Leeds Rhinos legend Kevin Sinfield is set to embark on an epic challenge to raise funds and awareness for his friend Rob Burrow who was diagnosed with motor neurone disease less than a year ago.
From the 1st December, Sinfield will run seven marathons in seven days, each day running as part of a small Covid secure team of six around his home area of Greater Manchester and from his place of work in Leeds.
As England heads into a second lockdown, the event will also be a way of virtually bringing together those who are dealing with MND in their homes and families behind closed doors.
Originally the plan had been to run from Scotland via Yorkshire to Manchester but the national lockdown that comes into force from today has meant a re-think.
The initial aim is fittingly to raise £77,777 for the fund set up to support Rob and his young family of three children under eight plus additional funds for MNDA.
The 7 in 7 Challenge Fund has already received a huge kick start with ACS Stainless Steel Fixings Ltd, who sponsored Rob Burrow throughout his career at the Rhinos, already pledging £20,000.
As well as raising funds for Burrow and the Motor Neurone Disease Association, Sinfield is also wanting to send out a strong message of support for all families, like Burrow’s own, who are dealing with the cruel disease during the lockdown.
As part of the week long campaign, people with MND or their families are encouraged to post their support on social media using #RunKevinRun sharing their stories.
Commenting on the announcement Sinfield said, “We have been planning for a number of months to do something special for Rob ahead of the anniversary of his announcement of his diagnosis.
“The recent documentary on the BBC was watched by over three million people and Rob’s story has inspired so many.
“Rob has always said that he is revealing his story for those who don’t have the chance to do so and we want to make the run about that too.”
You can donate now at www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/sinfield-7-in-7