Former Scarborough rugby club captain Steve Hanson has defied doctors by completing his challenge of travelling the length of Britain by running marathons and cycling – in just 10 days.
On day four he was delirious, had hypothermia and there was blood in his urine – and he wasn’t even halfway there.
That’s when a doctor told Steve to quit his challenge of running a marathon and cycling 75 miles on consecutive days to get from John O’Groats to Land’s End.
By day seven his knee couldn’t take any weight at all and was “screaming at him”, along with his shins, head and ankles. And by the end of day eight Steve was heartbroken when he realised the doctor had been right.
But spurred on by the thought of raising £20,000 for charity, despite being in “horrendous pain,” he carried on, albeit mostly by bike, to reach Land’s End on Monday this week. And then he went straight back to work.
Daughter Alex, who travelled with him, said she feared for her father’s life at the worst points of the challenge.
She said: “When he was delirious I was scared he could have got knocked off his bike or that he could have passed out. There are large sections of the cycling that he has no memory of whatsoever. He definitely should have taken the doctor’s advice and stopped but what he has achieved is incredible.
“When he finished he was relieved more than anything. He just couldn’t believe that he’d finally got there.”
At the last count Steve has raised a total of £1,352 through 34 donations, but he is still hoping to get much nearer his target which he will share between Help for Heroes, The Firefighters Benevolent Fund and St Catherine’s Hospice.
The hospice is significant because it cared for his friend and fellow rugby player Andrew ‘Mo’ Stevenson who passed away, aged 37, following a short battle with cancer.
Anyone wishing to donate funds to Steve’s cause can text CAHS88 £2/£5/£10 to 70070 e.g.. CAHS88 £5. People can also donate on the website at www.justgiving.com/Callidus-Health-Safety.
Steve, who now lives in York, is managing director of a health and safety consultancy called Callidus Health and Safety Ltd.