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Former rugby league player Kevin Sinfield has announced a new challenge he will be taking on to support motor neurone disease (MND) charities.

Sinfield’s 7 in 7 in 7 Challenge will see the ex-Leeds Rhinos player run an ultra-marathon every day for seven days in seven cities, including Leeds and York, in December.

He has raised millions for MND charities since his former teammate Rob Burrow was diagnosed in 2019.

“Here we go again,” said Sinfield. “I did say last year that the Ultra 7 in 7 would complete the trilogy but there was always that caveat that Rocky 4 was my favourite Rocky film.

“The MND community have always given us incredible support and we wanted to find a way that we could show that support for more people around the country.

“I would especially like to thank all the local authorities and councils who have given us their support, it means so much to everyone.

“Physically this will be my toughest challenge as I have not been able to do the amount of training that I have done previously because of my commitments for the World Cup and we have set an ambitious time target to complete each ultra so people know that we will be pushing ourselves to the limit.

“I am looking forward to it and seeing all the support out on the streets once again. For the MND community, every second counts and we will be making the most of every step on this challenge to raise awareness, funds and support for that community.”

Each run will be in cities across the UK and Ireland and is to be a full marathon, with an additional mile, marking the extra mile people go to help their friends when they are facing difficulty.

Sinfield hopes to complete each run in under four hours.

The 7 in 7 in 7 Challenge will support five charities, including the Rob Burrow Centre for MND in Leeds and the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation, the Irish MND Association and the Darby Rimmer MND Foundation, as well as the 4ED campaign to support former Gloucester and Leicester Rugby Union player Ed Slater.

Sinfield will start his challenge on Friday 1st December, leaving Headingley Stadium in Leeds and ending at York Minster.

The next day he will travel to Cardiff, before taking in Birmingham, Edinburgh, Dublin and Brighton, ahead of the challenge finishing on The Mall in London on Thursday 7th December.

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