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2018 CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP - RACE LIST

STOP PRESS: thanks to everyone who has contacted me regarding the date of the Heaton Park 10K. I've been in touch with the race organisers & they have advised that "we have had to change the date due to a clash of events". The race will now take place on Saturday 1st September. Apologies for any inconvenience this causes. I'm told that anyone who has already entered should have received an official e-mail on 11th August. Please also note that you need to enter the code 'club' in the coupon box at checkout in order to receive the discounted entry fee!  [David Emanuel] 
Please find below the list of events in the 2018 club championship, as agreed by the RRR Committee. Links to race websites & entry forms are included where currently available - others will be added when entries open. Please see the notes below the race list, with particular regard to entry discounts.

As always, points are awarded for each race according to the finishing order (on chip times where used), with each individual's best 9 scores to count. Click here to see the full set of rules & regulations.

AS AN AFFILIATED CLUB WE ABIDE BY ENGLAND ATHLETICS RULES.
RRR MEMBERS MUST RUN IN A CLUB VEST WHEN ENTERED IN A RACE AS A ROYTON ROAD RUNNER (OR IN THEIR 1ST CLAIM COLOURS IF NOT RRR).  
 
DEWSBURY 10K - Sunday 4th February
VILLAGE BAKERY WREXHAM HALF MARATHON - Sunday 25th February
DENTDALE RUN (14.2 MILE RACE) - Saturday 10th March
HOLLINGWORTH LAKE 5K SERIES - Wednesdays 2nd/9th/16th/23rd May
IAN CASEY MEMORIAL COWM RACE - Thursday 10th May
BERNADETTE FLYNN VBCU COWM RESERVOIR RACE - Tuesday 29th May
TATTON 10K - Sunday 10th June
COLSHAW HALL 10K - Sunday 17th June
ROCHDALE 10K - Tuesday 3rd July
THE ROYTON TRAIL - Thursday 12th July
RIVERSIDE 10 - Sunday 5th August
HOPWOOD TROT - Wednesday 15th August
HEATON PARK 10K - Saturday 1st September (see Note 1)
ENGLISH HALF MARATHON - Sunday 16th September
ROCHDALE HALF MARATHON - Sunday 7th October
HOLMFIRTH 15 - Sunday 21st October
DERWENTWATER 10 - Sunday 4th November
Notes
1 - enter the code 'club' into the coupon box at checkout for discounted rate
 

Many thanks to all members who took the time to vote on the 2017 races & suggest alternative races for inclusion in our 2018 race calendar. For those interested in such things, the attached file shows the average ratings for each of this year's races, the number of RRRs who took part in each race & the year-on-year trend in race participation.


As you will see, the least popular races from the vote - the Fleetwood & Oulton Park Half Marathons - have been replaced, along with the Milltown 7K & 10K which were not (at the time) scheduled to take place in 2018. Only 8 races have been retained from 2017.


In putting together this race list the committee debated long & hard, taking into account factors such as member suggestions, the timing of races (in particular trying to avoid longer races on successive weekends), support for events hosted by other local clubs, cost of entry & distance to travel. This ruled out proposals such as the Wilmslow Half Marathon (weekend after Dentdale), Southport Half Marathon (2 days before the Rochdale 10K) & Stockport 10 (too late in the year). Whilst we know that we can never please everybody, we hope that all members will find enough options here to complete at least 9 races & hopefully more.


Of the races we've added, the Hopwood Trot is a brand new 5.5 mile multi-terrain race organised by Middleton Harriers, to take place at Hopwood College. The Hollingworth Lake 5Ks replace the Littleborough 5K series & are concentrated in 1 month rather than spread across a 3-month period. This means that 1 of the races is the day before the Ian Casey 5K, but since the best time from the 4 races counts this hopefully won't be a problem. With the inclusion of the Cowm race at the end of the month (which many of you will already be aware of), May is a very 5K-heavy month...a good chance for those running April marathons to get some speed back in the legs! 


POSTSCRIPT: as you may have noticed, we reluctantly decided not to include the Mossley 10K in next year's championship. The race is scheduled for 15th July - with The Royton Trail moved to Thursday 12th July in 2018 (in case by some miracle England progress to the World Cup semi-final on the Wednesday), we felt that this allows insufficient recovery time. Some RRRs will no doubt still decide to 'do the double' & run at Mossley, which continues to be a popular race amongst our members. We hope to be able to reinstate it in the future.