At around mile 20 of a marathon things usually start to get really tough. 'The Wall' looms ahead of you and each step seems a monumental effort. That final 6.2 miles takes mental as well as physical strength. So imagine running not 1 marathon but 40. 26.2 miles a day for 40 days. Paralympian Richard Whitehead is doing just that to raise funds for Scope and Sarcoma UK. So what's the secret to persevering after multiple marathons? The answer might be charades!…
Richard is a congenital double amputee and current world record holder in both the half and Olympic marathon distances. His marathon PB is an incredible 2:42:52 set in the Chicago Marathon in 2010. But, like any athlete, Richard needs support in achieving his goals. During his recent 40 marathon challenge he's used some somewhat unusual methods in getting him over the line…
Richard talks to British Athletics TV about the challenge and fund raising for Scope and Sarcoma UK.
Richard was given his own bespoke mobile cinema by sponsors Virgin Media to watch his favourite film Chariots of Fire while running his epic journey from John O’Groats to Land’s End. Presenters of Channel 4 comedy show The Last Leg had the last laugh by re-enacting famous film scenes from a moving stage in front of Richard, in what is thought to be the first ever game of Moving Movie Charades, to keep his spirits high as he put in more hard miles through Somerset and Devon.
The Last Leg stars Adam Hills, Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker braved torrential rain to act out scenes to inspire Richard on his final few marathons towards Land’s End. Amongst Richard's top scenes from the Last Leg boys were running along the beach in Chariots of Fire, Dustin Hoffman jogging around Central Park in Marathon Man and Rocky chasing chickens! But Adam, Josh and Alex didn't limit themselves to running related movies, they had a crack at Titanic, Lion King and the Human Centipede as well!…
After his charades show Richard said,
“The guys really brightened my day. They pulled off a ridiculous idea and kept me entertained. I wanted to prove that anyone can live a life without limits as the first Paralympian to run the length of the UK but never thought I’d end up playing the first ever game of Moving Movie Charades.”
“My biggest challenge besides the huge blisters and sore hips is the ‘Groundhog Day’ repetition of running for 40 days and keeping myself motivated and in good spirits. The mobile cinema, the team from The Last Leg and seeing the support on Twitter have helped me get over the daily agony of the run. What’s more, it’s helped trigger even more donations which is what it’s all about. News of every donation makes each step towards the finish that much easier.”
So that's all you need to do a 40 marathon challenge, a mobile cinema, a team of comedians and some ingenious movie charades!
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