THIS year’s Miles for Men was dedicated to “top bloke” Paul Royal who planned to take part before cancer tragically claimed his life.
Doting husband Paul died of pancreatic and liver cancer in April this year aged just 42.
He had raised cash for cancer research including completing last year’s Miles for Men and intended to join in yesterday.
Scores of his family, friends, and workmates ran yesterday in memory of Paul with his name spelled out in initials on the back of their T-shirts.
Paul’s brother Tony Royal, 43, an offshore oil rig worker, said: “It meant everything for us to be here today.
“I’m amazed at how many people turned up.
“Paul was supposed to take part but he is obviously not here but I think he is watching somewhere.”
Miles for Men organiser Micky Day, who was good friends with Paul, who worked for Clysedale Forge, paid tribute to him before the start of yesterday’s race.
The lads were cheered on by Paul’s parents Alan and Janice and other members of the family.
Alan said: “He was a very popular lad.”
Janice added: “I think Miles for Men is fantastic. It’s unbelievable how it has grown.
“I’m proud of everyone who is doing it.”