The Rob Burrows Leeds Marathon 2023 is set to take place this Sunday, and the Leeds Rhinos legend had some heartfelt words for everyone ahead of this weekend’s race.
The marathon will take place at 9am this Sunday, followed by the half marathon at 10am. It marks the first time the city has hosted a marathon in twenty years – and a record-breaking number has signed up to take part.
Rob and Kevin Sinfield have thanked runners for their support and wished them good luck in a video message ahead of the race.
Yorkshire Evening Post reported that Rob said: “I would like to say a huge thank you to all the amazing runners taking part in the inaugural Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon on May 14. Whether this is your first marathon or your seventh, I can’t thank you enough for your support.
One face you may recognise running the race this weekend is Cheerful Charlie from the popular Prime Video series Clarkson’s Farm is set to take part in the Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon and has started an Instagram page tracking his running.
Charlie reveals on his Just Giving page his reasons for taking part in the event. He states on his page that his “dad was diagnosed with MND in 2008.
“Our family received amazing support and advice and Dad given fantastic care from the wonderful teams supplied by MNDA. MND is a truly dreadful disease but the warmth and kindness of the people we met through the NHS and MNDA helped us all.
“With no cure and limited medical treatment options raising funds for MNDA will allow vital research into the disease as well as providing support for those who really need it.”
So far Charlie has raised over 10k for the cause, which is a fantastic achievement and all for a great cause.
The marathon has been organised by Jane Tomlinson’s Run For All, in partnership with Leeds City Council, and was inspired by Kevin’s running challenges over the last few years.
Aiming to drive awareness and funds for Leeds Hospitals Charity, the marathon will help build the Rob Burrow Centre for MND in Seacroft as well as the MND Association.
Participants are also encouraged to choose charities of their choice as well with more than £1million raised through the event already.
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