Sheffield man to complete marathon challenge

Richard Hayes, from Deepcar, Sheffield
Richard Hayes, from Deepcar, Sheffield
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A Sheffield super-runner is continuing his fundraising mission by taking part in his 13th half marathon in 13 months.

Richard Hayes, aged 33, from Deepcar, is set to complete his fundraising challenge for the NSPCC when he takes part in the Brass Monkey Half Marathon in York on Sunday, January 18.

In 2013, Richard raised £2,400 for the charity by running 13 10km races all over the UK.

The following year he set his sights even higher by aiming to compete in one half marathon a month in 13 months.

The challenge has seen Richard take part in races across the UK, with his wife Sarah and daughter Molly, six, cheering him along every step of the way.

He has also smashed his £4,000 fundraising target, raising £4,254 for the NSPCC.

Richard said he was looking forward to completing the challenge.

He added: “It feels great to come back to my home county and get a big Yorkshire welcome to finish my final race of the challenge.

“There have been ups and downs and I’d be lying if I said it had been easy but every time I’ve felt like my legs couldn’t run another mile, I’ve just remembered why I’m doing this – to raise funds and awareness for the NSPCC.

“The charity has done so much for me as a child, and it is that which has helped me power through to cross every finish line, in every race.”

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