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Numbers soaring for 10k

Runners in the Wigan 10k last year heading out of the town centre past Mesnes Park and below, this year's route

Runners in the Wigan 10k last year heading out of the town centre past Mesnes Park and below, this year's route

MORE than 2,700 people have now signed up to win the second Wigan 10k.

With race day fast approaching – just over a fortnight away – only a handful of places remain in what is promising to be another great day for the whole of the town.

Hundreds of thousands of pounds were raised for various charities in the first Wigan 10k and with the number of entrants already exceeding the number last year, it’s hoped that local causes will once again reap the benefits.

The event, on Sunday September 7, is being organised by the Joining Jack charity in association with Wigan Council, but it is opened up to all causes with the likes of Wigan Youth Zone, Wigan and Leigh Hospice and Joseph’s Goal also entering runners.

The race capacity has been lifted from 2,600 to 3,000, while the route will be the same with a few slight alterations so that more people can be accommodated.

There are still a handful of places left so anyone hoping to run who hasn’t signed up is urged to do so soon.

Runners will leave the town centre from Market Street at 10am and head to the DW Stadium via Parsons Walk, Park Road, Woodhouse Lane, Scot Lane and Stadium Way.

They will run around the stadium before running the same route back with slight detours around Martland Park and Mesnes Park.

Once again, there will also be an event for children. Following on from last year’s success, the special kids’ day will be held on September 6. It will be at Robin Park with a 1k race for under-eights at 11am, a 2k race for 9 to 12-yearolds at 11.30am and a 3k run for children aged 13 and above.

There will be a £1 donation for Joining Jack on the day and organisers are trying to encourage the youngsters to then head along on the Sunday and support their mums and dads in the 10k.

Children are being advised to congregate in Mesnes Park during the big road race, where there will be a special kids’ zone with a number of attractions including a bouncy castle.

In the town centre, there will be a big stage with a host of musical acts performing throughout the day.

The European food market will also be in town throughout next week and will be staying on until Sunday to accommodate the Wigan 10k.

Organisers are also on the lookout for volunteers to help out on the day.

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

For more information on all events and to register, visit www.wigan10k.co.uk.

 

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