Paralympian to pass through towns on epic run

Paralympian Richard Whitehead MBE is due to travel through the Ripley and Heanor area today as part of his epic 40 marathons in 40 days challenge.

The double amputee who won gold in the 200m at last year’s London Paralympics is running from John O’Groats to Lands End over 40 days to raise money for charities Scope and Sarcoma UK.

On the event website, an indicative route shows Richard, from Nottingham, is set to travel from Grangemill to Ilkeston by heading through Heage along the B6374 to Ripley. He is likely to head along Peasehill, Waingroves, the A607 at Codnor, Heanor Road, Loscoe, through Heanor town centre to finish in Ilkeston. The exact time of his arrival is not yet known.

The Paralmpic ace not only stormed home to 200 metres gold at the London 2012 Paralympics, but also to a world record.

He 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 in under three hours - but admitted before he set off from John O’ Groats on August 13 “This is the hardest thing I have ever done.”

Richard is expected to finish in Lands End on September 23. Head to his website for more information.