Kevin Sinfield begins charity marathons for Rob Burrow

Kevin Sinfield completed the first of seven marathons in seven days on Tuesday and admitted his astonishment that his fundraising target in support of former Leeds team-mate Rob Burrow has already been exceeded.

The Leeds director of rugby had hoped to raise £77,777 for the Motor Neurone Disease Association following Burrow’s MND diagnosis 12 months ago but the total was already closing in on £100,000 by lunchtime on Tuesday.

Seven is Burrow’s old shirt number and Sinfield, who is setting off each day at 7am and aiming to finish by 11am, recorded a time of three hours and 40 minutes on his first outing.

After being informed that his JustGiving page had exceeded his expectations, Sinfield said in a video on the Leeds Rhinos website: “I can’t thank people enough. We thought the target was going to be a real push to hit.

“To be able to do it on the first morning is completely overwhelming.

“I’m delighted to get the first one done. When I got here on the morning, it was frozen, cold, dark but thankfully the sun came out and we got a bit of blue sky.

“The excitement and getting the fundraising news back regularly really picked us up. I’m looking forward to (Wednesday).”

As for the impressive time he recorded, the 40-year-old said: “It was probably a bit too quick! The start didn’t help because we were freezing.

“I’m really pleased, it could have ended up being quite a lot quicker because of how we set off, we were able to pull the reins back a little bit.”

To make a donation to Sinfield’s JustGiving page, click here or text MNDROB 70085 to donate £7.

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  1. At difficult times like the present,your efforts for a friend less fortunate than yourself,remind us that genuine goodness is still around us all.Whilst your rugby name was made with Leeds all the people from your hometown,Oldham,are proud to call you one of ours.I will be making my own donation shortly and I will do it with great pride.No wonder Leeds were such a good team with you as a leader,and wee Rob at scrum half.

  2. I had a mate who played for St Helens, Sia Soliola , and one night he kindly gave me and my family tickets to watch Saints v Leeds , amongst those playing for Leeds Rob Burrow and Kevin Sinfield. The result of the game was unimportant , after the match we were in the players lounge when the Leeds team walked in , the only way I can explain this was that to a man they were polite , giving and exuded nothing but class. They had time for everyone and although I knew nothing about Rugby were so polite and genuine as we spoke to them briefly. During the match I was in awe of how this man of such small stature could make opponents twice his size look foolish. When I asked my mate Sia what it was like to try and play against Rob , he said just one word , “impossible”. Rob thank you for one of the most memorable spectacles I’ve ever seen at a sporting event , you and Kevin are a fantastic ambassadors for your craft.

  3. Kevin you are an inspiration. I wish you all the luck on this your last day of 7. Seven marathons in 7 days is an amazing achievement and let’s hope you hit that magic £1,000,000 + mark. I know times are hard but I urge anyone who can afford to give even if it’s only a £1 please give.

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