Richard Whitehead MBE

World Record Holder In Full & Half Marathons

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Paralympic athlete, Richard Whitehead MBE, is a track champion and inspirational Olympic figurehead. Richard was born with a congenital condition which left him as a double through-knee amputee. Despite this, he continues to defy all odds and compete in a range of track competitions. Spending a lot of his time as an Olympic speaker, Whitehead discusses dealing with setbacks and the drive and determination required to overcome serious injuries in order to succeed.

After breaking his own world record in marathon running, Nottingham-based Richard Whitehead is the current record holder in both full and half marathon times. It is, however, the 100m and 200m events where Whitehead has become one of the world’s leading Paralympians.

He has won a total of nine gold medals across the Paralympic Games, IPC World Championships and IPC European Championships and gave a spectacular performance during the London 2017 World Para Athletic Championships, winning gold in the Men’s T42 200M and Bronze in the Men’s T42 100m.

Following his gold medal win in the London 2012 Paralympics, he completed a goal of running 40 marathons in 40 days for charity in 2013 and four further gold medal wins since, Richard Whitehead MBE once again raced in excellent form, taking home the bronze medal for the T42 100m race and the 200m gold.

Having won two Paralympic gold medals, success is no stranger to Whitehead and he often discusses achieving goals. Having dealt with major setbacks throughout this life, there are very few speakers with a story as touching and moving as Whitehead’s. His ability to inspire and motivate an audience of any size makes him one of the most highly sought after Paralympic speakers on the circuit.

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When Richard is at events, he’s known to discuss topics such as:

  • Dealing with Setbacks
  • Building a Legacy
  • Drive & Determination
  • Achieving Goals
  • Peak Performance
  • Sporting Success

Over the course of his magnificent career, Richard has earned the following achievements:

  • Two gold medals at the Paralympic Games
  • Four gold medals at the IPC World Championships
  • Three gold medals at the IPC European Championships
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