The Inn Collection Group is lending its support to rugby league legend and fundraiser Kevin Sinfield this week, as The King’s Head Inn at Newton-under-Roseberry provides an overnight halt during his latest epic challenge to help people affected by motor neurone disease.
Inspired by Rob Burrow, Doddie Weir, Stephen Darby and other people living with MND, Sinfield is running from Edinburgh to Manchester via Melrose, Newcastle, Middlesbrough, York, Leeds and Bradford in seven days running over 60km per day.
The King’s Head will welcome Sinfield and those supporting the run on November 16th, at the end of a day that will see them start at Durham County Cricket Club before working their way through the county and on to Stockton and Middlesbrough.
Offering free rooms and dinner, the team at the Inn located directly beneath Roseberry Topping will look to refresh the runners after they have completed a 65.3km day on the road.
After a good night’s rest, the challenge will then embark on the road to York with an early start from the North Riding FA in Stokesley, before their finish point of Deansgate in The Minster City will see them outside of The Inn Collection Group’s property in the city, Dean Court.
Sean Donkin, managing director of The Inn Collection Group said: “Kevin is an inspiration and his efforts to raise awareness and funding for causes leading research into MND, in support of his great friend Rob Burrow are simply astounding.
“When it became apparent that could help by providing accommodation for one of the overnight stops, we had no hesitancy in making rooms available and show our support to the runners and those they are striving to help.
“We look forward to having them stay with us at The Kings Head Inn and to them successfully completing both the physical challenge and hitting their fundraising goals. We’ll be behind them every step of the way.”
This is the third challenge in as many years taken on by Sinfield, who has previously run seven marathons in seven days in 2020 before running from Leicester Tigers’ home ground Welford Road, where he is defence coach, to the Rhinos’ Headingley stadium in under 24 hours last October, raising more than £5m.
The main beneficiaries of the challenge will be the MND Association and Leeds Hospitals Charity’s appeal to build the Rob Burrow Centre for MND in Leeds, while there will also be donations to MND Scotland, My Name’5 Doddie Foundation, the Darby Rimmer MND Foundation and the 4ED campaign.
Speaking to therhinos.co.uk Sinfield said: “Undoubtedly this will be the toughest challenge yet. We have tried to combine elements of our two previous events to create the Ultra 7 in 7.
“People living with MND have no choice but to live with their condition every day and they are inspiration for all of us taking part in the challenge. There has been some exciting news in recent days about current drug trials and we can all feel that a breakthrough is close.
“MND is not incurable, it has just been underfunded, and I have belief that by raising funds we can give the scientists and researchers the best possible opportunity to find that cure. We also need to help those living with MND, to give them hope and love so they know we are with them.”
Sinfield and the running party are scheduled to arrive at The Kings Head Inn around 15:30 on Wednesday 16th November, with anyone wishing to show their support welcome to cheer the group on arrival at the Inn.
Donations in support of the Ultra 7 in 7 can be made by clicking here.