Young Rhinos fan Isaac completes epic seven week challenge inspired by his heroes

Eight-year-old Leeds Rhinos fan Isaac Lawley has completed his seven week challenge inspired by Rob Burrow and Kevin Sinfield and raised over £3,000 for the MND Association in the process. 

Originally the Batley Boys junior player set himself the target of running a mile a day for seven days however he then raised the bar when he decided to keep running every day for seven weeks including Christmas Day. To finish off in style, the youngster ran two miles on the final day from the Rob Burrow mural in Leeds City Centre to his beloved Emerald Headingley Stadium to bring up the 50 mile marker for his challenge. He even had enough energy left to do a lap of the famous Headingley pitch with team mascot Ronnie the Rhino.

Before Isaac set off on Sunday on his final run, he received a message from Rhinos legend Kevin Sinfield who inspired him when he completed his own 7 in 7 Challenge back in December, running seven marathons in seven days and raising over £2.6 million. 

Commenting on the finish line, Isaac said, “It is amazing to have finished. It has been really enjoyable. The best bit was definitely running at the stadium with Ronnie the Rhino, that was great. I am really proud to have raised so much money. My friends have told me I have done a great job. It was fun running in the snow.  

Isaac’s dad Richard added, “The whole family are really proud of his achievements. It is not just about the money he has raised but the awareness he has gained for MND and Rob Burrow. We started doing a bit of running during lockdown with all his usual after school clubs closed and he wouldn’t run much further than the end of the road but on his final day today he has run over two miles and he could probably keep going. He has inspired the whole family to get out running.”

Sam Horner from the Leeds Rhinos Foundation added, “On behalf of everyone at the Rhinos and the Leeds Rhinos Foundation, we would like to congratulate Isaac. He is a been a huge inspiration throughout these 49 days. He is a great guy, I call him a little big guy and we are so proud of him in the community game too.”

And Isaac is not resting on his laurels, he is already working on plans for his next fundraising initiative. He added, “We are looking to do a mile a day on bikes for seven days next and then in the summer we are hoping to arrange a tournament with seven teams playing seven minutes each half.”

Fans can still support Isaac on his own Just Giving page by clicking here.