The Hartlepool friends going the extra mile in 24-hour challenge for terminally ill children

Two best friends will hit the streets for 24 hours for a popular Hartlepool charity this weekend.

Tuesday, 17th December 2019, 4:45 pm
Stuart Dixon (left) and Daniel Robinson are running a mile and a half every hour for a day in aid of Miles For Men and Day Dreams.

Daniel Robinson and Stuart Dixon will run one and a half miles on the hour every hour throughout Saturday, December 21.

They hope to raise at least £1,000 for town charity Miles For Men and its new venture Day Dreams which makes dreams come true for terminally ill children and young people.

Daniel, 36, a physical training instructor in the Army, said: “I came up with the idea. It is an adaptation of an Army test.

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“We decided to do it for Miles For Men because we are both from Hartlepool and it is a good local charity that does amazing things for the community.

“And with it being Christmas we wanted to try and support them.”

Daniel and Stuart, who have been friends since English Martyrs school, and both took part in July’s annual race when droves of people pulled on their running shoes for the cause.

For the 24-hour challenge, they will run from Miles For Men’s shop in Middleton Grange shopping centre from 9am to 4pm.

In between their hourly runs, they will be fundraising around the town.

Between 4pm and 11pm, Hartlepool United Supporters Club in Sandringham Road will be their base.

During the night, Daniel and Stuart, who works at Hartlepool’s Saica Pack factory, will run from the home of Miles For Men founder Michael Day.

They will finish by running the Miles For Men and Walk For Women route at Seaton Carew on Sunday morning.

Daniel added: “I think it’s going to be challenging. I have been training.

“It is going to be interesting with us having no sleep for 24 hours, and the weather will be a factor.”

So far, they have raised more than £200 from a page on the JustGiving website.

Daniel said: “We are doing quite well. We have had lots of local and family support.

“We are going to do as much fundraising on the day and are looking at around £1,000 which would be good.”

You can make a donation by visiting the page at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/daniel-robinson42