SIR Bradley Wiggins started the first ever Wigan 10k on Sunday.
Last year’s Tour de France winner and Olympic champion has been a huge supporter of Joining Jack for some time now and agreed to help the charity out on its big day.
The cycling hero’s availability was only confirmed this week after it was feared he may be out of the country training.
Sir Brad, who lives in nearby Eccleston and will this month travel to Buckingham Palace to receive his knighthood, was keen to perform the honour and organisers were delighted when he gave them the nod.
He set off the 2,600 runners from Market Street at 10am to kick off a packed day of entertainment.
Organiser Matt Johnson, of Joining Jack, said: “It was the icing on the cake.”