Three times Champion jockey Richard Dunwoody is one of Britain's most successful jockeys ever. He was at the forefront of English National Hunt racing in the 80's / 90s, winning the Big Three races – the Grand National (twice on Miinnehoma and West Tip), the Champion Hurdle and the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
When he hung up his boots at the age of 35 due to injury in 1999, he had won a record 1,699 races. He is best known for his partnership with the legendary Desert Orchid on whom he won seven races. Richard was awarded an MBE in 1993 for services to his sport. In December 2008 he was also awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of the University of Ulster in recognition of his contribution to equine sport.
A racing pundit for the BBC and sports columnist, in January 2008 Richard also completed a gruelling 680-mile, 48-day trek to the South Pole un-resupplied and on a new route, one that Shackleton intended to take back in 1915.
From May to July 2009 Richard undertook the '1000 Mile in 1000 hours' Barclay Challenge which involved walking one mile in every hour for 42 days with minimal sleep throughout this period.
2009 also saw Richard's (albeit brief!) appearance on the BBC hit show 'Strictly Come Dancing', an experience which he describes in his second recently published autobiography, 'Method in My Madness' as far more daunting than riding around the Aintree Grand National fences!
In 2017 Richard completed a 2000 mile charity hike through Japan, a country that he describes as one of the most fascinating places he has ever visited.