Leicester Tigers coach and rugby league icon Kevin Sinfield is putting his body on the line for his friend, Rob Burrow.

The former Leeds Rhinos and England rugby league captain has embarked on a challenge to run 101 miles in just 24 hours.

Setting off from Leicester Tigers’ home ground Welford Road, Sinfield will arrive at his Leeds Rhinos’ Headingley Stadium on Tuesday morning.

And at Headingley he will be greeted by his former teammate and close friend, Rob Burrow who was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease in December 2019.

Burrow has now lost all major bodily functions, such as walking and talking.

Since his diagnosis, people from across the rugby league community have shown their support, but no one more so than his former captain, Sinfield.

Last year, Sinfield ran seven marathons in seven consecutive days and raised over £2.7 million for the MND association.

Sinfield won’t be alone during his run, however.

Former teammate Gareth Ellis and journalist Alistair Campbell are just a couple of big names expected to join ‘Sir Kev’ at different stages of the run.

Sinfield told BBC Breakfast: “I want it to be horrible, I want it to hurt.

“It adds to the drama and makes it more difficult.

“To get people to understand what people with motor neurone disease are really going through, you’ve got to show that you are prepared to take your body to uncomfortable places.”

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