BLOG: After the best part of a fortnight on the road with Jeff Stelling, Gary Haines reflects on his stand out moments from the epic March for Men – including an emotional father-son pint at the end.
The Father's Day weekend saw the launch of our new March for Men events across the UK – and hundreds of families affected by prostate cancer turned out to publicly show the extent of the disease and raise hundreds-of-thousands to help fight it. Here are a few snapshots from the three uplifting and emotional events.
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 his dad was recently diagnosed with aggressive prostate cancer, Cameron Dale signed up to join Jeff Stelling on the final leg of his March for Men, from Durham to Newcastle. He tells us why his dad is his hero, the shock of the last few months as he underwent treatment, and how he's looking forward to a post-walk pint from his dad at their beloved Newcastle United.
Ken Bashford overcame the debilitating side effects of his prostate cancer treatment to walk the last hundred yards of Jeff Stelling's March last year, when it visited his hometown of Marske. In this searingly honest account, he describes the devastation he and his family felt when he was diagnosed in 2015, the drugs trial that has given him a new lease of life, and how he's looking forward to joining Jeff again.
When Steve 'Garby' Garbett died from prostate cancer in 2014, his son Dave and Preston North End manager Simon Grayson — Steve's best friend — started fundraising for Prostate Cancer UK in his memory. Soon after, Team Garby was born. From a funeral collection to a private performance by the Kaiser Chiefs, we look back at their extraordinary fundraising journey over the last four years.
With his first step across the start line at Burnley on Day 11 of his March for Men, Jeff surpassed the 262-mile distance he walked last year – and it's starting to really hurt. We hear from the people who are walking with Jeff and driving him on to the finish line, five days away in Newcastle.
After his shock diagnosis with prostate cancer in 2013, Phill was so grateful for the help he received from our Specialist Nurses that he signed up to march with Jeff Stelling last year and twice cycled to Amsterdam to raise money for us. As he prepares to do both – back-to-back – once again, he shares his thoughts on a roller coaster few years during a sleepless flight from Hong Kong.
The former England and British Lions scrum-half tells us how his family connection and a pint with Sky Sports colleague Jeff Stelling convinced him to join day six of the March for Men. But he'll be keeping an eye on the current Lions tour while he walks.
The former rugby league international and Leeds Rhinos hero is walking day nine of Jeff Stelling's March for Men after watching his Sky Sports colleague Bill Arthur battle with the most common cancer in men. He tells us about how the whole rugby league family is now rallying for the cause, and the infamous night when he led a lost and exhausted Jeff and his fellow marchers through the streets of Leeds last year.