A huge crowd turned out in York to greet rugby star Kevin Sinfield as he arrived outside the Minster yesterday (Thursday).
He arrived on day five of his latest fundraising bid in aid of motor neurone disease, the Ultra 7 in 7 Challenge.
The former Leeds Rhinos captain is aiming to run around 40 miles for seven consecutive days before reaching Old Trafford at half-time in Saturday’s Rugby League World Cup final.
Following Thursday’s 41-mile leg from Stokesley to York, the running total of donations stood at just over £670,000.
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Sinfield’s route – during which he was joined by former Rhinos team-mate Jamie Peacock and also briefly met up with his wife Jayne – saw him head south through Knayton towards Thirsk, passing through Clifton and Bootham before finishing the day’s run in front of hundreds of well-wishers outside York Minster.
Speaking ahead of his departure, against a background of wind and rain, Sinfield said on BBC Breakfast: “People with MND don’t get to chose do they? We wanted it to be tough.
“The great thing about today is we are all a bit busted, but I have got four great friends running with us today who bring a load of energy and the support has been incredible, we can’t thank people enough.”
The 42-year-old is inspired by his close friend and former team-mate Rob Burrow, who was diagnosed with MND in late 2019, as well as former Scotland rugby player Doddie Weir and ex-Bradford captain Stephen Darby, who live with the disease.
For today’s leg, Sinfield has left York and headed over 35 miles to Bradford. He has passed the Knavesmire racecourse and is heading on to Tadcaster before running towards Leeds Beckett University, passing the Rob Burrow mural on the way.