CANNONBALL EVENTS ARE organising a couple of 10Ks which might appeal in your build-up to the Oldham Half Marathon! Next Sunday it's the Littleborough 10K, now using a simpler & flatter route which includes 2 laps of Hollingworth Lake. The following weekend, on 8th October, the Brighouse Running Festival includes what is claimed to be the flattest 10K in the country, so a great opportunity for a PB. Online entry for the Littleborough race closes on Thursday. [David Emanuel]
THE 1ST ROYTON 'RunTogether' group completed their initial 12-week programme on Monday 21st August with a 5K run around Tandle Hills. Many of them will now be tackling Oldham parkrun this coming Saturday 27th August, with others attempting it the following week. I'm sure all RRRs in attendance will give them great support! Congratulations to all those who have completed the programme & many thanks to our coaches Brian Swindells, Simon Howard, Garry Bower & Jarrod Gritt for their enthusiasm & commitment to making it a success. You may have seen the great coverage they've had in the Oldham Chronicle this week, while Facebook users will have read the fantastic feedback our chairman received from a member of the group, giving "a huge thank you to Brian, Garry, Simon & Jarrod for their encouragement & support during the sessions. They are a credit to the club & made us all very welcome, never making you feel inadequate & encouraged us all in such a kind & positive way..." [David Emanuel]
13th AUGUST 2017
THE RACE ORGANISERS have announced that places for the Riverside 10 in Lancaster on 6th August are disappearing fast! Online entries close a week before the race, so please don't leave it too late if you want to run. You also have until 30th July to book a place on the RRR fun bus to Lancaster - full details below. [David Emanuel]
ARE YOU PLANNING to run for the Riverside 10 on Sunday 6th August? Don't forget that we are again planning to take a coach to Lancaster for this race. We'll leave Royton at 8.30am, returning from Lancaster at 5pm, cost is £10 per head. We're using this trip to trial a new online booking system called WebCollect - if successful we'll hope to use this in future for membership renewal, Presentation Night tickets, cross country registration, relay events, etc. So please follow this link to book your place on the coach - when you checkout you will be prompted to create a WebCollect account & then asked to make a payment into the RRR account, quoting your unique reference ID (if you opt to pay by bank transfer). If you have any problems using WebCollect, or don't find the instructions clear, please let me know. [David Emanuel]
JUST A FEW MORE DAYS LEFT to win an RRR Club vest autographed by Paula Radcliffe at this year's London Marathon! Tickets for the raffle, organised by Garry Bower & James Wright, cost £2 each & can be purchased via this Virgin Money Giving Page. You can buy as many tickets as you like. When making your donation, please include your name & ROYTON in the message box to validate your entry. All money raised is being equally split between Crohn's & Colitis UK (RRR Charity of the Year) & Children with Cancer UK. Closing date for online entry is 10th July 2017, with the draw to be made on 12th July at The Royton Trail. If you wish to enter the raffle but would prefer not to enter online, Garry has confirmed that he will collect payment & enter it online on your behalf. [David Emanuel]
WE ARE CURRENTLY looking at the situation with 'base group' leaders, as our previous system of having a rota of leaders isn't working due to a lack of volunteers. Mary Freer is prepared to take the group on a Monday, but as a club we are looking for a volunteer who would be prepared to take the Thursday sessions. If anybody is interested please could you let me know or speak to any other member of the committee. [Simon Howard]
THIS YEAR'S Manchester International athletics event takes place at the Manchester Regional Arena (SportCity) on 16th August & there's a special ticket deal available to members of local clubs, including RRR. If you buy an adult ticket (cost £5), you can obtain a second ticket absolutely free - all you need to do is e-mail your ticket receipt to email@example.com, stating that you are an RRR member. Seems like a good deal! [David Emanuel]
IF YOU'VE ENTERED The Royton Trail 2017, you may want to take advantage of this offer from race sponsor Up & Running Manchester. Over the next 2 weekends, leading up to race day, there is a 20% discount available to all race entrants. If you can't make it on these dates, they are also offering a 15% discount on all shoes until the end of July. Of course you need to be entered in the race to take advantage of these offers - there's still time to sign-up if you haven't yet done so! [David Emanuel]
THE DATE FOR THE 2018 Greater Manchester Marathon has been confirmed as Sunday 8th April, 2 weeks before London. Pre-registration is available until 9am tomorrow (26th June) via this page, which gives access to a special opening price of £45 for a limited batch of places. Otherwise general sales open on Tuesday 4th July. [David Emanuel]
20th JUNE 2017
AFTER A SUCCESSFUL TRIP last year, including the discovery of the world's least secret 'Secret Beer Garden' (it's at the back of the Ring O'Bells, if you didn't know), we will once again be taking a coach to Lancaster for the Riverside 10 on Sunday 6th August. The fun bus will leave Royton at 8.30am, returning from Lancaster at 5pm, cost £10 per head. We're using this trip to trial a new online booking system called WebCollect - if successful we'll hope to use this in future for membership renewal, Presentation Night tickets, cross country registration, relay events, etc. So please follow this link to book your place on the coach - when you checkout you will be prompted to create a WebCollect account & then asked to make a payment into the RRR account quoting your unique reference ID (if you opt to pay by bank transfer). If you have any problems using WebCollect, or don't find the instructions clear, please let me know. [David Emanuel]
19th JUNE 2017
IF YOU'RE PLANNING TO run the Rochdale 10K on Tuesday 4th July, it's worth getting your entry in this week! Online applications after 26th June will be treated as 'late entries' & charged £9.30, the same as if you enter on the day. Click here to get your entry in now & you'll save £2. Oh & why not register for The Royton Trail (which takes place just a week later) at the same time, if you've not already done so? You know it makes sense... [David Emanuel]
17th JUNE 2017
FOR ANYONE WHO hasn't yet spotted it...'Good For Age' entries are now open for the 2018 London Marathon. You have until 5pm next Friday 23rd June to get your application in. Click here for qualifying times & entry details. [David Emanuel]
31st MAY 2017
WE NEED SOME volunteers to lead groups on the Royton Trail recce planned for Monday 26th June. We'll be meeting at the Tandle Hill Tavern & doing the full route from there. The invite will be open to non-RRR runners so we could do with a few people to lead groups, especially as it's a Monday & some of us will be unavailable due to our involvement with the RunTogether group. There will also be an away night (due to cricket fixtures) on Monday 17th July. I won't be available as again I will be involved with the RunTogether group. At the moment all I want is suggestions for a venue. I am going to lead the away night in August, but will sort my venue out once the July one is sorted. If you are able to help out please let me know. [Simon Howard]
APPARENTLY THE home changing room gates at the cricket club have been left open & unlocked on a couple of occasions recently. No indication that it was on our watch...but just a reminder for our keyholders, please ensure that the club is locked up securely after use. [David Emanuel]
21st MAY 2017
HELP NEEDED! If you are not intending to run & are available to marshal at Tuesday's Aaron Ashforth Memorial 5K at Cowm Reservoir, please let me know. Andy O'Sullivan has organised this race on behalf of Simon Howard & RRR, so we really want to show our support. Thanks in anticipation! [David Emanuel]
18th MAY 2017
I'M SURE THAT YOU will all join me in congratulating Simon Howard, who has been invited to join the RRR committee as Training Co-ordinator. Simon brings a wealth of experience to the role - not only has he served as a Training Group Leader for some considerable time, he has also been actively involved with Base Group & has recently become qualified to assist with the new RunTogether beginners group. Many thanks to everyone who nominated or put their name forward for the role. [David Emanuel]
16th MAY 2017
IF YOU CURRENTLY HOLD keys to the changing rooms at Royton Cricket Club, please could you return them to Mary Freer or George Meynell as soon as possible & by the end of May at the latest. The locks are due to be changed soon & keyholders are being reviewed, so we need to know who has a current set! [David Emanuel]
ENTERED THE ROYTON TRAIL yet? Please don't leave it too late - it's online entry only & once we reach the race limit you'll have missed your chance! Just follow this link to submit your entry. If you don't intend to run we'd really appreciate your help on 12th July - please contact Mary Freer to confirm your availability to assist as a race marshal or in another role. [David Emanuel]
WE WERE A BIT DISAPPOINTED that we were unable to find a place for the Sheila Phillips 70th Birthday 5K in this year's club championship. However Brian Moore has come up with a nice alternative - this year's Club Handicap trophy will be awarded based on performances in this race, rather than The Royton Trail. Hopefully the possibility of winning silverware will attract even more RRRs along to join Sheila's celebrations on 14th September! [David Emanuel]
15th MAY 2017
EXCITING NEWS! AS you may be aware, several club members have recently been funded by RRR to become qualified RunTogether (formerly RunEngland) group leaders. As a result, the first 'Get Me Started' group will commence on Monday 5th June, 5.45pm from Royton Cricket Club. If you know anyone who is thinking of starting to run, or hasn't run for a while, please let them know about this new beginner group. Click here for further details. [David Emanuel]
11th MAY 2017
NOT TO BE MISSED! Garry Bower & James Wright are holding an online raffle to win an RRR Club vest autographed by Paula Radcliffe at this year's London Marathon. Tickets cost £2 each & can be purchased via this Virgin Money Giving Page. You can buy as many tickets as you like. When making your donation, please include your name & ROYTON in the message box to validate your entry. All money raised is being equally split between Crohn's and Colitis UK (RRR Charity of the Year) & Children with Cancer UK. Closing date for online entry is 10th July 2017, with the draw to be made on 12th July at The Royton Trail. If you wish to enter the raffle but would prefer not to enter online, Garry has confirmed that he will collect payment & enter it online on your behalf. [David Emanuel]
CONGRATULATIONS TO Val Kilburn, our new Ladies Captain following an avalanche of nominations from club members! I'm sure Val is looking forward to leading the amazingly successful RRR ladies team to even greater success. Thanks also to everyone who put their name forward or nominated someone for the vacant committee position - the committee is meeting in the next few weeks to agree next steps. [David Emanuel]
AS LONDON MARATHON hysteria appears to be gripping the club, I'd like to ask those of you who have entered the ballot to forward on your entry confirmation e-mail to me. I can then put you on a list for entry into the ballot for marathon places that the club receives, should you be unfortunate enough to get rejected via the normal ballot. The rules for entry into the club ballot can be read here. [Brian Moore]
A MESSAGE FROM Walaa Elsais, a PhD student at the University of Salford: "Would you like to understand how your muscles work during running? At the University of Salford, we are studying leg muscle activity pattern during overground running & are looking for male recreational runners. Our current project is aimed at testing the degree of consistency of EMG muscle measurements & as part of this study, we will be showing volunteers how their leg muscle activate as they run. We are looking for recreational runners between 18-40 years old with no history of injury & able to run at least 5 miles per week. Volunteers will be required to come to the Human Performance Laboratory at the University of Salford on 2 different occasions. During this assessment, we will monitor the activation of your leg muscles as you run overground. Please contact us if you might be interested in taking part. All information remains confidential. Although we can’t offer payment for participation, we can reimburse reasonable travel expenses. For more information, please contact Walaa Elsais on 07490323915 or by e-mail. [Bryan Lawton]
THE 2017 LONDON MARATHON good news stories just keep on coming...after all the coverage of Swansea Harriers runner Matthew Rees helping Chorlton's David Wyeth to the finish, Wyeth's club chairman has issued an open letter thanking Rees for his generosity. In recognition of the gesture, Neal Wainwright said that Chorlton Runners will pay Rees' entry to next year's race, along with 1st class travel & accommodation. My favourite line in the letter: "We will of course try our very best to ensure none of our runners require your assistance on the day...". If you've been inspired by this & the many other great stories from Sunday's race, you may want to make a note that the public ballot entry for the 2018 event is open between Monday 1st & Friday 5th May. Please note that you must have applied for a place through this ballot - as well as met the other criteria - in order to enter the draw for one of the RRR club places. 'Good for Age' entries open later in the year - the qualifying criteria can be seen here. [David Emanuel]
20th APRIL 2017
DUE TO THEIR OTHER commitments,
Chris Nicholson & Kirsty White have decided to step down from their
current roles with the club. Chris has been a member of the RRR
Committee with responsibility for co-ordinating training groups, while
Kirsty was our first (and so far only!) Ladies Captain. On
behalf of the committee & all of our members, I would like to express
my sincere thanks to both Chris & Kirsty for their valuable
contributions to the success of the club in recent years. This
does of course mean that we have vacancies for these two positions. If
you would like to volunteer, or nominate another club member, please let
me know by e-mail by the end of this month. If you are nominating
someone else, please check first that they are willing to have their
name put forward! If you have any questions about what these roles entail, please contact me or any other member of the committee. [David Emanuel]
LADY PRESIDENTESS June Allingan is holding a charity night in aid of Mesothelioma UK at Saddleworth Boutique in Uppermill on Friday 7th April. Personal styling, tarot readings, holistic treatments, gift ideas & (of course!) a raffle, all for just £5 including a glass of Prosecco. Click here for further details. [David Emanuel]
THERE'S A 5K/10K FUN RUN on 10th June in Buile Hill Park, Salford which may interest some members. It's £10 to enter & there will be prizes for biggest fundraiser & best fancy dress as well as the fastest runners. More details available here. [Brian Moore]
A PLEASURE TO BE present as Carl O'Callaghan & Shane Reading (pictured) collected their age-category awards at the South East Lancs Cross-Country presentation event last night. As you'll see the trophies were a bit different - which gives me the opportunity to say that I saw both of them go up for a number 2 in front of a roomful of people... [David Emanuel]
THANKS TO ALL who supported the RRR charity quiz night on Friday. A good turnout & a great start to the fundraising for our club charity of the year, with £333.00 raised. Thanks also to Colin Green for loan of the PA system & to our prize sponsors. The quiz was won - by an impressive margin - by 'The Sweeney' (pictured right), so they have the joyous task of setting the next quiz! [Bryan Lawton]
A GENTLE REMINDER that RRR annual membership fees are due by 31st March at the latest. The membership fee for April 2017 - March 2018 is £44. Further details & payment options can be found on this page. [David Emanuel]
THE SOUTH-EAST LANCS cross-country league presentation night takes place this year on Friday 24th March at North Chadderton Social & Bowling Club - NOT the same date as the RRR Quiz Night (17th March) as I originally suggested here! Our individual age-category award winners Shane Reading & Carl O'Callaghan will be attending to collect their trophies - but if anybody else would like tickets please let me know as soon as possible. Tickets are £5 which includes supper & even a free raffle ticket! [David Emanuel]
21st FEBRUARY 2017
MORE DETAILS OF THE annual RRR Quiz Night, scheduled for Friday 17th March. Teams will be a maximum of 6, although if you don't have a team please come along & we'll find one for you to join! All are welcome, not just RRR members. The event will be held as usual at Royton Cricket Club, doors open 7.30pm for an 8pm start. Entry is £6 per person which covers quiz entry, supper, stand-up bingo & a lucky number draw. We'll also be holding a raffle with proceeds going to Crohn's & Colitis UK, the RRR Charity of the Year. Click here to see the event poster! [David Emanuel]
18th FEBRUARY 2017
MANY THANKS TO the small (but perfectly formed) group of RRRs who attended the Annual General Meeting at Royton Cricket Club on 17th February. No major announcements, apart from meeting approval for an increase in annual membership by £1 to £44 (to reflect the increase in England Athletics subscriptions from £13 to £14). Second claim membership remains unchanged at £30. Membership renewal is due by 31st March 2017 - details for payment can be found here. We'll be issuing a reminder closer to the deadline! [David Emanuel]
A NEW ADDITION to the 'Links' page on this website - Lyndan Sports Therapies (your fellow RRR Linda Isherwood, a fully qualified sports therapist) offer a range of maintenance & remedial treatments, with a 25% discount to RRR members. As you may have seen from the recent post on our Facebook page, they also offer a 50% introductory discount (one per customer only!). [David Emanuel]
15th FEBRUARY 2017
DENTDALE DETAILS as follows: Saturday 11th March, I will be booking a 49-seat coach intially on a first come first served basis due to parking restrictions as most will know. Leaving Radcliffe Street car park in Royton at 9am (race starts at 1pm), returning to Royton around 8.15-8.30pm. Cost is £13 per person, please pay online to Sort Code 01-06-08, Account Number 43550592 including your name as the reference. No cheques please! Also make sure you enter the race, as the entry limit for the 7.5 & 14.2 mile races is 700 combined & it's filling up fast! [Bernie Goodwin]
A FINAL REMINDER that the RRR Annual General Meeting takes place this coming Friday 17th February. The AGM will as usual 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 Thursday at the latest. All current committee members have agreed to continue - but if you wish to stand for any one of these roles please contact Brian. Please note that to reduce costs (given how difficult it is to predict the number of attendees) there will be no food served this year, so please eat beforehand! [David Emanuel]
IT'S NEARLY TIME for another RRR Quiz Night! This year's event will take place at Royton Cricket Club on Friday 17th March & will be used to raise funds for our new Charity of the Year, Crohn's & Colitis UK. More details to follow shortly. [David Emanuel]
ANOTHER IMPORTANT DATE for your diary - the 2017 RRR Presentation Night has been booked for Saturday 9th December. We hope that holding the event on a slightly earlier date will mean that more people will be able to attend, as it should help avoid clashes with work Christmas parties & family events. [David Emanuel]
ONE MORE ANNOUNCEMENT from last night's RRR committee meeting - we have decided that next winter we will be focusing (as a club) on a single cross-country league - the South-East Lancs League which consists of 4 races between November & February. We've made this decision, in consultation with club captains Kirsty White & Shane Reading, in recognition of the fact that many club members are finding it increasingly difficult to commit to 8 cross-country races on Saturday afternoons, particularly at the end of the year (when all the Red Rose races take place) with the potential of a clash with the last few road races. However, we will still be affiliating with the Red Rose League, so anyone wishing to continue taking part in those races will still be able to register & run in RRR colours. [David Emanuel]
IF YOU'VE READ the excellent Dewsbury 10K race report, you'll have seen Elliot Stone's 'shameless plug' for help in finding outlets for his writing. If you are able to assist Elliot in any way, please drop him a line, I'm sure he'll be very grateful! [David Emanuel]
31st JANUARY 2017
AN OPPORTUNITY! I'M SURE that there are loads of budding RRR journalists out there - plus people must be getting thoroughly fed up with reading my prose every time - so I'd like to try something a bit different with the race reports this year. Members are invited to volunteer (in advance) to write the report on any of the 17 scheduled club championship races for 2017. There are only a few 'rules' - ideally you should produce the report reasonably quickly after the results are available, you should if possible include the times and/or finishing positions of all RRRs taking part & it should be written in a format that can be e-mailed to me for publication on the website. Not only will your words be displayed on the interweb for all to see, but an edited version of your report (usually with any in-jokes removed!) will be sent to the Oldham Chronicle for publication alongside the best of the race photos. You don't have to be running in the race - a spectator will often provide a better insight - but I think you should at least be in attendance. If you fancy having a go please send me an e-mail to let me know which race(s) you'd like to cover. First come first served! [David Emanuel]
MANY THANKS TO all the RRRs who braved the thoroughly miserable weather for our latest parkrun day on Saturday. As you can see we probably won't get into the Guinness Book of Records for the most bobble hats in one photo, but we did contribute to a total of 206 runners, just 9 short of the Oldham parkrun record, quite an achievement given the conditions. The RRR Cup 'Champions Race' was an entertaining addition to the calendar & the morning was finished off nicely with the First Round draw for the 2017 RRR Cup. A splendid morning! [David Emanuel]
IT'S THE BIGGEST RUNNING DAY of the year so far...Alexandra Park in Oldham is the only place to be this coming Saturday morning!
On this occasion we've timed the event to coincide with the First Round draw for the 2017 RRR Cup, which will take place in the Boathouse Cafe, Alexandra Park at 10am. If you've not seen Brian Moore's bingo balls in action before, it's an experience not to be missed...
To launch this year's competition we're first holding a handicapped Champions Race between the four previous RRR Cup winners - Ian Dale, Jen Bloor, Bryan Lawton & Dave Watt. They'll be competing against each other in a bid to be crowned the first RRR Cup 'Champion of Champions'.
AS I'M SURE YOU know by now, the RRR AGM takes place on Friday 17th February (see 8th January news below). However if a single AGM isn't quite enough, you might want to make a note that the Annual General Meeting of Royton Cricket, Bowling, Tennis & Running Club is to be held on Wednesday 1st February, starting at 8pm. All RRR members are welcome to attend. [David Emanuel]
17th JANUARY 2017
THE PRESENTATION NIGHT for the Red Rose Cross-Country League takes place on Friday 3rd March at Horwich RMI Club (8pm start). We haven't got any prizes to collect despite some fine performances in a very strong competition (including Rochelle Evans 6th FV40, Shane Reading 8th V40 & Sophie Wood 10th female overall), but it should still be a good evening & tickets are only £3 per head. Please contact me if you're interested. [David Emanuel]
8th JANUARY 2017
THE RRR ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING will take place on Friday 17th February. The AGM is 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 15th February at the latest. [David Emanuel]
I'M LOOKING FOR volunteers to once again to make Urmston the best water station on the route of the Greater Manchester Marathon. If you're available, morning & afternoon, on Sunday 2nd April & would like to volunteer, please email me for instructions on how to register. [Mary Freer]
IF YOU ARE ONE of the disappointed RRRs to discover that the Dewsbury 10K is already full, do not despair! As you may have already seen on our Facebook page, more places have been released - but you need to act quickly, it's first come first served. If you aren't successful, please make sure that you add yourself to the waiting list - this will ensure that you get a notification if any more places become available. The fact that the race filled so quickly has come as quite a surprise (although when making the original announcement, Brian Moore did state that it "sells out before the day of the race") - RRR members who ran last year have confirmed that they didn't enter until 20th January. [David Emanuel]
2nd JANUARY 2017
CONGRATULATIONS TO Simon Bruce Lake, who has just reached the remarkable milestone of volunteering at 250 parkruns. It's only through the commitment of people like Simon that we get our free Saturday morning 5K fix. A fantastic achievement! [David Emanuel]
1st JANUARY 2017
HAPPY NEW YEARRR! As we all start preparing for our various running challenges in 2017, this seems a good time to look back on the many club & individual achievements of last year. Those who attended our Presentation Night in December will have heard pretty much all of this in our Chairman's introduction before the awards were handed out - but I think it bears repeating!
2016 was our 2nd best club championship year ever in terms of participation (just behind 2015) – 1,098 races completed with an average of 65.1 RRRs per race. 168 club members completed at least 1 club race, with 62 running 9 races or more. Several new races were also introduced last year, some more successfully than others. Hopefully you will have noticed that your feedback has very much shaped our 2017 race calendar.
Club members managed a fantastic haul of prizes throughout the year, including both men & women winning the team events at Dentdale, Littleborough 5K (each of the 3 races), Oldham 7K, Riverside 10 & Middleton 10K. The women also won at the Oulton Park Half Marathon, Rochdale 10K & Oldham Half Marathon, with the men claiming top prize at the Rochdale Half.
A record number of RRRs finished the Ian Casey 5K, Oldham 10K & Oldham 7K, while there was a record-equalling number at Dentdale, where Race Director Scott Thornley told us "I couldn't believe how many runners from Royton there were! You just seemed to keep coming." In terms of race participation it's also worth highlighting the 2nd of the Littleborough 5Ks in May – we contributed 60 of 100 finishers & 17 of 18 complete teams, including a winning men’s team all called ‘Rob’ (James, Battye, Fairbanks). There were also 1st age-category prizes for all three of the Phillips family (Dave 1st V70, Liz 1st FV35, Sheila 1st FV65), which I’m pretty sure is a unique achievement.
3 RRRs (Garry Bower, Lee Higginbottom, Shane Reading) completed all 17 club races. Garry & Shane even ran all 3 Littleborough 5K races, which only count once. Shane's unbroken sequence is now an incredible 65 races (stretching back to 2013) & he became the latest member of the 100 Club this year.
The 10th anniversary of The Royton Trail was a great success, with a record 299 finishers (98 of whom were RRRs). We almost had a clean sweep of the prizes, with Rob James & Jen Bloor winning the individual races & Jen/Kirsty White/Debbie Shaw winning the Ladies team prize (for the 4th year in a row). However Salford Harriers pipped us to 1st Men’s Team. Bernie Goodwin, Bernie Cassidy & Teresa Hollins were amongst the 4 athletes recognised for completing all 10 races since we started The Royton Trail in 2007 – they have each been granted ‘free entry for life’ as a reward.
As usual many RRRs took part in marathons around the world - at least 79 races completed by 62 different club members, including 18 who ran 26.2 miles for the 1st time. There has also been a significant increase in the number of RRRs taking part in ‘ultras’, including Paul Craddock, Simon Howard, Jillian Heywood John Sweeney & me - all culminating in Colin Green’s crazy 200-mile GB Ultra in August. Colin is planning to do this race again (plus others) next year.
Our Manchester Marathon Drinks Station once again received great feedback, led superbly by Mary Freer, with another donation from Xtra Mile Events as our reward. We'll be back in 2017 with Mary in charge again! We also returned with a prime spot by the finish line in Club Corner at the Chester Marathon/Metric Marathon as a direct result of the number of entrants we had for these 2 races.
2016 was another excellent year for us in cross-country. We had 27 RRRs take part in the Red Rose League between October & December, while 34 took part in the 2015/16 South East Lancs competition. The latter saw our best all-round performances yet, with 2nd place in the Ladies Team, Men’s Team & MV50 categories. There were also individual prizes for Kirsty White (2nd FV40), Shane Reading (3rd V40) & Barry Greaves (3rd V55), plus great performances from Jen Bloor (4th female overall), Margaret Bluer (4th FV55) & Jason Keast (4th V45).
In the 2016 Fell Race Grand Prix, Kirsty White became our 1st ever winner, finishing at the top of both the FV40 & overall ladies tables. Jason Keast was also rewarded for completing 9 of the 11 races in the series.
Throughout the year we maintained our strong links with local parkruns, particularly Oldham, Chadderton & Watergrove. A record 77 members entered the RRR Cup in 2016, concluding with a great 'Finals Day' in early October. We also had a successful RRR parkrun day in July (after January’s planned event was cancelled because of snow). We celebrated the 50th anniversary of England’s World Cup win with various activities to raise funds for Dr Kershaw's Hospice, including a penalty shoot-out competition won by Sam O’Callaghan. Meanwhile the RRR pacing team, led by Dan Yarwood, has again made a great contribution, helping many people to PBs throughout the year. We also have a growing band of ‘parkrun tourists’ providing pictures in RRR kit from around the country/world for the RRR parkrun gallery.
We finished the year with almost 200 members. Training nights continue to thrive, thanks to the great efforts of the Group Leaders & others who help out (including those on the rota to lead the base group). Brian Moore’s track sessions are better-attended than ever, with RRR members now outnumbered every week as Rochdale Tri Club support the sessions in big numbers (session times are now available on this website to enable runners to measure their progress. The RunEngland beginners group continued to be a great success, under the leadership of John Sweeney, with a good number progressing to club membership. We've had several people volunteering to get involved in helping new runners in 2017, so we'll be looking to relaunch under the new ‘Runtogether’ brand as soon as we can.
Our Team Captains Shane Reading & Kirsty White did a great job, not least in leading our 8 teams into the North West Counties Road Relays in Delamere Forest in September.
Elsewhere, Simon Bruce Lake & Angela Rogowskyj were both recognised at the 2016 Oldham Sports Awards.
We launched a new 'online shop' for club kit, but RRR bobble hats have sold out! The photo gallery, started in January, has really taken off – we now have more than 100 photos taken in weird & wonderful places around the world, featuring (amongst many others) Ron Hill & Paula Radcliffe wearing our green & yellow headgear.
Finally (well done if you've got this far!), members were typically generous in contributing to club fundraising activities for Dr Kershaw’s Hospice such as the annual Quiz Night, raffles & RRR parkrun day. Many RRRs also undertook some fantastic individual fundraising including Carl O’Callaghan (London Marathon, raised £2200 for
Asthma UK), Vikki Smith (London Marathon, £1063 for Cardiac
Risk in the Young), Selina McLean (Chester Marathon, £375 for Rethink
Mental Illness), June Allingan (Oldham Triathlon/Liverpool Rock n
Roll Half Marathon, £1000 for Mesothelioma UK), Gail Shaw (Great Manchester 10K, £1000 for Dr
Kershaw’s), Julie Greenwood/Eileen Ingham (London Marathon,
£360 for CLIC Sargent), Chris Lowe (London Marathon, £300 for Save The
Children) & James Wright (Manchester & London Marathons
for Children With Cancer UK). Don't forget to send us details of your marathon/ultra/triathlon-related fundraising plans for 2017 so that they can be publicised via this website!
That's an awful lot to live up to in 2017. Can we do it? Of course! [David Emanuel]
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