Miles of smiles

Horses for courses. A fancy dress team pictured at the start of the race.
Horses for courses. A fancy dress team pictured at the start of the race.

HERE is another chance to see pictures from the first Miles for Men event that was held in Hartlepool.

Hundreds of dads, granddads, children and friends were united by a common determination to help find a cure for cancer.

It is the only known event of its kind nationally and organisers say the fundraiser, which raised cash for Cancer Research, was a huge success with more than 1,000 people taking part.

The seafront between Hartlepool and Seaton Carew was a sea of blue as runners wore their distinctive Miles for Men T-shirts.

Michael Day came up with the idea of a men’s race in aid of Cancer Research after losing his dad, also called Michael, to throat cancer four years ago.

Hartlepool already hosts a popular Race for Life for women affected by cancer.

Despite the emotion of the day, runners raised a smile wearing all manner of funny costumes including Big Bird, He-Man and horses.

The race was started from Maritime Avenue, Hartlepool, by former Middlesbrough footballer Craig Hignett and finished at Seaton Carew Cricket Club, in Elizabeth Way.

Afterwards, people enjoyed a funday with a barbecue, bar, children’s entertainers, rides and live music.

l See tomorrow’s Mail for more pictures