Richard Whitehead

Paralympic Champion & Marathon Record Holder

It’s not easy to define Richard Whitehead…he’s a World Record holder in full and half marathons, but he’s also one of the world’s best sprinters – and the current Paralympic and World Champion in the T42 200m. Many people say Richard is an inspiration. Richard says that he’s simply an athlete, who has been given the opportunity to run. As a double leg amputee, life is full of challenges, but that’s never got in Richard Whitehead’s way…Since that first marathon in 2004, Richard has run more than twenty marathons, not to mention competing at the 2006 Winter Paralympic Games in sledge hockey.

In 2009, he became the first leg amputee (single or double) to break the three hour mark for a marathon, a world record he has now lowered to 2 hours, 42.54 minutes. He also broke the half marathon world record with an incredible run of 1 hour, 14.14 minutes. Richard won Gold in the London 2012 Paralympic Games in the T42 200m, he was second last after the first 100m, but then surged through the field to become the Paralympic Champion with an incredible burst of speed.

Richard’s aspirations are far bigger than just winning races. He wants to make a difference. To prove that even though he has a disability, he has overcome barriers that have been put in front of him. Following gold medals at the IPC World Championships and Anniversary Games (200m T42), Richard completed the challenge of a lifetime – running 40 marathons in 40 days, from John O’Groats to Land’s End. He ran a total of 977 miles for his two chosen charities, Scope and Sarcoma UK.

Other than being a professional athlete, Richard is also a director and performance mentor at oneathlete limited. Richard started the business with Tim Stevenson (his Strength and Conditioning coach) and Gemma Telford (a sports physiotherapist) in 2013. The business provides an integrated sports performance support team including strength and conditioning, sports physiotherapy and performance mindset and lifestyle mentoring.

Richard is also an accomplished speaker on the after dinner circuit, bringing his inspirational story to audiences up and down the UK.

To book Richard Whitehead as the sports speaker for your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency by emailing or by calling a booking agent directly on 0207 1010 553.

When at corporate events, Richard covers the following topics:

  • Mental Health
  • Overcoming Adversity
  • Peak Performance
  • Perseverance & Determination
  • Tailored Workshops

“Just wanted to let you know that Richard was a success yesterday. He is so nice and the story worked well with the theme of the event.” – PHD Media Worldwide