THE St Helens 10k is an arduous course, and the rain didn't help either, maybe that's why everyone feels a winner after crossing the finish line, regardless of time.

On Sunday, March 10, the ninth annual GPW St Helens 10k started in quite frankly terrible weather conditions, but St Helens spirit shone through and runners, regardless of experience braved the route and elements for a superb day of spectacular racing, fundraising and grit.

The winner of the 10k this year was Matt Crehan, from Newton-le-Willows, keeping his first place spot from last year's triumph.

The 27-year-old, who recently opened the Made to Run shop on College Street, said: "The St Helens 10k is a tough course and it was very difficult this time than it was last year.

"The volunteers are cracking honestly and the people out on the St Helens streets were great, even with these conditions.

"It feels great to come first again but everyone did great today, so well done everyone for taking part."

In all, 1699 runners started the run. With the conditions so bad, little wonder some of the 325 others who had paid their entry fees, perhaps, chose to stay in bed.

Nicola Jackson, from Rainford, was the first woman to cross the finish line in a time of 39 mins six seconds.

She said: "I am really happy with where I've come this year. I did it two years ago and come third then and was pregnant this time last year so couldn't do it.

"My son is 11 months old so it's lovely to have him here today.

"The event itself is amazing, it was difficult and there was even snow at some point.

"Thank you to everyone who came out supporting everyone with their brollies out."

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