VIDEO: Nine hundred runners tackle this year’s Miles for Men

HUNDREDS of courageous men and boys did Hartlepool proud when they took part in the region’s biggest male-only fun run.

A sea of 900 blue shirts headed from the JD Domes at Seaton Carew and along The Front to Hornsey’s Bar as they tackled this year’s Miles for Men.

Miles for Men event at Seaton Carew

Miles for Men event at Seaton Carew

The emotional day saw organiser Michael Day give a poignant speech ahead of the 5k run, in which he mentioned local people who are fighting cancer battles, as well as those who have lost their lives to the disease.

This was followed by a minute’s silence and, as Michael set up the event in 2012 after Michael lost his father Michael Day Snr to throat cancer in 2007, there were tears as the song Dance With My Father was played.

Then at 1pm, it was time for the hundreds of runners to get on their marks and head on their way.

Many of the participants – some in wheelchairs – commented afterwards how they were spurred on by the support from well-wishers along the way.

The first runner past the finish line was Paul Wilson, in 15 minutes.

The last over the line was 85-year-old Les Weatherall, who is battling bowel and prostate cancer.

After the run, the crowds enjoyed entertainment including live bands, a fair and live bands.

The event has raised more than £84,500 since its launch.

See tomorrow’s Hartlepool Mail for a full report.