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Kevin Sinfield reveals what his next fundraising effort will entail

Kevin Sinfield has done so much in the fight against Motor Neurone Disease as he supports former teammate and friend Rob Burrow.

Sinfield and Burrow formed two thirds of Super League’s greatest set of organisers alongside Danny McGuire as the trio won seven Super League titles together before Burrow and McGuire claimed an eighth in 2017.

But these days the Sinfield and Burrow have a new herculean task as they continue to inspire the country to raise money so that we can battle this awful disease which has unfortunately befallen the brilliant Burrow.

We’ve seen Sinfield in the past go above and beyond for his old friend. In January 2020, he played one last game five years after his retirement alongside Burrow and a number of legends to symbolise the togetherness of the ‘band of brothers’ around Burrow as well as to raise money for Burrow and various MND charities.

Then of course, Sinfield ran seven marathons in seven days raising £3 million for MND charities. Sinfield, as he always did as a player in the blue and amber, has gone the extra mile for his former teammate ever since his diagnosis and the two have provided hope to so many people with the platform the two have created.

Speaking of going the extra mile, Sinfield has found a way to top his Seven in Seven fundraising efforts. Today, he revealed his latest fundraiser and plans to run 100 miles in 24 hours which is the equivalent of four marathons back-to-back with no sleep. He’ll be going from Leicester Tigers’ Welford Road Stadium all the way to Leeds’ Emerald Headingley Stadium.

He’ll literally be going the extra mile too, because by the time he arrives at Headingley he’ll have actually gone beyond the 100 mile mark..

Sinfield was a great leader and the finest captain Super League, perhaps rugby league, has ever seen, and that level of leadership is again evident in this endeavour. He always put his teammates before himself in a Leeds shirt, and he’s again doing that as he again finds a way to show his support for his old friend Burrow but also provide hope to millions of people.

Speaking on BBC Breakfast this morning, the seven-time Super League Champion said: “I’m really looking forward to it, actually. I think 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. We look to go again.

“Since the seven in seven, we’ve racked our brains about what we do next because people got behind it so much and supported it so much and we really enjoyed it too.

“Too find something that grips people is tough but it made sense. I came across something called Big Dog’s Backyard Ultra which is a race in America.

“That inspired me, it’s a run which takes place every hour at a certain distance. So, we said let’s do this 7K and let’s do it for 24 hours.

“Then I switched to rugby union with Leicester Tigers and worked out the distance between Leicester and Leeds and you get to around the 100 mile mark and you go ‘we’ll combine the two.'”

It won’t be easy for Sinfield, despite his history as a top class rugby league player as BBC also revealed that on Day Five of the Seven in Seven, Sinfield fell seriously unwell as his body began to swell which is a common occurrence during such events.

But he’ll have the support of so many people around him. He noted that the same team will again be joining him and pushing him, whilst the entire MND community will provide support and beyond that it’s likely the whole country will get behind him.

Perhaps most importantly, Burrow will again provide his support. The former Leeds number seven was one of the best supporting players in Super League and when Sinfield made a break, Burrow was often there in support to finish it off. Today, the two continue to support each other as they raise awareness and Burrow too made an appearance on this morning’s programme alongside his two daughters to wish Sinfield well and to thank his former skipper one last time.

The event will take place from the 22nd of November to the 23rd as Sinfield runs 101 miles from Leicester to Headingley: the ground where he and Burrow met and became rugby league legends but also friends for life.

As he looks to raise another £100,000 you can donate here: Kevin Sinfield is fundraising for Leeds Hospitals Charity and Motor Neurone Disease Association | Give as you Live Donate

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