Rugby star Kevin Sinfield has crossed the finish line of his 101 mile run, raising £850,000 for charity – and counting.
The 41-year-old completed the run in 24 hours to raise money for Leeds Hospitals Charity and Motor Neurone Disease Association, all inspired by his friend Rob Burrow.
The route took the rugby coach from his home ground at the Leicester Tiger’s Welford Road to Sinfield’s former club of 18 years, Leeds Rhinos’ at Headingley Rugby Stadium, reports The Hoot.
The journey from Leicester to Leeds was split into seven kilometre segments and has been broadcast on news channels across the UK, including on a ‘Kev Cam’ from the BBC.
The run was originally planned to span 100 miles, but to show that Sinfield will ‘always go the extra mile’ for his mate Rob, an extra mile was added to the journey and the final 101 mile route was chosen.
Sir Chris Hoy said that ‘the friendship between Kev Sinfield and Rob Burrow gives you faith in humankind’.
The pair played together for Leeds Rhinos. Sinfield played for the team for 18 years and Burrow, 16.
Two years after his retirement in 2017, Rob Burrow was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease, a life-changing condition that affects nerves in the brain and spinal cord.
Rob Burrow took to Twitter to wish his friend good luck, and met the former team mate at Headingley Rugby Stadium to mark the end of his marathon journey.
This isn’t the first time that Sinfield has pushed himself to raise money for Motor Neurone Disease Association. Last December, the rugby coach raised over £2.7 million for the charity after running seven marathons in seven days.
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