A call has gone out to runners and walkers in Hartlepool to turn an annual day into a record-breaker.
The Miles for Men run will be held on July 31 and, for the first time, it will be joined by the Walk for Women. And on top of that, there’s a free music festival filled with talent.
Miles for Men promotions manager Kevin Hill is hoping it will see more people turn out than ever before.
“If we get 800 to 1,000 men that would be great. If we get any more than that, it would be fantastic,” said Kevin.
“And I think we will get about 500 women as well as the people who come along not to run or walk but to enjoy the concert.”
Two new additions have been announced for the music festival.
If we get 800 to 1,000 men that would be great. If we get any more than that, it would be fantastic. And I think we will get about 500 women as well as the people who come along not to run or walk but to enjoy the concert.Kevin Hill, Miles for Men promotions manager
Northampton band The Barratts will be performing and The Very Reverend Dr. D. Wayne Love will be doing a DJ spot.
Interest in the day is already increasing and more people are signing up for both the men’s race and the women’s walk.
And it’s not just the people of Hartlepool who are getting involved.
“Last year, they came from all over including London,” said Kevin. “And we had them from all over the North East as well, including Sunderland and Stockton.”
It is hard to say how many we will get this time but the posters are out and we are getting online entries.”
This year’s programme of fun will be held at The Domes in Seaton Carew and now includes the Miles for Men 5k run at 1pm; the 5k Walk for Women at around 1.15pm; and the music festival from 1.30pm to 9pm.
Registration for Walk for Women - and for Miles for Men - is now open online at www.milesformen.co.uk
The men’s race will raise money for the Hartlepool & District Hospice while Walk for Women will support both the hospice and Miles for Men.
Entry for either race is £10 for adults, £7.50 for those aged from six to 17, £5 for those aged five and under, and the events are free for anyone aged 65 and over. All entrants get a T-shirt and medal.
Miles for Men was formed in 2012 and has helped both males and females in their battle with cancer.