The first Wigan 10k held in support of the Joining Jacks local charity was a roaring success with over 2200 runners crossing the line. Competitors were blessed with glorious sunshine for the 9.30am start of the biggest road running event the town has ever witnessed.
Harriers were out in force supporting the event both as runners and volunteers. The DW water station was enthusiastically manned by a posse of Wigan Harriers handing out refreshments and keeping the tempo up with some rousing beats from DJ Becki! Flying the flag for the competing Harriers was husband Andy Kaufman who ran a blistering 34:17 to take a podium spot in 3rd place. Superb running from Mr Kaufman who just keeps getting faster at every outing.
Andy set the standard for Harriers on a day that was to see some first class efforts from our runners and a host of Personal Bests. One runner who just cant help breaking personal records is Gary Fitzpatrick who bagged a top 10 place for the club with a superb 35:26. Having only recently returned to serious training after a long injury lay off was Tim Pilkington. He looks to be threatening a quick return to form with an impressive 37:59 for 21st place.
Crazy Horse Chris Burgess gave his usual all or nothing display which almost saw his breakfast crossing the line before he did. His 38:55 was good enough to earn him 33rd place and ranks as a new PB. In 42nd place was Darren Middleton with a 39:14 race time which was just a few seconds away from his all time best. Darren Jackson was next up with a sterling run that saw him agonizingly close to pipping his 39:54 PB with a 40:08 for 59th place.
Next over the line in the red and black was Neil Precott in 90th place. His 40:59 was just enough to hold off a charging Gary Wane who looks to have been on the raw meat diet once again, wiping chunks off his PB with 42:02 for 90th place.
132nf place belonged to Irshad Hamza in 42:11. The first Harriers lady over the line was Rebecca Morton with a fabulous run to earn 385th spot with 47:53. Toni Louise Clayton was the next Harriers home with 52:38, (734th).
It was a memorable week for the town of Wigan and the Joining Jacks charity in particular. Wigan Harriers are delighted to have played a part in the success of the day and look forward to seeing this superb event become a major fixture on the running calendar.