In the news over the last couple of weeks, you might have seen a story about Kevin Sinfield MBE fundraising for friend and ex-teammate Rob Burrow and the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA). Childhood friends, they met at the Leeds Academy 26 years ago and rose through the ranks together to the first team of the Leeds Rhinos. Now both retired, 12 months ago Burrow announced that he had been diagnosed with motor neurone disease, an uncommon degenerative condition affecting the brain and nerves. Just a year later, Rob is now in a wheelchair and can no longer speak.
Sinfield, now the Director of Rugby for the Leeds Rhinos, wanted to raise money for his friend’s family as well as for the MNDA, to fund research into the condition. He set himself the challenge of raising £77777 by running 7 marathons (26.2 miles each) in 7 days, starting on December 1st. By his final run, the figure stood at over £2.5 million.
Two local lads, brothers Roman Shaw (15) and Riley Shaw (13), were inspired by the fantastic feat and decided they wanted to follow in Sinfield’s footsteps by running and raising cash.
Keen rugby players, they have been playing rugby for Moldgreen Rugby League since age 7 and 8. With a target of £777, and 7 days of 7 mile runs, the friends started running on 16th December and will complete their final run tomorrow, Tuesday 22nd December. At the time of writing, their fundraising total has just topped an incredible £3000.
Running a total of 49 miles in 7 days, come rain or shine, the boys have sometimes been joined with friends and teammates to cheer them on. As the week has gone on, video messages from rugby greats such as Wayne Goodwin, Eorl Crabtree, and Kevin Sinfield himself have spurred them on to the finish line.
All at Huddersfield Times wish Roman and Riley the best of luck for their last run, you should both be really proud of your achievement.
Donations can still be made to this fundraiser at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/randr7in7 .