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DESPITE being physically, mentally and emotionally exhausted disabled former Warrington soldier Ste Hughes is celebrating reclaiming his world record of most miles pushed in 24 hours – his second record in as many months.
Although his record attempt at Orford Park, which started at noon on Saturday, finishing at noon, on Sunday, still has to be verified, Ste, who was helping raise funds for The Armed Forces Para-Snowsport Team (AFPST), is confident he reclaimed his record by a whisker!
Three punctures during the night, didn’t help as he propelled himself around Orford Park on his snowboard on wheels. His previous record of 121 miles had been beaten by 132.52 – with Steve hitting 133 miles as he crossed the finis line.
He already held the fastest wheelchair push Landsend to John O’groats in 14 days 5 hours and two months ago completed John O’groats to Landsend in 10 days 6 hours.
Commenting after his latest achievement, Ste from Appleton, said: “I’m physically mentally and emotionally exhausted. Aching blisters sunburnt.
However, I am proud of my achievement.
I would like to thank all those that came down and helped out and supported me.
I would like to single out my princess Ellie who was with me throughout brewing up counting the km and fixing punctures.”
Since retiring from the army on medical grounds after a back injury, Ste has done over 600 ski marathons and a 100km sit-ski ultra challenge.
Any money raised will go to the Armed forces para snow sports team.
This charity is for Armed forces personnel and veterans to aid in recovery through sport. It is also a pathway to the Winter Olympics.
He competed once in the paraski4europe competition held in Poland in 2020 winning a bronze in the 1km nordic sprint.
The Armed Forces Para-Snowsport Team (AFPST), formerly CSDST, uses adaptive snowsports to enhance the recovery of the UK’s wounded, injured and sick military personnel; both serving and veteran.
It reintroduces the spirit of challenge and competition they were accustomed to in normal Service life.
Donations can be made online via https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/steh-onebig24hoyrpush