Kevin Sinfield to embark on gruelling challenge to run 101 miles in 24 hours

Kevin Sinfield to embark on gruelling challenge to run 101 miles in 24 hours to raise money for Motor Neurone Disease Association and the Rob Burrow Centre after former Leeds Rhinos captain raised £2.7m by doing seven marathons in seven days

  • Sinfield plans to run from Welford Road in Leicester to Headingley in Leeds
  • He will split the 101-mile run – almost four marathons – into 7km segments 
  • Ex-Leeds Rhinos captain wants to raise at least £100,000 during the challenge
  • It came after he raised over £2.7m by completing seven marathons in seven days
  • Money will go to the MND Association and appeal to build Rob Burrow Centre
  • Sinfield’s former team-mate Burrow was diagnosed with the disease in 2019 

Kevin Sinfield has announced plans for the ‘toughest challenge’ of his life as he attempts to run 101 miles in 24 hours to raise money for those impacted by motor neurone disease.

The former Leeds Rhinos captain has been supporting the MND Association since his former team-mate Rob Burrow was diagnosed with the disease at the end of 2019.

Sinfield raised more than £2.7million when he completed seven marathons in seven days last December but has set himself an even more gruelling venture next month.

Sinfield is set to embark on another challenge to raise money to beat Motor Neurone Disease

Sinfield is raising money to help charities and help build the Rob Burrow Centre for MND

The 41-year-old will set off from Welford Road, the Leicester Tigers stadium where he now works as defence coach, and finish at his old ground of Headingley in Leeds.

He will split the 101-mile run – which is just shy of four marathons – into hourly 7km segments in an attempt to complete the distance in 24 hours.

Sinfield and Burrow embrace following a match for Leeds Rhinos

Sinfield’s initial fundraising target for ‘The Extra Mile Challenge’ is £100,000, which will be split equally between the MND Association and the Leeds Hospitals Charity appeal to build the Rob Burrow Centre for MND.

‘I am really looking forward to it,’ admitted Sinfield. ‘What we did last year was incredible for all of us and to get another chance to show how much we care is really important.

‘Since the 7 in 7 we have racked our brains of what we do next. To find something that grips people is tough, but this makes sense.

‘Undoubtedly this will the toughest challenge I have ever attempted, but I know it will mean so much to so many people if we can reach our fundraising target.

‘In my short time at the Tigers, the people in Leicester have made me feel so welcome and it is wonderful that we have been able to come up with an event that starts in Leicester and finishes with us coming home to Headingley.

‘The response from the public last year was breathtaking and I know, from feedback we have received from the MND Association, every penny that was raised has been put to good use to help members of the MND community across England and Wales.

‘The more money we can raise, the more people we can help and ultimately find a cure for this cruel disease. We have seen science and research do some incredible things over the last year and I know so much work is going on to find a breakthrough for MND.

Sinfield completed seven marathons in seven days last year to raise money for MND charities

‘I am sure there will be tough times as we pound the streets during the day and night, in cold November temperatures, but knowing the good we can all achieve together will be a huge motivation for everyone involved.’

After revealing his latest challenge yesterday, Sinfield also received a special message of support on BBC Breakfast from 39-year-old Burrow, whose battle with MND has touched the nation.

‘Another crazy challenge is approaching, I would say good luck but I know you will absolutely smash it,’ said Burrow, who now speaks via a computer using recorded samples of his voice.

‘I know my family is behind you and the whole country is as well. On behalf of me and all the suffers out there, thanks from the bottom of my heart.’

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