Drained Steve Prescott hoping to leave hospital
FORMER Hull FC star Steve Prescott has been admitted to hospital after completing a gruelling 48-hour challenge.
Steve, who has been diagnosed with terminal stomach cancer, ran, cycled, swam and canoed his way from Hull to Manchester.
Severely drained, he began to experience severe stomach pains at home in St Helens on Sunday afternoon.
Steve was admitted to Whiston Hospital, about three miles away, where tests confirmed his bowel had stopped working.
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Close friend and Steve Prescott Foundation secretary Martin Blondel said although Steve has experienced a lot of pain, he is feeling better and could be discharged today.
He said: "After the challenge, you could see it in his face.
"We put it down to exhaustion but you could see he was going grey.
"It was different to the blockages he has had in the past.
"We were worried because it was a different kind of pain.
"It just shows what he puts his body through with these challenges."
The race to the Grand Final saw Steve and his team run across the Humber Bridge, cycle to Welton, swim one mile in open water, cycle to Liverpool and swim the River Mersey.
They then ran from Liverpool to Runcorn and canoed up the Bridgewater Canal to Old Trafford in Manchester.
Due to the intensity of the challenge, Steve lost a substantial amount of natural fuels and fluids, including electrolytes, leaving his bowel unable to function.
He has been given morphine to relieve the pain and although he felt better yesterday, he remains under medical supervision.
Martin said despite the setback, he does not believe it will stop Steve from taking on more challenges.
He said: "If you asked him if he would change things, he would still go on the challenge, complete it and take the consequences afterwards. That's the way he is and he is so driven.
"He gets so many positives from training and keeping so fit.
"When we went to the River Mersey, you could tell it was really rapid and the tide and current were really strong.
"The authorities said only ten could swim across. Out of the 30 people, you would probably put Steve as the 20th best swimmer.
"Straight away, he said 'I'm taking on that river and it's not stopping me'.
"Yes, this is a setback and we have to learn from it. But it's definitely not going to stop him."
Steve looks set to reach his £30,000 fundraising target for the challenge.
Money raised will be donated to the Steve Prescott Foundation, which he set up in 2007 to support Christie's Hospital in Manchester, where he has been treated, and Try Assist, formerly known as the Rugby Football League Benevolent Fund.
Visit www.justgiving.com/steveprescott1 to make a donation.