TALKING SPORT - Who knew we were all born to run

BODIES across town and further afield will no doubt still be sore from the weekend’s inaugural Wigan 10k.

But what an event it was – to see 2,600 runners and the route lined with people offering their support was amazing to see.

My legs are still wobbling whenever I try to move but it was well worth the extra effort to ensure I clocked a decent time for Joesph’s Goal, not to mention finishing in front of Phil Wilkinson!

I was proud to be part of it and prouder still to represent Joe Kendrick, as I’m sure everyone else, whether they were running for Joining Jack, or any of the huge list of charities which have benefitted not just financially but through awareness.

What also struck me was the amazing sense of community spirit which surrounded the event.

ANOTHER great event during the past week was the Wigan Borough Sports Awards.

It is great to see people recognised for the time and effort they devote to sport at all levels and satisfying to see that there are many who share the belief that sport, which is so important to many of us, can’t exist in many places without these people. I was also made-up to see my old school, St Peter’s win team of the year for their year 11 rugby, proving the quality of sport in the school has improved since I left!

ON the subject of rugby, it’s hard to ignore the Warriors have failed to win their last four Super League games but the stats in front of us are not diluting my hopes for Wigan’s play-off charge.

It’s too easy to write-off the club, like so many did at the start of year before a ball was passed or kicked but the Warriors have proved more than once this season they can be the real deal.

And the players know better than anybody the best time for them to step-up and prove themselves is when their backs are to the wall.

It only takes a stellar performance on Thursday to put Wigan in the same situation as they would have been had they finished in the top two.

The best thing the town can do right now is to have a bit of belief.

And if this hasn’t convinced you, the fact I’m off for a week after the Grand Final should nail it on for you.

Watch us win it meaning I’ll have a lot of work to do before clocking off.

IT’S amazing to see Latics fans have once again got behind the lads by snapping-up all of the initial 1500 ticket allocation for the venture into the unknown against Zulte Waregem – and in less than two hours!

To have an extra allocation of 2,000 demonstrates perfectly how special this club is as the enthusiasm to follow Wigan anywhere gets stronger by the season.

The fixture list is certainly daunting with no fewer than five games in 11 days starting with Leicester City on Saturday with an FA Cup final rematch against Manchester City thrown into the mix.

And I wish them the best of luck.

Success for Wigan right across the board doesn’t sound so ludicrous now it’s happening so often.