Massive Task Ahead for Intrepid Duo
Engage Mutual Paris to London: Marathon Challenge
This demanding physical test will push the endurance levels of Steve Prescott and friend and former St Helens teammate Paul Sculthorpe over an eight day period. The two-man team will be against the clock as they run two of the worlds most famous marathons, cycle hundreds of miles and take to the water with a unique cross-channel voyage. This incredible journey is made up of five legs:
1. Run the ParisMarathon (Sunday 15th April).
2. Cycle from the Paris to the English Channel.
3. Cross the English Channel in individual kayaks.
4. Cycle from the English south coast to London.
5. Run the Virgin London Marathon (Sunday 22nd April).
Press Release From Launch Salford Water Sports Centre 15th Feb
Steve Prescott MBE and his old St Helens teammate Paul ‘Scully’ Sculthorpe today outlined a unique fundraising challenge with plans to journey from Paris to London this April.
Starting in the French capital, the duo will begin their eight day ordeal by running the Paris Marathon before making their way north to run the London Marathon on the following Sunday. This is where the challenge gets really interesting; they will be cycling the 260 miles between the two capital cities and, in a unique twist, will kayak across one of the world’s busiest shipping routes - the English Channel.
Steve has previously run fundraising marathons but admits that the addition of cycling and kayaking takes this challenge to another level.
“I am very excited by the prospect, though not so excited about the pain and agony my body will go through though. It is a daunting task ahead. When I have completed a marathon in the past, it has taken me days to recover. This time I cannot afford this luxury, I have to get on my bike and cycle 90 miles the following day.”
Training for the challenge started a month ago and the ex Great Britain captain Paul Sculthorpe is looking forward to what lies ahead.
“My main motivation for getting involved is Steve Prescott! When he personally asked me to take part - how could I refuse? He undertakes these mad, crazy challenges whilst fighting terminal illness. His resilience and feats of courage are totally inspirational to myself and many others.”
Commenting on Paul’s involvement, Steve added,
“I feel so honoured to have Scully at my side, although I am a little worried about his competitiveness – but I am sure he will look after me!”
The ‘Paris to London: Marathon Challenge’ begins on Sunday 15th April and is supported by Engage Mutual who has been the main sponsor of the Foundation for the past two years. The Steve Prescott Foundation raises money for The Christie cancer centre in Manchester and Try Assist, the rugby League Benevolent Fund.
Donations for Steve and Paul’s inspirational efforts can be made at