Leeds Rhinos legend Kevin Sinfield announces plans for another grueling ‘7 in 7’ challenge

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Leeds Rhinos legend Kevin Sinfield announces plans for another grueling challenge later this year after raising £ 2.2 MILLION by running seven marathons in seven days in support of his former teammate Rob Burrow and the MND Association

  • Leeds Rhinos legend Kevin Sinfield has plans for another “7 in 7” challenge
  • The legend of the Leeds Rhinos raised £ 2.2m for MNDA last December
  • Sinfield also ran in support of his former teammate Rob Burrow
  • He is now planning his next attempt, which he will trade for walking

Kevin Sinfield has revealed plans for a second ‘7 in 7’ challenge later this year in support of his former teammate Rob Burrow and the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

The legend of the Leeds Rhinos raised £ 2.2m for MNDA last December – smashing his initial goal of £ 77,777 – when he ran seven marathons in seven days.

But Sinfield is now plotting his next fundraiser for MND patient Burrow and the charity, which will see him running for a walk.

Kevin Sinfield has revealed plans for a second '7 in 7' challenge later this year in support of his former teammate Rob Burrow and the Motor Neurone Disease Association

Kevin Sinfield has revealed plans for a second ‘7 in 7’ challenge later this year in support of his former teammate Rob Burrow and the Motor Neurone Disease Association

The Legend of the Rhinos from Leeds raised £ 2.2m for MNDA last December, knocking it over

The Legend of the Rhinos from Leeds raised £ 2.2m for MNDA last December, knocking it over

The Legend of the Rhinos from Leeds raised £ 2.2m for MNDA last December, knocking it over

“We hope there will be another” 7 out of 7 “by the end of the year,” he admitted.

‘Without giving too much away, I think it’s going to be a seven-day walk with a bit of a crazy distance in it. That’s where we’re headed right now.

‘Because we were so limited last time, we want to try to open it up to as many people as possible. Obviously we need to be Covid safe, but we would like to think that by the end of the year those bigger events can go ahead and we can traverse the country. We want people to get involved because that makes it 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 neuron disease in 2019

Former Leeds Rhinos star Rob Burrow was diagnosed with motor neuron disease in 2019

Former Leeds Rhinos star Rob Burrow was diagnosed with motor neuron disease in 2019

Sinfield was greeted by his friend and longtime teammate Burrow at Headingley Stadium after finishing his fifth marathon in December.

The charity also pledged to provide an additional £ 2 million in research – on top of the £ 3 million they have already pledged – through further public fundraising efforts thanks to Sinfield and Burrow’s awareness.

“This money will really make a difference,” said Sinfield. ‘We have 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 after Burrow’s disease and the retirement of Rhinos captain Stevie Ward caused by a concussion.

“Concussions are getting a lot of column inches right now, and with good reason,” he added. ‘The research is really very important.

“I had a phone conversation with our governing body yesterday about a new research project and last year we were the first club in the country to try mouthguard technology. As a club, we just want the game to be safer. ‘

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