Shaw teacher on Arctic roll with latest fundraising challenge

STEVE Hill MBE is a Shaw school teacher by day but in his spare time turns into a cross between Michael Palin and Bear Grylls.

Steve Hill with Shane Keating who has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

And there’s no stopping a man who has run marathons in sight of Everest, along the mighty Amazon river, around the North Pole and climbed Russia’s highest mountain.

Next February, Steve, 46, who is deputy head of St Joseph’s Primary School, is on his travels once more – this time to run six marathons in five days in Sweden’s Arctic wastes.

There’s method to Steve’s apparent madness as if he maintains his quest for adventure and pushing back the boundaries of human endurance, he will have raised nearly £100,000 for charity.

“I preach to the kids about getting involved in sport and getting out of their comfort zone,” Steve told the Correspondent.

“So, I thought I’d better practice what I preach!

“It’s about opening receptive minds to a big world out there.

“Maths and English are important but there are other important things.

“Besides, the kids expect now so who am I to disappoint?”

Steve signed up for the five-day, 230 kilometres Ice Ultra through a UNESCO World Heritage site.

“We will be carrying all our gear and sleeping in tents during the night when temperatures get down to -20 degrees,” shivered Steve at the prospect.

Steve Hill with pupils

“It sounds horrendous and dangerous. Only 15 finished last year from 30 starters, which was a wake up call when I found out.

“But when I start a race I want to to finish it.

“If it takes me a lot longer than elite runners, so be it. I am enjoying the ride and seeing things as I am going.”

The challenge is taking Steve from one extreme to the other after his Amazon adventure for his previous run.

“Again it was six marathons in five days, through the jungle carrying my own gear,” he explained.

“It was totally brutal. But I did come back with some great tales to tell the kids, albeit minus a few toe nails and a stone in weight.”

Steve’s blood, sweat and tears was worth the effort with £5,000 for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy added to his charity total which has now reached nearly £80,000.

“It’s a full team effort with all the kids, parents, family and friends getting involved,” added Steve, a teacher at St Joseph’s for 14 years.

“We have supported a lot of local charities since I started doing these challenges.

“I just want to show the kids that whatever your little Everest, you can do it.”

To keep in touch with Steve’s progress and fundraising efforts visit his Facebook page: www.facebook.com/mrhillschallenges

 

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