Pedal pushers raises thousands for Joining Jack

Cyclists on the JJ100 bike ride in the Great Manchester Cycle
Cyclists on the JJ100 bike ride in the Great Manchester Cycle

AROUND 200 people got on their bikes to help Joining Jack in the Great Manchester Cycle.

Tackling distances of either 13, 26 or 52 miles, the kind-hearted pedalled their way to raising around £50,000 for the charity.

It means that over four years of an annual Joining Jack bike ride, dubbed the JJ100, more than £200,000 has been raised.

The course was slightly different from previous years with organiser Paul Holden opting to take part in the Manchester event.

It saw cyclists leave the Etihad Stadium before heading to Old Trafford and back in a 13-mile circuit, with those doing the 26-mile course completing two laps and the 52-mile riders doing it four times.

A mixture of weather conditions didn’t dampen the spirits with stars from rugby league including Paul Sculthorpe, Andy Gregory, Steve Hampson and Kris Radlinski all taking part as well as Paralympic cyclist Darren Kenny.

Joining Jack was set up by former Wigan Warriors star Andy Johnson to raise money to find a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a fatal, muscle-wasting condition with which his seven-year-old son Jack has been diagnosed.

Speaking about the event, Paul said: “It was fantastic to see so many people out in support of Joining Jack.

“I am so proud we have managed to raise so much over the years and the event in Manchester was no different.

“The heart of the issue here is a little boy who has this horrible illness.

“I believe that together we can come together and find a cure.”