Since her husband Rob was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in 2019, Lindsey Burrow has wholeheartedly supported his efforts to raise funds and awareness of people living with the devastating condition and their loved ones.

Since Rob’s diagnosis, Lindsey has shared what life is now like as a busy mum of three, juggling work and being a full-time carer for Rob.

Now, Lindsey is also adding marathon training to her routine, as she prepares to take on the Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon on the 14th May 2023, less than 12 weeks away.

Before the school run, Lindsey is braving the cold early mornings to train and has been clocking up the miles, following a marathon training plan developed by her personal trainer Josh Taylor. This week they met at the athletics centre at South Leeds stadium to work on speed training.  

Lindsey, Physiotherapist at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, is taking on the marathon to raise funds for Leeds Hospitals Charity’s appeal to build the Rob Burrow Centre for Motor Neurone Disease at Leeds Teaching Hospitals.

Lindsey is a patron for the charity, alongside her husband Rob, and told us her motivation behind running the Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon:

“Rob and I have been so humbled by the support we’ve received over the past few years, we could have never imagined the impact sharing our story would have on so many people, not only in Leeds, but across the UK. I’ve watched so many people push themselves to the limit to raise funds abecause of Rob, so I thought it was time that I also went out of my comfort zone.

“I enjoy running and have done some half marathons to raise funds before, but a full-blown marathon is completely new territory for me. I’m a bit nervous but I’m now up to 17 miles and am determined to complete it, not just for me, but for all those families living with MND

Leeds Hospitals Charity launched their fundraising appeal to build a specialist MND centre in September 2021 and has raised over £3 million thanks to the efforts of individuals, local businesses and Kevin Sinfield’s heroic challenges.

Rob, who receives care at the current MND centre based at Seacroft Hospital, and his family have seen first-hand what a huge difference a new centre will make

Esther Wakeman, CEO of Leeds Hospitals Charity has been amazed by Lindsey’s dedication to make Rob’s dream of a specialist MND centre in Leeds a reality:

“I am completely in awe of Lindsey, her determination to train for a marathon, when she is already a busy mum and caring for Rob, is inspiring.  Together, Rob and Lindsey have done so much for the Charity and the wider MND community. I’m really grateful to Lindsey for going the extra mile, quite literally, and taking on this personal challenge to support the Rob Burrow Centre for MND Appeal. All of us at Leeds Hospitals Charity wish Lindsey the very best of luck with her training and look forward to cheering her on along with our other runners!”

Thanks to her fundraising efforts, Lindsey has already raised just over £2,000 through her fundraising page and is hoping to exceed her target of £7,777 – a number that holds special meaning to the family and is inspired by Rob’s Leeds Rhino’s number 7 shirt. 


You can support Lindsey by donating to her fundraising page here