The decision to add a half marathon to the Run Wigan Festival 2017 already looks to have paid dividends with the race enjoying a sizeable surge in entry levels over the festive period. Registrations for the event, scheduled for Sunday 19 March, have now exceeded 720, an impressive figure considering entries opened just over a month ago.
Race organisers Joining Jack announced the launch of the festival, which also includes a 5k and family event, in November on the back of the success of their 10k race, which has been drawing in fields of 3,000 plus runners.
As with the 10k, the half marathon will start and finish at the bottom of Market Street and will boast a route that incorporates many of the town’s popular landmarks, such as the DW Stadium, Wigan Pier, Wigan Town Hall, Haigh Hall and Haigh Country Park
To give the day a festival feel, live entertainment, including music from a host of local bands, has been organised, while spectators (and race finishers) can take advantage of the European food markets.
Entry for the inaugural Wigan Half Marathon is priced at £26 (£24 affiliated). Anyone looking to make it a day out for the whole family can take advantage of the fact adults run free with children at the 1 Mile Family Run. More information is available at the event website.