A HUSBAND and wife team are taking on two marathon walking challenges to raise money to help fight cancer.

Mile End residents Ian Hornett and Angela Culhane will be joining Sky Sports legend Jeff Stelling on the Glasgow and London legs of his footie walking tour of the UK's capital cities in September.

The Soccer Saturday host will be walking dozens of miles between some of the cities' biggest football grounds in a bid to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK, the charity for which Mrs Culhane is CEO.

Aspiring writer Mr Hornett, who has just self-published his first book, has first hand experience of the disease as his father Tom lost his life to the disease, putting him more at risk.

Two years ago, he joined Mr Stelling on his journey to walk from Exeter to Newcastle where he got to know the pundit well.

He said: "Jeff is really as nice and genuine as he comes across on TV. He is always up for a chat on the marches and great company.

"Although I did ten walking marathons with Jeff in June 2017, I've lost all that fitness, of course.

"Health wise I've had particular issues with my back over the last year which has affected all four limbs.

"I'm getting better and walking more gradually to build up fitness in time for September.

"I can't wait to be involved again. Both of us will need to train hard."

Mr Stelling's two previous challenges, which saw him walking from Hartlepool to Wembley and Exeter to Newcastle, have raised £800,000 for the charity.

The four capital tour this autumn is part of Prostate Cancer UK's wider walking programme called March for Men.

In June there will be walks in ten different cities across the UK, with routes of between 2km to 26 miles.

Mr Hornett said: "My mum, Gladys, who is 79 now, took part in it last year and is already signed up and in training for the London one on June 15.

"She was down to the 2km last year but pushed herself to do the 5km and loved it.

"We will do that march too and probably do the one in Leeds. The London one is accessible for locals as it's in the Olympic Park at Stratford.

"It is a lovely venue, walking through the park and a great atmosphere."

Mr Hornett is running a blog recounting his experiences from the 2017 walk at http://bit.do/eN3UZ.

The couple are also aiming to raise £600 from their walking challenge in September.

Donate at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ianandangela1.

To find out more about March for men, visit www.marchformen.org.