Sky Sports presenter Stelling set for epic challenge for Prostate Cancer UK
Intrepid television presenter Jeff Stelling will embark on an epic charity walk in March to help tame prostate cancer.
Teaming up with leading men’s health organisation Prostate Cancer UK, the long-standing Soccer Saturday host will complete 10 walking marathons in 10 days, from boyhood club Hartlepool United to Wembley between March 21-30.
As part of his mammoth undertaking, Jeff will begin day 9 (29th March) of his walk at Kenilworth Road on the which famously changed its name to the 'Prostate Cancer UK Stadium' last season. This leg of the walk will see Jeff joined by officials from Luton Town and Trust in Luton, as they walk with Jeff from Luton to Watford FC's Vicarage Road stadium, via St Albans City's Clarence Park ground.
Clocking in at more than 250 miles, Jeff’s Men United March - menunitedmarch.org - will see the 60-year-old check in on 31 football clubs and he will be joined every step of the way by close friend, and Hartlepool United Chief Executive, Russ Green. En route, he will be joined by famous friends and colleagues and people affected by prostate cancer.
He launched the Men United March live on Soccer Saturday this weekend, at the end of a first person piece on the fortunes of his beloved Hartlepool, the first time he has ever filed a report for the show.
Jeff said: “I deal in statistics – but the ones we are dealing with here are shocking. One man dies every hour from this disease, that’s six in the course of Soccer Saturday every week. One in eight men will get prostate cancer, and for black men the odds are even worse at one in four.
“Prostate cancer is not discerning. It doesn’t just hit the bad guys; it’s the good guys as well. I’ve got friends such as Sky Sports rugby league colleagues Bill Arthur and Eddie Hemmings who I have known longer than I care to remember. Both are great guys who have been affected by prostate cancer and I’ll be meeting more men like them along the way.
Angela Culhane, Chief Executive of Prostate Cancer UK, said: “Jeff’s been a huge supporter of ours for many years, and has seen first hand the dangers of this disease through some of his closest friends in the business, and we are fully behind him on his epic Men United March.
“This challenge is once again a perfect example of what we call Men United; people getting together and doing something great to beat prostate cancer. On behalf of everyone affected by this disease I say thanks, and in the words of his long-time colleague Chris Kamara, it’s ‘Unbelievable Jeff’.”
To support Jeff, and find out more about his challenge, visit menunitedmarch.org.