Rugby league legend Kevin Sinfield has set off on first of 7 long distance runs to raise money for MND research as he said Give as you live.
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Sinfield starting his playing career at Waterhead A.R.L.F.C., who also produced talent such as Barrie McDermott, Paul Sculthorpe, Danny Sculthorpe, Paul Highton, Lee Jewitt, Marc Sneyd and Gareth Owen. He signed for Leeds RLFC in August 1997.
Sinfield made his first team début for Leeds aged 16 against the Sheffield Eagles. He went on to make three further appearances during the 1997 and 1998 seasons, scoring his first try against the Huddersfield Giants in September 1998. 1999 was a breakthrough season for Sinfield, making 21 appearances and scoring 2 tries.
He was unlucky not to be selected for the 1999 Challenge Cup Final at the old Wembley Stadium. Leeds defeated the London Broncos 52–16.
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Starting at Murrayfield in Edinburgh tomorrow morning, the Leeds Rhinos legend will cover seven ultra-marathons in as many days with the intention of arriving on the pitch at half-time during the men’s Rugby League World Cup final at Old Trafford on November 19.
Having raised over £5million in aid of research into Motor Neurone Disease (MND) after running seven consecutive marathons in 2020 and 101 miles in under 24 hours the following year, Sinfield has upped the ante with a 276-mile run that offers little time for rest.
The 42-year-old began raising money for the cause following the diagnosis of his close friend and former Leeds team-mate Rob Burrow, who suffers from the disease.
As of Saturday morning, Sinfield had already raised over £222,000 towards a target of £777,777, including a sizeable donation from Leeds Building Society.
“As a longstanding partner of Leeds Rhinos, we at Leeds Building Society wanted to make a meaningful contribution in recognition of the gruelling challenge Kevin will be embarking on this weekend,” said CEO Richard Fearon.
Former rugby league star Kevin Sinfield is planning to run more than 300 miles (482km) in one week to raise money for motor neurone disease (MND) research.
He aims to run seven ultra marathons in seven days, starting in Edinburgh and ending at the Rugby League World Cup final at Old Trafford, in Manchester.
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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