Linzi Prescott, wife of the late, great Steve Prescott, is going to be participating in the Great Manchester Run this year, and she is urging rugby league fans to join her.
Linzi will be lining up for the race alongside distance running star Paula Radcliffe, as part of the Olympian’s’Radcliffe’s Great Runners’ team.
She will be running to raise money for Steve Prescott Foundation, the organisation established by her late husband.
Steve took part in a number of gruelling challenges while battling against the abdominal cancer which eventually claimed his life.
Linzi supported him every step of the way, and is now looking to rugby league fans to sponsor her to raise some cash for the foundation.
She would like fans to run in the race themselves or donate cash to the cause. Over £700,000 has already been raised by the Steve Prescott Foundation.
“There isn’t a sporting bone in my body and running doesn’t come naturally to me,” said Linzi.
“However, Stephen put us all to shame with what he did when he was seriously ill so there are no excuses.
“I think about him through every mile in training and he gives me the boost to carry on. I’m sure he’ll be looking down on me when I do the Morrisons Great Manchester Run.”
As one of Radcliffe’s Great Runners, Linzi will receive training advice, as well as race day pep talk, from Paula Radcliffe.
“I’m delighted that Linzi’s going to be part of my team,” said Radcliffe.
“She’s such a special person, having shown such strength and spirit over several years during Steve’s terrible illness.
“I’m sure Linzi will inspire all those running for the Steve Prescott Foundation to raise as much as they can. It’s one of dozens of charities which will benefit from much-needed sponsorship raised by up to 40,000 people in the Morrisons Great Manchester Run.”
* The Morrisons Great Manchester Run takes place on Sunday, May 10. To find out more and enter go to www.greatrun.org
To sponsor Linzi go to justgiving.com/LinziPrescott or simply text the word honk90 to 70070
The Steve Prescott Foundation supports Try Assist for seriously injured Rugby League players, The Christie and the Oxford Transplant Foundation.