We get another update from our Chief Executive Russ Green following another day on the road for the Men United March.
Hello and welcome to my latest Blog direct from our Men United March for Prostate Cancer UK.
I’m not going to lie, it’s been a gruelling few days and completing the 34 miles we did on Tuesday is one of the hardest things I have ever done. I was just totally emotionally drained on Tuesday evening and didn’t know if we could even go on.
The positive was that Wednesday’s route was a little kinder – just the 24 miles (!) to cover from Doncaster Rovers to Scunthorpe United so, in some ways, that raised our spirits given it was a lot less than Day Two.
It was also a bit of a quieter day in terms of the number of walkers joining us. We still had a couple of celebrities along the way – Donny Dog and Scunny Bunny joined us along the route which was nice. And we also had a few prostate cancer survivors who were able to share their stories – and that helped re-focus us on why we’re doing this and the awareness and money we’re raising.
We’ve now gone beyond £200,000 in donations, I believe, which is astonishing really given that when Jeff and I first started talking about this we were thinking about a figure closer to £25,000 or something.
One thing that did really lift us is when we were surprised by Sir Ian Botham during our afternoon session. Jeff and I didn’t know anything about that happening and apparently the organisers kept it quiet because they didn’t know if he would make it as he was only back from New Zealand on Tuesday. But he did get there and brought along his dog, Pinot, too – not only did that raise spirits but he was also able to share his considerable expertise about long-distance walking with us.
The route we covered was quiet a picturesque one at times and was nowhere near as testing as Tuesday. That doesn’t mean it wasn’t tough but Jeff and I have been keeping each other going. Jeff has been finding mornings a little bit of a struggle, whereas my main problem has been in the afternoon so we’ve been able to keep each other upbeat during those times which has worked quite well.
It was great that the new Scunthorpe boss Graham Alexander joined us for the closing part of our walk in towards Glanford Park. He’s only just in the job there so for him to take time out to support us was fantastic. And the donation of £3,500 from Scunthorpe owner Peter Swann capped a really memorable day for everyone.
We were all looking forward to getting back to the hotel for a meal and some sleep so we could have done without being taken to the wrong one! That put us back another half hour but we were able to get there, enjoy some pasta and then get a relatively early night. Sleeping is tough after you’ve been on the go all day but you have to try and get as much as possible and recover.
Thanks to everyone who has supported us on the way, either in person by joining the walk or with the many donations. Every single one is appreciated and is helping keep our spirits up.
For more info, visit www.menunitedmarch.org
I’ll be back with another update on how things go on Thursday very soon – we’re aiming to cover about 23 miles as we travel between Rotherham United and Chesterfield, via the Sheffield clubs.