WIGAN athlete Jenny Meadows will start runners at this year’s Wigan 10k, it has been confirmed.
The middle-distance runner, who will represent her country in the World Championships in Beijing this month, says she is “extremely proud” be given the honour.
She follows in the footsteps of Sir Bradley Wiggins and Andy Farrell who have performed the duty in previous years.
“I’m extremely proud to be asked to start the Wigan 10k,” said Jenny.
“The race has done so much for the town since the first event in 2013.
“It’s great to see the community coming together with so many people running and even more watching. I can’t wait to see everyone on September 6.”
This year’s Wigan 10k takes on the same route as last year, starting and ending on Market Street in the town centre and heading to the DW Stadium.
Runners, who will head along Parsons Walk, Woodhouse Lane and cot Lane, will then return to the end with a detour through Mesnes Park.
There will be live entertainment again in Wigan town centre, including Britain’s Got Talent star Henry Gallagher.
More than 2,000 places have already been taken up and with the deadline for entries at the end of the month, those wanting to take part are advised to do so soon at www.wigan10k.co.uk.