Hartlepool United (via Northampton) to Wembley by Jeff Stelling
In 2016 I wanted to do something different. I wanted to do something where people could see I was feeling the pain on behalf of a fantastic cause. Walking 10 marathons in 10 days to help beat prostate cancer, a disease killing over 10,000 men every year, seemed like an ideal opportunity.
I’ll be walking with my mate Russ Green, the Chief Executive of Hartlepool United, and members of the football family on the way. Why? Us Hartlepool fans have never been to Wembley, and this is our chance to take them there while supporting Prostate Cancer UK, the Official Charity Partner of The Football League.
On Monday 28 March 2016, Easter Monday, I’ll be kicking things off at 8am sharp from Sixfields. Joined on the route with Prostate Cancer UK partner, Carlsberg, Clarence the Dragon and my fellow Men United brethren, we’ll march along the Grand Union Canal, onto the cycle paths and finally down the final stretch to Stadium MK.
Want to join me? If you’re confident you can raise vital funds and awareness to support the 1 in 8 men in the UK who are affected by prostate cancer every year, why not dust off your walking boots and get involved? Find out how to apply today.
Prostate Cancer UK should be a charity close to every man’s heart because we know, or we should know, just how vulnerable we are. I like my statistics – but the ones I’m dealing with here are shocking. One in eight men will get prostate cancer, and one in four if you are black, it’s a scary thought.
Within the next ten years Prostate Cancer UK believes they will find the answers to ensure the disease is something men and their loved ones no longer fear. I’ve met the scientists who pledge to do this and I can see how dedicated they are. So the idea of doing something ten times came from there.
Two hundred and sixty miles from Victoria Park, home of Hartlepool United, to Wembley Stadium, divided by ten; twenty six miles. The distance of a marathon. Ten marathons in ten days. It just all fell into place like a jigsaw really.
I’ve got friends and colleagues, people that the public know, Bill Arthur and Eddie Hemmings both big rugby league men who I have known longer than I care to remember. As is Boro fan Robin Millman who I met recently, who, in his own words “keeps getting hit on the nose by prostate cancer but keeps getting back up again.” All great guys who’ve suffered from prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is not discerning, but it can be treated if caught soon enough. It doesn’t just hit the bad guys; it’s the good guys as well, like Bill, Eddie and Robin.
To get involved visit MenUnitedMarch.org or text JEFF to 70004 to donate £3 to support everyone affected by prostate cancer.*
I hope to see you at Sixfields Stadium on Monday 28 March 2016!
All the best, Jeff Stelling
* Text cost £3 plus your standard network charge. Prostate Cancer UK receives 100% of your donation. Obtain bill payer’s permission. Supporter care 0800 082 1616.