HE has completed the London Marathon twice – not to mention a 900-mile triathlon from the south of France – but, on completing his latest charity challenge, ex Saints star Steve Prescott hailed it his “toughest ever”.
On Sunday (June 12), Steve, who is battling a rare form of stomach cancer, completed his nine-day mission to pedal from Land’s End to John O’Groats – hiking up the highest peaks in England, Wales and Scotland along the way.
The popular 37-year-old father-of-two also paid tribute to the elite band of fundraisers who completed the End-to-End Extreme alongside him, describing the challenge as “absolutely fantastic”.
Steve said: “There has been a great team ethic in which we all helped each other, stuck together and laughed our way through it. It has been a great group to cycle with over these nine days and everybody played a part in getting me over the line.”
Just 24 hours earlier, however, the former Saints full-back admitted to being in “absolute agony” as the six-hour climb and descent of Ben Nevis threatened to exacerbate strains in both his knees and achilles.
But, with plenty of encouragement along the way, he successfully completed the climb before cycling the 80 miles to the final stop-off point.
The final day saw Steve, following a course of ice treatment and anti inflammatories, and the team pedal 113 miles to the northern tip of mainland Scotland.
He added: “Halfway through I had a bit of a bad spell when I was finding it tough but we refuelled I got myself together and carried on.
“It was probably my best day, cycling wise, I was up near the front and felt pretty good – so much better than the day before.
“It was a fantastic feeling crossing the line at John O’Groats – we all felt amazing. The whole team have been absolutely fantastic, we all got on brilliantly.
“It has been the hardest event I have ever done.
“It’s tested me mentally and it has been extremely emotional.
“I was worried about getting through it but huge credit to every single person for their support.
“It has been an unforgettable nine days.”
To donate to the Steve Prescott Foundation’s two nominated charities – the Christie Hospital and Try Assist, the rugby league benevolent fund – go online at: www.justgiving.com/Steve-Prescott