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Rugby League icon Kevin Sinfield sets up new Leeds marathon in honour of Rhinos legend Rob Burrow

Rugby League icon Kevin Sinfield sets up new Leeds marathon in honour of Rhinos legend Rob Burrow to lift funds for MND Care Centre in town

  • The Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon will begin and finish at Headingley Stadium 
  • The run on May 14 is the brainchild of Burrow’s former captain Kevin Sinfield 
  • There will likely be 7,777 locations obtainable – a nod to his No 7 shirt quantity at Leeds

A new marathon in Leeds has been launched in honour of Rhinos legend and motor neurone illness sufferer Rob Burrow.

The run is the brainchild of Burrow’s former captain Kevin Sinfield and can happen for the primary time on May 14 subsequent year.

It will increase funds for the Leeds Hospitals Charity’s attraction to build the Rob Burrow Centre for MND, in addition to the MND Association.

Kevin Sinfield and Rob Burrow launch the new Leeds Marathon at Headingley Stadium

Kevin Sinfield and Rob Burrow launch the new Leeds Marathon at Headingley Stadium

The Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon will begin and finish at Headingley Stadium, the place Burrow performed for the Rhinos from 2001 to 2017, and there will likely be 7,777 locations obtainable – a nod to his No 7 shirt quantity.

‘It’s been wonderful to see individuals in Leeds and past get behind Rob on this journey over the previous few years, and seeing the launch of a devoted occasion in the Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon is an unbelievable feeling,’ mentioned Sinfield.

‘This event is a vital next step in ensuring we raise even more money, and help to make Rob’s dream of opening a new MND Care Centre in Leeds a actuality.

‘We just want to keep banging the drum. We need to find a cure. It’s a horrible illness and it’s been massively underfunded through the years.

Family and friends show their support for the Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon on May 14 next year

Family and mates present their assist for the Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon on May 14 subsequent year

‘We’ve obtained to maintain preventing. Every penny helps.’

The occasion marks the primary time Leeds has hosted a marathon since 2003. The current Leeds Half Marathon and a household run will happen on the identical day subsequent year.

‘It’s loopy {that a} metropolis like Leeds doesn’t have a marathon and it ought to have one,’ added Sinfield, who ran 101 miles in honour of Burrow final year in addition to seven marathons in seven days in 2020.

‘The fact it’s going to be in Rob’s identify is sensible. He’ll be on that begin line setting us off. I believe his spouse Lindsey’s working and we’ll get as many former team-mates collectively and attempt to hobble spherical.’

Sinfield hopes the fundraising effort can boost plans to open a MND Care Centre in Leeds

Sinfield hopes the fundraising effort can increase plans to open a MND Care Centre in Leeds

Burrow, 39, added: ‘I’m so proud to have a marathon named after me. Everything in regards to the wonderful metropolis of Leeds is class. I’m going to have to participate in my electrical wheelchair. I’ll begin now and get match! This is for all charities in explicit the MND group! 

‘Any alternative to lift consciousness and funds to struggle MND is fantastic and I do know that a lot money will likely be raised by these participating for therefore many nice causes which are personal to every runner.

‘I’m significantly happy to see that the occasion combines the half marathon and a household enjoyable run so that everybody, of all talents, can get entangled.

‘Good luck to everybody who indicators up and thanks to your assist.’ 

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