Steve's coast-to-coast trip will set new record

A wheelchair athlete is setting off from Bridlington on Saturday morning, bidding to set a new record for going non-stop from the England's east coast to west cost.

Monday, 27th August 2018, 12:15 pm
Updated Monday, 27th August 2018, 12:21 pm
Wheelchair athlete Steve Hughes
Wheelchair athlete Steve Hughes

Steve Hughes, 49, will be travelling around 150 miles to Liverpool pier head - and as no existing record exists, his time will be the fastest on record.

He said: “I’m looking forward to it. I know it will be a mental test more than anything, because physically I am capable.”

Steve has not attempted this distance before, but he did complete a 100-mile journey earlier this year, reaching the finish line in 19-and-a-half hours.

He estimates the coast-to-coast challenge will take him between 24 and 30 hours.

Steve, from Warrington, said: “I injured myself in the forces many years ago and started deteriorating seven years ago.

“I’ve had three spine operations and four brain operations and I have been medically retired but I spend four or five hours a day training and race at weekends.”

He is planning to go from Lands End to John O’Groats next year and is hoping to break the existing record of 20 days, and complete the 1,000 miles in just 16 days. So he said he wanted to go east to west, as well as south to north.

“There are shorter routes to go across the country than Bridlington to Liverpool,” admitted Steve. “But this goes past my neck of the woods and my family can all come and support me.”

The Brockton Hotel is giving Steve free accommodation on Friday night and along the way, he will be collecting for Holidays For Heroes in Jersey.

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