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Famous author and illustrator creates heart warming tribute to Sinfield and Burrow

British artist, illustrator and author Charlie Mackesy began his career as a cartoonist for The Spectator, before becoming a book illustrator for Oxford University Press. His award-winning work has featured in books, private collections, galleries and public spaces around the world.

He is famous for his internationally bestselling book, The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse, was published in October 2019 and holds the record for the most consecutive weeks in the Sunday Times Non-Fiction Chart across all formats as well as being the longest running Sunday Times Non-Fiction Number One of all time.

An amazing artist, he has warmed the hearts of rugby league fans everywhere with a lovely illustration of Leeds Rhinos legend Kevin Sinfield carrying former teammate Rob Burrow over the finish line of the Rob Burrow marathon on Sunday.

Sinfield pushed his best mate Burrow around the 26.2 mile course for the first ever Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon, but stopped yards shy of the line to carry his friend and former teammate over.

He has since revealed what the reason behind that was and it’s not just because he wanted to share that emotional moment with his mate in his arms.

“As soon as I knew this was going ahead and I knew we were going to push him, I thought if he’s fit and able try and get him to walk over, and clearly it’s been a big day for him.

“It was only right we went over together. I didn’t want him beating me, if he had gone over in the chair in front of me he would have got a faster time so it meant we got the same time.”

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