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JUN - DEC 2009 NEWS ARCHIVE

December 28th 2009
Despite the cold, wet & icy conditions, five members of Royton Road Runners decided to take part in the tough Hot Toddy 5.8 mile road race in Todmorden. Leading the way, club chairman Bryan Lawton recorded a time of 38 minutes 35 seconds, followed by Robert Kellett (40:19). Representing the club for the first time in this popular annual event were Mark Kelly (43:01) & Ronnie Quinn (45:42). Former club chairman Trevor Grundy, now in the over-65 age group, completed the race in a creditable time of 52:20.  [Ray Shaw]

Click here to read information from the organisers about the forthcoming Gloucester Marathon. [Ray Shaw]

December 25th 2009
Merry Christmas to all Royton Road Runners! Hope that Santa brought the new running shoes, equipment or (club) kit that you wanted...or maybe a book containing the special training programme that is going to allow you to sweep all before you next year? Have a great time & see you in 2010!  [David Emanuel]  

December 13th 2009
There will be no 'Club Nights' on Thursday 24th, Monday 28th & Thursday 31st December. Training resumes (in earnest) on Monday 4th January 2010.  [Ray Shaw]

December 8th 2009
Club kit news! I have taken delivery of some more club jackets (medium & large), plus male & female club vests.  [Bryan Lawton]

Deepest apologies that I have been unable to secure club places for London Marathon 2010. I sent the request in time, as I've done in previous years, but have been informed that their office did not receive them by the deadline date. Whether this was due to the postal problems or the admin at their end, I'm not sure. Hopefully our disappointed candidates will be able to enter other more scenic or challenging marathons. [Marilyn Guest]

The AGM has been organised for 8pm on Thursday 21st January 2010 at the Cricket Club - so either a short or cancelled training session. Any items for inclusion on the agenda can be given/sent to any member of the Committee by Monday 18th January. The list for Committee nominations is up on the noticeboard in the meeting/changing room.  [Marilyn Guest]

December 5th 2009
Another hugely successful Presentation Night took place at Royton Cricket Club on 4th December, featuring great entertainment from Ransom (with our very own Chris Eavers on drums and vocals) & a stunning debut performance from multi-talented crooner Colin Green (described by at least one audience member as 'Royton's answer to Michael Buble'). The continued progress of the club was demonstrated by the big crowd of happy (and in some cases slightly inebriated) people leaving at the end of the evening, many with a trophy (or at least a raffle prize) under their arm. Special mention to well-deserved joint winners of the Rod Bowers Trophy, Ray Shaw & Trevor Grundy, and to the first-ever winner of the Ian Casey Marathon Trophy, Dave Kershaw. Many thanks to the Committee & everyone else involved in making the evening such a triumph!  [David Emanuel]      

December 4th 2009
We've had a request from Dr Kershaw's regarding the Santa Run on Sunday December 13th. If anyone can help marshall, please contact Allegra Holbrook on 0161-6249984. Also, can anyone interested in the following cross-country events please let me know as soon as possible: Greater Manchester (Woodbank Park 10th Jan), Northern Athletics (Blackburn 23rd Jan), Nationals (Roundhay Park Leeds 23rd Feb).  [Marilyn Guest]

November 20 2009
Entry form & on-line entry are now available for the Dewsbury 10K, the first race of our 2010 Championship, via the UK Results website.  [Brian Moore]

November 14 2009
Jeff Cordwell & myself will be going to Fort William for the Lochaber Marathon in April. I have booked four twin rooms in expectation of more people going, the date is 18th & the room are booked for Saturday & Sunday evenings, coming back on Monday. If anyone is interested, please let Jeff or myself know.  [Dave Smith]

Tickets are now on sale for the RRR Presentation Night on Friday 4th December. Arrive at 7pm for a prompt 7.30pm start. Tickets are £12, including a buffet. If you want tickets but can't get down to the club, let me know & I will send them to you. After the presentations entertainment will be provided by 'Ransom', featuring our very own Chris Eavers on drums, vocals & cheeky grin. If you require more information please ring me on 0161-6260676.  [Ray Shaw - except the bit about Chris's cheeky grin, added by the editor for comic effect]

A Santa Run in aid of Dr Kershaw's Hospice will take place on Sunday 13th December at Alexandra Park, Oldham, starting at 11am, 2.5K or 5K options. Entry is just £10 for adults (£5 for children) & includes your very own Santa suit & medal. There will be mulled wine & mince pies on offer afterwards. Click here for more details & an entry form.  [David Emanuel]

November 8 2009
Congratulations to Dave Smith on completing the New York Marathon on 1st November, in an impressive 3hrs 54mins 27secs - comfortably the fastest of his three marathons this year and, to the best of our knowledge, the 40th completed RRR marathon of 2009. Dave is now recovering from flu (flu back from New York?) but promises he'll be back at the club soon to accept your congratulations!  [David Emanuel]

Has anyone received an 'Application Unsuccessful' brochure for the 2010 Virgin London Marathon? If so, then bring in the booklet as proof & I can add you to the list for our club entries - we have at least two places available. Places will be allocated in a draw at the Presentation Night on 4th December.  [Marilyn Guest]

November 7 2009
Further to the 'news' item below (November 5), Gloucester Marathon entry forms have now arrived - the entry fee will be a bargain £13 for RRR members. Please see me for a form.  [Bryan Lawton]

The club championship season finished in fine style with a first trip to the Derwentwater 10 on Sunday 1st November. Despite the inclement weather, and the fact that almost all of the trophies & promotion places were already decided, 26 runners & various supporters gathered in Royton at 7.30am to board the coach to Keswick - and the general consensus was that this is an excellent addition to our racing calendar. Full race results & final group tables can be seen on the 'Season Results' page...but that only tells part of the story of the day! Some of the highlights in brief:
    - Bryan Lawton wearing the least subtle 'Birthday Boy' badge ever made.
    - Vicky Bramley distributing a full roll of bin liners to protect us on the walk to the start.
    - so much standing water on the course that we may as well have run through the lake.
    - Bill Balmer sending shockwaves through the V40 group, charging through the field to
       finish 3rd overall, just behind V40 champion Bernie Goodwin.
    - magnificent 1st V65 & 1st V55 prizes for Dave Phillips & John Higgins respectively.
    - John Higgins following his victory by winning both the 'Guess the 5th man & 3rd lady'
       competition & the football card on the way home; rumour has it that later that evening
       he also found a winning lottery ticket & a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
    - excellent post-race food & drink at the Dog & Gun in Kewsick High Street - including
       their famous Hungarian Goulash (go large if you dare!).
    - Chris Eavers & Bernie Goodwin confirming details of their forthcoming holiday...opinion
       divided as to whether it'll be a re-enactment of 'Kevin & Perry Go Large' or Bernie will
       have to spend the whole time explaining why he's gone away with his dad.
    - Bruce Whittam generously distributing the contents of a complete wine cellar.
    - once sufficient alcohol had been consumed, Chris Eavers holding X-Factor style
       'auditions' for backing singers for next month's Presentation Night.

If that doesn't convince you to put your name down for next year's trip, then nothing will!  [David Emanuel]

November 5 2009
You may be aware that the club is planning a coach trip to the Gloucester Marathon on 24th January 2010 in memory of Ian Casey, who tragcally died whilst taking part in the 2009 race. The plan is to run a 'training pace' in two or three ability groups, depending on numbers. I have been in contact with the event organiser, and she is aranging a discounted entry fee for RRR members (unfortunately if you have already entered online then your payment of the full fee will have to stand). The reduced fee is likely to be £15, which represents good value for a marathon, but I am awaiting final confirmation. The organiser is sending a number of entry forms which will need to be returned together - when they arrive I will distribute to those who have entered their names on the 'Gloucester Marathon' list in the club changing room. Once completed, the entry forms need to be returned to me. If you intend to take part, please enter your name on the list ASAP.  [Bryan Lawton]     

October 29 2009
Just a reminder that the coach to Keswick for the Derwentwater 10 will be leaving at 7.30am on Sunday (1st November). Please meet at the Royton Assembly Hall.  [Ray Shaw] 

I have a spare race number for the Derwentwater 10 this Sunday. If you would like to do the race but have no number, please contact me as soon as possible by phone (01706-841721) - you may have to leave a message on the answerphone! I'll be at the club tonight (Thursday) with the spare number, or it can be collected on Sunday.  [Marilyn Guest]

October 25 2009
Reasonable turnout for the tough Holmfirth 15 today, the penultimate race of the Club Championship, with 11 finishers from RRR - full results on the '2009 Season Results' page. Mark Kelly was also there taking a load of photos, many of which can now be seen in the 'Gallery'. Mark says that if you'd like a full-size copy of any picture, just email him on mark@thekellyz.co.uk.  [David Emanuel]  

October 20 2009
More marathon news! Although official results are not yet available online, congratulations to Dave Kershaw for a fantastic run at Abingdon on Sunday. His time of 2hrs 58mins 33secs beats Stuart's club record (set at London this year) by 24 seconds. As this follows Stuart running sub-3hrs at Abingdon last year, Brian Moore points out that we'll probably need a coach to take everyone down there in 2010! If it's any consolation to Stuart, his achievement in beating a club record that had stood for four years, only to see it overtaken within six months, probably makes him the Royton Road Runners equivalent of Roger Bannister, whose first sub-4-minute mile record lasted just 46 days until beaten by John Landy. OK, maybe not much consolation...  [David Emanuel]

October 16 2009
There's been a rush of marathons completed recently by members of Royton Road Runners. As well as the prize-winning performance by Dave Phillips at Anglesey (as previously reported), Barry Greaves & Bernie Cassidy crossed the line together at Fleetwood in a time of 3:28:41. John Kane (3:40:29) was our first runner home at the New Forest Marathon, followed by Steven Shaw (3:42:44), Bruce Whittam (4:14:40) & Jeff Cordwell (4:34:20). Five runners completed the Loch Ness race, including Bernie Goodwin (3:20:54), Rob Kellett (3:24:49), Neil Barker (4:54:45) & Vicky Bramley (5:04:03) - but pride of place goes to Chris Eavers for his time of 3:19:37. As Brian Moore reports, "Chris's time is unofficially a 'Boston Marathon' qualifying time...his time is best for the club this year in terms of percentage performance, a superb run given his lack of training this year". Colin Green & David Emanuel completed the Leicester Marathon with times of 3:17:58 & 3:18:55 respectively - reversing our finishing positions at Windermere, as Colin cruelly & ruthlessly abandoned his clubmate in the last few miles. Amazingly, Colin's time exactly matched David's Windermere time. Mike Harrison travelled all the way to Cornwall to compete in the Eden Project Marathon, completing a very tough, hilly course in 4:08:23. That's 38 marathons completed by club members this year, with a few more still to come!  [David Emanuel]   

September 29 2009
UPDATE/CORRECTION! Congratulations to Helen Knight & Geoff on the birth of a baby boy, Aaron Mathew, on Tuesday 24th at Oldham. Mother & baby are doing well!  [Ray Shaw] 

September 27 2009
Leading the field of 28 athletes from Royton Road Runners completing the Ron Hill 71st Birthday 5K, Stuart Carroll recorded a time of 18mins 19secs, just one second ahead of club mate Dave Kershaw (18:20). Bernard Goodwin (18:49) was next to finish, followed by Paul Whitehead (19:03) & Bernard Cassidy (19:07). Michael Harrison (19:36), David Emanuel (19:38), Colin Green (19:43) & Bryan Lawton (19:45) were all racing hard to gain points in the club's top section. Dave Whittam (20:15) was next to cross the line, closely followed by John Higgins (20:23) & Eamonn Nolan (20:33). Chris Eavers was pleased with his time of 20:51, just ahead of James Trollope (21:04), Robert Kellett (21:18) & John Williamson (21:28). Other finishers were James Holdaway (22:03), Mark Kelly (22:04), John Sweeney (22:18), Debbie Shaw (22:40), Shane Reading (23:04), John Lambe (25:02), Tony Hunking (25:37) & Neil Barker (27:07). New members running in the Royton colours for the first time were Valerie Kilburn (25:02), Ronnie Quinn (25:22), Jennie Newell (32:05) & Sarah Jane Stott (32:15).  [Ray Shaw]

September 26 2009
Another excellent turn-out for RRR at the Ron Hill 71st Birthday 5K this week. Full results can be accessed via the link on the '2009 Season Results' page, race report to follow. You may already know that Brian Hurst took a fall during the race - Marilyn reports that although his face has abrasions & is badly bruised, he didn't need stitches. A big thank you to Val for her help at the hospital. Although Brian's wife Judith would appear to be strongly recommending an end to his running career, Brian is adamant that, although he's going to rest for a while, he will be back!  [David Emanuel]

For those taking part in this year's Red Rose Cross Country series, please note that the first fixture is now at Witton Park, Blackburn on 3rd October. The second race is likely to be at Bury on 7th November.  [Richard Taylor, Blackburn Harriers]       

September 22 2009
Congratulations to our president Dave Phillips, who completed the Angelsey Marathon at the weekend in an unofficial time of 3:42:00, taking first prize in the MV60 category (at the age of 65!).  [Liz Phillips]

To see the minutes of the recent RRR committee meeting, click here. Includes information about this year's Presentation Night (4th December) & plans for sending a team to the Gloucester Marathon in January. Also a reminder about cross country - we have two members entered on the SELCC, but it would be good to have at least 6 for a team. Please let Marilyn know urgently if you're interested!  (Marilyn Guest]

This year's Ribble Valley 10K road race takes place on Sunday 27th December & includes the Northern 10K Championships, (entry at no extra charge).  {George Davies, Blackburn Harriers]     

September 19 2009
Just a reminder that there will not be a "club night" on Thursday 24th September, due to the Ron Hill 5K road race at Littleborough. I have been assured that all members of Royton RR wishing to run will be allowed to enter on the day, even if the race limit has been reached.  [Ray Shaw]  

September 16 2009
A list for the coach trip to the Derwent 10 on 1st November is now up on the changing room wall. Coach departs Royton Assembly Hall car park 0730hrs. Also, next year's club race the Royton Trail will be held at 1930hrs on Wednesday 14th July 2010 - entry form will be available on the UK Results website soon.  [Bryan Lawton] 

September 9 2009
Anyone interested in adding some Cross Country running/racing to their winter programme, please contact Marilyn as soon as possible for the two main leagues wer are involved with. SELCC: Sept 26 (Heaton Park), Oct 31 (Boggart Hole), Nov 28 (Clayton Vale), Feb 5 (Lilford Park, Leigh) - cost £3.50/£5 on the day. RED ROSE: Oct 3 (Bury), Nov 7 (Blackburn), Nov 21 (Bolton), Dec 6 (Rossendale) - cost £4/on the day TBC. Other dates: Jan 10 (Greater Manchesters @ Stockport), Jan 23 (Northerns @ Blackburn), Feb 27 (Nationals @ Leeds). More info as I receive it.  [Marilyn Guest]   

September 3 2009
Congratulations to Mike Harrison on his new arrival & future club member! Little Oliver was born at 1.35am on 1st September, weighing 7lb 13oz. After a home birth which went fantastically, both Katharine & Oliver are very well.  [Ray Shaw]

Mark Kelly is fast becoming our expert at finding RRR members in race photos! The latest pictures he's found are from the Moonraker 10K & Saddleworth 6 last month. Enjoy!  [David Emanuel]   

August 23 2009
I am trying to promote the Stainland 7 race which takes place on 6th September 2009. This race is a challenging 7 mile road race in the picturesque rolling hills of the Pennines. Click here for an entry form. Postal entries close on 31st August, but there will also be entries on the day.  [Jess Riley]

Paula Litherland contacted me & asked if I could circulate a special offer of a £15 discount to RRR members from the cost of VO2 max testing via 'gas analysis' (usual cost £125). I believe that she is locally-based. Contact Paula direct on 07968172602 or paula@positive-fitness.co.uk if interested. Click here for more details.  [Bryan Lawton]

August 20 2009
Details have been received from organiser John Armstrong of a new fell race from a venue very familiar to us - the Bull's Head at Ogden. The Piethorne Fell Race takes place next Wednesday 26th August, starting at 6.45pm. Click here for full details.  [David Emanuel]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stuart Hulme was the first of 34 Royton Road Runners competing in the Frank Hodson Saddleworth 6 mile road race, the 15th event in the club's championship series. Hulme's time of 36mis 35secs was good enough to edge out fellow club man Dave Kershaw (36:41), with Bernard Cassidy (37:12) close behind. Bernie Goodwin (38:02), Barry Greaves (38:39), Colin Green (38:55) & Bryan Lawton (39:05) were competing against each other for points in the club's championship. Dave Whittam (40:00), Eamonn Nolan (40:05), Dave Hall (40:13), Chris Eavers (41:07) & James Trollope (41:12) all recorded creditable times. James Holdaway (42:58) was the next Royton athlete to corss the line, but was pushed all the way by Jeff Cordwell (43:03), David Smith (43:20) & Ged Navesey (44:22). Making his debut for the club, John Sweeney finished with a time of 44:49. Other finishers were Mark Kelly (45:21), Shane Reading (46:22), Tony Kane (47:40), Kate Instone (47:58), Matthew Newall (47:59), Teresa Hollins (48:28), Steve Hayes (48:33), John Lambe (49:00), Tony Hunking (49:37), Rose Rowson (49:58), Louise Gilchrist (50:32), Kay Fitton (62:44), June Allingan (62:57), Alan Marshall (making his debut in 63:00) & Brian Hurst (80:21).  [Ray Shaw]

Stuart Carroll led the way in a field of 17 Royton Road Runners in the Sale 10 mile road race. Recording a personal best time of 1:00:19, Carroll finished ahead of Stuart Hulme (1:02:16), Bernard Cassidy (1:02:59) & David Emanuel (1:03:48). Veteran Barry Greaves completed the course in 1:07:03, followed by Robert Kellett (1:07:54). Carol Madden (1:08:47) finished second in the ladies over-45 race in her debut race for the club, pushed all the way by Chris Eavers (1:09:00), Eamonn Nolan (1:09:25) & David Whittam (1:10:14). David Smith & Lewis Shaw crossed the line with times of 1:12:40 & 1:13:18 respectively. Other finishers were George Meynell (1:16:25 - 5th in the over 60s race), Dean Burgess (1:19:07), Shane Reading (1:19:26), Tony Kane (1:22:16) & Tony Hunking recording a PB with 1:28:31).  [Ray Shaw]    

August 4 2009
Another good turnout at the Sale 10 mile race on 2nd August - full results on the '2009 Season Results' page. Special mention for Carole Madden - in a high-quality field, her time of 68:47 was good enough for 2nd place in the V45 category.  [David Emanuel]

Dave Hall wasn't able to take part in the Sale 10: "I was running in the 'Stur Half' organised by the Dorset Doddlers. I was running this event for the third time, but was disappointed not to break the 90-minute barrier again, finishing in 1:30:34 after last year's time of 1:29:53. It was quite a bit warmer this year though! Excellent, well-organised race not dissimilar to the Freckleton Half, with a big community turn-out. About 450 finishers, of which I was 51st."

Mark Kelly has pointed out that there are plenty of pictures of RRR members at the Rochdale 10K on the Rochdale Harriers website. Click here to have a look (one of the links doesn't work!).  [David Emanuel]  

August 1 2009
Belated congratulations to the Royton Road Runners who picked up prizes at the Middleton Moonraker 10K - Dave Phillips (1st vet 65), Louise Gilchrist (1st FV75), Debbie Shaw (2nd FV45), John Higgins (2nd V55) & David Emanuel (2nd V45).  

July 18 2009
Further details of the 'away night' on Thursday 23rd July from the Horton Arms (see below). Food has been ordered (sandwiches, crisps, etc) at £4 per head for 20 people. If possible, please let Bryan Lawton know if you'll be staying for food so that he can adjust the numbers if necessary.  [David Emanuel]

Following another successful event this week, the date has been set for the 4th Royton Trail race. It will take place on Wednesday 14th July 2010, 7.30pm start as usual.  [Bryan Lawton]

Incidentally, it's worth noting that (according to Wikipedia) it took Paula Radcliffe a full nine months after giving birth before she took part in a race, the 2007 Great North Run. Our very own Louise Saunders waited a mere eight weeks before running in the Royton Trail!  [David Emanuel]     

July 17 2009
Many thanks to everyone from RRR who helped out, supported & took part in Wednesday's Royton Trail race. The evening was a great success, with a record 156 finishers, a new course record & lots of positive comments on the race & the organisation. It also made a healthy profit for the club!  [Bryan Lawton]

The next Thursday 'away night' on 23rd July will be at 7pm from the Horton Arms, 19 Streetbridge, Chadderton OL1 2SZ. As this is reasonably close to 'home', we'll be doing the usual Thursday night club run, with food available in the pub afterwards.  [Bryan Lawton]

July 16 2009
Monday night track sessions at Springhill School, hosted by Middleton Harriers, have now stopped until September. The club will continue to do speed sessions at Heaton Park on Monday nights (7pm start) - anyone looking for an alternative to our regular Monday night run is welcome to attend.  [David Emanuel]  

July 13 2009
Just a reminder that it is our annual club race on Wednesday night, 1930hrs start. I know that a number of you have already entered & several are involved in marshaling duties - however, can I urge all of those who are thinking about turning out to please do so. Last year we had 33 finishers from the club & it would be really good to beat that this year. Post-race there is free meat & potato pie (also cheese option) served in the Tandle Hill Tavern. Entries on the night happily accepted!  [Bryan Lawton]

Entries for the 2010 Freckleton Half Marathon are already open via the UK Results website. Race Director Brian Porter is expecting the race "to be oversubscribed faster than ever", and since there's every chance it will be part of our Club Championship again next year, it's worth thinking about getting your entry in early! Entry via the website only - no postal entries accepted next year.  [David Emanuel] 

It's that time of year again - is anyone interested in competing in Cross Country League races throughout the winter? South East Lancs: Heaton Park (Sat Sep 26), Boggart Hole (Sat Oct 31), Clayton Vale (Nov 28), Lilford Park, Leigh (Sat Feb 6). Red Rose: Chesham Park, Bury (Sat Oct 3), Witton Park, Bolton (Sat Nov 7), Leverhulme, Bolton (Sat Nov 21), Marl Pits, Rossendale (Sun, Dec 6). Details of start times & costs available. If you want to be included please let me know so that I can get you registered asap  [Marilyn Guest]        

July 8 2009
Some of you will have heard Ray Shaw waxing lyrical about the football competition I run each year. It's very straightforward, costs just £5 to enter & offers substantial prizes for which (on previous evidence) limited football knowledge is a definite advantage! If we get enough RRR member entries we'll keep a separate league table to track the best-performing club member. Click here for an entry form - you can also click here to see details of last season's final tables, which shows how the competition works.  [David Emanuel]

The club has been asked to provide marshalls for a range of tasks at the Saddleworth Triathlon on Sunday 6th September (0700-1200), in return the organisers will make a donation to our club funds. Anyone interested please let me know asap & I will collate.  [Bryan Lawton]  

July 1 2009
We now have 81 paid-up members - I believe that this is our highest since records began, a good effort by all!  [Bryan Lawton]

June 30 2009
Matters dealt with at the last RRR Committee Meeting on 25th June:
1. Clubmark: lots of paperwork involved for accreditation, not going ahead at this point.
2. Courses for members: Marilyn has looked into Run England courses; possibility of funding from England Athletics after Sept 09; earliest courses Woodbank Stockport (Oct 10) or SportCity (Nov 7); let Marilyn kinow if interested - cost £90, hopefully more details to follow.
3. Royton Trail: most organisational details in place; need another 6-7 marshalls plus a co-ordinator & some people to serve food; raffle prizes required.
4. Presentation Night: Friday 4th December 2009; Bernie Goodwin to organise selling of tickets; Dave Phillips to organise caterers; Ray Shaw & Stuart Carroll to organise trophies; Cricket Club secretary is donating a trophy & £100 prize to RRR, to be named after a girl called Abigail, so may be a female award; more discussion on this at next meeting but ideas welcome.
5. Saddleworth Triathlon: Sept 5th? Volunteers needed 7am - 12.
6. Pack runs: request that type of terrain is included in website info.         [Marilyn Guest]

June 28 2009
The date for this year's Presentation Night has been set for Friday 4th December at the cricket club. Further details in due course. No excuses this year, five months notice!  [Bryan Lawton]

The Heaton parkrun is now in full swing. It meets every Saturday & the race starts at 9am. The race is free & you just need to register on the website. The first race last week attracted 32 runners, which improved this week to 52. As this is a free event, run by volunteers, support is a key factor, so I will be marshalling as otfen as they need me...more help is always appreciated.  [Mark Kelly]

June 27 2009
The Sherunsheruns/Sweatshop summer sale in the Arndale Centre, Manchester started at 9am on Saturday 27th June. Apparently some great offers available!  [Stuart Carroll]

June 24 2009
Friday 12th June saw the start of the Rochdale Harriers '3-day event', three real tuffies. On Friday night myself, Dave Phillips, Barry Greaves & Louise Gilchrist came in with times of 47.42, 44.23, 39.49 & 53.54 respectively, giving you an idea of how tough this 6-miler was for some of us. Barry made it look easy, even with a 1.5 mile climb at the start & a couple of little tuffies in between. Dave Phillips won the over-65s & got his usual bottle of wine, as did Louise Gilchrist for her tremendous effort. Saturday was the 6-mile multi-terrain - only Dave & I were daft enough to turn up for this one. A hilly start, then three times around what can only be described as a low level fell run. Dave won the over-65s again, while I had the pleasure of being able to say, "Blimey, I was only 2mins 39secs behind the great Dave Phillips." Fell run Sunday brought out the Bobble Hat & Beard brigade, which made me feel quite at home with them all looking as old as me (but a bit more suicidal). No Dave today (his wine cellar must be full)...maybe I'll get a bottle...sorry, I was dreaming for a minute then. Barry (RRRs own mountain goat without the bobble hat & beard) turned up along with Tony Hunking & his new running mate Kate Instone - didn't she do well, coming in with a time of 1.12.30 in her first fell run. Tony ran 1.21.23, Barry 58.29 & myself 1.7.02. I was quite pleased with my times, having knocked some 10mins 39secs off my 2007 times. I've been informed that I'm the RRR 2009 champion at Norden - a bit dubious really as I was the only one to do all three days! Ah well, I'd better take the glory while it lasts...[George Meynell]

June 21 2009
Yet another excellent turnout from Royton Road Runners at the Freckleton Half Marathon - a race notable for the announcement that this was to be Ron Hill's last ever half marathon. Ron won the very first Freckleton Half in 1965 (it claims to be the oldest half marathon in the UK) & he still holds the course record of 64mins 45secs set in 1969. A totyal of 21 Royton runners completed the course this year, although for some reason it was something of a 'men only' event, with only Teresa Hollins representing the club's female contingent. But the men certainly put on an impressive show, with eight running inside 1hr 30 & eighteen (plus Teresa) breaking 2hrs. The first three finishers (Stuart Carroll, Dave Kershaw & Bernie Cassidy) won third prize in the team event, whilst the next three home (Stu Hulme, Barry Greaves & David Emanuel) finished high enough for fourth place. In fact we had three teams in the top 10 & six in the top 30. In addition, there were several high places (and a few prizes) in the individual age categories - Stuart Carroll & Dave Kershaw 4th & 5th V35, Bernie Cassidy & Barry Greaves 3rd & 4th V50, David Emanuel & David Hall 2nd & 4th V45, Dave Phillips 2nd V65, George Meynell 5th V60 & Teresa Hollins 5th FV55. Stu Hulme, in only his second half marathon, knocked a massive six minutes off his time at Buxton, as a late charge through the field saw him finish just one second behind Bernie Cassidy as the fourth club runner home. Full results can be accessed via the '2009 Season Results' page - updated group tables to follow soon.  [David Emanuel]

June 20 2009
On Thursday we talked about the 'Eddie's Revenge' trail race which covers part of that night's jaunt. I thought it was in July but in fact it's next Wednesday 24th June. Last year me, Bruce & Ian ran it. Don't think it was Ian's favourite race, but as always he was enthusiastic! Details: 7.30pm, 3.8miles/1080' from Shore Edge Methodist Church (GR 951097), Buckstones Road, Shaw. Teams: men (4), women (3). Bring your own safety pins, bring a homemade cake for the raffle & get free entry!  [Shiela Waite]

Running his first full marathon, James Holdaway was the first Royton Road Runner to complete the Edinburgh Marathon, with a creditable time of 3hrs 48mins 28secs. David Smith (4.18.20) was next to finish, followed by Vicky Bramley & Natalie Yates-Bolton crossing the line together in 4.54.37.  [Ray Shaw]

June 7 2009
Due to the success of the junior cricket team, we have had to arrange an additional 'away night' on Thursday 11th June.  [Ray Shaw]

The plan is to start the 'pack run' from the Tandle Hill Tavern at 1900hrs & then run around the route of our club race the Royton Trail, which takes place on Wednesday 15th July. We should be back at the pub for 8ish. The intention is to have a drink & a bite to eat in the Tandle Hill Tavern, a little bit of a 'pay back' to the pub for assisting with the staging of the Royton Trail, so once again your patronage would be most appreciated. Ray will be contacting Michelle at the pub to ensure that food is available until at least 2030hrs. I will ensure that I take the race numbers for the Royton Trail to the pub on Thursday so that we can get as many members as possible pre-entered, this will assist greatly with the logistics on the night of the race. It would be useful if you could bring a completed entry form & a cheque for £5 payable to 'Royton Road Runners'. Finally, the new green club shorts have arrived, we have a limited number & they are available 'first come first served'. I will take them to the pub on Thursday along with the latest delivery of vests & jackets if anyone is interested.  [Bryan Lawton]  

June 4 2009
There's been a bit of a reshuffle in the 'away nights' programme for June & July. Click here for details.  [Ray Shaw]   

The marathon tables have been updated with results from Edinburgh - or at least those we know about. If you took part in the race & have not been included, please let us know. In fact, if you are planning to take part in any marathon this year, please send the details - you'll be added to the 'Marathons in 2009' page, and it will be much easier for Brian Moore to pick up your results!   [David Emanuel]

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