Town’s first ever 10k is now full up

Alex and Andy Johnson (front) with event organisers and councillors
Alex and Andy Johnson (front) with event organisers and councillors
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WIGAN’S first ever 10k road race is now full.

There will be 2,600 runners in the event, sponsored by BMW Halliwell Jones on September 8, meaning it is a total sell-out.

There was an initial target set at 2,000 but once that was smashed, the organisers – the Joining Jack charity, Wigan Council and Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust – lifted the entrance limit.

But closing in on midnight last night, the last few places went with Standish Lower Ground’s Sam Robinson snapping up the last spot.

Event organiser Matt Johnson is delighted with the fact the race is now full up.

He said: “It’s just fantastic that with three and a half weeks to go to not only have reached out initial target of 2,000 but also to have reached 2,600.

“It’s just been an incredible response from everyone concerned and a big thanks goes to all the runners. We’re planning a great day and hopefully people won’t be disappointed.”

There is a packed day planned for the event for runners, volunteers and spectators.

The run gets underway at 10am, leaving the town centre for the DW Stadium via Parsons Walk, Park Road, Woodhouse Lane and Scot Lane.

It’ll head back the way it came with added diversions at Martland Mill industrial estate and Mesnes Park.

Afterwards, there will be a packed itinerary of entertainment and refreshments in Wigan town centre.

With the race now full, organisers are hoping to have people not running helping our by volunteering for things such as stewarding, registration, drinks.

Matt said: “We have created a database for volunteers and marshalls. Anyone who could help us out on the day, it would be great.

“Basically people who missed out can still be involved.

“We have great support from Wigan Harriers who are supporting us with 12 volunteers at water stations located at the DW Stadium.

“Not only that though, we’d like as many of the Wigan community as possible in Wigan come out and to line the streets and cheer the runners on.

“After that, everyone is invited back into the town centre for food and drink and hopefully a great afternoon.”

Anyone interested in volunteering is asked to email info@wigan10k.co.uk.