The Leeds Rhinos director of rugby was running his seventh and final marathon in seven days on Monday morning when the milestone was reached.
🥳 £1 million raised for MND research!
Kevin Sinfield is running his 7th marathon in 7 days. He wanted to raise £77,777 inspired by his teammate Rob Burrow.
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Sinfield is raising money in support of his former Rhinos colleague Rob Burrow, who is fighting the disease. His original target was £77,777.
The tally had passed £1.1million when Sinfield completed his seventh marathon in a time of three hours and 41 minutes just after 11.20am.
Speaking after completing the challenge, Sinfield said he was “massively surprised” by the amount raised and “just blown away by the support”.
He added: “When we set out on Tuesday morning for the first one, we were at about £40,000 I think.
“We set a target of £77,777 and we were a little bit concerned that we may not hit it. And then suddenly it just started to roll in.
“The support has been incredible. Rob’s felt it. I get a text off him every night saying how grateful they are of what this team have done.
“We’ve been really proud to wear the vest with number seven on, what that represents with Rob and his family, but also to have the MND Association on the front, to run in their colours, to understand the work that they do and the difference they make to so many families across the UK.
“Especially this week I’ve heard so many different stories about how horrific this disease is. This amount of money will make a huge difference. It will change a lot of things hopefully. The awareness is crucial. We need to find a cure, don’t we.”
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