Former Leeds captain Kevin Sinfield made a triumphant if painful return to Headingley after completing his latest fundraising challenge, running the equivalent of nearly four marathons inside 24 hours.
Around 1,000 supporters were at his old ground to witness the completion of his 101-run mile from Leicester, where he now works as defence coach with the Tigers, from where he set off at 8.40am on Monday.
Sinfield has raised more than £500,000 for the MND Association and the Leeds Hospitals Charity to build a new care home in the name of his former Leeds team-mate Rob Burrow, who was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in December 2019.
Burrow was at Headingley for the emotional return of Sinfield, who was clearly in much discomfort after his gruelling run, the equivalent of almost four marathons completed without sleep.
Sinfield raised £2.7m last year by running seven marathons in seven days. His latest effort, the Extra Mile Challenge, saw him run 101 miles split into 7km sections, each of which had to be completed within 60 minutes.
“It’s been a real team effort from all the crew and I wouldn’t have got it done without them,” Sinfield told BBC Breakfast after finishing at Headingley.
“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.”