Jeff Stelling is preparing to get off his “bum” and “put one foot in front of the next” to raise vital money and awareness for Prostate Cancer UK.
Hartlepool United’s president is embarking on his second colossal walking challenge for the charity by completing an astonishing 15 marathons in 15 days during June.
Last year, the hugely-popular Sky Sports presenter walked 260 miles from the Northern Gas & Power Stadium all the way to Wembley, and was joined by then Pools chief executive Russ Green.
The original March for Men raised £300,000 and Jeff is planning to go even further this time by walking all the way from Exeter City’s St James’ Park to Newcastle United’s St James’s Park in just over a fortnight.
It all gets under way on June 2, when he starts 15 marathons in 15 days and he will be calling in the Vic en route to Tyneside.
“My link to Prostate Cancer UK and the battle to save men’s lives has been an uplifting one for me,” he said.
“I remember meeting a husband and wife waiting at 7.30am in Marske, basically the lady waiting to thank us.
“Even by wearing the badge we had raised awareness and that awareness had saved her husband’s life.
“She had seen the badges we wear on Soccer Saturday and mentioned it to her husband.
“They looked it up on the internet to find out what the badge represented, what the symptoms of prostate cancer were and then said to her husband ‘that sounds like you’.
“They went and got checked out and he did have an aggressive form of prostate cancer.
“However, it was caught early enough and if you catch this early enough you can beat it.
“He was surviving and she wanted to thank us.
“Since that day, every week virtually, somebody comes up and thanks us for what we are doing.
“It makes me feel very humble but it also make me feel very gratified that I’m in a position where I can do something.
“I don’t have to sit on my bum all day long.
“I can put one foot in front of the next and hopefully raise awareness and funds to help more men beat this diabolical disease.”
Speaking in an interview on the Pools website, Stelling has talked with pride of his club’s partnership with Prostate Cancer UK.
The Town End was last year mamed the Prostate Cancer UK Stand as a gesture to Jeff and Russ for their amazing efforts last March and April.
“When Hartlepool unveiled the Prostate Cancer UK Stand after the walk I was really, really, extremely proud,” he explained.
“Pools were a big part of the walk last year, they were so supportive.
“I remember sitting in the stands with Russ thinking prostate cancer kills one man every hour in the UK and looking at the seats in the stand and imagining one man in eight catching prostate cancer, one man every hour being killed.
“It all put it in to perspective.
“We are getting the message through to the right sort of people thanks to clubs like mine, Hartlepool United, and indeed football clubs throughout the country.”
If you fancy helping to support this year’s event and joining Jeff on the road for one of the legs then you can pay a £25 deposit now and pledging to raise a minimum of £300 in sponsorship.
For details on how to help, click here.