Kevin Sinfield MBE said he was “really happy” to be in Brighton as he neared the end of his mammoth ultra-marathon fundraiser.

The Rugby League legend trekked across the city on the sixth of his seven runs in the past week which aim to raise money for people suffering from Motor Neurone Disease.

The runs, inspired by Sinfield friends and ex Leeds Rhinos teammate Rob Burrow who lives with MND, also saw families affected by the disease running alongside in support.

Sinfield, who finished his effort with an ultra-marathon in London on Thursday, said: “It has absolutely chucked it down and been freezing and windy, then we came to Brighton and get the sunshine and blue skies. We were really happy to be here and gave it our best shot.

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“The team have really enjoyed being here. We got in at midnight and everyone has been so welcoming and fantastic with us.

“We have loved running around the city. It has been brilliant, we have had a great time.”

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Sinfield, a patron of the MND association, was joined by Sussex resident Zoe Ball for part of the trek and was also sent a message of support from Coldplay frontman Chris Martin.

The run, which took him along the seafront and to Brighton Marina, was also a tribute to Pete Bellinger, a former chemistry teacher at Brighton College who died from MND last year.

Sinfield was also joined by Ryan and Ash Wilmott, who lost their mother to MND, for part of the journey.

Sally Hughes, Acting Director of Care at the MND Association said, “Because of these efforts and the generous donations Kevin inspires, the Association can continue funding improved access to coordinated care to people with MND across the country, campaign with and for them, and fund vital research to deliver effective treatments in the future and ultimately a cure.

“He often talks about how he’s inspired by his friendship with Rob Burrow, but Kev truly is an inspiration to so many people. What he’s achieving right now will benefit people with MND for years to come.”