Smiling and a soaking as RunFest is a triumph

Taking part in the Run Wigan Festival
Taking part in the Run Wigan Festival

Thousands of runners had smiles on their faces and medals around their necks after taking part in the Run Wigan Festival.

Supporters braved the pouring rain to cheer on the runners as they ran along the streets of Wigan for the inaugural event.

Run fest: The racers set off

Run fest: The racers set off

There were 2,100 people in the half marathon, with 1,200 people in the 5km race and hundreds of children and parents in the family mile.

The routes showcased some of the borough’s best-known places, including Mesnes Park, the DW Stadium, Wigan Pier and Haigh Hall.

The event was organised by Joining Jack and the races were officially started by nine-year-old Jack Johnson - the inspiration behind the Wigan-based charity funding research into Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

He took part in the half marathon, pushed in his wheelchair by retired rugby league stars Wayne Godwin and Ewan Dowes.

The runners stream off from the start

The runners stream off from the start

After months of training, many runners met their goals, whether it was covering the distance, achieving a personal best or raising money for good causes.

There was plenty to enjoy after the races, with live bands and a European food market in the town centre.

And Wigan Warriors have invited all the runners to watch their match against Huddersfield Giant later in the day for free.