Sinfield all set for 7 in 7 epic marathon challenge

Rugby League legend Kevin Sinfield has begun his final preparations for his epic 7 in 7 marathon challenge which will start in less than a week to raise funds and awareness for his friend Rob Burrow and the Motor Neurone Disease Association. 

Sinfield is aiming to run seven marathons in seven days from 1st December, each in under four hours. 

The number seven is synonymous with Burrow as the number he wore throughout his career which was the spark for the idea by Sinfield to run seven marathons in seven days, finishing on the 7th December, with each run beginning at 7am. 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.

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. 

Final preparations are now being completed with five of the runs taking place around Sinfield’s home town of Oldham and Greater Manchester and two in Leeds. In order to comply with social distancing guidelines, the routes are not being publicised and well wishes are urged to show their support virtually and online through sponsorship donations. 

Looking ahead to the challenge Sinfield said, “Having announced the challenge a couple of weeks ago, the nerves have certainly started to build as we get closer to the 1st December. I managed three marathons in three days a couple of weeks ago in preparation and there is no doubting this will be an incredibly tough challenge both physically and mentally. I would like to thank all our partners who have made this possible and the local authorities in Greater Manchester, Oldham and Leeds who have helped us make sure we can do this as safely as possible in the current circumstances.

“I would like to thank everyone who has already donated so generously and hopefully you can keep spreading the word to friends and family to make sure we raise as much money and awareness as possible for MND,” added Sinfield. 

You can donate now at www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/sinfield-7-in-7 or supporters can continue to support MND via text message for the rest of this week. Text MNDROB to 70085 to donate £7. Texts cost £7, plus one standard rate message.  The MND Association is a Registered Charity (No. 294354).