SLIDESHOW: 1,000 take part in Miles for Men

AROUND 1,000 men and boys have helped raise thousands of pounds for cancer research by taking part in Miles for Men this afternoon.

The event, which raises money for Cancer Research UK, saw hundreds of competitors of all ages walking, jogging and running along the seafront at Seaton Carew.

MILES: Miles for Men organiser Micky Day with Roy 'Chubby' Brown at the launch of this year's event.

MILES: Miles for Men organiser Micky Day with Roy 'Chubby' Brown at the launch of this year's event.

Almost 700 had registered ahead of this morning and organisers say at least a couple hundred more had signed up today.

Miles for Men started at 1pm in Maritime Avenue, and finished at Seaton Carew Cricket Club, where there will be a fun day and live music until 6pm.

Father-of-three Michael Day launched Miles for Men in memory of his dad, Michael senior, who died of throat cancer in 2007, aged 67.

The 39-year-old addressed the crowd and thanked everybody for their continued support of Miles for Men.

The 5k event follows last year’s successful debut in Hartlepool, which saw 1,000 men of all ages run, walk, or jog a three-mile route.

That raised £40,000 for Cancer Research UK.

Colourful comic Roy “Chubby” Brown launched this year’s event.

The 68-year-old was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2002 and received intensive chemotherapy treatment for two years.

He said: “This is a cause close to my own heart and it is fantastic to see so many people here today.”