Dale chief joins Jeff on epic cancer charity trek

Middleton Guardian - - WILDLIFE - DA­MON WILKIN­SON

DALE chief exec Russ Green joined Sky Sports pre­sen­ter Jeff Stelling on the fi­nal leg of his epic fundrais­ing walk.

Jeff, Russ’ best mate, em­barked on his 15 marathons in 15 days chal­lenge on June 2 in aid of Prostate Cancer UK, set­ting off from Ex­eter City’s St James Park.

Since then, he has been work­ing his way north on the 400-mile trek, stop­ping at over 40 foot­ball clubs along way, in­clud­ing the Crown Oil Arena on day eight.

Hav­ing joined Jeff on the en­tire March for Men chal­lenge last year, Russ was keen to get in­volved again this time round.

And he sur­prised the un­sus­pect­ing Jeff by turn­ing up at Durham County Cricket Club on Fri­day morn­ing to walk the last 26-miles to New­cas­tle United’s St James Park, via Sunderland’s Sta­dium of Light and Gateshead FC.

Speak­ing on Thurs­day be­fore he set-off for the North East, Russ said: “It’s Jeff ’s day and Jeff ’s chal­lenge and I want to help him through it be­cause I know he’ll be strug­gling men­tally.

“I can’t be­lieve he’s done 15 marathons be­cause I know how hard it was to do 10 last year. I’m so proud of what he’s done – it’s a fan­tas­tic achieve­ment.”

Over £200,000 has been do­nated to Prostate Cancer UK dur­ing the chal­lenge so far, some­thing Russ is re­ally pleased about, but he also says that the aware­ness raised by the EFL and Jeff dur­ing the chal­lenge can­not be under- es­ti­mated.

He added: “Last year, the sto­ries we heard from peo­ple who had/ have Prostate Cancer re­ally got to me. I’m not ashamed to ad­mit that twice I fin­ished the day in tears be­cause of the sto­ries that we heard.

“We had guys with ter­mi­nal cancer and oth­ers who were bat­tling the dis­ease walk­ing with us, be­cause they wanted to help us raise aware­ness.

“One in eight men will get Prostate Cancer and it’s im­por­tant that peo­ple know about the symp­toms and what to look out for.”

You can spon­sor Russ and Jeff at prostate­can­ceruk.org.

Rochdale FC chief exec Russ Green (cen­tre) joined Sky Sports pre­sen­ter Jeff Stelling (right) for the fi­nal leg of his an­nual March for Men 400-mile walk in aid of Pros­trate Cancer UK. Far left is for­mer Arse­nal star Paul Mer­son

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