Warrington fan walks between all UK Super League stadia for MND in honour of Rob Burrow

A Warrington fan and her dad are walking to all the UK Super League grounds to raise money for the Motor Neurone Disease association in honour of Rob Burrow.

Liz Wright, 20, started the journey with dad Gary, 50, on Tuesday at Hull KR, and hopes to finish at the Halliwell Jones Stadium in Warrington on Saturday.

The challenge covers 180 miles, with up to 14 hours of walking per day and visits the home grounds of Hull, Castleford, Wakefield, Leeds, Huddersfield, Salford, Leigh, Wigan and St Helens.

Liz said: “Watching Rob’s story being documented really touched my heart and made me understand the huge impact which MND has on people so I felt it is important for me to try and do my part to help fund the care and research into the disease.

“I also loved they way the rugby league community came together and put all rivalries aside to show support to Rob.”

Liz, who lives in Widnes, is a student nurse currently studying at Edge Hill

She added: “I started watching Warrington 3/4 years ago, I loved the atmosphere and excitement of the games. My boyfriend has always supported Warrington and so he took me to a game and have been season ticket members since then!”

Since Rob Burrow’s MND diagnosis was revealed in December 2019, rugby league has raised £3m to help support research, with a large part of that connected to the efforts of Burrow’s former Leeds team mate Kevin Sinfield, who ran seven marathons in seven days in December 2020.

Earlier this week, the first “Rob Burrow Day” (July 7) was organised by Leeds Rhinos to celebrate not only Burrow’s achievements on the pitch but his inspirational efforts to raise funds and awareness for motor neurone disease.

Both Burrow and Sinfield were named patrons of MND association earlier this week.

To donate to Liz’s fundraising, visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/liz-wright01

3 Comments

  1. As much as I applaud this I’m thinking that this should have been done for Mike Gregory and Paul Derbyshire both Warrington legends whom passed away from MND Robs story is just as tragic as theres so maybe the RFL and SL should set up a charity in the names of all players whom come down with this tragic illness not just after one player whom is currently suffering others have already passed and are not forgotten

    • I’ve been following Liz’s journey and what she has done is phenomenal. She can only make it relevant if it’s related to a current event which is more likely to raise donations. You clearly missed the point that money is being raised for MNDA to help everyone with MND. Also if you look at the images on her social media the players and staff from Leeds, Huddersfield. Salford and Saints gave her a great reception. Unfortunately despite being fully aware of her return time to Warrington, not one fan, player or club official showed their face. That’s a poor show from a club historically affected by MND.

  2. Liz, well done you for this good and generous gesture; I’m sorry that you are leaving out my club, though I understand why- I can tell you that you would have received a warm and loving welcome at Stade Gilbert Brutus; perhaps you might visit us when this horrible Covid has been conquered – I am sure that the club would invite you (and your Dad onto the pitch.
    We have a warm relationship with the Wire, especially after our two teams celebrated – in traditional rugby league style – when we faced each other at Wembley in 2018; best of luck with your venture, Kevin

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