Rugby legend raises £1m-plus in marathon challenge for MND research

This morning, Kevin Sinfield finished his seventh marathon in seven days as the fundraising total for Rob Burrow and the Motor Neurone Disease Association reached an incredible £1.1m.

The Leeds Rhinos legend, who is the current Director of Rugby at the club, set out to raise £77,777 for former team mate Rob Burrow, who was dagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease last year, and the MNDA.

But it soon became clear he would raise much more than that as the total reached £100,000 soon after marathon one.

Momentum continued throughout the week, which saw him tackle the challenge of seven marathon distances both in his hometown of Oldham, and two in the city of Leeds over the weekend.

Crowds were limited in line with current social distancing guidelines, but he was met by a surprise visit from Rob Burrow and his family during his fifth marathon and a wave of support on social media.

As he and his support team crossed the finish line in Saddleworth this morning, BBC News captured the emotional scene as the challenge finally came to an end.

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Sinfield described the last seven days as ‘probably the best week of my life’.

“The donations and support fuelled that last run. this was juts six mates trying to raise a bit of money for rob, we had no idea it would turn into this

“At the start, we were worried we wouldn’t get 77 grand let alone what we’ve done. Thank you for all your support.”

If you’re able to, please donate to Rob Burrow and the MND Association here https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/sinfield-7-in-7

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