RUGBY League’s Magic Weekend was a manic weekend for former England and Leeds Rhinos captain Kevin Sinfield as he took on the Liverpool Marathon ahead of a crunch Super League clash in the city.
Sinfield completed the 26.2-mile Rock and Roll Liverpool Marathon in the morning, before taking his place at Anfield when the Rhinos faced off London Broncos later the afternoon.
That match kicked off at 3.30pm as Sinfield, now director of rugby at the Headingley club, finished the marathon in a hugely respectable 3:27.15, showered and headed for Anfield where Rhinos recorded a vital 24-22 win against London Broncos.
Sinfield has twice run the Virgin Money London Marathon for Prostate Cancer UK, helping raise more than £8,000 for the leading men’s health charity together with close friend Chris Stephenson – and this year’s sponsorship has raised more than £1,100 to date.
The marathon was more than a run for Kevin who was moved to support the cause after Sky Sports rugby league commentator and reporter Bill Arthur told of his fight with the deadly disease.
Eddie Hemmings, former long-time anchor and commentator on the station has also been affected and both men have worked closely with Prostate Cancer UK, helping raise awareness among the rugby league family.
Last month the leading men’s health charity launched their new campaign, ‘Men, we are with you’, to celebrate everything great about men and highlight the special moments we lose when a man dies every 45 minutes from prostate cancer.
On Tuesday, 14 May, Prostate Cancer UK’s new television advertaired for the first time, reinforcing why the charity believe men are worth saving.
Sinfield said: “I’ve been involved with Prostate Cancer UK for many years and am delighted to support the continued great work of the charity by running the Liverpool Marathon, with a bit of a twist.
“Some people have said it will be more like a manic weekend then a magic one, but knowing the money I raise will make such a difference to helping beat this disease and change the game for men and their loved ones is all the inspiration I need.
“It was a brilliant experience and the support from the side of the road really kept me going.
“My legs were a bit stiff sitting in the stands at Anfield later that afternoon, but it was great to cap the day with a hugely important win.”
You can still sponsor Kevin at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/kevin-sinfield
People who want to celebrate and commemorate loved ones and help raise vital funds for research and support services can also sign up to one of Prostate Cancer UK’s hugely popular March for Men walking events this summer – including one at Manchester’s Heaton Park on Sunday 23rd June and one in Leeds on Saturday 29 June at a place Sinfield knows very well, Roundhay Park.
For more information on getting involved in the charity’s organised walks, which include family-friendly ambles across 10 cities in June and Sky Sports presenter Jeff Stelling’s epic effort to walk four marathons in four countries in four days in September,visit marchformen.org