ONE hundred people have already signed up for a 100-mile bike ride to raise funds for Joining Jack, including a number of rugby league legends.
Following on from last year’s event, dubbed JJ100, it will once again take part in the Manchester 100 event which will start and finish at Wythenshawe Park.
The aim last year was to have 100 riders raising £100 each to raise £10,000 for the charity but in the end, the results were much bigger than expected,
In total, 505 people took part raising well in excess of £100,000.
So organiser Paul Holden now wants this year’s event to be even bigger and get 1,000 people taking part.
“The team of cyclists that joined us in the Manchester 100 bike ride last year raised an amazing amount for Joining Jack,” he said. – and due to that success, we have decided to do the same ride again. “This year’s Manchester 100 ride takes place on August 31, and will follow the same routes as last year, featuring both a 100 mile and a 100km course.
“This year, the aim is to get 1,000 people completing the ride in support of Joining Jack and for each rider to raise a minimum of £100 to help in the fight against Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
“We hope that everyone can rise to the challenge as well as our riders did last year.”
There is no need to have any cycling experience in the challenge with participants last year ranging from experienced cyclists to people who had never owned a bike before.
Included in that were Andy and Alex Johnson, who set up the charity after their son Jack was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
The staggering amount of money raised was spent on a specific research project in the hope that a cure for the illness can one day be found.
“If all goes to plan, we are intending for this year’s ride to be a stepping stone to organising our very own Joining Jack cycling event in 2015 which will hopefully help spread awareness of the cause even further,” added Paul.
“We really want to make this an even bigger event than last year if that’s possible and we as many people as possible to get behind it and bring in more riders.
“Our team this year already includes rugby league legends Paul Sculthorpe, Steve Hampson, Mick Cassidy, Denis Betts and Brian Carney as well as Jack’s dad, Andy.
“Other well-known riders include former England rugby union player Paul Sampson and TV presenters Helen Skelton-Myler and Angela Powers as well as model, Rae.”
To register for the ride go to www.bike-events.com and find the Manchester 100 mile or 100km event and register as an individual rider.