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Total raised so far


£3,920.00 of £1,777 target +£620.00 Gift Aid See breakdown

Recent donations

2 months ago

Jean Barker


Supporting a good cause as my husband passed away wit MND in 2014

5 months ago

Philip Brown

£13.46 + £3.37 Gift Aid

Great achievement

5 months ago

Michelle Griffiths

£10.00 + £2.50 Gift Aid

Amazing achievement 👏

5 months ago

Nick jones


5 months ago

Helen S

£10.00 + £2.50 Gift Aid

What an achievement for a great cause, huge well done

5 months ago

Clive Brunskill

£20.00 + £5.00 Gift Aid

Great effort mate!!

5 months ago

Sarah & George Stamp

£20.00 + £5.00 Gift Aid

Well done, a great achievement!

5 months ago


£20.00 + £5.00 Gift Aid

Well done champ! Now for a nice cuppa in the pavilion!

5 months ago

Sharon Smith

£10.00 + £2.50 Gift Aid

Well done

5 months ago


£20.00 + £5.00 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

5 months ago

I've done it.

Thank you everyone that came out to support yesterday’s run. I’m completely overwhelmed by everyone. The fantastic pacers that joined me through the mud for a lap or more and all the supporters that stood out in the wind, rain and hail.

And a huge thank you everyone to that donated to the MND Association, hopefully everyone’s donations will make a difference.

Love you all

You can see the final few laps and the finish of yesterday's run. Thank you so much to High Performance Runner for the video. As you can see it was a beautiful day for 48 miles around Silverdale Country Park

6 months ago

The (rough) plan for Sunday

I’m planning on starting the run at 7:30am at the pool entrance. I’ll be running the perimeter path clockwise (the dotted line). Each loop is 2.3 miles (3.7km). I’ll be running 20 loops and then make up the final couple of kms round the pool. Each loop will take me about 20/25 minutes and I’m going to try to run 9:30/10 minute miles throughout (I’ll probably slow down a bit near the end).

Please join me for a loop or just be in the park to say hello to. Can I ask you don’t all come at the same time and then leave me on my own for hours. If you know when you be coming please comment below so folk can space themselves out.

I think I’ll be running for 7/8 hours, finishing hopefully about 3pm, please join us for Guinness in the Bush afterwards.

Thank you for all your support. Hopefully the rain holds off and see you Sunday!


6 months ago

12 days to go!

Firstly sorry for not doing an update on this page for a while! I've been doing my update videos on the social media, hopefully you've seen them. The total is now over £2000, which is amazing, thank you so much for donations!

The run isn't that far away now and if you'd like to join me for a lap or two, it would be fantastic to see as many people as possible.

Thank you once again


7 months 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!

7 months 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

Gareth Copley-Jones is fundraising for

Motor Neurone Disease Association

Charity number: 294354

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