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David Puttnam

Paralympics champion watching Chariots of Fire

Paralympics champion watching Chariots of Fire

03 September, 2013

Richard Whitehead watching Chariots of FireParalympic star Richard Whitehead is letting his love of movies run away with him ... by watching Chariots of Fire and inspirational film chases as he jogs 1,000 miles.

The gold medallist is running 40 marathons in 40 days, from John O’Groat’s to Land’s End, behind a van with a 50-inch plasma screen.

Richard, 37, said the films will “help me over some serious hills.”

The double leg amputee, of Nottingham, hopes the run will would raise £1million for Sarcoma UK and Scope.

At the London 2012 Paralympics, he not only stormed home to 200m gold 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.

“You have to believe in yourself to achieve your goals in life and it’s important to reflect on what you’ve done and keep pushing yourself,” he said.

* Richard Whitehead's fundraising page can be found here.