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Sky Sports rugby league expert Barrie McDermott explains why he’s in awe of what Kevin Sinfield is doing to raise money for Rob Burrow and the Motor Neurone Disease Association. . .
I was up early Friday morning to do the final leg of his seven marathons in seven days with my former Leeds Rhinos teammate and good friend Kevin Sinfield to support another of our little friends, Rob Burrow, while Rob continues its motor neuron disease awareness campaign.
Kevin was tired on the fourth day and understandably so. There are a ton of anti-Covid-19 restrictions from Public Health England and they have to adhere to some very strict rules but it has been a real pleasure and honor to be with him and his gang changing voices.
Like everyone I am in awe of what he does, my goodness, hasn’t he attacked it? It was faster on the second day than the first, on the third day faster than the second, and Friday was a lot more stable and slower – not my fault, honestly! – Day with three more marathons.
At the beginning, Kevin set out to be 77. Raising £ 777 to help support Rob and the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA), and that goal has been over £ 400 since then. 000 pounds collected so far smashed.
It’s an incredible response and I think it’s a combination of two things. One is the predilection, affection, love, and warmth that everyone demands for Rob and his lovely family, but it’s also the appreciation of someone who tackles a superhuman challenge with seeming ease.
You look at him and listen to him speak and he feels it a little. There was a point around the three-hour mark on Friday when I was behind him where we’d laughed at our team and all of the characters on it, remembering pranks Rob had played and he got a little weepy – him didn’t do it I don’t know, but I also had a lump in my throat and tried to fight it for his sake.
Kevin Sinfield explains why he’s running seven marathons in seven days to support former teammate Rob Burrow.
It’s just the recognition of people throwing money into the Covid-ridden year 2020 that makes it such a big deal for someone so closely related to Rob himself. We watch it with admiration and marvel at Kevin’s performance and how Rob’s story is being told in public far and wide.
I had a video from our former Sky Sports colleague Brian Carney of former British & Irish Lions and Irish rugby union captain Ronan O’Gara who had seen it, seen it and asked what he could do to help help – and that’s what makes people do it.
We’re blessed to be part of the rugby league family, but I feel like this is bigger and wider, and I have that feeling when we started our racing club with the horse Burrow Seven.
Live in the UK at any time 5. 000 people with MND. If it doesn’t touch you personally, then you are aware of motor neuron disease but you probably don’t respect it.
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When you see how this affects your family and the people around you, give him a great deal of respect and what Kevin has done with his team around him is amazing.
He has people around him who really support him and do what is best for him. He’s negotiating busy roads and needs this team to handle that side of things. It’s the equivalent of a police escort because once you’re on this step, the last thing you want to want to get off your right leg is just to change your direction slightly.
His routine is pretty much set; He’s got ice baths, he’s got compression clothing, he needs to fuel up to have lots of calories in his body, and then he goes to sleep, only sleeps a few hours due to a determined and racing mind, and gets up early in the morning and ready to go.
It usually starts at 7 a.m., so it has to deal with lack of sleep, sore muscles and the effects of taking multiple steps on your hips, knees, and feet.
Rob is also grateful and in the past 12 months has done nothing but thanking people for having so much humility and being so honest – and most of the time underestimating himself about the impact he has had on people even before his illness.
He almost can’t understand it, but he sent some nice text and voice messages and it made all the difference.
The ultimate goal for Kevin was 77. 777 pounds, but after a few days it became realistic that there is no reason why it’s not 777. Can reach £ 777. The more we can do to promote it, raise awareness of the MNDA, tell Rob’s uplifting story, and the story of this inspiring, tremendous, superhuman effort, the better.
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