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2008 NEWS ARCHIVE

December 31 2008
Last race report of the year below...Happy New Year to all Royton Road Runners, here's hoping for a year of PBs & the club continuing to grow in 2009!  [David Emanuel] 

At the Hot Toddy 5.8m road race on 28th December, 11 club members turned out on a lovely sunny Sunday. Bernie Cassidy was first home & 43rd overall in 36-09, followed by Barry Greaves (38-50), Bruce Whittam (39-20), Shiela Waite (43-36), Louise Gilchrist (48-42), Neil Barker (52-08), Vicky Bramley (55-08), Natalie Yates-Bolton (55-09), Pete Stals (55-10), Trevor Grundy (55-11) & Brian Hurst (70-17).  [Shiela Waite]   

December 7 2008
A rare race victory for Royton Road Runners! Stuart Carroll, defending champion, came home first again in this morning's Santa Dash at Hollingworth Lake, Littleborough. Despite difficult icy conditions underfoot, the inconvenience of losing his beard halfway round the course & the need to keep stopping to climb down chimneys, Stuart romped home in a quicker time than last year. Here's the beardless wonder sprinting for the finish.  [David Emanuel]   

Is anyone interested in the following events? Sat. December 20th 2008 Red Rose CC League at Marl Pits, Rossendale. Entry is £4.00 (Barry Greaves and Rob Kellett already entered). Just turn up and pay on day. Men's race is at about 2pm. Greater Manchester CC Champs Sat. January 10th 2009 at Woodbank Park, Stockport. £2 entry. Closing date is December 20th. Contact me via e-mail or at the club (Barry Greaves is entered for this). Women's race starts 1.45 Men's race starts 2.30. National CC at Parliament Hill, London on Sat Feb. 21st 2009. Entry is £5. Closing date is January 3rd. Again contact me. Women's race starts 2.15 Men's race starts 3.00. Closer to home - SELCC League - Sat. Jan. 17th - Boggart Hole / Sat. Jan. 31st Heaton Park. Entry on the day for the last 2 races of the season is just £5. for both. Barry and Rob are pre-entered. Women's race starts 2.00. Men's race starts 2.30. Let me know a.s.a.p. especially about Manchester and London.  [Marilyn Guest]

November 3 2008
David Emanuel was the first home for Royton Road Runners in the Holmfirth 15 mile road race with a time of 1hr 42mins 10secs. The next Royton athlete to corss the line was Colin Green (1:44:35), followed by Dave Whittam (1:49:59) & Stuart Hulme (1:50:58). Barry Greaves (1:52:10) was pushed all the way by Shiela Waite, who recorded a time of 1:53:37. Other finishers were Debbie Shaw (1:57:06), John Kane (2:00:03), Lewis Shaw (2:05:40) & Teresa Hollins (2:12:04). This was the 17th & final race in the club's championship series for 2008.  [Ray Shaw] 

A charity run with a difference...I'm planning a 'solo' run of the 87-mile Ridgeway National Trail (Avebury to Ivinghoe Beacon) over three days in December, in aid of The Christie. To read more about the Ridgeway & my fundraising plans, click here.  [David Emanuel] 

October 28 2008
Royton Road Runners have been busy pounding the streets at home & abroad recently. Stuart Carroll completed the Abingdon Marathon in 2 hours 59 minutes & 53 seconds, a personal best for Stuart. Leading a team of 10 Royton athletes in the Majorca Marathon was Barry Greaves with a time of 3-19-56. Bernard Goodwin (3-28-01) was next to finish, with veteran  Dave Phillips recording a time of 3-37-22, good enough for Phillips to received first prize in the over-65s race. John Higgins & Christopher Eavers ran a close race with times of 3-47-02 & 3-47-06 respectively. John Kane crossed the line in 3-52-44 & Steve Shaw, who was running his 5th marathon this year, finished in 4-05-10. The club's current lady champion Debbie Shaw ran the Graz Marathon in Austria in 3 hours 42 minutes & 9 seconds. Nearer to home, Dave Kershaw took part in the Snowdonia Marathon, recording a creditable time of 3-28-22 for this tough course. Dave was followed by Ian Casey (3-53-11), Chris Wall (4-14-16), Neil Barker (5-18-22) & Vicky Bramley (5-18-23).  [Ray Shaw]  

October 24 2008
A significant landmark - the number of visitors to this website, launched in February, has now reached 5,000!  [David Emanuel]    

October 22 2008
The weather was dry, cloudy & about 8 degrees when approximately 1,000 runners massed at the athletics track that would be the start & end of the Abingdon Marathon 2008. The course was mostly road with the exception of several sections which ran on narrow tracks & trails that slowed the pace somewhat. It was also mostly flat with the exception of a road underpass at mile 24 (I don't know what hurt more, going down under the road or having to run back up the other side!). The weather stayed dry but the wind did pick up from about 10 miles, especially in the more open rural sections which we went round twice. The final 365 yards was run on the athletics track that we started on & with 200m left to go the PA system announced that I had 40 seconds left if I wanted to go sub 3 - my wife started screaming at me (nothing new there), I actually said to myself that this was going to hurt & let out an animal scream that Braveheart would have been proud of as I put in the sprint finish to end all sprint finishes & crossed the line in 2:59:53 - my face was a mixture of pain & exhaustion mixed with a large helping of elation.  [Stuart Carroll]

You can see Stuart's finishing sprint in all its glory by clicking here. Remind me never to get Stuart angry! It's great to scroll through Stuart's pictures & then get to the incredibly calm-looking guy wearing No.923 - bet he didn't go under 3 hours!  [Davd Emanuel]

October 20 2008
David Emanuel was the first of 10 Royton Road Runners to cross the line in the popular Bridlington Half Marathon. Despite the strong winds, David recorded a creditable time of 1 hour 29 minutes and 21 seconds. The next two to complete the race were Rob Kellett (1-33-30) and Bruce Whittam (1-34-19). All three athletes recorded quicker times than last year. Shiela Waite was happy with her time of 1-39-44, Dave Smith and Ian Casey finished together in 1-46-38 followed by Lewis Shaw (1-47-50), Jeff Cordwell (1-52-25), Helen Knight (1-55-18) and Mike Bowler (2-01-57). The final club championship race for 2008 is the Holmfirth 15 mile event next Sunday.  [Ray Shaw]

October 19 2008
Headline news - Stuart Carroll breaks the three hour barrier at the Abingdon Marathon! More news from Stuart, the Palma Marathon & the Bridlington Half to follow. [David Emanuel]

October 11 2008
Word has reached website HQ that Louise Saunders will, in the not too distant future, be hearing the patter of tiny running shoes. Congratulations from everyone at Royton Road Runners! 

More exciting news - Royton Road Runners recruited its 70th 'first claim' member this week!

Three days after last month's Ron Hill Birthday 5K, four Royton runners took part in the Royal Children's Hospital Half Marathon at Swinton. Barry Greaves was the first Royton runner home in 1:26:32, followed by Robert Kellett (1:33:56), Dave Phillips (1:38:12) & Teresa Hollins (1:49:22).  [Ray Shaw]  

October 2 2008
The following invite from David Stockdale of Denby Dale Travellers may be of interest: "I'm following up on a conversation I had with a couple of your guys at the Dent 14 last March. Denby Dale Travellers hold their annual 'Travellers 6' road race the week before Christmas and it sounded like some of your club might be interested in taking part. I was told your club intended to go to Holmfirth for the '15' in October and I suggested they might like to try our race as it's only 7 miles further down the road. It is a scenic but hilly course & very popular with all the local (and not so local) clubs & can fill up quickly. I only write because your club members reminded me of ours in the support for all your runners at Dent, and the urgency with which they all de-camped to the nearest pub after the race was very impressive. If you are interested, have a look on the Denby Dale Travellers website & follow the links."  [David Emanuel] 

Looking for some help with your speed training? Winter track sessions hosted by Middleton Harriers have started again at Springhill School in Rochdale. Sessions (suitable for any standard) start at 7.30pm on Monday nights, cost £2 a time. You'll usually find a few Royton Runners taking part!  [David Emanuel]   

News from Neil Woods of his recent athletic exploits: "My times for London Triathlon (Olympic Distance) were: Swim (1500m) 46:30, Bike (40km) 1:26:26, Run (10km) 45:52, Total 3:09:41. The times are not great but I was pleased to get round my first triathlon quite comfortably. As you know I was raising funds for Kidney Research UK. Several of the family are still in the process of collecting sponsorship money but the total amount raised will be in the region of £2,000. I've not been to the club since before London Triathlon; I've been on holiday for two weeks, away for a weekend camping, working away etc. I'm competing in the Nine Edges Endurance Challenge this Saturday, a 20-mile fell race in the Peak district in aid of Edale Mountain Rescue. The following weekend I'm taking part in the Carsington Water Short Course Duathlon, so next week I'm hoping to concentrate primarily on cycling. After I've completed Carsington I'll be getting back to training at the club."   [Ray Shaw]

Bernie Cassidy led 23 Royton Road Runners home in the latest 5K club championship race in Littleborough on 25th September. For once, our turnout was matched by other local clubs, as a total of 467 runners joined in the celebration of Ron Hill's 70th birthday. With the presence of TV cameras, there was even a suspicion that some runners may have combed their hair & ironed their running vests. Bernie was joined by Dave Kershaw, Colin Green & David Emanuel to finish 9th in the team event. Other RRR finishers were Bruce Whittam, Rob Kellett, David Hall, John Higgins, Andrew Tyas, Ian Casey, Dave Phillips, Debbie Shaw, Shiela Waite, Andy Nuttall, Dave Smith, Helen Knight, Teresa Hollins, Mike Bowler, Lou Gilchrist, George Mynell, Tony Hunking, June Allingan, Brian Hurst. Full results & times can be found on the 'Season Results' sheet.  [David Emanuel]  

September 15 2008
I would like to remind you that there will not be a club night on Thursday 25th September -this is the night of Ron Hill's 70th Birthday 5k race at Littleborough. If you intend to do the Bridlington Half Marathon, will the please let Bernie Goodwin know (0161-6880017) asap; providing there are enough entries Bernie will arrange a coach. The presentation night this year will be on Saturday 13th December. The band, of which our very own Chris Eavers is a member, will again be providing the music and if at all possible Liz Phillips will be entertaining us with her great variety of songs. Please put this on your calendar and help make it a very successful event.  [Ray Shaw]

September 8 2008
A break in the Royton Road Runners club championship series was no reason for several members not to compete in other events. Ian Casey was the first Royton runner to cross the line in the Longford (Ireland) Marathon  with a time of 3:34:00, which was a PB for Ian. Steve Shaw, running his third marathon this year, was next in 3:37:50, followed by Jeff Cordwell (4:09:10). Dave Smith (1:52:05) ran the Longford Half Marathon, despite being involved in a serious traffic accident four weeks previously. [Ray Shaw]

A team of six from Royton took part in the tough two-lap Wolverhampton City Marathon on 7th September. Bernard Cassidy produced a fine run, just missing breaking the 3-hour barrier, with his 3:00:54 sufficient for 17th place & a win in the V50 age category. Sucked into a fast first lap by the accompanying half marathon runners, Bernard Goodwin (3:15:46), David Emanuel (3:17:47) & Chris Eavers (3:27:23) all suffered on the second lap, but posted decent times - Chris claimed third V50 position. John Williamson (3:51:36) and Louise Saunders (4:47:02) also coped well with the testing course. After a lonely second lap through endless housing estates, with most of the supporters disappearing along with those running the shorter distance, general consensus was that we'd had a good day, but it's probably not a marathon that any of us are desperate to run again!  [David Emanuel]  

September 4 2008
Entries for the Ron Hill 5K on Thursday 25th Sept have been closed. However, because we support Andy O'Sullivan with all his races, he will accept enteries from RRR members if they  telephone him on 01706-750620 as soon as possible.  [Ray Shaw]  

August 25 2008
Bernard Goodwin was the first of 22 Royton Road Runners to cross the finishing line in the Frank Hodson Saddleworth six mile road race, organised by Oldham & Royton H A C. Goodwin's time of 36 minutes 48 seconds was good enough to edge out fellow club man Bernie Cassidy ((36:56). Dave Kershaw was next to finish with a time of (38:03). The next five runners all completed the race within a minute of each other, starting with Colin Green (39:07), David Hall (39:08), Dave Emanuel (39:16), Rob Kellett (39:55) and Bruce Whittam (40:07). Ian Casey's time of 40:53 was exactly the same as last year. John Higgins was happy with his time of 41:24, closely followed by Steve Shaw (41:31), Stuart Hulme (41:33), Andrew Tyas (41:45 making his debut for the club), and Debbie Shaw (41:49). Other finishers were Shiela Waite (48:26), Mike Bowler (49:21), Louise Gilchrist (49:35), Trevor Grundy (50:05), Dave Smith (51:21), and Brian Hurst (73:03).  [Ray Shaw]  

August 24 2008
The next race in the club championship - the Ron Hill 70th birthday 5K on 25th September - is now officially full.  [Brian Moore]

For anyone who’s planning to run in the Wolverhampton Marathon on 7th September - since there's a number of us taking part, we're looking at booking a mini-bus to travel down. Please contact David Emanuel (07985876621) or Bernie Goodwin (07716802393) by Thursday 28th at the latest if you would be interested in joining us.  [David Emanuel]  

August 17 2008
Correction - the final Thursday pack run has now been moved to Thursday 21st August. Start time still 7pm, food still available afterwards.  [David Emanuel]

August 14 2008
An additional Thursday night 'pack run' has been arranged for later this month. The run will leave from the Tandle Hill Tavern at 7pm on Thursday 28th August. Food will be available in the pub afterwards.  [David Emanuel] 

July 28 2008
Stuart Carroll was the first of 21 Royton Road Runners to cross the line in the Middleton Harriers 'Moonraker 10K race on Sunday. Carroll's time of 38 minutes and 46 seconds was good enough to edge out fellow club man Bernard Cassidy (39:11). Dave Kershaw and Paul Whitehead were next to finish with times of 40:08 and 40:34 respectively. A new member of the club, David Hall (41:11) was closely followed by Colin Green (41:35) and Dave Emanuel (41:43). Dave Whittam (42:33) finished ahead of Barry Greaves (43:04), Robert Kellett (43:24) and Chris Eavers (43:31). Debbie Shaw's time of 44:50 was good enough to collect the 1st prize in the Lady's Over 40s race, with Ian Casey completing the course in 45:22. Other Royton runners to finish were Dave Phillips (46:16), Dave Smith (47:09), Steve Shaw (47:39), Jeff Cordwell (48:14), Tony Kane (49:05), Teresa Hollins (51:43) and Brian Hurst (61:24).  [Ray Shaw]  

July 21 2008
Royton Road Runners hosted their second 'Trail Race' last week, in and around the loveloy setting of Tandle Hill Park. Ian Grime (Newham & Essex Beagles) was the first athlete home with an impressive time of 31 minutes 55 seconds for tough 5.5 mile off-road terrain. Second was Danny Brocklehurst (Trafford AC) with a time of 32:19, ahead of Andrew Lamont (Macclesfield Harriers) in 32:46. Jacqui Dews (Holmfirth Harriers) was the first lady finisher in an excellent time of 39:29. In 10th place overall was in-form Bernard Cassidy of the host club, whose time of 35:16 was good enough for second place in the over-45s race. Other Royton finishers were Stuart Carroll (35:51), Bernard Goodwin (36:21), Paul Whitehead (36:49), Dave Kershaw (38:11), Ian Casey (38:30), Dave Hall (38:47 while making his debut for the club), Dave Emanuel (38:48), Barry Greaves (38:50), Bruce Whittam (39:01), Colin Green (39:16), Rob Kellett (39:47), Stuart Hulme (39:58 also making his debut), Dave Phillips (40:29 & first vet over-60), Chris Eavers (41:08), Steve Shaw (41:37), Jamie Holdaway (41:56), Shiela Waite (43:08 & first over-40 lady), Andy Nuttall (43:30), Dave Smith (45:03), Helen Knight (45:20), George Meynell (45:56), Louise Saunders (46:29, five mins quicker than 2007), Mike Bowler (47:06), Teresa Hollins (47:39 & first over-50 lady), Neil Barker (51:17), Vicky Bramley (51:34), Tony Hunking (52:45), Jenny Wood (53:14), June Allingan & Karen Evans (both 63:49) and Brian Hurst (77:14).  [Ray Shaw]

July 11 2008
Two club members, Martin Kay & Kieron Jackson, are part of a team of 10 Rochdale Tri Club athletes heading off to Germany to take part in Europe's oldest & largest Iron Distance Triathlon on 13th July. The event consists of a 2.4 mile swim & 112 mile bike ride, all finished off with a full 26.2 marathon. Assuming they survive the experience, we'll hopefully report how they got on next week.  [David Emanuel]   

July 6 2008
Another impressive RRR turn-out for the City of Manchester 10K today. Despite some early morning rain, the race was run in warm conditions which presumably suited the fleet of Kenyans at the front of the field. Not far behind, Bernie Cassidy (38.05) held off the challenge of Stuart Carroll (38.20) to be the first club runner home, while a great battle between Dave Kershaw & Bernie Goodwin helped them both finish inside 40 minutes, in 39.35 & 39.41 respectively. Other finishers included David Emanuel (40.33), Rob Kellett (41.38), Colin Green (41.52), Dave Whittam (42.54), Ian Casey (43.13), Helen Knight (48.58), Mike Bowler (49.30), Teresa Hollins (50.22), Louise Gilchrist (51.23), Tony Hunking (56.19) & Brian Hurst (76.17).  [David Emanuel]

23 members of Royton Road Runners took part in the Rochdale Harriers 10k road race on 1st July, the 10th in their championship series. Bernard Cassidy led the way, finishing in 16th place with a time of 38 minutes 13 seconds. Bernard Goodwin (20th, 39:06) and Dave Kershaw (29th, 39:38) were next to cross the line. Finishing close together, and competing for positions in group 1 at the club, were Bryan Lawton (53rd, 41:39), Barry Greaves (57th, 41:43) and Dave Emanuel (41:55). Robert Kellett and Colin Green completed the race in 42:22 and 42:37 respectively, followed by Bruce Whittam (43:20), Ian Casey (43:48) and Steve Shaw (44:41). The Royton club's lady champion Debbie Shaw crossed the line in 112th position with a time of 46 minutes 37 seconds, but was pushed all the way by Shiela Waite (113rd, 46:40). Andy Nuttall (47:12 making  his debut for the club) and Tony Kane (48:41) were both happy with their times on a very wet night. Other times were: Helen Knight (49:02), Jeff Cordwell (49:36), Teresa Hollins (50:32), Louise Saunders (50:53), Mike Bowler (51:28), Louise Gilchrist (53:37) and Brian Hurst (78:19).  [Ray Shaw]  

June 23 2008
Best described as 'cruel' (Louise Saunders), the extremely strong winds at Sunday's Freckleton Half Marathon spoiled everyone's times...and their hairdos. But this didn't stop an impressive 19 representatives of Royton Road Runners completing the race, enough to place 4 teams in the top 20. Pride of place goes to Bernie Cassidy (1:24.53), Stuart Carroll (1:26.56) & Dave Kershaw (1:28.41), who picked up the 3rd team prize, while Dave Phillips (1:41.46) stopped chasing his cap around the field for long enough to finish as 2nd Vet 60, Teresa Hollins (1:49.21) was 2nd female vet 50 & Bernie Cassidy 3rd Vet 45. Other finishers were David Emanuel (1:30.20) chased hard by Colin Green (1:30.57), Bryan Lawton (battling through back problems to record 1:33.55), Ian Casey (1:34.29), Rob Kellett (1:34.57), Debbie Shaw (4th FV40 in 1:38.59), Chris Eavers (returning remarkably early from an operation to finish in 1:39.24), Shiela Waite (1:41.39), Steve Shaw (1:41.42), John Kane (6th V55 in 1:43.38), Lewis Shaw (1:44.13), John Williamson (1:44.58), Mike Bowler (1:48.09) & Louise Saunders (1:56.25).  [David Emanuel]        

June 21 2008
Depending upon who you talk to, the Brathay Windermere Marathon is either a challenging but wonderfully picturesque race...or the course from hell, a combination of the toughest parts of the Oldham half marathon, Dentdale run & the north-east ridge route up Mount Everest (the difficult one). Since I'm considering going for a third year in a row, I guess it's pretty obvious which camp I'm in. If you fancy finding out for yourself, 2009 entry forms are already available from the Brathay website - next year's race takes place on 17th May.  [David Emanuel]      

May 27 2008
Bernard Cassidy was the first home for Royton Road Runners in the Chester Half Marathon. This popular event attracted more than 1800 runners and Cassidy crossed the line in 28th place with a time of 1 hour 22 minutes 27 seconds. Pushing him all the way, Stuart Carroll finished 37th (1:23.11). The next Royton runner was Bernie Goodwin (76th 1:26.57) followed by Rob Kellett (93rd 1:28.16) and Chris Eavers (131st 1:30.33), both recording personal bests for the half marathon. Ian Casey and Colin Green finished in 169th (1:32.29) and 180th (1:33.08) respectively, with Barry Greaves (231st 1:35.02) and veteran runner Dave Phillips (241st 1:35.29) close behind. This was good enough for Phillips to to collect third prize in the over 60s race. Debbie Shaw (246th 1:35.43) was next to complete the course, finishing 15th out of 591 ladies competing. Other results: Ged Navesey (338th 1:39.05), Dean Burgess (362nd 1:39.32), Trevor Grundy (711th 1:48.53) finishing 4th in the over 65s race, and Helen Knight (717th 1:49.01). The quartet of Cassidy, Carroll, Goodwin and Kellett helped RRR to secure 5th position as a team. On the same day, three members competed in the tough Windermere Marathon. Dave Emanuel (3:23.13) was first  Royton runner to finish, followed by Teresa Hollins (4:05.30) and Louise Saunders (5:03.14). Jenny Wood (56min 17secs) and Melanie Cowen (62min 10secs) represented the club in the BUPA Manchester 10k.  [Ray Shaw] 

May 21 2008
Louise Saunders, Teresa Hollins & David Emanuel took on the challenging Brathay Windermere Marathon on Sunday - and lived to tell the tale! The picturesque but (to say the least) undulating course clearly took its toll on many of the competitors, with only 13 breaking three hours. I came in 53rd in a time of 3:23.13, Teresa was 4th FV50 (4:05.30) while Louise crossed the line in 5:03.14. If you're looking for a challenging marathon & a great day out, then Windermere is highly recommended...but don't expect a PB!  [David Emanuel]   

According to the UK Results website, the Freckleton Half Marathon is now full.  [Brian Moore] 

May 18 2008
The Geoff Doggett 5k road race at Littleborough was the seventh race in the Royton Road Runners club championship series. Twenty members competed, with Stuart Carroll leading the pack home with a time of 18 minutes 22 seconds, just ahead of Bernie Goodwin (18.41) and Bernie Cassidy (18.50). Dave Kershaw (19.11) was next to finish, closely followed by Dave Emanuel (19.34), with the ever improving Rob Kellett recording a time of 19.38. Bruce Whittam was happy with his time of 20.33, as were Dave Phillips (20.58) and Debbie Shaw (21.19). Steve Shaw and Dave Smith completed the course with times of 22.02 and 22.13 respectively. Other finishers were - Helen Knight (23.08), Teresa Hollins (24.07), Group 3 leader Mike Bowler (24.09), Louise Saunders (24.40), Louise Gilchrist (24.42), Jenny Wood (27.08), June Allingan (32.35) and Brian Hurst (33.35).  [Ray Shaw]  

May 15 2008
Si Taylor from Paul Braithwaite Outdoor Sports, Rhodes Bank, Oldham - soon to become Mountainfeet (click here for website) has been in touch: "I spoke with Andy [Ashworth] last week and as we have an account with SIS, he mentioned that some of your members use the products on a regular basis. If any of those people struggle to source SIS then please could you mention that we can supply it and are happy to give any club members a 10% discount at our shop. We are very interested in biomechanics and offer simple gait scanning and orthotics - mainly aimed at the walking/climbing market but we also deal with a fair number of fell runners and our intention is to listen to our running customers and introduce more product to the shop. Hope the information above is of some interest to you and your club and we look forward to maybe seeing some of you soon."  [David Emanuel] 

Andy O'Sullivan has sent a reminder that early entry to the Ron Hill Birthday 5K in September is strongly recommended - the 450-runner maximum is expected to celebrate Ron's 70th, and there will be no entries on the night. Click here for an up-to-date entry form - Andy is apparently still receiving old forms from club members with the wrong entry fee (now £5).  [Bryan Lawton]  

The next "Away Night" is Thursday, 22nd at the Tandle Tavern, meet at 7pm. Food is available. No "Club Night" on Monday 26th May. Good luck to members taking part in the Chester Half and the Windermere Marathon on Sunday.  [Ray Shaw]  

May 11 2008
There was no rest during the May Day Bank holiday weekend for several members of Royton Road Runners. Five runners completed the Belfast marathon, with Steve Shaw the first Royotn athlete home with a time of 3hours 34 minutes and 14 seconds. Vicky Bramley and Natatlie Yates-Bolton recorded personal best times of 4.25:46 and 4.35:30 respectively, with Neil Barker (4.43:19) and Pete Stals (5.07:04) also completing the course. The previous day saw six athletes taking part in the Bluebell Trail 10 mile race in Halifax. Bruce Whittam (1.24:27) was more  than happy to finish just ahead of Barry Greaves, who's time was 1.24:37.  John Williamson, who is hoping to improve his times this year, recorded a time of 1.28:14. Othe finishers were Ian Casey (1.40:03), David Smith (1.42:26) and Tony Hunking (1.59:31).  [Ray Shaw] 

Apr 30 2008
'Up & Running' are having their grand opening at their new shop at Chadderton this Saturday (3rd May). Most of you will know that this is the shop (owned by Andy Ashworth) previously known as 'Personal Best'. Anyway the introductory offer is a £40 goody bag that is available on Saturday with a shoe purchase.  [Brian Moore]  

Apr 28 2008
Bernard Cassidy of Royton Road Runners, took a break from the club's championship series to take part in the Blackpool Marathon on Sunday. He finished in 18th place with a time of 2 hours 51 minutes and 3 seconds. This is a personal best for Cassidy and puts him in first place in the Royton Club's marathon standings. Ged Navesey finished 258th and was happy with his tim of 3 hrs 47 mins 18 secs. On the same day in Fort William, four athletes competed in the Lochaber Marathon. John Kane was the first Royton runner to cross the line with a time of 3.36:42, followed by Ian Casey (3.38:18), Dave Smith (3.47:54) and Jeff Cordwell (4.03:50).  [Ray Shaw]  

Apr 25 2008
Following the cancellation of the Middleton 5K, a decision has been made on a replacement race in the club championship - the Geoff Doggett Memorial 5K on 13th May from the Falcon Inn, Littleborough (click here for full details and to see where the race fits in to the championship calendar). Plus an early date for your diary - the Christmas presentation night has been booked for Saturday 13th December.  [Stuart Carroll]    

Apr 22 2008
Colin Green made light of the injury problems that hampered his training with an impressive performance at the Boston Marathon. Colin finished in a time of 3:24.20, which puts him in 5th place in the early stages of this year's marathon championship.  [David Emanuel]   

Apr 17 2008
Colin Green has discovered that it's possible to watch the Boston Marathon online & for free on Sunday (not for him, obviously, because he'll be running in it). If you want to tune in, go to wcsn.com on 21st April!  [David Emanuel]   

Apr 13 2008
Some truly exceptional performances from Royton athletes in today's Flora London Marathon. Pride of place must go to Stuart Carroll, smashing his personal best & setting quite a standard for this year's marathon prize with a time of 3:00.26 (284th in the V35 category). Dave Kershaw (3:10.33) & Bryan Lawton (3:12.53) also ran inside 3:15, whle Chris Eavers' 3:18.39 was good enough for 184th V50. Excellent performances also from Steve Shaw (3:53.01), Dean Burgess & Ged Navesey (4:05.11) & Helen Knight (4:30.59). Well done to all!  [David Emanuel]   

Apr 13 2008
Royton Road Runners boasted a turn-out of 17 in the Oldham Mayor's Half Marathon, the 6th event in their club championship series. Bernie Goodwin was the first Royton runner to complete the tough course, finishing 14th in a time of 1:29:36, closely followed by David Emanuel (16th, 1:30:12). Robert Kellett sprinted to the finishing line to record a PB in 18th (1:32:48) with Barry Greaves (19th, 1:32 51) pushing him all the way. Dave Whittam's  time of 1:39:25 (32nd) was 11 minutes quicker than his previous half marathon. Ian Casey and Neil Dickinson were next to finish with times of 1:39:33 (35th) and 1:40:11 (37th) respectively. Shiela Waite was more than happy with her time of 1:41:52 (43rd), collecting first prize in the ladies over-35 race. Steve Shaw completed the course in 1:43:44 (50th) followed by Ged Navesey (56th, 1:44:38) and Jeff Cordwell (61st, 1:46:15).  James Holderway, making his debut for the club, finished with a creditable time of 1:49:02 (69th) with John Kane (72nd, 1:49:42) close behind. Veteran runner Trevor Grundy was third in the men's over-60s category with a time of 1:51:12 (79th) with Michael Bowler pleased with his time of 1:55:57 (97th). Other finishers were Terasa Hollins (103rd, 1:58:09) with Vicky Bramley and Neil Barker crossing the line together in 2:11:06 (123rd).  [Ray Shaw]  

Apr 12 2008
Stuart has received confirmation that Lou Gilchrist's run at Wilmslow is indeed a world record for V75 women. The record will be officially posted on the Association of Road Racing Statisticians website - click here to visit the site.  [David Emanuel]

Apr 6 2008
Despite the absence of several runners due to the imminent London Marathon, 17 Royton Road Runners took part in the Oldham Half Marathon today - according to my calculations, that's more than 12% of the field. Ray Shaw's full report to follow soon - I can only report on a great battle with Bernie Goodwin, which he won by making sure he was in front at the key points in the race (the finish and whenever there was a camera in the vicinity).  [David Emanuel]

Apr 6 2008
Belated report on the Brenda Robinson 5K in Littleborough on 2nd April. After the mass turnout for the Vera Hirst 5K the previous week, just three runners returned for another attempt at the same course (in daylight this time). David Emanuel (58th in 19:42) was slightly slower, while Dave Whittam (92nd, 21:07) and Steve Shaw (95th, 21:34) both recorded faster times, despite having to use the tunnel at the Smithy Bridge level crossing.  [David Emanuel]       

Apr 2 2008
Advance notice of a change in this season's Club Championship - Middleton Harriers are not now holding their 5K summer race. The committee are currently looking for an appropriate alternative event. If it was down to me, they'd pick a longer distance...  [David Emanuel] 

Apr 2 2008
A couple of impressive performances in the Wilmslow Half Marathon on Sunday 30th March. Colin Green continued his marathon preparation with a time of 1:32.10, after completing a 21-mile training run the previous day. Louise Gilchrist went even better, though - her time of 1:51.39 is, we believe, a World Record for a V75. Stuart Carroll has contacted the relevant Masters Athletics organisation - we'll keep you posted!  [David Emanuel] 

Mar 30 2008
A team of 24 Royton Road Runners competed in the Vera Hirst 5km road race at Littleborough. Recording a personal best time of 18 minutes and 3 seconds, Stuart Carroll was the first Royton athlete to finish but he was pushed all the way by Paul Whitehead (18:32), Bernie Cassidy (18:36) and Dave Kershaw (18:58). Dave Emanuel (19:29) was next to cross the line, with Colin Green (19:44), Rob Kellett (20:00) and Barry Greaves (20:12) close behind. John Williamson (20:42), Dave Phillips (20:51) and Ian Casey (21:10) finished with respectable times and John Kane and Bruce Whittam were happy with their times of 21:24 and 21:45 respectively. Debbie Shaw (21:49) completed the race strongly followed by Steve Shaw (22:10) and Shiela Waite (22:17). Other Royton finishers were Jeff Cordwell (22:40), Lewis Shaw (24:06), running his first race of the year Tony Kane (24:28), Mike Bowler (24:53), Louise Gilchrist (25:16), June Allingan (34:32) and Brian Hurst (38:55).   [Ray Shaw] 

Mar 26 2008
More social activity...Chris Eavers' band 'Ransom' is playing at Didsbury cricket club on Tuesday 6th May. Louise Saunders is planning to organise a mini-bus if enough people are interested - please speak to Louise!  [David Emanuel] 

Mar 26 2008
Another excellent Royton turn-out for the Vera Hirst 5K race in Littleborough, with some runners stunning the post-race crowd in The Falcon in their fancy new club jackets. Full race report to follow at the weekend. [David Emanuel]  

Mar 22 2008
Bryan Lawton is trying to drum up some interest for a bit of a social night at the Oldham Beer Festival, at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, on the evening of Friday 4th April (meet there 7pm). Bryan says, "It's a good night out (if you like beer)." Sounds like perfect preparation for those running at London...  [David Emanuel]     

Mar 21 2008
A team of 14 Royton Road Runners competed in the popular Salford 10k road race on Good Friday - the fourth race in the club's championship series. Stuart Carroll was the first Royton athlete to finish with a time of 37 minutes 36 seconds with Bernard Cassidy and Bernard Goodwin pushing him all the way with times of 38:12 and 38:56 respectively. Dave Kershaw (39:58) and Dave Emanuel (40:42) were next to cross the line, with a relative new competitor Rob Kellett (41:55) and Ian Casey (42:02) close behind. Veteran runner Dave Phillips completed the course in 43:11 with Debbie Shaw, the current lady champion at the club, recording a time of 44:37. Tereasa Hollins (49:17), 75-year-old Louise Gilchrist (51:48), Louise Saunders (52:39) and Brian Hurst (72:49) also finished the race. No rest for these runners, the next race is the Vera Hirst 5k at Littleborough on Wednesday 26th March. [Ray Shaw]

Mar 8 2008
Royton Road Runners had 28 members competing in the Dentdale 14.25 mile road race in Cumbria. Stuart Carroll was the first Royton runner home in 21st place with a time of 1 hour 33 minutes and 7 seconds, despite the wet and blustery conditions. Bernard Cassidy pushed his team mate all the way, crossing the line in 24th (1:34:11). Dave Kershaw (39th, 1:37:40), Bernard Goodwin (48th, 1:39:14), Dave Emanuel (50th, 1:39:28) and  Bryan Lawton (59th, 1:40:59) all finished with respectable times. Robert Kellett was happy with 76th (1:43:01) & was closely followed by Ian Casey (83rd, 1:43:59), Barry Greaves (85th, 1:44:04) & Chris Eavers (91st, 1:45:01). John Kane (113th, 1:48:05), Dave Phillips (114th, 1:48:06 - good enough for the 3rd prize in the over 60s race), Sheila Waite (119th, 1:49:00), Steve Shaw (146th , 1:51:55),  Jeff Cordwell (1:55:50) and Debbie Shaw (186th, 1:56:26) were next to complete the course. Other finishers were - John Williamson (211th, 1:59:33), Trevor Grundy (235th, 2:02:21), Helen Knight (249th, 2:03:33), Lewis Shaw (356th,  2:15:00), Mike Bowler (370th, 2:16:47), Neil Barker (393rd, 2:19:54), Vicky Bramley (394th, 2:19:55), Louise Saunders (395th, 2:19:56), Tony Hunking (405th, 2:21:26), Jenny Wood (2:26:14), with Melanie Cowen & Karen Evans crossing the line together in 2:56:31.  [Ray Shaw]

Alternative Dentdale Run report (the bit that won't go in the paper): a record-breaking group of runners, partners, supporters & hangers-on boarded the coach from Royton early on Saturday morning. The atmosphere on the way north was quiet & focused, with occasional anxious glances at the changing weather. On arrival in Dent (after an impressive display of parking by our driver), debates about what clothing to wear were regularly interrupted by rumours of a change of course due to the amount of water on the roads. Would it be one lap or two? 12 miles or 14? Would lifejackets be required? Once we'd posed for a team photo (in front of the toilet block) & Stuart had changed his top for the 17th time, we headed for the start to be told that it was indeed two laps (of the toughest half of the course) & still about 14 miles. The race itself was wet & wild, especially on the second lap ("perfect conditions" according to Jeff Cordwell). After a few hours in the pub for some serious carbo-loading, the journey back was a little more lively. Bernie Cassidy won 1st prize for predicting third & third-last finishers, mainly by rather suspiciously choosing himself & getting his time right to within a few seconds. Jeff won the football card, capping his perfect day (a great run, the £20 prize in his pocket & Man.Utd knocked out of the cup). Chris Eavers promised but failed to get a sing-a-long going (apparently he's saving himself for Chester). And judging by the line-up at the urinals within seconds of the coach coming to a halt, the pit stop at Lancaster Services came not a moment too soon. Someone said that Royton Road Runners "are becoming a force to be reckoned with" - on the evidence of this trip, I don't think anyone would disagree.  [David Emanuel]         

Feb 24 2008
A field of 21 athletes from Royton Road Runners went to Blackpool for the Great North-West Half Marathon, the second race in the club's championship series. First Royton runner home was Bernard Cassidy with a creditable time of 1 hr 21 minutes 1 second, but he was pushed all the way by Stuart Carroll (1:22.26). Dave Kershaw was next to finish with 1:24.36, closely followed by Dave Emanuel (1:25.18). Bryan Lawton and Robert Kellett completed the course in 1:28.57 and 1:30.49 respectively, with Ian Casey (1:31.32), Chris Eavers (1:32.02) and over-60s runner Dave Phillips (1:33.36) finishing with respectable times. Colin Green (1:34.32), Deborah Shaw (1:46.46), Dean Burgess (1:38.09) and Ged Navesey (1:39.45) were the next Royton runners home, while Trevor Grundy's time of 1:43.15 was nine minutes quicker than last year and good enough for first place in the over-65 class. Other finishers were Jeff Cordwell (1:46.10), Teresa Hollins (1:48.03), Kyrinda Hurst-Moore (1:51.40), Vicky Bramley (1:57.42), Helen Knight (2:00.39), Neil Barker (2:08.38) and Natalie Yates-Bolton (2:15.24). Nine athletes recorded faster times than 2007.  [Ray Shaw]   
  

Feb 17 2008
Barry Greaves, Rob Kellett & David Emanuel braved freezing temperatures to run the Radcliffe 12 mile trail race this morning. It proved to be quite a battle, with the lead changing hands several times (between us - haven't a clue what was happening at the front of the race). David eventually sneaked home first in 1:26.51 (53rd overall), very closely followed by Barry (1:27.03 - 56th) & Rob (1:27.35 - 61st). [David Emanuel]  

Feb 3 2008
Royton Road Runners were represented  by 13 athletes in the popular Dewsbury 10k, the first race in the club's championship series. Stuart Carroll led the way in 38 minutes 6 seconds, followed by Bernard Cassidy in 38:15 and Barry Greaves (39:48). David Emanuel was next to complete the course in 40:10 with Dave Kershaw (40.37) and Robert Kellett (41:04) close behind. Ian Casey, making his debut in group 1, recorded a time of 42:31 and veteran Dave Phillips finished with a time of 43:49. Other times were:- Jeff Cordwell (48:40), Helen Knight (49:05), Trevor Grundy (49:17), Tony Hunking (59:28) and Brian Hurst (74:08).  [Ray Shaw]  [NB - Chris Eavers also completed the race - in 42:27 - but was missing from this report as he was incorrectly recorded as 'unattached' in the official race results]