Can you remember Wigan without it’s 10k race? It’s become such a fixture in the north west running calendar it’s hard to remember a time without it!
The popularity and success of the event has been mirrored by the growth of the Wigan Harriers Endurance section with many members starting out their running journeys by entering the 10k.
Over the 6 years Joining Jack and Wigan 10k have shown real attention to detail to make sure the event is in the “Premier League” of urban 10k’s. They have also partnered up with many organisations to ensure the race continues to grow. Over the years dozens of Harriers have helped with the marshalling and many more have participated ensuring there are wave after wave of black and red vests crossing the finish line.
2018 was blessed with better weather than the 2017 version. There were early starts for both runners and marshals to make sure everyone was ready. Once again Sam Blakeman’s shop The IT Way was HQ for the Harriers athletes (Thanks Sam). Of course the obligatory team photo needed to be taken.
2018 was no different to previous years as there were a very healthy 65 Harriers running the 10k plus members who entered before joining. Harriers were also helping on both water stations and at other key points around the course. The atmosphere in the town made it another special event to all involved.
2018 saw the club provide both quality and quantity to the field! Leading the men home after recovering from recent injury was Tim Hartley (36.19),
A flurry of male Harrier finishers consisting of Gary Fitzpatrick (36.29)
John Heyes (36.46) and Kyle Hazelaar (37.17) helped clinch the male team prize – well done men!
The fast finish into Wigan gave plenty of the Harriers the opportunity to battle for places by a sprint finish. The photos of Kyle’s finish were particularly memorable! We can confirm Kyle was airborne for the last 100 metres obviously some secret powers!
The ladies were not to be outdone by the men. Just 24 seconds separated the first three Harrier ladies, a very close finish! First in was Alice Alcock (41.18), next Danielle Brearton (41.25) and then Jayne Taylor (41.42). A super run by Serena Edwards (43.56) saw the Ladies clinch the team prize too! 😁
If both team prizes wasn’t enough there were also a number of individual prize winners.
1st MV45 John Heyes
Honourable mentions to Chris Simpson 2nd MV40, John Abram 3rd MV50, James McGlynn 2nd MV65 and Gordon Ramsdale 3rd MV70+.
Congratulations to everyone for their performances, PB, no PB, fast or slow, there was no doubting the commitment that everyone showed. Well done all! 👏🏼 Thank you to all the marshals for giving their time and supporting the race and representing our club.
Onwards to 10k number seven but before then we have a date with Haigh Hall hill and the Wigan Run Festival, bring it on! 💪🏼
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