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Whitehead completes 40 marathons in 40 days

ESPN staff
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Whitehead won gold at London 2012 © PA Photos
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Paralympic gold medallist Richard Whitehead has completed his "epic journey" of 40 marathons in 40 days.

The double amputee, a 200 metre sprinter who began his career as a marathon runner, set off from John O'Groats last month before arriving in Land's End on Monday.

"I'm really tired. It has been really tough the last couple of days," he said.

"Cornwall is really hilly and the energy levels are wacked at the moment. But I have had a great team around me who have supported me.

"It has been awesome to see people on the way and the support online as well."

Whitehead cited his inspiration as amputee and sarcoma cancer sufferer Terry Fox, who attempted to run across Canada in 1980.

"Unfortunately he didn't reach his destination," Whitehead added. "But he inspired me to start running myself and after last year's success at the Paralympics I got this once in a lifetime opportunity up and going, and here we are."

Richard Runs Britain has so far raised more than £100,000 for charities Sarcoma UK and Scope. He asked people to run with him at certain points and was joined by several athletes and celebrities along the way.

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