I’m an endurance runner, coffee lover and a supporter of Stocksbridge Park Steels football club, where I am the programme editor and website administrator for the club. I’m based out of Stocksbridge, UK, just north of the Sheffield. In running I race over various distances ranging from 800m up to marathons. I’m a multiple race winner, having won my first race in November 2015. I am also a multiple masters gold medallist, having become a masters athlete in 2017 I’ve gone on to win on the track, road and cross country.
In February 2020 I was diagnosed with Prostrate Cancer and now facing the challenges that lay ahead of me, followed this up with a heart attack in August 2020. Still here and still fighting.
If you are visiting this page then you are wanting to know a little bit more about me. My name is Richard John Hayes, most people call me Rich. In the running community for the majority of my career (up till early 2020) I have been known as the Mohican Runner, funnily enough because of my unique hair style. You would class me as an endurance runner, I race anything from 800m on the track up to marathons. I’d like to step up to ultras at some point, currently my preferred race distance is 10k’s. I prefer road running, having tried other disciplines (Fell, Trail, XC) I’ve found I’m the happiest on the road.
Away from running I currently work for the LEGO Group as a project manager. Over the years I’ve worked in various roles with the company and people class it as a dream job, You won’t get any complaints from me! Over the years worked in various roles including my first job as a Submariner in the Royal Navy. I currently reside in Stocksbridge, Sheffield with my long suffering wife Sarah and daughter Molly. We are a very close family and we do everything together and they are my biggest supporters with regards to my running career.
This website is here to cover all aspects of my running career going forward from January 2020 onwards only. I’ve had various blogs/sites over the years and this is the latest incarnation and is a clean start. I also started a new section for my favorite football club Stocksbridge Park Steels but this turned into a full blown new site for the club. I have been a fan of the football team since I was 11 and up till I was 16 didn’t miss a game. I then had a break with my Navy career before watching them again from 2005/06 and with my wife we didn’t miss a game for best part of 4 years until our daughter came along. During that time I ran the Supporters Club, fan website, club shop with my wife and also covered the match reports for the local newspaper. Family and other commitments meant for the next 10 years I was a fan from afar till January 2020 when as a family we started to attend games again.
The best pace is a suicide pace and today looks like a good day to die Steve Prefontaine’s
Running has been a massive part of my life since September 2012. I discovered a passion for running after doing my local 10k as part of my weight loss journey. At the turn of 2012, I topped the scales at 22 stone, I had dropped 4 stone by the time the 10k came about. It was like a switch had been flicked and not looked back since. I am a very competitive runner and have the view if you enter a race you give 110%.
This attitude has gotten me to achieve my original goals when I started out to break 90 minutes for a half marathon, 40 minutes for 10k and 20 minutes for 5k. Even after 7 years I still want to get faster but after nearly 2 years of personal setbacks with family matters and injury, I have both short term and long term goals.
I have tried various local clubs over the years but never settled at any club, in past I have run for Sheffield Running Club, Steel City Striders (x2), Hallamshire Harriers, Belgrave Harriers, Manchester Harriers, Penistone Footpath Runners, Barnsley AC, Dark Peak Fell Runners. For 2020 my first claim runner for Uknetrunners, as I train on my own due to location/logistics this was the best option for me, However there is a new local club started up called Hillsborough & Rivelin Running Club and I’m looking to race for them in 2021, alongside my masters club Northern Masters AC who I’ve been a member of since turning 35 in 2017.
List of current & former clubs:
- Northern Masters AC – 11/1/2017 – present (my 2nd claim club/masters area club)
- Hillsborough & Rivelin Running Club – 11/1/2021 (new 1st claim club )
- UKnetrunners – 23/10/2019 – 11/1/2021
- Dark Peak Fell Runners – 1/7/2019 – 1/1/2020 (didn’t renew membership)
- Barnsley AC – 1/9/2018 – 23/10/2019
- Manchester Harriers – 14/9/2017 – 23/10/2018 (moved back to South Yorkshire)
- Penistone Footpath Runners – 22/9/2016 – 14/9/2017 (moved to Manchester)
- Belgrave Harriers – 1/5/2016 – 22/9/2016 (2nd claim while I had spell in London)
- Steel City Striders – 1/3/2016 – 1/9/2016 (2nd spell ended after work meant was in London)
- Hallamshire Harriers – 1/4/2015 – 1/3/2016
- Steel City Striders – 1/3/2014 – 1/4/2015 (Joined as was using Pete Browns Track group)
- Sheffield Running Club – 16/2/2013 – 1/3/2014
Since my early days of running 57:54 in my first 10k in 2012, I have gone on to win 18 races, won my age category a further 25 times and won medals in a host of masters events.
I started 2020 from scratch as I suffered a serious leg injury in May 2019 that put me out for the rest of that year. I began to slowly rebuild my running up, then had a massive setback when in February of 2020 I was diagnosed with Prostrate Cancer. Now I take it one day at a time and blessed that for now I am able to run when I can. I am determind to beat cancer and get back to my very best. I also cut the mohican and dropped my Mohican Runner name in Spring of 2020 as documented here.
In may 2020 I took on Jo Wilkinson as my coach who took me back to basics. The relationship just clicked and despite the issue of the Pandemic I got back to my near best and made a return to racing with the Podium 5K in August, until Bank Holiday Monday I suffered a heart attack out the blue and put brakes on my comeback.
After my heart attack, I rebranded to the orange, black and white. Launched a new logo and just changed my social media handles to just Rich Hayes Runner, my slogan is FTW which depends on mood either means (For the Win or F*ck the World!” I’m thinking of selling products online via my blog in 2021 with my branding.
Running has also been away for me to give back to charity and over the years I have done a variety of running challenges, not all have been successful but all have helped to raise funds for charities close to my heart. Including a charity using my own story for one of their campaigns back in 2014, I have helped to raise a total of £1,330,721.17. You can read more about my charity exploits by clicking here.