Soccer Saturday presenter Jeff Stelling ended the first stage of his 15 day marathon ‘March for Men’ in aid of Prostate Cancer UK at Wellington Football Club late in the evening of Friday 2nd June.
He and his fellow walkers began their fundraising walk at Exeter City’s St James Park Stadium and set out to visit 15 football clubs on their 400 mile journey which will end at Newcastle’s St James’ Park on Friday 16 June.
This is the second time the presenter has embarked on a marathon fundraising walk for Prostate Cancer UK during which he hopes will raise over £1 million but, on the start-line he admitted feeling apprehensive: “When we did 10 marathons in 10 days, it was tough. So 15 in 15 this year is a bit daunting. Part of me is looking forward to it because it’s the start of another big adventure, but part of me is just hoping I get through it!”
Before reaching Wellington Jeff and his 25 fellow marchers covered 27 miles through Devon’s leafy lanes and along the Great Western Canal, a journey which included a visit to Western League Premier Division’s Willand Rovers FC.
One of Jeff’s fellow marchers is Kevin Webber who was given just two years to live in 2014 after being diagnosed with incurable prostate cancer. He is now a veteran of some of the world’s toughest ultra marathons and is doing March for Men as part of his 1,000 mile fundraising challenge for Prostate Cancer UK. He will be walking the whole route with Jeff Stelling.
Despite his smile losing none of its shine at the finishing line in Wellington, Jeff admitted that it’s going to be a mental battle for him. He said, “You’ve not just got to battle with the body, but the mind as well. You tell yourself you’re not really feeling the pain at all and that you’ll get up the next day to do it again, no matter what your body tells you.”
At the end of Day 1 the March for Men had raised £142,230 for Prostate Cancer UK.