Kevin Sinfield plays knighthood talks after his MND fundraiser for Rob Burrow

Kevin Sinfield is reenacting knighthood after walking an incredible 101 MILES in just 24 hours… with the former rugby star’s latest fundraising campaign for MND charities in support of friend Rob Burrow exceeding £1.5 MILLION


Kevin Sinfield has downplayed talk that he deserves a knighthood – he insists the government should instead focus on continuing to fund research into motor neuron disease.

The call for the man nicknamed ‘Sir Kev’ by Leeds Rhinos fans is officially getting that title after raising more than £1.5 million in the fight against MND by running 101 miles in 24 hours.

Boxing legend Frank Bruno said he hoped the honors commission would be “according to what Kevin has done”, while Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham said: “To those in power in this country…I know a lot of people want to see that and here those immortal words , “Stand up Sir Kevin”.’

Sinfield was awarded an OBE this summer after raising more than £2.7million last year to support his former teammate and MND patient Rob Burrow by running seven marathons in seven days.

But when asked if he was upgraded to ‘Sir’ after his last fundraisers, the Leicester Tigers coach said: ‘It’s very nice but I’d rather the government keep giving money to MND and try to find a cure.

‘That’s not what it’s about (honours). The main driving force is the Rob Burrow Care Center in Leeds. It’s really important to all of us. The sooner we can get that open, the better.’

Kevin Sinfield (right) declined to talk about being knighted in the new year after raising more than £1.5million for the MND Association and Leeds Hospitals Charity

Ex-rugby star Sinfield ran a total of nearly four marathons in just 24 hours

Ex-rugby star Sinfield ran a total of nearly four marathons in just 24 hours

Sinfield will attend Outwood Primary Academy from Leicester and Leeds on Tuesday

Sinfield will attend Outwood Primary Academy from Leicester and Leeds on Tuesday

What is motor neuron disease?

Motor neuron disease is a rare condition that mainly affects people in their 60s and 70s, but it can also affect adults of all ages.

It is caused by a problem with cells in the brain and nerves called motor neurons. These cells gradually stop working over time. It is not known why this happens.

If you have a close relative with motor neuron disease, or a related condition called frontotemporal dementia, it can sometimes mean you’re more likely to get it. But it does not run in families in most cases.

Early symptoms may include weakness in your ankle or leg, such as having trouble walking upstairs; slurred speech, difficulty swallowing, weak grip and gradual weight loss

If you have these symptoms, you should see a doctor. They will consider other possible conditions and may refer you to a specialist, a neurologist, if necessary.

If a close relative has motor neuron disease or frontotemporal dementia and you are concerned you may be at risk – they can refer you to a genetic counselor to talk about your risk and any tests you may have

Source: NHS UK

Sinfield completed his run from Leicester to Leeds in under 24 hours on Tuesday morning, admitting on Wednesday that he was ‘a little broken but it was worth every step’.

Attention is already turning to a new fundraiser next year and he told BBC breakfast: ‘Let’s go again. It’s pretty hard to come up with something and be creative that attracts people, but we’re going again.’

Sinfield’s journey from Leicester to Leeds was split into seven kilometer segments.

In December 2020, Sinfield helped raise more than £2.7 million by running seven marathons in seven days.

Burrow, married to teenage sweetheart Lindsey and father to Macy, nine, Maya, six, and Jackson, two, was diagnosed with motor neuron disease in 2019 and given only two years to live.

The Rugby League legend, who is now wheelchair-bound, was at the finish on Tuesday with his wife and eldest daughter Macy joining Sinfield for the last few steps of his challenge on the Headingley pitch.

The exacting ordeal left Sinfield physically ill, and he was urged to curb his daring.

Sinfield was unable to speak to waiting reporters as he was immediately taken away after fulfilling his obligations with the BBC’s Breakfast Show.

“It’s really nothing short of a miracle,” Geoff Burrow said [Rob’s dad]. “He’s superhuman.

“I’ve said before that he’s done enough. I think this is the ultimate, I don’t think he should try something like that again. But who knows with Kevin?

“We are all part of a big family since the famous Leeds team achieved what they have achieved, he is like another son to me. His mom and dad must be so proud, there are no words for it.

‘It’s hard to take. While we all knew he would, the most important thing is that Kevin took care of himself.

“The money is great, but nowhere as important as Kevin’s health. But he did it, I don’t know how.’

Sinfield crosses Long Row in central Nottingham on Monday as part of grueling challenge

Sinfield crosses Long Row in central Nottingham on Monday as part of grueling challenge

Sinfield gives a thumbs up to the 1,000 fans who were on his old grounds to cheer him home

Sinfield gives a thumbs up to the 1,000 fans who were on his old grounds to cheer him home

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