The fourth year of the Wigan 10K turned out to be memorable with Sunday’s race welcoming its largest turnout and witnessing, too, the fastest time recorded. Over 3,100 runners converged on a sunny Market Street in the heart of the town to tackle a course that had been modified to accommodate a 100 metre finishing straight, a revision that allowed many to secure a PB.
The event, created by Joining Jack, was started by eight-year-old Jack Johnson, the inspiration behind the charity, and Wigan Warriors stars Sam Tomkins and Josh Charnley. Liverpool Harrier Dejene Gezimu proved to be the quickest off the mark and maintained his speed throughout, coming home in first place with a course record of 31:26. Second went to Trafford AC’s Andile Hlebo in 31:57, with Ian Livesey in third (32:37).
In the women’s competition, Newquay Road Runners’ Eleanor Davis secured top place in 34:46, with Helen Sahgal from Liverpool Pembroke Sefton Harriers AC second in 39:11 Victoria Nealon just behind in 39:16. Catherine Chandler was midpoint in the field in 59:00, while the last runner came home in 2:22:16.
Race organiser, Matt Johnson, said: “The feedback that we have had from runners since Sunday has been incredible. Considering it is only our fourth event, it is amazing to think we are on record numbers again this year.
“It is a very emotional day for everyone involved with Joining Jack and we can’t say a big enough thank you to all our runners, volunteers, sponsors and supporters for making it another day to remember – we are already planning next year’s event with registration opened just 48 hours on from Sunday.”