Leeds Rhinos legend Kevin Sinfield reveals official route for his Ultra 7 in 7 Challenge

Rugby League legend Kevin Sinfield OBE has revealed the official route for his epic Ultra 7 in 7 Challenge that will see him cover nearly 40 miles per day for seven days before finishing on the pitch at Old Trafford at half time in the mens Rugby League World Cup Final. 

His epic challenges in 2020 and 2021 have already raised over £5 million but now he is set to go even further in 2022 on a week long challenge that will celebrate the awareness raised by three inspirational sporting characters who have done so much to raise the profile of those impacted by the disease.

Starting on Sunday 13th November, Sinfield will run from Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh to Old Trafford in Manchester in his Ultra 7 in 7 Challenge.  Inspired by Rob Burrow, Doddie Weir, Stephen Darby and other people living with MND, Kevin Sinfield will have an initial aim is to raise £777,777 from the challenge. Supporters can show their support now at https://donate.giveasyoulive.com/fundraising/kevin-sinfield-ultra-7-in-7-challenge

The Ultra 7 in 7 challenge will support five charities which support people affected by MND, and invest in research to bring us closer to effective treatments and a cure for the disease.  The main beneficiaries will be the MND Association and Leeds Hospitals Charity’s appeal to build the Rob Burrow Centre for MND in Leeds. However, there will also be donations to MND Scotland, My Name’5 Doddie Foundation and the Darby Rimmer MND Foundation plus support for the 4ED campaign to support former Gloucester and Leicester Rugby Union player Ed Slater, who was recently diagnosed with MND.

The whole challenge will build to an incredible finish as Sinfield enters the field at Old Trafford at half time in the Mens Rugby League World Cup Final on Saturday 19 November to complete his challenge having visited Melrose, Newcastle, Middlesbrough, York, Leeds and Bradford over the previous six days in his route south.

THE ULTRA 7 IN 7 ROUTE

Each days run will start just before 7am live on BBC Breakfast at the same point that the previous days run finished. The plan is for a stop each day around 10am and 12.45pm with the team due to finish around 3.30pm each day. Members of the public and supporters are welcome to come along to the stop points to cheer Kevin and the team on and there will be an opportunity at these for you to donate to support the fundraising either with cash or via contactless payment.

Day One: Murrayfield to Melrose (Nov 13th)

1.1 Day 1 Route 

  • 6.57am – Depart Murrayfield
  • 10.00am – Stop 1: Not accessible to public
  • 12.45pm – Stop 2: Torwoodlee Golf Course TD1 2NE (53 km)
  • 3.30pm – Finish at Melrose RUFC TD6 9SA (62.9 km)

Day Two: Melrose to Otterburn (Nov 14th)

2.1 Day 2 Route 

  • 6.57am – Depart Melrose
  • 8.30am – BBC Live interview Ancrum Amateur Football Club TD8 6SR
  • 10.00am – Stop 1: Near School House Bed & Breakfast, Edgerston TD8 6PW (32km)
  • 12.45pm – Stop 2: Border Forest Holiday Park, Byrness NE19 1TF (48.5km)
  • 3.30pm Finish at Otterburn Castle, Brierley Gardens, Otterburn NE19 1NS (63.1km)

Day Three: Otterburn to Chester-Le-Street (Nov 15th)

3.1 Day 3 Route 

  • 6.57am – Depart Otterburn Castle
  • 8.30am – BBC Live interview near Kirkwhelpington on roadside on A696 NE19 2RS
  • 10.00am – Stop 1: Tomahawk Steakhouse, Ponteland NE20 0DH (32.25 km)
  • 12.15pm – Photo opportunity at Kingston Park, Newcastle Falcons NE13 8AF (43.8km)
  • 12.45pm – Stop 2: St James Park, Newcastle United, NE1 4ST (50.3 km)
  • 3.30pm – Finish at Durham CCC, Chester Le Street DH3 3QR (66.8 km)

Day Four: Chester-Le-Street to Stokesley (Nov 16th)

4.1 Day 4 Route 

  • 6.57am – Depart Durham CCC
  • 8.30am – BBC Live at The Blue House Salter’s Ln., Haswell, Durham DH6 2AP
  • 10.00am – Stop 1: The Stables, Wynyard, Stockton-on-Tees, Billingham TS22 5QQ (33km)
  • 12.45pm – Stop 2: Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough TS3 6RS (50km)
  • 3.30pm – Finish at North Riding FA, Broughton Road, Stokesley, Middlesbrough TS9 5NY (65.3km)

Day Five: Stokesley to York (Nov 17th)

5.1 Day 5 Route 

  • 6.57am – Depart North Riding FA
  • 8.10am – BBC Live at The Blue Bell Inn, Ingleby Cross, Northallerton DL6 3NF
  • 10.00am – Stop 1: Thirsk Garden Centre Blakey Ln, Thirsk YO7 3AB (32.5km)
  • 12.45pm – Stop 2: Craig Lidster Racing, Well Close Farm York Rd, Easingwold YO61 3EN (51.2 km)
  • 3.30pm Finish at York Minster, Deangate, York YO1 7HH (67.4 km)

Day Six: York to Bradford City (Nov 18th)

6.1 Day 6 Route 

  • 6.57am – Depart York Minster
  • 8.30am – BBC Live at The Barn, St. Joseph’s Street, Tadcaster LS24 9HA
  • 10.00am – Stop 1: Langlands Garden Centre, Leeds LS15 4NF (29km)
  • 11.30am – Photo opportunity: Headingley Stadium Meet Rob Burrow LS6 3BR (42.5 km)
  • 12.45pm – Stop 2: Lala’s Restaurant, 501 Leeds and, Bradford Rd, Pudsey LS28 8EE (51km)
  • 3.30pm – Finish at Bradford City AFC, Valley Parade, Bradford BD8 7DY (56.4km)

Day Seven: Bradford City to Old Trafford (Nov 19th)

7.1 Day 7 Route 

  • 6.57am – Depart Bradford City
  • 8.30am – BBC Live at People’s Park, Park Rd, Hopwood Ln, Halifax HX1 2TS
  • 10.00am – Stop 1: Marsden View B6114, Huddersfield HD3 3FT (30 km)
  • 12.45pm – Stop 2: Morrisons, Newton Heath Poplar St, Failsworth, Manchester M35 0HY (51.5 km)
  • 2.30pm – MND Association event: Box Deansgate 125 Deansgate, Manchester M3 2BY (57 km)
  • 4.30pm Finish at Old Trafford (61 km)
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