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Runners wanted: Joining Jack and Wigan Council team up to launch 10k charity road race

By Colin Henrys

Runners are being urged to get set and go, after Wigan’s first 10k road race was launched this week in conjunction with the Joining Jack charity.

The race will take place on September 8 and is co-organised by Wigan Council and Wigan Leisure & Culture Trust.

Joining Jack was set up by former Wigan Warrior Andy Johnson and wife Alex after their five-year-old son Jack was diagnosed with incurable muscle wasting condition Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD).

Andy said: “It should be a really great day and we can’t wait to see everyone with us on the starting line.”

He also expressed his delight at the amount of support the charity has received in less than a year of existence.

“We continue to be amazed and grateful to receive such support for our son and other boys with this incurable condition,” he said.

“It was because of the level of support we have received locally that we wanted to involve other charities in this event.”

Lord Peter Smith, leader of Wigan Council, believes the event – which will take in a number of Wigan’s landmarks – can be a great showcase of the area.

“The Wigan 10k promises to be a fantastic event, which the council is delighted to support,” he said.

“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 also be a number of events at the same time for non-runners, while race organisers are actively seeking volunteers.

DMD affects one in every 3,600 boys worldwide and leads to paralysis and early death, but as of yet there is no cure.

Joining Jack hopes to raise awareness of DMD and fund research into finding a cure for the disease.

Among its ambassadors are Sir Bradley Wiggins, Wigan Warriors, Sale Sharks and England legend Jason Robinson and former Coronation Street actress Lucy-Jo Hudson.

To register for the race visit www.wigan10k.co.uk or if you are interested in volunteering email [email protected]

More information on the route, facilities and sponsorship forms will be posted on the website nearer the time.

Image courtesy of BBC via YouTube, with thanks.

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