7 in 7 Challenge fundraising passes £250,000
Kevin Sinfield MBE on day 1 of his seven marathons in seven days fundraising challenge in support of his former Leeds Rhinos team-mate Rob Burrow and the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MND).
The 7 in 7 Challenge, with Kevin Sinfield looking to run seven marathons in seven days, all in under four hours, has reached another incredible milestone with online donations passing a quarter of a million pounds.
The initial target was to raise £77,777 to help support Rob Burrow and his young family as well as the MND Association however with the public support for the epic challenge continuing it means the funds raised will be able to help even more families who find themselves in the same position as Rob and Lindsey Burrow with no cure at present for this cruel disease.
Sinfield has completed two marathons so far on Tuesday and Wednesday in under three hours and forty minutes with two more runs to come in Saddleworth before the 7 in 7 Challenge moving to Leeds on Saturday and Sunday for runs five and six.
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Commenting on the fundraising, Sinfield said, “On behalf of everyone involved in the challenge, I would like to say a massive, heartfelt thank you. Today was a tough run with the cold, wet and fog but getting updates as we go along about the total going up and up, lifts us all and drives us on. I am so proud to be wearing the MND Associaton vest and I am immensily proud to wear the number 7 on my back for our friend. The combination of those two is so, so powerful. This money will enable to the MND Association to do so much good so please do keep donating.
“I had a lovely message from Rob last night, he is overwhelmed by all the support this has generated and it means the world to him and his family so thank you to every one,” added Sinfield.
Fans in Leeds in particularly have asked about being able to support Kevin on his run this weekend. In order to make the runs possible during the current restrictions, the team have had to follow a number of protocols agreed with local authorities and of course this includes not publishing the route so that people are encouraged to congregate in large crowds. The runs start each day at 7am and finish before 11am. If you are out and about in North Leeds this weekend and see Kev, we’re sure you will give him your full support but please do so in a responsible way, socially distanced from other people you do not live with and wearing a face covering. Here are the current guidelines in Leeds from Leeds City Council.