|Sign up for the second Wigan 10K
L-R: Matt Johnson, race organiser and trustee of Joining Jack, Mayor of Wigan Borough and Andy Johnson, founder of Joining Jack. Bottom row, L-R: Julie Barton, specialist activity officer for WLCT and Joanne Taylor, volunteer of Active Living jogging sessions.
It’s time to sign up for the second Wigan 10K and be part of one of the biggest sporting events held in Wigan Borough this year.
It takes place on Sunday 7th September at 10am and will start and finish in Wigan town centre – passing a host of landmarks along the route. The event has been organised by local charity Joining Jack with support from Wigan Council, and leisure and culture provider WLCT.
Joining Jack was set up by former Wigan Warriors player Andy Johnson and his wife Alex after their five-year-old son Jack was diagnosed with the incurable muscle wasting condition Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD).
Andy said: “I was overwhelmed by the response we received from everyone last year and it would be fantastic if we can replicate that again for the next 10K, I'm already looking forward to it. We are so grateful to everyone who has supported our son and other children with the condition."
The 2013 event proved to be extremely popular, with more than 2,500 runners taking part and hundreds of people cheering them on. Organisers are now aiming for more than 3,000 runners to enter.
The Mayor of Wigan Borough, Councillor Billy Rotherham, said: “The Wigan 10K brought the whole borough together last year and Wigan Council is delighted to support it. It was a superb showcase and a great opportunity for people to raise money for charity. I will be cheering on everyone who is taking part.”
Runners are invited to raise money for a cause of their choice. It also gives them the opportunity to get fit.
Julie Barton, specialist activity officer for WLCT, is helping to train runners get in shape for it. She said: “I have been running jogging sessions for three years now as part of WLCT's Active Living Team, and the Wigan 10K has helped to increase the number of people taking up running, which is brilliant.
"Training for a 10K is a fantastic way of getting and staying fit, so if you are thinking of taking part in this, even if you have no experience of running previously, come along to one of our sessions and we will help you every step of the way."
The organisers are looking for volunteers to help out on the day as well and everyone is invited to come along and cheer on the runners.
You can register for the race at www.wigan10k.co.uk. Those interested in volunteering on the day should email firstname.lastname@example.org.