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Richard Whitehead: Splash! training 'challenging but a great platform for future success'

Nottingham Paralympic champion Richard Whitehead has told ITV News Central training for ITV's Splash! programme has been gruelling.

This weekend, all of the hard work comes to a climax as he faces Boyzone's Keith Duffy, dance group Diversity's Perri Kieley and The Only Way Is Essex star Dan Osborne in the grand final.

Read: Richard Whitehead completes 40 Marathons in 40 Days challenge.

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Richard Whitehead calls for support for Splash! dive

Nottingham paralympic champion Richard Whitehead has urged school pupils and teachers from the East Midlands to support his dive on tomorrow's episode of Splash!

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If you go to a school in the East Midlands (or are a teacher) give me a shout for my #splash dive and you may get a surprise visit!

The medallist has offered those who support him the chance to win a visit to their school.

Paralympian Richard Whitehead to compete in Splash!

Paralympian Richard Whitehead MBE is set to Credit: ITV Central

Paralympic marathon runner Richard Whitehead MBE is competing tonight in ITV's diving show Splash!

Nottingham born Whitehead, 37, won Gold in the London 2012 Paralympic 200m.

The show, hosted by Tom Daley, will also feature Leicester Tigers legend Austin Healey and comedian Jenny Éclair.

Whitehead MBE said:

"I feel Splash! gives me the platform to promote disability awareness to a wider audience. It is a great honour to be the first Paralympian and Gold medalist to be a contestant"

"I'm in the show to push myself - I may not be a diver but I'm naturally very competitive, and I cat wait for the live shows"

Marathon star Richard Whitehead tweets Christmas wishes

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Just Finished my last couple of Christmas presents!! Wishing everyone a Safe,Happy and Merry Christmas! #christmaseve #keepwarm #familytime

Nottinghamshire marathon star Richard Whitehead has wished his Twitter followers a Merry Christmas.

It marks the end a busy year for the Paralympian, who in September, completed 40 marathons in 40 days.

Richard Whitehead awarded honorary degree

Richard Whitehead during his challenge to run a marathon a day this summer Credit: PA

Paralympic athlete Richard Whitehead MBE will receive an honorary degree from Nottingham Trent University later today.

Richard is the current world record holder for leg amputees in both the half and Olympic marathon distances. He is also the first ever leg amputee to complete the marathon event in under three hours.

This summer the Nottingham-born former Colonel Frank Seely School pupil ran 40 marathons in 40 days - from Land's End to John O'Groats - and raised more than £300,000 for charities Sarcoma UK and Scope.

The double amputee is to receive the Doctor of the University award and will be presented with his degree alongside Nottingham Trent University students at the Royal Concert Hall this afternoon.

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