ORGANISERS of the annual Miles for Men cancer charity event are urging people to sign themselves up and help raise vital funds.
The fun run in aid of Cancer Research UK returns to Hartlepool on Sunday, July 27, and organiser Michael Day cannot wait for it to arrive with people from around the country already helping to raise vital funds.
There is a change to the format this year as the run will start and finish at The Domes in Tees Road, Seaton Carew, but will once again be a 5k race.The event has enjoyed a meteoric rise since it was first held in 2012 after Michael 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.
Michael said: “We are looking forward to seeing as many people as possible take part in the Miles for Men event in Hartlepool this summer.
“It would be great to see lots of new faces as well as those who regularly support the charity taking part.”
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 and since its launch, the charity has now raised £84,500.
This year’s fund has already been boosted by Rochdale resident Dave Marcroft who completed a charity walk to help raise £1,400.
Miles for Men promoter Kevin Hill said: “Dave Marcroft and his son James and daughter Catherine wanted to raise funds for the Miles For Men cancer charity in memory of his friend Bruce Bonniface, who sadly passed away recently.
“Dave and his family took the challenge of doing the canal walk from Lancashire to Yorkshire, finishing in Castleford where I met them to present them with their Miles for Men medals to show our appreciation from all the team.
“They managed to walk the 65 miles in three days and Dave and his family raised the sum of £1,400 for the charity, which will go towards our battle to combat cancer and also to put a smile on those people less fortunate than us.”
Dave has even raised the possibility of him walking from Rochdale to Hartlepool Marina in January next year for the charity. Michael Day added: “It is great that people from all over the country are hearing about Miles for Men and raising funds this way.”
There is a 2,000 limit on runners at Hartlepool this year, with the event starting at 1pm.
Anyone wanting to register for the Hartlepool event should visit www.milesformen.co.uk. Anyone wanting more details can contact Michael Day on 07403329145.