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Unbelievable Jeff! TV legend Stelling returns to Yorkshire for fourth charity football walk for Prostate Cancer UK Yorkshire will welcome television legend Jeff Stelling when he marches across the country for Prostate Cancer UK for a fourth time later this summer, inspired by the loss of a close friend and a football hero to the disease – and he wants 400 football fans to join him.
The long-serving Sky Sports presenter has raised more than £1m for the leading men’s health charity walking across the UK in 2016, 2017 and 2019 – and returns in August and September to support Prostate Cancer UK in their quest to help stop prostate cancer being a killer. This year he will be taking on four walking marathons in four regions, starting in the North East on August 30th, and on the second day, on August 31st, he heads into Yorkshire. His route will take him from League 2 Harrogate Town to Premier League Leeds United with a poignant stop at Kirk Deighton Rangers AFC in Wetherby along the way.
The club was home to Yorkshireman Lloyd Pinder, who sadly died of the disease last year after striking up a firm friendship with Stelling after meeting him on his first marathon march. Jeff then heads to Merseyside on September 1st and his March for Men finishes up in London on September 4th by which time he would have walked 100 miles in a week.
His aim? To fund lifesaving research to improve testing, treatments and care for those affected by the most common cancer in men. You can sign up to take part now at prostatecanceruk.org/jeffsmarch
Jeff said: “Covid has had a horrific impact on lives across the UK, but prostate cancer has not gone away. In fact it’s now more important than ever that we support men and their loved ones. “One in eight men in the UK will get prostate cancer in their lifetime. I deal in stats, but that one still shocks me. This is our Dads, partners, brothers, grandads, uncles and friends.
“That’s why I wear the Prostate Cancer UK ‘Man of Men’ badge. That’s why we’ve marched across the UK three times, helping raise more than £1m for crucial research to beat prostate cancer. And that’s why I’d love you to join me this summer. As ever we’ll visit some iconic clubs and I’m hoping a few familiar faces will join me along the way.“
More than 1,200 football fans and supporters have joined Jeff in the past as he marched from Hartlepool to Wembley in 2016; Exeter to Newcastle in 2017 and all four UK nations in four days in 2019. In all he’s visited 89 football clubs and walked 750 miles.
Among those walkers was Yorkshireman Pinder, who joined Jeff on his first ever walk in 2016, joining him on the road from York City to Leeds United. He walked again in 2017 and was there to meet him at the finish line at Tottenham Hotspur in 2019, alongside former Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and England goalkeeper Ray Clemence. Both men died last year. “Jeff added: “So much has changed since the end of my last walk in 2019. Two great friends met me on the finish line that day, are both sadly no longer with us, both victims of prostate cancer. “Last year, we lost the great Ray Clemence to prostate cancer. A terrific goalkeeper and a terrific human being.
“I also lost my mate, Lloyd Pinder, to the disease a few months earlier. I met him on the second day of my very first march for Prostate Cancer UK up in Yorkshire. This highlights once more what an indiscriminate disease this is, and it’s for men like Lloyd and Ray, their families and everyone affected by prostate cancer that we march again.”Lloyd’s wife Tina Pinder will walk the opening two legs, with the opening day taking walkers from Newcastle United to Sunderland, home to his beloved Black Cats.
She said: “I was blown away when I heard about the march paying tribute to Lloyd. He wasn’t a public figure yet Prostate Cancer UK and Jeff are continuing to honour him, and that shows what an amazing guy he was. He played for Kirk Deighton for over 30 years and it meant the world to him. He would be delighted to know that everyone will be walking past it. “I’ve decided to do the North East and the Yorkshire legs but I’ve no idea how I’m going to manage it. If Lloyd managed it whilst suffering from terminal cancer then I can certainly do it in his honour. I know they will both be very emotional days for me but so many of our friends have signed up that I’m sure we will all have a great laugh as well.”
Prostate Cancer UK Chief Executive Angela Culhane, who has walked more than 180 miles alongside Stelling across his previous three March for Men events, and will join him again this year, said: “Since 2016 Jeff has selflessly pushed himself to the absolute limit to aid our quest to make prostate cancer a disease that no longer wrecks lives, and we’re delighted and excited that he will spearhead another epic walking challenge. “Thanks to Jeff and thousands of others who have embraced these mega marches, we have raised a game-changing sum of money and made massive progress in our goal to fund better research which will ultimately save more lives.
“Lloyd Pinder and Ray Clemence are just two examples, of those that have helped greatly in that time. Two men with totally different backgrounds, but one underlying connection, prostate cancer. I remember meeting both at the finish line in September 2019. They were part of the fabric of Prostate Cancer UK, and we were all devastated to lose them both to this disease last year.
We want to see a world where men’s lives are not limited by prostate cancer and we know men and their loved ones feel the same. Together we can stop men dying, and we thank Jeff for signing up once more and look forward to him and the football community helping us achieve that goal.” When the future is uncertain and the choices are tough, we stand for men with prostate cancer, and funds raised by our supporters will help shape that pioneering research that will help us change the game for men.
400 fans. 4 days. 4 marathons. 1 cause. Visit prostatecanceruk.org/jeffsmarch to get involved.
For more information, please contact Gary Haines, Sports PR Manager at Prostate Cancer UK, on 020 3310 7079 or at email@example.com. Alternatively, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07984 325001.
About Jeff’s March for Men
- Jeff Stelling will take on his latest walking challenge in 2021, walking four marathons in four days in August and September.
- This year he will be taking on four walking marathons in four regions, starting in the North East on August 30th, heading to Yorkshire on the 31st, before marching through Merseyside on September 1st. His March for Men finishes up in London on September 4th
- His aim? To fund lifesaving research to improve testing, treatments and care for those affected by the most common cancer in men
- Jeff Stelling has raised more than £1m and huge awareness for Prostate Cancer UK during three walks in 2016, 2017 and 2019.
- He walked 10 marathons from Hartlepool to Wembley and 15 from Exeter to Newcastle in 2016 and 2017 respectively, and in 2019 completed four marathons in four countries in four days. He’s visited 89 football clubs in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and been joined by 1253 walkers.
- Get sponsored and raise money to fund lifesaving research to help us beat prostate cancer
- For more information, visit org/jeffsmarch
|30 Aug||Newcastle United||Durham CCC||Sunderland AFC|
|31 Aug||Harrogate Town||Kirk Deighton Rangers AFC||Yorkshire CCC/Leeds Rhinos||Leeds United FC|
|1 Sept||Tranmere Rovers||Marine FC||Aintree||Everton FC||Liverpool FC|
|8 Sept||Millwall FC||Chelsea FC||Queens Park Rangers||Tottenham Hotspur|
About Prostate Cancer UK
- Prostate Cancer UK has a simple ambition – to stop prostate cancer damaging the lives of men and their families.
- Investing into finding better treatments and tests that could save thousands of lives.
- Working with the NHS to make sure men get access to breakthrough tests and treatments.
- Spreading the word about who is at risk of prostate cancer, especially to those at higher risk.
- Supporting people dealing with prostate cancer and providing health information.
- Visit orgnow to help beat this disease.
- @ProstateUK #MenWeAreWithYou
About prostate cancer
More than 11,500 men die from prostate cancer in the UK each year – that’s one man every 45 minutes
- Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men – and now the most commonly diagnosed of all cancers in the UK.
- A 30-second online risk checker is available at org/risk-checker
- Prostate cancer mainly affects men over 50 and the risk increases with age. But the risk is higher for black men or men with a family history of prostate cancer, so they may wish to speak to their GP from age 45.
- One in eight men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. This raises to one in four for black men.
- Prostate cancer often has no symptoms so men shouldn’t wait to see changes before they act.
- Anyone with concerns about prostate cancer may contact Prostate Cancer UK’s Specialist Nurses in confidence on 0800 074 8383 or online via the Live Chat instant messaging service: prostatecanceruk.org. The Specialist Nurse phone service is free to landlines and open from 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday, and 10am to 8pm on Wednesdays.