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  • 18 in 2018 Challenge

    “It is going to be a tough challenge but I am determined to achieve it and make sure I stay fit and well over the next twelve months.“I am really focussed on achieving the best possible times at each race and raising as much money as possible for a charity that helped me and does so much to help children and young people.“I am over the moon to have the support of the Dransfield team on this journey and I’ll certainly be doing my best to put my home town on the map throughout the challenge.”   The final charity challenge. I decided over the festive period in 2017 to do one more challenge. I decided to do it for both charities and be similar to my challenges back in 2013 and 2014. This time it would be 18 races in 2018. Originally it was planned to do 12 x 10K races over the and 6 half marathons. With aim to run all the 10K races in under 37 minutes and all the HM in under 80 minutes. For the challenge I was supported by local property firm Dransfield Properties to ensure I could cover the cost of my races …

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  • Road Warrior Challenge

    Richard Hayes, The Mohican Runner, holds The Children’s Hospital very close to his heart, as he was treated for a multitude of injuries and trauma throughout his childhood, during which the hospital staff became a family to the youngster. Richard remembers one of our nurses giving him a LEGO set one Christmas. He said: “I built it on my hospital bed and that’s what got me into LEGO. She didn’t have to do that but it made my world and now I play with LEGO for a living. I never had a chance to really say thank you.”TCHC After two challenges for the NSPCC, I wanted to also give back to another charity. The Children’s Hospital in Sheffield is a hospital close to my heart, as I was treated for a multitude of injuries and trauma throughout his childhood, during which the hospital staff became a family to me. One Christmas, one of the nurses at The Children’s Hospital  bought me a LEGO pirate set with a ship, a pirate and a palm tree. I built it on my hospital bed and that’s what got me into LEGO. She didn’t have to do that but it made my world and …

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  • Thirteen in 13 HM Challenge

    In 2014 the 13 in thirteen challenge came back bigger and harder than the previous challenge. Starting on the 5th January 2014 and continuing for the next 13 months, the new challenge saw me competing in one half marathon a month so 13 half marathons in 13 months (13 in thirteen). We decided to keep the name 13 in thirteen as it has become connected with me and my challenges. We had thought about 14 in Fourteen but settled for doing the races over 13 months instead. The aim was to not only  complete a half marathon each month but to hit a total fundraising target of £4,000 and do a  at least one sub 90 minute half marathon. This new challenge saw the distance more than double as I stepped up from 10km’s per race to 21.082km or in miles it goes from 6.2 miles up to 13.1 miles.  Below was the list of races and my finishing time. The 13 races were as follows, with my finish time in brackets: Here is a recap of the challenge: So no sooner had I finished the last challenge that the new one was soon upon us. After completing the last challenge …

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  • 13 in Thirteen Challenge

    The 13 in Thirteen challenge consisted of me competing in not one but thirteen official 10km races over the course of the 2013. Each calendar month I competed in an official 10km race. As the year moved forward some of the races had to be changed due to the weather and postponements etc. All 13 races were official races sanction by either the UKA or ARC. 13 races in 12 months I hear you ask? I also completed 2 10k’s in February to make up the 13. The sub aim of the challenge was for me to also hit a personal best each time. This helped raise more sponsorship money through people sponsoring me per PB. The goal of this challenge was to raise a total of £2013 for my chosen charity the NSPCC. All money raised from the challenge was sent to the local Sheffield branch of the NSPCC.The challenge as we now know was a resounding success, with all 13 races completed as well as a PB at each race. The fundraising target was also achieved. The 13 races were as follows, with my finish time in brackets: Here is a recap of the challenge: The challenge was official …

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  • Charity Story

    Charity running  has been a big part of my running career, having spent a large part my early running career doing challenges and raising money, while doing something I love. Over the years I’ve proven you can improve and get faster yet still do your bit for charity. This post is an abbreviated history of my charity running. You can read why I support my charities below and also more on my amazing journey via these articles & features. In the past I used websites such as JustGiving and Virgin Money Giving to raise money online for my various challenges. For the first two years I went by the Twitter handle @13inThirteen, this was also the name of my first two charity challenges that took place throughout 2013, 2014 and early 2015. The whole concept of the first challenge and the name came about in late 2012, after I lost over 4 stone during the course of 2012. After losing the weight I decided I needed a new challenge and took part in my first ever run at the BUPA Great Yorkshire Run in September of 2012, I enjoyed myself that much I decided to do another race 2 weeks later.  It …

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