AS the clock ticks down to the third Wigan 10k, local charities have already seen a flurry of people put their hands up to help them in the town’s showpiece event.
Organised by Joining Jack, it’s hoped a record number of runners will take part on Sunday, September 6.
In its first two years the race has shown how it can bring the whole of Wigan together on one day.
And with fewer than eight weeks to go, training is well under way for the 2,000 who have already signed up.
So many local charities have raised thousands from the event, which Joining Jack kindly opened up for other causes to be involved with.
And, not only that, it has helped improve the health and fitness of many in the town who have taken part.
Carol Southern, from Wigan Leisure Culture Trust’s Active Living team, said: “The Wigan 10k is a fantastic community event that gets the whole town talking and wanting to be involved in some way.
“Our volunteer run leaders have taken on the job of pace setting for the past two years to encourage the runners on the way round the course.
“The number of people joining our running groups increases significantly as the date gets closer and, even after the event has passed, attendance at the sessions remains constant.
“The 10k has definitely helped to get people in the borough more active and healthy and we’re looking forward to another successful event this year.”
Joining Jack organise the event working alongside Wigan Council, and earlier this year, the Wigan 10k was voted into second place in the National Running Awards, beating many events that are bigger and far-longer established in the process.
This year’s course will be the same as last year, with runners leaving Market Street before heading to the DW Stadium via Woodhouse Lane and Scot Lane before heading back to the town centre with an additional stretch through Mesnes Park.
The town centre will again be a flurry of activity with live acts, including Britain’s Got Talent star Henry Gallagher, providing pre and post race entertainment. Joining Jack was estabished by Alex and Andy Johnson after their son Jack was diagnosed Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.
Speaking about the success of the 10k, which is organised by Andy’s brother Matt, Alex said:“It’s such a fantastic day, we never thought when we initially sat down with the idea of putting on a flagship event for the charity that it would be so big. The people of Wigan and runners throughout the north west have really taken the event to their hearts.
“It’s amazing the number of people that we meet who tell us they ran last year and can’t wait for this year’s race.
“We’re so grateful, not just for the hundreds of people who run for Joining Jack and help us to spread awareness of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and raise funds for research, but for all the runners who run for so many other great charities.
“It’s terrific that so many people want to be involved and do their bit and keep coming back every year, it’s such a feel good day and we can’t wait for this year.”
To enter or to find out more, visit www.wigan10k.co.uk.