Monday, Feb 12 at 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Monday, Feb 12 at 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Wednesday, Feb 14 at 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Thursday, Feb 15 at 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM


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

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 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]