This article was first posted on the now defunct Postcode Gazette way back on 3/12/2012.
My first major publicity thanks to the Postcode Gazette, who have done a feature on my “Daft” Challenge, here is article in full: A Deepcar dad has set himself a ‘daft’ fundraising challenge as a way of saying thank you to the charity which helped him as a child. Richard Hayes will run 13 10km races in 2013 to raise money for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, which was there for him due to bullying at school and issues at home, they were there when I had suicidal thoughts as a teenager and if it wasn’t for the people at the other end of the line listening and offering me support and advice things could have been a lot different.
Now 30, Richard, who lives on Harvey Street with his wife, Sarah, and four-year-old daughter, Molly, said: “If it weren’t for the NSPCC I wouldn’t be here today.
“I used them a lot when I was a child and I’ve always wanted to say thank you. This is my chance to give something back. They got me through the trouble I was in and I’m the person I am today because of them.”
Richard came up with the ’13 in Thirteen’ idea after he lost four stone in four months earlier this year. He’d started going to his local gym, Vision Health and Fitness in Stocksbridge, to lose some weight and it sparked a love of running.
But there is a catch to the challenge – not only must Richard complete every race, he must also set a new Personal Best at each event.
“I came up with this idea because I’m daft! But as long as I stay injury free I know I will do the 10ks. The challenge is setting a PB every time and the focus will be on pacing myself,” said Richard, who runs works at LEGO.
At this weekend’s Percy Pud 10k in Loxley, his final training event before the real challenge begins next year, he set a new PB of 50 minutes and must beat that every time.
The fundraising target is £2013.