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Monday, Jun 1 at 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Thursday, Jun 4 at 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Thursday, Jun 4 at 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

NEWS!

26th MARCH 2020
ENGLAND ATHLETICS HAS updated their Coronavirus Statement this week. The suspension of all athletics activity in England has been extended to 31st May. As the statement says, athletes "must play our part in containing the spread of COVID-19".  [David Emanuel]
18th MARCH 2020
WHILE WE ARE UNABLE to train together in our usual way, the committee thought it would be a good idea to provide some advice about training alone or in very small groups. We are aware that a lot of people prefer the comfort of running in groups, but as a club we need to toe the party line. If anybody needs any route advice myself, Carl or Ronnie regularly post routes on Facebook so will have ideas if you need to get out. Please keep fit & stay safe.  [Simon Howard]

  • Be aware of where you are running – make sure you run a familiar route.
  • Avoid running near overgrown areas wherever possible.
  • Avoid streets with lots of doorways/alleyways where you can’t see your surroundings.
  • Run against the traffic so you can see what is approaching you.
  • Ensure you are wearing hi-viz/reflective clothing/lights (this should be happening already!).
  • Don’t wear headphones, unless you have the bone-conducting type, so you have an awareness of everything around you.
  • Try to avoid running with a hood if possible, as this can severely reduce peripheral vision.
  • Always take your phone with you & make sure somebody knows where you are going, how far you are planning on running & how long you will be running for.
  • In the current situation running solo is probably recommended, but if not run in extremely small groups & stay a short distance apart.
  • Alternatively, if you have a dog that can run, take it with you.
  • Keep your routes varied, so you’re not always in the same place at the same time.
  • Take some taxi money with you or have Uber on your phone. 


TODAY'S PARKRUN ANNOUNCEMENT says that events are cancelled worldwide "until at least the end of March". It seems extremely unlikely that it'll be back on 4th April...but when it does return it'll be No. 498 at Oldham, so we'll have a few weeks to attempt to rearrange the planned RRR takeover of the 500th parkrun at Alexandra Park. I'm sure whenever it happens we'll still be able to fill the volunteer roster & help make it an even bigger & better celebration. Watch this space!  [David Emanuel]

17th MARCH 2020

ENGLAND ATHLETICS HAS TODAY issued a Coronavirus Statement which advises that "all face-to-face activity such as club training sessions, events, competitions, club committee and face-to-face meetings, athlete camps, running groups and social events should be suspended until at least the end of April." Having already cancelled club training nights & with the expectation that all races/parkruns will also now be postponed, the committee has taken the decision to follow EA guidance & cancel all club activities until at least the end of April - that includes our planned Quiz Night, club races, RRR Cup matches & the next Thursday Social. We will of course continue to review the situation, based on guidance provided, with updates issued to all members whenever appropriate. We'll return as soon as it is considered OK to do so - in the meantime please keep safe & follow the official guidance available. [David Emanuel]  

16th MARCH 2020

YOU MAY ALREADY have seen the latest official guidance to avoid all non-essential social contact. As such the committee has decided that our RRR training nights are suspended with immediate effect. There will be no club run this evening! We will obviously keep the advice under review & let you all know when training can resume. Really sorry to have to do this but we feel that we have no choice as we all need to pull together & do the right things.  [Bryan Lawton]


13th MARCH 2020

THERE'S A GREAT interview with club member Nikki Forster on the GreaterSport website this week. She makes sure that RRR gets a mention too!  [David Emanuel] 


12th MARCH 2020

FOLLOWING THE CANCELLATION of the Dentdale Run, we can offer 3 options for those that have paid the £15 coach fee:
(1) Refund
(2) Transfer your money to reserve a place on the coach for Ripon in May
(3) Transfer the £15 towards your membership renewal this month, so 1st claim members only need to pay £31

Can you please send an email with your preferred option & I will sort as soon as possible.  [Jenny O'Callaghan]

11th MARCH 2020

THE DENTDALE RUN on Saturday 14th March has today been cancelled - you can read a statement from the race organisers here, which includes current options for deferring entry or claiming a refund. We'll provide more information to those who have paid for the coach as soon as possible.  [David Emanuel]


THE RRR QUIZ NIGHT on Friday 17th April will include the usual raffle to raise funds for our charity of the year, Kidneys for Life. Any prizes you can donate for this raffle will be very gratefully received - you can bring them to any training night & give them to Martina or any other member of the committee. [David Emanuel]


6th MARCH 2020

THE COACH FOR DENT on 14th March is now full! If you’ve not booked & had hoped to come with us, please complete this form to let us know & we'll put you on a waiting list in case anybody pulls out. For those who have already booked but haven’t yet paid, please do before Wednesday 11th March to avoid losing your seat. Reminder - the coach leaves from Radcliffe Street, Royton (OL2 6QL) at 9am sharp on Saturday 14th March. For those who haven't been before, we'll be making a service station stop for breakfast!  [Martina Naismith]

28th FEBRUARY 2020
HAVING PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED THAT the Dewsbury 10K is now filling up too quickly to be retained as the 1st race in our club championship series, the RRR committee has been looking at numerous alternative options for 2021. Keen to continue the long-standing tradition of starting the season with a fast 10K in early February, we have provisionally (subject to date confirmation) decided upon the event at Aintree Racecourse organised by Run Aintree which took place this year on Saturday 1st February & was still open for entries a few days beforehand. The 10K is advertised as a flat/quick 2-lapper (won this year in 34:45, with 446 finishers) with chip timing, a themed medal & 'post-race goodies'. We've already negotiated a discount on the entry fee & our Liverpudlian president Ronnie Quinn has assured us that if we take a coach he'll make sure it's safe in the car park! Most important, the race is on roads/paths (not grass) & there's no requirement to tackle the Grand National fences...  [David Emanuel]  

26th FEBRUARY 2020
OVER THE LAST FEW years we've collected feedback from RRR members at the end of the year on the races included in the club championship. This year we're trying something a little different - we'd like your views straight after each race, whilst it's still fresh in your mind, starting with the Settle event last weekend. However we don't only want to hear from those who took part on Sunday - it's just as important when considering race choices for future years to understand why people didn't/weren't able to run. So we'd be really grateful if you could complete this brief questionnaire - it'll only take a minute or two. Your views really do make a difference!  [David Emanuel]

25th FEBRUARY 2020
IT'S LESS THAN 3 WEEKS until the next RRR race at Dent on 14th March (1 of the few Saturday races) & as per tradition we will be travelling by coach. It’s a small village with limited parking, so worth thinking about your carbon footprint & travelling with us - we will be going for food & drinks afterwards. For all those on the Settle trip who confirmed for this outing, you’ve already been booked in & just need to transfer £15 to the club account. For those not booked, please click here to reserve your seat(s). There will (of course) be more games, with amazing prizes to be won whilst raising money for our club charity. Timings will be confirmed soon, but it will be a morning pick-up from Royton & teatime return - allowing for a 6 Nations rugby match that is taking place apparently.  [Martina Naismith]

20th FEBRUARY 2020

A CHANGE OF PLAN for the 'Thursday Social'! Since the British Legion already hold their meetings at the cricket club on the last Thursday of the month, we're going to move on a week & have our first post-training get-together on Thursday 5th March - the evening of the next structured training session. Simon will still be offering guidance to those entering the last few weeks of their marathon training, there'll still be some snacks provided & if there's enough interest we'll make it a regular event on the 1st Thursday of future months. Hope you can come along! [David Emanuel]   


17th FEBRUARY 2020

SOME DETAILS FOR SETTLE on Sunday. Those travelling by coach, we’ll be leaving Royton at 7am. Registration details have been sent to every runner, so make sure you read through them. It's been agreed that we can use the showers at the swimming baths for £1 each (additional donations will be gratefully received - collection bucket will be available). We have a space reserved in the Royal Oak for food & drinks from 11.30am, close to coach & finish, all are welcome. We’ll leave Settle around 6pm. I’ve got some little quizzes & prizes but will require an entry fee, so rob your piggy-banks of 50p & £1 coins. See you Sunday!  [Martina Naismith]

16th FEBRUARY 2020
AFTER CLUB TRAINING on Thursday 27th February we're planning to hold our 1st 'Thursday Social'. The idea is to get together in the cricket club bar after we get back from our run (usually between 8pm - 8.15pm), with a few snacks provided, mainly to talk about running stuff. If there's enough interest we'll make it a regular event on the last Thursday of every month. With lots of club members approaching the last phase of their Spring marathon training, we're calling this inaugural event 'Howard's Way' - Simon will be sharing some ideas on how to get the most out of the last few weeks of training and approach your tapering, with the opportunity to ask questions of him & others with plenty of marathon experience. Of course you don't have to be booked on a marathon to come along; in fact you don't even need to have been at training, everyone is welcome! In particular it would be great to see those club members who haven't been able to make it to club nights for a while due to injury, other commitments, etc. Hope to see you on 27th!  [David Emanuel]

IT'S BEEN A WHILE since we last had an RRR parkrun day & the 500th Oldham parkrun on Saturday 4th April seems like the ideal opportunity! Our aim is to get a minimum 50 club members to take on all of the volunteer roles that morning, as well as getting the RRR pacing team back in action. It's the day before the Manchester Marathon, so we hope that those of you running on the Sunday will be prepared to volunteer & rest your legs. Please let me know if you're interested in taking on any of these regular parkrun volunteer roles or joining the pacing team.  [David Emanuel]

THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO responded to last year's survey about when we should hold future presentation nights. The votes were split almost 50/50 (even closer than the Brexit referendum!), but because even some of those who voted for January had reservations (e.g. it would have to be late in the month, after payday), we've decided to stick with an early December date. However we are announcing it much earlier & will continue to remind you throughout the year. Please put the date in your diary!  [David Emanuel]
6th FEBRUARY 2020
THE MINUTES FROM this year's RRR AGM on 31st January, along with the year-end financial summary, are now available on the Members Page of this website. This page is restricted to club members only, so you'll need to login (or register if you haven't previously done so) in order to view these documents. The minutes include confirmation of the changes to the RRR Committee & appointments to other key roles - you can also see all the new role holders on the updated Contacts/Officials page. As Bryan Lawton said at the AGM, thanks on behalf of the whole membership to those stepping down this year - Brian Moore (Club Secretary), Bernie Goodwin (Social Secretary), Shane Reading (Men's Captain) & Val Kilburn (Women's Captain) - for their contribution to the club & a warm welcome to the new post-holders!  [David Emanuel]  

THE 1ST RRR COACH TRIP of 2020 is almost upon us & we’re off to pastures new on Sunday 23rd February for the Settle 10K, 10 mile or half marathon, depending on your choice! It’s an early start but you can get a bit of sleep on the journey, which will be about 90 minutes. The cost is £15 per person. We'll be leaving at 7am sharp from the usual location (Radcliffe Street in Royton, near Mazzo, OL2 6QL), returning from Settle at 6pm. Please bring with you some loose change, as we will be doing some games & charity fundraising on the coach! To book your seat please complete this short form.  [Martina Naismith]

30th JANUARY 2020

ONCE AGAIN WE ARE LOOKING for volunteers for the RRR water station at the Manchester Marathon on Sunday April 5th 2020. Due to the course changes we're no longer at our usual spot - they have asked us to cover the opposite end of the course, the first water station. I don't have much info at present, but I'm guessing this will mean an earlier start/finish. Hopefully (though not definitely) we can get cleared up in time to see some of the finishers. Please email me if you can help us out & as soon as I have more details I'll let you know.  [Mary Freer]

27th JANUARY 2020
WITH THE 1ST club championship race of 2020 at Dewsbury fast approaching, please find attached this year's provisional group allocations. Last year's group is shown in brackets (where applicable). The aim of the competition is to create groups of runners of a similar standard, so that all members feel that if they compete to the best of their ability they can challenge for prizes. To try to achieve this we use group threshold times for each of the 'standard' race distances & each person has been allocated to what we consider the most appropriate group based on race/parkrun times achieved in 2019. Please note that we do not include races such as the Cowm 5Ks which are not officially recognised/accurately measured. In some cases there was insufficient evidence from performances last year to allocate someone to a group - new members, those who didn't race due to injury, etc. These are shown in a separate 'TO BE ALLOCATED' list. We will assign these individuals to an appropriate group based on their 1st club championship race(s) in 2020. However we recognise that there can be factors other than race times which make you feel you have been placed in the incorrect group. In such cases appeals will be considered - please send an e-mail as soon as possible, including a reason for your challenge.  [David Emanuel]
25th JANUARY 2020
THE SOUTH EAST LANCS CROSS-COUNTRY Presentation Night will take place on Friday 27th March at North Chadderton Social & Bowling Club on Broadway. Tickets cost £4.50 (which includes supper). Limited tickets are avaialble to each club, so if you're interested in attending please let me know.  [David Emanuel] 
23rd JANUARY 2020
THE RRR AGM will take place at Royton Cricket Club on Friday 31st January, starting at 7.30pm. Click here for a copy of the agenda for the meeting. If you have anything that you would like to be considered under Any Other Business, please let us know by Wednesday 28th January at the latest. Hope you can make it!  [David Emanuel]

18th JANUARY 2020

MANY THANKS TO ALL those who have taken part in the nomination process ahead of this year's RRR Annual General Meeting on 31st January. As it stands we have people proposed for all of the new & existing roles bar one. As only one person has been nominated for each position there is no need for a vote and these appointments will be formally confirmed at the AGM. The one exception is the committee position of Club Secretary. Brian Moore has decided to step down from this role and we have not received any nominations. We are therefore extending the deadline for this role only by another week. If you are interested in putting your name forward for this position, please complete this nomination form by 24th January 2020 at the latest. As you will see, you will need to provide the names of two current members of RRR who have agreed to act as your 'proposer' and 'seconder'. Once your nomination form has been received you will be contacted with further information about the election process. If more than one person is nominated for the role, there will be a secret ballot of members to determine who is elected to that position for the 12 months following the AGM.

I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to Brian Moore (secretary) and Bernie Goodwin (social secretary) for their many years of service to our club as part of the RRR committtee. I'd also like to thank Shane Reading & Val Kilburn, who have decided at this time to step down from their roles as Men's Captain and Women's Captain respectively. I'll say more about their contribution to the club at the AGM.

If you have any questions about the nomination process, please speak to a current member of the RRR committee (contact details can be found on the Contacts/Officials page.  [Bryan Lawton]

13th JANUARY 2020
AFTER ANOTHER successful competition last year, finishing with a great final between Martin Thompson & Dave Peart, we're now taking entries for the 2020 RRR Cup. If you've not been involved before...it's a completely free competition based around head-to-head races at Oldham parkrun. It's not a massive commitment - Martin's victory last year involved running on just 5 Saturday mornings between February & November - but on past evidence it's a great way to improve your parkrun PB. You'll be drawn to run against a fellow RRR at Oldham parkrun, on a mutually convenient date, with the result determined by a handicap based on your best (recent) 5K times. The winner progresses through to the next round & so on until a final later in the year. The First Round draw will be made after club training one evening later this month, with the aim of starting the competition (with a Preliminary Round if required) in February - so please let me know if you would like your name to be in the hat. You won't regret it!
[David Emanuel]