19th March 2020, 16:40 | Leeds
Leeds Rhinos Director of Rugby Kevin Sinfield was due to run the Manchester Marathon on April 5 to help raise awareness and funds for his longtime friend and teammate Rob Burrow, who was diagnosed with Motor Neurone disease in December.
The Manchester marathon has since been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic but Sinfield has now planned his own marathon route and will run a solo marathon in its place.
Instead of large crowds, 25,000 fellow runners and a course that is the flattest major marathon in the United Kingdom, he will now set off on his own on the 26.2-mile special route he has designed around his home village of Saddleworth, with all the hills and challenges the Pennines can throw at him.
He has been training but admits his preparations are not fully complete so he will need to dig deep.
An announcement on the Leeds Rhinos website read:
"Whilst we appreciate times are tough for everyone at present, if you felt like you wanted to support Kevin, we have set up (the below) page so you can donate to support the Motor Neurone Disease Association, who are helping Rob and all those impacted by MND in England and Wales, and the Leeds Rugby Foundation who help transform lives through sport.
"Thank you for your support and good luck to Sir Kev."
Donate - if you can - HERE