Kevin Sinfield to run seven ultramarathons in seven days for MND

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Since Rob, 40, was diagnosed in December 2019, former Leeds Rhinos captain Kevin, 42, has run seven marathons in seven days and 104 miles in just 24 hours to raise more than £4million for MND research. And Kevin’s upcoming “7 in 7 Challenge”, running seven ultra-marathons each day for a week, was his way of showing the former scrum-half he “cared”.

He told BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs his aim had been to run two marathons every year on retiring from playing professional rugby but “ended up doing a fair few more now, thanks to Rob”.

He said: “For him and what he is going through, and what the family are going through, I wanted to show them that I cared. I also want to show him I am doing my bit to raise awareness.

“I want to show him we will continue to do our bit to try to find a cure and a drug that slows this down – because it is a terrible disease and it’s massively underfunded.”

The new challenge will see Kevin start from Murrayfield, in Edinburgh, and visit football and rugby stadiums in the North that “mean something” to Rob, former Scottish rugby union player Doddie Weir and ex-Bradford City footballer Stephen Darby, all diagnosed with MND.

The challenge will finish during half-time of the men’s Rugby League World Cup final at Old Trafford on November 19.

Desert Island Discs, BBC Radio 4, at 11.15am today.

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