Sky Sports presenter Jeff Stelling past halfway mark on marathon challenge

Sky Sports presenter Jeff Stelling is in good spirits as he takes on day six of his marathon challenge for Prostate Cancer UK.

Saturday, 26th March 2016, 12:51 pm
Updated Monday, 28th March 2016, 2:15 pm
Sky Sports presenterJeff Stelling is in good spirits as he takes on day six of his marathon challenge for Prostate Cancer UK.

Hartlepool-born Pools fan Jeff is walking 10 marathons in 10 days, from Hartlepool United to Wembley, to raise thousands of pounds for Prostate Cancer UK with his Men United March.

The presenter, who is also honorary president of Pools, is aiming to raise the profile of the disease which affects one in eight men.

Speaking to the Mail as he walks through Wolverhampton, Birmingham, Walsall today, he said the walk so far had been 'fantastic.'

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"It is going great, we're past the half way point now, so its all downhill," he said.

"It has been fantastic and we've come through the worst of it.

"When Adam Jackson scored for Hartlepool yesterday, it gave me an extra spring in my step.

"There is a bit of wind today, but we're hoping to get the bulk of this leg done before the rain starts.

"We have been lucky with the weather and the support of everybody- it's gone better than I could have expected,.

"There is a great atmosphere and today I have got with me, Matt Murray- former Wolves goal keeper and Jez Moxey- the chief exec of Wolves, along with paralympian Ben Rowlings."

Jeff started the epic challenge on March 21 setting off from Victoria Park, the home of his beloved Pools, and aims to finish at Wembley Stadium on March 30, bringing some friends and well-known faces from the world of football with him.

The walk kicks off each morning at a football ground, before Jeff and his team walk for around 10 hours a day, joined by fighters and survivors of prostate cancer and their loved ones.

Jeff added: "Everyone has a story to tell, so when my feel or hurting and my muscles are sore, I know I have nothing to complain about.

"Some see prostate cancer as an old man's disease, but it's not.

"I initially aimed just to raise awareness, but now we are on the way to raising a quarter of a million pounds and have a number of donations still to come in.

"It is amazing-people are running out of their houses to put £20 in my hand .

"I am fortunate I have got a bit of a profile to give to this campaign, but I am just the face of it.

"I am just hoping the weather stays good.

"I would be lying if I said I wasn't looking forward to the finish, but I will see how the next four days go."