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Richard Whitehead is running 40 marathons in 40 days in memory of his friend Simon Mellows, who died in 2005 after contracting a secondary cancer, and as a tribute to Terry Fox who died, aged 22, in June 1981.
He was an amputee and sarcoma cancer sufferer who died as he tried to run across Canada to raise money for cancer research. He never completed his challenge.
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Whitehead is a natural marathon runner but turned to sprinting because there was no marathon for him to compete in at the London 2012 Paralympics. He not only stormed home to 200m gold but also to a world record.
This charity challenge is also a million pound fundraising quest as he hopes to raise at least that amount - through donations and sponsorship of people who want to run alongside him - for the charities Sarcoma UK and Scope.
Paralympic sprint champion and double leg amputee Richard Whitehead has spoken about the difficulty of running 40 marathons in 40 days.
Paralympic 200m sprint champion Richard Whitehead has set off on his ambitious run to complete 40 marathons in 40 days for charity, a challenge he has said will be the "hardest thing I have ever done".
The double leg amputee, who defended his world 200m title just weeks ago, starts his gruelling charity trek from John O'Groats to Land's End today, heading to Lands End.