Sunday 3rd September saw this year’s fabulous fifth Halliwell Jones Wigan 10k go off with a bang. The rain didn’t stop us and we saw a huge 3,400 sign up to the main race and another whopping 500 sign up for the Family Mile.
Jack Johnson, the inspiration behind the charity Joining Jack who are the 10k race organisers, gave the runners their marching orders with a countdown to the start then took part himself on his very own specialised scooter. Jack’s parents, Alex and Andy also partook in the race and at one point gave Jacks cold fingers a rest from the handles and pushed him for a couple of kilometres. Runners took in the sights of Mesnes Park, the DW Stadium and also grabbed a quick drink from some of their favourite players as the Warriors manned the Robin Park water station.
The heart of Wigan Town centre was once again the perfect setting for our race to get underway with the European markets keeping everyone fuelled up before the race and providing a well-earned beer or two afterwards. The stage was booming all day with guest performances from Oaces, The Verve Experience and The Velleys to name a few. Wish FM’s Chris Milow manned the stage, whilst Brian Porter worked the finish line, welcoming the tired legs back in.
Race winner, Blackburn Harriers AC’s Joseph Monks completed the 10k in just 32:48 with Anthony Valentine coming in second for Bolton United Harriers & AC in 33:09. Neil Pendlebury from Leigh Harriers came in just six seconds later with a time of 33:15. Just five seconds separated the top three females. Carmel Triggs took the top spot on the podium with a brilliant time of 39:16 closely followed by Blackburn Harriers AC’s Carmen Byrne in 39:19 and third place Alison Moore finishing in 39:21.
Amazingly, we had a World Record set by Nigel Brookwell, with longest land walk in deep sea divers suit, in aid of the charity FORME.
Next year has a lot to live up to...
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WE are delighted to confirm that our fantastic partnership with Wigan Warriors will continue in 2017 for our fabulous 5th Wigan 10k.
As we countdown to another terrific total on September 3rd, we are excited to once again team up with the Super League Champions over the coming months. JJ the Duchenne Destroyer from our organising charity Joining Jack will team up with the Warriors’ Mighty Max ahead of the race to encourage all our runners and they’ll both be around on the start line to high five, dab, give a thumbs up and JJ Salute.
The Wembley-bound Warriors team will also be on hand at our DW Stadium water station handing out water and a few words of encouragement to all our runners as they reach the half way point on the route.
Matt Johnson, the main organiser of the 10k and Jack’s uncle, said: “This is fantastic news for our event. We think we have created a pretty special day and to once again have the
extra support from the Wigan Warriors really is great. We have set our sights on 4,000 runners this year in what will be unbelievably be our fifth race. It will be incredible to cross this year’s finish line with that number and we know how much the club will be behind us to achieve this.”
Wigan Warriors rugby director, Kris Radlinski, a trustee of the Joining Jack charity which organises the event, said: “As many people know, Joining Jack is a charity that is very close to my heart. Having played with Andy I know the Johnson family well and Jack is one of our own so we are always happy to do whatever we can to help promote the charity. We don’t want to help get to 4,000 runners, we want to obliterate that target!”
Alex Johnson, Jack’s mum and founder of the Joining Jack charity added: “To have Wigan Warriors on board again is a massive boost for the charity. We know the huge regard with which the people of Wigan hold the club so it’s terrific to have them as one of our race partners. Kris and the Wigan club have been with Andy and me from day one.”
Wow! Our all-important fabulous 5th 10k medals have just been delivered to the Wigan 10k Headquarters… We love them! Do you think it’s the best yet? We do! Everyone who completes the main run will receive a medal in their goody bag. Have you taken part in previous races? Why not add to your collection with this unbelievable bit of bling? #iwantone
All our Family Mile runners will receive our brilliant JJ medal with ‘paint splat’ ribbon! This super colourful medal is enough to get the whole family along to join in. #familymile
Still not got your Joining Jack t-shirt ready for the 10k? No problem... you can order one here, limited stock so hurry to avoid disappointment.
WE are absolutely delighted to reveal that this year’s fantastic fifth 10k will also feature a Family Mile run after the main event.
The Joining Jack charity http://joiningjack.org/, the race organisers, had previously staged a Junior Joining Jack race covering 1, 2 and 3ks on a nearby running track 24 hours prior to the event.
But following the success of the charity’s Run Wigan Festival event earlier this year, which featured a Half Marathon, a 5k and Family Mile, the charity has decided to repeat the magic mile for children aged up to 11 all receiving a runner number and a Joining Jack finishers’ medal.
Organiser Matt Johnson said: “The 10k is such a special day not only for the charity but for the town of Wigan and the running community, and we were wondering what we could do to improve on the past four years.
“Our Run Wigan Festival was a huge success in its inaugural year and the Family Mile was incredibly popular. We had more than 700 runners register to take part with 300 of those on the morning of the race. So the decision to stage a second Family Mile at the 10k was a bit of a no brainer really. It was the perfect fit as on the day we will also be celebrating the fact that it is World Duchenne Awareness Day later that week and we will be hoping to welcome some of the boys who, like Jack, are living with Duchenne. They will be representing the World’s Strongest Boys organisation to raise awareness of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and will play their part in creating another fabulous event.”
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.
The day itself will also feature live entertainment from a number of local bands along with speciality foods from the visiting European Markets in the town centre.
World Duchenne Awareness Day takes place on September 7th and you can read more about the World’s Strongest Boys here https://worldsstrongestboys.duchenneuk.org/.
We are absolutely delighted to be teaming up with our event partners theendurancestore.com to bring our runners some of the best prizes available.
Our first three male and female runners home in the 2017 Wigan 10k will each receive a pair of On running shoes worth £130 along with the following cash prizes:
1st £100 2nd £50 3rd £25
Each of our male and female category winners from our over 40s to over 70s will receive a TES £20 voucher.
Matt Johnson, race organiser said: “It is an amazing gesture by our friends at High5 to offer these incredible prizes for the 2017 Wigan 10k. We hope it will mean an incredible turnout of runners supporting our event for what is going to be another fantastic day in Wigan and incredibly our fifth Wigan 10k.”
WOW! September 4th, 2016, our fourth fantastic Halliwell Jones Wigan 10k was another record-breaking year and a new race record.
In only our fourth we had more than 3,600 runners converge on a sunny Market Street in the heart of Wigan to create the famous Joining Jack salute just before 10am. They were then counted down to the start by eight-year-old Jack Johnson, the inspiration behind the charity, and Wigan Warriors stars Sam Tomkins and Josh Charnley.
Race winner Liverpool Harrier Dejene Gezimu strolled home in a new race record of 31mins 26secs, earning himself an extra £100 to go with the £100 first prize, second was Andile Hlebo from Trafford AC in 31mins 57secs and third was Barlick Fell Runners’ Ian Livesey in 32mins 27secs.
Eleanor Davis from Newquay Road Runners, who travelled up from Cornwall for the race, was the first lady home in 34mins 46secs, Helen Sahgal from Liverpool Pembroke Sefton Harriers AC was second in 39mins 11 secs and third was Victoria Nealon from Rugby and Northampton AC just behind in 39mins 16 secs.
The route which starts and finishes in the town centre takes in the DW Stadium and Mesnes Park, and had been slightly changed this year to accommodate the 100 metre finishing straight at Robin Park. It proved a huge hit with many runners hitting PBs.
Race organiser, Matt Johnson, said: "The feedback that we have had from runners since Sunday has been incredible. Considering it is only our fourth event, it is amazing to think we are on record numbers again this year. It is a very emotional day for everyone involved with Joining Jack and we can’t say a big enough thank you to all our runners, volunteers, sponsors and supporters for making it another day to remember – we are already planning next year’s event with registration opened just 48 hours on from Sunday."
The third Wigan 10k road race, which took place on the 6th of September 2015, saw more than 3,450 runners registering to take part – a new record surpassing our previous best total of 3,150 in 2014 and 850 more than our incredible inaugural event in 2013 - we even had to shut up shop and put up the ‘sold out’ signs a week early.
Race starter Olympic medallist Jenny Meadows Opening the entertainment BGT star Henry Gallagher
The race was started by Olympic bronze medallist Jenny Meadows who admitted she might be tempted to don her running shoes and take part in the future. And the event saw crowds of supporters flocking to the town centre to enjoy the live stage entertainment opened by Britain’s Got Talent star Henry Gallagher and the continental food markets that were in town, as well as enjoying the atmosphere of the race itself.
High profile runners this year included Wigan Warriors general manager Kris Radlinski and former Wigan RL favourite Steve Hampson. We were also delighted that the main man Jack Johnson, from Joining Jack, the charity responsible for organising the event, was able to complete the race pushed around the route in his first wheelchair by mum Alex, co-founder of the charity and charity Trustee Andrea Kent. Joining Jack was launched in 2012 to raises awareness and funds for research into Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and staff including Jack’s uncle, Matt Johnson, are responsible for organising the event in conjunction with Wigan Council, Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust and Fylde Coast Running.
After a fantastic 2015 we have set ourselves the target of hitting 4,000 runners in our 4th year and we would love you to be a part of our team!
Joining Jack www.joiningjack.org is a charity founded by Alex and Andy Johnson, the parents of a then four-year-old Jack Johnson, after he was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), a debilitating muscle-wasting disease for which there is currently no cure.
Jack was diagnosed in October 2011, at the tender age of three. Failing a medical breakthrough, Jack’s life will follow a predetermined path, mapped out by the wasting of his muscles.
He will no longer be able to walk by the time he reaches adolescence and will lose the use of every single muscle in his body thereafter. He may need spinal rods to keep him upright and ventilation to help him breath. Eventually his heart and lungs will fail and he will die.
Joining Jack was born four months after Jack’s diagnosis with the sole aim of finding a cure. All money raised is used to spread awareness of the horrible disease which affects approximately one in every 3,500 boys worldwide.
Thanks to some amazing support from their local community and the rugby and sporting world, the charity has raised more than £2million which has been invested in research and has funded a number of clinical trial posts to give the Duchenne community real hope that a cure or at least a treatment which will slow down the boys’ decline, is within touching distance. Any profit raised from your registration for this year’s race will go the charity. Runners can raise money for Joining Jack or any charity they feel close to or they can simply run for fun.
A: Yes. The Wigan 10k is run on closed roads and headphones are permitted.
A: All runners registering before 9am on Friday, August 25th will have their running packs/Faily Mile runner numbers posted out to them by September 2nd.
A: Racepacks and Family Mile runner numbers will NOT be posted out after Friday, August 25th. Anyone registering after 9am on Friday, August 25th will need to pick up their pack on Race Day from the Race Information Point on the corner of Market Street and Hallgate WN1 1JN.
If you register before Friday, August 25th and have not received your pack before Thursday, August 31st, please contact us via email to arrange a replacement to be picked up on the day. Replacements may not be possible on the day without prior agreement.
A: The Wigan 10k starts at 10am and the Family Mile starts at 12.30pm.
A: The Wigan 10k is organised by Joining Jack and we are very grateful to all the runners who choose to raise money for the charity. Runners are free to raise funds for other local and national charities. The Wigan10k team are extremely proud of the funds that have been raised for Joining Jack and a host of other charities. Runners not wishing to run for a charity are also welcome.
A: We have lots of people who prefer to walk the course. We ask that they are at the back of the queues at the start line and also ask that runners look for the specially allocated pace-setter boards who will give you the best idea of which group of runners to start the race with.
A: Pace setters will be available and located at different points along the start line. Look out for the pace setter boards signalling the pace setters time. Pace setters will be available for runners looking to achieve any of the following times 40mins, 45 mins, 50 mins, 55 mins, 60 mins, 65, mins and 70 mins.
A: Entries can be transferred no later than Friday August 25th. Please email email@example.com with your name and provide the name, address, email, mobile no, DOB and emergency contact details of the person you are transferring your entry to. If you have already received your racepack you must be prepared to pass this on to your replacement.
A: We do not permit entries to be deferred and are unable to provide a refund. You can transfer your entry to another runner – see above. Your registration fee will be donated to Joining Jack.
A: Runners must be at 15 years old on the day of the race, Sunday, September 3rd, 2017.
A: Race numbers and timing chips will be included in racepacks. You will also receive an instruction leaflet on how to fit the chip to your running shoes. Other information in the pack will include details on the route, car parking and prizes awarded.
A: Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and address for a replacement.
A: Please email email@example.com with your name and address to arrange a replacement.
A: Please go to the Race Information Point and replacements will be provided where possible. However, we cannot guarantee times will be automatically sent to your mobile with a replacement race number and timing chip.
A: All runners who complete the course will receive a finishers’ bag which includes a medal.
A: In 2015, the Wigan 10k reached its capacity six days ahead of the race and registration was immediately closed. In 2016, registration closed 48 hours ahead of the race. A decision will be taken ahead of the race as to whether we will be registering runners on the day. Please check Facebook and Twitter feeds for updates.
Please do not rely on registration on the day and register in plenty of time ahead of our closing date.
A: Results will be available on our Facebook page no later than 24 hours after the race finishes.
A: You should have received a confirmation email from Sports Entry Solutions when you registered for the race which may have gone into your spam folder. You can check on the registration page under ‘current entries’ for your name on an alphabetically ordered list.
A: Please check your emails and the runners’ entrants list in the following link.
If you have then you can transfer the extra place to another runner before the date specified above. Instructions on how to do this are given above.
A: Please contact Sports Timing Solutions direct details can be found in the following link.
A: Yes, the event is a UK Athletics Certified Event and the course has also been UKAEA accuracy certified meaning the event is eligible for the Power of 10.
The 10k route starts and finishes on Market Street in Wigan town centre.
Prizes will be awarded for the first, second and third male and female runners, as well as the winners of a number of other categories, and there will be an awards ceremony for the winners held on the day on the main stage in the town centre.
There will also be live entertainment on stage, and the continental food markets will be in town, so we’d encourage all runners and spectators to remain in the town centre after the run to make the most of the atmosphere.
All runners will receive a free finishers goody bag and medal. Shower facilities are available for runners in the Wigan Life Centre after the event, although please be aware that you will need to bring swimwear to use these. There will also be a baggage area for all runners to safely leave their belongings in Wigan Life Centre (South Site).
First male and female will receive a specially designed Joining Jack/Wigan 10k trophy.
There will also be a £100 cash prize for anyone who can break the race record of 31mins 26 seconds.
The Wigan 10k wouldn’t be the same without all our fantastic volunteers.
We have a team of around 80 on the day who give up their time to help us ensure everything goes without a hitch. As a charity we rely on our amazing team to make us one of the best running events around – we couldn’t do it without them.
Our volunteer roles range from marshalling the course at the start and finish line directing runners and keeping the route clear of crowds, to keeping our runners on course through the picturesque sights of Mesnes Park. We also have a team managing the baggage area in the town centre and handing out goodie bags, water and refreshments to our finishers.
This year’s race will be our fabulous fifth and takes place on Sunday, September 3rd and we are targeting a fantastic 4,000 runners - so we are going to need even more pairs of hands than ever helping things run smoothly and of course, enjoying the incredible atmosphere that only comes with the Wigan 10k.
If you would be willing and available to help this year it would be fantastic to have you involved. We will need volunteers from 8.30am on the day of the race, until approximately 12.30pm but these times might be subject to slight change.
If you are interested, you know someone who might be, or if you just want a little more information, please get in touch via email firstname.lastname@example.org – it would be great to hear from you. Please let us know as well if there is any particular role you would prefer.
We look forward to seeing you on the day! #thebestsupporters
The Wigan 10k Road Race can be run in support of any charity that is close to your heart. Below is a selection of local charities that would benefit from your support.
Joining Jack, The Mayor's Charity, Joseph's Goal, Wigan Rotary Club, Wigan Youth Zone, Champsappeal, Wigan Stars, Wigan Leigh Deaf Children's Society Carrieon Fighting.
Click on the various logos to find out more about each organsiation.