Road Race 4 – Wigan Trail 10k Report
So, sunny Sunday 12th May saw the fourth race of the road calendar already. The road season is in full swing now with good attendance at races, a great atmosphere at each event and some really strong running performances by members.
The Wigan Trail 10k is a race which, has been included for the last 3 years and is always a good turnout and usually attracts good weather. Whilst the course is not hilly, it feels like a toughie due to the surface, the twists and turns and the amount of times you seem to go back to the middle of the course before being allowed to turn off for the last time. This was made worse by the introduction of a grass section just before the finish. Registration was hectic and we had a few last minute name changes due to some members not being able to run. We do hope that you are back running with us soon. As usual, we failed to get a full team photograph before the race started although the photographs taken with Joan’s black and blue camera were really good. Maybe we can aim to get a full team picture for the website next time.
27 A&T’ers completed the course and enjoyed the pie on the grass afterwards. We were also treated to an array of sweet treats by Joan and Kay. Phil managed to get yet another PB. Catherine and Paul completed the race after running to it as 10k clearly is not enough for them! The event organisers acknowledge those running clubs who support the race well by entering 12 or more athletes by giving a medal and a cash prize to the quickest male and female from the respective clubs therefore, Jackie and Mark got these added bonuses. Jackie also got an extra prize for claiming the F40 category. The podium places for our club were as follows:
1. Mark Collins 38.58
2. Brendan Loughrey 41.24
3. Phillip Griffiths 42.28
1. Jackie Price 44.02
2. Amanda Partington 49.03
3. Nicola Scott 50.38
Well done to everyone that took part and thank you to those that came along to support. It was a great weekend overall for A&T with the parkrun take over on Saturday and some of our ultra-gang running a very long way on a difficult course on Sunday. See you all next time.