4 Jul

Paralympian To Run Length Of Britain

Richard Whitehead

Paralympic gold medallist Richard Whitehead is set to take on his biggest ever challenge this year by attempting a run from John O'Groats to Land's End. The amputee, who won 200m gold at London 2012, will attempt to run 40 marathons in 40 days in order to complete the 977 mile distance in starting on 13 August.

The strongman of the GB Paralympic team will first attempt to defend his track reputation at the IPC World Championships in Lyon, France in July before tackling the length of Britain. Whitehead has long spoken of his passion for marathon running beyond his life as a world-class sprinter. But he is under no illusions about the scale of what lies ahead.

He said: "This will be the biggest challenge I've ever attempted. Not just physically but mentally as well. I'll need to be in top physical condition, I have a great team behind me to make sure I'm in the shape of my life. And then on the mental side, we are creating various strategies - but the best way of combating any mental stress is seeing people cheering me on! I'll need to dig deep, but I'm confident I'll succeed."

Whitehead will be running For Scope and Sarcoma UK. To find out more about his attempt, visit www.richardwhiteheadrunsbritain.com