Sinfield completes the extra mile race

Rugby league legend Kevin Sinfield has completed a 101 mile race in 24 hours to aid motor neuron disease research and raised over £ 600,000.

He set out Monday from Welford Road, where he is coach of the Leicester Tigers.

The route ended in Headingley, home to the Leeds Rhinos rugby league club, where he played for 18 years.

Sinfield raised £ 2.7 million last year by running seven marathons in seven days and was a teammate of Rob Burrow, who was diagnosed with MND in 2019.

“It has been a real team effort by the entire crew and I would not have done it without them,” Sinfield told BBC Breakfast after finishing at Headingley.

“The support along the route has been incredible from the beginning. It was certainly a battle; we wanted a battle and we certainly got it.

“I’m broken, I don’t know when I’ll be able to run again.

“Rob knows how much we love and care about him.”

The 41-year-old initially set a fundraising goal of £ 100,000 for the Extra Mile Challenge, but had already exceeded that total before starting the race at 08:40 GMT on Monday.

By the end of the challenge, the total raised had skyrocketed to over half a million pounds.

His grueling route from the East Midlands to West Yorkshire was divided into 7km sections, each having to be completed in 60 minutes.

More to follow.

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