Thousands ready for 10k

Singer Carolynne Poole and Alex Johnson, Jack's mum, at the start of last year's 10k
Singer Carolynne Poole and Alex Johnson, Jack's mum, at the start of last year's 10k
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THE excitement over the second Wigan 10k is at fever pitch.

The number of runners is even higher than last year and has now exceeded the 3,000 mark with organisers promising this event to be even bigger and better.

It’s a challenging goal as the inaugural event so well-organised and well-received.

The only thing left now is for the Wigan public to come out in their numbers along the route to cheer the runners on.

Last year thousands lined the streets to give the participants the extra boost they needed to get through the route. This year a special kids’ zone will be placed in Wigan park for anyone taking children with a bouncy castle and other entertainment.

It all starts at 10am this Sunday when Wigan rugby legend Andy Farrell will get the race going at the bottom of Market Street in the town centre. Runners will then follow the route along Parsons Walk and Woodhouse Lane, turning left onto Scot Lane and heading towards the DW Stadium via Stadium Way.

They’ll follow a very similar route back but taking in detours on the Martland Park industrial estate and Mesnes Park before arriving back into the town centre to the cheering crowds and a special medal.

Another thing the event couldn’t do without is the volunteers who last year put in endless hours of hard work to ensure everything ticked over nicely. Anyone interested in taking part this year is asked to congregate by the Grand Arcade at 8.45am where they will be given specific roles.

After the race there will be entertainment throughout the afternoon with a big stage and the European food market and beer tents placed in the town centre. Communal shower facilities will be available for runners in the Wigan Life Centre should they wish to shower after the event, although they will need to bring swimwear with them. A family fun zone is to be created in the space directly in front of the main entrance to Wigan Library and a beer tent and hog roast will also be located in the town centre.

Entertainment and activities are scheduled to finish at around 3.30-4pm.

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 820m south-east of its junction with Scot Lane.

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Once again, there will also be an event for children. which will take place tomorrow.

It will be at Robin Park with a 1k race for under-eights at 11am, a 2k race for 9 to 12-year-olds 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 want the youngsters to then head along on the Sunday and support their mums and dads in the 10k.