Sinfield and Burrow have raised over £15million to combat Motor Neurone Disease through a series of challenges since Burrow was diagnosed in 2019. Earlier this month, Sinfield completed his ‘7 in 7 in 7’ challenge in which he ran seven ultramarathons in seven cities across Britain and Ireland in seven days.
Hundreds greet Sinfield in York
The first leg of the challenge saw the 43-year-old run from Headingley Stadium to York Minster. Kevin Sinfield (left), and Rob Burrow have been made CBEs (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the New Year Honours list, for services to Motor Neurone Disease awareness (Image: PA/Danny Lawson) Hundreds of fans greeted Sinfield as he arrived in the city. After crossing the finish line, he stood on top of a concrete block and thanked the crowd for their support. “York’s been a really special place for us, we know you love Rob Burrow like we do,” Sinfield told the crowd, which cheered back.
‘he’s been incredible’
After being recognised in the New Year Honours he said: “The bravery and courage that Rob and his amazing family have shown as he is fighting MND is wonderful; to open the front door and to show the world what it’s like to live with it, he’s been incredible. Kevin Sinfield crossing the finish line in York in December 2023 (Image: PA/Danny Lawson) “I think the whole family have shown us all what a great family look like and they’ve been so inspirational.” Sinfield was awarded an MBE in 2014 in recognition of his rugby league career, and subsequently an OBE in 2021 for his fundraising work to help find a cure and help those living with MND. The crowd awaits Kevin Sinfield outside York Minster in December 2023 (Image: Dylan Connell)Burrow said he hoped to receive his award together with Sinfield after his hopes of a joint investiture in 2021, when Burrow received an MBE for his work for the MND community, was scuppered due to illness.
“I am honoured to receive the CBE on behalf of the MND community. Rob Burrow and wife Lindsey Burrow during day one of 7 in 7 in 7 Challenge from Headingley to York Minster (Image: PA/Danny Lawson) “It is always pleasing to have another opportunity to bang the drum for the whole community and ensure that those living with MND are remembered, especially at this time of year. “I am particularly pleased that my good friend Kevin Sinfield is also receiving a CBE. “I hope Kevin and I can go to the palace together in the New Year to enjoy another special occasion together again.” Kevin Sinfield during day six of the 7 in 7 in 7 Challenge in Brighton and Hove in December 2023 (Image: Adam Davy/PA Wire)
Following his first quest of seven marathons in seven days in 2020, Sinfield ran 101 miles in under 24 hours from Welford Road in Leicester to Headingley in 2021. Last year’s challenge ended on the pitch at half-time during the men’s World Cup final between Australia and New Zealand at Old Trafford.
Sinfield ‘humbled’ by award
Sinfield said he was “humbled” by his award which he dedicated to the MND community. “I certainly was not expecting the award and this has never been about any recognition, this is about raising money and awareness for the MND community and for fighting for Rob so I feel very humbled by the whole thing,” he added. “I feel like I’m the one getting singled out but it’s been a real team effort from everybody. I can’t do it on my own. I need everybody to do their bit and it’s been an incredible journey.”