The legendary Soccer Saturday presenter and former Countdown host pens his first Men United March blog for us in the build up to the 21 March start date. So far he's smashed through the £50k fundraising target, broadcast our cause to the nation with Lorraine Kelly and talkSPORT, and recruited a whole host of footballing and celebrity talent to join him on his epic journey...
Hello! Welcome to my first blog. I’ll be updating you every week from now on about my Men United March for Prostate Cancer UK, walking 10 marathons in 10 days from my beloved Hartlepool United to Wembley Stadium – a place that the club's fans and players have never been!
Some of my friends and colleagues will be joining me along the way and over 200 supporters have signed up to walk with me too. Thank you. I can’t wait to meet everyone and I’m amazed at the fundraising that’s going on!Sponsor me
With just over five weeks to go until I get my walking boots on, I’m delighted we’ve already smashed our target of £25,000 and have now raised more than £50,000. Thank you to everyone who’s supported in any way so far. Why not see if your friends and family want to help? Or get your workmates involved in some fundraising, like some of these guys are doing.
It was an early start on Wednesday to appear with my old friend, Lorraine Kelly, on her ITV show. I have known her for 30 years and she has not changed a bit.
Lorraine is still Dundee United nuts but, when she can't get there, is an avid Soccer Saturday viewer. She was thrilled to hear Kammy will be walking with me for a day – apparently he’s her favourite! You can watch the full interview below.
I bumped into Loose Woman Denise Welch and the Daily Mirror's Kevin Maguire – also a Sky contributor, of course. The only disappointment was that Liz Hurley was on the show and I didn't get to meet her. She must have been avoiding me!
I called into the talkSPORT studios the same morning to chat with Alan Brazil and Ray Parlour. Alan and I go back a long way – and what a great job he does on his Breakfast Show.
He is already preparing for the second biggest event this March: the Cheltenham Festival. Doing Cheltenham the Brazil way needs more stamina than walking 260 miles, believe me!
I also met the wonderful staff at Prostate Cancer UK. They work tirelessly to help more men survive prostate cancer and enjoy a better quality of life and it really brought home how important this challenge is. I’m determined to make this a huge success!
I'd also like to thank top sports agency Impact Sports Management for donating £1,000. Rob And Emma are the best and classiest in the business. No wonder they have so many good clients! And a thank you to The Sun for doing a piece this week too!
My fellow walker, Hartlepool United Chief Executive Russ Green, has had a difficult week after the club parted company with manager Ronnie Moore. They have appointed Craig Hignett, who climbed Kilimanjaro with me two years ago. If he can get me to the top of Africa's highest mountain, getting Hartlepool up the League Two table should be a piece of cake.
I’m delighted to announce this week that Chris Kamara, Matt Le Tissier and Matt Murray will be walking different legs of the march with me.
Kammy will join me on Day Two (York City to Leeds United), Matt Le Tissier on Day Four (Rotherham to Chesterfield via both Sheffield clubs) and Matt Murray on Day Six (Wolves to Birmingham via WBA, Villa and Walsall). Thanks for your support gents!
And I am delighted Bianca Westwood will be with me on Day Nine (Luton to Watford). Mind you, there are usually storm-force winds and stair-rod rain when Bianca is out and about. Not this time, hopefully.
You can find out more about my march in a special edition of Prostate Cancer UK’s The Male – Britain's number 1 charity sports tabloid. You can download your own copy or request hard copies by emailing us.
To get involved, come and walk with me. And if you can't make it, set up a fundraising page and join in the fun by raising money with a cake sale, getting your local pub involved or get sponsored to walk 10,000 steps a day.
Make sure you come back next week to find out the latest news on Jeff’s March!
All the best...