Rob Burrow’s MND battle is my inspiration going into ultra marathon challenge

Rob Burrow continues to show remarkable resilience in his battle against Motor Neurone Disease – and that will be at the forefront of my mind when I take on one of my biggest challenges.

On October 3, I’m taking on an ultra marathon across Exmoor that includes over 2,000 metres of climbing in 34 miles.

I’ve really got into my running since retiring and have done three marathons, but they have all been pretty much on the flat.

The added difficult here is the ascent involved – if it was 34 miles on the flat I’d hope to do it in around five hours, but this could take anything from seven to nine.

It’s very much a venture into the unknown, and I know accomplished runners that haven’t been able to complete this kind of event.

But it’s like Steve Prescott always used to say – it’s not a challenge if it’s not challenging, and myself and Simon Dent who’s doing it with me wanted to do something above and beyond for Rob.

His appearance on BBC Breakfast on Friday shows the courageous way he is fighting the disease.

I’ve been round to his house a couple of times recently and the lads are trying to spend time with him when we can.

Rob loves chatting – he was the heart and soul of the dressing room not not being able to talk like used to must be frustrating.

But his humour and personality is still the same it always has been.

When you look at the attitude he is taking to what he’s going through, what we will take on in the ultra marathon is nothing.

And that’s the same for people up and down the country – Rob continues to be an inspiration for so many people.

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A decision is due to be made over whether Toronto Wolfpack will be readmitted into Super League shortly – and I hope they are.

I think they’ve been a great addition to the sport, they just haven’t gone about certain things the right way.

What we’ve seen recently is a greater sense of humility from them and I think they realise they took the wrong approach with some things.

But I believe the mixture of rugby league in the heartlands and expanded into areas like Toronto is the future of the sport.

The best way forward is for people to work together and I hope that happens with the Wolfpack.

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