Hunslet chairman gets on his bike in support of Rob Burrow and MND

Drew Darbyshire

Hunslet chairman Kenny Sykes is getting on his bike to help raise money for Rob Burrow and the Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience.

Hunslet’s next fundraising event is on May 30 when supporters will run or walk the 20 miles alongside the Leeds-Liverpool canal to that afternoon’s fixture at Keighley.

Sykes, 71, felt that a 20-mile run from himself might be pushing it, but he is determined to be part of it so he is getting on his bike instead.

He said: “At my age it might be asking a bit much of my dickie hip to run there, but I wanted to do my bit to raise funds for MND and SITraN and show support for Rob.

“The rugby league family has rallied for Rob because that is what we do. He was inspirational as a player and is even more inspirational now, that is the measure of the man.

“Motor neurone is a terrible disease and can strike anyone at any time. My old team-mates ‘Grabsie’ Wilson and Mark Burgess were struck down by it and it also took Shaun, the young son of Stuart Keane, another former Parksider and a good friend.

“I’m proud of everyone for taking part in the event and I’m grateful to those who are supporting us.”

Anyone wishing to take part in the run can pay their £25 entry fee here. Alternatively, those who are unable to take part in the 20-mile challenge but still want to show their support by taking on a 10k virtual challenge (£15) can click here to enter.

All proceeds will be passed on to the Rob Burrow and SITraN, with all runners and walkers receiving an “I ran for Rob” scarf.

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