Latics fan on 58-mile trek for Joseph's Goal sticks to his promise of walking backwards

The second day of the Walk4Joseph takes place today, and one Wigan fan who promised to walk the whole way backwards has been true to his word!

Thursday, 18th April 2019, 1:01 pm
Updated Thursday, 18th April 2019, 5:35 pm
Kieran on his journey

Around 75 ramblers began their 58-mile trek from the Euxton training ground yesterday morning, with a goal of reaching Elland Road before Latics play Leeds at 3pm on Good Friday.

Related: Walkers unite for Joseph's Goal on 58-mile trekAnd as if the task wasn't impressive enough on its own, participant Kieran Crompton pledged to walk the entire route backwards.

He made a bet that if Wigan scored at least three times against Aston Villa in their January, that he would complete the entire walk backwards. Latics ran out 3-0 victors.

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“The truth is that I was always going to do the walk, but was just looking for something to affirm it was the right thing to do,” Kieran said on his fund-raising page.

“When I added that I would do the walk backwards if we got three goals against Villa, I could never have guessed the impact it might have had.

“I‘m feeling privileged to have been in a position to spread the Joseph’s Goal name across the country and a few corners of the globe.”

The group made an overnight stop in Burnley, and will do the same in Halifax tonight, on their way to raising awareness and funds for Joseph's Goal.

Kieran on his journey

Latics executive chairman Darren Royle, chief executive Jonathan Jackson, club legend Emmerson Boyce and GB Paralympic hero David Clarke were among the group which left from Euxton yesterday morning, aiming to reach Elland Road, Leeds, in time for the 3pm kick-off on Good Friday.

Latics manager Paul Cook said: "We wish everyone walking to Leeds in support of Joseph’s Goal a safe journey.

"To see so many supporters making such a commitment is brilliant and it goes without saying how much we’d love to give them something to cheer at the ground.

"The fact our chairman Darren Royle and chief executive Jonathan Jackson gave up their time to do the walk shows how much of a family club Wigan Athletic is and that is something that makes me as the manager immensely proud."

Kieran is walking backwards to Leeds

Joseph's Goal is the only UK charity raising funds for research into NKH. It is named after Joseph Kendrick, is nine years old and has Non-Ketotic Hyperglycinemia. NKH is a rare life-limiting genetic disorder that is so devastating that there are only around 15 children in the UK and less than 500 worldwide still living with it.

The walk has so far raised £21,000.

To donate, visit https://mydonate.bt.com/events/walk4joseph2019/481635

Emmerson Boyce, left, and Wigan Athletic player Nick Powell, second from left, lead the walk with Joseph Kendrick, the inspiration for Joseph's Goal charity,