First-ever 10k is a resounding success

Wigans 1st 10K Run Pictured are Jane Eccleston, Karen Morris, Emma Higgins and Lynn Boylin from Astley & Tyldesley Road Runners club.
Wigans 1st 10K Run Pictured are Jane Eccleston, Karen Morris, Emma Higgins and Lynn Boylin from Astley & Tyldesley Road Runners club.
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LEYTHERS turned out in force to help make the borough’s inaugural 10k in aid of Joining Jack a massive success.

Runners from Leigh including the town’s MP Andy Burnham took on the course which wound through Wigan town centre out to the DW Stadium and back, and there was plenty of local success too.

Shadow Secretary of State for Health Mr Burnham won his parliamentary battle, crossing the line in front of his compatriot for Wigan Lisa Nandy.

At the front of the field there was plenty of success for the local clubs to celebrate, with Leigh Harrier Sabrina Walley winning the girls’ race and fellow club member Joseph Dillon coming first in the men’s 45 to 49 category, while Astley and Tyldesley Road Runners’ Shaun Moran took was first over the line in the 50 to 59 category.

The day also raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for charities, with the main beneficiary being organisers Joining Jack.

Many runners defied the warm temperatures to run in costumes including Wonderwoman and Postman Pat, while huge crowds lined the route to cheer the athletes.