Running festival takes place across the town

Run Wigan Festival

Run Wigan Festival

Thousands of Wiganers put on their running shoes to take part in the first Run Wigan Festival.

The festival comprised three separate events - a half marathon, a 5k run and concluded with a fun family mile run.

The races all started and finished from Market Street, starting with the half marathon at 9.30am.

The running event was launched following on from the fantastic success of the Wigan 10k, and was created in aid of charity Joining Jack, to raise money to fund research into a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and to get Wigan running.

Matt Johnson, the main organiser of the Wigan 10k revealed the charity’s thinking behind the decision to launch a second running event.

He said: “We just wanted to build on the amazing success of the 10k. We think the people of Wigan and the north west have really taken the event to their hearts and we are hoping this event will create the same incredible atmosphere.

“The 5k race will give runners who perhaps feel the 10k may be a little long for them a chance to get into running and also offer our 10k runners a great fast 5k to include in their training. While the half marathon will give our 10k runners the chance to take the next step. And the family mile is something for everyone. It is going to be a great event and another fantastic event, we are really looking forward to it.”