Golborne runner bids to complete 150 miles in two days to help St Helens' Steve Prescott

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AN ATHLETE will run, swim, cycle and kayak 150 miles in just two days in a bid to help raise £30,000 for cancer support.

Estelle Graham, who works at Emerson Network Power in Golborne, will be one of about 30 triathletes taking on the challenge ahead of the Super League Grand Final on October 4.

Former St Helens rugby league star Steve Prescott, who has cancer, has organised the challenge and proceeds will go to the Rugby League Benevolent Fund and The Christie Hospital in Manchester.

“In the past year I have had a colleague diagnosed with a brain tumour and another with stomach cancer, so I’m aware how vital campaigns such as this are,” said Estelle.

“Steve is taking part himself in spite of his illness so the least I can do is support him.”

The athletes will swim across the Humber and Mersey estuaries, cycle from Hull to Liverpool, run across Runcorn Bridge and kayak from Warrington to Old Trafford via the Bridgwater Canal.

Estelle has trained for the event – known as the ‘Race to the Grand Final’ – since January, during which time the 45-year-old has taken on one 10k run, three half marathons, a Manchester to Blackpool bike ride and two Olympic-distance triathlons.

Estelle said: “I completed a marathon for charity last year so a triathlon seemed like the next logical step. I’ve never taken on anything like this before but I’ve had wonderful support and am as well-prepared as I could be.”

Donations can be made to Estelle’s campaign at justgiving.com/estellegraham1.

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