Richard Whitehead

It’s not easy to define Richard…he’s a world record holder in full and half marathons, but he’s also one of the world’s best sprinters – and the current Paralympic and World Champion in the T42 200m. Many people say Richard is an inspiration. Richard says that he’s simply an athlete, who has been given the opportunity to run

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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, he was second last after the first 100m, but then surged through the field to become the Paralympic Champion with an incredible burst of speed. Richard successfully defended his T42 200m world championship title for the second time at Doha 2015, breaking his own world record with a new time of 24.10 seconds.

At Rio 2016 Richard successfully defended his champion status, winning gold at the T42 200m and adding a silver medal at the T42 100m.

But aspirations are bigger than just winning races. He wants to make a difference. To prove that even though he has a disability, he has overcome barriers that have been put in front of him.

In the summer of 2013 Richard successfully conquered a challenge to run 40 marathons in 40 days from John O’Groats to Land’s End. 

Records/achievements:

  • 2016 Paralympic Games Gold T42 200m and Silver T42 100m
  • 2015 IPC World Championships Gold and world record 200m (T42) 24.10 seconds
  • 2013 IPC World Championships Gold 200m (T42)
  • 2013 Anniversary Games London Gold 200m (T42)
  • 2013 Ran Britain (John O’Groats to Lands End, 977 miles) for charities (Sarcoma UK and Scope)
  • 2012 Paralympic Games Gold and World Record 200m (T42) 24.38 seconds
  • 2011 Paralympic World Cup Gold and World Record 400m (T42) 57.06 seconds
  • 2010 Chicago Marathon 2:42:52 (World Record)
  • 2010 Reading Half Marathon 1:14:59 (World Record)

One Team cyclists

This September 235 cyclists from BP came together as #OneTeam riding off from Eton Dorney Lake in Windsor, the London 2012 Paralympic rowing course, in support of the British Paralympic Association (BPA).

Richard joined the riders on the day to share his recent London 2017 success, he gave the riders an inspirational speech before joining them at the start line to wave them all off.

Now in its seventh year, the One Team cycle ride is organised by a team of BP staff, and offers three routes (25km, 50km and 100km) accommodating cyclists of all abilities.

Undeterred by the wet conditions ahead of them all the riders successfully completed their rides in good time. The OneTeam cyclists raised an incredible £8,500 in support of the British Paralympic Association and with BP's matched funding this amount rises to a potential £17,000.

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