A WORLD champion who has taken the plight of a little boy fighting cancer to heart is gearing up to take his fundraising efforts global.
Plymstock man Steve Harvey, 35, a world Ultra Distance Triathlete champion, has raised £7,000 for three-year-old Henry Hallam, from Stoke, in just under two months by running the Plymouth Half Marathon with a fridge on his back, and by shredding his feet during a 48-hour non-stop Dreadmill run.
Steve Harvey in training
Henry is fighting the childhood cancer Neuroblastoma and his parents Elsbeth and Mike are trying to raise the £500,000 needed to get their drastically ill son to America for potentially life-saving treatment.
And Steve, who has pledged to do everything he can to help them, will this week embark on his toughest challenge to date – The Hugs for Henry Triple Ultra Challenge – as he tries to bring his total to £30,000.
On Friday, in Germany, Steve will swim 4.8miles, cycle 224miles and then run 54.4miles back to back as part of the event’s first race – the Ultra Triathlon.
In Cyprus, on July 27, Steve will then take on the Ultramarathon where he will run 135miles in temperatures of around 45C. No one has ever completed what is described as the “world’s toughest mountain trail running race”.
And to finish The Henry Triple Ultra Challenge, on September 8 Steve will fly to Lake Garda, in Italy, to compete in the first Triple Decca where he will swim 2.4miles, cycle 112 miles and run 26.2miles every day for thirty consecutive days.
“I’m combining all three events to make one challenge for myself and keep people interested,” he said.
“I want to raise awareness of what Henry is going through across the world, take his message global. The more publicity he gets, the better.
“Little Henry has had a really bad few weeks so now is the time to really get on it and bring some positive about, but at the same time everyone is just so worried about him.
“I’ve really taken Henry to heart and I’m doing this all for him. He’s just a cracking little lad and his parents are so lovely, it’s such a terrible situation. But right now we have all got to be Henry’s rock and pull him through.
“When I’m training and doing these races and I’m in pain I’ll just think about what Henry is going through.
“To raise £30,000 for him would be just awesome. If we can all pull him through this then it will be such a huge success story.”
Steve is currently training hard for all three gruelling events, one in particular which requires him to train wearing a sleeping bag as a suit.
“For the Ultramarathon in Cyprus I plan to train in a sauna. I’m also running around the coast, such as near Wembury, wearing a sleeping bag which is made into a sort of suit. I need to train in this way because of the temperatures I’ll face when I’m out there. I’m also having to drink hot water during training as the organisers said they can’t keep the water cold during the event.
“If anyone has a sauna that I could easily fit a mounted bike in to train that they don’t mind me using, then that would be great.”
To support Steve and donate to Hugs for Henry visit http://www.justgiving.com/steve-harvey2