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England Rugby Coach Kevin Sinfield Carries Rob Burrow Across Marathon Finish Line

BY Philip Bendon  ·  Monday May 15, 2023

Rugby League icon Kevin Sinfield OBE stopped just short of the finish at the inaugural Leeds marathon to carry his long-time teammate Rob Burrow across the line.

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Burrow who was diagnosed with motor neurone disease (MND) in 2019 was the inspiration for the marathon which saw 12,000 people take part.

In what was a truly emotional day, Sinfield who is an assistant coach to England Rugby Union head coach Steve Borthwick, pushed Burrow through the course in a specially designed wheelchair.

Roared on by those who lined the 42.2km course, Sinfield and Burrow joined the other runners in the first marathon to be held in Leeds in twenty years.

The marathon aimed to raise funds for The Rob Burrow Centre for Motor Neurone Disease Appeal and the Leeds Hospitals Charity, as well as a host of other causes.

“The support for the MND community through the Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon has been fantastic,” said Sinfield.

To date Sinfield has raised more than £8m for MND charities by completing several other ventures most notably running seven back-to-back Ultra Marathons as well as running 101 miles in 24 hours.

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Speaking before the event Burrow was emotional in his thanks for the city of leads saying: “Leeds is such a wonderful city and I am so grateful for all the support the city has shown not just for me and my family, but for the event and the entire MND community.”

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