Paralympian completes 40-marathon challenge

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Whitehead had support all the way. Source Flickr markyharky

Richard Whitehead, the 200m Paralympic gold medalist, completed his 40th marathon challenge on Monday, just a year after his incredible heroics at the Paralympics.

He said the challenge had been five years in the making and the hard work has paid off thanks to huge support from the public and his team behind him.

“It has been awesome to see people on the way and the support online as well,” Whitehead said.

On his 977 mile journey he visited 14 towns and cities and had the emotional pleasure of finishing the last two days alongside his wife and seven year-old daughter.

The journey was obviously demanding physically however the mental strength he built along the way to keep going for such a cause was something that he developed along the way thanks to the support and one thought that kept him going.

“That 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,” he said.

The blade runner was running in memory of friends that had attempted such feats and also to prove that behind every set back there is a solution.

The Paralympics proved to be a revelation last year with many fans captivated by what was unfolding in front of their eyes.

The likes of Johnnie Peacock, David Weir and Whitehead himself captured the public’s attention last year and kept true to their nickname of the ‘super humans’.

Whitehead’s feat becomes more extraordinary considering he won the 200m Paralympic gold last summer to then go and complete a 977-mile marathon in 40 days.

That is the equivalent of Olympic 100m and 200m champion, Usain Bolt, being able to go out and compete in marathons amongst the worlds best.

The double leg amputee can finally rest after an intense year that he will always remember, and the astounded public who can appreciate his efforts to succeed.

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