Kevin Sinfield raises more than £1m with marathon challenge

Kevin Sinfield raises more than £1m with marathon challenge


Rugby league legend Kevin Sinfield is running seven marathons in seven days to raise money in the name of former teammate and good friend Rob Burrow.

Leeds Rhinos and England hero Burrow was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease 12 months ago with the sport coming together since to offer support to one of its best-loved players.

None more so than former club and country teammate Sinfield who has taken on the challenge of running 26.2miles seven times in a week in his native Leeds.

Setting out to raise £77,777, a nod to Burrow’s famous shirt number, Sinfield has smashed that target raising more than £1,000,000 for the MND association.

Burrow inspired Sinfield with a message of encouragement before he began his challenge.

“Kev, from day one, has always been a role model to me and someone who I’ve held in the highest regard,” he wrote.

“As I’ve said many times, I hope you know I’d do the same for you. It means everything to me. A friend in need is a friend indeed.”

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The most special moment so far saw Sinfield greeted by Burrow upon completion of his fifth run at Headingley on Saturday.

“When I ran into Headingley and I saw him, I didn’t stop straight away because I would have been a mess,” Sinfield said. “I had a minute to gather myself but for him to be here was really, really special.”

He continued: “I am completely blown away by the whole thing, I just want to thank everybody. When I was told en route we had reached half a million, I didn’t really respond because I thought I was going to burst into tears again.

“I don’t know if it is because I am tired or not sleeping well, or whatever it is, it is quite emotional out there at the minute. To hear we have hit half a million, is unbelievable. I am so grateful and thankful.”

Sinfield is completing his seventh run on Monday.

Donate to Sinfield’s fundraising efforts for Burrow and the MND association here

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