Hartlepool friends raise thousands for Miles for Men on 24-hour charity run

Two friends are on course to raise £2,000 for Hartlepool charity Miles for Men after completing a tough 24-hour running challenge.

Friday, 27th December 2019, 5:00 pm
Updated Monday, 30th December 2019, 12:46 pm
Daniel Robinson (left) and Stuart Dixon running 1.5 miles every hour, on the hour for Miles for Men, for 24 hours.

Daniel Robinson and Stuart Dixon had to push through physical and mental fatigue when they ran a mile and a half every hour for a full day.

They are set to double their original £1,000 target after receiving fantastic support.

Daniel and Stuart, who are both 33 and have been friends since going to English Martyrs, racked up 36 miles each by running around Hartlepool all day.

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Stuart Dixon (3rd from left) and Daniel Robinson (4th from left) who were running 1.5 miles every hour for 24 hours for Miles for Men with volunteers at The Extra Mile shop in Middleton Grange Shopping Centre. Pictured (left-right) Luke Miller, Karen Willgress, Micky Day, Kelly Pearson, Lee Wilmott and Emma Miller.

It began well as they ran from the war memorial to the marina and back nine times during the day.

But things got tougher later on when they ran from Hartlepool United Supporters Club in Sandringham Road between 6pm and 11pm.

Daniel, a fitness instructor in the Army, said: “During this time we started to feel aches and pains and started to fatigue so our run times began to slow down.”

They were supported through the night by Miles For Men founder Micky Day at his house in Owton Manor.

Daniel Robinson and Stuart Dixon passing Hartlepool United's football ground on the run.

He made them nourishing meals to keep them going.

Daniel added: “During this time we hit a wall with fatigue and it became more of a mental challenge as well due too no sleep and the aches and pains on our bodies.

“The hardest part was from around 3am to 7am when we where both exhausted but had to push each other too keep going every hour.

“We couldn’t have done it without Micky’s support on the night shift, it made a massive difference.”

Daniel and Stuart, who works for at Saica Pack factory in Hartlepool, completed the challenge early the next morning by running the Miles For Men and Walk For Women course at Seaton Carew.

They were cheered across the finishing line by members of the Miles For Men team.

The lads have raised £1,800 so far with more to come.

“All the money going to miles for men to support their amazing charity,” added Daniel.

Daniel and Stuart thanked Miles For Men and the supporters club for their support, and the Mail for helping to raise awareness of the challenge.