Wigan 10K

On your marks....to help a good cause


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Wigan Borough's first ever 10k road race has been officially launched and residents are being asked to take their places on the starting line to help a good cause.

Taking place on Sunday 8 September at 10am the race will start and finish in Wigan town centre passing a number of local landmarks along the route. The event has been organised by local charity Joining Jack in conjunction with Wigan Council and Wigan Leisure & Culture Trust.

Joining Jack was established by former Wigan Warriors player Andy Johnson and his wife Alex following the devastating news that their five year old son, Jack, has an incurable muscle wasting condition known as Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD).

And whilst Joining Jack hopes to raise as much money and awareness as possible for DMD, the charity is also inviting a number of other local good causes to participate in the event. These include The Mayor's Charity, Joseph's Goal, Wigan Rotary Club, Wigan & Leigh Hospice and Wigan Youth Zone. Individual runners can also participate for a cause close to their own heart.

Jack's parents, Andy and Alex are pleased to announce the event
 "It is less than twelve months since we started Joining Jack and it is unbelievable that in such a short space of time the charity is launching an event of this scale. We continue to be amazed and grateful to receive such support for our son and other boys with this incurable condition. It was because of the level of support we have received locally that we wanted to involve other charities in this event. It should be a really great day and we can't wait to see everyone with us on the starting line"

And there are other ways to contribute if your running shoes have seen better days The race organisers are looking for volunteers to help out on the day and of course as many spectators as possible along the route to cheer on the runners.

Charity trustee and race organiser, Matt Johnson said "The charity approached the local authority last year with the initial idea and were encouraged by the response received. Since then the encouragement and support from organisations such as the council, Wigan Leisure & Cultural Trust and Greater Manchester Police has meant that the idea has turned into reality and we are now launching the inaugural Wigan Borough 10k race. Wigan is known for its sporting heritage so an event like this is a perfect way for people of all abilities to get involved and maybe even set themselves a challenge. With plenty of activities planned for the town centre also it should be a great family and community event. So whether you are a serious runner, enthusiastic amateur, potential volunteer or business looking to get involved please register or get in touch"
Lord Peter Smith, Leader of Wigan Council, says: "The Wigan 10k promises to be a fantastic event, which the council is delighted to support. Not only is it an opportunity for people to raise money for good causes, it will also be a great showcase for Wigan town centre. There will be lots of events before and after the run so even if you don't feel up to taking part you can still get involved.
"Joining Jack is a local charity, close to the hearts of many people in Wigan Borough. I'm pleased the council is working with them to put on this ambitious event. Hopefully lots of money will be raised and everyone will have a day to remember."
Potential runners need to register for the race at www.wigan10k.co.uk. Further information on route, parking facilities, locker and changing facilities and sponsorship forms will be available on this website at a later date. Those interested in volunteering on the day should email info@wigan10k.co.uk





Notes to Editors

The supporting partners at present are:
Wigan Council
Ventbrook Traffic Management Company
Fylde Coast Running Club
ADM Leisurewear
Greater Manchester Police
Corporate sponsorship packages are also available ranging from race sponsor to supporting partner. Email info@wigan10k.co.uk

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