A proud supporter has really pushed himself to the limit for us.

Steve O’Connor, who works for Americold cold storage in Whitchurch recently took on The Spine Race, which snakes some 430km up the Pennine Way to Scotland through treacherous conditions and sees competitors surviving on minimal sleep.

No stranger to extreme sporting challenges, Steve said: “It’s renowned as one of the most brutal races in the world.”

Steve on the tough Spine Race course

Brave effort

He continued: “My race started at 8am on Sunday 16th June with the target to reach the finish line in Scotland by 8pm the following Saturday.  

“Within the first 40km of the race a third of the field had retired, there had been two broken legs one broken wrist and another runner rescued with hypothermia.”

Steve battled through some of Yorkshire’s highest peaks until the end of day three when after suffering hallucinations from sleep deprivation, a knee injury on the notorious Pen Y Ghent cut his challenge short.

Steve managed three days on the brutal course

I'll be back

A proud Steve commented: “I am still pleased with the achievement and also with the support I received from family friends and Americold associates in the form or messages, encouragement and sponsorship which including a generous donation from Americold themselves.

“Together we raised an amazing £2,026 for Hope House Tŷ Gobaith children’s hospices.

“Entries opened for the Spine race 2025 and I was one of the first in the queue.

“So, for all those that watched my dot move up the map on the race tracking system, you can have another chance next year.”

Some of the kit that Steve carried on his adventure

Thank you

Our fundraiser Bethan Young was suitably impressed, and commented: “I am in awe of Steve’s commitment in these challenges, he really pushes himself to the limit.

“He has been an incredible supporter of our hospices and we are so grateful for his ongoing support.

“A huge thank you to Americold for helping Steve reach his fundraising target which will help us on our mission to provide the best care, respite, physiotherapy and counselling for seriously ill children and their families.”