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Captains back Prekky in Race to the Grand Final

Posted in: Community Last updated: 03 Oct 2012

Kevin Sinfield and Adrian Morley have lent their support to Steve Prescott MBE as he prepares to embark on the Engage Mutual Race to the Grand Final, staged to raise money for the Steve Prescott Foundation.

Leeds Rhinos’ captain, Sinfield, and Warrington Captain, Morley, who have guided their teams through a tough Stobart Super League campaign to reach the Grand Final, are full of admiration for Prescott as he faces up to the intense 48 hour quadrathon which stands between him and Old Trafford.

The former Hull FC, St Helens and Wakefield Fullback, Prescott, along with 29 others, is taking part in the Engage Mutual Race to the Grand Final, which will see the group swim the Humber, cycle from Hull to Liverpool where they will swim the Mersey before running to Runcorn.

The final leg of the challenge involves canoeing 26 miles up the Liverpool canal to Old Trafford where they will join Sinfield, Morley and thousands of spectators at the showpiece event.

Giving his backing to the challenge, Leeds Rhinos’ captain Kevin Sinfield, said:

“It’s been a tough slog to reach the Grand Final but the challenge facing Steve is on a different level.

“I’d like to wish the group the best of luck in what is another of Steve’s awe-inspiring challenges, I look forward to welcoming them at Old Trafford before the game.”
Amongst the participants taking part alongside Steve is former Wakefield centre Jimmy Gittins who was paralysed playing rugby nine years ago, while former Great Britain international Paul Sculthorpe will also be taking part.

As well as navigating their way from Hull to Manchester by swimming, running, cycling and canoeing, the group will also be responsible for safely delivering the Grand Final ball to Old Trafford.

Backed by Engage Mutual, the aim of the challenge is to raise over £30,000 for The Steve Prescott Foundation, which was founded to inspire others and raise money for the RL Benevolent Fund and The Christie cancer hospital in Manchester, which has supported Prescott since his diagnosis with cancer in 2006.