16 Aug

Wigan Runners Set To Reach New Depths

Nigel Brookwell

More than 3,500 runners are expected to converge on Market Street to compete in the fifth Wigan 10K on Sunday 3 September. While the race has been host to a number of memorable scenes – mums pushing prams, supporters wheeling a four-poster bed, a host of super-heroes and Disney characters and even a cookie monster – 2017 looks like it might just present the most unique one yet in Nigel Brookwell. 

Rather than shorts and a running vest, Nigel will be donning a 1930s diving suit weighing a massive four stones, including leaded boots weighing in at 30lbs and a helmet at an incredible 70lbs.

Nigel is aiming to set a world record for the longest walk in the suit and is hoping to raise money and awareness in honour of Harry, who was diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome, also known as ME, after becoming ill in January last year.

Next month’s event will feature, for the first time, a Family Mile run following the main race and it is anticipated that up to 500 will compete. Both the Wigan 10K and Family Mile races will be started by nine-year-old Jack Johnson, the inspiration behind the Joining Jack charity.

Jack has been fighting Duchenne since he was diagnosed at the age of three. His parents set up the charity in 2012 and the September event will be their sixth major run, with many of the runners competing in next month’s event raising money for the charity.

You can still enter the Wigan 10K here