Newcastle men only event planned for cancer charity

A male-only fun run will take place in Newcastle next month to raise money for Cancer Research UK

Michael Anderson (inset) is one of the Newcastle event organisers
Michael Anderson (inset) is one of the Newcastle event organisers

A male-only fun run will take place in Newcastle next month to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

Miles for Men is the male-equivalent of the female-only Race for Life, which began back in 1994, and involves a 5K fun run through Exhibition Park in Newcastle on November 3.

The charity was set-up last year by Michael Day Jnr as a tribute to his late father, Michael Day Snr, who died of throat cancer in 2007.

The first event saw a thousand men run through Hartlepool Marina, raising more than £40,000, and it has expanded to Liverpool and now Newcastle.

One of the Newcastle event’s organisers, Michael Anderson, 32, said: “Every male we speak to says it is about time we did something to tackle cancer and every female says it is time us men got up off our backsides and helped them fight the disease.

“They’ve run the Race for Life for nearly 20 years and it has taken us far too long to respond with our own version.”

The organisers hope that between 500 and 1,000 runners will take part in the inaugural Newcastle edition, which will follow a route around the Town Moor.

It was last winter when his 82-year-old grandmother, Jean Hall, of South Shields, was diagnosed with lung cancer that Michael, of Stanhope, decided to get involved with the charity.

Michael, who is married to Claire, 32, said: “My grandma was diagnosed with cancer recently, and so have a few of my friends – it makes you realise it can happen to us at any age.

“I hate running but I figured for a great cause like this I could run 5K. People of all different shapes, sizes and running abilities should come along and help the struggle against cancer.”

The event requires a £15 registration fee and a minimum of £15 sponsorship, though under-fives and over-65s can run for free, and all of the money will go to Cancer Research UK.

Many companies have offered their support, with Krispy Kreme producing a special Miles for Men doughnut, the running-shop Sweatshop supplying vouchers for raffle and Gateshead College donating funds.

The race begins at 11.30am on November 3 and you can register on the website www.milesformen.co.uk or at 10am in Exhibition Park on the day.

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