13 Mar 2017
JOIN JEFF STELLING ON HIS MARCH FOR MEN
In March 2016, Sky Sports presenter Jeff Stelling marched his beloved Hartlepool United to Wembley Stadium raising money to support LMA Charity Partner, Prostate Cancer UK.
Now, in 2017, Jeff is back. And it’s bigger and better than ever. He’s walking 15 marathons in 15 days visiting over 40 football clubs. By the time he reaches St James’ Park on 16 June 2017 he will have walked almost 400 miles.
Last year, when Jeff and his friend Russ Green (Hartlepool United’s CEO at the time now at Rochdale), walked 10 marathons in 10 days, they visited 32 football clubs clocking up 262 miles. He was joined by over 400 people across the event who all had a story to tell as to why they stood shoulder to shoulder with Jeff raising money to beat a disease killing one man every hour in the UK.
“After the agony and ecstasy of the walk last year, particularly the agony so many people have been in touch with me, people with stories of their battle against prostate cancer…It’s just inspirational and it’s inspired me to do something once again.” said Soccer Saturday’s front man who will be kicking off his 2017 adventure on Friday 2 June from Exeter City’s St James Park.
While Jeff’s feet may be in agony already just thinking about walking almost 400 miles across 15 days. His motivation is clear. The people he met have inspired him to go much further than in 2016, and reach parts of the country last year we didn’t reach.
“There were too many stories to tell in truth. Every single one was inspirational. I’d be walking alongside people and saying ‘why are you here?’. And the person I’m talking to might say ‘I’ve been given six months to live’. They were spending their precious moments walking to support the battle against prostate cancer, so that other people in the future didn’t suffer in the way they were feeling right then. It was just inspiring individuals from start to finish.” Said Jeff.
And Jeff was joined not only by Russ Green and an army of fundraising marchers joining the fight for men everywhere, but also by many famous faces and managers who came out to help Jeff make it to Wembley including Peter Taylor, Derek Payne, Mick Harford, Malky Mackay, Karl Robinson, Nigel Adkins and unexpectedly, Ian Botham.
“Ian Botham turned up on a particularly, dreary, cold miserable day and lifted everyone’s spirits. We’re hoping all the people that came with us last year will come with us again – and more. Because there’s nothing like a chat with a celebrity to raise the spirits when you know you’ve got 26 miles ahead of you.” said Jeff who is visiting 8 Premier League grounds, 22 EFL grounds, 11 non-league grounds and Durham CC.
Jeff Stelling, Russ Green and over 400 marchers raised £420,000 in 2016, and helped raise the problem of prostate cancer to millions of people across the UK.
If you walked last year or you are new to his 2017 challenge, join the LMA and sign up for a leg of his March for Men and help stop prostate cancer being a killer.