ONE of Hartlepool’s most iconic events is back - and this year it could be bigger and even better than ever.
The Miles for Men run returns to town on Sunday, July 27, and organiser Michael Day cannot wait for it to arrive.
This year’s run will start and finish at The Domes in Seaton Carew and will once again be a 5k race.
Organisers are putting the final touches to the finer details of the race, but Michael told of his hopes that even more people would join the fast-growing event.
He said: “We had just over 1,000 people taking part in the race last year and we can take up to 2,000. It would be nice to get that many this time.”
The event has enjoyed a meteoric rise since it was first held in 2012.
Michael wanted to do something in memory of his late father, Michael Day Snr, who lost his battle with throat cancer in 2007, aged 67.
He suggested a sponsored run for men and more than £40,000 was raised from the first event.
The second in Hartlepool was just as successful but by last year, the Miles for Men phenomenon had grown with races also being held in Liverpool and Newcastle.
And this year, the growth in popularity has continued. Michael explained: “We have launched this year’s Liverpool event and that is now open for registration, and Sunderland’s is open for registration as well. We are also waiting for confirmation on some more.”
Michael is still astounded that the project he first launched has grown so rapidly.
He said: “The whole thing was an idea to raise a bit of money for cancer research for my dad. It has exceeded all expectations in the way it has grown.”
Since its launch, the charity has now raised £84,500 and Michael added: “That has basically been raised in the 17 or 18 months since we started it all.
“We are coming up to two years and we are going to break the £100,000 mark.
“There is a 2,000 limit on runners at Hartlepool this year and it would be nice to get that. The more the merrier.
“I also want to thank everyone who has given local support. The backing from the local community and the local businesses has been brilliant.”
Domes events co-ordinator Andy Briscoe said the venue was “really good” for the run which would start and finish there, and there would be entertainment on the site as well, so that the whole occasion would be a fantastic attraction whatever the weather.
Anyone wanting to register for the Hartlepool event should visit www.milesformen.co.uk. Anyone wanting more details can contact Michael Day on 07403329145.