Blisters on blisters – Jeff Stelling prepares for latest charity march

Jeff Stelling is getting ready to take on another challenge
Jeff Stelling is getting ready to take on another challenge

Hartlepool’s Jeff Stelling will set off on his latest epic charity challenge tomorrow.

The popular Sky Sports presenter and Hartlepool United fan, will attempt to walk 15 marathons in just 15 days in the March for Men event.

Jeff Stelling and Russ Green on last year's walk

Jeff Stelling and Russ Green on last year's walk

He is doing it for Prostate Cancer UK. Last year Jeff and then Pools chief executive Russ Green helped to raise more than £500,000 for the cause by walking 10 marathons in 10 days between Hartlepool United and Wembley Stadium.

Jeff was so inspired by people’s stories of their battles with the disease that he is going even further this year.

Setting off from Exeter City’s St James’s Park, he will walk 400 miles and visit over 40 football clubs, to finish at Newcastle United’s St James’s Park on Friday, June 16.

Writing on his latest blog for Prostate Cancer UK, Jeff says: “I’ve already got blisters on my blisters in training.

“The money raised will be invaluable as Prostate Cancer UK continue their mission to tame this disease within a decade. Through shifting the science over the next 10 years to focus on major improvements in diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and support, we can make prostate cancer a disease the next generation of men need not fear.

“That’s what I’ll be keeping in mind when my feet start hurting again.

“Some men aren’t sure about the testing at the moment, and maybe that stops people actually going to see their doctors.

“We need to change that philosophy.

“That, and hearing the stories of men and their families touched by prostate cancer, is what will help us all put our best feet forward over the course of the 15 days of the march.

“Walking a marathon is a lot harder than it seems, but it’s also a great way to keep fit and spend time with loved ones and friends, old and new.

“I’m looking forward to meeting even more people on the route from Exeter to Newcastle, but if you can’t get join me on the march, there other ways you can help.”

Jeff is hoping to help raise £500,000 this year.

And just like last year again, he will be joined by scores of supporters along the way, all doing their bit for the cause.

They are due to include former Leeds, Manchester City and England defender Danny Mills in Harrogate and Amir Khan will join Jeff in Bolton.

He will also be joined by his Soccer Saturday pals Matt Le Tissier, Paul Merson, Chris Kamara, Phil Thompson and Charlie Nicholas.

Jeff is due to end Day 14 at Hartlepool United on Thursday, June 15, after also visiting Darlington FC and Middlesbrough.

You can book your place alongside Jeff by paying a £25 registration fee and pledging to raise a minimum of £300 sponsorship.

For details, log onto www.prostatecanceruk.org. Or to sponsor Jeff, visit https://www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/prostatecancer/jeffsmarchformen.