Richard Whitehead 200m gold in Rio
Friday, September 16, 2016

Congratulations to our superhuman Patron, Richard Whitehead MBE!

On Thursday 15th September 10.15pm (BST) silence filled the air inside Rio de Janeiro’s Estádio Olímpico João Havelange, as millions across the world held their breath before the starter gun exploded and the athletes flew out of the blocks. 

Just 12.32 seconds later in front of a frenzied crowd, British double amputee Richard Whitehead crossed the finish line. The 40 year-old shaped a moment that few will forget and one that many will talk of for decades as he became Paralympic medallist for the second time in a week, winning the 100m T42 silver jointly with Denmark's Daniel Wagner to go alongside the gold he took in the 200m T42. 

Richard is Sarcoma UK’s patron and has been since January 2013. His personal attachment to the charity stems from his close friend and mentor Simon Mellows, who sadly passed away from chondrosarcoma. 

When Richard first met Simon, he had not run a mile. Simon’s influence encouraged him to take up running and even since his death he has remained a huge inspiration on Richard’s incredible career. 

After the race Richard spoke to Sarcoma UK and said, “I hope my achievements can inspire everyone affected by sarcoma, I want to share my medals with patients and the wider sarcoma community. I feel it shows what can be done by anyone, regardless of whether you have a disability. I am proud to be Sarcoma UK's Patron and will continue to amplify sarcoma awareness."

Lindsey Bennister, Chief Executive of Sarcoma UK, commented, “We are immensely proud to have Richard as our first-ever and only patron. Everyone involved with Sarcoma UK would like to extend our utmost congratulations to Richard and his family, what he has achieved on and off the track is truly phenomenal and he is an inspiration to us all.” 

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