24 Jul

Join The British Blade Runner

Richard Whitehead

Charity runner Richard Whitehead is offering the opportunity to join him for a 5k as he aims to cover the length of Britain. The amputee, who won 200m gold at London 2012, will stop for a one-off event in Nottingham, and is encouraging runners from his home town to get involved.

Whitehead's challenge involves running from John O'Groats to Land's End, a pursuit that will see him cover 40 marathons in 40 days. As he heads south, he will mark the anniversary of the London Paralympic Games by putting on a 5K family fun run at Nottingham's Riverside Embankment.

The event will help him hit his fundraising target for his two chosen charities: "One of my goals is to raise £1 million for two charities that are close to my heart - Scope and Sarcoma UK. My friend Simon Mellows died of sarcoma and I want to try and give something back. Scope is just a fantastic charity that does so much for people living with disability."

He added: "I also want to show people what you can achieve if you put your mind to it which is why I've called the event 'Richard Whitehead Runs Britain - Celebrating Life Without Limits'. I am inviting everyone to come and join me at Nottingham's Victoria Embankment and to help make it a great event."

If you are interested in taking part in the 5k, visit Richard's event website.