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JAN-MAY 2009 NEWS ARCHIVE

May 29 2009
Sorry to keep going on about the Thursday 'away night' on 4th June (see May 22 update below)...but we now have confirmation of food arrangements. In addition to the normal pub menu, the pub is putting on additional food just for us (including a vegetarian option), which I'm advised will be charged at a special 'Royton Road Runners rate' of £5 per meal. Don't miss out! [David Emanuel]

Stu Hulme & Dave Hall ran in the Buxton Half Marathon last weekend. Tough course, but Stu managed a fantastic time of 1.30.44 for his first ever half marathon, while Dave did slightly worse than in 2008, finishing in 1.36.47. Stu finished 23rd & Dave 51st on a very hilly course & a red hot day!  [Dave Hall]

A note from Chris Wall: "I'll do my best to make the 'away night' on 4th June. If I make it, it will be pretty much my first run with the club this year. I've been travelling far too much, and couldn't even make the Saturday runs because of classes in Manchester. All that will change as soon as I get back from Brazil =- this weekend. Regards to you all." 

Report from Chester as promised..."Stuart Carroll was the first athlete home for Royton Road Runners in the Chester Half Marathon. This popular event attracted more than 1300 runners & Stuart crossed the line in 36th place with a time of 1hr 22mins 43secs. Bernie Goodwin (1.26.45) was next to finish, followed by Bruce Whittam (1.30.14) & Rob Kellett (1.31.21). Other Royton results were - Debbie Shaw (1.40.08), David Smith (1.41.53) & Vicky Bramley (1.57.26)."  [Ray Shaw]    

May 23 2009
Full results are now available for the Ian Casey Memorial Race, via the 'Seasons Results' link on the left. As already mentioned, a great turn-out all round - by my calculations, 41 of the144 finishers were from Royton Road Runners (1st or 2nd claim). Instead of the usual race report, a few post-race quotes seem more appropriate:
  "I believe our biggest turnout in any race since the club began!" (Bryan Lawton)
  "Thanks to everyone who took part..over £400 will be donated to local charities" (Ray Shaw)
  "The high turnout reflected the esteem in which Ian was held." (Andy O'Sullivan)   
  

May 22 2009
Details of an exciting new venue for the 'away' club run on Thursday 4th June have now been confirmed. This one's a bit special - Brian Moore has plotted an 8-mile off-road route (with slightly shorter options available) on the hills above Wardle, taking in the picturesque Watergrove Reservoir, site of the 'drowned village' & famously featured in...an episode of Waterloo Road. For those who rely on their SatNavs to get anywhere, we'll be setting off at 7pm from the King William IV pub in Shore, OL15 9LW. If you're still using more traditional methods: go to Littleborough town centre, head up Harehill Road (near the mini-roundabout), straight over the crossroads into Shore Road & keep going until the road runs out. Good food & ales in the pub afterwards!  [David Emanuel] 

A fantastic club turn-out for the Ian Casey Memorial 5K race at Cowm Reservoir last night...Andy O'Sullivan announced that with 160 entrants it was the biggest field he'd ever had for a race at Cowm. Full results & race report to follow. [David Emanuel] 

May 18 2009
Many congratulations from everyone at Royton Road Runners to Louise Saunders, who gave birth to a daughter, Grace, on Sunday 17th. Grace weighed in at 7lbs 4oz - mother & baby are doing fine.  [Jenny Wood] 

Louise probably won't have noticed that Grace arrived exactly one year after she ran the 2009 Brathay Windermere Marathon (which I seem to recall she didn't particularly enjoy!). Three Royton runners took on the tough course this year, in almost perfect conditions...although not for the later finishers, who suffered in torrential rain. Bernie Cassidy, although still recovering from what may (or may not) have been swine flu, was first home in a time of 3.11.50, good enough for 42nd place overall & second MV50. Colin Green set a perfect 7.30/mile pace for himself & David Emanuel for the first 20 miles, for which David showed absolutely no gratitude by escaping to come home in 3.17.58 - 59th overall & five minutes quicker than in 2008. Colin was close behind in 3.19.18 (63rd). Colin later described the course as "like two Dents" - so if anyone fancies taking on the Two Dents Marathon in 2010, the entry form will be available on the Brathay website soon - click here for details.  [David Emanuel]

Royton runners were popping up all over the place at the weekend. I'm sure we'll get a race report from the Chester Half Marathon soon (click here for results)...meanwhile, in the Great Manchester Run, Dave Phillips gave Hailie Gebrselassie a run for his money, his time of 44.01 giving him victory in the V65 category. The Phillips clan was also represented by Dave's daughter Liz, whose time of 58.42 was a PB, achieved despite carrying an injury. Also completing this race were Darren Mullin (60.43), Melanie Cowen (62.35) & Anne Jones (63.37).  [Brian Moore]

Seven club members are running the New Forest Marathon on 27th September (click here for full list). We are staying at the Premier Inn, Lymington (four miles from the start) on the Saturday & Sunday evenings, returning on Monday. There is one more palce available for anyone interested, this needs to be filled ASAP as numbers are filling fast for this marathon.  [Dave Smith]

I have taken delivery of more club vests & jackets - the new shorts have delayed but are imminent. For any club kit requirements, please see me at the club.  [Bryan Lawton]      

May 10 2009
Taking advantage of a break in the Royton Road Runners club championship series, several members travelled to Halifax to take part in the popular Bluebell Trail 10-mile race. Veteran runner Barry Greaves was first to complete this tough race with a creditable time of 1:22:12 but was pushed all the way by the ever-improving Dave Whittam, who recorded a time of 1:22:59. Other Royton results: James Holdaway (1:30:48), over-60 veteran George Meynell (1:34:35), Steve Shaw (1:39:08) & Tony Hunking (1:54:30). On the same weekend, 76-year-old Louise Gilchrist completed the Rothwell 10K road race in Leeds in 50mins 2secs. Closer to home, in Littleborough, Steve Shaw was the first Royton athlete to finish the Colin Robinson 5 mile Road & Trail Race with a time of 37:31, followed by Rose Rowson (42:33) & Dave Whittam (44:42).  [Ray Shaw]      

May 8 2009
A venue has now been agreed for the Thursday 'away' night on 14th May. Please meet at Ogden Reservoir to set off at 7pm.  [Ray Shaw]

Good news has reached website HQ...congratulations to Helen Knight, who we hear is expecting a baby (and another future club member)!

Just in case anyone not lucky enough to have entered in time is thinking of doing the Freckleton Half Marathon using a fellow RRR runner's number, could they please note that there is a form on the ukresults website (click here) for number transfer. No cost is involved (assuming both parties are RRR members). Doing this official number transfer will help me greatly when I compile the results!  [Brian Moore]    

Some truly exceptional performances from members of Royton Road Runners in the 2009 London Marathon. Pride of place went to Stuart Carroll, who smashed his personal best & set a high standard for this year's club marathon prize with a time of 2:58:57. This also beats the previous club record held by Barry Greaves (2:59:28, Berlin Marathon). Dave Kershaw was next to finish, recording a PB in 3:06:02. Bryan Lawton & Martin Kay completed the race with times of 3:18:38 & 3:27:19 respectively. Other Royton runners were Debbie Shaw (3:41:20), Steve Shaw (3:59:08), Paul Walters (3:59:13), Teresa Hollins (4:01:40) &Neil Barker (5:01:31). Other club marathon results this year are: Bernard Cassidy (3:13:17) & Neil Woods (3:50:53) at the Blackpool Marathon; Bruce Whittam (PB of 3:34:02), Lewis Shaw (first marathon in 3:45:27), Jeff Cordwell (4:01:18) & Dave Smith (4:30:42) at the Lochaber Marathon (Fort William); and further afield in Barcelona Colin Green (3:29:20). [Ray Shaw]   

2010 Virgin London Marathon places are apparently FULL already. To enter, try charity entries, 'good for age' best marathon times (closing date Sept 4th), deferred entries from 2009 due to illness/injury/maternity (closing date 12th June), club entries (usually only 2-3 awarded at the Presentation Night in December (closing date 10th Jan).  [Marilyn Guest]    

May 3 2009
Dates for your diary - no club nights on May Bank Holiday Mondays (4th & 25th). Two 'Thursday away nights' this month - click here for details, suggestions welcome for 14th. Also no club night on Thursday 21st May, as it's the night of the Ian Casey Memorial Race at Whitworth - click here for a link to the entry form.  [Ray Shaw]   
 

April 27 2009
The Royton Road Runners Marathon Championship is now in full swing, as nine club members successfully completed the London Marathon yesterday, to follow the four who ran at Lochaber the previous weekend. Many impressive times recorded...and it's going to take an amazing performance (or a short-cut) for anyone to go faster than Stuart Carroll's 2.58.57 at London - not only the fastest this year but a new club record, beating the time of 2.59.28 set by Barry Greaves at Berlin in 2007. All year-to-date results can now be seen via the link on the 'Marathons in 2009' page.  [David Emanuel]    

April 23 2009
Following the success of last year's Ridgeway run, I've decided to take on the 100-mile South Downs Way over four days in June (no danger of a clash with the Presentation Night this time!). In memory of Ian Casey I've changed my plans about the charity I'll be supporting this time, so all funds raised will go the British Heart Foundation. For more details & to follow my progress, click here to visit my updated website.  [David Emanuel]  

April 22 2009
I have been approached by the Oldham branch of the Parkinson's Disease Society to join a team of walkers/drinkers for the Saddleworth Beer Walk (6th June 2009) & wondered if any members of the club would be interested in joining in to support this worthwhile charity. Click here for details of the Beer Walk.  [Colin Green]

I now have entry forms for the Sale 10 (2nd August), Rochdale 3-Day Event (12-14 June), Ken Taylor 5K Cown Reservoir Trail (20th June) & for the VERY keen athletes, next year's Great North West Half Marathon (21st Feb 2010).  [Marilyn Guest]     

April 10 2009
Just three days after the last Club Championship race at Oldham, 29 Royton Road Runners were amongst the 164 runners taking part in the Rochdale Observer Charity Run for Springhill Hospice on 8th April. The fierce competition within the club inspired them to achieve second place behind Salford Harriers in the team competition, with excellent performancers from Stuart Carroll (8th in 24mins 52secs), Dave Kershaw (12th, 25:23), Bernie Goodwin (14th - 25:37) & Paul Whitehead (16th & first Vet 50 in 26:15). The club's strength in depth was further demonstrated by five further finishers in the top 30 - Bryan Lawton (19th, 26:52), John Higgins (21st & 1st V55, 27:01), Dave Whittam (22nd, 27:12), Mike Harrison (28th, 27:51) & Dave Phillips (29th & 1st V65, 27:55). Other Royton finishers were Rob Kellett (28:25), David Hall (28:40), Steven Shaw (28:44), John Williamson (28:47), Eamonn Nolan (28:51), Andrew Tyas (28:53), Jamie Holdaway (29:51), Jeff Cordwell (30:16), Dave Smith (31:04), Steve Hayes (31:36), Tony Kane (32:25), David Ellis (33:44), Teresa Hollins (1st LV55, 33:48), Neil Barker (34:56), Vicky Bramley (34:57), Louise Gilchrist (1st LV75, 36:22), Tony Hunking (37:15), Natalie Yates-Bolton (37:53), June Allingan (44:04) & Brian Hurst (51:09).  [David Emanuel]       

Cafod are organising a 5K fun run in Heaton Park on Sunday 26th April 2009, starting at 1pm. Entry fee is £5.  [David Emanuel]  

The Bradford Millennium Way Relay - 5 legs, 2 runners per leg, 10 runners in total - covers 48 miles of beautiful countryside around Bradford, West Yorkshire. It is one of the premier club relays in northern England, attracting teams not only from Yorkshire & Lancashire but also from across Europe. The 8th running of the event will take place on Sunday 14th June 2009, starting from the Bradford & Bingley Rugby Club in Bingley. Click here for an entry form.  [Jack Verity, Ste Bede's AC]      

If you want to enter the Freckleton Half Marathon on Sunday 21st June, then enter as soon as possible as places are filling fast & you may miss out. I have some entry forms if you need them.  [Marilyn Guest]  

April 5 2009
Following a number of requests, the Committee has decided that the Ian Casey Memorial Race on 21st May will be included as an extra race in the 2009 Club Championship.  [Bryan Lawton]

There was an excellent Royton Road Runners turnout & some noteworthy performances over the tough Oldham Mayor's Half Marathon course today. Stuart Carroll continued his great early-season form with a top-10 finish in a time of 1 hr 25mins 15secs. Behind Stuart, other team members were prominent in the top positions in each age category, with Barry Greaves the second V50 finisher in 1:30:26, Bernard Goodwin third V40 (1:32:24), Dave Phillips the top V60 runner (1:36:52) & Shiela Waite third FV45, seventh lady overall (1:50:23). Several other Royton runners were amongst the first 50 to finish - Colin Green (1:31:46), Bryan Lawton (1:32:58), Paul Whitehead (1:33:28), John Higgins (1: 34:53), Michael Harrison (1:35:35), Dave Whittam (1:36:01) & Robert Kellett (1:36:42). Other Royton finishers were Steven Shaw (1:42:39), Andrew Tyas (1:43:08), Jeff Cordwell (1:45:57), David Smith (1:48:49), Lewis Shaw (1:49:12), Teresa Hollins (1:53:31), Steve Hayes (1:56:23), John Kane (1:58:48), Trevor Grundy (2:04:17), Vicky Bramley (2:10:22), Neil Barker (2:10:23), Julie Greenwood (2:12:35) & Tony Hunking (2:12:44).  [David Emanuel]   

An order has been placed for additional club jackets & some new-style club shorts. The shorts will be green with yellow on the sides - they are being made by the same company that provides the club vests so should match up well. Delivery is expected in approximately three weeks  - cost about £13 TBC.  [Bryan Lawton]

A reminder that there will not be a 'club night' on Monday 13th April. Please check this website for details of the 'away days' in May.  [Ray Shaw] 

March 30 2009
A team of 29 Royton Road Runners competed in the Vera Hirst 5K road race in Littleborough. Stuart Carroll was the first Royton athlete to finish in a time of 18 minutes 18 seconds, but was pushed all the way by Dave Kershaw (18:19) - a personal best for Dave. Bernard Cassidy & Bernard Goodwin were not far behind with times of 18:37 & 18:42 respectively. Paul Whitehead (18:56), Colin Green (19:14) & Dave Whittam (19:38) were next to cross the line, with Mike Harrison making his debut for the club & recording a time of 19:56. John Higgins (20:03) was happy with his time, as was Robert Kellett (20:35). Andy Tyas (21:01) was followed by Eamonn Nolan (21:24), also making his club debut, Steve Shaw (21:30), John Williamson (21:34) & James Holdaway (21:46). Debbie Shaw (22:12), Jeff Cordwell (22:32) & over-60 runner George Meynell (22:37) completed the race in fine style, as did another debutant Steve Hayes (23:11), David Smith (23:14) & Shiela Waite (23:22). Other Royton finishers were Tony Kane (24:24), Rose Rowson (24:25), Teresa Hollins (24:36), debutant David Ellis (25:40), over-75 runner Louise Gilchrist (26:42), June Allingan (30:32 - four minutes quicker than last year) & Brian Hurst (36:11).  [Ray Shaw]     

March 29 2009
The Race Night on 20th March was a great success, well attended, and raised over £1,000. Thanks to everyone who took part. News of where Ian Casey's family wish the funds to be donated will be announced in due course. [Bryan Lawton]    

March 25 2009
8.30am, March 1st 2009 saw the start of the 2009 Barcelona Marathon, with a field just short of 10,000 runners. The weather waa ideal - 13 degrees & some drizzle - for tackling the undulating course (not Royton Trail 'undulating', Bryan). My preparation had been less than ideal over the winter with missed sessions, a fractured toe & cardiac anomalies - oh well, better than the groin strain last year! I am clearly destined not to train through winter. The course was mainly within the city centre & close neighbourhoods, which seems unusual for a European city marathon. The route taken in the main landmarks including Nou Camp (home of Barca), Sagrada Familia (unfinished cathedral) & Las Ramblas (main street & place where people stand still for money!). The undulations generally helped relieve the impact on the legs. I ran a very controlled 'race', running between 7.50 & 7.59 for every mile - thanks to Garmin. However I still had to put an extra spurt in at the end to dip under 3:30. Not my best effort, but pleased to be running & glad to run in a controlled manner. One interesting point was that my Garmin recorded a distance of 27.1 miles - could it be classed as an ultra marathon [or do you need to learn to take the bends a bit tighter - ed]? I would certainly recommend Barcelona to anyone looking for a spring marathon in 2010!  [Colin Green]  
 

March 22 2009
A date has been confirmed for an Ian Casey Memorial Race around Cown Reservoir, organised by Andy O'Sullivan. Proceeds from the race "to local worthy causes". The race takes place on Thursday 21st May - click here for an entry form. Since the race takes place on a Thursday, the club 'away night' planned for Wardle/Watergrove Reservoir on that night has been cancelled.  [David Emanuel]      

March 15 2009
Stuart Carroll led the way in a field of 26 Royton Road Runners in the Dentdale 14.25 mile road race in Cumbria. Carroll finished in 12th place with a time of 1:31:25, two minutes quicker than last year. Pushing him all the way were Bernard Cassidy (17th in 1:33:15), Dave Kershaw (20th, 1:34:10) & Barry Greaves (23rd, 1:35:22 - 9 minutes quicker than last year). John Higgins was happy with his time of 1:41:09 (57th) as were Robert Kellett with 1:41:39 (58th), Bryan Lawton (65th, 1:42:06) & Dave Phillips (72nd, 1:43:13 - good enough for third place in the over-60s category). Andy Tyas recorded a creditable time of 1:46:17 (86th), followed by Steve Shaw (115th, 1:49:14), John Kane (123rd, 1:50:33), Debbie Shaw (125th, 1:50:50), Shiela Waite (137th, 1:51:54) & Bernie Goodwin (144th, 1:52:34). Lewis Shaw's time of 1:55:23 (175th) was 20 minutes quicker than last year, he was followed by Jeff Cordwell (187th, 1:56:17) & George Meynell (230th, 2:00:53). Other results: Teresa Hollins (268th, 2:05:21), James Holdaway (282nd, 2:07:17), David Smith (290th, 2:08:00), Mike Bowler (357th, 2:18:42), Neil Barker (388th, 2:26:50), Vicky Bramley (389th, 2:26:54), Natalie Yates-Bolton (392nd, 2:28:36), Julie Greenwood (407th, 2:39:32) & Christine Smith (408th, 2:39:35). A good event for the Royton club, with nine members improving their 2008 finishing times.  [Ray Shaw]   

March 8 2009
Colin Green posted the first marathon time of the year, completing the Barcelona Marathon in 3hrs 29mins 20secs whilst apparently "taking it fairly easy". Colin has promised a full race report soon!  [David Emanuel]

March 2 2009
One hour 19 minutes 33 seconds was a personal best for Stuart Carroll, the first of the 15 members of Royton Road Runners competing in the Great North West Half Marathon at Blackpool. Bernard Cassidy (1:22:27) was next to finish, closely followed by David Kershaw (1:22:56) - also a PB for David. Bernard Goodwin & Rob Kellett recorded times of 1:27:43 & 1:28:45 respectively, & Bruce Whittam was happy with his time of 1:29:59. Veteran runner Dave Phillips' time of 1:33:34 was good enough for him to collect the first prize in the over-65s category. Other finishers were Debbie Shaw (1:37:41), James Holdaway (1:40:48), Shiela Waite (1:41:47), Teresa Hollins (1:56:13), David Smith (1:57:24), Trevor Grundy & Julie Greenwood (crossing the line together in 2:00:29) & Neil Barker (2:03:00).  [Ray Shaw] 

2009/10 England Athletic membership cards will hopefully be issued after the end of April. Marilyn has a list of member details & card numbers.  [Marilyn Guest]

Great Manchester Run, May 16/17 - requesting volunteers for either day. 16th is mainly junior races, 17th is senior races. Please let Marilyn Guest know as soon as possible - souvenir jacket to volunteers. 

Men's 12-stage & women's 6-stage Road Relay Championships, Sunday April 5th (same day as Oldham Half Marathon). See Marilyn Guest for further details. 

Manchester Parks Grand Prix Series - all five races (ranging from 5K to 10K) for only £15. Various dates. Individual races can be entered at full price. See Marilyn Guest for entry forms.

A dinner is taking place on April 3rd, organised by Royton Cricket Club, to raise money for building work (i.e. showers). Tickets £25 - details on club noticeboard.  [Marilyn Guest]      

March 1 2009
At the recent Committee meeting, it was agreed that the club will formally celebrate the memory of Ian Casey by purchasing a new trophy. The 'Ian Casey Trophy' will be presented on an annual basis to the club marathon champion at our presentation night. The money for the trophy has been donated by someone who would prefer to remain anonymous. Ian's family has been involved in the decision & is happy with the proposal.  [Bryan Lawton]

As promised, further details regarding the Race Night on Friday 20th March. Thank you for the interest & support so far. On the night there will be six races with six horses in each race. We already have a main sponsor for each race, so now we need more volunteers to buy a horse or be a jockey in one or more of the races. The cost to buy a horse is £5 & to be a jockey £2 per race. There will be a raffle on the night, donations for prizes would be appreciated. This is a fun event, but we need your support to make the night a success.  [Ray Shaw]

February 22 2009
A date for your diary - a Race Night at Royton Cricket Club on Friday, 20th March 2009 at 7.15pm. Tickets £2.50 including supper (Potato/Cheese & Onion Pie). To make the night a success, we need sponsorship for the races - further details regarding sponsorship next week. Proceeds from the event will go towards Ian Casey's memorial fund. Please see Mike Bowler or Ray Shaw for tickets. Thank you for your support.  [Ray Shaw]

February 16 2009
The Chester Half Marathon website advises that "all postal and online entries to the 2009 event are now closed".  [Bryan Lawton]

February 15 2009
The date of the 2009 Holmfirth 15 has been confirmed as 25th October - entry form available via our 2009 Championship Races page. Please note that the race has a new start time of 9.30am, one hour earlier than last year.  [Brian Moore]

February 10 2009
According to the UK Results website, the Great North West Half Marathon (22/2/09) is now full.  [Brian Moore]

February 4 2009
Royton Road Runners paid their respects to Ian Casey at his funeral today. The presence of so many club members, amongst a large gathering of family & friends, was testament to his popularity - Ian will be greatly missed by us all. To read tributes to Ian, or to register & leave your own message, click here to go to the RRR forums.

 

February 1 2009
Royton Road Runners were represented by 22 athletes in the popular Dewsbury 10K, the first race in the club's championship series for this year. Stuart Carroll led the way in 37 minutes 21 seconds, followed by Bernard Cassidy (37:55) & Dave Kershaw, whose time of 38:36 was two minutes quicker than last year. Dave Emanuel (39:16) was next to cross the line, again recording a faster time than last year by one minute. Bernard Goodwin (40:00), Rob Kellett (40:51) & Bryan Lawton (41:09) were closely followed by Dave Whittam & John Higgins, both recording a time of 41:35. Over-65 runner Dave Phillips finished in 43:50, good enough for him to receive the third prize in this age category. John Kane & James Holdaway crossed the line with times of 44:18 & 45:00 respectively, followed by George Meynell (48:55), Helen Knight (50:53) & Dave Smith (50:56). Other times: Vicky Bramley (51:25), Neil Barker (53:19), Trevor Grundy (53:41), Tony Hunking (56:35), Ray Shaw (71:45) & Brian Hurst (73:26).  [Ray Shaw]

January 26 2009
Royton Road Runners regret to announce the tragic death of Ian Casey whilst taking part in the Gloucester Marathon on Sunday 25th January. Ian will be greatly missed by everyone at the club - our thoughts are with his family & friends.

January 23 2009
Two changes to the Club Championship arrangements were announced at the AGM last night. A proposal to change the points system, so that first runner home in a group always earns 9 points (and 2nd 8pts, 3rd 7pts, etc) regardless of the numbers taking part, was carried unanimously. In addition, a new set of four group tables were introduced for 2009 - click here for full details. If anyone wishes to discuss/challenge the group they've been placed in, please speak to one of the committee members as soon as possible.  [David Emanuel]  

January 22 2009
There's a link to on-line entry for the Chester Half Marathon on the Championship Races page - but if you prefer to use more traditional methods, please note that the deadline for postal entries is 20th February. However, given that the race limit is set at 2,800, it's advisable to get your entry in as early as possible anyway!  [David Emanuel]

January 11 2009
A sizeable team from Royton Road Runnets took part in the annual Two Crosses Event from Tottington, Bury this morning. After freezing conditions over recent days, weather & underfoot conditions were surprisingly good, which helped the earlier finishers (Stuart Carroll, Dave Whittam, Ian Casey & David Emanuel) complete the course in 2hrs 52mins - which I'm reliably informed is the fastest ever by a Royton group. Stuart insisted that I mention that it would have been even quicker without Ian's toilet stops...George Meynell, John Kane & Shiela Waite followed home in 3hrs 38mins, with Tony Hunking, Vicky Bramley & Natalie Yates-Bolton compelting the challenging course in 4hrs 20 mins.  [David Emanuel]

January 8 2009
Just a quick line to let you know that we have booked three twin rooms in Fort William for the Lochaber Marathon on 19th April. If anyone is interested in this trip then please let Jeff Cordwell know of their interest, in my absence. Final arrangements regarding travelling up have not been made as yet.  [Dave Smith]

January 6 2009
This year's AGM will be held at 8pm on Thursday 22nd January. If you have anything you would like to be included on the agenda, please let Marilyn (or any Committee member) know asap. We had a good 2008 & I am looking forward to a better 2009. With your continued support we will be successful. Look forward to seeing you on the 22nd. A buffet has been arranged.  [Ray Shaw]

Click here for 2008 news archive.