Television presenter Jeff Stelling was given an “unbelievable” heroes’ welcome in Doncaster as he arrived in town as part of a gruelling marathon charity challenge.
The Sky Sports Soccer Saturday host set off from Doncaster Rovers’ Keepmoat Stadium at 8am in an epic 260 mile charity walk to help tame prostate cancer. Rovers fans and club mascot Donny Dog joined him for day three of the walk which will take him to Scunthorpe United’s Glanford Park stadium.
There were cheers as the host - renowned for his “unbelievable” catchphrase set off on the latest leg. He said: “The support has been incredible. We’ve had all kinds of people coming out to support us and it has been very inspiring.
“The legs aren’t too bad but the feet are hurting a bit,” he added. “But it is all in the mind. I am keeping a strong mind and that’s what is keeping me going.” He is also being joined by Iron chairman Peter Swann and Scunthorpe mascot Scunny Bunny for today’s walk. The group headed off from the Keepmoat Stadium via Doncaster Racecourse and Nature Reserve and will be heading across the marshes via the Isle of Axholme and the River Trent, and finishing at Glanford Park at 4.45pm. The team will stop off for lunch at the Reindeer Inn in Sandtoft at 1.30pm. Teaming up with leading men’s health organisation Prostate Cancer UK, the long-standing host will complete 10 walking marathons in 10 days, from boyhood club Hartlepool United to Wembley between March 21-30. Clocking in at more than 250 miles, Jeff’s Men United March 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. Jeff added: “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. “That’s why I’ve signed up for this challenge. I’ve run marathons and climbed Kilimanjaro. There were also some nice fundraising opportunities to go and walk on the Great Wall of China or maybe go to Peru, but they sounded too much like jollies to me. I wanted to do something where people could see I was feeling the pain on behalf of a fantastic cause.” 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. “Walking 10 marathons in 10 days is a remarkable challenge. With each and every step Jeff and those who support him will help us as we tackle prostate cancer head on.” To support Jeff, and find out more about his challenge, visit http://prostatecanceruk.org/get-involved/jeff-stellings-men-united-march Check out http://prostatecanceruk.org/get-involved/jeff-stellings-men-united-march/jeffs-march-route for full information and a detailed map * We apologise for the abrupt end to the interview with Jeff in the video, this was unfortunately due to technical problems.