeston today (Thursday September 5) ready for the next section of his epic 40 marathons in 40 days charity challenge.

At the time of going to press details were still sketchy as to exactly what time the gold medallist will set off from Ilkeston’s Market Place.

Originally Richard was going to set off from Victoria Park leisure Centre but the start point was changed so more people can cheer him on as he sets off.

Crowds are expected to line the start of the route as he runs from Ilkeston to Trowell, and on into his home town of Nottingham where he will join in a 5K fun run on Saturday.

The double amputee, who won gold in the 200m at last year’s London 2012 Paralympics, is running from John O’Groats to Lands End over 40 days to raise money for charities Scope and Sarcoma UK.

Check our website for the most up-to-date information on the race.

See next week’s Advertiser for pictures of the event.

Richard is pictured at last year’s Paralympics.