Wigan Athletic fans pedal for Joseph’s Goal

Cyclists take part in the charity bike ride from Wigan to Blackpool to raise funds for Joseph's Goal, ahead of Wigan's match against Blackpool
Cyclists take part in the charity bike ride from Wigan to Blackpool to raise funds for Joseph's Goal, ahead of Wigan's match against Blackpool

AS Latics take on Blackpool on Saturday, a number of fans in the stand will be suffering a little more than others.

Around 40 kind-hearted Wigan supporters will ditch their cars to cycle the journey to the resort instead.

A group of around 30 set off on Friday and stayed the night on the Fylde coast while another group, including club chief executive Jonathan Jackson and former player Neill Rimmer, will leave early on Saturday.

Last year cyclists raised well in excess of £2,000 and it is hoped that with increased numbers, this year’s total will be even greater.

Joseph’s Goal was set up by Evening Post sport writer Paul Kendrick to raise money for research into NKH, a rare genetic disorder with which his son Joe was diagnosed at birth. Paul said: “I’d just like to thank everyone involved in taking part in the ride. Everyone enjoyed it and we’re expecting to have raised quite a bit of money for Joseph’s Goal which is obviously the main thing. The support shown by everyone connected with the club, from the chief executive to the supporters, since we started has been amazing.”

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