Joining Jack riders up for award

The JJ100 riders

The JJ100 riders

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A TEAM of Joining Jack fund-raisers has been nominated for a top charity gong.

Those behind the JJ100, which saw more than 500 people get on their bikes to raise money, has been nominated by donation website Just Giving.

The group took on the arduous journey last year around Manchester and Cheshire with all targets smashed and more than £100,000 raised for the charity, set up by former Wigan rugby player Andy Johnson to raise funds for research into Duchenne muscular dystrophy with which his young son Jack has been diagnosed.

As result of the cycle ride’s success – and the huge amount of money generated on Just Giving – the team has now been shortlisted for Team of the Year.

“Out of 2,500 nominations, we’re in the top three,” said JJ100 organiser Paul Holden.

“The initial target was to get 100 people to ride 100 miles and raise £100 each for Joining Jack.

“There was a relentless Twitter and Facebook campaign and on the day we ended up with 505 riders and the total has just exceeded £100,700.

“I had no idea that our team had been nominated for the award until I got an email telling me I was in the final three for team of the year which is incredible recognition for what was a cracking effort by a lot of people.”

Paul will travel down to London for the awards ceremony later this year and is hoping a public vote on the Just Giving website will help see them over the line.

He’s also busy planning this year’s event, which will take place on August 31.

“We’ve got 150 people signed up and over £4,000 in the kitty,” added Paul. “We’ve got new cycling jerseys printed and sponsors ready.

“Hopefully we’ll raise even more money this year as well.

“The day itself was really quite emotional, everywhere you looked you saw one of the Joining Jack cycling jerseys.

“Everyone was encouraging themselves through it as well, it was fantastic. The course offers 100-mile or 100-km options and both are very flat so that people who are not experienced cyclists can come out and support the charity and get stuck in.”

To get involved with the JJ100, email Paul@jj100.co.uk and register online via www.bike-events.co.uk/Ride.aspx?id=414. To vote for the JJ100 team, visit https://justgiving.pgtb.me/kvGg3z.