|Runners are fundraising champions!
MORE than 200 youngsters put on their running shoes on Saturday to support local charity Joining Jack.
The Junior Joining Jack run, organised by leisure and culture provider WLCT, invited children and young people to complete a distance of up to 3km at Robin Park Arena, with all proceeds from the day donated to the charity.
The event collected hundreds of pounds for Joining Jack, which raises awareness and funds research into developing a cure Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, one of the most common fatal genetic diseases in the world.
Janet Bergman, of WLCT, said: It was amazing to see so many people turn out to take part in the event and support such a worthwhile charity. Thank you to everyone who helped us make the Junior Joining Jack run such a huge success.
Matt Johnson, of Joining Jack, said: The junior runs were a great way to encourage children to be active and build up excitement about the Wigan 10k the following day, as well a way to raise much needed funds for our charity. WLCT did a brilliant job of organising the event. There were a lot of people taking part and it was obvious that all of the children involved were having a really great day.
The event took place the day before the first ever Wigan 10k run, which saw thousands take to the streets of Wigan and through the newly-restored Mesnes Park to complete the course.
Chief Executive Stuart Murray was one of the many WLCT staff who took part on the day. He said: I was really pleased to be part of such a major event in Wigan the atmosphere was incredible and it was a fantastic day. All the hard work in training paid off - it was the first 10k I have run so I was delighted to finish the course in 64 minutes.
Staff from the Active Living and Sports Development teams joined runners from Wigan Phoenix and Wigan Harriers to act as pace runners for those taking part on the day.
The Active Living team also supported lots of runners with training in the run up to the event. Beginners' jogging sessions take place across the borough, with sessions costing just £1. Visit www.getactivewiganandleigh.co.uk or contact 01942 488 481 for more information
Information about more WLCT events and activities can be found at www.wlct.org.uk