Craig Harrison has admitted that taking part in a section of the charity walk with Jeff Stelling was a humbling experience and he’d love to do more in the future for Prostate Cancer UK.
The Pools boss completed the final leg on the penultimate day of Jeff’s March, walking with his wife, Danielle, alongside the Sky Sports presenter from Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium to The Vic.
Stelling finished his latest astonishing charity challenge on Friday, making his way to Newcastle United’s St James’ Park – 15 days, 15 marathons and some 400 miles since he set-off from Exeter City’s St James Park!
And while Harrison only took part in a small section of the March for Men, he revealed that some of the people he met have inspired him to do more for the charity in the future.
“I was sat at the Riverside listening to interviews and hearing people talking about their experiences – and from then on I couldn’t wait to get started,” he explained.
“You see some of these guys who are just incredibly brave. I spoke to one man called Kev quite a bit and he has terminal Prostate Cancer; he was given two years to live and that was two-and-a-half years ago now.
“He’s 49-years-old and he’s got a family but he’s done the majority of the days walking with Jeff – and the ones he missed because he had to go home he made for up for running two marathons while he was away!
“He’s done desert runs in the Sahara and all sorts – his attitude is that he wants to make every second count so, to be totally honest, a little bit of soreness and tiredness from the walk means nothing to me.
“These guys and their families are an inspiration and I am definitely going to do more in the future.
“It’s all about getting the message out there because the statistics around the disease are frightening – it’s unbelievable what Jeff has done, if you’ll pardon the pun!”
Harrison was also full of praise for the hundreds of Pools fans who turned up at Victoria Park to greet the walkers on Thursday night, ensuring Jeff got a hero’s welcome to the Club.
“The reception we got when we arrived was incredible, I really couldn’t believe it,” he said.
“I knew it would be good – it was good at The Riverside – but when we got to The Vic it took my breath away to be honest.
“I’ve only been here three weeks but the first day I came to the Club with Danielle and my little girl was amazing and then for us both to take part in this helps make us feel really at home.”