Liverpool Harriers’ Daniel Cliffe put in his strongest showing of the year to take the title at the Wigan 10K. Sunday’s (9 September) event saw close to 2,500 runners line up on Market Street in Wigan Town Centre, with the field set on their way by 10-year-old Jack Johnson, the inspiration behind the event’s organising charity, Joining Jack.
Cliffe, top at July’s Lymm Festival 10K, followed up with another impressive victory, coming home in 31:51, just 25 seconds outside the event’s official race record held by Daniel’s Liverpool Harriers team mate Dejene Gezimu since 2016.
Thomas Griffiths of St Helens Sutton secured second in 32:44, with Preston Harriers’ Joseph Monk (32:56) in third position.
It was extremely tight in the women’s competition with Wigan Phoenix’s Vicky Bryant batting it out with Bianca Pederson. The former just shaded it in 40:02, with Pederson narrowly behind. Jane Riley took third in 41:17, while a trio of Wigan & District Harriers’, Alice Alcock, Danielle Brearton and Jayne Taylor, were next in line.
Post race feedback from runners was very positive. Tim Marsh's comments were typical: "3rd or 4th time I've done it. Rather than it just being a running event it feels more of a day out with all the food and drink stalls and entertainment after the races. Great event and well organised!"
Nicola Nuttall agreed with Tim: "It’s a brilliant event and the whole town support it, the music and the markets are great, well done Wigan."
Race organiser, Matt Johnson, who is also Jack’s uncle, said: “It was a fantastic turnout once again. Joining Jack and the Wigan 10k are so incredibly well supported by the Wigan public and running community.
Matt continued: “We can’t wait do it all again in 2019 when we will see our total number of participants top the 20,000 mark which is a fantastic achievement.