The sun may not have been splitting the skies as it was at last year’s race, yet Sunday’s (3 September) Wigan 10K drew in another impressive 3,000-plus field, with a further 500 competing in the first ever Family Mile run. There was, too, a world record set to mark the fifth year of the event, with Nigel Brookwell becoming the first ever person to complete 10k in a vintage, three-stone diving suit.
The field were given their marching orders by Jack Jackson, the inspiration behind the Joining Jack charity, who then took part in the race beside his parents in a special scooter (pictured). Even in the inclement weather, Jack, who has been fighting Duchenne since he was diagnosed at the age of three, managed to complete the race, much to the delight of his two very proud parents. They commented: “He did it! It rained all the way and his fingers were freezing. He powered through like a trooper.”
Leading the field home with a convincing victory was Blackburn Harriers’ Joseph Monk (32:48), who finished more than twenty seconds ahead of Bolton United’s Anthony Valentine (33:09). Leigh Harriers’ Neil Pendlebury took third in (33:15).
Just five seconds separated the top three female performers, with Carmel Triggs (39:16) edging out Blackburn Harriers’ Carmen Byrne (39:19), with third place going to Alison Moore (39:21). In all, the Wigan 10K produced a lot of quick finishes, with the midplaced runner coming home in under an hour.
Melanie Whitehead from organisers Joining Jack told runABC North: “Another amazing turnout for the fifth Wigan 10k, almost 3,500 runners for the main race and more than 500 runners for the first ever Family Mile. We missed out on the sunshine this year but it didn’t stop the amazing Wigan public from coming out to support the event."
Looking ahead to 2018, Melanie added: “Plans are already in place for number six and we are hoping to open registration for next year’s event this week.”
Full results are available on our race listings page.