Jeff Stelling broke new ground as he set off from Turf Moor this morning alongside Burnley boss Sean Dyche.
Stelling’s March for Men is taking the Sky Sports presenter around the country to raise awareness and funds for the fight against Prostate cancer.
The 63-year-old is planning to walk 15 marathons in 15 days with the leg from Turf Moor to Huddersfield Town representing the 11th leg of his epic journey, which ends at Newcastle United on Friday, 16 June.
“I’m feeling okay. It’s day 11 so we’re going into unchartered territory,” said Stelling as he prepared to set off from Burnley with Dyche and Clarets’ vice-chairman Barry Kilby forming part of the support team of walkers.
“We did 10 marathons last year so by day 11 I was at home in bed recuperating!
“It’s a little bit different but with five to go, I think it’s the countdown.
“Prostate cancer is such a killer and affects so many people in the UK. It will take us 10 hours to walk today and in that time, 10 men in the UK will die from prostate cancer.
“One in eight of us will contact prostate cancer at some stage in their lives, one in four if you’re black.
“I like a statistic on Soccer Saturday but I don’t like these statistics. They are really scary.
“It’s great that Sean has joined us to offer his support. People live and breathe their football clubs and if they put the message out they believe in it.”
Dyche returned from a family holiday a couple of days ago and honoured his pledge to give his backing to Stelling and his team by walking part of the 26-mile leg to the John Smith’s Stadium.
He said: “There are so many people doing so much but this is just my tiny little bit to help raise awareness for it.”
Kilby is already heavily involved in the fight against prostate cancer, having launched the Barry Kilby Prostate Cancer Appeal to help fund testing programmes based at football clubs around the country.
And the Clarets’ vice-chairman interrupted his own holiday to join the walk, which left Turf Moor at 8am on Monday morning with a group of around 20 fund-raisers helping to set the pace.
The vice-chairman said: “I didn’t want to miss this. It’s something very dear to my heart because I am a sufferer of advanced prostate cancer. I know what it means and, of course, the link with football is also important, being this male generated illness.
“It is important that men are aware of this and if you can catch it early you can beat it.”
To support Jeff as part of his challenge, visit prostatecanceruk.org/jeffsmarch or text JEFF to 70004 to donate £5 to stop prostate cancer.