Running in memory of Steve

Team Precky - Linzi Prescott, Ste White, Dave Leigh, Neil Prescott and Rachel Leigh.
Team Precky - Linzi Prescott, Ste White, Dave Leigh, Neil Prescott and Rachel Leigh.
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Steve Prescott’s widow is limbering up to take on her first ever half marathon in memory of her late husband.

Linzi Prescott, 39, is set to take part in the Vitality Oxford Half Marathon in October in aid of the Steve Prescott Foundation.

Poignantly, her husband was treated during the latter stages of his battle with a rare form of stomach cancer in the city before passing away last November.

She said: “My husband has inspired me, a non-runner, to put my running shoes on after watching how he pushed his body to the limits.

“Stephen competed in multiple endurance challenges despite suffering with terminal cancer and raised more than half a million pounds for charity.”

Ex-Saints star Steve, who was awarded the MBE in 2010, inspired thousands of people – both in rugby and beyond – with his brave cancer battle.

The father-of-two had been given just months to live after he was diagnosed with pseudomyxoma peritonei back in 2007.

But he wowed doctors by not only fighting the disease head-on, but by taking on a series of incredible physical challenges to help raise vital funds for the Christie Hospital and Try Assist, the rugby league benevolent fund.

Last October, Steve underwent a pioneering modified multi-visceral transplant, including his stomach, pancreas, small intestine and abdominal wall at The Churchill Hospital in Oxford in an attempt to get rid of the tumour and give him a better quality of life.

However, due to complications, he sadly passed away just three weeks later.

Rugby league’s prestigious Man Of Steel award has since been renamed in his honour.

Linzi added: “Oxford will always have a very special place in my heart as this is where we shared the last four months of his life together. It was also the place which gave us hope and a lifeline when every other option was closed.

“The anniversary of Stephen’s surgery is October 15 to 17, just days after the half marathon. I couldn’t think of a more fitting place to motivate me to complete the biggest race of my life.

“I will be taking part with eight close friends as part of Team Precky to raise funds and awareness for The Steve Prescott Foundation.”

To support Linzi, go online at: www.steveprescottfound