Kevin Sinfield humbled by support from both codes

Steven Hughes
Kevin Sinfield

Former Leeds halfback Kevin Sinfield has said he has been humbled by the support shown by both Leicester and Leeds fans for his extra mile challenge.

Sinfield ran for 101 miles in just 24 hours in his latest challenge for the MND Association. At the time of writing, he has raised just under £1.8 million.

The 41-year-old ran from Welford Road, home of rugby union side Leicester Tigers where he is a coach, to Headingley, home of the Rhinos.

Sinfield said he was appreciative of the support all the way through his run.

He told a press conference: “It’s massively humbling. From the minute we left Leicester, there was Leicester shirts in large numbers for the first six to eight hours. Even when we got into places like Nottingham, there was still lots of Leicester shirts.

“The interesting was, during those moments as well there was a lot of rugby league shirts. A lot of Leeds shirts, we also saw Wigan shirts, St Helens shirts, Hull shirts, Hull KR shirts and a Salford shirt. The guy in the Salford shirt actually ran with us for a couple of hundred metres. There was also Great Britain and England shirts.

“I’m not associated with a rugby league club anymore. But the fact that there was people out there in different rugby league jerseys and supporting was brilliant.

“Even with the Leicester shirts, the support I have had since joining has been incredible. The club have been brilliant.

“The combination of two of the biggest clubs in rugby, certainly from a supporters point of view, it couldn’t have worked out any better. Both have really got behind this.”

Sinfield continuing to inspire

It is not the first time Sinfield has embarked on a big challenge to raise money for the MND Association. Last year, he ran seven marathons in seven days.

He ended up raising over £2.7 million that time, in support of former teammate Rob Burrow who is living with Motor Neurone Disease. Sinfield was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday honours for his efforts in raising money for charity.

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