VIDEO: Roy “Chubby” Brown at Miles for Men

ORGANISERS of Miles for Men say they have been “overwhelmed” once again by the support of people taking part.

Around 1,000 men and boys of all ages walked, jogged or ran the three-mile route from Maritime Avenue to Seaton Carew Cricket Club.

Michael Day and Roy Chubby Brown.

Michael Day and Roy Chubby Brown.

Ahead of the event in aid of Cancer Research UK, 680 people had registered with hundreds more signing up on the morning.

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 emotional 39-year-old addressed the crowd.

Michael said: “It is overwhelming to see so many people here raising money for a fantastic cause and I’d like to thank everybody.”

It takes around eight months to organise and the committee includes Michael Day, Richard Hegarty, Wayne Butterfield, Anthony Day, Natalie Aston, Jane Sickling and Mark Sickling.

Mark said: “We had around 680 sign up before yesterday and there must have been 200-300 more sign up on the day so we think around 1,000 people took part.”

Miles for Men was launched by colourful comic Roy “Chubby” Brown, 68, who 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.”

It followed last year’s successful debut in Hartlepool which helped raise £40,000 for Cancer Research UK.