Jeff Stelling’s March for Men, supporting the Official Charity Partner of the EFL, Prostate Cancer UK, has started!
Soccer Saturday host Stelling has laced up his walking boots once more as his latest unbelievable walking challenge for Prostate Cancer UK kicked off in Exeter.
Teaming up with the leading men’s health organisation, the long-standing TV presenter is aiming to raise £500,000 on his March for Men, walking 15 marathons in 15 days from 2nd to 16th June.
The first steps of the 2017 challenge saw the 62-year-old leave Exeter City's St James Park and the march will see the Sky stalwart walk 400 miles to Newcastle United’s St James’ Park, in the North East of England.
Jeff’s journey will see him visit more than 40 football clubs, heading up the west of England via Bristol and Stoke and through the northern footballing hotbeds of Merseyside and Manchester, before cutting across the country and ending at the home of Sky Bet Championship winners Newcastle.
Stelling said: “I’m grateful to everyone who is supporting me on my March for Men as we raise vital awareness and funds for Prostate Cancer UK.
“Prostate Cancer kills one man every hour in the UK, and I just decided I couldn’t sit on my backside and do nothing about it. I can put one foot in front of the next and hopefully raise awareness and raise funds to help men beat this diabolical disease.
“This year’s route gives us an opportunity to go to parts of the country that we’ve not been to before and to spread the word to people who maybe didn’t hear that message as loudly last time round.
“So starting down at Exeter City, we are heading north relentlessly and ending in St James’ Park, Newcastle, at one of the great football grounds, where I know we will get a fantastic welcome from all Geordies.”
Prostate Cancer UK is the Official Charity Partner of The English Football League (EFL) and 22 clubs will be represented along the route, through the heartlands of England.
Stelling will also stop off at eight Premier League clubs as well as 12 non-league sides with the final day on Friday 16th June kicking off at the Emirates Riverside, home of Durham County Cricket club.
The mega event is part of Prostate Cancer UK’s wider walking programme, March for Men, which includes a trio of Local Walks across Father’s Day weekend, in London on 17th June and Leeds and Glasgow 24 hours later. The charity will also be encouraging supporters to hold their own marches to try and raise £1 million through walking in 2017.
To support Jeff, and find out more about his challenge, visit prostatecanceruk.org/jeffsmarch or text JEFF to 70004 to donate £5 to stop prostate cancer being a killer, and to get a free Man of Men badge like Jeff.