Over 10,000 entries have been sold for the inaugural Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon in partnership with Clarion. In honour of Rob’s iconic shirt number at Leeds Rhinos, a previous target of 7,777 entries had been set for the event. Since its launch in March 2022, thousands of runners from across the UK and beyond have rallied to the cause.

The event has been inspired by former Leeds Rhinos captain Kevin Sinfield OBE running challenges in recent years in support of his friend and team mate Rob. Marking the first time the city has hosted a marathon in twenty years, the marathon will honour Leeds Rhinos legend Rob Burrow MBE and help raise vital funds for the Leeds Hospitals Charity’s appeal to build the Rob Burrow Centre for Motor Neurone Disease, as well as the MND Association.

Influenced by Kevin Sinfield’s phenomenal Ultra 7 in 7 challenge, event organisers are encouraging participant’s to ‘Run for a mate, with a mate’.

In support of Rob and the whole MND community, Sinfield ran over 60km per day for seven days from Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh to Old Trafford in Manchester. Commenting on his recent challenge, Kevin Sinfield OBE said:

“In my own mind, this is a run for a mate, with a mate.

I have been unbelievably overwhelmed by the support we have received since the launch of the marathon earlier this year and I would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to everyone single person who has signed up to take part.

I have no doubt that Sunday 14th May is going to be an incredibly special day for all those involved, whether that’s participating, volunteering or spectating. The event is going to be a monumental step in ensuring we raise vital funds to contribute towards making Rob’s dream of opening a new MND Care Centre in Leeds a reality, so seeing so many people in Leeds and beyond get behind Rob and all those affected by MND is just an incredible feeling.”

Since he was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease in December 2019, Rob and his family have campaigned to raise awareness and crucial funds to support everyone impacted by MND. Rob’s latest goal is the opening of a new MND care centre in Leeds, allowing those living with MND and their families the best possible care and support.

Encompassing a brand-new route, the event will start and finish where Rob achieved some of his greatest sporting achievements, Headingley Stadium; a fitting tribute to the city that launched Rob’s career and which he calls home.

Paula Guanaria, Head of Relationship Fundraising at Leeds Hospitals Charity said:

“All of us at Leeds Hospitals Charity are delighted at the news that over 10,000 people have now signed up take part in the Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon next May. This shows the incredible impact Rob’s story and Kevin’s fundraising has had on people, not only in Yorkshire, but up and down the country. We are so grateful to everyone who has signed up to the marathon to help us raise funds to build the Rob Burrow Centre for MND here in Leeds.”