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Two time Paralympic gold medal winner Richard Whitehead MBE wants to run with you!

"It is completely inclusive - running, walking or rolling or going the distance with a running frame, wheelchair, or crutches – everyone is welcome"

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Double gold medal-winning Paralympian, Richard Whitehead MBE, is asking people to join him for a run and raise money to help more young people with a disability get active.

Many readers will know Richard who hails from Burton Joyce and will have seen him regularly running in the borough.

One of the most-inclusive events of its type in the UK, Run with Rich is a friendly, fun, and welcoming event, which sees disabled and non-disabled people take part alongside each other.

Richard Whitehead MBE, who competes on prosthetics after being born with a double through-knee congenital amputation, won 200 metre gold at both the London 2012 and the Rio 2016 Paralympics during a stella athletics career which included becoming a World and European Champion on multiple occasions and saw him become one of the Britain’s most well-known disabled runners.

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PHOTO: Courtesy of David Baird

Now he combines his time with helping disabled people overcome different challenges and help remove obstacles which may otherwise prevent them from achieving their potential. He launched his own charity, the Richard Whitehead Foundation, which provides people with mentoring, equipment, and support.

A big part of the foundation’s work is encouraging people to get active and on June 18 Richard will be at Holme Pierrepoint Country Park in Nottingham for the charity’s annual Run with Rich fundraising event.

There are two distance options: a one-mile route which includes sensory experiences and is perfect for families with small children, people with complex needs, or those who have just started running; and a 5km loop around the beautiful lake at Holme Pierrepoint.

Richard will be taking part in both runs, meaning anyone who signs up will be able to run alongside one of Britain’s most successful Para athletes.

PHOTO: Courtesy of David Baird

Entry is £15 for adults, £5 for juniors, and under-fives are free, with all the money raised helping support the Foundation’s work using sport and movement to help people with a disability achieve their life goals.

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Paul Brackley, Project Manager for the charity, said:

“Our Run with Rich event is not only an important fundraising event for the foundation which will help us expand our work and help more people with a disability, but it is also a fantastic example of what we stand for as a charity.

“It is completely inclusive; anyone can take part their own way. Whether that means running, walking or rolling or going the distance with a running frame, wheelchair, or crutches – everyone is welcome to take part their way with Rich and be part of something very special.”

For further information and to book your place now , visit: www.whitehead.foundation/runwithrich2023

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