IT may have only been on our roads for two years but the Wigan 10k has already received high recognition in the National Running Awards.
The event was voted into second place in the country’s top road races, beating many that are bigger and far-longer established in the process.
Bested only by the Southport event, organisers who attended the lavish ceremony in London spoke of their pride at receiving such high praise. They’re now hoping it will inspire them to even more success in the future.
Main organiser Matt Johnson, from the Joining Jack charity, said: “It’s great recognition for all the hard work that the team has put in over the last few years.
“Even though we didn’t win it, to come second with only two years behind us gives us great confidence.
“There were a lot of different races involved in the awards and there were a lot of fans down there too involved in the various award categories.
It’s great recognition for all the hard work that the team has put in over the last few yearsWigan 10k organiser Matt Johnson
“It was fantastic to be in that company. We really enjoyed a great night.
“Most of the events nominated had been going for years. A lot of them were well established so it’s a big achievement to be ranked so highly.
“People spoke to us about our success and we took a lot of encouragement from the whole experience.”
Plans are already in place for this year’s event, which takes place on September 6.
The route for the last two years is expected to remain very similar, starting in Wigan town centre and passing landmarks such as the DW Stadium and Mesnes Park.
And with organisers already busy at work discussing how to make it even better, they want to take their recent success as a sign that they are doing things the right way.
Matt said: “The planning for this year’s event started as soon as the race finished last year.
“There’s only four months to go until race day now so we’re really busy putting the pieces together. We’re talking about ways to improve the whole event and hopefully it’ll be our biggest and best yet.”
To register for this year’s event visit www.wigan10k.co.uk