THE waiting is nearly over - this Sunday more than 3,000 people will take to the streets of Wigan for the second 10k road race.
As final preparations are made, organisers are promising another day to remember and have unveiled another top guest to set the runners off.
Last year Sir Bradley Wiggins got the race going and this year, Wigan rugby legend Andy Farrell will be the one to shout “ready, set, go”.
He said: “It’s going to be fantastic to be back in Wigan this weekend to help Joining Jack.
“Firstly to play in the curtain-raiser on Friday and then for the Wigan 10k on the Sunday. I heard great things about the race last year so I’m really looking forward to being a part of it this year.”
Despite the target of 3,000 runners being exceeded, there are still a limited number of places left.
The race has been organised by the Joining Jack charity in association with Wigan Council.
Matt Johnson from the charity is expecting another great day: “We’re hoping and expecting another fantastic race,” he told the Observer.
“We’ve got over 3,000 signed up but we do have a limited number of spaces left for people to take up on the last minute, we’re probably going to close it on Thursday or Friday. The first year exceeded all our expectations so we just want to grow it now and we’re very pleased with the amount of runners signed up.
“To have someone like Andy setting the race off too is fantastic and just follows on from the high-profile name we had in Brad last year.”
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.
Two of the main reasons last year’s inaugural event was such a success were the volunteers and the spectators.
The roads were full to the brim of non-runners encouraging and cheering on those taking part.
To allow the Wigan 10k to take place there will be a number of road closures between 9am and 12.30am: Market Street. Parsons Walk, Park Road, Woodhouse Lane, Woodhouse Drive from Woodhouse Lane to Beech Hill Avenue, Scot Lane from Woodhouse Drive to Challenge Way, Martland Mill Lane / Walthew House Lane from Scot Lane to Stonehouse Road, Challenge Way from Scot Lane to Stonehouse Road, Stadium Way from Scot Lane to a point 820 metres south east of its junction with Scot Lane.
To claim one of the last places, visit www.wigan10k.co.uk