Saddle up for Joseph’s Goal!

Fundraisers and supporters of Joseph's Goal before last year's bike ride

Fundraisers and supporters of Joseph's Goal before last year's bike ride

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Wigan Athletic fans are being urged to get on their bikes for the third Joseph’s Goal ride to Blackpool.

Supporters are being asked to ditch the cars, coach and train and make their way to the game – which could well double up as a promotion party for high-flying Latics – on two wheels for the cause.

Last year cyclists raised well in excess of £2,000 as they left the Christopher Park training ground before heading to Bloomfield Road along a flat route via Preston.

They also helped inspire Latics to an impressive 3-1 victory on the field.

This year, the peloton will leave the same venue on Friday April 29 (the day before the 3pm fixture), arriving at the ground in late afternoon, before enjoying a leisurely night in the seaside resort ahead of the big game.

Joseph’s Goal was set up by the Wigan Evening Post’s Latics correspondent Paul Kendrick, to raise funds for research into NKH, the incurable genetic disorder his son Joseph was diagnosed with at birth.

Joe was also Latics’ lucky mascot during the famous FA Cup final win over Manchester City in 2013

Paul said: “The two previous bike rides to Blackpool have been fantastic days from start to finish.

“We’ve had bikers of all ages, from absolute beginners to hardened cyclists, and there was a great team spirit along the way. This year we’re hoping to have even more join us.”

Riders of all ages and speeds are encouraged to get involved, and this year’s group will include Lucy Cachia-Boyce – wife of Wigan’s FA Cup-winning skipper Emmerson, who now plays for Blackpool.

“It will be great to have Lucy involved,” Paul added. “The Boyces have always been great supporter of Joseph’s Goal.”

Any riders staying over for the game can take advantage of discount rates at local hotels, while special transport back from the game on the Saturday is also being arranged so bikes can be brought home.

For more information or to register, go to facebook.com/josephsgoal or @JosephsGoal on Twitter, or email paul.kendrick@jpress.co.uk