Richard Hayes has almost forgotten what it’s like to sit still.
The father of one set himself the mammoth task of running 13 10K races this year – to thank the children’s charity which helped him cope after being mentally and physically abused as a youngster.
And, just six months into the year, Richard, of Stocksbridge, is more than halfway through his mighty fundraising challenge.
“I’m absolutely loving it,” said the 31-year-old.
“I’ve run eight races so far, all over the country, and raised £1,365 for the NSPCC already, so I’m really pleased.”
Richard, who lost five stone 12 months ago after making lifestyle changes, only started running late last year and says he is now ‘addicted’.
“It started with me entering the Bupa Great Yorkshire Run last September, to try out my new slimmer body, and I just caught the running bug,” said Richard, who went from 19 stone to just under 14.
“I’ve joined Sheffield running club and get out every chance I get now. My wife and daughter have even been joining in on the action and ran the Rother Valley Fun Run recently.
“I’ve had great support from them throughout this challenge, as it definitely takes up a lot of time, but my family have been travelling with me to wherever my races are and making a day of it with me.”
The former Navy recruit is hoping to raise £2,013 by the end of the year and – in another twist – is also aiming to beat his personal best time at every race.
“I’ve managed it so far, starting out at 57.54 and, last time, got it down to 45.52,” he said.
“The challenge spurs me on to do better every time.”
Richard, who runs his own web design business, told The Star he has always wanted to be able to give something back to the NSPCC.
He added: “If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t be here today – their ChildLine gave me that little glimmer of hope that kept me going.
“I’ve wanted to say thank you ever since.”