Netherton man Iain Frame joined Sky TV presenter Jeff Stelling for a marathon hike yesterday (Tuesday) and is ready to do it again next week.
Jeff launched the Men United March with the aim of completing 10 marathons in 10 days walking from the home of his beloved Hartlepool United to Wembley in aid of Prostate Cancer UK.
Along the way the Soccer Saturday host is being joined by a host of football personalities and VIPs, and yesterday he and Iain were accompanied by the likes of former Old Firm duo Charlie Nicholas and Ray Wilkins and a 15-strong team from RAF Leeming as they walked from York to Leeds.
Iain, who works as Prostate Cancer UK’s director of research, is a keen walker and previously completed 97 miles across the Ridgeway.
He said: “My job as director of research depends solely on remarkable people doing remarkable things – like Jeff.
“Without that help I couldn’t do what I love best about being here - funding ground-breaking research projects that will really make that difference to men.
“Our strategy is quite simple: find out who is most at risk of the disease; find out how we can tell the difference between aggressive and non-aggressive prostate cancers at diagnosis and discover new and improved treatments for advanced prostate cancer.
“I would add to that we are keeping a close eye on how to prevent prostate cancer occurring in the first place and coming back after treatment. Not easy, but I took on this job knowing that, with decent funding, research can find those answers and improve the lives of men with prostate cancer and their families.”
Iain will also join Jeff for the Luton to Watford leg on Tuesday, accompanied by his wife Catriona, Bellshill-born former Celtic defender Malky Mackay and ex-Arsenal star Paul Merson, but has promised if he reaches his £2,500 fundraising target before then he will also tackle the Northampton to Milton Keynes walk the day before.
He said “I’ve set an initial target of £1,500 for the two walks but have promised Jeff that if I reach £2,500 I will do a third marathon walk with him from Northampton to Milton Keynes.
“I’m delighted to be raising awareness and much needed money to help the fight against prostate cancer.”
To sponsor Iain visit justgiving.com/Iain-Frame/.