They came, they saw, they ran...
Hundreds of fundraisers of all ages and abilities turned out for the Miles for Men 5km run along the seafront at Seaton Carew yesterday.
The wet weather couldn’t dampen the spirits at an event that will raise thousands of pounds for the war on cancer.
Miles for Men founder Michael Day was overwhelmed by the response from the town.
“It has been absolutely brilliant,” he said.
“It has been a fantastic turn-out. The Hartlepool public – we just love them.
It has been a fantastic turn-out. The Hartlepool public – we just love them.Michael Day
“We’re not sure how much we have raised, we will just wait and see when it all comes in, but I just want to say a big ‘thank you’ to everybody who has come out today, not just the runners but the supporters as well.”
Twenty-one-year-old Joshua O’Donovan completed the route despite being on crutches after dislocating his ankle playing football three weeks ago.
“It is my first time doing Miles for Men – I will be back next year for a better time,” he said.
Hartlepool Mail reporter Chris Cordner was also among those taking part.
“It was very windy, so it was much harder than last year,” he said.
“But it’s a great atmosphere and there was encouragement all the way.
“At the end of the day, the main thing is to raise the money,” said Chris, who hopes to collect around £100.
Many runners took part in fancy dress, including Ste Cook, 39, and 53-year-old Mick Jukes.
“This year we’re Vikings, last year we were pirates,” said Mick.
“And the year before that, we were women,” added Ste.
•See the Mail’s website and tomorrow’s Mail for more pictures of the event.