Paralympian visits town as he runs length of Britain

Published on: 02 Oct 2013

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A Paralympic gold medallist running the length of Britain with a marathon a day passed through Keynsham on his route through the South West.

Double-leg amputee Richard Whitehead completed 40 marathons in 40 days, covering 977 miles between John O’Groats and Land's End, reaching the finish line in Cornwall on September 23. Just over a week before, the 200m sprinter, who won gold at the London 2012 Games, came through Keynsham, running along the High Street.

Richard said his aim was to “prove that any barrier can be overcome” as well as to raise thousands for Scope, a charity that aims to ensure disabled people have the same opportunities as everyone else, and cancer charity Sarcoma UK.

So far he has raised more than £170,000, with donations still being taken at www.richardwhiteheadruns britain.com.

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