State of Mind Sport and Steve Prescott Foundation ambassador Jimmy Gittins first met Steve Prescott MBE on the ‘Walk Against Cancer’ in 2007 and a firm friendship was cemented. Steve Prescott and Jimmy Gittins shared the same philosophy that “What the mind believes, the body achieves!”
Both pushed their bodies physically and mentally to the limit, overcame adversity and the cards they were dealt. They tackled many challenges together, including a parachute jump, cycling across France, paddling a dragon boat down the Thames and their final challenge, ‘The Race to the Grand Final’ in 2012.
Jimmy Gittins has enlisted 8 extraordinary gents to continue Steve’s legacy, in a challenge that would be befitting of the great man.
Participants of The Journey of Leagues Extraordinary Gents with up and coming band Skinny Living
On previous challenges Jimmy has put his disabilities to one side and completed challenges in the same manner as the abled bodied participants. This time the able bodied participants will complete ‘The Journey of League’s Extraordinary Gents’ on hand cycles supplied by Cyclone Mobility. This will be a physical and mental fitness test and mental fitness will be crucial and if you want to be mentally fitter click on the link here www.stateofmindrugby.com/cmspages/features/10-ways-to-look-after-your-state-of-mind/
The challenge will be to recreate the famous ‘Walk Against Cancer’, but this time the team will hand cycle 200 miles to the Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford.
Jimmy will be joined by great friends from State of Mind Sport and supporters of The Steve Prescott Foundation. They are Ryan Glynn, Peter Stephenson, and Mike Burnett who have all sustained serious injuries playing Rugby League. Rugby League legend, Danny Sculthorpe, Rugby League Photographer, Andy Davies, Mick Bradshaw from Sporting Image fame, Phil “The Captain” Cooper, State of Mind Sport and Steve Prescott Foundation Ambassador, Andy Reid who lost three of his limbs in Afghanistan. The final two gents are MOCHA TV Film Company Director Owen Cotterell and John Moores University student mental health nurse, Will Stringer.
If hand cycling 200 miles was not enough, Jimmy Gittins in his wisdom has opted not to stay overnight in hotels but the team will camp at amateur rugby league clubs along the way.
Question & Answer Forums will take place every night at the following locations :-
- The Altisidora Pub Beverley October 4th
- Sharlston Rovers ARLFC October 6th
- Thornhill Trojans ARLFC October 7th
- Waterhead ARLFC October 8th
- Thatto Heath Crusaders ARLFC 9th
The extreme challenge had kindly been sponsored by 5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Foundation Trust www.5boroughspartnership.nhs.uk/ and has been supported by
- Cyclone Mobility www.cyclonemobility.com
- State of Mind Sport www.stateofmindrugby.com
- Skinny Living www.skinnyliving.co.uk
- Regain Sport Charity www.regainsportscharity.com/
Details on Question and Answer Sessions at clubs will be available soon
To sponsor ‘The Journey of League’s Extraordinary Gents’ please go to justgiving.com/TheJourney2015
For more information about The Steve Prescott Foundation check out www.steveprescottfoundation.co.uk/