Leeds Rhinos legend Kevin Sinfield to take on 'running home for Christmas' MND challenge

Leeds Rhinos legend Kevin Sinfield will embark on his fifth challenge this December when he leads his fundraising team across Great Britain and Northern Ireland in aid of the motor neurone disease community.

The week-long 'running home for Christmas' challenge will see the fundraising group cover 50km per day.

Each day will be broken down into 7km blocks – the number MND sufferer Rob Burrow wore with distinction during his glittering career at Leeds alongside Sinfield – with the aim of completing each segment within one hour.

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"It is a special time of year for our challenges," said Sinfield.

"We always say that people like to see us battling through the elements but for us it is wonderful to arrive in cities with the Christmas lights up and everyone feeling good.

"The MND community are always in our thoughts but especially at that time of year when families are going through tough times."

The team will set off on December 1 with a run from Liverpool to Wrexham before travelling from Gloucester to Bristol the following day for the longest leg of the challenge at 60km.

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After heading to Belfast, Stirling, Glasgow, Hull, Northampton and Leicester, the fundraisers will finish with a leg from Old Trafford to Saddleworth, where the first-ever challenge ended in 2020.

Kevin Sinfield has signed up for his latest challenge. (Photo: Olly Hassell/SWpix.com)Kevin Sinfield has signed up for his latest challenge. (Photo: Olly Hassell/SWpix.com)
Kevin Sinfield has signed up for his latest challenge. (Photo: Olly Hassell/SWpix.com)

The team will run an extra mile each day with members of the MND community to "signify the extra mile people can all go to help their friends in tough times".

"We want to meet as many of the MND community as we can along the way, whether that is at our stops after each 7km block, or at the extra mile events, which was so special last year," added Sinfield, who has raised millions for charity since Burrow was diagnosed with MND in 2019.

"We are announcing a bit earlier this year so as many people as possible can get involved either as supporters or sponsors."

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