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Paralympian's 40 marathon bid

Paralympic 200m sprint champion Richard Whitehead is running 40 marathons in 40 days for charity. The double leg amputee starts his gruelling charity trek from John O'Groats to Land's End today.

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Paralympian hopes to raise £1 million for charities

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.

Richard turned to sprinting when he could not compete in the Olympics marathon last year. Credit: David Davies/PA Archive

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.

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