With just over a month to go until race day, the Run Wigan Festival - half marathon, 5k and family mile event - is shaping up nicely with over 2,100 runners signed up across the trio of races. This is the first ever staging of the festival after Wigan-based charity, Joining Jack, made the decision to extend the event on the back of the success of the popular Wigan 10K.
Scheduled for Sunday 19 March, all three races will start and finish at the bottom of Market Street and will take in popular landmarks throughout the town. In an expression of gratitude to all those competing, organisers have invited runners to take in a rugby league match later in the afternoon for free.
With the support of race partners Wigan Warriors, anyone with a finishers’ medal from any of the races will receive free entry to the Wigan club’s match against Huddersfield later that day. The arrangement was made after event organiser, Matt Johnson, Wigan Warriors general manager, Kris Radlinski, discovered the festival and the game were on the same day.
Matt commented on the offer: “It is an incredibly kind gesture from the club. We wanted get people to run, walk or jog one of the three events, get a medal, enjoy the atmosphere then make their way down to the stadium to watch the Super League champions for free. It’s going to be another incredible day and we are really looking forward to it.”
Looking ahead to race day, competitors and spectators alike will be able to enjoy what is certain to be a festival-like atmosphere, Live entertainment, including music from a host of local bands, while spectators (and race finishers) can take advantage of the European food markets.
Further information on the Run Wigan Festival is available here.