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Steve Prescott endures his 'toughest day' as quadrathon reaches Liverpool
3:31pm Friday 5th October 2012 in News
STEVE Prescott has described the first stages of the 48 hour ‘quadrathon’ as “mental and physical torture” after the group was blighted by torrential weather.
The former Saints player, along with 29 others, started the Engage Mutual Race to the Grand Final in Hull yesterday afternoon.
The first stage saw the group run across the Humber Bridge before cycling to Welton Waters adventure centre where they swam a mile in open water. Following the swim the group embarked on a 170 mile cycle from Hull to Liverpool.
Following a pit-stop at Steve’s former club Wakefield Wildcats along the way, all 30 participants arrived in the city at 7.30am this morning. The cycle however, was not without its problems as severe conditions and a series of punctures hampered progress, meaning they arrived in Liverpool later than scheduled.
After the first leg Steve, the 38-year-old cancer battler, said: “That was the toughest day I’ve experienced while taking part in one of these challenges. It really was mental and physical torture.
“The weather overnight during the cycle was absolutely horrendous. That said we didn’t let that get the better of us and I’m pleased to have completed the first stage but there’s still much more to come.”
Participants will now swim part of the River Mersey and run from Liverpool to Runcorn, where they will stay overnight before embarking on the final leg of the challenge early on Saturday morning.
On Saturday the group will canoe 26 miles along canals to Old Trafford, where they will deliver the Super League Grand Final match ball.
Backed by Engage Mutual, the aim of the challenge is to raise more than £30,000 for The Steve Prescott Foundation, which was founded to inspire others and raise money for the RL Benevolent Fund and The Christie cancer hospital in Manchester, which has supported Prescott since his diagnosis with cancer in 2006.
For more information about the Steve Prescott foundation please visit: www.engagemutual.com/spfoundation