The long-serving Sky Sports television presenter has already completed 25 walking marathons for the leading men’s health charity in 2016 and 2017, raising close to £800,000, and aims to march through the £1m fundraising barrier as he travels to Glasgow, Belfast, Cardiff and London from 5-8 September, 2019.
The exciting four-day event is part of Prostate Cancer UK’s wider walking programme, March for Men
, which returns bigger and better in 2019 and also includes 10 City Walks across the UK in June.
Stelling, meanwhile, will follow up his two mega marches from Hartlepool to Wembley, and Exeter to Newcastle, by pounding the pavements across the major metropoles of four nations via a host of local football clubs. He is urging the public to pull on their walking boots to join him and support the charity in their quest to help stop prostate cancer being a killer.
“It’s three years since I started this life-saving journey at the gates of my club, Hartlepool United, but there is still so much work to do,” said Jeff, who regularly wears the Prostate Cancer UK Man of Men pin badge on Soccer Saturday.
“Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, with one man dying every 45 minutes from this disease. That’s unacceptable, and that’s why I’m walking again.
“It’s an indiscriminate disease, affecting men and their loved ones across the UK. I’ve walked alongside many of them and am proud to call some my friends. Their reaction and positive outlook despite being dealt the toughest of hands is simply unbelievable. I’m marching for them – and everyone affected – in a bid to fund the research to change the game.
“That’s why I’m taking our walk across into four home nations and would love the public to join me along en route. I live in England and work in London but the wonderful work of Prostate Cancer UK stretches into Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, so I will be pounding the pavements in four historic cities – and it wouldn’t be a football march without popping in on some iconic football clubs along the way.”
Not only will Stelling navigate 26 miles of walking on each day and trips to 16 new clubs, taking his three-walk tally to 89, but will also face the added challenge of transport connections, including two flights across the Irish Sea.
And, as ever, he wants company as he marches to a million, with walkers invited to join him across all four routes and help him reach his fundraising target. You can find out more via marchformen.org
His exciting 100-plus mile March for Men kicks off at Hampden Park, home of the Scottish national team, and the nation’s oldest club, Queens Park, in the morning of 5 September and also heads to city giants Rangers and Celtic before visiting Hamilton Academical and finishing at Motherwell.
He will then board a plane to Belfast that evening with Day Two starting at Northern Ireland Football League Premier League club Crusaders before culminating at Windsor Park, home of Linfield as well as the Northern Ireland national team. The Belfast route also visits Cliftonville FC and Glentoran FC.
After flying back across the Irish Sea, Saturday, 7, September, sees him in Wales where he will head from League Two Newport County to Premier League Cardiff City and finish at the Principality Stadium.
A train into England will follow that evening before the final amble across London on 8 September, from West Ham United’s London Stadium to Charlton Athletic, Millwall FC, Arsenal FC and Tottenham Hotspur.
Stelling’s September stroll is part of the third March for Men campaign, another opportunity for the public to raise funds to fight this killer disease.
Now in its third year, Prostate Cancer UK’s March for Men series has grown bigger with ten organised walks including returns to Bristol, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester and Nottingham and new walks in Belfast, Birmingham and Cardiff. The family-friendly ambles are held over circa 2km, 5km and 10km and supporters are also encouraged to organise their own walks.
Prostate Cancer UK Chief Executive Angela Culhane, who has walked more than 130 miles alongside Stelling across the 2016 and 2017 March for Men events, said: “We’re thrilled that Jeff’s amazing journey will continue this year and are incredibly excited he will be spearheading our drive to raise awareness and funds for vital research across the four nations.
“By visiting Glasgow, Belfast, Cardiff and London and walking to some of the country’s iconic stadia alongside fans and people affected by prostate cancer, Jeff’s epic challenge will extend our footprint in football, and prove again the power that sport can have in breaking down barriers and shaping tangible change.
“The fight against prostate cancer, a disease that kills one man every 45 minutes, is a purpose worth uniting for, and we want to continue making strides to combat this disease. That’s why we’re so grateful to Jeff for dusting off his walking boots and plotting another ‘unbelievable’ adventure. Our March for Men walking programme is bigger and better than ever this year with 10 city marches in June, Jeff’s amazing four-day adventure and supporters continuing to organise their own walks, and we are urging people to get involved.
“We are constantly inspired by the incredible men, women and children who come out to support us, each with their own story and personal challenges to conquer. We will be proud to walk side by side with them and together we can add to the real momentum building in the fight against this disease. The vital next step is to fund more ground-breaking research and find the tools needed for a screening programme, in order to catch more prostate cancers early and save more lives.”
Many people are unaware that prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men. It’s a huge issue that cannot be ignored. One man will die from prostate cancer every 45 minutes in the UK. That’s over 11,500 men a year.
To sign up and join Jeff or to find out more information about the March for Men programme go to marchformen.org
About March for Men
o March for Men brings people together throughout the UK to celebrate the lives of those who’ve beaten prostate cancer and to remember those who have been lost to the disease.
o Since 2016, more than 10,000 people have walked with us and raised over £3.3million to support our vital work. But we need so much more to bring about the better testing, treatments and care that will dramatically reduce prostate cancer deaths in the UK. So step up to a March for Men and help us beat prostate cancer.
Jeff Stelling’s March for Men
o Jeff Stelling will be embarking on his third March for Men
on 5-8 September, this time walking four marathons in four countries in four days.
o Walking an incredible 260 miles from his hometown Hartlepool to Wembley in 2016
, Soccer Saturday legend Jeff Stelling upped that distance by a third a year later when he completed a second March for Men
, 15 marathon-length walks in 15 gruelling days – raising close to £800k
. Now, after a year off, he is back for a third walk as he aims to take his fundraising total to £1m.
o Football fans in Belfast, Cardiff, Glasgow and London will have the option to join him in an epic series of marathon marches from 5-8 September. The Football March for Men events will visit 16 grounds across the four cities:
Date | Start | Via | Via | Via | End
5 Sep | Hampden Park (Queens Park) | Rangers FC | Celtic FC | Hamilton Academical | Motherwell FC
6 Sept | Crusaders FC | Cliftonville FC | Glentoran FC | | Windsor Park (Linfield FC)
7 Sept | Newport County | Cardiff City | | | Principality Stadium
8 Sept | West Ham United | Charlton Athletic | Millwall FC | Arsenal FC | Tottenham Hotspur
March for Men (Local Marches)
The ten local walks, held over circa 2km, 5km and 10km, will take place throughout June:
Saturday 1st June
Blaise Castle Estate
Sunday 2nd June
Croxteth Country Park
Sunday 9th June
Stormont EstateBT4 3SH
Saturday 15th June
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Glasgow | Cardiff
Sunday 16th June | Sunday 16th June
Pollok Country ParkG43 1AT | Bute Park
Saturday 22nd June
Cannon Hill Park
Manchester | Nottingham
Sunday 23rd June | Sunday 23rd June
Heaton ParkM25 2SW | Wollaton Park
Saturday 29th June
If supporters can’t make an organised event, they are encouraged to hold their own March for Men events across the UK at a time and place that suits them.
About Prostate Cancer UK
o Prostate Cancer UK has a simple ambition – to stop men dying from prostate cancer.
o As the number of men diagnosed with prostate cancer continues to rise (making it the most common of all cancers by 2030), now is the time to take control. Through shifting the science over the next 10 years to focus on radical improvements in diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and support, we will stop prostate cancer being a killer.
Key Headline Statistics
- More than 11,500 men die from prostate cancer in the UK each year – that's one man every 45 minutes. It’s the third biggest cancer killer.
- It’s the most common cancer in men, with over 400,000 living with and after the disease in the UK.
- Prostate cancer is set to become the most commonly diagnosed cancer of all in the UK by 2030 - which is why we must all act now to curb its power to kill.
- Men over 50, black men and men with a family history of prostate cancer all face a higher than average risk of the disease.
- Prostate cancer treatment often causes devastating, long term side-effects. Incontinence and erectile dysfunction strike at the heart of what it means to be a man.
- 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: www.prostatecanceruk.org/. The Specialist Nurse phone service is free to landlines and open from 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday with late opening until 8pm on Wednesdays.
- Visit www.prostatecanceruk.org now to help beat this disease.