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DECEMBER 20th 2010
An update on the 2011 Brathay Windermere Marathon (see previous news dated 25th August). I have today received a communication from Scott Umpleby, Head of Fundraising at the Brathay Trust which states that "we are keen to ensure that runners who aspire to run at Brathay are encouraged to enter, irrespective of the amount of money that they raise for our charity...[our recent] online survey quickly established that our request for a commitment to raise £200 is proving to be difficult for many a result, we now wish to make it clear that this request does not preclude those who cannot reach this target, or choose not to secure charity sponsorship...we recognise that raising sponsorship from family, friends, colleagues and your local community is challenging in the current climate...all we are asking is that runners do what they can to make some contribution to support Brathay?s cause...places for the 2011 Brathay Windermere Marathon are limited to 1,000 so we would suggest that anyone who wants to experience the beauty of the Lakes, the physical exertion of a marathon, and the satisfaction of helping young people succeed in life, act quickly to secure their place on the start line". I'm not the only RRR member who can vouch for the fact that this is a great marathon on a challenging but spectacular course - if you're interested in entering next year's race, click here for further details & an entry form.

DECEMBER 18th 2010
According to Sport England's Active People Survey, as reported in the press yesterday, athletics is now the third most popular participation sport in the country (based on the number of people who take part at least once a week). An increase of 16% on the last survey in 2008 to 1,875,500 means that athletics has overtaken cycling (helped no doubt by an increase in the number of dangerous potholes) & now ranks behind only swimming & football. There's a chance to further reinforce our sport's popularity tomorrow evening by supporting Jessica Ennis in the BBC Sports Personality of the Year vote - if she wins, she'll be the first victorious athlete since Kelly Holmes in 2004. Apparently Tony McCoy is favourite, although Phil Taylor is also hotly tipped (as good a darts player as Taylor undoubtedly is, I personally support the view that it can't be a proper sport if you can play it in your normal shoes). The winner will be decided by a phone vote on Sunday night - there'll be too much snow around to go out anywhere, so why not stay at home & vote for Jess!   

DECEMBER 16th 2010
Rapidly overcoming his disappointment at not getting a London Marathon place - and clearly keen to take on all-comers - Colin Green has pointed out that Edinburgh Marathon standard entries (i.e. non-charity places) are set to close in the next few weeks. If you are thinking of entering what Colin optimistically calls a "PB course", click here for details - but don't leave it too long!

The weather has taken a turn for the worse again today, and some forecasters are predicting that we may get two feet of snow. For anybody wondering what that might look like, here's a picture...  

DECEMBER 11th 2010

If you weren't there, you missed a treat...on Friday 10th December the Royton Road Runners Presentation Night took place at Royton Cricket Club & it really was a memorable occasion. A packed crowd (boosted, it must be said, by most of Chris Eavers' extended family) started the evening by recognising the many achievements of club members this year. All the winners can seen in their glory in the Photo Gallery (with thanks to Ray McBride), receiving their trophies from Ian Grime (international athlete) & John Milne (RCC President). Amongst the highlights: new Club Champions in Stuart Carroll & Carole Madden; Mark Kelly winning the Rod Bowers Trophy for his great work with the Run in England groups, his contribution to parkrun & his amazing improvement in race times in 2011; Joanna Bird receiving a special memento as the 100th club member; the announcement that Dr Kershaw's Hospice won the vote to be the RRR Charity of the Year in 2011; and Stuart Carroll picking up a well-deserved Ian Casey Trophy for his new club record marathon time. There were also four 2011 Virgin  London Marathon places up for grabs - these were awarded to Anne Jones, Mark Kelly, James Holdaway & Paul Walters. However the highlight of the evening (apart from discovering that a certain member of the RRR committee should in future be known as 'Brucie') was the live music - kicking off with great performances by Liz Phillips & Colin Green, followed by a storming set by the legendary line-up now known as The Wosnians, featuring our very own Chris Eavers (pictured) on drums & (occasional) vocals. On the basis of this performance, this surely can't be a one-off reunion for the band! Thanks to everyone who helped make this a fantastic evening - here's hoping for a similarly successful 2011.             

DECEMBER 8th 2010
If you were planning to don the red suit & beard on Sunday, it's bad news I'm afraid. Due to adverse weather conditions & very slippery surfaces in Alexandra Park, the Santa Run organised by Dr Kershaw's Hospice has been cancelled (so I can genuinely report that it has been called off for Elf & Safety reasons). The race has been rearranged for Sunday 16th January.  

DECEMBER 4th 2010
Just heard that today's Red Rose cross-country event at Bolton has been cancelled. Something to do with the weather, apparently...

Did you compete in the London Marathon between 2001 & 2010? Are you struggling to come up with ideas when people ask you what you want for Christmas? Well here's your answer...Aubrey's newly-published 'Official Register of London Marathon Runners' is now available from Up & Running in Manchester at a special price of £29.99 (RRP £60). This is "the authoritative & complete archive of the last 10 years of the London Marathon" including "year by year race summaries & pen portraits on some participants" & claims to be "a unique memento of your race day experience & a permanent record of your personal achievement". For more information click here or visit the Up & Running store. 

The facts: more than 10,000 people in the UK currently need a transplant. Three die every day because there are not enough organs available. Yet only 28% of us have joined the Organ Donor Register. It's so easy to join the register - more details can be found at the Organ Donation website.

As mentioned a few months ago, Dr Kershaw's Hospice is holding a Santa Run next Sunday 12th December. The 5K & 2.5K events take place in Alexandra Park, Oldham, starting at 11am. This year they hope to have a Santa's Grotto at the end of the (shorter) children's course & a couple of little surprises along the way. Click here for more details & an application form.    

NOVEMBER 25th 2010
Entries are now open for the 2011 Dewsbury 10K, the first race in next year's RRR Club Championship. You can get an entry form or enter on-line by following the link on the '2011 Club Races' page. The entry fee is £14 for affiliated runners - please note that there are no entries allowed on the day, no refunds & you are not allowed to transfer your race number to someone else!  

NOVEMBER 21st 2010
Next time you are tempted to complain about your tough training schedule, spare a thought for Edison Peña! The 12th miner to be hauled up in that steel capsule after 69 days trapped in the Chilean mine - who completed the New York Marathon a couple of weeks ago. His training had comprised running up to six miles through the underground tunnels every day.  Despite having to slow to a stroll at one point & making a brief stop to ice his leg, Peña picked up to a steady trot towards the end & crossed the finish line just under 6 hours, as was his goal. For Peña the marathon represented proof that "running makes you free".

NOVEMBER 16th 2010
Anyone interested in competing at the Northern Cross Country Championships at Herington Park, Sunderland (29/01/2011, cost £5) or the National Cross Country Championships at Alton Towers, Staffordshire (19/02/2011, cost £6), please note that the closing date for getting your name & fee(s) to Marilyn Guest is 31st December. Further details available from Marilyn on club training nights.

And more cross-country news: the address & postcode for this Saturday's Red Rose League event at Rossendale can now be found on the '2010-11 Cross-Country' page. There's also a link to the Red Rose website where you can get plenty of other details, including a map of the course. Three Big Laps for the Senior Men!

NOVEMBER 14th 2010
2011 Club Championship update: with the date of the East Hull 20 now confirmed as the weekend after Dent, this race's brief presence in the club championship list has lasted less than a week! Other alternative races are now being considered & we'll advise you of the alternative as soon as possible.

Looking for a last minute bargain? Wiggle, the online sports retailer, is offering 35% off running shoes & cycling shoes, but the offer ends at 1.30pm on Monday 15th November. Click here to visit the website.

NOVEMBER 10th 2010
Following a recent incident in the car park at Royton Cricket Club, members are advised to avoid leaving any items on display in their cars on club training nights. Please ensure that your car is securely locked & all belongings are safely stored out of sight.

The Club Championship race list for 2011 has been agreed by the committee & is available on the new '2011 Club Races' page. Following this season's successful campaign - which featured a grand total of exactly 500 RRR participants in the 16 races held, an average of more than 31 per race - the programme is pretty much unchanged! With no confirmation regarding the future of the Oldham Half Marathon, it has been replaced with the East Hull 20 at the end of March. This is a popular, well-established race, described as "ideal preparation for London & other spring marathons". Although it is appreciated that not everyone will want to run this distance, we're expecting a record number of RRR competitors to run the London Marathon; add in those planning to compete at Edinburgh & Lochaber & this could be a great warm-up race for many club members, including those thinking of stepping up to a marathon for the first time in 2011. It's worth getting your entry in early for the races that tend to fill up quickly - applications for the Freckleton Half Marathon are being accepted on-line now, Dewsbury 10K entries open on 16th November & I'll provide an update here when the Chester Half Marathon date is confirmed.

NOVEMBER 5th 2010
Hoodie update: stocks have been replenished today, with five 'large' & 10 'medium'. If you would like one for Sunday's trip to Derwentwater, please call Bryan Lawton on the Hoodie Hotline (0161-6523881).

As part of Mark Kelly's coach training, he needs a runner to coach! Ideally Mark is looking for someone from Group 2, currently running a few times a week - either a fairly new runner or someone looking to improve a PB. Mark will take the runner through a programme built around a specific goal, probably one of the RRR Club Championship races before April. The programme won't necessarily mean adding more training time to your week, but changes to routine, technique, etc. If you'd like to take advantage of this great opportunity to have your own personal running coach, please e-mail Mark straight away!    

NOVEMBER 2nd 2010
Bernie Goodwin has posted final details of Saturday's confirmed travel arrangements for Derwentwater on the website forum. Just to make sure everyone gets the message, I reproduce it here in full: "Two coaches will leave Royton Assembly Hall @ 7.30am approx,  returning from Derwentwater @ 6pm, returning to Royton @ 8.30pm-ish. There's plenty of room on the coaches for all, the cost is a credit crunching £15pp payable before next Sunday 7th if possible by cash or cheque.

I suspect like many of the weary finishers at Holmfirth on Sunday, I had an entry form for the Barnsley 10K thrust into my hand. Exploiting my tired & emotional state, Mr Barnsley AC then made me agree to share details of the event with the rest of the club. So here goes - it's on Sunday 14th November, starting at 10.30am & is apparently "a potential road PB course". Click here for more details if you wish!  

OCTOBER 31st 2010
Bernie Goodwin has confirmed that, given unprecedented demand, there will be TWO coaches travelling to Keswick next Sunday. This will give more room for everyone - plus of course means that there's still places available for any latecomers. Please speak to Bernie at one of the training nights this week if you'd like to be added to the list - or send me an e-mail & I'll pass on your details.

The South East Lancs Cross-Country League kicked-off on Saturday with a tough three-lap race around Heaton Park. Once again we only had Mark Kelly & Colin Green in the field, but they both did us proud (report to follow soon)...hopefully there will be a better turn-out at the next race on 13th November, when our road race season has finished.       

OCTOBER 28th 2010
It's your chance to have your say! Voting is now open for RRR 2010 Club Runner of the Year & the charity we will support in 2011. Simply go to the Members Page - you'll need to register if you haven't previously done so - and complete the short on-line form. Results will be announced at the Presentation Night on Friday 10th December.  

OCTOBER 27th 2010
Tickets go on sale next week for the annual Royton Road Runners Presentation Night on Friday 10th December - as anyone will tell you, an event not to be missed! See the home page for further details - tickets can be obtained from Bernie Goodwin or other committee members.

OCTOBER 22nd 2010
It's only October, but it feels that the time is right to start collecting details of everyone's plans for marathons in 2011. Next year promises to be a record year for RRR marathons - anecdotally I know that we have a number of entrants for London & Edinburgh, several people are planning multiple marathons & (as standards get ever higher) it seems certain that Stuart Carroll's club record will again be under threat. So please e-mail me details of the races you plan to run - apart from anything else, this will make it considerably easier for our hard-pressed statistician to keep the Marathon Championship tables up-to-date!

Talking of marathons...Benjamin Rapoport of Harvard Medical School has been widely reported for his recently-published research into "metabolic factors limiting performance in marathon runners". I wouldn't recommend his research paper as light reading, at least not without a big dictionary on hand, but essentially he proposes a "systematic approach to estimating personalized maximum speeds at which runners can safely complete a marathon, based on accessible physiologic parameters such as heart rate and running speed" - in other words, a simple Endurance Calculator which takes your age, weight, resting heart rate & target marathon time to calculate the total energy & carbohydrate loading requirements required to achieve your target without risk of hitting the 'wall'. Interesting stuff (I think).   

OCTOBER 20th 2010
Nothing to do with running...but Colin Green has two spare tickets to see comedian Tommy Tiernan at the Dancehouse, Manchester this coming Saturday 23rd October. Colin says "Very funny & he was headlining on Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow a couple of weeks ago. Tickets priced at £16. Only drawback is that you will have to sit next to Jane & I." Please e-mail Colin if you're interested, or see him at the club on Thursday.

OCTOBER 19th 2010
Arrangements are progressing well for the coach trip to our final race of the season, the Derwentwater 10 at Keswick on Sunday 7th November. We have a 51-seater coach booked, and Mark Kelly has offered to drive which - assuming numbers don't change - will accommodate everyone who wants to go! Please note that transport will leave from the Royton Assembly Hall car park at 7.30am.

Latest hoodie update - Bryan has ordered another 15 (10 medium, 5 large), so those feeling left out & worried that they won't look the part at Keswick should soon have their minds put at rest.

There's a new section in the Forum (suggested by Colin Green), where anyone can upload details of training runs from their Garmin, etc. I know that quite a few people are already doing this on Facebook, but this seems quite a neat way of keeping all the information in one handy location. As an example we've loaded a link to Monday night's Group 1 session - but feel free to add more sections as appropriate!        

OCTOBER 13th 2010
As predicted, the new RRR hoodies are selling out fast - 35 gone in less than a week! There are 10 small & 4 large remaining - please see Bryan Lawton at a training night if you're interested in claiming one for yourself.

Heard about the Pennine Bridleway Relay? 47 miles with 6300ft of ascent, teams of 10 running in pairs, all takes place on Sunday 30th January 2011. Des Thorpe is trying to pull a Royton Road Runners team together - if you're interested in taking part, please e-mail Des to confirm. 

OCTOBER 10th 2010
Stuart Carroll has, as is the well-established annual tradition, booked four twin rooms at the Premier Inn, London Euston for 2011 London Marathon weekend. Rooms are booked for Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th April at a rate of £145 per person for the two nights. Stuart & Bryan Lawton have already bagged one room, so that leaves six places available - please email Stuart if you would like one. First come first served!   

OCTOBER 6th 2010
Dr Kershaw's Hospice is holding a Santa Run on Sunday 12th December. The 5K & 2.5K events take place in Alexandra Park, Oldham, starting at 11am & promising to be a fun occasion for adults & children alike. This year they hope to have a Santa's Grotto at the end of the (shorter) children's course & a couple of little surprises along the way. Click here for more details & an application form.

Yet more multi-event participation to report from last weekend...Des Thorpe & Matt Oldham took part in the Tameside XL Triathlon on Sunday, with Des achieving a most impressive 8th place overall (4th on the bike!) & Matt just 11 places further back. At the same time Brian Moore & Bryan Lawton were competing in a bike/run duathlon at Oulton Park, Mr Moore coming out on top by less than two minutes thanks to being slightly speedier on the bike leg.

The dedicated, conscientious, enthusiastic Royton Road Runners committee held its latest meeting after training on Monday 4th October. Many important topics were discussed (late into the night), including:
* DERWENTWATER COACH TRIP: unprecedented numbers of people have put their names on the list for the trip to the Derwentwater 10K, which is fantastic ? but we?re reaching the limit for a single coach. We're looking into options/costs for two smaller coaches, but before finalising arrangements please could you remove your name from the list if you're not now intending to travel (or send me an email & I'll cross you off the list on Thursday) & let me know if you'd be prepared to drive to Keswick (and how many passengers you could take), in case the cost of additional transport proves prohibitive.
* PRESENTATION NIGHT: arrangements are progressing well for this year's presentation night on Friday, 10th December. Put the date in your diary - tickets will start going on sale soon.
* ROAD RUNNER OF THE YEAR: new members won't be aware of the prestigious Rod Bowers Trophy, awarded at the Presentation Night to the club member who receives most votes for their contribution to Royton Road Runners during the year. Last year's well-deserved joint winners were Ray Shaw & Trevor Grundy. Voting will open soon, with two important differences this year - we're making it easier to submit your vote, using a form on the Members Page of this website, and we'll be asking you at the same time to choose your preference from the nominations received for the club's 2011 Charity of the Year. Watch out for details on the website & in the weekly member emails!
* LONDON MARATHON 2011: just received a rejection letter for next year's race? All is not lost - we're anticipating that there will be three places allocated to the club this year. Just present your rejection letter to Marilyn Guest & you'll be entered into the draw for those places, to be made at the Presentation Night.
* CLUB MERCHANDISE: new, much-anticipated club 'hoodies' are due to arrive this week - Bryan Lawton will hopefully be selling them (at £20 each) at training on Thursday night. They're likely to sell like hot cakes, so make sure you don't miss out!
* CROSS-COUNTRY: a record number of runners have put their names forward to run cross-country this season, so we should definitely have a competitive team in both the Red Rose & South East Lancs Leagues. If you haven't yet given your name to Marilyn Guest, please do so as soon as possible - first race is Saturday 23rd October (full details below, see August 18th entry). Cheapest way to enter (£4 for all four races in each series) is to pay in advance to Marilyn.

* TRAINING GROUPS: with the rapid growth in membership - and the increasingly high standards being achieved by our 'elite' runners - it has been identified that there may be a need for an additional training group, running a little slower than the top group. If you would be interested in becoming a Group Leader for this group, usually running 7-8 miles at approximately 8min/mile pace, please send me an email to register your interest. You don't have to be able to get to every Monday/Thursday training session - but knowledge of the streets of Oldham & Royton is clearly an advantage!
* 2011 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING: another date for your diary - given the growth of the club, we feel it is no longer appropriate to hold our AGM on a training night, which limits the time available; next year's AGM has therefore been booked for the evening of Friday 21st January. More details to follow closer to the time.
* 2011 CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP: next year's club races are yet to be finalised - but since they tend to fill up quickly, we can confirm that the Dewsbury 10K (February), Chester Half Marathon (May) & Freckleton Half Marathon (19th June) will definitely be included again. Get your entries in for these races as early as possible to avoid disappointment - Freckleton entry is open now.
* VOLUNTARY CONTRIBUTIONS: Your RRR annual membership fee covers various 'formal' aspects - affiliation to England Athletics, membership of the cricket club, etc. However, the day-to-day running of the club - such as subsidising travel to races, cost of social events, purchase of trophies - relies on the voluntary contributions made by individual members. A number of members now make these contributions by monthly Standing Order - more convenient for both the individual & the poor guys who do the collecting on training nights! If you'd like to start making contributions by Standing Order, please talk to Ray Shaw & he'll pass on the relevant bank details.

OCTOBER 3rd 2010
Swinton Running Club's 20th women's 5.25-mile run takes place on Sunday 28th November this year. Registration & prize-giving for the race - described as "a demonstration of the club's commitment to encourage women's running" - are at Swinton Junior FC. Click here for more details & an entry form.

OCTOBER 2nd 2010
For anyone intending to travel to Keswick for the Derwentwater 10, the last club championship race of the season, we're now collecting names/numbers for the coach trip. There's a very well-populated list on the changing room noticeboard - but if you can't get there in the next few weeks, just send me an e-mail (telling me how many seats you want) & I'll add you to the list.   

SEPTEMBER 29th 2010
Sweatshop is celebrating the opening of four new stores by offering all parkrunners a 20% discount off everything until 11th October. Offer applies in all Sweatshop stores - quote 'parkrun20' to a member of staff to claim your discount.

More Sweatshop news...the store in the Arndale, Manchester is having a 'Garmin Day' on Thursday 30th September. This includes a Garmin clinic between 10am & 6.30pm (30min appointments available throughout the day), which would still allow time to get to the club training session in the evening! Alternatively, you could 'trial a Garmin' at 7pm, followed by a Garmin connect software presentation at 7.30pm...but accept that offer & you risk being shunned by your RRR colleagues...

Mark Kelly starts a new 'Run in England' group on Monday 4th October. Please contact Mark if you'd be able to help out. Also, if you have friends & family interested in learning to run, please speak to Mark - you'll find more details of the Run in England scheme on the 'Join Our Club' page.     

SEPTEMBER 28th 2010
Steve Shaw clocked up yet another marathon at the weekend, completing the Anglesey Marathon in 3:55:48 - his fourth of the year & third in under four hours (Gloucester, the one exception, doesn't really count, as it was completed as a pack run).

SEPTEMBER 26th 2010
Colin Green has put another excellent video on YouTube, this time of the Ron Hill 5K race. Click here to see all the action!

SEPTEMBER 21st 2010
Last Monday (13th September) Des Thorpe left his bike in the changing room during the club run, but on his return the computer from it was missing. If anyone saw anything or knows if it may have been handed in, could they please contact Des (email

Middleton Harriers have this week resumed their 'winter' track sessions at Springhill High School (Turf Hill Road, Rochdale, OL16 4XA - now called Kingsway Park High School). I don't want to tempt too many people away from Monday night club training nights...but for anyone who  fancies something a little different, the occasional speed session might be the answer! Middleton kindly make these sessions available to other clubs & they don't charge for the coaching support - you just pay £2 each time for use of the track. Sessions take place every Monday until April, starting at 7.30pm.  

SEPTEMBER 19th 2010
For those of us unfortunately unable to attend Colin Green's 40th birthday celebrations, there's now a chance to see on YouTube what was clearly one of the highlights of the evening - Stuart Carroll, Chris Eavers & the birthday boy performing 'YMCA'. Click here to watch it if you dare...they'd clearly been rehearsing this for a while!  

SEPTEMBER 17th 2010
As an RRR member you automatically hold an England Athletics Competition Licence - so you might be interested to know that this entitles you to subscribe to Athletics Weekly at a special discounted rate. Click here for further details. 

SEPTEMBER 14th 2010
Whoops! I missed George Meynell off the list of marshals thanked for helping out at the Police Sport UK 10 miler. Sorry George - I'm sure that you did an excellent job too!

Many thanks to all the Royton Road Runners who came to my party on Saturday 11th September. I had a fantastic time & lots of my friends commented on how fit the runners looked (stamina-wise), especially Mr Chris (Crazy Legs) Eavers. There was an awful lot of running-based dancing observed & I am hoping to showcase some of the moves in a series of YouTube video clips - watch this space. Also many thanks for the generous running gift vouchers, I will look forward to spending them. Perhaps I could buy a huge trophy, as it will be the only thing I win this year [not true - Colin is clearly in the running for the 'Most Gruesome Injury Photos' award - ed]. Thanks again to everyone for a memorable evening! [Colin 'veteran' Green]

SEPTEMBER 12th 2010
Looking for an 'interesting' marathon to run - home or abroad - or maybe a longer race? Bill Balmer has discovered this 'Ultra Half Marathon Calendar' website, which lists an extraordinary number of distance races scheduled for the next couple of years.

SEPTEMBER 9th 2010
BON VOYAGE: Royton Road Runners says farewell to one of its founder members, Jeff Cordwell, who is moving to pastures new. Jeff was one of the driving forces behind the creation of the club seven years ago - his enthusiasm & the support of his friends made it happen. Since then Jeff has been a prominent figure at the club, including time as a Committee member & Treasurer. He regularly organised training sessions & was keen to support other members with their marathon preparation. Despite leaving the area, Jeff will remain a member, continuing to represent Royton Road Runners in the events he enters. To say that Jeff is dedicated to his running is an understatement; the quote "my job is interfering with my running" is testament to that! Our best wishes go to Jeff & Eve - we wish them every happiness in their new home in Scarisbrick.  [Ray Shaw, on behalf of Royton Road Runners] 

Club Chairman Bryan Lawton would like to thank everyone who turned up to marshal at the Police Sport UK 10 mile race on Wednesday - Ray Shaw, Dave Phillips, Brian Hurst, Eileen Ingham, June Allingan & Brian Moore. To quote Bryan: "They all did an excellent job, it was like having my own cheerleading team".   

SEPTEMBER 4th 2010
This week runbritain has launched a 'revolutionary' new online handicap scoring system, designed to give road runners of all abilities the chance to benchmark your progress & compare results across a range of distances & terrains. The scoring system has been developed in conjunction with the team behind the McCain 'Power of 10' website. As in golf, handicaps go from 'scratch' (zero) up to 36, in increments of 0.1, using a combination of your recent best performances at 5K, 10K, half marathon & marathon, adjusted for course difficulty & weather conditions. Click here to read more & register by clicking on 'Claim Your Handicap'.  

SEPTEMBER 1st 2010
Final call for volunteers to assist our chairman at the Police Sport UK 10 mile race next Wednesday 8th September! The race starts at 1330hrs - marshals would need to be able to arrive for a briefing at the Orangery, Heaton Park at 1200hrs. Please contact Bryan Lawton for further details on 0161-6523881. 

AUGUST 26th 2010
There is no club training night next Monday 30th August, as it's a Bank Holiday.

We're arranging a final Thursday 'away night' to say farewell to the summer - 9th September from Ogden Reservoir. See the 'Thursday Away Nights' page for further details.

As usual, we'll be taking one of our almost-legendary coach trips to the Lake District on 7th November, as we finish the club championship races with the picturesque Derwentwater 10 mile race (hopefully in better weather than last year). More details of cost of the trip & how to book your place to follow - but for now you may want to think about entering the race itself! There's a link to the Keswick AC website, where you'll find an entry form, on the '2010 Club Races' page.     

AUGUST 25th 2010
For anyone thinking of taking part in next year's Brathay Windermere Marathon, you'll be interested to know that all entrants are now required to make a commitment to raising a minimum of £200 for Brathay Trust in addition to the minimum £30 entry fee. I'm sure I'm not the only potential runner already committed to fundraising for other charities, which has led to some interesting correspondence with race director Scott Umpleby. His message is basically that "we will review all comments before deciding whether to change the tone of our donation request" but that Windermere is "the only road marathon in the country that's organised by a charity, with the main objective being to raise money to support our cause...the model that we're trying to adopt is one developed very successfully by Cancer Research UK with their Race for Life...we are prepared for numbers in the event to fall if this means that those taking part raise more in donations for's [currently] difficult to justify the resource required to stage the event every year". Given that I've spent some time trying to encourage more club members to take part, I thought I should let you know of these changes!  [David Emanuel]        

AUGUST 24th 2010
More from the UK Backward Running Championships...Stuart Carroll shows that his talents extend beyond running very fast, with some great pics now available in the Photo Gallery - although it seems he was temporarily distracted by the local wildlife! Official results of Sunday's race have been released, confirming that Chris & David are officially the fastest V50 & V40 backward runners in the UK. Probably. In the true spirit of backward running, we now need to start our pre-race carbo loading! There was a nice little item on 'Granada News' on Sunday - you can still watch it via a link on the Reverse Running website. If you're thinking you might join us for next year's race, here's a chance to see how ridiculous you'll look!   

AUGUST 22nd 2010
To celebrate his imminent move into the tough world of V40 running, our very own kamikaze cyclist Colin Green is having a birthday party at the Royal George in Greenfield on 11th September. Click here for further details - if you'd like to go along, please can you let Colin know by 27th August so that he can confirm numbers.

Further to previous communications (see below) on this winter's cross country races - in addition to the local league races, the National Championships take place on 6th November (relays - Mansfield) & 19th February (main - Alton Towers) while the Northern Championships are on 29th January (Herington Park, Sunderland). For the Red Rose & South East Lancs Leagues, cost of entry is £4 for all four races in each series, payable in advance to Marilyn Guest.  

AUGUST 18th 2010
An interesting race in October, in a good cause, for your consideration! Andy O'Sullivan is staging the Claire Ryder Memorial Watergrove Reservoir Race on Saturday 16th October - a 4.8K race around the reservoir above Wardle, over a course that has not been used since 1992. Funds raised from the race will be placed in a trust fund for Claire's two very young children. Click here for more details - UK Results will donate £1 for each online entry.

Further details of some of this winter's Cross Country league fixtures, for anyone interested. Races are all approximately 10K distance. More details to follow later:

Red Rose Cross Country League (click here for website with further details)
Saturday 23rd October: Hyndburn
Saturday 20th November: Rossendale (Marl Pits)
Saturday 4th December: Bolton (Leverhulme Park)
Saturday 18th December: Blackburn (Witton Park)

South East Lancs Cross Country League
Saturday 30th October: Manchester (Heaton Park)
Saturday 13th November: Manchester (Clayton Vale)
Saturday 15th January 2011: Leigh (LIlford Park)
Saturday 5th February 2011: Manchester (Boggart Hole Clough)       

AUGUST 4th 2010
Is anyone available to help out our chairman by marshaling at the Police Sport UK 10 mile road race championships at Heaton Park on Wednesday 8th September? Race starts at 1330hrs, so you'd need to be available from 1200hrs. If you can help, please contact Bryan Lawton direct on (0161) 6523881 or by e-mail. Race T-shirt to all helpers!  

AUGUST 3rd 2010
The closing date for 'Good for Age' entries for the 2011 London Marathon is 21st August. See details on the website regarding age categories/times & details of how to enter. I'll send off for club entries around October.  [Marilyn Guest]

Can anyone interested in competing in various cross-country events this coming 2010-11 season (SELCC League, Red Rose League, Northerns, Nationals) please contact Marilyn as soon as possible. Dates & venues will be published nearer the time. Barry Greaves & Mark Kelly have already expressed an interest. Remember, all the top runners (such as Ian Grime) compete in cross-country during the winter to improve for the road & the track!  [Marilyn Guest]  

JULY 31st 2010
Having experienced the joys of running the two-lap Wolverhampton Marathon (and ahead of tomorrow's multi-lap Sale 10), I like this comment in the latest Fetcheveryone newsletter: "Don't run laps. Ever. If a town marathon requires that you do laps, just ask yourself why they're keeping you from the other side of town and what it is they're trying to hide."

JULY 26th 2010
Not content with running the race very fast indeed, Mark Kelly - ably assisted by Clare behind the camera - has produced a great video of Sunday's Moonraker 10K that you can watch now on YouTube. I wouldn't be surprised if Mark is also playing all the instruments on the soundtrack...

Yet another RRR we passed the 30,000th visitor to this website, having  reached 20,000 barely six months ago! The day after the Royton Trail, mainly due to people looking at Brian Moore's race results, we had 325 hits, which I'm sure is a record for a single day. Thanks to everyone for your support - and for providing material that people want to read...   

JULY 24th 2010
Congratulations from all at RRR to Helen Knight & partner Geoff, who are expecting a second child (another future club member), due early next year.

JULY 22nd 2010
For those not running the Sale 10, Sky Ride Manchester takes place on 1st August! Looking at the website, it looks like it would be a really good day out for anyone who likes cycling [Colin Green, look away now - Ed]. There are two entertainment villages at Sports City & Castlefield Arena & a marked route with entertainment between the two, especially around the town hall/centre area. The city centre is traffic-free on that day & the route opens at 10am. As it's not far down to Manchester for most people at the club & no big hills in the way, it should be no problem even for the occasional cyclist! I understand there should be lots to interest children as well.  [Shiela Waite]

Once the initial laughter had died down, there seemed to be a fair amount of interest in the 1st UK Backward Running Championships in Heaton Park on 22nd August - so I've taken the plunge & submitted my entry! I'll be most disappointed if I end up being the only RRR making a fool of myself on the please don't delay any longer, the website says the closing date is Friday 23rd July. It's easy to enter on-line from here.  [David Emanuel]

Following the huge success that was the Royton Trail, here's yet another landmark for the club - for the first time ever, we have 100 current members! A presentation is planned for a few weeks time to mark this momentous event - we'll keep you posted.

JULY 21st 2010
If Heaton Park is just too far to travel on a Saturday morning, you may be interested to know that Mark Kelly has been assisting with the set-up of a new Oldham parkrun, which kicks-off this Saturday 24th July at Alexandra Park. There don't yet seem to be full details on the parkrun website, but Mark has posted provisional route details on YouTube.  

JULY 16th 2010
FOUND: a small blue short-sleeved 'View From' running top, left on a chair at the bar in the Tandle Hill Tavern after the Royton Trail. Anyone who got home after a few beers & found that they were missing an item of clothing, please contact one of the RRR committee.

JULY 15th 2010
Our friends at Mountainfeet (Rhodes Bank, Oldham) are considering investing in Walsh's fell shoes. Before committing to the financial outlay to stock these shoes, they would really appreciate some feedback from club members - do you wear, or know other runners who wear, Walsh's fell shoes? Would you consider buying them from Mountainfeet? You can provide feedback by e-mailing Jane Gleeson (a Royton Trail runner this week!) at Mountainfeet - or of course you could visit the shop in person!

Jane has also drawn our attention to the UK Running Backwards Championships, which are taking place in Heaton Park on Sunday 22nd August - the first ever official backward running race held in the UK, and it's on our doorstep! This event involves running backwards for one mile (sounds tough, but it appears that there was a backwards half marathon in Italy last year!). I know that running forwards is usually hard enough, but if you fancy giving this a try - or just going along to watch the action (apparently serious backward runners wear customised hats fitted with rear-view mirrors) - click here for more details & an entry form.    

JULY 13th 2010
A raffle will be held at the Tandle Hill Tavern after the Royton Trail. Prizes would be appreciated -sorry for the short notice.  [Ray Shaw]

A 5K road race will take place from the Falcon Inn, Littleborough on Tuesday 20th July to commemorate the life & service to Rochdale Division of GMP of PC Ian Terry. Click here for full details & an entry form.

Andy O'Sullivan has been busy putting together his calendar of races for 2011, including next year's Ian Terry 5K & several others that are likely to form part of the RRR Club Championship. Click here for details to add to your 2011 calendar (that you probably haven't bought yet).

JULY 4th 2010
The annual RRR 'handicap' competition will be held at the Royton Trail on 14th July. For those who've not been involved before...statistical genius Brian Moore will be comparing times in this year's race to our best time from the 2008 or 2009 races. The person showing the greatest improvement wins the handicap. For anyone who hasn't competed in the Royton Trail, he'll do some complicated calculation based on your best 10K time over the same period. If you've recently joined the club we may not have a 10K time for you - so to take part, please could you send me an email with your best 10K time since 2008.

We're also delighted to announce that, thanks to a very generous donation from a club member, there will be male & female team prizes on offer at this year's Royton Trail, awarded to the 1st, 2nd & 3rd teams to finish.  

JUNE 30th 2010
After three years in the role, Ray Shaw has announced his intention to stand down as RRR Treasurer at the next AGM. On behalf of everyone at the club we'd like to thank Ray for his hard work, enthusiasm & contribution to getting us to where we are today - a thriving club with record membership levels. We're now seeking a volunteer to work alongside Ray & George Meynell to 'learn the ropes' before Ray formally steps down - if you are interested, please speak to Ray, George or any other member of the Committee.    

JUNE 20th 2010
Another Andy O'Sullivan race for your diary - the Emily Hughes Healey Reservoir Dash takes place on Tuesday 27th July & is described as a "very scenic course of approximately 5K". Click here for an entry form. 

JUNE 10th 2010
Congratulations to Dave Phillips on scooping yet another V65 trophy at last weekend's Buxton Half Marathon! Dave finished in 1:48:13 to take first prize by some distance. Funnily enough, at the end of the race Dave said, "Don't ever suggest doing that again!" or words to that effect - I think the hill at seven miles had something to do with it. Anyway, the following day I got an email from him saying that he had stayed for the presentation, received a handsome trophy & couldn't wait to do it again next year! I was a little disappointed to have got slower again for the second year running, but did improve my position to 40th (5th in V50) finishing in 1:38:20. Time I gave up football & did a bit more winter running, I think.  [Dave Hall]

If you're not entered for the Freckleton Half Marathon, and looking for some excitement on Sunday 20th June, why not go along to see some fellow Royton Road Runners at the Cowm Clash Olympic distance triathlon (starting at 8am - 1500m open water swim in Cowm reservoir, 25-mile bike leg taking in Bacup, Todmorden & five big climbs, 10K run leg)? We have at least two teams taking part - one of George Meynell (swim), Bryan Lawton (bike) & Dave Kershaw (run), another with John Williamson (swim) & Colin Green (bike/run). Which is the stronger team? Can Colin take on two legs & still emerge victorious? How cold is Cowm reservoir early on a Sunday morning? Be there to find out... 

Radcliffe Athletics Club has introduced a new '3-Day Challenge' into the race calendar, taking place from 8th-10th July. The race consists of a 5.5m fell race, a 5m cross-country & 5m trail race. The big selling point is apparently that "you can race our three-day challenge or any combination of the races & still see England in the final stages of the World Cup if they get there, as all three races are on days that England can not play". Click here for an entry form containing more race details.             

JUNE 2nd 2010
Would you like to assist Mark Kelly with his first 'Run in England' group? Mark is looking for volunteers to help with this beginners group over 10 weeks from 14th June. Mark will create a rota & he says, "All you have to do is run...slow for one mile, I will do the rest!" Mark has also produced a poster advertising the programme - if you know someone who will display it, please click here to print a copy.

Mark has also added to the collection of Royton Road Runners on YouTube. Click here to watch his video from the Edinburgh Marathon.    

MAY 31st 2010
Please do all you can to support your own club race, the Royton Trail - 7.30pm on Wednesday 14th July. As usual the race HQ will be the Tandle Hill Tavern, where free food will be available after the race. We had 45 RRR members in the recent Ian Casey 5K, let's see if we can beat that & set a new club record. If you are injured/can't run then please consider helping out as a marshall - let me or Ray Shaw know if you can assist. Although you can register on the night, it would be a great help if you could enter beforehand - click here for an entry form. A small number of members put a lot of effort into organising this race, so please give it your full support if you can!  [Bryan Lawton]

Provisional results from last weekend's Chester Marathon - Steve Shaw (3:44), Barry Greaves (3:53) & Paul Walters (4:12). Well done to all - hopefully more details to folow in due course.

MAY 30th 2010
Brian Moore has kindly produced a first set of 'Marathon Tables' - you can now view both the current Marathon Championship standings (on the 'Season Results' page) & a full set of all results achieved so far this year (on the 'Marathons in 2010' page). Apart from Stuart's fantastic new club record, it's worth noting that - thanks in large part to the trip to the Gloucester Marathon in January, in tribute to Ian Casey - we've already collectively run 32 marathons this year, compared to 40 for the whole of 2009.

Over the last few months I've been sending out a weekly e-mail to club members, detailing the latest updates to the website & other news. This seems to have been pretty well-received...if you're not on the distribution list, it's because I don't have a current e-mail address for you! If you'd like to join in the fun, please click here to send me your e-mail address.  [David Emanuel]   

MAY 25th 2010
Analysis of the final results confirm that the new RRR record turn-out at the Ian Casey 5K was actually 45 runners, not 44!     

MAY 23rd 2010
There's no stopping Colin Green! Not satisfied with the London Marathon & Chester Half podcasts, or our new Twitter presence (see below), we now have 'vodcasts' on YouTube showing race action & post-race interviews from the Ian Casey Memorial 5K. Click here to access all six videos - you can also subscribe to be notified whenever future vodcasts are posted!

And there's more! We also now have a Facebook page - not much information there yet, but hopefully it will start to grow. If you're a Facebook user, make sure you join up as a member!

MAY 21st 2010
Royton Road Runners are on Twitter! Thanks to Colin Green, not only an ace interviewer but social networking expert too, we now have a Twitter account (and, if I understand correctly how these things work, two followers!). If you're already a Twitter user, I'm advised that you should add '@roytonrunner' to your friends. If like me you've not used Twitter before, then click here to sign up!

A new RRR record at the Ian Casey Memorial race! By my calculations we had 44 runners taking part (out of 108 finishers), as well as various supporters around the course (yes, for those who'd forgotten what he looks like, that really was reigning marathon champion Dave Kershaw). Congratulations & thanks to everyone who took part - including first lady finisher Carole Madden. Full results can be found at the 'Season Results' page.   

Next Thursday's 'away night' from the Tandle Hill Tavern will involve a 'test run' of the slightly-amended Royton Trail race route. Go to the 'Thursday Away Nights' page for more details. 

MAY 17th 2010
By my calculations, 16 Royton Road Runners took part in the Chester Half Marathon on Sunday - an excellent turnout given how long ago they stopped taking entries & the other races taking place on the same day (Windermere Marathon, Manchester 10K). Full results can be found via the link on the 'Season Results' page - but for a far better summary, Colin recorded some more post-race interviews (including a rendition of the 'Chester Half Theme Tune' which, unless I'm much mistaken, sounds remarkably similar to the London one). Just click the links below to hear some of our (breathless) race finishers:
Podcast 1

Podcast 2

Podcast 3

MAY 15th 2010
Due to the continued increase in membership & race participation, the current points allocation in the RRR Club Championship is struggling to cope! At last month's Steve Rothwell 4 mile race, six runners in the Championship Group & five in the over-40s were awarded a single point - and this situation is likely to affect even more people at popular forthcoming races such as the Ian Casey Memorial 5K & the Royton Trail. It's clearly unfair that someone can beat four or five other runners in a race yet only receive the same number of the Committee has decided to double the number of points given to the winner of each group to 18 (with 17 points for 2nd place, 16 for 3rd, etc) with immediate effect & backdated to the start of this season. This doesn't change the 'points system' itself, and will not make any difference to most of us - who will just be awarded an extra nine points for each race we've completed - except to benefit the multiple 'one-pointers'. Revised Group Tables reflecting this change will be produced after the Ian Casey 5K race on 20th May (or depending on result availability, after the Chester Half on Sunday).  

MAY 9th 2010
First it was podcasts from London - now we have a Royton Road Runner on YouTube! Admittedly not running...but click here to see our very own Chris Eavers performing his world-famous 'Manchester Rap' with Ransom at Cheadle Rugby Club last month. Please watch it & spread the word! I've told Chris that between us I'm sure we can get his total viewings up to the level of Lady GaGa & Susan Boyle...   

MAY 3rd 2010
This Wednesday (5th May) Andy O'Sullivan is staging the Norman Poole 5K race at Cowm Reservoir. Andy says that "Norman has dedicated his life to coaching young athletes & bringing them to international prominence. Michael Rimmer & Tom Lancashire are turning out - these two Beijing Olympians have done us proud at international level. This will be a one-off occasion for club runners to turn out with such stars".

Many thanks to everyone who supported my run of the 84-mile Hadrian's Wall Path over the weekend, in aid of Willow Wood Hospice in Ashton. The fact that I'm writing this shows that I made it back unscathed! It was quite an experience, and (hopefully) great preparation for the Windermere Marathon in two Colin Green suggested, "Windermere will seem like a sprint after this." I'm afraid that the hamper offered by the Co-op to whoever guessed closest to my total running time didn't go to a Royton Road Runner - I think you all have too high expectations of my abilities! You can read all the gory details on my blog if you have a few minutes to spare... [David Emanuel]      

APRIL 28th 2010
Andy O'Sullivan is introducing another new race this year...the Ian Terry Memorial 5K in Littleborough is being held in memory of PC Ian Terry, a firearms officer who died in tragic circumstances in 2008. The race takes place on Tuesday 20th July (the week after the Royton Trail), with all proceeds going to the 'Care of Police Survivors' charity. Entry form avaialble from the UK Results website

APRIL 26th 2010
Just when you thought it was safe to come back to the here for a final podcast from Colin Green & Team RRR at the London Marathon. Hear them awaiting their Sunday evening curry, and enjoy another (slightly more muted) performance from the RRR Male Voice Choir. Thanks again to Colin & the rest for keeping us entertained over the weekend;  I know that at least one person has been listening, as Bill Balmer emailed to say "Great stuff with the podcasts." It's certainly made me even more determined to qualify for next year's race & join in the fun!

Bill Balmer has also finally had confirmation of what we all expected to hear: "Unfortunately it has not been possible to put in place the necessary arrangements to hold the Oldham Half Marathon on 2nd May. The event, therefore, has been cancelled for this year. Thank you very much for your interest & I apologise for any inconvenience which may have been caused to you." [Councillor Jim McArdle - Mayor, Oldham Council]. Many thanks to Bill for keeping us informed throughout - let's hope the race returns in 2011.

APRIL 25th 2010
We now have the final instalments of what will surely become Colin Green's award-winning series of London Marathon podcasts. I hope everyone is able to access these (if your computer asks you how you want to open them, I'd suggest choosing Windows Media Player). I'll let you listen to find out everyone's times - but suffice to say that there were some really great performances today, including several PBs and a new club marathon record! Congratulations to everyone who took part in the race & contributed to these podcasts, and a special thanks to Colin for providing them - truly a work of genius. Last I heard they were all about to get ready to go out for a curry - although apparently Bryan Lawton had already returned to his room for a Pot Noodle...
Click here
for for an early marathon day update.
Click here
for a (nervous) report from the start.
Click here
to hear some euphoric post-race runners.
Click here
for more post-race interviews, including some bizarre questions to Helen Knight.
Click here
for Stuart Carroll's favourite London 2010 anecdote. 

A date for your diary - our friends at Mountainfeet in Oldham invite RRR members to a special evening at their shop in Rhodes Bank on Wednesday 19th May. Award-winning film maker Dominic Gill will be signing copies of his new book 'Take A Seat', telling the tale of his epic 18,500 mile, two-year tandem ride down the length of the Americas, which raised over £5,000 for the Hope for Homes for Children charity. On the night you'll also be able to talk to Andy Ashworth from SIS (world leaders in sports nutrition) & Andrew Burton from Inov-8, plus there's the chance to win Inov-8 shoes, socks, books & other goodies. The event (6.30 - 8.30pm) is free, but please register in advance via the Mountainfeet website. Let's support this event!   

APRIL 24th 2010
Continuing Colin Green's series of podcasts from the London Marathon. As you'll see, Colin has also sent in some pictures to prove that he is actually there. This year he seems to have surprisingly gone for the "foreign spy eating a choc ice" look...
Click here
for a post-Expo update.
Click here for a pre-race report from the Embankment.
Click here for an early view from the finishing line.
Click here
for RRR pre-race interviews with Dave Phillips, Bryan Lawton & Steve Shaw - and some commentary on the arrival of the garlic bread.
Click here
for interviews with Stuart Carroll, Jane Tonge, Helen Knight & Colin himself, plus more food-based banter.
Click here
for news from the pub, including a rare public performance by the RRR Male Voice Choir, usually only heard on the coach back from Dent.
Click here
for a final pre-race report, featuring Steve Shaw's tattoos - and a sense that maybe a little too much beer has been consumed...

APRIL 23rd 2010
Colin Green is attempting to bring our website into the 21st century (not before time, I hear you cry) by recording a series of podcasts of his experiences at this year's London Marathon. We'll have to see how this goes through the weekend...but to hear the first episode of Colin's podcast click here.

APRIL 21st 2010
I have a few remaining MS Research places available for the Manchester 10K run on Sunday 16th May. I would like to see if anyone in your club wants to take them & run for us. The Great Manchester Run is a really vibrant event, with BBC TV coverage. The closing date is looming, so if anyone wants to take them they need to get in contact with me fairly quickly. I look forward to hearing from you. [Rosemary Howell,, 01745-710194]

APRIL 20th 2010
As the weather finally starts to improve, and thoughts turn to sun, sand & not having to wrap up in multiple layers every time you go for a run (Bruce Whittam excepted, obviously)...what better time to confirm a winter date for your diary? The annual Royton Road Runners Presentation Night has been booked at Royton Cricket Club for Friday 10th December. It's an evening not to be missed - get the date in your diary now!

Crompton Cricket Club vote update: arrangements are being made for a full club meeting to take place after one of the Monday night training sessions in May, to give everyone the chance to air their views about our current home & Crompton, or to suggest other potential locations worth investigating. The intention is for a vote to take place at the end of the meeting - although people not able to attend will still be able to cast their vote via email or through the website. Date of the meeting to be confirmed as soon as possible.      

APRIL 18th 2010
Our insider reports that there's still no confirmation of a revised date for the Oldham Half Marathon - but word from the Mayor's Office is that 2nd May is 'more likely than not'. More information as soon as we get it.

Special offer: Stuart Carroll gave away the Easter egg he won for finishing second in the Steve Rothwell race last week (too much chocolate in the Carroll household already, apparently). He was also presented with a pair of running socks...which he subsequently discovered to be size 11-13. Despite suggestions that he should wear them at future races to slow him down, Stuart is keen to see them go to a good home. So if you are the proud owner of a pair of giant feet, please see Stuart next time you're at the club!  

APRIL 13th 2010
The Freckleton Half Marathon in June, part of our Club Championship, is now full. However, if anybody has entered & is now unable to take part, a number transfer service is available through the UK Results website.

APRIL 10th 2010
Thanks for all the runners who turned out to run the 'Oldham Half without half of Oldham' (to quote John Higgins) on Saturday morning - and to Ray Shaw & George Meynell for their enthusiastic support around the half marathon course. There were plenty of us there - see George's pictures in the Gallery - including two potential new members who read about our plans in Friday's Oldham Chronicle. A good time was had by all!

The club has acquired a set of RRR business cards. The intention is to hand them out to anyone we meet, or see out running, who might be interested in joining the club. Only a small initial supply at the moment - please see David Emanuel at Thursday training nights or next Wednesday's race if you would like to take some.

A new batch of vests has arrived - we now have vests in all available sizes, both male & female. Club jackets are also now available in 'small' size.  [Bryan Lawton]  

APRIL 4th 2010
Crompton vote update: all club members will be invited to a meeting regarding our plans for the future, at which the ballot will take place. Date to be confirmed shortly - anyone not able to attend the meeting will be given the option for a 'postal vote'.

There is no club run on Monday 5th April, as it's a Bank Holiday.

The club has purchased some walkie-talkies to help meet our health & safety requirements at the Royton Trail. RRR members are welcome to borrow them if required for any other event (apparently they're also great for playing The Bill in the garden) - please speak to Bryan Lawton.

If you visit the 'Forums' page you'll see that plans are afoot to 'recreate' the Oldham Half Marathon on Saturday 10th April (the day before it was originally due to take place). There's likely to be several different packs running the half marathon course at various paces - so why not come along for 8am with your club vest & join the fun?

MARCH 30th 2010
Thanks to everyone who turned up to Crompton Cricket Club on Monday night! It really was a fantastic response - about 50 people taking part in the pack run (despite the weather) & still more there to check out the facilities. It's certainly given us food for thought...and if Paula Radcliffe's training regime includes an ice bath after a training run, maybe we should embrace the opportunity for a cold shower? Next steps will be communicated by the committee in due course.      

MARCH 27th 2010
Don't forget the club run on Monday 29th March will be from Crompton Cricket Club! Further details on the 'home' page - the plan is for a pack run of about six miles to Ogden Reservoir, with plenty of stops on the way. Please note that some of the route will be 'off road'. Sandwiches have been arranged for in the bar afterwards. 

MARCH 23rd 2010
Positive initial reports from the Race Night! Bryan Lawton writes to say that it "was a great success, raising over £800 - thanks go to Mike Bowler & his team of bookies, also to Liz Phillips for the loan of the PA, plus thanks to all who supported the event". Colin Green "would like to thank RRR for the very generous contribution to the ME Assocation London Marathon fund of £200 from the raffle at the Race Night. This money will make a great difference to people coping with this disabling neurological condition. The money will be used for research into the condition & also supporting people living day-to-day with the illness. Thanks once again." 

MARCH 22nd 2010
Latest news on the Oldham Half Marathon - Bill Balmer has made enquiries via the Mayor's Office & established that "they are looking to see if it could be rearranged for Sunday 2nd May". More news once we get it...

Myself, Neil [Barker] & Steve [Shaw] did Two Crosses yesterday. I went over on my ankle (nothing serious), Neil suffered nothing more than having to wait for me all the time, while Steve seriously overdid the soup & egg butties at the refreshment stop! All in all a great but tough day...however the time must remain top secret!  [Vicky Bramley]  

MARCH 21st 2010
I've seen on a couple of websites that next month's Oldham Half has been cancelled [UK Results says '2010 race will not take place on 11 April - please await further announcement']. The Mayor's Office is beneath my office at the council so I will pop in to find out if there's an alternative date & let folk know. [Bill Balmer]

MARCH 17th 2010
If you've been thinking that Kate Instone hasn't been at the club for a little while...a message arrived at Website HQ this week: "Thanks for the newsletter - I am injured at the moment and am gonna take it easy for a couple of weeks, please pass on my regards to everyone."

MARCH 14th 2010
Andy O'Sullivan has provided a list of all the races he is organising this year, starting with the Vera Hirst 5K on 24th March. Four of these races are already in the RRR race calendar, but if you're interested in supporting more of these local races, click here for details. Entry forms for all of these races can be found on the UK Results website.                 

MARCH 8th 2010
For those travelling to Dent on Saturday 13th March - the club coach will be leaving Royton at 9am.

Tickets are still available for the Race Night on 20th March! It would be very helpful if all ticket & horse money could be paid as soon as possible, to give an idea of how many we'll be catering for. Also, as usual, it would be great if people could donate a raffle prize.  [Mike Bowler]

There are very few places still available for the Chester Half Marathon on 16th May. It may still be possible to apply online, but only if you get in very quickly! 

MARCH 7th 2010
Sad news reached us this week that Jamie & Carolyn Holdaway's daughter Kathyrn, born on Christmas Day, has passed away. The thoughts of everyone at RRR are with Jamie, Carolyn & their family at this difficult time.  

A further update on the Race Night on 20th addition to the chance to be a jockey & bet on races, I understand that a mere £5 gives you the opportunity to be an owner - giving access to the exclusive 'member's enclosure', drinking champagne & enjoying other perks whilst the rest of the crowd looks on enviously. Please see Mike Bowler, Bernie Goodwin or Ray Shaw for tickets & further details.     

FEBRUARY 16th 2010
More details of the Race Night on March 20th. All starts at 7.30pm at the Cricket Club - tickets just £3 including a potato pie supper. There will be a donation to a named charity (TBC). See Mike, Bernie or Ray for tickets.  [Mike Bowler]

Entries are now open for the Chester Half Marathon on 16th May. Evidence from recent years is that this race fills up very quickly - so don't delay! 

FEBRUARY 13th 2010
Joe Parkinson, assistant manager of JJB Sports in Rochdale, has been in touch to let us know of a new range of running products now being stocked in store (which can also be seen on their website). A 10% discount is available to club members on production of your England Athletics membership card. They are also offering, throughout February, £5/£10 vouchers for any spend over £30/£50 on all items. 

FEBRUARY 10th 2010
An early plug for the forthcoming RRR Race Night, which takes place on Saturday March 20th. Further details of start time, tickets, etc to follow shortly.  [Mike Bowler]

FEBRUARY 7th 2010
Congratulations from all at Royton Road Runners to James Holdaway & wife Carolyn on the birth of their daughter Kathryn, born at 11am on Christmas Day.  [Ray Shaw]

We've received a message from a UK registered charity called Off The Street Kids (OTSK), founded in 2008 "to provide support for marginalised children and young people in South Africa". The charity is trying to get a team together to run the 2011 London Marathon, but without guaranteed placed their aim is to get as many people as possible to enter the ballot this April as individuals on their behalf. To find out more, click here for details from the charity website.    

JANUARY 31st 2010
Details have been received of this year's Ed Prickett Memorial Relays, which take place at Nottingham University on Saturday 6th March. There are races for men's teams (of four) & women's teams (of three), with each leg just over two miles. Click here for an entry form if you're interested!

And another one...the Haigh Hall Relays (Haigh Hall, Wigan) take place on Saturday 13th March - teams of four on a 3.75 mile course. Click here for an entry form. 

The Oldham Chronicle has advised that they'd be happy to include pictures alongside future articles on RRR races. So if you ever take any photos at races, or have photos taken, please can you email me the best one or two (to as soon as possible after the race, so that I can submit them with the race report. Thanks!  [David Emanuel]      

JANUARY 30th 2010
Yet more evidence on the interweb of the impact that RRR had at the Gloucester Marathon! Brian Moore found this in a blog on the website: "There was a gang of [Ian Casey's] fellow club members there running in his memory - about 20 strong - Royton Road Runners. What an EXCELLENT bunch of people they were too. I do love a real good northern accent and they had it in spades. Everything they said was just so funny! A lovely team of people who were great fun."   

The Bolton 10K takes place on 25th April - organised by a colleague of our club chairman, so well worth supporting! Click here for an entry form.  

JANUARY 17th 2010
Don't forget the club AGM coming up at 8pm on Thursday 21st January at Royton Cricket Club. Potato/cheese & onion pie with mushy peas have been ordered. To help with the catering, please let me know if you will NOT be attending. Look forward to seeing everyone there now that the snow has cleared!  [Ray Shaw]

There's a new marathon being introduced in Chester this year, taking place on Bank Holiday Monday 31st May. Apparently a 'fast PB course'...but they almost all seem to say that. Click here for more details.  [Brian Moore]

JANUARY 16th 2010
Just received an email from the Two Crosses organiser to say the event has been cancelled due to the weather. Provisional revised date is 21st March, but yet to be confirmed.  [Dave Smith]

Entry forms are now available for this year's Dentdale Run on 13th March - not only part of the Club Championship, but a major social event of the year! You can enter online via the Runner's World website, or click here for an entry form.  [David Emanuel]  

For anyone looking for a new challenge for 2010...the Lakeland 100 & Lakeland 50 (that's miles, by the way) are described as "the most spectacular long distance trail races which have ever taken place within the UK". Taking place on the weekend of July 23-25 & including 6300m & 3100m of ascent respectively, the organisers estimate that, with more than 200 competitors already signed-up, the event is likely to be full prior to the closing date. Click here for more details.  [David Emanuel] 

Don't forget the club AGM coming up this week - Thursday 21st, 8pm at the cricket club.