Hartlepool beer delivery driver plans to complete Coast to Coast ride before taking on Miles for Men

Neil Simon who is doing a 145 mile coast to coast and Hartlepool's 5km Miles for Men. Picture courtsey of Lucie Simon
Neil Simon who is doing a 145 mile coast to coast and Hartlepool's 5km Miles for Men. Picture courtsey of Lucie Simon

Running 5k in one morning is a challenge for most people but energetic Neil Simon plans to go even further – 145 miles further.

As well as joining hundreds of runners in this weekend’s Miles for Men cancer run, Neil will first complete a mammoth coast to coast cycle.

Good mopportunity to make the saddlesore that little bit more worthwhile

Neil Simon

The beer delivery driver, from Hartlepool, is doing it all in the name of the town-based cancer research charity.

He will saddle up at Whitehaven, in Cumbria, tomorrow and aims to ride into Hartlepool on Saturday night.

But there will be no time to relax. The next morning he plans to be up bright and early ready line up alongside scores of men of all ages for Miles for Men.

Hartlepool’s fourth annual men-only race takes place at The Domes, at Seaton Carew, and gets underway at 10.30am.

Neil, 40, said: “Hopefully if the body lets me I will be able to get up on Sunday and run Miles for Men.

“The coast to coast is a personal achievement that I really wanted to do anyway and thought it would be a good opportunity to do it for a local charity, raise some funds at the same time and make the saddlesore that little bit more worthwhile.”

Neil, a member of Hartlepool’s Burn Road Harriers running club, took up cycling to keep fit around two years ago after suffering an injury.

Numerous pubs and social clubs Neil, of Throston Grange, delivers to have helped him raise over £200 so far.

He will be joined on the coast to coast by long-time friend and cycling buddy Paul Bray, 40, of Middle Warren, Hartlepool.

Paul, who works at Sellafield nuclear site, in Cumbria, will be raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

You can sponsor Neil online by going to www.justgiving.com and searching under his name.