It is an image that glorifies sport and epitomizes the power of friendship in adversity. British rugby union coach and former player Kevin Seinfeld crossed the finish line of the race with his friend Rob Borow, the former rugby player who was diagnosed with ALS in 2019, in his arms.
The emotional moment came at the finish of Rob Borough’s inaugural Leeds Marathon on Sunday and the pair received cheers from spectators as they crossed the line together. Boro has played for England and Leeds Rhinos alongside Sinfield.
Seinfeld pushed the wheelchair during the race, in which 12,000 people participated, right up to the moment he reached the finish line. At that moment, Sinfield stopped, took his friend in his arms and they both crossed the finish line to the excitement of their comrades and everyone present, a moment that was captured in a BBC video. “The support has been amazing,” said Seinfeld, who has gone through many challenges to raise money to support his friend and cancer research. “Today is a celebration of friendship,” he added.
Challenges for patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
Seinfeld, 42, now the defense coach for England’s rugby union team, has run a series of resistance challenges to raise money for ALS patients since Boro’s diagnosis: He completed seven ultramarathons in seven days last year and also ran 100 miles in 24 hours.
Now, his final challenge was pushing him in his adaptive wheelchair until he reached the finish line at the Leeds Marathon, where he stopped just before crossing it to take his friend in his arms and Crossing it with him in 4 hours, 21 minutes and 54 seconds.
“It’s going to be tough, but it’s going to be tough for everyone… Rob has inspired me all the time I’ve known him, especially the last few years. The fact that it’s under my nose today doesn’t take away my inspiration,” he said.
Borough’s wife, Lindsey, had also completed the marathon and was raising money to build a new facility for patients in Leeds.
As CNN points out, citing media reports from the UK, through these tests and his various actions, Seinfeld, who also completed this marathon in a number 7 shirt that his friend wore throughout his career, He has raised over €9 million for ALS charities since he was diagnosed.
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