Former England captain Kevin Sinfield will embark on his most grueling challenge yet as he attempts to cover 101 miles in one day to raise Â£ 100,000 for those affected by motor neuron disease.
The 41-year-old, who joined the Premiership Rugby Union coaching team for Leicester Tigers earlier this year, will try to run from Tigers home Mattioli Woods Welford Road to Emerald Headingley Stadium in Leeds in 24 hours for raise funds for the MND Association and The Rob Burrow Center for MND.
His friend and former Leeds Burrow teammate was diagnosed with the disease in December 2019 and has since championed fundraising and awareness raising for those affected.
Sinfield, who led a team that raised more than Â£ 2.7million by completing seven marathons in seven days in December last year, said: “It will undoubtedly be the toughest challenge I have ever had. never tried, but I know it will mean so much to so many people if we can reach our fundraising goal.
âDuring my short stay with the Tigers the people of Leicester made me feel right at home and it’s wonderful that we were able to host an event that starts in Leicester and ends with our return to Emerald Headingley.
âThe public response over the past year has been overwhelming and I know from the feedback we have received from the MND Association that every penny raised has been put to good use in helping members of the MND community through England and Wales.
âThe more money we can collect, the more people we can help and ultimately find a cure for this cruel disease. We have seen science and research do some amazing things over the past year and I know a lot of work is being done to find a breakthrough for MND.
“I’m sure there will be tough times as we hit the streets day and night, in cold November temperatures, but knowing the good we can all achieve together will be a huge motivation for all people. involved. “
Starting Monday, November 22, Sinfield and his team will complete the course in seven-kilometer stages, each to be completed in an hour, with the next starting on time.
Initially, they planned to run 100 miles, but the actual distance is 101, so the race was named The Extra Mile Challenge.
In addition to public donations, Sinfield hopes to attract five key benefactors, whose logos will appear on his running vest, to donate Â£ 20,000 each, doubling the proceeds to Â£ 200,000.
Donations will be split equally between the Leeds Hospitals appeal for charity to build the Rob Burrow Center for MND supporting people living with the disease and their families, and the MND association, which funds multidisciplinary care in across the country, as well as research into potential treatments.