There were cheers and tears as the legendary Sky Sports anchorman crossed the finish-line at Newcastle United's St James' Park, having completed his 400-mile fundraising walk for Prostate Cancer UK. We look back at an emotional day and the people who helped him keep going over the last 400 miles.
After 15 days, 400 miles and 40 football clubs, Jeff Stelling crossed the finish-line at St James' Park in Newcastle today to complete his epic March for Men. And he had a hug and a word of thanks for each of his fellow marchers as they finished too.
His friend and companion for the whole of last year's March, Russ Green [pictured below], surprised the legendary Sky Sports anchorman at the start of day 15 in Durham. And together with the England Supporters Band, he joined the star man for the last 24.8 miles through Teesside to his final destination at the home of Newcastle United – all with the constant accompaniment of an upbeat brass tune.
"I’m immensely proud to have completed this challenge for Prostate Cancer UK, a charity incredibly close to my heart," said Jeff. "For 400 miles, I’ve walked with and met some incredible and inspiring people. People young and old affected by this horrible disease; people that have shrugged off their problems to join me and support this wonderful charity. I’m exhausted but elated right now and want to thank everyone that has supported me through this project."
More than 640 men and women affected by prostate cancer have walked with Jeff since he began his journey from Exeter City's St James Park on 2 June.
They shared their emotional stories with each other as they went – and many shared them with us, too. From the Green Family on the first day, showing support for their dad and husband who is recovering from prostate cancer; to Cameron Dale on the final day, who was met with a pint from his dad at the finish-line after only recently having surgery. You can read many more of the marchers' amazing stories here.
And from Colin Murray to Paul Collingwood, there were also numerous fellow pundits, sporting professionals and celebrity fans who appeared over the last two weeks, helping lift Jeff's spirits when the going got tough and raising the profile of his extraordinary fundraising March.
So far, all the marchers have raised close to £300k for Prostate Cancer UK, which is expected to near £500k over the coming weeks. Thank you for all your extraordinary efforts, aching limbs and painful blisters: we could see how much it hurt!
But while his journey has come to an end, our March for Men events continue over the Father's Day weekend, with fun family-friendly walks in parks in London, Leeds and Glasgow on Saturday and Sunday. And if you can't make those, why not organise your own March for Men and donate the proceeds from your version of Jeff's March?
Congratulations Jeff. And thank you everybody for making it such a memorable adventure.