Leeds Rhinos legend Kevin Sinfield announces plans for another gruelling challenge later this year after raising £2.2MILLION by running seven marathons in seven days in support of his former team-mate Rob Burrow and the MND Association
- Leeds Rhinos legend Kevin Sinfield has plans for another “7 in 7” challenge
- The Leeds Rhinos legend famously raised £2.2million for MNDA last December
- Sinfield was also running in support of his former team-mate Rob Burrow
- He is now plotting his next effort, which will see him swap running for walking
Kevin Sinfield has revealed plans for a second ‘7 in 7’ challenge later this year in support of his former team-mate Rob Burrow and the Motor Neurone Disease Association.
The Leeds Rhinos legend famously raised £2.2million for MNDA last December – smashing his initial target of £77,777 – when he ran seven marathons in seven days.
But Sinfield is now plotting his next fundraising effort for MND sufferer Burrow and the charity, which is set to see him swap running for walking.
Kevin Sinfield has revealed plans for a second ‘7 in 7’ challenge later this year in support of his former team-mate Rob Burrow and the Motor Neurone Disease Association
The Leeds Rhinos legend raised £2.2million for MNDA last December, smashing his target
‘We’re hoping there will be another “7 in 7” towards the back end of the year,’ he admitted.
‘Without giving too much away, I think it is going to be a walk that covers seven days with a bit of a crazy distance set in there. That’s where we are heading at the minute.
‘Because of how restricted we were last time, we want to try and open it up to as many people as we can. Obviously we need to be Covid-secure, but we’d like to think by the back end of the year those bigger type events will be able to go ahead and we could get across the country. We want people to get involved because with that it becomes so much more powerful.’
MNDA announced on Thursday that £1.25m of the £2.2m Sinfield raised last year will go to frontline support services, £300,000 to local support and £655,000 to research.
Former Leeds Rhinos star Rob Burrow was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in 2019
Sinfield was greeted by his friend and old team-mate Burrow at Headingley Stadium after he finished his fifth marathon back in December
The charity also pledged to give an extra £2m to research – on top of the £3m they have already committed – thanks to further fundraising activities by the public off the back of the awareness raised by Sinfield and Burrow.
‘This money will make a real difference,’ said Sinfield. ‘We need to find a cure. We need to find some treatments that slow it down and stop it and hopefully reverse it.’
Sinfield is also involved in discussions with the RFL about further research into the long-term effects of head injuries, following Burrow’s illness and the retirement of Rhinos captain Stevie Ward, which was caused by concussion.
‘Concussion is getting a lot of column inches at the minute and rightly so,’ he added. ‘The research is really, really important.
‘I was on a call yesterday with our governing body about a new research project and we were the first club in the country to trial mouthguard technology last year. As a club, we just want the game to be safer.’