Kevin Sinfield MBE and Jamie Peacock MBE are two of the most decorated players in Rugby League and the world of sport but there is one challenge that has evaded them during their playing career that they are now both aiming to conquer; the London Marathon.
Sinfield, Rugby Director at The Rugby Football League, and Peacock, England Team Manager and Head of Rugby at Hull Kingston Rovers, both played together in Challenge Cup finals, Super League Grand Finals, World Club Challenges and captained England in major international tournaments. The London Marathon on Sunday, April 23 is next in line to be ticked off on the long list of achievements.
“It’s something I’ve always wanted to do. As a player, there were certain things you can’t take part in until you finished playing. Now I’ve finished it gives me the opportunity to box a few things off like the London Marathon,” said Sinfield.
Like many who will be digging deep to complete the gruelling 26.2-mile course that takes in the capital’s most famous landmarks, they will be raising money for charities that are close to them.
Peacock and Sinfield celebrate after winning the 2015 Grand Final.
Peacock and Sinfield tour the Challenge Cup around Wembley in 2015.
“It’s a great way to raise money for charity and I'm going to do it for Prostate Cancer. I’ve been an ambassador for a few years and it’s a charity that is pretty close to me because I know a few people who have suffered and have been touched by it,” said Sinfield.
“Running the marathon gives me a chance to raise some money for Wheatfields Hospice. It’s a charity that’s very close to my heart. They looked after my dad just before he passed away in 2013. I try and do whatever I can for them,” said Peacock.
On his training schedule, Sinfield said: “I’ve done a bit of research and looked at the suggested build up to a marathon. I must say I haven’t followed that and done my own thing! I’ve been running three times a week – a couple of 10k runs in the week followed by a big run at the weekend.”
On his preparation, Peacock added: “I like running but once you get past one hour and forty minutes it turns into a bit of a chore, so it’s just finding three hours in your day to go out and get it done.
“Me and Kev are surrounded by hills so I reckon our training might be harder than the marathon itself which will be nice and flat.”
The 2015 Super League Grand Final was the last time the pair took to the field together to compete in their final game before retiring from Rugby League – now they find themselves lining up against each other in one of the biggest road races in the world.
“I’ve played in a team for a long time with JP and hopefully it’ll be a team effort in getting over the line. I’ve got a target and I want to finish in under four hours. I’ll be competing against myself to see what I can get out of it,” said Sinfield.
Peacock added: “I think there’s about two and half stone difference in weight between me and Kev so if I get anywhere near him during the marathon I’ll be doing well. We’re both training at the 30k mark so it’s pretty tough for both of us.”
Kevin Sinfield is fundraising for Prostate Cancer – to donate, please visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/SinfieldandStephenson
Jamie Peacock is fundraising for Wheatfields Hospice – to donate, please visit: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=jamie-peacock-Darryl-Peacock