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Richard Whitehead

Cometh the hour, cometh the man

Richard Whitehead


About Richard Whitehead

As a double leg amputee, life is full of challenges, but that has never got in Richard's way. He always dreamed of running a marathon and in November 2004 he completed his first Marathon (New York) in 5hrs 18mins. Since then he has gone on to lower this time dramatically and became the first lower limb amputee to break the 3hr barrier.

In 2006 he was part of the Sledge Hockey team at the Paralympic Winter Games.

As well as seeing Richard on the road, you will also see him representing his country on the track in the T42 200m. He is world and Paralympic champion in this event and also currently holds the World Record 24.38.

In 2013 he completed the challenge of a lifetime – running 40 marathons in 40 days, from John O'Groats to Land's End. He ran a total of 977 miles for his two chosen charities, Scope and Sarcoma UK. Many people say Richard is an inspiration. Richard says that he is simply an athlete, who has been given the opportunity to run.



Nationality British
Amputation Bilateral, through-knee amputee
Competitive Class T42
Main Events Marathon, 200m


IPC Athletics World Champhionships, Lyon
  • Gold, T42 200m

London Anniversary Games, London

  • Gold, T42 200m

Ran Britain

  • John O'Groats to Lands End, 977 miles
Paralympic Games, London
  • Gold, T42 200m (World Record 24.38)
Athletics European Championship, Stadskanaal
  • Gold, T42 200m (World Record 24:93)
IPC Athletics World Championships, New Zealand
  • Gold, T42 200m (Championship Record 25.88)

Paralympic World Cup

  • Gold, T42 200m (World Record 57.06)
Chicago Half Marathon
  • 02:42:52 (World Record)
Reading Half Marathon
  • 01:14:59 (World Record)


Do you have an inspirational quote or motto that you use?

"Mine is 'Cometh the hour cometh the man" I have this tattooed on my right arm."

What is the best advice you have ever been given?

"Always enjoy what you do a smile will get you a mile! Or 26.2 lol!"

Do you have any pre-event superstitions?

"I have lucky under pants and always have the same pre comp routine."

What is on your iPod when you are training?

"Swedish house mafia
Massive attack
Jay Z
Plan B
Lots of up beat tunes changes every month"

Tell us something we'd be surprised to know about you?

"Love Shopping!!"

Who has been the biggest supporter in your career?

"Parents and Local Community."

Who first got you interested in your sport and who influenced you to take up a competitive sport?

"I was introduced to sport through my parents seeing the "power of sport" being a great tool to break down barriers in society, I saw the "Terry Fox Story" on tv in the late 80's and that gave me the inspiration to run when the time was right."

Who has been your toughest opponent and why?

"The marathon course! It's something that pulls you in to run faster at the event, but as soon as you over step the mark it's something that you can hate with a passion!!
24 done and counting!"

What is your ultimate sporting ambition?

"Be the best I can be"

Who in your opinion is the greatest athlete ever? / Do you have an idol for your sport?

"There is no single athlete!! Lots of athletes have skills that's makes them great. Success is not just about medals for me its about the overall impact that you've had!! Medals are just rewards"

How has Össur contributed to your success?

"By providing me with the products and services that are number one in all areas, for me that is important!
Ossur also care about the customers they support and has an excellent after care policy."

What are your favorite Össur products and why?

"Flex-runs for sprinting and road running. The Rheos are my day legs."