Sunday, Apr 22 at 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Monday, Apr 23 at 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Monday, Apr 23 at 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Wednesday, Apr 25 at 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

THE ROYTON ROAD RUNNERS CUP

STOP PRESS!
The 2018 RRR Cup Second Round draw was made at the Boathouse Cafe, Alexandra Park after Oldham parkrun on Saturday 24th March. Full details below!

A free-to-enter annual competition, first introduced in 2013 & open to all club members. The RRR Cup builds on our support for & regular participation at Oldham parkrun, which takes place in Alexandra Park every Saturday morning at 9am.


The format is very simple - participating RRR members race against each other 'head-to-head' according to a random draw, with 'matches' taking place at Oldham parkrun on a mutually agreed date in a given calendar month. Winners are decided on a handicap system worked out by RRR statistical genius Brian Moore, usually based on best (recent) 5K times where available.


There is no requirement to run in club colours, although you'll look much better if you do. Competitors should introduce themselves to their opponent before the start, so that they know they are both present & the match is 'on' - a firm, friendly handshake is recommended, although hugging is permitted if both parties agree. Any use of 'mind games' is optional...


PLEASE NOTE that you must have your parkrun barcode with you on the day of your match. No barcode means your time won't appear in the official results & that will result in an automatic walkover for your opponent!


14th April: maybe I'm not so bad at this handicapping lark after all! Despite limited recent parkrun appearances to go on - not to mention the added complications of a long-term foot injury & a very recent marathon - today saw the closest RRR Cup match of the season to date. It was Helen Radcliffe who just came out on top, running only 24 seconds outside the time she ran in last year's final, an impressive performance just a week into her recovery from the Manchester Marathon. So disappointment for former champion Bryan Lawton, although he does at least have the consolation of posting a good time - just 2 seconds slower than the last time he ran at Oldham, in August 2017 - despite ongoing foot problems. Helen's victory means that in the Second Round we're set for a repeat of the 2017 RRR Cup Final between her & Rob Battye - can't wait for that grudge match!  [David Emanuel]     

31st March: quite a contrast to last week, with just 1 Cup match on a cold morning. Angela Rogowskyj produced an impressive run on return from her travels (including a parkrun on the south coast), but this wasn't quite enough to overcome Paul Ashton, who was a little slower than in his last 2 parkruns in January but still did enough for victory. Paul progresses to face Simon Howard as the Second Round becomes ever clearer; Angela will I'm sure be back for another go next year!  [David Emanuel]     
24th March: a bumper RRR Cup morning - 8 well-contested ties in total - contributed to a big Oldham parkrun attendance (252 finishers) alongside an impressive group of RRR RunTogether graduates. Pride of place must go to the Giles family, with father & son Ian & Tom both setting new Oldham PBs in beating Adam Stirling & me respectively. Alex Critcher was another to set a new best parkrun time, improving by a whopping 25 seconds, which meant that even if Lisa Cummins hadn't forgotten her barcode (tut tut) she would still have bowed out of this year's competition. Mark Rigby's new fastest Oldham time sadly didn't result in similar success - but Mark has only run a few of his 95 parkruns in Alexandra Park & he was up against an inspired Andy Chadwick who has only once gone quicker here, a full 3 years ago. The battle of the Gar(r)ys produced the closest finish in this year's RRR Cup, with Gary Marshall delivering his 5th best of 72 parkruns to edge past Garry Bower. Meanwhile Rob Fairbanks, 3rd across the line just 12 seconds outside his best Oldham time, claimed victory over Simon Lake, who recorded his best time since last July at a variety of different parkruns. In what was (I think) the 1st cup match considered so evenly-matched that there was no handicap, it was NIck Mallon who just prevailed over Adrian Marshall. Also progressing into the Round 2 draw was Jason Keast, beating Chris Nicholson despite the latter recording his best time at Oldham since 2016. Well run all! [David Emanuel]    

17th March: congratulations to the hardy RRRs who braved the snowy conditions to complete their RRR Cup matches this morning! Neil Bradley ignored the cold to record his 2nd quickest parkrun of the year & claim victory over Emma Kennedy, despite Emma knocking nearly a minute & a half off her last parkrun in January. Phil Austin also wasn't hanging about - he hasn't run a faster parkrun since he set his current PB in May 2017. This proved a bit too good for Rob Kellett, not quite able to match his last Oldham run on New Year's Day (he's run quite a few different courses since). Great effort all round!  [David Emanuel]

10th March: as the latest RRR Cup match took place, I along with many other RRRs was sitting on a coach heading north for the Dentdale Run. What we missed was a fine performance by Emma Bower, achieving the unusual feat of overturning the handicap & finishing ahead of Judith Bradley. Sadly Judith wasn't 100% on the day & was 'penalised' by a handicap based in part on her excellent run of 1:03:08 at the Mad Dog 10K in February. So it's Emma who progresses to Round Two, no doubt with faster times to come!  [David Emanuel] 

24th February: many thanks to Stephen Rogowskyj & Owen Flage for getting this year's competition off to a flying start on a very cold morning in Alexandra Park! Great credit to Stephen for putting his name in the hat after his recent health problems - he certainly did himself proud with his 4th best parkrun since the start of 2017. However that wasn't quite enough to match Owen, who ran his best Oldham time since June last year to progress through to Round Two. Well run both!  [David Emanuel]
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SECOND ROUND (matches to take place by the end of May)

Rob Battye
Dave Watt
David Ellis
Tom Giles
Neil Brock
Jarrod Gritt
Leonie Glynn
Ronnie Quinn
Lee Higginbottom
Martin Thompson
Jason Keast
Owen Flage
Paul Ashton
Rob Fairbanks
Rob Nixon
Andy Chadwick
v  Helen Radcliffe
v  Ian Giles
v  Elliot Stone
v  Emma Bower
v  Gary Marshall
v  Neil Bradley
v  Jill Hickson
v  John Fay
v  Diane Allingan
v  Alex Critcher
v  Nick Mallon
v  Paul Cooke
v  Simon Howard
v  Phil Austin
v  Tony Kane
v  Warren Siddall OR Kevin Heenan

(5th May)





(5th May)


(12th May)



(19th May)


(19th May)

(21st Apr, 6m 50s)

(21st Apr, 3m 10s)


FIRST ROUND

24th FEB: Owen Flage (19:53) beat Stephen Rogowskyj (34:13) by 1min 50secs

10th MAR: Emma Bower (38:21) beat Judith Bradley (38:44) by 2min 53secs

17th MAR: Phil Austin (25:53) beat Rob Kellett (22.42) by 4mins 19secs

17th MAR: Neil Bradley (29:03) beat Emma Kennedy (41:54) by 2mins 51secs

24th MAR: Nick Mallon (23:42) beat Adrian Marshall (24:43) by 1min 1sec

24th MAR: Rob Fairbanks (18:23) beat Simon Lake (24:34) by 41 seconds

24th MAR: Andy Chadwick (23:03) beat Mark Rigby (22:08) by 35 seconds

24th MAR: Jason Keast (22:24) beat Chris Nicholson (24:20) by 56 seconds

24th MAR: Ian Giles (25:02) beat Adam Stirling (23:30) by 1min 43secs

24th MAR: Alex Critcher (22:44) beat Lisa Cummins (forgotten barcode)

24th MAR: Gary Marshall (24:44) beat Garry Bower (22:47) by 33 seconds

24th MAR: Tom Giles (25:23) beat David Emanuel (20:21) by 58 seconds

31st MAR: Paul Ashton (19:53) beat Angela Rogowskyj (38:31) by 2mins 8secs

14th APR: Helen Radcliffe (23:40) beat Bryan Lawton (21:48) by 8 seconds

Rob Battye beat Jan Curtis (walkover due to injury)

Elliot Stone beat Brian Moore (walkover)

Martin Thompson beat Matt Kershaw (walkover due to family illness)

Jarrod Gritt beat Michael Pickering (walkover due to injury)

Warren Siddall

v  Kevin Heenan

(28th Apr)

Diane Allingan (bye to Second Round)

Neil Brock (bye to Second Round)

Paul Cooke (bye to Second Round)

David Ellis (bye to Second Round)

John Fay (bye to Second Round)

Leonie Glynn (bye to Second Round)

Jill Hickson (bye to Second Round)

Lee Higginbottom (bye to Second Round)

Simon Howard (bye to Second Round)

Tony Kane (bye to Second Round)

Robert Nixon (bye to Second Round)

Ronnie Quinn (bye to Second Round)

Dave Watt (bye to Second Round)

 
Click here for 2017 RRR Cup results & reports.
Click here for 'Champion of Champions' race (January 2017) result & report.
Click here for 2016 RRR Cup results & reports.
Click here for 2015 RRR Cup results & reports.
Click here for 2014 RRR Cup results & reports.
Click here for 2013 RRR Cup results & reports.