Richard Whitehead is a world record holder in full and half marathons, but he’s also one of the world’s best sprinters – and the current European, Paralympic and World Champion in the T42 200m.
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.
Richard’s aspirations are far bigger than just winning races. 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 completed the challenge of a lifetime – running 40 marathons in 40 days, from John O’Groats to Land’s End in the United Kingdom. He ran a total of 977 miles for his two chosen charities, Scope and Sarcoma UK.
In September 2016 at the Rio Paralympics, Richard Whitehead defended his 200m Paralympic gold with a dominant performance and secured a silver in the 100m, an event that is not his primary focus making Rio 2016 a storming success.
Richard Whitehead, we are looking forward to seeing you at the #SPAW16!