Sunday 7th September
The 2014 race Following on from last yearâ€™s highly successful inaugural event, Joining Jack has been working hard with supporting partners Wigan Council and the WLCT to bring you an even bigger and better Wigan 10k in 2014. If you have already registered, we look forward to seeing you - and if you havenâ€™t, what are you waiting for!
Last Year’s Race Last year’s race saw over 2600 runners register to take part, crowds of people lining the street to cheer them on, and resulted in thousands of pounds being raised for many different charities as well as event organisers Joining Jack. The race couldn’t have gone ahead without our many volunteers, so if you or someone that you know would be interested in helping us out on the day, please get in touch - e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
as been working hard with supporting partners Wigan Council and the WLC
Last Yearâ€™s Race Testimonials "The event was very well managed and it lifted the whole town" Donna Hall, Chief Executive, Wigan Council "This is an outstanding example of race organisation at its very best. Well done to all concerned" UK Athletics Post Race Report "I reckon it was the best town centre event I have covered in around 20 years of working at the paper." Nick Fairhurst , Wigan Observer Photographer
The Route The race route will be the same as last year - starting on Market Street and making its way towards the DW Stadium via Parsonâ€™s Walk, Park Road, Woodhouse Lane, Scott Lane and Stadium Way before looping through the Martland Mill area and back through the newly revamped Mesnes Park to finish at the starting point on Market Street. There will be a water station at the DW Stadium, approximately 4km into the race, and a second water station in Mesnes Park. There will also be first aid support at the start/finish line and at points on the route. The race will be held on closed roads and will be signed and marshalled. Many runners found the route to be fairly flat and fast - we heard that a lot of those taking part last year managed to get personal bests! Please encourage your friends and family to come along and cheer you on from the sidelines - the atmosphere around the route was amazing last year, and we want it to be even better this time around!
Start and finish line - Market Street, WN1 1JN
About Joining Jack Joining Jack, the partner charity of the Wigan 10k, was founded in 2012 by Andy and Alex Johnson following the devastating news that their son, Jack, had been diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD). This progressive and currently incurable muscle wasting disorder is one of the most common fatal genetic conditions worldwide, affecting approximately one in 3500 boys. The money that Joining Jack raises goes to help fund crucial research into the development of a treatment for DMD. For more information on Joining Jack, please visit www.joiningjack.org, or find us on: @alljoinjack www.facebook.com/joiningjack www.instagram.com/joiningjack
A Parent’s Perspective “Failing a medical breakthrough, Jack's life will follow a path pre-determined by his condition. In short, he will no longer be able to walk by the time he reaches adolescence and will lose the use of every muscle in his body thereafter. Eventually his heart and lungs will fail and he will die. There are no words to describe the utter devastation felt upon hearing that your child’s life will be cut short because there is no cure. We have had the greatest pleasure watching Jack develop into the amazing boy he is today but now, unbelievably, we must prepare ourselves for his steady decline. Currently there is very little awareness of DMD, and research into finding a possible treatment is drastically underfunded. However, over the past few years, with help from charities around the world, clinical trials have begun to take place with encouraging results. This spurred us on to set up our own charity, to help move things forward for Jack and others like him. We cannot sit back and watch Jack ravaged by this condition if there is any chance that we can make his future a more positive one.” Alex and Andy Johnson
The town centre The race will start at promptly 10am, so please make sure that youâ€™re ready at the start line before this! Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust will be supplying pace setters for the event, who will be clearly visible in the crowd, and weâ€™ll be asking those participants who are aiming to complete the race in the fastest time to move to the front of the runners at the start line. Changing and Baggage facilities: There will be an area in Wigan life Centre allocated for changing and baggage on the day, and there will also be showers provided in the changing area for anyone that wants to freshen up after the race - please be aware that you will need to bring swimwear if you wish to use these! Entertainment and Refreshments: The event will be hosted by Wish FM DJ Chris Milow, and there will be live performances from a number of great local bands on the day. We have also arranged for the continental food markets and a beer tent to be present in the town centre on the day of the event, as well as the days running up to it - so both runners and supporters will be able to a get hearty, healthy snacks and well deserved drinks!
Event Schedule Although the exact order of the day isnâ€™t confirmed yet, hereâ€™s a provisional look at how the day will run: 7.30 am: Registration opens, for replacement running numbers and on the day registration. 9:15 am: Registration closed 9:30 am: Warm up for runners, led by WLCT. 10.00 am: The race starts! 10.45 am: Live entertainment begins 12.15 pm: Winners presentation on stage 12.30 pm: On stage entertainment continues 15:00 pm: Event closes
Getting here By Car: If you are travelling to Wigan by car, and using sat-nav, the postcode for the start line is WN1 1HX. This will get you to the town centre, and you will be able to follow signs for various local car parks . You can find a map of town centre car parks on the next page, and for further information please visit www.wigan.gov.uk/Resident/Parking-Roads-Travel/Parking/Wigan-carparks.aspx. Here you can find details on parking charges, opening times and disabled access. Road closures along the race route will be in place on the day of the race from around 9am, so please be aware of this when planning your journey. For any further information on road closures, please contact email@example.com. By Train: Both Wigan Wallgate and Wigan North Western train stations are in easy walking distance from the start/finish line - simply follow the signs to the town centre and you canâ€™t miss it! By Bus: Wigan bus station is adjacent to the start/finish area and can be accessed by walking through the archway from the bus station. Please remember that the road closures may affect your bus journey.
Additional information Ÿ All runners MUST wear their running number displayed clearly on the
front of their running top. Please bring safety pins with you to attach this. Ÿ Race timing chips need to be attached to your running shoe, following
the instructions provided, and race times will be available online as soon as possible after the event. Please note that you will only receive your time by text message if you filled in your mobile number in the relevant field when registering for the race. Ÿ We ask all runners to keep left when taking part, to avoid running into
the paths of others. Ÿ If you suffer from any medical conditions, such as asthma or epilepsy,
please write this on the reverse of your running number. Ÿ All runners should have received their running number and timing chip
before the event, but if you haven’t received it or have lost yours, please collect a replacement from the information desk on the morning of the race. Please allow additional time to do this. If you have any queries at all about the event, please get in touch - you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wigan 10k merchandise Supplied by ADM Leisurewear, the official Wigan 10k clothing range is great quality and affordable - perfect for the race or for training in!
To see the full colour range, and pricing, please visit www.admclubshop.co.uk/online-clubs/wigan10k
Published on Apr 8, 2014
This contains all that you need to know right now about the Wigan 10k 2014 - some of the information in this is provisional, and will be upd...