Richard Whitehead challenge update

The Paralympic champ powers down with country with the help of a plasma screen


by Annie Rice
“Richard Whitehead, double Paralympic gold winner watches Chariots of Fire courtesy of Virgin Media to keep him entertained and inspired as he runs from John O’Groats to Land’s End in 40 days”. Photo credit: David Baird

We caught up with Paralympic gold medalist Richard Whitehead last month ahead of his extreme marathon challenge. Check out the full Q&A here, but at just over half way through the 40 marathons in 40 days challenge here's an update on his progress. 

Whitehead said: “My main motivation for the run is to prove that anyone can live a life without limits. My biggest challenge besides the blisters and sore hips is the repetition of running for 40 days and keeping myself motivated and in good spirits.”

A nudge of encouragement to keep Whitehead going through the challenge has come from the quirky addition of a widescreen TV to allow him to watch movies on the run. Virgin Media are supporting Whitehead on this journey in the form of a bespoke TiVo-on-the-run service. Essentially a 50” plasma HD screen has been fitted in Whitehead’s support car so he can watch movies about running while he runs. The vehicle averages at 6mph and has been airing some running power themed movies to keep him pumped and moving.

Here are Whitehead’s recommendations for the top 10 running scenes in movies, (if Rocky cant keep you going then we don’t know what else will).

Whitehead’s top 10 running scenes in the movies to keep you moving:

Chariots of Fire – Running along the beach

Forrest Gump – Forrest gaining followers as he runs across America

Marathon Man – Dustin Hoffman running around New York’s Central Park

Run Fatboy Run – Simon Pegg training for a marathon to win back his bride-to-be

Rocky – Rocky chasing chickens and running up steps in Philadelphia

Raiders of the Lost Ark – Indiana Jones running away from a giant, rolling boulder

Run Lola Run – Lola starting to run after hearing she has 20 minutes to obtain 100,000 German marks to save her boyfriend's life

Point Break – Bank robber Patrick Swayze in a Ronald Reagan mask being chased by Keanu Reeves

The Bourne Ultimatum – Jason Bourne running down an assassin to save Julia Stiles

Casino Royale – The opening chase scene around a Madagascan building site

For more information on the run and to find out how to get involved, please go to www.richardwhiteheadrunsbritain.com. You can follow Richard’s progress on twitter from @marathonchamp using the hashtag #richruns or like his Facebook page.


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