TV star Kirsty joins 10k race for Jack

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TV presenter Kirsty Gallacher has told how she was inspired to sign up for the Wigan 10k after learning first-hand about the charity’s fund-raising efforts.

The Sky Sports anchor will be among a number of famous faces taking part in the run from the world of rugby.

She signed up being told about Joining Jack by husband and former RL star Paul Sampson, who is friends with Andy Johnson, founder of the charity, which alongside the council is organising the Wigan 10k.

Kirsty – no stranger to the town after running up Library Street with the Olympic Torch last year – will return to Wigan to raise money for Joining Jack, which aims to find a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Kirsty said: “I became aware of the Joining Jack charity when my husband agreed to take part in the L’etape cycle challenge with Jack’s father.

“The challenge was to complete one stage of the Tour de France route and what a challenge it was for the riders. I wanted to set my own challenge so I signed up to take part in the Wigan 10k to show my support.

“I would encourage others to do the same too, as all money raised by taking part in the event will help to fund research into effective treatments for Jack’s condition which is currently incurable. Even if your running days are behind you please show your support by helping out on the day as a volunteer.

“It wasn’t long ago that I was running through Wigan borough as part of the Olympic Torch relay - I am looking forward to returning and joining the other participants to show our support for such a worthy cause.”

ENTRIES to the inaugural Wigan 10k will finally be capped at 2,600 entrants.

After smashing through the initial limit of 2,000 almost a fortnight ago, organisers decided to increase the amount of runners.

The final deadline for entrants is August 18 but if the rate of those signing up continues to mount as it currently is doing, it could well be full up by then anyway.

The race will take place on September 8, starting in Wigan town centre and heading towards the DW Stadium before heading back to where it started.

To register for the Wigan 10k or to find out more about what is going on throughout the day including volunteering opportunities, visit www.wigan10k.co.uk.