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THE ROYTON ROAD RUNNERS CUP 2015

67 club members entered the 2015 competition - three times the number involved in the inaugural event in 2013. See below for all the results.
RRR CUP FINAL
3rd Oct: Bryan Lawton (20:32) beat  Mo Butt (19:10) by 13 seconds        
THIRD PLACE RUN-OFF
7th Nov: Rob Battye (18.28) beat Dave Phillips (23.19) by 1 min 6secs
SEMI FINALS
19th Sep: Mo Butt (19:03) beat Dave Phillips (22:25) by 6 seconds
19th Sep: Bryan Lawton (20:34) beat Rob Battye (18:45) by 32 seconds
QUARTER FINALS
1st Aug:
Bryan Lawton (20:41) beat David Emanuel (19:40) by 24 seconds
1st Aug:
Rob Battye (18:18) beat Matt Kilburn (20:58) by 30 seconds
29th Aug: Dave Phillips (22:51) beat Gary Fielding (DNF)
Mo Butt beat Simon Howard - walkover due to injury
THIRD ROUND (matches to take place by the end of June 2015)
6th Jun: Bryan Lawton (20:39) beat Ray Williams (23:05) by 21 seconds
6th Jun: Dave Phillips (22:34) beat Eloise Bartlett (28:58) by 1min 14secs
13th Jun: Rob Battye (18:39) beat Mike Bundy (DNF)
13th Jun: David Emanuel (19:29) beat Paul Cooke (22:57) by 13 seconds
20th Jun: Matt Kilburn (21:10) beat Adam Stirling (29:44) by 4mins 19secs
13th/27th Jun: Mo Butt (19:18) beat Joel White (20:54) by 1min 26secs
4th Jul: Simon Howard (23:33) beat Chris Nicholson (24:59) by 51 seconds
4th Jul: Gary Fielding (18:31) beat Rochelle Evans (22:25) by 9 seconds

SECOND ROUND
18th Apr:
Chris Nicholson (23:16) beat Dan Yarwood (19:59) by 43 seconds
18th Apr: David Emanuel (18:58) beat Garry Bower (22:01) by 18 seconds
25th Apr: Joel White (19:51) beat Jason Keast (21:31) by 10 seconds
9th May: Matt Kilburn (20:36) beat Selina McLean (24:53) by 22 seconds
16th May: Dave Phillips (22:24) beat Kirsty Simcox (23:35) by 1min 4secs
23rd May: Ray Williams (22:49) beat Daniel McManus (17:56) by 10 seconds
23rd May: Eloise Bartlett (28:27) beat Niparun Nessa (28:31) by 1min 4 secs
23rd May: Mo Butt (19:28) beat Jayne Roberts (24:00) by 8 seconds
23rd May: Rochelle Evans (22:28) beat David Ellis (25:47) by 5mins 4 secs
23rd May: Mike Bundy (20:25) beat Martin Jones (21:24) by 13 seconds
23rd May: Paul Cooke (22:27) beat Stephen Lee (21:16) by 39 seconds
23rd May: Rob Battye (18:40) beat Jimmy Beadman (20:46) by 36 seconds
30th May: Simon Howard (22:41) beat Clare Darraugh (24:46) by 40 seconds

6th Jun: Gary Fielding (18:50) beat Ronnie Quinn (21:45) by 10 seconds
Bryan Lawton beat Val Kilburn (walkover due to injury)

Adam Stirling beat Janet Yarwood (walkover due to Abigail's crowded social diary)

FIRST ROUND
14th Feb:
Clare Darraugh (24:09) beat Jen Bloor (20:11) by 47 seconds
14th Feb: Gary Fielding (18:44) beat Tony Kane (24:06) by 27 seconds
21st Feb: Joel White (20:11) beat Mark Taylor (walkover due to ?)
28th Feb: Garry Bower (22:35) beat Karen Stuttard (32:25) by 2mins 20secs
28th Feb: Rochelle Evans beat Anne Jones (walkover due to injury)
28th Feb: Mo Butt beat Tawnia Norman (walkover due to injury)
7th Mar: Martin Jones (23:01) beat Carol Robinson (29:22) by 56 seconds
7th Mar: Stephen Lee (21:05) beat Kevin Kennedy (26:46) by 2mins 11secs
14th Mar: David Ellis (20:55) beat Angela Rogowskyj (33:13) by 18 seconds
14th Mar: Janet Yarwood (35:04) beat John Lambe (21:15) by 2mins 11secs
21st Mar: Eloise Bartlett (28:57) beat Jillian Heywood (29:47) by 1mins 50secs
21st Mar: Daniel McManus (18:06) beat Phil Marsden (18:26) by 40 seconds
21st Mar: Jason Keast (21:16) beat Lee Higginbottom (22:12) by 41 seconds
21st Mar: Selina McLean (24:53) beat Katherine Brierley (23:32) by 9 seconds
21st Mar: Bryan Lawton (20:44) beat Kirsty White (20:24) by 5 seconds
21st Mar: Jayne Roberts (23:36) beat Stewart Jones (21:55) by 19 seconds
21st Mar: Paul Cooke (23:35) beat Ronnie Garrod (20:18) by 58 seconds
21st Mar: Matt Kilburn (20:57) beat Neil Brock (19:37) by 25 seconds
21st Mar: Niparun Nessa (27:54) beat Dean Burgess (27:01) by 2mins 57secs
21st Mar: Val Kilburn (23:21) beat Shane Reading (18:41) by 20 seconds
21st Mar: Ronnie Quinn (23:23) beat Dave Peart (walkover due to injury)
21st Mar: Simon Howard (23:35) beat Dean Moynihan (walkover due to injury)
28th Mar: Adam Stirling (24:06) beat David Freer (21:11) by 34 seconds
28th Mar: Ray Williams (23:27) beat Mike Doolan (28:12) by 2mins 5secs
28th Mar: Dave Phillips (24:18) beat Mark Oliver (walkover due to injury)
28th Mar: Rob Battye (19:56) beat Liz Phillips (walkover due to injury)
4th Apr: Mike Bundy (21:11) beat Stephen Jones (26:00) by 32 seconds
4th Apr: Kirsty Simcox (22:36) beat Ian Dale (19:39) by 18 seconds
4th Apr: Chris Nicholson (32:35) beat Greg Oates (walkover due to injury)
David Emanuel beat Simon Lake (walkover due to injury)
Dan Yarwood beat Becki Robinson (walkover due to unavailability)
Jimmy Beadman beat David Leyland (walkover due to unavailability)
PRELIMINARY ROUND
24th Jan:
Mike Bundy (21:33) beat Emma Kennedy (34:18) by 1min 5secs
24th Jan: Neil Brock (20:29) beat Carl O'Callaghan (24:10) by 1 second
28th Feb: Martin Jones beat Paul Craddock (walkover due to injury)
7th Nov: so that's it then! The biggest & best RRR Cup competition to date, which started way back on a cold & damp January morning, came to a conclusion in similar conditions 10 months later. The weather made no difference to Rob Battye, however, as he produced a stunning run for 2nd place in the race, with his 2nd best parkrun time ever, to claim the 3rd place prize. That remarkable effort proved to be just too much for Dave Phillips, despite a strong run & a great sprint finish. In keeping with the whole competition this last race was conducted in a great spirit, with Rob going back down the course to run in with Dave, cheering him on to the finish line. Thanks again to all 76 entrants who helped make this such a great competition - we're already looking forward to an even bigger line-up in 2016!  [David Emanuel]
3rd Oct: a great finish to an excellent competition! Bryan Lawton produced yet another PB to become this year's RRR Cup winner by 13 seconds (the biggest winning margin to date in a Cup Final). As you can see from the photo, the two previous winners Ian Dale & Jen Bloor were present to hand over the trophy to our new champion. It was a great effort by runner-up Mo Butt, who couldn't quite match his semi-final time but still recorded his 4th quickest ever time at Oldham, but there was no stopping Bryan. He proved yet again that he can respond on the big occasion, knocking 2 seconds off his winning time in the semi-final. That makes 4 PBs set in the 5 matches Bryan has run in this year's competition - definitely a worthy champion.

Congratulations to Bryan & thanks to everyone who took part in this year's competition. Don't forget that it's not quite all over - we still have Dave Phillips & Rob Battye to battle it out on 7th November for the 3rd place medal!  [David Emanuel]   
19th Sep: surely one of the best RRR Cup days ever? Good weather, a great atmosphere & two excellent semi-finals, with four fit & healthy runners (for a change!) running at their absolute maximum. If you don't know already, you can guess from the smiling faces in the picture (right) that it's Mo & Bryan who will contest the final - already scheduled for 3rd October.

Bryan was the only one of the quartet to set a new PB, knocking an impressive 5 seconds off the time he set in winning his Third Round match back in June. Rob Battye put in a great effort, finishing in 2nd place overall with his 5th best parkrun time to date (of 54), but he couldn't quite reproduce the incredible 18:18 he ran in his Quarter Final.

Mo wasn't far behind Rob in 4th place (best line of the day from Neil Brock: "He was really Mo-toring"). Mo recorded his best Oldham parkrun time of 2015, his 3rd best of all time, but this match was really close. Dave Phillips was just a single second outside his own PB, set when defeating Kirsty Simcox in May. This gave him an incredible 79.63% age grading score & left him just 6 seconds behind on the handicap. A great effort!

So now we have a fascinating final to look forward to - the youngest RRR Cup finalist (that's Mo, in case you weren't sure) against the first finalist with a beard. I'm sure I'll think of more fascinating final facts before 3rd October...  [David Emanuel]           
29th Aug: what a shame! The much-anticipated match between Gary Fielding & Dave Phillips couldn't live up to expectations as Gary, despite a brave attempt to run through a calf injury, was forced to retire at the end of the first lap. That means Dave Phillips becomes the oldest semi-finalist we've had in this competition to date - by almost 10 years. The draw below shows that, if Gary had managed to get through, he would finally have been drawn against Mo - but that match-up will have to wait for another year. Instead we have two fascinating semi finals to look forward to!  [David Emanuel] 
24th Aug: the draw for this season's RRR Cup semi-finals will take place in the Boathouse Cafe, Alexandra Park after the last of the Quarter Finals on Saturday 29th August. It won't take long, but still not to be missed!  [David Emanuel]

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2nd Aug:
as anticipated, Simon Howard's injury will sadly prevent him completing his long-awaited match on 29th August. That means that Mo progresses through to the semi-finals & we now have just one Big Match between Dave Phillips & Gary Fielding to look forward to next weekend!  [David Emanuel] 
4th Jul: the draw for the RRR Cup Quarter Finals was made in the Boathouse Cafe this morning in front of a big crowd, including 6 of the 8 still left in the competition. Full details below - an e-mail has been sent to all those still involved. Some exciting matches to come...with a Gary v Mo final still a possibility!  [David Emanuel]
1st Aug: the fun fair may have arrived in Alexandra Park this weekend, but it will have to be good to match the excitement of the first two RRR Cup Quarter Finals! On paper it looks like two comfortable victories but it certainly didn't feel like that during the run. Rob Battye set off like a train & never looked back, coming home first with a new PB by an incredible 21 seconds. To put his 18:18 in perspective, it's only Rob's 3rd Oldham run of under 19 minutes & he's now the 52nd fastest person ever on this parkrun course. To say that made it tough for Matt Kilburn is a bit of an understatement, but Matt put in a fine effort to record his 3rd best time at Oldham, beaten only by his 1st & 2nd Round 2015 RRR Cup performances. Finishing just in front of Matt was Bryan Lawton, just two seconds off the PB he ran in the previous round, comfortably enough to beat me. Although I was some distance off my best time it was still my 5th fastest run at Oldham, so I can't really complain. I did briefly think about lodging an appeal when Bryan revealed that he ran alongside rather than up the steps in the Woodland Walk, but apparently that's not against the rules. Congratulations to Rob & Bryan, thanks to Nefa for the picture!  [David Emanuel]    
4th Jul: a couple of great matches, a little bit of controversy...just a typical RRR Cup morning! The humid conditions weren't really conducive to PBs, but performances were impressive just the same. Simon Howard produced his 3rd best run at Oldham & his 2nd best this year - beaten only by the time he ran in the previous round in May - to claim victory over Chris Nicholson, whose brave effort was his 6th fastest of 45 runs at Oldham. Rochelle Evans, the last lady left in the competition, did all she could with her quickest Oldham parkrun in 2015 & gave us the closest match of the round. Gary Fielding came home in 2nd place just 1 second outside his PB, having only run quicker (in this country at least) last September in his semi-final defeat to Jen Bloor. At least I get the chance to mention that loss again! We did briefly think that we may be able to disqualify Gary for not running in an RRR vest, but the rules actually say "there is no requirement to run in club colours" & he did come up with a convincing-sounding excuse. So that's it - an excellent Third Round completed, on we go to the Quarter Finals!  [David Emanuel] 

29th Jun:
with the last two Third Round matches scheduled for this coming Saturday 4th July, the Quarter Final draw will take place in the Boathouse Cafe after the run. Come along & see Brian Moore's little balls in action!  [David Emanuel]

27th Jun:
the very first 'split' Cup match was completed today, as Joel White ran his half of the race against Mo. Always suspected this would put Joel at a disadvantage - partly because most RRRs were at Watergrove for Brian Moore's 50th birthday celebrations, which meant fewer people to chase, but mainly because Joel got married just a week earlier (congratulations!). The party must have been good, as Joel was unable to challenge Mo's time...but somehow I can't imagine that he's too disappointed?  [David Emanuel]

21st Jun:
looks like Matt Kilburn is one to watch! In the only Cup match on Saturday - the day before the Oldham 10K - Matt progressed to the last eight at the expense of Adam Stirling. Matt went through with his 3rd fastest Oldham parkrun time - all three have been recorded in 2015 & all in RRR Cup matches. In other news...Joel White's 'half' of his match against Mo Butt has been postponed & Joel will now run on 27th June.  [David Emanuel] 

13th Jun:
well that was a strange RRR Cup day - three matches but only one 'proper' result. With Mo Butt & Joel White unable to run on the same day in June, Mo was intent on setting a tough target for Joel to chase next week. I think it's fair to say that he achieved his aim - a 3rd best Oldham time out of 107 runs, Mo's fastest since August 2014, means that Joel will need to get within five seconds of his own PB (set in last year's RRR Cup Final) to go through. Rob Battye, meanwhile, continued his excellent recent form by setting a new course PB - but sadly Mike Bundy was unable to put him to the test as he was forced to drop out mid-race through injury. True to the spirit of the competition, Rob reports that Mike "applauded me in at the end...respect to him". So that just leaves my match against Paul Cooke. Rather embarrassingly I seem to lose the ability to do basic maths after a hard run, so despite only having gone faster twice before at Oldham I was convinced that Paul had done enough to win & told him so! It was close...but sorry Paul for raising your hopes, well run & enjoy your holiday.  [David Emanuel]  

6th Jun:
I was otherwise engaged helping Watergrove parkrun celebrate its 1st anniversary (mainly by eating large amounts of cake), but looks like I missed another excellent morning of Cup action in Alexandra Park! You've got to feel for last year's bronze medallist Ronnie Quinn in the last of the Second Round matches - despite knocking a full 27 seconds off his parkrun PB he was just beaten by Gary Fielding, running his quickest time at Oldham since February. Ironically Ronnie's previous best was posted in his 3rd Place play-off victory last October...against Gary Fielding.

Bryan Lawton produced the standout performance of today's Third Round matches, with a new parkrun best time (by 5 seconds) just good enough to beat Ray Williams. A brave effort from Ray, setting his 2nd best time of 48 runs at Oldham, but he wasn't quite able to match the outstanding performance he produced in the previous round. Dave Phillips also set his 2nd best Oldham parkrun time, similarly beaten only by his Second Round run in May, but he was able to celebrate his 50th parkrun with victory over Eloise Bartlett. A fine effort by Eloise, who had only previously run quicker on two occasions at Alexandra Park, but her defeat means that Rochelle Evans is now the sole female representative in the competition. Go Rochelle!  [David Emanuel]     


30th May:
yet another great match today, as the Second Round nears completion. Clare Darraugh put in a fine effort, running her 2nd fastest parkrun to date, beaten only by the PB in February which knocked out last year's winner Jen Bloor. Unfortunately she was up against a flying Simon Howard, whose ultra training seems to have given a bosst to his 5K speed! Simon's time not only knocked a full 33 seconds off his previous best at Oldham (set in 2013) but was also 11 seconds better than his overall parkrun PB at Heaton Park (also set in 2013). Clearly one to watch in the next round...

Talking of which, the Third Round draw was made in the Boathouse Cafe after the run with the able assistance of Sheila Philips. See below - some exciting matches to come!
25th May: a fantastic set of seven matches on Saturday, disappointed that I wasn't there to see all the action. Yet again there were PBs aplenty, eight achieved by the 14 RRRs taking part. Well done everyone who progressed to the next round, particularly Ray Williams who celebrated his 50th parkrun by setting a new best time (by 20 seconds). Commiserations to Martin Jones, Jimmy Beadman & Daniel McManus, who were all knocked out despite setting new PBs - Daniel breaking through the 18-minute barrier for the first time. A special mention too for David Ellis, who turned up to fulfil his fixture against Rochelle despite being so unwell as to have no chance of competing. There are two more matches next Saturday 30th May, followed by the draw for the Third Round in the Boathouse Cafe. Hope to see you there!  [David Emanuel] 

16th May:
everything looked set for a really close RRR Cup match, with a handicap of just seven seconds indicating how evenly-matched the two runners were...but sadly it was not to be. Kirsty Simcox gave it her best shot - despite still having the Manchester Marathon in her legs she ran her 2nd fastest Oldham parkrun time, beaten only by the run to knock out Ian Dale in the previous round - but it would have needed something extraordinary to beat Dave Phillips today. We knew from Dave's recent runs at the Manchester 10K & Ian Casey 5K that he was getting back to his best form & here was more evidence. Not only did he set a new PB by 13 seconds, but this was a new V70 record for Oldham (the nearest competitor is a full 47 seconds back) & 79.69% was easily the best age-graded performance of the day. I don't think I'd want to draw Mr Phillips in the next round!  [David Emanuel]     

9th May:
just one match this weekend & as so often, it took a new PB to progress through to the next phase. Both Matt Kilburn & Selina McLean had set their current bests when winning their respective First Round matches on 21st March. A great effort from Selina saw her match that time exactly - but this wasn't quite good enough to win. Matt knocked an impressive 21 seconds off his time, which saw him safely through. The competition is really hotting up now!  [David Emanuel]

25th Apr:
no PBs today, but another close result as last year's beaten finalist Joel White progressed to the last 16 at the expense of Jason Keast. A brave effort from Jason, whose time of 21:31 was his 2nd best of 2015, but Joel did just enough to win by 10 seconds. Currently no matches scheduled for next weekend, so the RRR Cup resumes on 9th May - with the Kilburn family out in force!  [David Emanuel] 

18th Apr:
another amazing RRR Cup day! Three shiny new parkrun PBs for Garry Bower (a huge 22 seconds off his previous best, from October 2014), Chris Nicholson (improving by a massive 32 seconds) & me (genuinely shocked to have finally broken through the 19-minute barrier for the 1st time at a parkrun & even more amazed that it happened at Oldham), plus Dan Yarwood's fastest Oldham run since March 2014 (it's harder to set PBs when you've run it as often as Dan has). So it's Chris & I who progress through to the next round - but on a day like this, we're all winners!  [David Emanuel] 
4th Apr: thanks to Brian Moore's bingo balls, we now know the draw for the Second Round of this season's competition. Some exciting battles in prospect, including an early rematch for last year's beaten semi-finalists Ronnie Quinn & Gary Fielding (Ronnie came out on top in the third-place run-off, so Gary will be keen for revenge), plus an epic grudge match (should that be 'fudge match', or some other cake-related pun?) between Niparun Nessa & Eloise Bartlett; expect a big crowd to watch that one. There's disappointment for those who were hoping to see Mo draw Gary & those wanting the Yarwoods or Kilburns to draw each other; maybe in the next round if they get through! Given that we're now entering marathon season, we're allowing two months (to the end of May) for these matches to take place.

In the final two First Round matches, Kirsty Simcox & Mike Bundy continued the fine tradition of setting new PBs to go through - Kirsty knocking an impressive 10 seconds off her previous best parkrun at Heaton Park, generally considered an easier course than Oldham. Kirsty beat the first (2013) RRR Cup winner Ian Dale, meaning that (after Jen Bloor's First Round defeat) no previous champion has yet won another match in the competition. Not sure if this 'winner's curse' is due to a loss of hunger once they'd lifted the trophy, to their opponents raising their game, or just bad luck?  [David Emanuel]     
30th Mar: the First Round of this year's RRR Cup seems to have been going for about 100 years, but we're getting close to the end now! Another four players went through this weekend, two unfortunately by walkover (with mixed fortunes for the Phillips family). In the matches that did take place Ray Williams delivered an impressive new PB, by 16 seconds, to progress at the expense of Mike Doolan, while Adam Stirling's 2nd best performance at Oldham (seems he's more likely to be found in Heaton Park of a Saturday morning!) proved just too good for a battling Dave Freer. The remaining First Round matches are scheduled for Easter Saturday 4th April - followed by the Second Round draw in the Boathouse Cafe. Come along if you want early news of your next opponent!  [David Emanuel]

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1st Mar:
fantastic scenes at Oldham this morning, with a record 10 Cup matches on the day & lots of other RRRs out to run or support. Congratulations to everyone who put so much effort into their run today - I count 13 new PBs amongst the 20 Cup participants, some by a huge margin, while Shane Reading & Neil Brock set new best times on their 115 & 125th Oldham runs respectively. The first three finishers were all involved in the RRR Cup, with the first two (Dan McManus & Phil Marsden) racing against each other - their combined time of 36:32 is definitely a record for an RRR Cup match! As you can see below, some of the results were incredibly close - including a great battle between Bryan Lawton & Kirsty White - for which great credit goes to Brian Moore for the usual excellent handicapping. It's particularly hard to set handicaps in these early rounds & Brian puts in a lot of work looking at all race performances, not just parkruns. It's that sort of attention to detail which helps make the competition such a great success!  [David Emanuel]
15th Mar: a bit quieter than usual at Alexandra Park, I guess, with many RRRs sitting on the coach to Dent as the runners gathered on the start line...but that didn't stop a couple of exciting matches take place with new PBs yet again deciding the results. First up, David Ellis produced his fastest of 44 Oldham parkruns, stretching back to August 2013, which gave him a narrow victory over Angela Rogowskyj. It was a brave effort by Angela, running her own 3rd best time in 46 runs, with the winning margin of 18 seconds remarkably close given the 12 minute handicap. Janet Yarwood, meanwhile, has obviously been doing some secret training - she knocked more than two minutes off her PB, which didn't really give poor John Lambe much of a chance! John didn't go down without a fight, though, running his best time since November 2013 - on the day he secured the 3rd place prize in the inaugural RRR Cup. Afraid John won't be repeating that achievement this year; he can now concentrate on the league...  [David Emanuel]    

7th Mar:
that's what we like to see - two Cup matches today & a full set of four parkrun PBs! The closest contest was the much-anticipated battle between Carol Robinson & Martin Jones; when I passed Martin on the 2nd lap (as 22 minute pacer) it looked as though he may have gone off too quickly, but he was able to battle on to record a new best time, at his 12th attempt, by a massive 46 seconds. Carol put in a fantastic effort which saw her beat her previous best by 23 seconds, on her 43rd run, but Martin's performance was just too good. In the other match, with Stephen Lee & Kevin Kennedy running only their 6th & 2nd parkruns respectively, it was always going to be a difficult result to predict. Kevin managed to run an incredible 2:16 faster than his previous run last November, but Stephen wasn't to be denied as he recorded his own PB by 50 seconds.  Very impressive running in good but breezy conditions!  [David Emanuel]

1st Mar: just one completed match this weekend & a fine victory for Garry Bower on his RRR Cup debut. Garry's time of 22:35 was his 3rd best at Oldham & fourth best at any parkrun (on his 45th outing) & proved just too good for Karen Stuttard on this occasion. Karen's focus on training for the Greater Manchester Marathon won't have helped her speed, but this was still her fastest parkrun of 2015. A fine effort, but it's Garry who progresses to Round Two!  [David Emanuel]  

25th Feb:
rules are made to be broken! Kirsty Simcox & Ian Dale have had to postpone their First Round match this weekend due to work commitments & don't have a free weekend in March. Since this is partly because they've both been selected to represent RRR in the Northern Athletics relays on 28th March, we've agreed that they can hold their match on 4th April instead. Since we're planning to allow the whole of April & May for the Second Round (since it's peak marathon time), this hopefully won't cause any serious fixture congestion!  [David Emanuel]

15th Feb:
how the mighty are fallen! Just like last year, the defending RRR Cup champion is beaten in the First Round. Jen Bloor didn't go down without a tremendous fight, however, with 5th place overall at Alexandra Park & a new parkrun PB, knocking 3 seconds off the time she set in winning the competition last October. Yet there was nothing anyone could have done against an inspired Clare Darraugh, running a remarkable 1:48 faster her own previous best at Oldham to progress through to the next round. In the other match taking place this weekend, Gary Fielding - 4th in the competition last year - started his 2015 campaign in impressive style, running his 2nd fastest parkrun to date. This was just enough to see off Cup debutant Tony Kane, who certainly made a fight of it by running his own 3rd fastest ever & best since 2013. Once again the RRR Cup brings out the best in our runners!  [David Emanuel]