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