2017 CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP - RACE LIST
STOP PRESS: after the organisers of the Bolton Half Marathon advised that they have had to cancel the event, the RRR Committee has decided NOT to replace this race, with the 2017 club championship now being based on each individual's best EIGHT performances across 16 races. Given the extent to which some club members plan their diaries around club races, we felt that it would be unfair to replace Bolton with an event on a different date or over a different distance. There were a few half marathon options on the same date, but little time to try to make suitable arrangements with Race Directors.
As always, points are awarded for each race according to the finishing order (on chip times where used), with each individual's best 8 scores to count. Click here to see the full set of rules & regulations.
Many thanks to all members who recently took the time to vote on the 2016 races
& suggest alternative races for inclusion in our race calendar. For those interested in such things, the attached file shows the average ratings for each of those races, the number of
RRRs who took part in each race & the year-on-year trend in race
As you will see, the 3 least popular races from the vote - the Huddersfield Half Marathon, Mad Dog 10K & Brownhouse Reservoir 5K - have all been replaced, along with the Rochdale Half Marathon, with 13 races retained from 2016.
In putting together this race list the committee debated long & hard, taking into account a number of factors, including member suggestions, the timing of races (in particular trying to avoid longer races on successive weekends), support for events hosted by other local clubs, cost of entry & distance to travel. This ruled out popular suggestions such as the Wilmslow Half Marathon (weekend after Dentdale) & Southport Half Marathon (2 days before Rochdale 10K). Whilst we know that we can never please everybody, we hope that all members will find enough options here to complete at least 8 races & hopefully more.
Our biggest debate concerned whether to retain the Oulton Park Half Marathon. This is a race that seems to divide opinion - we know that some were put off by the multi-lap format, but many of the RRRs who took part in 2016 have given positive feedback & quite a few set their half marathon PBs. Since we always try to include a late February half for those in training for a Spring marathon, we concluded that it was worth giving it another go.
There are two races not included in the championship which deserve a special mention. First, the Dovestone Diamond, organised by RRR Colin Green & his Greenfield Greyhounds, took place on 31st May & filled very quickly once again. Secondly, the Sheila Philips 70th Birthday 5K Cowm Trail Race on 14th September marks the birthday of one of our most popular members & we'd love to see as many RRRs as possible taking part & joining in the celebrations!
OULTON PARK HALF MARATHON - Sunday 26th February
DENTDALE RUN (14.2 MILE RACE) - Saturday 11th March
LITTLEBOROUGH 5K - Wednesdays 5th April/3rd May/7th June
IAN CASEY MEMORIAL COWM RACE - Thursday 11th May
MILLTOWN OLDHAM 7K - Sunday 14th May
AARON ASHFORTH MEMORIAL RACE - Tuesday 23rd May
MILLTOWN OLDHAM 10K - Sunday 18th June
ROCHDALE 10K - Tuesday 4th July
THE ROYTON TRAIL - Wednesday 12th July
MOSSLEY 10K - Sunday 16th July
RIVERSIDE 10 - Sunday 6th August
FLEETWOOD HALF MARATHON - Sunday 20th August
DERWENTWATER 10 - Sunday 5th November