Rugby league legend Kevin Sinfield has set off on the first of seven Ultra marathon runs to raise money for MND research.
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In November 2020, Sinfield announced he would be running seven marathons in seven days to raise £77,777 in funds for ex-Leeds teammate Rob Burrow, who was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) a year earlier, as well as the MND Association.
He began his first marathon on 1 December with the fundraising target already exceeded, Sinfield described it as “completely overwhelming” that the target had been reached so quickly.
By the time he finished his seventh marathon on 7 December, more than £1.2 million had been raised.
In October 2021, Sinfield announced his second fundraiser, running between Leicester Tigers’ home ground Welford Road Stadium, and Leeds Rhinos’ Headingley, a distance of approximately 101 miles (163 km), in under 24 hours.
In a fundraising attempt, rugby legend Kevin Sinfield has started his run to cover 300 miles in just seven days.
He will run 300 miles to raise money for people living with motor neurone disease (MND), including his former Leeds Rhinos teammate Rob Burrow. Sinfield has already raised £5 million in Burrow’s name.
The rugby legend has now taken on an “Ultra 7 in 7 Challenge” to raise more money. Sinfield will start from Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh on November 13 and arrive at Old Trafford on November 19. Notably, 42-year-old Sinfield ran seven marathons in seven days in 2020.
While talking about the importance of his challenge, Sinfield said that they were not doing it for rugby but to support Burrow, Stephen Darby, Doddie Weir, and other people living with (MND). He stated that rugby has been a “vehicle” to provide the fundraising effort with a “big platform.”
Sinfield has already admitted that this 300-mile run is “certainly daunting” and is a step up from his other quests.
However, he added that the toughness in the task ahead is not even close to the challenges that people with MND face. Sinfield stated he was proud that his quest would support five charities working for the betterment of the people with MND.
Sinfield, who ran 101 miles in 24 hours in 2021, was a teammate of Rob Burrow, who was diagnosed with MND in 2019.
He described running 43 miles (70km) a days as “one hell of a challenge”.
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Kevin Sinfield ultra marathon
Kevin Sinfield has completed day one of his Ultra 7 in 7 challenge in aid of Motor Neurone Disease after running 40 miles from Murrayfield to Melrose rugby club in the Scottish Borders.
Leicester Tigers defence coach Sinfield, 42, plans to run a similar distance for seven consecutive days en route to Old Trafford in Manchester in a bid to raise £777,777 for five MND charities.
The former Leeds Rhinos captain has been inspired by close friend and ex-team-mate Rob Burrow, who was diagnosed with MND in late 2019, plus former Scotland rugby player Doddie Weir and ex-Bradford City skipper Stephen Darby, who also live with the disease. By 4pm on Sunday afternoon, Sinfield had raised £246,181.85, according to his Give as you Live donation website.
His latest fundraising challenge will mainly benefit the MND Association and Leeds Hospitals Charity’s appeal to build the Rob Burrow Centre for MND in Leeds.
There will also be donations to MND Scotland, My Name’5 Doddie Foundation, the Darby Rimmer MND Foundation and the 4ED campaign, in support of former Gloucester and Leicester rugby player Ed Slater, who was recently diagnosed with the disease.
In late 2020, Sinfield raised £2.7million for MND charities after running seven marathons in seven days and a further sum in excess of £1m was generated in November 2021 after he completed a run of 101 miles in 24 hours.