|It’s not easy to define Richard…he’s a World Record holder in full and half marathons, but he’s also one of the world’s best sprinters – and the current Paralympic and World Champion in the T42 200m. Many people say Richard is an inspiration. Richard says that he’s simply an athlete, who has been given the opportunity to run.
As a double leg amputee, life is full of challenges, but that’s never got in Richard Whitehead’s way…
Since that first marathon in 2004, Richard has run more than twenty marathons, not to mention competing at the 2006 Winter Paralympic Games in sledge hockey. In 2009, he became the first leg amputee (single or double) to break the three hour mark for a marathon, a world record he has now lowered to 2 hours, 42.54 minutes. He also broke the half marathon world record with an incredible run of 1 hour, 14.14 minutes.
Richard won Gold in the London 2012 Paralympic Games in the T42 200m, he was second last after the first 100m, but then surged through the field to become the Paralympic Champion with an incredible burst of speed.
But aspirations are bigger than just winning races. He wants to make a difference. To prove that even though he has a disability, he has overcome barriers that have been put in front of him.
Following gold medals at the IPC World Championships and Anniversary Games (200m T42), Richard has recently completed the challenge of a lifetime – running 40 marathons in 40 days, from John O’Groats to Land’s End. He ran a total of 977 miles for his two chosen charities, Scope and Sarcoma UK.
PERSONAL BEST TIMES
2010 Chicago Marathon 2:42:52 (World Record)
2010 Reading Half Marathon 1:14:59 (World Record)
2011 Paralympic World Cup Gold and World Record 400m (T42) 57.06 seconds
2012 Paralympic Games Gold and World Record 200m (T42) 24.38 seconds
2013 IPC World Championships Gold 200m (T42)
2013 Anniversary Games London Gold 200m (T42)
2013 Ran Britain (John O’Groats to Lands End, 977 miles) for charities (Sarcoma UK and Scope)
Height: 6ft 2″
Place of Birth: Nottingham
Date of Birth: 19/07/1976
Place of Residence: Nottingham