Pools’ Honorary President Jeff Stelling is lacing up his walking boots again this year to embark on another unbelievable challenge to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK.
in June, walking an astonishing 15 marathons in 15 days from Exeter City to Newcastle United.March for MenTeaming up with the leading men’s health organisation, the long-standing Soccer Saturday host is aiming to raise £500,000 on his
Last year Stelling and former Pools Chief Executive Russ Green walked 10 marathons in 10 days from The Vic to Wembley when he was joined by a host of famous friends and colleagues for a challenge that raised £420,000.
His epic amble became the subject of an emotional Sky documentary called Stelling’s March To The Arch and, inspired by 10 unforgettable days, the 61-year-old revealed an even bigger challenge to his Soccer Saturday audience at the weekend.
Starting in Devon on Friday 2nd June, Jeff’s March for Men will see the stalwart walk 400 miles from the South West to the North East with the symmetrical stroll at St James’ Park, home of The Grecians, and ending at The Magpies’ St James’ Park a fortnight later.
During the trek, Stelling will visit more than 40 football clubs, heaving up the West of England via Bristol and Stoke and through the northern footballing hotbeds of Merseyside and Manchester before cutting across the country – of course, calling on Pools en route before starting out on the final day from Durham County Cricket Club.
The mega event is part of Prostate Cancer UK’s wider walking programme, March for Men, which includes a trio of Local Walks across the Fathers’ Day weekend in London, Leeds and Glasgow when the charity will be encouraging supporters to hold their own marches in a bid to raise £1million during 2017.
"After the agony and the ecstasy of the walk last year, particularly the agony, so many people have been in touch with stories of their battle against Prostate Cancer and so many wanted to say thank you to me, Russ Green and to Prostate Cancer UK for their support,” Stelling revealed.
“It makes me feel very humble but it also makes me feel very gratified that I’m in a position where I can do something. Prostate Cancer kills one man every hour in the UK and I just decided that I couldn’t sit on my backside and do nothing about it.
“I can put one foot in front of the next and hopefully raise awareness and raise funds to help men beat the diabolical disease.
“We also wanted a fresh route and because they shared the same ground name, we thought we would see how far is was been Exeter and Newcastle and it’s worked out well.
“Crucially, it gives us that opportunity to go to parts of the country we’ve not been to before to get our message over to people who maybe didn’t hear it as loudly last time.”
Prostate Cancer UK is the Official Charity Partner of The EFL and 22 clubs will be represented along the route through the heartlands of England. Stelling will also stop off at eight Premier League clubs as well as 11 non-league clubs.
After his heroic efforts last year, I am proud and delighted to welcome Jeff back for his second March for Men for Prostate Cancer UK,” said the charity’s Chief Executive Angela Culhane.
“His road to Wembley last year and long and winding, and a massive challenge both physically and mentally but it was truly an unbelievable achievement which raised a huge amount of awareness, not to mention vital funds in the fight against this deadly disease.”
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