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2018 CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP - RACE LIST

STOP PRESS: following confirmation that the 2018 Oldham Half Marathon will take place on 28th October, just a week before the Derwentwater 10, the committee has agreed on the Holmfirth 15 on 21st October as the 17th race in this year's club championship. This race was a feature of our race calendar from 2008-2011. The date leaves 2 weeks either side for the Rochdale Half (7th October) & Derwentwater 10 (4th November). This year at Holmfirth they'll be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1st race in 1968. The entry fee in 2017 was £17 (affiliated pre-entry).
Please find below the list of events in the 2018 club championship, as agreed by the RRR Committee. Links to race websites & entry forms are included where currently available - others will be added when entries open. Please see the notes below the race list, with particular regard to entry discounts.

As always, points are awarded for each race according to the finishing order (on chip times where used), with each individual's best 9 scores to count. Click here to see the full set of rules & regulations.

AS AN AFFILIATED CLUB WE ABIDE BY ENGLAND ATHLETICS RULES.
RRR MEMBERS MUST RUN IN A CLUB VEST WHEN ENTERED IN A RACE AS A ROYTON ROAD RUNNER (OR IN THEIR 1ST CLAIM COLOURS IF NOT RRR).  
 
DEWSBURY 10K - Sunday 4th February
VILLAGE BAKERY WREXHAM HALF MARATHON - Sunday 25th February
DENTDALE RUN (14.2 MILE RACE) - Saturday 10th March
HOLLINGWORTH LAKE 5K SERIES - Wednesdays 2nd/9th/16th/23rd May (see Note 1)
IAN CASEY MEMORIAL COWM RACE - Thursday 10th May
BERNADETTE FLYNN VBCU COWM RESERVOIR RACE - Tuesday 29th May
TATTON 10K - Sunday 10th June (see Note 2)
COLSHAW HALL 10K - Sunday 17th June
ROCHDALE 10K - Tuesday 3rd July
THE ROYTON TRAIL - Thursday 12th July
RIVERSIDE 10 - Sunday 5th August (see Note 3)
HOPWOOD TROT - Wednesday 15th August
CLOG & BILLYCOCK 10K - Saturday 1st September
ENGLISH HALF MARATHON - Sunday 16th September (see Note 4)
ROCHDALE HALF MARATHON - Sunday 7th October (see Note 5)
HOLMFIRTH 15 - Sunday 21st October
DERWENTWATER 10 - Sunday 4th November

NOTES

1 - make sure you enter as an RRR for a club discount on the Hollingworth Lake races/series 

2 - use the coupon code 'roytonroad18' for a £2.00 discount on entry for the Tatton 10K in June

3 - entries can be made now for the Riverside 10; however there may be an RRR discount later (TBC)

4 - book the English Half Marathon by 31/12/2017 for a £3.00 'early bird' reduction

5 - book the Rochdale Half Marathon before 31/3/2018 for a £7.00 'early bird' reduction

 

Many thanks to all members who recently took the time to vote on the 2017 races & suggest alternative races for inclusion in our 2018 race calendar. For those interested in such things, the attached file shows the average ratings for each of this year's races, the number of RRRs who took part in each race & the year-on-year trend in race participation.


As you will see, the least popular races from the vote - the Fleetwood & Oulton Park Half Marathons - have been replaced, along with the relatively unpopular Milltown 7K & 10K which are not (currently) scheduled to take place in 2018. Only 8 races have been retained from 2017.


In putting together this race list the committee debated long & hard, taking into account factors such as 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 proposals such as the Wilmslow Half Marathon (weekend after Dentdale), Southport Half Marathon (2 days before the Rochdale 10K) & Stockport 10 (too late in the year). Whilst we know that we can never please everybody, we hope that all members will find enough options here to complete at least 9 races & hopefully more.


Of the races we've added, the Hopwood Trot is a brand new 5.5 mile multi-terrain race organised by Middleton Harriers, to take place at Hopwood College, while the Clog & Billycock 10K was a new event for 2017 hosted by Riversway Roadrunners (another RRR!) near Blackburn. We didn't pick this race because of the name (honest) - Bernie Goodwin met the race organiser at the Lancaster 10 this year & after a successful 1st event they have confirmed that a larger field can be accommodated in 2018. Entries are expected to open at the end of January.      


The Hollingworth Lake 5Ks replace the Littleborough 5K series & are concentrated in 1 month rather than spread across a 3 month period. This means that 1 of the races is the day before the Ian Casey 5K, but since the best time from the 4 races counts this hopefully won't be a problem. With the inclusion of the Cowm race at the end of the month (which many of you will already be aware of), May is a very 5K-heavy month...a good chance for those running April marathons to get some speed back in the legs!


POSTSCRIPT: as you may have noticed, we reluctantly decided not to include the Mossley 10K in next year's championship. The race is scheduled for 15th July - with The Royton Trail moved to Thursday 12th July in 2018 (in case by some miracle England progress to the World Cup semi-final on the Wednesday), we felt that this allows insufficient recovery time. Some RRRs will no doubt still decide to 'do the double' & run at Mossley, which continues to be a popular race amongst our members. We hope to be able to reinstate it in the future.