26 Sep

British Blade Runner Completes Challenge

Richard Whitehead

Paralympic champion Richard Whitehead has completed his gruelling 977 mile run from John O'Groats to Land's End. The 37-year-old arrived at Land's End on Monday evening, and despite suffering from severe exhaustion, said he was determined to complete his challenge to show 'everyone can live a life without limits'.

Whitehead, who started off his career as a marathon runner, set off from John O'Groats in Scotland on August 13, and covered around 40 marathons in 40 consecutive days to reach Cornwall. Over the course of the challege, Whitehead said he had been suffering from severe blisters and had used a 'good few blades' on the way.

He said: "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 as far as they can go. I hope I have been able to leave that message with the people across Britain."

5 years in planning, Whitehead revealed he had been inspired to embark on the challenge in memory of amuptee Terry Fox, who attempted to run across Canada in 1980. He added: "Unfortunately he didn't reach his destination but he inspired me to start running myself and after last year's success at the Paralympics I got this once in a lifetime opportunity up and going, and here we are."

Throughout his epic adventure, Whitehead has been fundraising for Scope and Sarcoma UK. For this challenge alone, he has received donations totalling more than £120,000 and is part of a million pound fundraising quest.

You can donate by visiting his Virgin Money Giving page.