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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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Club Cash

SINCE Covid-19 caused us to temporarily abandon door-to-door CLUB CASH lottery collections last Spring there’s never been a better time to come on board and help Roughyeds to get through these hugely challenging times.

Why? The £500-a-week rollover jackpot is back — not only that there are now TWO £50 prizes and TWO £25 prizes in addition to the first prize of £1,000, a second prize of £100 and ten consolation prizes of £10.

But the return of the jackpot is the big lottery news. It’s back this week and it’s been won first time out, so next week’s jackpot is again £500 but if nobody touches lucky it will go up to £1,000 the following week and increase by £500 a week, if not won, to a maximum of £10,000.

We have seriously missed the regular income from collections on the doorstep, but we cannot thank too much those supporters who have got behind the club in these unprecedented times of hardship by keeping their Club Cash memberships going or, indeed, by joining for the first time, knowing that for £1 a week they can help the club to combat Covid and prepare with confidence for the challenges of Betfred Championship rugby in 2021.

You can send a cheque to cover a set number of weeks; take out a bank standing order — our preferred option; complete a bank transfer; or pay for several weeks up front by credit or debit card.

You can download a standing order form by clicking on the link at the end of this news release and following the instructions or you can contact our Club Cash administrator John McAndrew (tel: 07980 129541; email: mcandrewj@aol.com) or speak to the club direct on 07904 898177 or email to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

The easiest way, though, is to download a standing order form below. The latest prize updates are shown on the form as follows (all for £1): £1,000, £100, £50 (2), £25 (2), a number of £10 consolation prizes and the £500-a-week rollover jackpot.

Best of luck!

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