Scully’s Column: Legend Paul Sculthorpe writes exclusively for St Helens Star, in association with Betfred. He made over 350 career appearances for club and country

MY legs would probably say otherwise, but I fully enjoyed the challenge of doing a 26-hour straight, charity bike ride last weekend.

From the comfort of our own homes, I and good friend Ewan Dowes decided to get on the Wattbikes and ride for 26 hours, non-stop, for the charities of our choice.

I’m absolutely over the moon to say we raised about £15,000 in total – with my share going to the Steve Prescott Foundation.

I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who got involved – whether it be by donating, joining us on Zoom during the ride, or just offering your support and encouragement.

I would be lying if I said there were no dark moments throughout – but I was always fully determined to beat the challenge.

That feeling after covering 806km (500 miles) and raising all that money for a charity so close to my heart was 100 percent worth it.

I’ve been keeping busy since – this week appearing on Betfred’s The Last Tackle podcast with RFL boss Ralph Rimmer.

He confirmed there is no indication yet as to when rugby league will return, but assured talks with the Government are constant, and that all options are and will be explored.

Ralph also said he fully believes sport, especially rugby league, will play a big part in what brings us together when life gets back to normal.

I couldn’t agree more.

Being in lockdown has made me realise just how important sport – especially rugby league – is to me and a lot of people in this country.

When RL does return, when it’s safe to do so of course, it’s unlikely it will be a perfect solution – but if everyone sticks together as they have been doing, our great sport will return with a bang.