Jack joins Jeff for cancer trek from Doncaster

Jeff Stelling with Jack roberts of Ridgewood School
Jeff Stelling with Jack roberts of Ridgewood School

Ridgewood School pupil Jack Roberts raised over £900 for a cancer charity while gaining top tips for his future career.

The 15-year old walked a marathon from Doncaster’s Keepmoat Stadium to Glanford Park in Scunthorpe to help raise cash for prostate cancer.

The walk was part of sports broadcaster Jeff Stelling’s march for men, and aspiring journalist Jack was able to walk with Jeff for part of the way and pick up tips on journalism.

The two talked about their favourite sport, football, too as they walked, and Jack was interviewed later for Sky by Johnny Phillips.

Jack’s marathon also became a family affair when his dad and grandad decided to join in.

His grandfather Ken Roberts had planned to walk just the morning leg of the route but he managed to do the whole distance, and dad Warren Roberts was able to join them for the afternoon stint.

Afterwards, Jack said it had been an exhausting day but he had loved the whole experience, including chatting to Jeff about Doncaster Rovers.

He said: “I wanted to support a charity I feel is doing great work and it was great to be involved in somehting with a wwell-known broadcaster like Jeff Stelling.”

Jack set an initial target of £600 but has far surpassed that and it is still possible to add to his funds at www.justgiving.com/Jack-Roberts56

A Ridgewood School spokeswoman said: “Out huge congratulations go to Jack and his family for their amazing achievements.”

The whole event involved Jeff Stelling walking 10 marathons in 10 days, and it was on his third day that Jack was able to join him.

TheMen United March has raised over £340,000 in total after linking up with Prostate Cancer UK.