Only Men Allowed!

3 November 2013, 06:00

A male equivalent to Race For Life takes place in Newcastle to help raise money for Cancer Research.

The charity is called "Miles For Men" and was set up by Michael Day, his family and friends after he lost his father to cancer.

He said: "Losing the person who's brought you into the world and given you life is absolutely heartbreaking.

You see them wither away and what it does to them...it's horrible."

His father was a keen runner and so inspired Michael to set up charity races.

His team have now set up three 5k men-only runs with proceeds going to Cancer Research UK.

Races in Hartlepool took place last year where they raised over £40,000 and had around 1000 participants. 

Because of it's success a run will now be held in Newcastle's Exhibition Park on November 3, 2013, and even South Tyneside's "Tony The Fridge" will be taking part to help raise money.

Michael Anderson, a race organiser in Newcastle tells Capital his hopes for the charity:

"I want it to be bigger then Race For Life, which is pretty huge, 20 years, 240 events and raised millions of pounds. 

But there's just as many guys as there is girls out there. And certainly just as many affected by cancer, that's not sexist at all, cancer. 

So why should we be? Having spoken to the likes of Tony we think let's get the three events out the way, next year increase it to 10.

Within three to five years let's make it as big as Race For Life, why not?" 

Registration Opens at 10:00 am and the race starts at 11.30 am. 

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