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Steve Prescott admitted to hospital after charity challenge

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Former rugby league player Steve Prescott, MBE, has been admitted to hospital following his participation in the grueling 48 hour Engage Mutual Race to the Grand Final. The challenge, which saw Prescott swim, run, cycle and canoe his way from Hull to Manchester, left him significantly drained and he reported experiencing severe stomach pains on Sunday afternoon.

As the pain worsened, Steve, who was diagnosed with a rare form of abdominal cancer in 2006, was admitted to hospital on Monday evening. Following a series of tests, doctors have established that due to the rigors of the challenge he has lost a substantial amount of natural fuels and fluids, including electrolytes, meaning his bowel is unable to function.

Doctors have prescribed a range of treatments and while gradually bringing his fluid levels back to normal, he was also administered a course of morphine to relieve the pain, and remained in hospital overnight under observation. This morning, Steve is said to be responding well to treatment but will remain in hospital, under medical observation, for the next day or so.

On Saturday, the former rugby league fullback successfully completed his latest endurance challenge to raise money for the Steve Prescott Foundation, which supports The Christie cancer hospital in Manchester and the Rugby League Benevolent Fund.

The Race to the Grand Final saw the former rugby league ace run across the Humber Bridge, swim a mile in open water and then cycle from Hull to Liverpool where he swam the Mersey, before running between Liverpool and Runcorn. Finally Steve canoed up the Bridgewater Canal to Old Trafford in Manchester. If you would like to donate to Steve’s Foundation please go to

Martin Blondel

Secretary - Steve Prescott Foundation

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Good luck and get well soon Steve.

One inspirational guy.

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