Get set for Miles for Men

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A SUCCESSFUL fundraiser which saw hundreds of men help raise a massive £40,000 for cancer research is set to become a regional event.

Last summer’s Miles for Men event in Hartlepool saw men of all ages run, walk, or jog a three-mile route in aid of national cancer charity, Cancer Research UK.

The brains behind the event, Michael Day, has now revealed this year’s event will take place on Sunday, July 28, with people having the chance to register within the next few weeks.

The 39-year-old charity champ has also revealed talks are under way for the Miles for Men brand to be extended to other areas including Newcastle, Middlesbrough and there has even been interest from Leeds.

Those events are likely to be run by Cancer Research UK but Michael said he would be on hand to help.

Last summer, around 1,000 men took part, raising £40,106.69 which smashed the original target of £7,000.

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

Single Michael, of Innes Road, said: “I think there will be a lot more people, even more than last year, wanting to take part.

“There are probably a lot of people who wish they had done it last year because it was such a success.

“The event itself was absolutely unbelievable and there is a good possibility of Miles for Men events being held in Newcastle, Middlesbrough and maybe Leeds.

“We are still talking about that, but it would be a huge boost for Cancer Research.

“I was overwhelmed by the public response last year and we were really thankful for their support.

“I would like to thank again the businesses that supported it, the Hartlepool Mail and TFM.”

Meanwhile, Michael is looking to boost the coffers of Miles for Men by taking part in his own fitness drive ahead of this summer’s fundraiser.

With the help of personal trainer Ste Smith, owner of The Body Doctors, in Cromwell Street, 17-stone Michael is looking to shed at least a stone and boost his fitness. He is looking for sponsors and his training regime has already begun.

Michael said: “If anybody would like to sponsor me that would be very much appreciated.”

Ste, 22, of Ashgrove Avenue, will also be in charge of warming up the participants on the day of Miles for Men.

He added: “I was really pleased to be asked to do the warm-up and I will be taking part as well.” Miles for Men saw men and children of all ages whose lives had been touched by the disease walk, run or jog the three miles from Maritime Avenue, in Hartlepool, to Seaton Carew Cricket Club.

Sme taking part were even in the middle of their own battles with cancer.

People are asked to keep checking over the next few weeks for registration details.

l For more information or to sponsor Michael’s fitness drive, telephone 07403 329145.