Leeds legend Kevin Sinfield has begun his latest mammoth fundraising challenge of running 101 miles in 24 hours in support of his good friend Rob Burrow.
The former Rhinos captain, who is now defence coach at rugby union club Leicester, started his run at the Tigers’ Welford Road to Leeds’ Headingley in 24 hours.
The journey is being split into seven kilometre segments. Money raised from the run will go to the MND Association and the Leeds Hospitals Charity appeal to build a new care centre in Leeds that will be named in honour of Burrow.
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Kevin Sinfield thinking of Rob Burrow
Sinfield said Burrow will be in his thoughts throughout the run.
He said: “That’s what teams do, we stick together. We still look after each other, that’s the great thing about rugby.
“I’ve said it before, when someone is in a bit of bother, a bit of strife, the Batman sign goes up and the group will come, that’s probably the strength of that group of players.
“That’s rugby, isn’t it? Perhaps not all teams have it but ours did.”
In December 2020, Sinfield led a team that raised more than £2.7million by running seven marathons in seven days. He has already broke his initial target of £100,000 for his latest challenge.
His giveasyoulive page has reached just over £200,000 and he insists that, despite a lack of sleep, he will complete the challenge.
He added: “I’m prepared to keep going. I don’t know how long my knees will hold up, but he’s a mate and he’d do it for me.”
To donate to Sinfield’s fundraising page, click here.