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Yesterday saw thousands of runners, as well as spectators, lining the streets of Leeds in aid of a range of worthy causes and a truly inspirational man. The Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon was organised to support The Rob Burrow Centre for Motor Neurone Disease Appeal and the Leeds Hospitals Charity, as well as a host of other causes.
Rob Burrow was diagnosed with motor neurone disease (MND) in 2019, a disease for which there is currently no cure; having previously been a hugely successful rugby league player, spending his entire professional career from 2001-2017 with Leeds Rhinos, as well as representing England and Great Britain.
Rob's wife Lindsey also ran, and we are extremely proud of our very own Mr Kibble who trained hard and ran his first marathon - a huge achievement, really well done. Congratulations to everyone who took part and supported this hugely significant event.
Kevin Sinfield pushed his friend around the entire 26.2 mile marathon in a specially adapted wheelchair before carrying him over the finish line as the crowd cheered loudly. Sinfield, also a former Leeds Rhinos player and teammate of Burrow, is the current coach for England. He has raised more than £8m for MND charities, including an 'Ultra 7 in 7 Challenge' when he ran seven back-to-back marathons; 7 being his friend Rob's playing number. When friendship means this much, no other words are needed.