My salute to super human fund-raisers

Paul Sculthorpe and his team of runners hoping to raise lots of cash for the Steve Prescott Foundation pictured with Steve and Saints coach Royce Simmons .
Paul Sculthorpe and his team of runners hoping to raise lots of cash for the Steve Prescott Foundation pictured with Steve and Saints coach Royce Simmons .

THIS morning I take my hat to former Saints aces Steve Prescott and Paul Sculthorpe who are taking their fund-raising activities to a new level.

The sporting legends are planning to run in two marathons in just over a week to boost the coffers of the Steve Prescott Foundation, which raises money for the Christie’s cancer centre in Manchester and Try Assist – the Rugby League Benevolent Fund.

The duo will begin their eight-day ordeal by running in the Paris Marathon on Sunday, April 15.

They will then cycle from the French capital to the shores of the English Channel, where they will climb aboard individual kayaks.

Then after arriving on the south coast of Britain, they will remount their bikes and head for London to run the Virgin Marathon on Sunday, April 22.

Cancer sufferer Steve, who launched the Foundation several years ago, told me: “I’m really excited by the prospect of what will be a daunting task, but not so excited about the pain and agony my body will go through.

“When I have completed past marathons, it has taken me days to recover.

“This time I can’t afford any luxury, having to get on my bike and cycle 90 miles the following day.”

Training for the challenge started a month ago and like Steve, Scully is relishing the challenge ahead.

The ex-St Helens and Great Britain skipper said: “My main motivation for getting involves is Steve himself. When he asked me to take part, how could I refuse?

“He is always undertaking these mad, crazy challenges while fighting a terminal illness. His resilience and feats of courage are totally inspirational to myself and many others.”

The foundation, I am told, will also be organising the engage Mutual Race to the Stobart Super League Grand Final.

The 48-hour challenge includes running, cycling, kayaking and swimming, beginning in Hull and ending at Old Trafford on October 6..

I would urge anyone who wants to support these worthwhile events to contact foundation secretary Martin Blondel on 07971 792859, or email martinblondel@steveprescottfoundation.co.uk.

Alternatively, contact James Ogden of engage Mutual on 07966 969591, or email james.ogden@engagemutual.com.

n AFTER two early-season away trips covering around 600 miles, the Original Saints Supporters’ Club will almost feel like they are at home when they make the relatively short journey across the Pennines to Huddersfield a week on Sunday (March 5).

The fare is £10 for members and £11 for non-members.

Details of what time transport will be leaving their HQ, The Black Bull Hotel, Knowsley Road, is available from any supporters’ club official.

n IT was interesting to note the attendances at Craven Park and the KC Stadium on Sunday when both Humberside clubs were involved in home fixtures.

Rovers’ clash with St Helens attracted 7,610 fans, compared to 8,356 in the corresponding fixture last year, while Hull FC’s clash against London Broncos attracted 10,096 supporters – 1,043 less than in Super League XVI when the Londoners were under the Harlequins banner.

Draw you own conclusions of the value of playing two games in the city on the same day – even though the kick-off times were staggered.

A good, or bad, thing?