Huge support shown for our Run With The Rhinos Reimagined event

This Sunday saw Leeds Rhinos legends, supporters, partners and staff complete their own 10k challenges to raise money for Leeds Rhinos Foundation and the Rob Burrow Fund in the Run With The Rhinos Reimagined event.

There was an overwhelming show of support from the community, with hundreds of people getting out and about to play their part by running- or even walking- a 10k in their local area as part of the first ever ‘virtual’ Run With The Rhinos team, which was set up following the postponement of the Run For All Leeds 10k earlier this year.

We begin recapping some of the incredible efforts that took place with two familiar figures in the Run With The Rhinos lineup. Once again, Leeds Rhinos greats Kevin Sinfield MBE and Barrie McDermott met up in Oldham to complete a 10k run and continue their support for the club’s official charity and their much loved former teammate Rob Burrow:

Another Leeds Rhinos legend who stepped up to the challenge was the Foundation’s Trustee Jamie Jones-Buchanan, running with his wife Emma on an early morning 10k through West Leeds. Jamie wasn’t the only Trustee involved though, with his counterparts Mariana Pexton and Neil Wilson also joining the virtual team of runners:


It was light work for Run With The Rhinos record holder Dan Phillis; the Foundation’s former Media Executive smashing the 40 minute mark for his 10k between Bramhope and Emerald Headingley Stadium:

Like Dan, many supporters were also inspired to ‘Run For Rob’ and help with raising money for the Rhinos’ fan favourite and his family following his Motor Neurone Disease (MND) diagnosis:


Whilst most people completed their 10k challenges on the roads of their local area, some even managed to overcome the obstacle of self-isolation by finding ways to run the full distance at home, such as the Foundation’s Business Development & Partnerships manager Tracey Mearns and Rhinos fanatic Claire Naylor:

It just wouldn’t be a Run With The Rhinos event without everyone’s favourite mascot making an appearance either, so it was great to see that Ronnie (or at least his mini equivalent) could join Runnerinahat on her 10k adventure:

There was also involvement from some of the many people who have benefitted from the work carried out by the Foundation, such as NHS worker Gemma Hawtin- who set running the 10k as her goal after she reaped the physical and mental benefits of taking part in the charity’s Marching On Together walking challenge back in August: 

And it wasn’t just in Leeds where people decided to Run With The Rhinos! Participants took part all over the country, stretching from Ellie Taylor in Sutton, East Yorkshire to Joey Phillips who proudly donned his Rhinos colours on his 10k all the way down in Rochester, Kent:

Finally, Leeds Rhinos Foundation’s Director of Operations Bob Bowman gave his thanks to everyone who had joined in the event, ahead of completing his own 10k with wife Steph in Roundhay Park:

From all at Leeds Rhinos Foundation, a huge thank you to everyone who got involved and donated towards the Run With The Rhinos Reimagined event, which will not only help us to continue delivering vital projects in the community, but also support Rob Burrow and his family.


If you didn’t manage to take part in the Run With The Rhinos Reimagined event but would still like to make a donation, please click on the link below: