Miles for Men a success after spreading from Hartlepool to Newcastle

CHARITY: Miles for Men participants before the run in Newcastle's Exhibition Park.
CHARITY: Miles for Men participants before the run in Newcastle's Exhibition Park.

HUNDREDS of men of all ages helped raise vital funds for cancer research by taking part in a charity fun run.

Hartlepool charity Miles for Men hosted its fourth race with hundreds of men taking part in the event at Exhibition Park, in Newcastle, at the weekend.

Previous three-mile charity fun runs in aid of Cancer Research UK have been held in Hartlepool, twice, and Liverpool as the organising committee look to spread the event far and wide.

The first event staged in Hartlepool last year raised a staggering £40,000 and it was such a hit it was rolled out to other areas, including Liverpool in September and Newcastle on Sunday.

Father-of-three Michael Day, 39, launched Miles for Men in memory of his dad, Michael senior, who died from throat cancer in 2007, aged 67.

The Miles for Men committee includes Michael Day, Richard Hegarty, Wayne Butterfield, Anthony Day, Natalie Aston, Jane Sickling and Mark Sickling and they said the weekend event was a huge success.

North East charity runner Tony ‘The Fridge’ Phoenix-Morrison ran the three-mile course in Newcastle but he did so without his fridge after injuring his back. Instead five men from Speedflex Fitness helped carry it round the course.

Mark Sickling said: “The event was a great success and there was around 250 runners taking part.

“Unfortunately Tony the Fridge is injured at the moment so we auctioned the fridge off to carry, which weighs 43kg, and a company called Speedflex won with a bid of £450.

“A team of five guys ran 1km each with it on their backs and there was also a team of police running with full riot gear on.

“That was quite a sight to see these running along.

“The weather wasn’t ideal, it was blowing a gale but 
at least it was dry, thankfully.”

Money raised is still being counted but the Miles for Men committee have thanked the Newcastle team for their efforts in helping to organise the event.

It followed the successful events in Liverpool and Hartlepool.

At the end of July in Hartlepool, 900 men and boys helped raise thousands of pounds for cancer research by walking, running and jogging the 5k Miles for Men route from Hartlepool Marina to Seaton Carew.

Mark has reminded people who took part in the Hartlepool event to get their sponsorship money in as soon as possible to enable the charity to tot up the final amount raised.

He added: “Miles for Men really is a success story born of Hartlepool and I cannot begin to tell you how proud we all are of the town and its people.”

l For more information about the charity visit www.milesformen.co.uk.