Two former Saints players, Alan Hunte and Lee Briers, are among a unique team volunteers facing an awesome and ming-boggling challenge – climbing Kilimanjaro next October to raise funds for the Steve Prescott Foundation Fund.
They wil be joined by other true legends of Rugby League - Adrian Morley of Salford Red Devils, Leeds Rhinos skipper Kevin Sinfield and Barrie McDermott - as well as BBC Radio 5 Live’s George Riley and Sky Sports Angela Powers.
In the spirit of Steve Prescott the challenge is to climb the 19341f mountain in just five days instead of the more usual nine days. It will challenge each individual’s fitness and mental stamina at high altitude. The success rate of this challenge is well documented at 27 per cent.
Each climber aims to raise at least £4000 for the three charities of the SPF, the Christie Hospital, Try Assist and the Oxford Transplant Foundation. The event is sponsored by the Manchester based Spectrum Group, a leading supplier of support services in the industrial sector.
St Helens-born Briers, who spent the best part of his RL with Warrington Wolves, said:’ I am really looking forward to this unique
challenge by testing myself in a totally different way.’ Martin Blondel, general manager of the Foundation, said ‘It was Steve’s wish to tackle Kilimanjaro! We are elated that we have so many personalities willing to carry Steve’s name and legacy to the summit’ The party will be led by SPF committee member Ade Cunliffe who was one of a party of 12 who completed the 2013 challenge.
Prop forward Jordan Hand has joined Whitehaven on loan for the 2015 season.The 21-year-old has played three times for Saints since making his debut in 2013 as well as appearing in 44 games on dual registration.
Chief executive Mik Rush said: “Jordan did well on dual registration at Whitehaven last season so to join the Cumbrians on loan for the coming season seemed the perfect fit.”
Rush added “He is a good young prop who needs to be playing week in week out and this loan period will allow him to gain valuable game time and continue his development.”
The club can, if they wish, recall Hand Jordan after the first four weeks of his loan at 48 hours’ notice. He will also continue to train with the Saints as well as taking part in sessions at Whitehaven
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