2019 Wigan Trail 10k race report

The 2019 Wigan Trail 10k Race saw a record number of entrants take to the start line. It was 12 degrees with full sun and little breeze so perfect running conditions although a few runners were starting regret not wearing sun cream by the end!

In tonight’s news round up we will look at what happened at the front of the race in the battle for the race prizes!

Taking the race out fast from the start was number 36 Richard Smith from Leigh Harriers. Tucked in with the early pace group was Gavin Sweeney 394 (U/A) and Ian Roberts 346 (Liverpool PS). It would be this group that would stay closely together for the first few km.

Chasing that lead group hard in the opening stages was Wigan Harrier Rick Rose-Coulthard 309.

The ladies race was a little more fragmented in the opening stages but showing an early sign of strength was Kelly Hamilton 77 of St Helens Striders. Some way back was local lady Karen Moorfield 365 (Wigan Phoenix), tracked by Danielle Scott 369 (Knowsley Harriers). Further back perhaps making a more cautious start or caught up in start line congestion were Marie Jarvis 156 (Salford Harriers) and Rebecca Lovegrove 240 (U/A).

By the time the men were running past the lake there were clear daylight to the front pack of three but starting to move more to the front was Gavin Sweeney in the dark vest.

Further back positions were starting to change. Moving through the field nicely was Stephen Campbell 129 (Knowsley Harriers) perhaps benefiting from a more cautious start.

In the ladies race Kelly Hamilton was still looking strong but again the positions behind were starting to change dramatically.

Marie Jarvis 154 (Salford Harriers) had moved nicely through the field.

A little further back in 5th place was Rebecca Lovegrove (U/A) who seemed to still have designs on the podium.

In the second half of the men’s race everything was blown open. Gavin Sweeney made his move, pulling away strongly from the rest of the field to win in a course best of 34.09.

Racing hard into second place was Ian Roberts in 35.49.

Moving through the field to take an excellent third place was Stephen Campbell in 36.15

Back to the ladies race and it was looking increasingly likely who the winner would be!

Taking that top spot was Kelly Hamilton in 40.59. Much like in the men’s race there had been changes behind the front runner!

Coming home in second place was Marie Jarvis of Salford Harriers in 42.50.

Clinching that 3rd spot was Rebecca Lovegrove who finished the race strongly in 43.05.

Congratulations to our race winners. More news and photos to come later in the week.


DATE FOR 2020 IS 10TH MAY 10.30AM



Wigan Trail 10k Race News

Wigan Trail 10k race on Sunday 12th May 10.30am.

Prizes for the two winners – engraved hand made paper weights.

Due to the size of the field there will be no pre-race brief so please take note of the following.

  • Registration opens at 9.00am – Clubhouse, Spring View Sports & Community Club, Hatfield Close off Marlborough Avenue, Spring View, Wigan, WN3 4PH.
  • Parking will be limited so please car share where possible and park with consideration for local residents.
  • The start is a few minutes walk from registration.
  • The start area will be congested so please place yourself appropriately based on your expected pace.
  • There will be plenty of opportunities to overtake during the 10k.
  • Please respect other users of the nature reserve.
  • There will be plenty of marshals in hi-vis tops to direct you, please listen to any instructions.
  • There will be a drinks station at 4 & 8km as well the finish line, please use the bins for waste cups.
  • The finish is in front of the Clubhouse.
  • Please report any medical issues to a marshal as we will have a number of First Aiders on the course.
  • Please use your race number to claim your pie and peas.
  • There are plenty of prizes (including spot prizes) so please stick around for the presentations. We can’t post wine or cash!
  • There will be a photographer out on the course so remember to smile!

Many thanks.

Wigan Trail 10k results 2016

Well most of the rain missed us and it was another successful Wigan Trail 10k race. Well done to our 140 finishers who did brilliantly on a warm humid morning. There were plenty of determined runners who secured excellent times.

Over the next few days there will be news reports and photos but for now here’s the important results. If you spot any omissions please let us know and we will try to amend. Once again thanks for your support, we can’t do it without you! 😊



Are you ready?

Wigan Trail 10k in it’s 5th year organised by Wigan Harriers is now open for entry.

Amberswood the setting for the race is known as one of Wigan’s Greenhearts so it should be no surprise to anyone what a fantastic area it is to run in, but surprised is what first timers often are. The ex mining land is now a blend of woodland, meadow and lakes which has developed into a very natural setting and is superb for running.


The majority of the race is on excellent tracks with the route taking in some of the fine woodland. What appeals to many runners is how good the tracks are to run on and helped by how flat the course is, it really helps produce some excellent times.


A water station is positioned halfway round the course run by some of our enthusiastic marshals.



The finish of the race is in front of the club house so an ideal spot for friends and family to watch the runners make the final dash for the line, cheering them home. They can then all enjoy a refreshing drink whilst the pies are baking in the oven. It’s usually a fantastic day for everyone.


We look forward to welcoming runners of all abilities to join at Amberswood and encourage you to pre-enter today.

For more details including how to enter please use this link.


Horwich Jubilee 5 mile road race July ’15

Horwich Jubilee 15th July by special reporter The Kaveman.

A small field of just 3 Wigan Harriers made it to the start line for the 3rd round of the Jubilee – Just! Andy Kaufman, Mike Harris and Gary ‘The Hulk’ Wane. Andy didn’t realise that the start had moved back by about 100 metres and just made the line 30 seconds before the start.

Andy went off with the front pack and stuck next to the eventual winner from Bolton. The Bolton runner made his move to distance himself and they both moved clear from the rest. By the end of the first lap the Bolton runner just had a little bit more strength and distanced Andy. Andy stayed 2nd for most the lap but was pipped to third on the line by 2 seconds as he paid for his earlier efforts to win the race. True to his word after the Chorley race he went with the leader, as you have to be in it to win it! His form is improving and although he lost 2nd there were no regrets. Give it another 2 weeks and he’ll stay with the leader and we will see what happens.

Mike Harris came through 19th place & 2nd V40 to his annoyance as his form is so good at the moment he expects those after race prizes. He said before the race he was going to hurt and leave it all on the road tonight. He ran strong and hard and took a few local scalps that he battles with normally. His stiffness after the race highlighting the effort he put in.

Gary Wane followed in shortly in 38th place well in the top third of the field He blanked Andy’s congrats and proceed to hunch in a corner for 4 minutes to properly recover. His hulk trainers powering him along to a superhuman effort. 6 minutes later we were walking back along the finish line when he pointed out a guy finishing who he said he used to finish with last year. You can really tell he has a lot of confidence in his running now and believes he has the ability to push his expected level of performance. Look carefully and these days you’ll see a green tinge to his skin after a race, look out Lakeland the Hulk is coming for you!


Amberswood Family Fun Day

For those of you who enjoyed the splendid environment of the Amberswood Nature Reserve we bring you news of another super event held there this coming weekend by the friends of Amberswood.

Saturday 11th July

11am till 4pm

For more details please this link F o A FUN DAY 2015

Friends of Amberswood do an excellent job of helping maintain this wonderful Greenheart park in the middle of the Wigan borough. They also provide tremendous support to the Wigan Harriers 10k Trail race.

Not long now!

With just over three weeks to go to this next year’s Wigan Trail Race, the final preparations are now being made. Today we are pleased to share the new route for the 2.5k fun run.

The 2.5k fun run is suitable for everyone….children, family and have a go heroes and there is a medal for all fun run finishers.

10k with free pie and peas for pre entries or 2.5k with a shiny medal, what are you waiting for?

The new race routes.


Amberswood 10k latest news

IMAG1868Wigan Harriers race organisers have been out on the Amberswood race route over the weekend and despite the recent rain the course is still looking quite firm underfoot. We generally recommend a trail shoe for the event, but if we get a little sunshine over the next few weeks even a road shoe may do! It really is a lovely place to run and hard to believe you are in the heart of Industrial Wigan when surrounded with such greenery. Continue reading

Amberswood 10k Trail Run 2013

Wigan Harriers are delighted to confirm that the highly rated Amberswood trail event will take place again in 2013. After such well supported races over both 10k and 2.5k in 2012, the Wigan club have set Sunday June 2nd as the date for this years’ run.

The event takes place around the Greenheart tracks and trails of Amberswood on the outskirts of Wigan, (between Spring View and Hindley). This beautifully reclaimed site offers a mix of firm packed lakeside paths, meadow crossings and a splash of mud here and there!

There will be a 2.5k fun run for youngsters and those new to running off road, followed by the hugely popular 2 lap 10k run for all abilities. Pencil the date in your running diaries and check back here for further details and entry forms in the next month.

Amberswood 2012 Race Report

Video of last years event: