BBC Breakfast viewers in tears over ‘heartbreaking Rob Burrow feature

Rob Burrow’s physical decline shown in emotional BBC montage

After pushing Rob for 26.2 miles in a specially-adapted wheelchair around the course of the marathon, which was named after Burrows, the English rugby union coach decided to carry his former teammate over the finish line.

Since the 40-year-old was diagnosed with MND at the end of 2019, Kevin has raised millions for motor neurone disease charities and even ran seven back-to-back marathons in 2021.

Speaking about the emotional moment when two stars finished the marathon, BBC Breakfast’s Charlie Stayt said: “It’s one of those times where there’s a crossover between sport and life and what it has in store for you.”

Agreeing, Mike Bushell added: “Yes, friendship and love, there’s so much wrapped up in this isn’t there?

Highlighting that Kevin has been supporting Rob since his diagnosis, Naga Munchetty informed viewers that there’s a BBC documentary which shows how his family and friends care for him.

Playing the half-hour feature, viewers watched emotional footage of the challenges that his wife Lindsey and three children Macy, Maya and Jackson face every day.

It wasn’t long before people watching took to social media to share their thoughts on the documentary with many moved to tears.

Ajb1207 said: “@BBCBreakfast @Rob7Burrow Just watching your article on Rob and his beautiful brave family. A billiant documentary which highlights this horrible condition. Wasn’t expecting to get the hankies out so early in the day.”

Jamielouise91 commented: “This Rob Burrow feature on BBC Breakfast is just heartbreaking.”

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HelSpear added: “I’ve never cried so early in the day! They are all Amazing!”

missJulieL tweeted: “What are you doing to me @BBCBreakfast?? “Rob Burrow Living with MND” at this time of the morning?? #ImNotCrying at 6.40 am…massive love to this man and his family!! #BigRespect.”

LucyyGalee said: “Don’t mind me, just crying into my Weetabix at this story @BBCBreakfast! Rob Burrow, what a guy.”

With social media user PaulGoodwin17 tweeting: “I’m just trying to recover from watching the Rob Burrows documentary on @BBCBreakfast an amazing, inspirational family. It’s a tearjerker but a must-watch.”

During the documentary, it showed Linsey breaking down in tears as she candidly spoke about their future as a family.

Through tears, she said: “I try not to think about the end because I can’t imagine a world without Rob.

“I think about the children and what effect it’ll have on them- I’m sorry.”

Motor neuron disease is a condition which gets worse over time that affects the brain and nerves.

Rob Burrow: Living with MND is available to watch on BBC iPlayer.

BBC Breakfast continues weekdays on BBC One from 6am

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