Sinfield completes 7 marathons in 7 days raising huge total for MND research
Kevin Sinfield has completed the mammoth task of running seven marathons in seven days and raised over £1million for research into Motor Neurone Disease.
Sinfield’s close friend, and long-time teammate for Leeds Rhinos, Rob Burrow is suffering with MND having been diagnosed last year.
The disease is currently incurable and in hope of making a breakthrough in research, the Leeds Rhinos director of rugby took on the incredible challenge, which he completed on Monday morning, having started on 1 December.
The initial target was £777,777, but donations came flooding in and passed the £1m mark on Monday.
‘Can’t thank you enough, I just think the support has been incredible from all you guys,’ Sinfield said on BBC Breakfast.
‘To see that tally ticking over has been unbelievable, we’re really, really humbled.
‘We set out at the start of the week and were a little bit apprehensive whether we were going to hit our initial target, but it’s been unreal we’ve had a brilliant week.’
Burrow and his family were waiting for Sinfield at Headingley Stadium in Leeds on Saturday as he completed the fifth of his marathons, in an incredible time of three hours and 43 minutes.
Sinfield said that seeing his friend was almost too much for him to deal with at the time:’ When I ran into Headingley and I saw him, I didn’t stop straight away because I would have been a mess..
‘I had a minute to gather myself but for him to be here was really, really special.’
Burrow sent a message to his pal ahead of the final marathon on Monday, saying: ‘You continue to inspire me and make me never want to give in.
‘Like you I will take one step at a time, and maybe there isn’t a finish line for me but I will keep on going.
‘One more mate, I know you will do it. Good luck friend, I’m with you every step. Everyone needs a friend like Kev.’
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