Next month will herald the return of the Halliwell Jones Wigan 10K, a race which, despite being just four years old, has managed to generate a considerable following. 4,000 runners are anticipated to compete on Sunday 4 September, and, with organisers announcing a modified route for this year, PBs and course records look likely.
The fast and flat route incorporates many of the town's landmarks with runners departing from the town centre on Market Street. New for this year is a faster finish through Mesnes Park, while the course also includes the 100m section of Robin Park athletics track.
2015 saw Thomas Carson successfully defend his title in a time of 32:37, 24 seconds quicker than his winning performance the previous year. Bolton’s Karl Darcy finished second (33:24) with Richard White in third place (33:30).
In the women’s competition, Leigh Harriers’ pair Lauren and Becky Howarth dominated the field with a one-two in 34:56 and 37:29, with the former securing seventh place overall. Georgina Leck rounded off the top three female runners (38:39).