Since Rob Burrow was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease in December 2019, his former skipper Kevin Sinfield has gone above and beyond for his former teammate.
The two were part of one of rugby league’s greatest ever teams and won seven Grand Finals alongside each other with Burrow winning another after Sinfield’s retirement in 2015.
That came in 2017 and was Burrow’s last game but just over two years later he and Sinfield amongst others took to the field again in a lovely testimonial to raise money and awareness to help battle MND.
That was just the start of an incredible journey which Sinfield has spearheaded in the name of Burrow to battle this disease.
He ran seven marathons in seven days before running 101 miles in one day raising millions to battle the disease.
This morning on BBC Breakfast Sinfield revealed his third and toughest challenge yet: “We’ll start in Edinburgh and run from Murrayfield to Old Trafford. Seven days, we’re sticking with that theme and we’ll try and hit places, locations that mean a lot to Doddie, Rob, and Stephen. Seven ultras in seven days.
“Since the plans were put in place we hear of Ed’s diagnosis which strengthens that team. The four of them together, a rugby team of them four and it’s not getting beaten.
“I’m honoured we get to represent them.”
Kevin Sinfield has revealed his latest challenge which will see him run 7⃣ Ultra marathons in7⃣ days running from Murrayfield to Old Trafford, finishing at half time at mens @RLWC2021 Final aiming to raise £777,777 to support six great causes
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He’ll start on November 13th and arrive at halftime in the Rugby League World Cup Final at Old Trafford.
He’ll be running over 60k every day for seven days and is again aiming to raise £777,777.
Burrow said in response on BBC Breakfast: “I did not know what Kev’s next crazy challenge would be but I knew it would be the hardest yet. You’ve got to ask what sort of guy would put his body in harm’s way for his little mate. I can only say I love him like family and I know my family do too.”
Today is Burrow’s birthday and it is perhaps the perfect present from his former captain.