THE waiting is almost over...this Sunday thousands of runners will take to the streets for the third Wigan 10k.
With a little luck the sun will be shining, records will be broken and, most importantly, thousands of pounds will be raised for worthwhile causes.
Earlier today (Wednesday) the last places were taken up, meaning that 3,450 people will be lining up at the start line come 10am.
Olympic athlete Jenny Meadows, fresh from her exploits at the World Champions in Beijing, will be on hand to set them off along the route, which remains unchanged from last year.
Entertainment in the town centre is organised, as are food stalls and beer tents with medals and goody bags waiting for those who cross the finish line.
All that is needed now is YOU.
One thing that has made the event so special in its first two years is the thousands who have piled onto the streets to give the runners a helping hand along the way.
The cheers and encouragement has won acclaim from participants both years with some kind-hearted souls even making their own makeshift water stations.
The Wigan 10k has been organised by the Joining Jack charity in association with Wigan Council.
Matt Johnson, from Joining Jack, said: “One of the standard out memories of the previous two Wigan 10k events has been the number of people that have lined the streets and supported all the runners.
One of the standard out memories of the previous two Wigan 10k events has been the number of people that have lined the streets and supported all the runnersWigan 10k organiser Matt Johnson
“From feedback from the runners that is one of the main reasons they enjoy the event so much and why they look forward to coming back.
“It would be really appreciated by all the organisers and runners if the people of Wigan could come out again in their thousands to help make this Sunday’s race another for all of us to be proud of.”
Runners will leave the town centre at 10am from the bottom of Market Street before heading to the DW Stadium via Parsons Walk, Woodhouse Lane, Scot Lane and Stadium Way.
They’ll head back along the same roads with detours of Martland Mill and Mesnes Park, where popular local singer Andy Mack will be located by the Pavillion, spurring them on to the finish line back on Market Street.
To allow the event to take place safely those roads will be closed to traffic between 8.30am and noon.
A big party is planned in the town centre with music from Henry Gallagher, The Beard Band, The Lottery Winners, The Invisible Ducks, Marcadia, Cautious Retreat and Vicious Circle.
Although registration is now closed, organisers are still welcoming any volunteers who want to help out on the day. In the previous two years, they have proven an invaluable part of the event. Anyone interested should email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don’t miss our 20-page Wigan 10k pull-out in next week’s Wigan Observer.