Miles for Men cancer charity to go even further in 2018 thanks to new partnership

The start of the 2017 Miles for Men and Walk for Women races at Seaton Carew.
The start of the 2017 Miles for Men and Walk for Women races at Seaton Carew.

A team effort will help Miles for Men get even further in its efforts to raise cash to beat cancer.

Hartlepool Run Fit has agreed to work in partnership with the charity in the coming year.

I would love to see some of these people coming to training sessions before and continuing their running once the race has ended.

Andrew Lilley

Andrew Lilley is founder and coach of the running group and met with the fund’s director to discuss the benefits of working together during 2018.

The running group meets twice a week and is open to all abilities.

It will become the official trainer for Miles for Men, with plans to be finalised and published in the New Year to offer people training schedules if they want to sign up for the charity’s 5k race in July.

Andrew Lilley said: “I am delighted to be working alongside the charity in some aspects of my work.

“We have lots planned for 2018 and I believe that together we can work to promote the positive benefits of running as well as raise thousands of pounds for this outstanding charity. “It is fantastic that so many people in Hartlepool sign up to complete the race.

“I would love to see some of these people coming to training sessions before and continuing their running once the race has ended.”

Andrew founded the town’s Run Fit group in 2015 to offer people a friendly and informal group to join and run together.

It now has more than 50 members and meets on Mondays at 6.15pm and Thursdays at 7pm at various locations around the town.

Richard Griffiths, director of Miles for Men added: “Working with the Hartlepool Run Fit team will allow us to offer training to those who are maybe not so confident about the race or for those who want to get fitter through the race.

“This is a fantastic step for us working to offer support to the people who support us.

“Working with Hartlepool Run Fit will allow us to be proactive as well as reactive in working with the people of Hartlepool.”

More information will be announced in the 2018, once Miles for Men registration is open.

Miles for Men was founded in 2012, with its first 5k run held that year.

This year’s event was the biggest yet, with more than 1,000 people taking part in the course and for the second year running it featured the Walk for Women.

The charity supports people through funeral costs, providing specialist bikes and holding birthday parties and Christmas shopping trips for those affected by cancer.

For more information about Miles for Men can be found by visiting www.Milesformen.co.uk and more details about Hartlepool Run Fit can be found via www.hartlepoolrunfit.com or contact drewlilley@hotmail.com.