Jeff Stelling is now on day three of another unbelievable walking challenge for Prostate Cancer UK.
Teaming up with the leading men’s health organisation, the Sky Sports and Soccer Saturday host is aiming to raise £500,000 on his March for Men by doing 15 walking marathons in 15 days as he travels from Exeter City to Newcastle United. Along the way, he’ll be visiting over 40 football clubs and he’ll be joined by some famous faces.
On Saturday, Stelling journeyed from non-league Wellington AFC to Sky Bet League One side Bristol Rovers.
Stelling spoke to Sky Sports News HQ to tell us how his trip came to fruition and his scheduled day three walk from Swindon to Forest Green Rovers.
“It’s a fantastic cause,” he said. “They called me to a meeting and they tied my arms around my back and they threatened to do something serious to my knees if I didn’t do something this year. I was easily persuaded and we are seven miles into today and 60 miles into the walk and 340 to go.
“People have been fantastic right throughout the walk they have been so supportive. Every single day we have people who are living with Prostate Cancer or known somebody who has suffered from Prostate Cancer or in some cases people are tragically dying from Prostate Cancer – they are an absolutely heroic bunch.”
Stelling also spoke of his gratitude towards the number of guests and colleagues who have and are set to join him on upcoming legs of his extraordinary walk.
“We have celebrities right throughout – later in the walk we have people like Danny Mills, Sean Dyche, Simon Grayson, Robbie Fowler, all the Soccer Saturday boys are going to be there,” he said. “People from other sports, Kevin Sinfield is coming along on one of the legs, Gordan Banks, Dennis Law and Mike Summerbee.
“Today we have got Matt Le Tissier who is here with his wife, Francis Benali and Michelle Owen. We have got a big bunch of people here who are doing fantastically. Touch wood the weather is holding for us at present.”
Sky Sports presenter Hayley McQueen told Stelling that based on the average ground covered by Cristiano Ronaldo during a football match, he would have to play 60 matches to cover the distance the Soccer Saturday host will walk. Ronaldo has only played 50 fixtures this season.
However, Stelling suggested he wasn’t feeling any physical effects despite the exertions of his opening two days.
“I am okay,” he said. “The first few days last year were the worst so I was pretty apprehensive this time around but the legs and feet are actually fine and holding up brilliantly at the moment but the voice isn’t – I lost my voice last night.
“That’s the only problem at the moment. About 50 people here are almighty grateful that I can’t talk as much as usual!”
To support Jeff, and find out more about his challenge, visit prostatecanceruk.org/jeffsmarch