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Steve Prescott's brother proves he's an ironman with a heart of gold
STEVE Prescott may have had to put his extreme endurance challenges on hold after a tough few months in his battle against cancer – but his older brother Neil has been happy to step up to the plate to keep the family flag flying.
The 40-year-old electrical engineer from Nutgrove competed in the Bolton Ironman challenge – a gruelling event comprising a 2.6 mile swim at Pennington Flash, a 112 mile bike ride and capped off with a regular 26.2 mile marathon.
But after committing six days a week to training for the event since November, Neil found it an “awesome experience”.
Neil, who had not run further than 19 miles before and had not swam since his schooldays, said: “After the swim and the bike, the marathon in the rain made it quite tough, especially the hill that went on for three-and-half miles.
“My legs cramped up and my quads and calves were very tight, but I saw a few people on the run who gave me a cheer and wave and that geed me up.
“I had my brother’s logo on my shirt – and a few people saw Steve Prescott Foundation label and gave me a wave of support which was good.”
He completed the course with his friend John Bowes, aged 36 and from Windle, who was also doing the event for the SPF.
Neil clocked 4 hours 36 minutes for his marathon to complete the gruelling event in 13hrs 46min.
“It was a very enjoyable day – but I do advise people that if they are to do it, train hard for it. It is awesome event to say you have experienced,” he said.
It is not Neil’s first sporting challenge in aid of his brother’s foundation, the one-time Thai boxer took to the ring in 2008 to fight former Saints winger Chris Smith.
Donations can still be made by logging on to justgiving.com/Neil-Prescott2/new/2.
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