A new charity event for women has scored a major success after Hartlepool United agreed to be its official sponsor.
The first Walk for Women takes place alongside the popular male-only Miles for Men 5km fun runs on Sunday, July 31.
After searching for a sponsor to provide essential financial backing, the organisers were delighted when Hartlepool United came on board.
Club chief executive Russ Green said the sponsorship is part of the club – and new chairman Gary Coxall’s – commitment to local causes.
Russ said: “Miles for Men were looking to get this off the ground and I think they approached quite a few people without success.
“When our new chairman came in he was very conscious of local charities and events and wanted to work with Miles for Men.
“It also fits in with the club’s motto ‘the town’s club’ where we are doing a lot more to promote charities within the town.
“I think this will be a good kick-start for them and get the event going.”
Walk for Women will raise money for Hartlepool & District Hospice and the work of Miles for Men which helps many people affected by cancer.
Michael Day, founder of Miles for Men, said: “It is great for the charity to have the support of the local football club.
“It will go towards helping support local families and other people that need our help.”
Miles for Men and Walk for Women will be held at The Sports Domes in Seaton Carew and registration is open now.
Miles for Men promotions manager Kevin Hill said: “The interest for Walk for Women has been pretty strong. I think the men could get a surprise this year.” Speaking of Pools’ support he added: “Russ has worked hard to pull this off and we very much appreciate Gary Coxall’s and Russ’s help for coming on board.
“It can only be good for the club and the charity.”
Entry for either of the races is £10 for adults, £7.50 for those aged six to 17, £5 for those aged five and under, and the events are free for anyone aged 65 and over.
All entrants get a T-shirt and medal.
To register visit www.milesformen.co.uk