A FORMER Bradford (Park Avenue) and Guiseley player is about to embark on a gruelling 49-kilometers to raise funds for an amazing cause.

Danny Lowe, who played under current Avenue boss Mark Bower at both clubs, is taking on the 7for7 challenge to help generate £7,000 for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

The 35-year-old is not alone though with best mate Daniel Milnes leading the charge creating the Facebook group, 747, where hundreds of people have joined to tackle the huge ask of completing seven kilometers a day this week.

More awareness has been made around MND in the last few years after Leeds Rhinos legend Rob Burrow, City's Stephen Darby and former Scottish rugby player Doddie Weir were all diagnosed with the terrible disease.

Another Rhinos stalwart Kevin Sinfield raised over £2.5 million for the charity at the end of 2020, running seven marathons in seven days, and that inspired Lowe as well as many others.

He said: "The character of Rob and Kev Sinfield, they have created the best positive outlook possible in what is a very negative situation. They have made people more aware of the disease because of their efforts.

"Danny asked me if I fancied getting involved and I said yes 100%, it is for such a good cause.

"There is a good buzz in the group with each person pushing one another. There is different times, levels of fitness, and personal bests. The secondary cause is that it is benefitting people's wellbeing.

"With us being locked down, I would only be sat on my backside eating unhealthy anyway, so it is an extra reason to get myself a little bit fitter."

'747' have already raised over £3,500, and the challenge doesn't even get going until tomorrow.

Lowe added: "There’s people on furlough and others' whose circumstances have changed so it just goes a long way and shows there are people out there who are willing to help others.

"It is well documented how charities are not getting the funding they did before, so they are struggling too. The spirit of the people has shone in the pandemic, people are willing to do good.

"Hopefully, we will get to that £7000 and beyond."

If you are wanting to join the group, the £10 entry fee, and any sponsors you may gain will go directly to the cause.

You will also receive a 7 for 7 t-shirt to take on your daily runs.

To get involved, follow this link: https://www.gofundme.com/f/7-for-7?utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet&utm_medium=copy_link_all&utm_source=customer

Lowe, who plays at left back, is currently plying his trade for Toolstation Northern Counties East League Division One side Emley, who were top of the league, two points above Bradford's Campion, before the season was suspended.

The business development manager will most fondly be remembered for his spells at Guiseley and Halifax Town where he spent a combined seven years bouncing up and down the non-league pyramid.

He joined Avenue in 2018 and narrowly missed out in the playoffs in his year at Horsfall before joining Northern Premier League Premier Division team Scarborough Athletic.

"I took time out after Scarborough because of Covid-19.

"I have had a decent non-league career. I wanted to get back into football, so I signed for Emley.

"It has been very stop start, I have only played one game.

"This will be the second year in the row (the season might be curtailed), it will be unfortunate."