Marathon man Richard ‘Benny’ Shaw wants to push his Rob Burrow-inspired fundraising beyond £30,000.
But this time he’ll be walking – and he wants as many people as possible to join him on his non-stop through-the-night fundraiser.
Richard, of Moldgreen, has conquered the Three Peaks, run the London Marathon and completed a seven miles a day for seven days challenge ending with the Rob Burrows Marathon in Leeds – but that’s still not enough.
Richard’s fundraising total stands at around £26,500 and now his 101 Mile Walk should push the total past £30k.
All the money raised is going to the Motor Neurone Disease Association to help build an MND centre in Leeds.
Richard, well-known in local rugby league circles, has been inspired by former Leeds Rhinos star Rob Burrow, who was diagnosed with MND in December 2019.
Rob and his family are raising money to build the MND centre, supported by best mate Sir Kevin Sinfield who has taken on several mammoth challenges.
The 101 Mile Walk, which takes place on Saturday September 9, will start at the John Smith’s Stadium in Huddersfield at 4am and finish at Harvey’s bar in Waterloo.
The walk will stop off at various rugby league grounds including Castleford Panthers where Rob Burrow started his career as a youngster and also Waterhead Warriors in Oldham where Kevin Sinfield played junior rugby.
The route will also take in Leeds Rhinos, Bradford Bulls, Castleford Tigers, Dewsbury Rams, Halifax Panthers, Featherstone Lions and Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.
While previous fundraisers have been an individual challenge for Richard, this one is all about other people getting involved.
Those who can’t tackle the full 101-mile route can opt for shorter sections instead such as 31 miles, 16 miles or even just two miles.
“This is all about the team,” said Richard. “It’s not just about me. It’s a team effort by the whole community and I hope as many people as possible will join in.”
The motivation is Rob Burrow and Richard is in touch with Rob’s wife Lindsey and has also had a message of support from Louise Stewart, wife of former Huddersfield Town star Marcus Stewart, who was diagnosed with MND in January 2022.
Richard added: “The toughest part of the walk will be the big nine-hour slog over Saturday night to Oldham…but we can blame Sir Kev for that one.”
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