Male-only Miles for Men run launches in Sunderland

Gail Elliott of Sunderland Live at the launch of the Miles for Men event at Herrington Country Park.
Gail Elliott of Sunderland Live at the launch of the Miles for Men event at Herrington Country Park.
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MACHO men are getting ready to take part in a new running event.

Charity race Miles for Men will take place in Sunderland for the first time in August.

The men-only run, which will grace Wearside thanks to a partnership with event company Sunderland Live, aims to raise money for cancer charities.

Founded in 2012, the charity run was set up two years ago by Michael Day, from Hartlepool, following his father’s death from throat cancer in 2007.

He said: “I’m really pleased Miles for Men is spreading further afield in just two years.

“I didn’t think it would grow as quickly as it has and I thank everybody who has taken part from the bottom of my heart.

“As the years go by we will keep raising awareness and money so we can stamp out this shocking disease.”

Michael, 40, who hopes to take part in the Sunderland event, added: “My dad ran for Cancer Research for years, and I think he would be proud of what we’re doing.

“It’s just amazing how much it’s grown, and hopefully once it picked up in the North East it should grow even more.

“It takes over my life really, but it’s worth while.”

To date Miles for Men has raised almost £85,000 for cancer charities.

The first Sunderland event will take place in Herrington Country Park, on Sunday, August 3.

And Joanne Makepeace, Sunderland’s race director, said: “Sunderland Live have been a huge help and support and we are really looking forward to working with them to make the event a success.

“We saw the fantastic work they are doing in adding to their events calendar, and know they held the Race For Life in this great venue, and so we thought it would be a good idea to 
come here.

“Now we are hoping for give the men in Sunderland a chance to take part, and hope to welcome 500 runners on the day.”

Sunderland Live’s programme development manager, Karen Makepeace, who is also bringing the International Airshow to the city for the ninth year this year, said: “The profile of male cancer is growing, so to be able to put an event on that supports that is great, and to bring awareness to it.

“It is something very different and that’s what attracted us to it.

“We’ve worked to find the right date and venue, and Herrington Country Park is the perfect venue.

“If it goes well we will look to developing it year-on-year.”

Registration is open now. For more information and to register, visit www.sunderlandlive.co.uk.