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Total raised so far


£1,898.00 of £1,777 target +£284.50 Gift Aid See breakdown

Recent donations

5 days ago

Phil noble


Top work Gareth

5 days ago


£10.00 + £2.50 Gift Aid

Good luck Gareth!

6 days ago


£15.00 + £3.75 Gift Aid

Run Gareth, run!

6 days ago

Belinda riley

£10.00 + £2.50 Gift Aid

Go Gareth!! Amazing what you are doing for mND x

6 days ago

Andy Couldridge

£20.00 + £5.00 Gift Aid

Great cause G and amazing thing to be doing! You’re gonna smash it mate!

6 days ago

John Peter Nolan

£50.00 + £12.50 Gift Aid

Great cause go for it Gareth. John & Yolanda

6 days ago

Joe Denly


Well done pal great cause great effort!! All the best 🏃‍♂️ 🙌🏻

6 days ago

Amy & Tom

£10.00 + £2.50 Gift Aid

Amazing effort for a very worthy charity!

6 days ago

Alex Davidson

£30.00 + £7.50 Gift Aid

Top work!

1 week ago

Ben Bewley

£10.00 + £2.50 Gift Aid


Gareth Copley-Jones is raising money for Motor Neurone Disease Association

77 for Burrow 7

Event date: 20th February 2022

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My story

On February 20th 2022, I'll be taking on the challenge of running 77km to fundraise for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

This is a cause very close to my heart having first photographed Rob at the Leeds Rhinos Academy when I was a junior photographer and then watching his amazing career through my lens for nearly the next 20 years. Rob was one of those players that made magic happen on the field, he had vision and awareness as Garry Schofield would say. He got you out of your seat. He was bloody brilliant to photograph.

Watching the news of Rob's MND diagnoses was heartbreaking, I've shed many tears watching the reports on BBC breakfast. Rob's positivity raising awareness for Motor Neurone Disease Association had been inspiring.

There's a huge appeal to raise £5 million to build a Centre for Motor Neurone Disease named after Rob in Leeds. Rob's former teammate Kevin Sinfield running heroics has already raised a few millions towards the appeal. When Kevin was interviewed after his latest challenge he said "The goal is for the centre to be build in time so Rob can open it". This really moved me and couldn't stop thinking about it.

My challenge is to raise as much funds as I can for Motor Neurone Disease Association so they can support people like Rob when the centre is built. I was thinking I should run a marathon like London and ask for donations, but is that really a challenge for me? I've run marathons before and never asked for sponsorship. I needed a proper challenge to persuade you to part with a few quid towards this important cause. I've set myself the challenge fo running 77kms in honour of Rob's famous 7 shirt round Silverdale Country Park, that's 46 miles in old money. There's no tarmac to run on, it's all rough paths, grass and mud. I've never ran more than 26.2 miles before and I'll be pushing myself past anything I've done before in the past. I've decided to do it in February, waiting to run in the spring sunshine just seemed too long to wait.

Thank you for your support and please give what you can to help support the Motor Neurone Disease Association in the work that they do.

Thank you for checking out my page. Making a donation is fast, easy and secure thanks to Give as you Live Donate. They'll take your donation and pass it onto Motor Neurone Disease Association.

My updates

3 weeks ago

Week 4 update. Merry Christmas everyone. Thank you everyone that’s donated to the challenge this week. The current total raised for MND Association is £1166, smashing my initial target of £1000. As a result I’ve created a new target of £1777, it seems to have a good ring to it!

Training this week has gone well running most days. Including hills reps up muddy grass hills and 2 hour runs on the trails of Newcastle. Also now we’ve a dog in the family, I managed a run on Christmas Day. Training on the big day just like my childhood heroes Daley Thompson and Ellery Hanley. Thank you Motsi

I’m freshly inspired by this morning’s BBC Breakfast film on Kevin Sinfield heroics last month You should give it a watch.

One small request, please can you share the fundraising link far and wide. I try to live a life off most social media it’s difficult to reach everyone I know.

Thank you everyone and have a great new year!

1 month ago

Week 3 update. A standard week of training today, 30 minutes running hard up and down a very muddy hill, 90 minutes running around a very muddy golf course, a long run of 6 laps of the country park and a pcr test!

Thank you to everyone that donated this week, £850 raised for MND Association so far. Thank you

I've Facebook page where you can follow all the updates here

One small request, please can you share the fundraising link or facebook page, so I can get the word and hopefully even more for the charity.

Thank you

1 month ago

Week two training done. A huge thank you everyone that’s donated to the challenge. Raising £655 already is mindblowing and it looks like I’m not getting out of this challenge now!

This week my long training run was 5 laps of a very muddy country park. 5 laps was tough, another 15 is going be fun!

Thank you to Tom from Motor Neurone Disease Association for his call this week, it was great hear how much the donations mean to the charity.

Thank you to High Performance Runner for his top advice training advice when I decided I was going do this challenge. Thank you to Cole's Injury & Rehab Clinics. Est. 2009 for freeing up my ankles this afternoon, they are feeling brand new now! Thank you to all my teammates at Silverdale Running Club for their support this week!

Thank you everyone and I'll try to the updates coming!

I've Facebook page where you can follow all the updates here

Gareth Copley-Jones is fundraising for

Motor Neurone Disease Association

Charity number: 294354

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