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 Hayes, most people call me Rich. In the running community for the majority of my career 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 BAE Systems as a Naval Architect. This is a new job having spent 10 years working in various roles for LEGO. Over the years worked in various roles including my first job as a Submariner in the Royal Navy, my time is very important to me and where my running alias comes from.
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 August 2021 with some important older sites.
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, Uknetrunners. I decided to join a new localish running club Hillsborough but never made it to any training sessions but was my “official club” for 2021, alongside my masters club Northern Masters AC who I’ve been a member of since turning 35 in 2017. I resigned from both clubs at the end of 2021.
List of current & former clubs:
- Northern Masters AC – 11/1/2017 – 31/12/2021
- Hillsborough & Rivelin Running Club – 11/1/2021 – 31/12/2021
- 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.
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 a slow recovery I once again began racing again in spring 2021 and have managed to get back under 18 minutes for 5K and been consistently there all of 2021.
Over the years I’ve had various running aliases from Mohican Runner, to Hazey Runz. With my current job working for a Naval civilian contractor and history as a submariner I make decision to rebrand from September 2021 onwards.
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.