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Sinny's marvellous marathons raise 1.7 million

BY early today (Tues), Kevin Sinfield’s astonishing marathon running for Rob Burrow and the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA) had topped an amazing £1,747,000 . . . quite a coup when considering that Sinny and his team had targeted a “mere” £77,777 when setting out on the challenge to run seven marathons in seven days.

It was a case of “all the sevens” because ‘7’ was the number always worn by little half-back Burrow during his illustrious rugby league career before he was struck down by this horrible disease.

After completing the near 200-mile challenge at the end of his seventh and final marathon in and around Saddleworth yesterday, the Rugby League and Leeds Rhinos legend, already honoured nationally with an MBE, said he was humbled and “blown away” by the nationwide response to his appeal.

He was inspired to do it by the courage and positivity of his former Leeds team mate and good friend Rob Burrow, who is battling the cruel disease of motor neurone, for which there is still no cure after years of research.

Rob’s illness — and the continuing support for him by the wider rugby league community and his former team mates at Leeds Rhinos particularly — has been covered extensively by national radio, TV, and written media.

Sinfield and Sky Sports rugby league pundit Barrie McDermott, two proud Oldhamers, have figured prominently in our sport’s big drive to raise awareness of motor neurone, Barrie Mac in his triple role as friend, former team mate and Sky commentator and summariser.

Said Kev:

“Hopefully, these funds will be used to help families deal better with this dreadful disease, but ultimately the hope is to find a cure. I don’t know what this money can achieve but it should be a good starting point.”

It goes without saying that Oldham RLFC, and everyone at the club (chairman, coaching staff, players, match-day staff, sponsors and supporters) congratulate Kevin on his personal achievements in the fight to help his good pal and extend those sincere sentiments to others who are and have been collectively linked together in directly doing their best for this great cause.

Rugby League is known throughout the sporting world for its willingness to look after its own and for its tenderness and enthusiasm in putting rugby rivalries on one side when a worthy cause requires support.

The money raised in this instance is absolutely staggering at a time when, across our nation, finances are tight because of Covid and its restrictions.

Well done Sinny, a legend of our sport.

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AS lockdown restrictions start to ease, now is the time for everyone connected with Oldham RLFC to do all they can to help with getting income from our Club Cash lottery back to where it was before the pandemic started to bite.

This is vital for the club and its finances which, as you all know, have taken a massive hit in the past 12 months.

Collectors will be returning to door-to-door visits in the next few weeks and we hope people who suspended payments will pick up where they left off as we strive and work hard to get back to where we were before the pandemic caused us to lose 50 per cent of our lottery income.

Many of our regular punters, who would normally pay a collector, have answered our calls for help by finding other ways to pay and to retain their chances of winning prizes.

To those people we are very grateful and we would like to take this opportunity to thank them once again for their loyal and continued support.

The lottery, of course, is potentially one of our biggest fund-raisers and for as little as £1 a week — more if you wish — you can help the club immensely and at the same time have chances to win £1,000, £100, £50, £25 or one of ten consolation prizes of £10.

That’s the present prize structure. There’s every chance it will be increased once we are out of lockdown, door-to-door collections start again and we get back to some sort of normality.

In the meantime you can join, or start up again, by contacting the club on 07904 898177 or by email to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

For more information about the lottery, and for the “great opportunities” provided by our partnership with the National Youth and Community Development Association (NYCDA) go our Club Cash page.

There, you will find all the results and a detailed statement about getting back to normal with the help of our not-for-profit partners.

All proceeds from the partnership will continue to support the club and help us to meet the aims of our Club Cash activities, particularly in its aims and objectives to be an active stakeholder in the local community.

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