17 March 1971
Having always described himself as an armchair sports fan, at home on the sofa with a cold beer, Richard’s view rapidly changed in 2009 on holiday in Turkey. There he met a British serviceman who had lost a leg in Afghanistan. This inspired Richard to embark on an incredible journey to become an ultra-marathon runner. Having run his first marathon to raise funds for Help for Heroes, in 2010 Richard went on to run a marathon of marathons with 26 runs in the year.
Richard’s greatest achievement was running a solo Soapathon for Help the Hero’s. He visited the sets of EastEnders, Emmerdale, Corrie and Hollyoaks clocking up at total of 300.
Richard will be talking part in 9BARS own trail-running event, the 9BAR9x9 in October. This is a 9km multi-lap trail event set in the picturesque grounds of Loseley Park. Richard will be talking on the challenge of the full 81km distance.
Richard is fantastic at raising money for charity, creating most of his own wacky and unique challenges. Richards biggest achievement in 2014 was his Only Fools & Heroes challenge to raise money for Help the Heroes. Taking inspiration from Del Boy, Richard donned a batman costume and ran both the Paris and New York marathons. He also completed a 310 mile solo run from Peckham to Lands’ end in just 7 days, whilst pushing his inflatable side kick Robin in a yellow three wheeler buggy which looked like the infamous 3 wheeled Robin reliant the entire way whilst collecting money for his chosen charity.
Richard achieved so much in 2014 from Only Fools & Heroes to Quadzilla – 4 marathons in 4 days where he took 6th place. He also completed Easter Round the Reservoir which is a double marathon taking 2nd place.
What does it mean to be part of team 9BAR?
“It’s fantastic to have the opportunity to meet some truly inspirational people within team 9BAR, many of whom have become very good friends. There’s a tremendous camaraderie and the entire team supports each other’s endeavours.”