The new documentary follows Kevin Sinfield OBE on his incredible journey to support former rugby league teammate Rob Burrow, who have been enduring gruelling athletic challenges to raise money for charities helping people affected by motor neurone disease (MND).
Tragically, Rob Burrow was diagnosed with the disease MND in 2019.
The BBC Breakfast team has been following Kevin since day one, and this documentary will show never seen before footage of each of his challenges, and an exclusive first chat with him after getting his new role in the England coaching team, as well as more intimate moments with his friends, family and hundreds of supporters as he runs through towns and cities across the UK.
The programme also features some of the people living with MND who have been helped and supported by his work.
The documentary also highlights his extraordinary dedication to help those affected by MND, and offers an insight into how this journey has changed him personally too.
Oldham-born Kevin’s journey began in 2020, when he ‘just went for a run for a mate’, to support MND charities and raise awareness of people living with the disease.
He started by running seven marathons in seven days, but continued to push himself through more physical challenges to raise the much-needed funds and awareness for this cruel and debilitating disease.
In 2022, Kevin completed ‘The Ultra 7 in 7’ challenge, running seven ultra-marathons, covering around 40 miles a day.
Finishing at Old Trafford at half time in the Men’s Rugby League World Cup Final, Kevin raised more than £7 million pounds through his challenges, and was awarded an OBE by Duke of Cambridge (now HRH Prince William of Wales) and also received a standing ovation and special award at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year ceremony in Salford.
This year he’s been thrown further into the spotlight as he’s been named the defence coach of England’s Rugby Union team ahead of the World Cup and Six Nations championships.
The team sits down with Kevin ahead of his busy schedule, for an exclusive first interview on what his future looks like and if he will continue his fund raising efforts for MND.
Kevin Sinfield said: “When we set out on the first challenge back in December 2020, we just wanted to help a friend who had found himself in the toughest imaginable position. With a young family of three children under the age of 10, he had been handed a life ending MND diagnosis and worse still, like so many, was then locked in his home as we battled the impact of Covid 19.
“What started out as a way to help a friend became so much more over the course of those first seven marathons in seven days and has grown incredibly over the subsequent two challenges of the Extra Mile and the Ultra 7 in 7. I think everyone can imagine what they would do for their friend in the same position and the overwhelming support has shown that we are a nation who cares about people who are facing their own adversity.
“I am proud to be part of the MND community, the people who are living with the impact of MND who I have been privileged to meet since 2020 inspire me every day and we will never stop banging the drum for MND until we find a cure.”
Richard Frediani, Editor, BBC Breakfast added: “Kevin’s determination to help his friend was obvious from the day he set off on his first challenge, and it was a huge honour for the BBC Breakfast team to be able to follow him closely on his journey. This documentary highlights how far Kevin has pushed himself to help not only his friends but the thousands of others affected by the disease, it also shows how the last three years have changed him as a person too. We’ve followed him so much he feels like part of the family, and we’re happy to be able to show another side to this extraordinary human being.”
Watch Kevin Sinfield: Going the Extra Mile on BBC Two and BBC iPlayer on Friday, 3 February at 7pm.