As his beloved Bolton Wanderers set off on a long distance trip at the weekend, Jordan James undertook a mammoth journey of his own on Saturday morning by cycling up Winter Hill an astonishing 140 times!
Jordan, a lifelong Wanderers fan who hails from Westhoughton, undertook the challenge, which is the equivalent of cycling up Mount Everest, to raise funds for Bolton Wanderers Community Trust.
He has currently raised almost £5,000 for the Trust, who are the official charitable arm of the football club and work with the community, in particular children, to provide sport, health, cohesion and education activities in and around Bolton.
The feat took Jordan a remarkable 14 hours and 55 minutes to complete.
He said: “I read online about people attempting the challenge and wanted to see if I could do it myself. I only really started training again in the summer and hadn’t done much on my bike until around three weeks ago.
“As the challenge is pretty unique I also wanted to raise some funds for Bolton Wanderers Community Trust who have done some amazing work around Bolton especially during the lockdown.”
Although Jordan found the challenge tough, both mentally and physically, he is not planning to stop his fundraising attempts quite yet.
He added: “Having had a look at the Everesting website, I noticed that only 333 people have done the running challenge, so I might do that one day!”
Phil Mason, Head of Bolton Wanderers Community Trust, said: “The support that Jordan has shown is so vital to our work in the community, especially at a time when, as a charity, we have lost vital funding due to the pandemic and yet our work is needed even more.
“I want to thank Jordan for such amazing support and all who have given so generously.
"Such funding will change lives by providing a member of staff to mentor some of the most at risk young people; supporting our disability sports teams in the community; providing new programmes to encourage people to start leading healthy and active lives; providing chances for those with mental health concerns to engage in activities and be heard; providing grassroots coaches to mentor clubs as they build back; providing staff to work with people in the criminal justice system to help reintegrate them into society; and to build on the work we are doing with those left lonely during the pandemic.”