THOSE hoping to run the Wigan 10k but have not yet signed up need to get moving.
Less than one quarter of the places available for the town’s inaugural road race remain and organisers are urging those who haven’t yet put their name down to do so quickly.
As the Wigan Observer went to print, 1,500 people had pledged to run the race on September 8 with a surge of entrants in recent weeks.
The big run has been organised by local charity Joining Jack which is putting the final plans into place for the big day.
The charity, set up by former Wigan Warriors star Andy Johnson and wife Alex, aims to find a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, which their five-year-old son Jack was diagnosed with almost two years ago.
Joining Jack has opened the event out to other charities too, meaning those running can pick to support a cause of their choice.
The run will start in Market Street in the town centre at 10am and the route will take in some of the town’s landmarks, including the Parish Church and DW Stadium which are both featured on the medals handed out to those taking part.
After completing a lap of the ground, participants will head back the way they came, taking detours around Martland Mill industrial estate and Mesnes Park before finishing back on Market Street.
All runners and spectators are encouraged to remain in the town centre once the run has finished as a host of activities will be on offer.
A main stage will be located at the top of Market Street and an awards ceremony will take place for first, second and third placed runners, while all other runners will collect their free Wigan 10k finishers’ goody bag.
The event’s main sponsor, Halliwell Jones, have donated a car for the event which is already roaming around the town promoting the run. It will also be in town on the day.
Organiser Matt Johnson, said: “It’s all coming together now and we’ve had remarkable help from our main sponsors, Halliwell Jones.
“What we are doing now is urging people who haven’t signed up to do so as soon as possible.
“Lots of people have said they want to do it but haven’t got around to filling in the application.
“Once the entrance list reaches 2,000 we have to close admission. We’ll also be closing it regardless on August 18.
“The response we’ve had has been fantastic, we weren’t really sure what to expect with it being our first one but we’ve been blown away by the support. It should be a great, great day – we have so much planned.”
A full list of activities will be announced in the coming weeks with live music and entertainment planned throughout the day.
There are also a number of celebrity runners too in the form of Sky Sports presenter Kirsty Gallacher, who also ran a leg of the Olympic Torch relay through the town.
Another TV personality running will be commentator Andrew Cotter as well as a number of rugby league legends. But with less than 500 places remaining, time is running out fast for those wanting to be involved but not yet signed up.
To get more information or put your name down for the run, visit www.wigan10k.co.uk.