Why Jeff is back for more
Sky Sports presenter Jeff Stelling explains why he is taking on an even bigger challenge this year.
In March 2016, legendary sports broadcaster Jeff Stelling marched from his beloved Hartlepool United to Wembley Stadium raising money to help stop prostate cancer being a killer.
On his way, Jeff and his close friend, Russ Green (former CEO of Hartlepool United), walked 10 marathons in 10 days, visiting 32 football clubs and clocking up 262 miles. He was joined by over 400 people across the event who all had a story to tell as to why they stood shoulder to shoulder with Jeff to fight a disease killing one man every hour in the UK.
Why Jeff is back in 2017
After the agony and ecstasy of the walk last year - particularly the agony - so many people have been in touch with me, people with stories of their battle against prostate cancer…It’s just inspirational and it’s inspired me to do something once again.
While Jeff’s feet may be in agony already just thinking about walking almost 400 miles across 15 days, his motivation is clear. The people he met have inspired him to go much further than before, and get to parts of the country last year he didn’t reach.
There were too many stories to tell in truth. Every single one was inspirational. I’d be walking alongside people and saying ‘why are you here?’. And the person I’m talking to might say ‘I’ve been given six months to live’. It was just inspiring individuals from start to finish.
And Jeff was joined not only by Russ Green, and an army of fundraising marchers joining the fight for men everywhere, he was also joined by famous faces from the world of sport who came out to help Jeff make it to Wembley. These included his Soccer Saturday team, Alan McInally, Ray Wilkins, Chris Kamara, Trevor Sinclair and Alistair Campbell to name just a few.
But it was three days in after a difficult and emotional day from York to Leeds when a celebrity face was needed to give everyone a boost. Luckily for Jeff and the walkers the godfather of marathon walking, Sir Ian Botham, made a surprise visit to join Jeff on his journey to Glanford Park, the home of Scunthorpe United.
Ian Botham turned up on a particularly, dreary, cold miserable day and lifted everyone’s spirits. We’re hoping all the people that came with us last year will come with us again – and more. Because there’s nothing like a chat with a celebrity to raise the spirits when you know you’ve got 26 miles ahead of you.
Last year the march raised £420,000, and helped get the problem of prostate cancer on the agenda of millions of people across the UK.
If you walked last year or you are new to his 2017 challenge, sign up for a leg of his March for Men and help stop prostate cancer being a killer.