Hundreds sign up for charity event

Michael Day with a poster for the Miles For Men event
Michael Day with a poster for the Miles For Men event

HUNDREDS of men are set to take part in a major fundraising drive for cancer research.

Miles for Men will see participants walk, run or jog three miles along Seaton Carew front to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

Organiser Michael Day said so far almost 500 men have signed up and they are hoping to have 700 taking part at the event, later this month.

The 38-year-old said: “So far we have around 500 men that have put their names down to take part.

“They are still coming in thick and fast though and we hope to have 700 on the day.

“That would be a fantastic number and the response from people has been superb.”

The charity fun run is inspired by the Race for Life event, which is aimed at women and takes place in Hartlepool every year.

As well as raising money for Cancer Research UK, there will also be collection buckets along the route for Hartlepool & District Hospice.

Niramax is sponsoring Miles for Men, which is due to take place on Sunday, August 19, at noon.

The race will start at Customs House, in Maritime Avenue, and finish at Seaton Carew Cricket Club, in Elizabeth Way.

Afterwards runners, family members, friends and supporters can enjoy a fun day with a barbecue, bar, children’s entertainers, rides and live music until 6pm.

The cricket club will open at noon for supporters to welcome in the runners.

Michael added: “This is going to be a fantastic event and we are looking forward to raising a lot of money for Cancer Research UK.

“The support from people in town has been great.”

The single dad-of-three of Innes Road, arranged the event in memory of his dad, Michael Day senior, who died four years ago aged 68 after a one-year battle with throat cancer.

Michael senior, a keen runner, received treatment at the hospice, in Wells Avenue, before his death.

Meanwhile, Michael’s close friend, Stuart Gaffney, died in March 2010, aged 45.

He was first diagnosed with a nasopharynx tumour in April 2004 and after chemotherapy and radiotherapy at James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough, was told in 2005 the cancer had cleared.

But it returned in 2008 and he lost his fight in 2010 and passed away at the hospice.

As previously reported, those taking part can get a permanent reminder of their efforts after Michael teamed up with Apostle Tattoo, in Stockton Road, Hartlepool.

The Miles for Men-related tattoos cost £40, with £10 going to Apostle Tattoo to cover costs and £30 going to Cancer Research UK.

Two days have been set aside, Sunday, August 12 and Monday, August 13, and the aim is to do 80 tattoos in a bid to raise £2,400 for the charity.

Women can also get a tattoo done in memory of a loved one.

Entry to Miles for Men costs £10 per person.

For more information call the Miles for Men direct line on 07447309436 or Michael Day on 07403329145.

Alternatively register online at: http://supportus.cancerresearchuk.org/milesformen2012