We are delighted to announce a fantastic new partnership with Wigan Warriors for our fabulous fourth Wigan 10k.
As we countdown to 4,000 runners on September 4th, we are excited to be teaming up with the Super League Club over the coming months. We will be taking our Joining Jack mascot The Duchenne Destroyer along to the DW Stadium to challenge the Warriors Mascot Max ahead of the home game against Hull on May 13 and will be on hand before the game with lots of information about the event.
Matt Johnson, the main organiser of the 10k and Jack’s uncle, said: “This is fantastic news for our race. We think we have created a pretty special event and to have the extra support from the Wigan Warriors really is the icing on the cake. We have set our sights on 4,000 runners this year in what will be our fourth race. It will be incredible to cross this year’s finish line with that number and we know how much the club will be behind us to achieve this.”
Wigan Warriors rugby director, Kris Radlinski, a trustee of the Joining Jack charity which organises the event, said: “As many people know, Joining Jack is a charity that is very close to my heart. Having played with Andy I know the Johnson family well and Jack is one of our own so we are always happy to do whatever we can to help promote the charity.
“In 2014 we had the very popular Joining Jack shirt whilst we have also dedicated two games to the charity. We wanted to do something different this year and feel that with our support the 2016 Wigan 10K can be the biggest ever. We don’t want to help get to 4,000 runners, we want to obliterate that target!”
Alex Johnson, Jack’s mum and founder of the Joining Jack charity added: “To have Wigan Warriors on board is a massive boost for the charity. We know the huge regard with which the people of Wigan hold the club so it’s terrific to have them as one of our race partners. Kris and the Wigan club have been with Andy and me from day one.”
The third Wigan 10k road race, which took place on the 6th of September 2015, saw more than 3,450 runners registering to take part – a new record surpassing our previous best total of 3,150 in 2014 and 850 more than our incredible inaugural event in 2013 - we even had to shut up shop and put up the ‘sold out’ signs a week early.
Race starter Olympic medallist Jenny Meadows Opening the entertainment BGT star Henry Gallagher
The race was started by Olympic bronze medallist Jenny Meadows who admitted she might be tempted to don her running shoes and take part in the future. And the event saw crowds of supporters flocking to the town centre to enjoy the live stage entertainment opened by Britain’s Got Talent star Henry Gallagher and the continental food markets that were in town, as well as enjoying the atmosphere of the race itself.
High profile runners this year included Wigan Warriors general manager Kris Radlinski and former Wigan RL favourite Steve Hampson. We were also delighted that the main man Jack Johnson, from Joining Jack, the charity responsible for organising the event, was able to complete the race pushed around the route in his first wheelchair by mum Alex, co-founder of the charity and charity Trustee Andrea Kent. Joining Jack was launched in 2012 to raises awareness and funds for research into Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and staff including Jack’s uncle, Matt Johnson, are responsible for organising the event in conjunction with Wigan Council, Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust and Fylde Coast Running.
After a fantastic 2015 we have set ourselves the target of hitting 4,000 runners in our 4th year and we would love you to be a part of our team!
Joining Jack www.joiningjack.org is a charity founded by Alex and Andy Johnson, the parents of a then four-year-old Jack Johnson, after he was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), a debilitating muscle-wasting disease for which there is currently no cure.
Jack was diagnosed in October 2011, at the tender age of three. Failing a medical breakthrough, Jack’s life will follow a predetermined path, mapped out by the wasting of his muscles.
He will no longer be able to walk by the time he reaches adolescence and will lose the use of every single muscle in his body thereafter. He may need spinal rods to keep him upright and ventilation to help him breath. Eventually his heart and lungs will fail and he will die.
Joining Jack was born four months after Jack’s diagnosis with the sole aim of finding a cure. All money raised is used to spread awareness of the horrible disease which affects approximately one in every 3,500 boys worldwide.
Thanks to some amazing support from their local community and the rugby and sporting world, the charity has raised more than £2million which has been invested in research and has funded a number of clinical trial posts to give the Duchenne community real hope that a cure or at least a treatment which will slow down the boys’ decline, is within touching distance. Any profit raised from your registration for this year’s race will go the charity. Runners can raise money for Joining Jack or any charity they feel close to or they can simply run for fun.
An incredible 2,640 runners registered for the inaugural Wigan 10k which took place on September 8th 2013.
The event was the first of its kind in Wigan to be run on closed roads. Olympic cycling champion and Tour de France winner Sir Bradley Wiggins officially started the race and thousands of spectators lined the streets and pathways in Mesnes Park to encourage every one of our runners.
The feedback from runners, sponsors, spectators and supporting partners was incredibly positive. The UK Athletics Post Race report described it “an outstanding example of race organisation at its very best,” while Nick Fairhurst, a photographer with the Wigan Observer said: “It was the best town centre event I have covered in around 20 years of working at the paper.”
The race saw Alex and Andy Johnson, Jack’s mum and dad and the founders of Joining Jack, the charity which organises the event, as runners number one and two – a tradition which they have continued since and proved a huge hit not only with the running community on the north west but also the hundreds and thousands of supporters who came along to cheer on the competitors.
We also had plenty of political supported the day from MPs Andy Burnham and Lisa Nandy who completed the route. Since then we have gone from strength to strength with just over 3,100 running in 2014 and a fabulous 3,450 runners last year. In this year, our fourth year, on September 4th, we would love to have 4,000 runners at the start line at 9.55am.
Runners stepped out for the first Wigan 10k back in September 2016 after the event was created by Joining Jack to raise money to fund research in the hopes of finding a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.
The little boy behind the Joining Jack charity is eight year-old Jack Johnson who was diagnosed at the tender age of three. And it was Jack’s uncle, Matt, whose idea it was to create a dedicated running race in the heart of Wigan to raise money for the charity just a year after it was founded by Jack’s parents, Andy and Alex.
Thanks to the fantastic support of our race sponsors, the incredible hard work of our associate partners and the continued support of our amazing volunteers, the event has gone from strength to strength.
Matt targeted 2,000 runners back in 2013 and hoped he wouldn’t be disappointed – he needn’t have worried. More than 2,600rolled up on a sunny Sunday morning morning ready to do battle over the 10k course and show their support for the charity and a number of other charities.
Now, with the appearance of the European Markets, a full day of entertainment starting with Chris Milow and the Wish FM gang at 9am, great live music from a number of local bands - in 2015 we had Britain’s Got Talent Star Henry Gallagher opening the show - and a real feel good atmosphere about the town throughout the day, the event continues to grow.
The feedback from runners, sponsors, spectators, supporting partners and volunteers has been incredibly encouraging, and below we’ve provided a sample of the comments summarising the overall positive impact the event had on all involved including one runner and his family who rated the event better than the London Marathon and who even managed to get some press coverage.
“Again, it was my absolute pleasure to be involved in the event. The team I brought on the day also thoroughly enjoyed it, and have already expressed a wish to be involved in the setup next year ... It is a breath of fresh air to work with such a committed and focused group of people, and a council that gets behind the event in such a way as Wigan. The event is top drawer and the envy of many race organisers nationwide. The positive feedback on social media and in the press speaks for itself. I am very proud to do my bit.”Lewis McAndrew, Director, Fylde Coast Running
“The best organised 10k I have ever known, well done! My son and I have done each one, he comes up from London for it. Marvellous atmosphere and a great feeling that this is a big event for the town and people of Wigan. I'm originally from Liverpool but have moved here - it's great to feel part of it. I'll be there next year with two sons and three son-in-laws. Thanks for all your hard work.”Anthony Whitby
“My daughter, son and myself ran and achieved great times. Me and Adam ran last year and recommended this to daughter Autumn and our local running club Trawden AC. We all had a fantastic day! This is how to organise a 10k and should be used as a blueprint for all other towns. Trawden runners were hugely impressed and thanked us for telling them about it. Both Adam and Autumn ran the London Marathon this year and said Wigan was even better! Thanks to all concerned with this event. Will be there next year!”David Howard
“I can honestly say that being title sponsor to the inaugural 2013 Wigan 10k run was an honour. The organisation of Matt and his team were second to none. Not only did we want to support the Wigan 10k and the charity, Joining Jack, but we wanted to promote our business to Wigan and the surrounding areas. The social media created and local press certainly managed to do this comprehensively. We are looking forward to working with the Wigan 10k team next year as we are more than happy to be title sponsors for this great event again in 2015.”John Connor, Sales Manager (Halliwell Jones BMW – Title Sponsor 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016)
“A brilliant event! It is now the highlight of the year in Wigan – very well done”Donna Hall, Chief Executive, Wigan Council
A: Yes. The Wigan 10k is run on closed roads and headphones are permitted.
A: All runners will receive their running packs some time between August 1st and September 1st. The Wigan 10k is organised by a charity and to keep costs to a minimum, all runners registering before August 20th will be asked to pick up their pack from the 10k offices. You will be emailed details of our address and opening times covering a 10-day window to collect your racepack or have a friend collect for you. ID is not required if you are collecting on another person’s behalf and you do not need to inform us if you are picking the pack up.
Don’t worry if pick up is not possible, as your racepack will be automatically posted to you after the 10-day window has passed.
A: Anyone signing up after midnight on Tuesday, August 23rd, must pick up their racepack from the 10k office before 4pm on Friday September 2nd or from the Race Information Point on the day of the race. The Race Information Point will close approximately 30 minutes before the start of the race.
A: The race starts at 10am.
A: The Wigan 10k is organised by Joining Jack and we are very grateful to all the runners who choose to raise money for the charity. Runners are free to raise funds for other local and national charities. The Wigan10k team are extremely proud of the funds that have been raised for Joining Jack and a host of other charities. Runners not wishing to run for a charity are also welcome.
A: We have lots of people who prefer to walk the course. We ask that they are at the back of the queues at the start line and also ask that runners look for the specially allocated pace-setter boards who will give you the best idea of which group of runners to start the race with.
A: Pace setters will be available and located at different points along the start line. Look out for the pace setter boards signalling the pace setters time. Pace setters will be available for runners looking to achieve any of the following times 40mins, 45 mins, 50 mins, 55 mins, 60 mins, 65, mins and 70 mins.
A: Entries can be transferred no later than August 23rd. Please email email@example.com with your name and provide the name, address, email, mobile tel, DOB and emergency contact details of the person you are transferring your entry to.
A: We do not permit entries to be deferred and are unable to provide a refund. You can transfer your entry to another runner – see above. Your registration fee will be donated to Joining Jack.
A: Runners must be at 15 years old on the day of the race, Sunday, September 4th, 2016.
A: Race numbers and timing chips will be included in racepacks. You will also receive an instruction leaflet on how to fit the chip to your running shoes. Other information in the pack will include details on the route, car parking and prizes awarded.
A: Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and address for a replacement.
A: Please email email@example.com with your name and address to arrange a replacement.
A: Please go to the Race Information Point and replacements will be provided where possible. However, we cannot guarantee times will be automatically sent to your mobile with a replacement race number and timing chip.
A: All runners who complete the course will receive a finishers’ bag which includes a medal.
A: Results will be available on our Facebook page no later than 24 hours after the race finishes.
A: Yes, the event is a UK Athletics Certified Event and the course has also been UKAEA accuracy certified meaning the event is eligible for the Power of 10.
The 10k route starts and finishes on Market Street in Wigan town centre.
Prizes will be awarded for the first, second and third male and female runners, as well as the winners of a number of other categories, and there will be an awards ceremony for the winners held on the day on the main stage in the town centre.
There will also be live entertainment on stage, and the continental food markets will be in town, so we’d encourage all runners and spectators to remain in the town centre after the run to make the most of the atmosphere.
All runners will receive a free finishers goody bag and medal. Shower facilities are available for runners in the Wigan Life Centre after the event, although please be aware that you will need to bring swimwear to use these. There will also be a baggage area for all runners to safely leave their belongings in Wigan Life Centre (South Site).
Overall race winner will lift a specially designed Joining Jack/Wigan 10k trophy and will receive a smaller replica to keep
There will also be a £100 cash prize for anyone who can break the race record of 31mins 40 seconds
The Wigan 10k wouldn’t be the same without all our fantastic volunteers.
We have a team of around 60 on the day who give up their time to help us ensure everything goes without a hitch. As a charity we rely on our amazing team to make us one of the best running events around – we couldn’t do it without them.
Our volunteer roles range from marshalling the course at the start and finish line directing runners and keeping the route clear of crowds, to keeping our runners on course through the picturesque sights of Mesnes Park, managing the baggage area in the town centre and handing out goodie bags, water and refreshments to our finishers.
This year’s race will be out fourth and takes place on Sunday, September 4th and, in keeping with the ‘Number 4’ theme in 2016, we are targeting a fantastic 4,000 runners - so we are going to need even more pairs of hands than ever helping things run smoothly and of course, enjoying the incredible atmosphere that only comes with the Wigan 10k.
If you would be willing and available to help this year it would be fantastic to have you involved. We will need volunteers from 8.30am on the day of the race, until approximately 12.30pm but these times might be subject to slight change.
If you are interested, you know someone who might be, or if you just want a little more information, please get in touch via email firstname.lastname@example.org – it would be great to hear from you. Please let us know as well if there is any particular role you would prefer.
We look forward to seeing you on the day! #thebestsupporters
The Wigan 10k Road Race can be run in support of any charity that is close to your heart. Below is a selection of local charities that would benefit from your support.
Joining Jack, The Mayor's Charity, Joseph's Goal, Wigan Rotary Club, Wigan Youth Zone, Champsappeal, Wigan Stars, Wigan Leigh Deaf Children's Society Carrieon Fighting.
Click on the various logos to find out more about each organsiation.