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NEWS!

14th JUNE 2018
SORRY TO HAVE TO ANNOUNCE that the RRR Summer Ball, scheduled for next month, has been cancelled. Unfortunately the take-up of tickets was a long way short of the numbers needed to make the event viable. I've written separately to all those who had booked to arrange refunds. We're now planning an alternative 15th anniversary charity/fundraising event, on a smaller scale, later in the year. Watch this space for further details!  [David Emanuel]

9th JUNE 2018
THIS WEEK'S E-MAIL newsletter highlighted Tuesday's Brian Leathey Memorial 5K on 12th June - but showed the original (Cowm) venue. Please note that this race has been relocated to Brownhouse Reservoir, with registration at the Red Lion in Whitworth. Further details & online entry here. There will also be the cheque presentation to the Victoria Breast Care Unit before the race.  [David Emanuel]

7th JUNE 2018
MEMBERSHIP BOOKLETS FOR 2017-18 are now available. Simon Howard will be giving them out at training nights over the next few weeks, after which you'll be able to collect from Up & Running Oldham on Huddersfield Road.  [David Emanuel] 

5th JUNE 2018
AS I'M SURE MANY of you are already aware, Andy O'Sullivan is marking an incredible 35 years of organising races with a 5K around Cowm Reservoir (of course!) on Sunday 19th August. Entries are limited to 300 & it's sure to be well-attended, so if you want to be join the celebrations it's probably best to get your entry in as soon as possible. [David Emanuel] 

31st MAY 2018
IF YOU'RE HAVING any problems applying the RRR coupon code for next weekend's Tatton 10K, please enter at the full price & let me know by e-mail. I'll then arrange for the race organisers to credit your account with the agreed £2 discount.  [David Emanuel]

25th MAY 2018
ENGLAND ATHLETICS HAS launched a new partnership with DW Fitness First, now their the lead partner for RunTogether. To celebrate the launch of the partnership Jenny Meadows, GB Olympian, will be special guest at a free event on 5th July at DW Sports & Fitness in the Arndale Centre in Manchester. Starting at 6.30pm, the evening will include a Q&A plus the opportunity for a group run with Jenny. You can book your place here.  [David Emanuel]
12th MAY 2018
ANDY O'SULLIVAN HAS been in touch to advise that the Ron Hill Birthday 5K at Cowm Reservoir on Tuesday 25th September is filling up fast. This is apparently going to be the very last Ron Hill 5K - so if you want to take part & help celebrate the great man's 80th birthday, you should get your entry in soon!  [David Emanuel]  
1st MAY 2018
FOR THOSE HEADING for the Hollingworth Lake 5K on Wednesday, don't forget there's a change of venue from the old Littleborough race! Registration is at Littleborough RUFC on Rakewood Road (OL15 0AP) from 5.30pm & closes 15 minutes before the 7.30pm race start. Parking should be a bit easier!  [David Emanuel]  

Just in case anyone missed it on Facebook - RRR has a new world record holder amongst its members! Julie Greenwood set a new world best time for running a marathon dressed as a fairy tale character, surviving one of the hottest London races in years dressed as Princess Belle from Beauty & The Beast (right) to cross the line in 4:24:07, beating the previous record by less than a minute. Julie was raising funds for Clic Sargent & you can still contribute to the cause here.  [David Emanuel]  

21st APRIL 2018

JUST IN CASE YOU haven't seen the announcement already...the ballot for next year's London Marathon opens next Monday 30th April. It's only open for 5 days, so don't think about it for too long! The 2019 race takes place on 28th April.  [David Emanuel] 

20th APRIL 2018

SUMMER BALL TICKETS are now on sale! As announced last month, we'll be celebrating the club's 15th anniversary with this event at Boundary Park the weekend before The Royton Trail in aid of Maggie's Oldham, our Charity of the Year


To book your ticket(s), please click here. You can request as many as you like, to a maximum of 10 - bookings of 8, 9 or 10 tickets will get their own table on the night. Any questions please let us know.  [June Allingan]


19th APRIL 2018
THE RRR CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP resumes early next month with the new Hollingworth Lake 5K series. For those who are new to the competition...it's entirely up to you how many of the 4 races in the series you choose to (or are able to) run. Club championship points are calculated on your BEST time - so if you only run once, you'd better make it a good one! However often you plan to run, it is (as usual) cheaper to pre-enter online. Make sure you enter as an RRR to get an additional discount! If you enter the series you get to keep the same number throughout, which speeds things up on race night, plus you have the chance to run in a free handicap race on the last Wednesday in May. Admittedly this is the day after the Bernadette Flynn Cowm Reservoir race - but I'm sure most RRRs are more than capable of running back-to-back 5K races...  [David Emanuel]

12th APRIL 2018
DO YOU HAVE a couple of hours to spare over the weekend of 21st-22nd April? Not if you're running the London Marathon, obviously, but that's only about half the club! Maggie's Oldham, the RRR Charity of the Year for 2018, is seeking a small team of litter pickers to help clear the grounds. If you'd like to help - at a time to suit you - please let me know.  [David Emanuel] 

16th MARCH 2018
YOU MAY ALREADY BE aware of the severe damage to the home changing room/portacabin at Royton Cricket Club, due to a combination of burst pipes & a leak in the roof. The club have reported that they will have to wait to find out the full extent of the water damage & cost of repair. If you have any expertise & are able to offer any advice or help please e-mail Bernard Wade or contact Guy Sedgwick/Tony Spence at the club.  [David Emanuel]  

1st MARCH 2018
I'M PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE that on Saturday 7th July 2018 we will be holding an RRR Summer Ball to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the club. The event will take place at Oldham Event Centre (Latics), starting at 7.30pm for 8pm with a champagne reception followed by a 3-course evening dinner & disco, raffle  & charity auction. Tickets will cost £35 with proceeds going to Maggie's, the RRR Charity of the Year. Tickets will go on sale soon, with the option to buy individually or book a table of 8-10 people for anyone wishing to come as a group. Watch this space!  [June Allingan]
28th FEBRUARY 2018
IF YOU ENJOYED LAST WEEKEND'S trip to Wrexham/Chester - or didn't go & wish you had - you won't want to miss out on our annual trip to Cumbria for the Dentdale Run. Bookings are now being taken for seats on the RRR coach on Saturday 10th March. The fun bus will be setting off from Radcliffe Street car park in Royton (OL2 6QL) at 9am sharp (race starts at 1pm), again costing just £10 per head. The plan is to return to Royton for around 8.15-8.30pm, after making our usual substantial contribution to the Dent village economy. Although the 14.2 mile event is the Club Championship race, I know some RRRs are planning to run the 7.9-miler instead. Please click here to book your seat(s) - this one is likely to fill up quickly, so don't leave it too long! You'll also need to book your place in the race sooner rather than later - as I write there are just 80 of 700 places remaining.  [David Emanuel]

SORRY TO ANNOUNCE THAT due to the Beast From The East, current conditions & forecast, the RRR committee has decided that in the interest of runner safety this week's Thursday (1st March) club session has been cancelled.  [Bryan Lawton]
21st FEBRUARY 2018

PARTICIPANTS ARE REQUIRED TO complete a questionnaire investigating running motivation & indicators of mental health, for a Manchester Metropolitan University Psychology student's dissertation. For more information please see this information sheetIf you would like to participate please follow this link to the research questionnaire, which takes approximately 5 minutes to complete. By completing the questionnaire, you consent to take part in the study.  [David Emanuel]

20th FEBRUARY 2018
AS YOU MAY BE aware, RRR has won a couple of awards in this year's South East Lancashire Cross Country League (you can read my report on the final race here). A big well done to all those who took part! This year’s presentation will take place on Friday 23rd March at North Chadderton Social & Bowling Club. Doors open at 7.15pm, with the presentation commencing at 8pm. Tickets are £4.50 each & there will be a disco, raffle & food. I have been allocated 5 tickets, but extra can be ordered on a first-come first-served basis. Please could anybody wishing to attend please e-mail David Emanuel as soon as possible & no later than 11th March, confirming the number of tickets required.  [Jarrod Gritt]
15th FEBRUARY 2018
THANKS TO ALL members who put their names forward to be part of the RRR team at Endure 24 Leeds on 30th June/1st July. The draw was made before training at the club tonight, with the following 8 names picked out of the hat: Alex Critcher, Jon Crooks, Simon Howard, Janet Jobey, Matt Kilburn, Rob Nixon, Michael Pickering & John Sweeney. We also picked 2 others in case anyone drops out - Val Kilburn (1st reserve) & Andrew Chadwick (2nd reserve). If any of you are no longer able to take part, please let me know as soon as possible.  [David Emanuel]   

11th FEBRUARY 2018
THANKS TO EVERYONE who supported our annual RRR Quiz Night at the cricket club on Friday, not least Lady Presidentess June Allingan who stepped in to write the questions & host the event! An entertaining evening raised £245 for our Charity of the Year, Maggie's Cancer Care Day Centre - it was great to have a team from Maggie's taking part on the night. The quiz was won in style by Colin Green's Parkrunners & Sons team, who just edged out Real Ale Madrid (Jason Keast, Simon Howard, Gary Smith, Bernadette Ball & Bryan Lawton), with Must Tri Harder, our friends from Rochdale Tri Club, coming in 3rd. We'll be announcing further fundraising events throughout the year & we're also in discussions with Maggie's about providing more practical help, spending a day working on the gardens at the Day Centre. If you have any fundraising ideas, or are planning your own individual fundraising activity for Maggie's, please let me know.  [David Emanuel]        
  
MARY FREER, THE NEW RRR representative on the Royton Cricket Club General Committee, attended her 1st meeting this week. She reports that members of the committee are keen to help with any issues we have (don't forget that there's a book behind the bar for any items of repair to be recorded). There was an acknowledgement that the gate is difficult to lock/unlock & they will be looking at this with a view to making access easier. The condition of the car park is under review, with a quote having been obtained for resurfacing (£40,000) & another quote awaited for repair to a retaining wall. Meanwhile we were thanked for our contribution to the new, improved outside lighting.  [David Emanuel]
8th FEBRUARY 2018
PROVISIONAL GROUP TABLES for the 2018 RRR Club Championship are now available - please click here to see which group you have been allocated to. Positions have been decided based on best race & parkrun performances in 2017 (not just club races) against threshold times which can be seen on this page - the aim is to have everyone competing for trophies against runners of a broadly similar standard. The groups currently look quite uneven in size but it won't necessarily stay that way - some of those listed will not take part in club races this year, while new members & those who didn't complete a 'standard distance' event in 2017 will be added to an appropriate group after their 1st few club races of this year. If you believe you have not been put in the right group, please let me know as soon as possible.  [David Emanuel]   

4th FEBRUARY 2018
MANY APOLOGIES that it wasn't possible to publish details of the groups for the 2018 Club Championship before the 1st race at Dewsbury. I will make them available as soon as I receive the information.  [David Emanuel] 

1st FEBRUARY 2018

BOOKINGS ARE NOW BEING
taken for seats on the RRR coach to Wrexham for the 1st club trip of the year to the Village Bakery Half Marathon on Sunday 25th February. The fun bus will be setting off from Radcliffe Street car park in Royton (OL2 6QL) at 8am sharp (race starts at 11am), cost £10 per head. Since the start/finish is on a rather uninspiring industrial estate, our plan is to leave Wrexham after the race for a stop-off in Chester for a bite to eat & a quiet drink or several, returning to Royton for around 8pm. Please click here to book your seat(s) - it's likely to fill up quickly, so don't leave it too long!  [David Emanuel]

31st JANUARY 2018

THE STROKE ASSOCATION has been in touch to tell us about this year's Resolution Run Manchester which takes place in Heaton Park on 4th March 2018 (conveniently on the weekend between the Wrexham Half Marathon & Dentdale Run). You can run 5K, 10K or 15K - advance entry via the link above costs £16 which includes a technical T-shirt, training plan & medal. They are also looking for volunteer course marshals - if you are interested or would like more information please contact Sian Thomas in the fundraising team, either by e-mail or phone (07515596987 or 0161742 7485).  [David Emanuel]

29th JANUARY 2018
MANY THANKS TO all RRRs who attended our Annual General Meeting last Friday. Following the recent announcement that Mark Taylor has decided to step down from the committee, Jenny O'Callaghan was voted in as the new Treasurer - on behalf of all members I'd like to thank Jenny for taking on this role. It was also announced that Mary Freer will in future be representing RRR on the General Committee of the Cricket Club, giving us a voice at this forum that we haven't had for a while. Attendees voted in favour of an increase of £1 in the annual RRR membership fee for 2018-19 to £45, reflecting the latest increase in England Athletics fees. However this is subject to confirmation that the cost of cricket club membership remians unchanged at £25 - discussions are taking place & this will be confirmed before fees become due at the end of March. There was some discussion about the fit of the ladies club vest - Emma Bower has kindly offered to collate feedback from members with a view to providing Bryan Lawton with something to take to our kit suppliers & an email has been sent to all of our current female members today. Finally, Shane Reading is assisting Brian Moore with the analysis of 2017 race performances to enable the Club Championship Groups to be announced before Sunday's 1st race at Dewsbury.  [David Emanuel]         

24th JANUARY 2018

AS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED, the RRR Annual General Meeting takes place this Friday 26th January, 7.30pm at Royton Cricket Club. Hope to see plenty of you there! All current members of the RRR Committee have confirmed that they intend to stand again with the exception of Mark Taylor, who has decided to step down from the post of RRR Treasurer. On behalf of the club I would like to thank Mark for his efforts over the last few years. We do have someone interested in taking on the Treasurer role & they will be up for election on Friday. However if you are interested in standing for this or any other committee position, please e-mail me to put your name forward.  [Bryan Lawton]

23rd JANUARY 2018
CONFIRMATION OF THE annual RRR Quiz Night! This year it's on Friday 9th February at Royton Cricket Club as usual - 7.30pm for an 8pm start. Bring a team (maximum 6 people) or just come along & join up with others on the night! Cost is £6 per head which includes entry to the quiz, a hot supper, stand up bingo & lucky number ticket. We'd also welcome raffle prizes - all proceeds will go to the RRR Charity of the Year for 2018, Maggie's Cancer Day Care Centre. Please let us know if you will be coming along - it helps make sure we've got enough food!  [June Allingan]  

17th JANUARY 2018
THE RRR ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING will, as previously announced, take place on Friday 26th January. As usual our AGM is being held at Royton Cricket Club, starting at 7.30pm, & is a chance to have your say about any aspect of the club. If you have any items you would like added to the agenda, please send details to Club Secretary Brian Moore by Wednesday 24th January at the latest.  [David Emanuel]

WE'RE ONCE AGAIN looking for volunteers for the world-famous RRR Water Station at this year's Greater Manchester Marathon. If you're free on Sunday April 8th & would like to help out please email meIt's a fun day & a great window for RRR in the running community.  [Mary Freer]

7th JANUARY 2018

IT'S THAT TIME of year again...Saturday 27th January has been chosen as the date for our latest RRR parkrun day. This was started a few years ago to introduce more club members to parkrun, but that hardly seems necessary now! Instead we're using the event to launch the 2018 RRR Cup, with the First Round draw taking place in the Boathouse Cafe, Alexandra Park immediately after Oldham parkrun. To enter this year's club knockout competition & be included in that draw just send me an e-mail. For this year's RRR parkrun day we're planning a 'club takeover' of Oldham parkrun - that is, we want RRR members to fill all of the volunteer roles. We'll also have an RRR pacing team out in force. Please help us make this happen! You can view the volunteer roles available on 27th January here & put your name forward by sending an e-mail to oldhamhelpers@parkrun.com. If you want to join the pacing team please let me know by e-mail or by replying to my post on the RRR Facebook page.  [David Emanuel]           


A NUMBER OF ISSUES raised by RRR were discussed at a General Committee meeting of Royton Cricket Club recently & several actions agreed - including additional lighting in the car park. In relation to any issues with the changing rooms, etc please note that there is a book behind the bar for items of repair to be noted - this is actioned weekly. Please ask the bar staff for this book as required. Please can we also ensure, when gathering on club nights, that we allow sufficient room for cars to enter the car park. [David Emanuel]      


4th JANUARY 2018

FURTHER TO THE anouncement last year, Simon Howard will be starting new structured training sessions on Thursday 11th January, with the plan to hold them every fortnight from then onwards (alongside the existing group runs). Starting with a hill session, these are designed to be accessible to all runners regardless of your speed or which group you currently run with. A number of members have requested this type of training, so please support this new initiative!  [David Emanuel]  


2nd JANUARY 2018

HAPPY NEW YEARRR! 2017 was another great year for the club & this year promises to be even better. We're straight into competition with involvement for the 1st time in the Greater Manchester Cross-Country Championships at Heaton Park on Saturday 6th January. If you've not signed up to run you could pop along to cheer on our teams - the Senior Ladies set off at 1.15pm, followed by the Senior Men at 2pm. I'm sure they'd be very grateful for your support! We also have some exciting new races in the 2018 club championship, including the Village Bakery Half Marathon in February & two new 10Ks in June. If you've signed up for a marathon, ultra or triathlon in 2018 please let me know so that I can add it to the page on the website - this will also ensure that you appear in the end-of-season tables!  [David Emanuel]