Saturday, Jun 25 at 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Sunday, Jun 26 at 5:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Monday, Jun 27 at 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Thursday, Jun 30 at 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM


5th JUNE 2022
THIS YEAR'S RRR DAWN TO DUSK CHALLENGE (definitely not a race!) for Kidneys for Life will take place on Sunday 26th June. The plan is to have at least 2 RRR members running (some clockwise, some anti-clockwise) on the hour every hour from 5am, with the last runners going at 8pm. We will use the same 4.5-mile loop as previously, starting at the Hopwood Arms on Rochdale Road (M24 2RA) & taking in Thornham Lane & Thornham New Road. We are course planning to make it a 'social' as well! Donations are of course optional, but let’s support our charity of the year. If you are interested in taking part, please send an email (if you haven't already replied on the RRR Facebook page) with your preferences for time slots (on the hour) & I will allocate. It would be great to fill up every timeslot throughout the day - you are welcome to take multiple slots if you want extra training!  [Carl O'Callaghan]
24th MAY 2022
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS of the RRR Quiz, Fab 4+1 (pictured below)! Thanks to everyone who took part, to Colin & Jane for putting the quiz together & everyone involved in making the event happen. A successful night all round, with I believe just under £300 raised for our Charity of the Year, Kidneys for Life
[David Emanuel]
12th MAY 2022
WE HAVE 5 CHARITY PLACES for either the Manchester 10K or Half Marathon, which take place on Sunday 22nd May. As last year, we will raffle these for charity - £5 for a ticket, paid to the club bank account. Entry deadline is 15th May, then Adam will do his spinning wheel!  [Carl O'Callaghan]
13th APRIL 2022
PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE that, after a very long & arduous selection process, Kevin Hutchings has now joined the club committee as our lead Welfare Officer. Welcome to the team Kevin!  [Bryan Lawton]

7th APRIL 2022

BERNIE ALLEN IS PLANNING to bring a few members of Mid-Life Crisis to the cricket club before training next Monday (11th April), together with a giant cheque (representing the results of their fundraising at last month's charity gig, half of which is going to RRR charity of the year, Kidneys for Life), to take a few photos for the band's Facebook page. Please try to get to the club for 6pm if possible - we'd like to have as many RRRs in the photo as possible!  [David Emanuel]

MYSELF & THE ARMSTRONG FAMILY would like to wholeheartedly thank everyone from Royton Road Runners & Rochdale Tri Club who took part in the Manchester Marathon Relay on Sunday 3rd April (see picture below). To date Shaun's JustGiving page has raised over £8,200 for Papyrus, which would not have been possible without your help. Also a big thank you to everyone on the RRR drinks station.  [Bernie Cassidy]

30th MARCH 2022

AS THE RRR COMMITTEE works towards ensuring that we meet all of the new Club Standards introduced by England Athletics, we are introducing 2 new roles. The RRR Welfare Officer will be a committee position, with support provided by an Assistant Welfare Officer. The aim is to ensure that all club members have access to trained & trusted individuals who can be approached with any concerns about safeguarding & welfare matters. Further details can be found in this role profile/description - the new roles have also been added to our main Roles & Responsibilities document. If you are interested in applying for either of these positions, please complete this short nomination form by 7th April at the latest. If you have any questions, please speak to a member of the committee - contact details can be found here.  [David Emanuel]

MORE ON CLUB ROLES...have you ever thought about applying for a position but were unsure what would be involved or how much time it would take up? We'd like to give members the opportunity to get an idea of what is involved by 'shadowing' the current role holder for a short period of time - starting with the Communications Officer position. If you'd be interested in getting to know about this role, please get in touch!

[David Emanuel]  

9th MARCH 2022

THE RRR COMMITTEE is pleased to announce the long-awaited return of the RRR Cup! For those new to the club (or who can't remember life before the pandemic), the RRR Cup was a free-to-enter annual competition, first introduced in 2013 & open to all club members. It builds on our support for and regular participation at Oldham parkrun, which takes place in Alexandra Park every Saturday morning at 9am. The format is very simple - participating RRR members race against each other 'head-to-head' according to a random draw, with 'matches' taking place at Oldham parkrun on a mutually agreed date in a given calendar month. Winners are decided on a handicap based on best (fairly recent) 5K times where available. It's not a huge commitment; to make it all the way to the final usually involves around half a dozen runs at Oldham parkrun, never more than once in a month.

The reigning RRR Cup champion is Martin Thompson, who stormed to victory over Dave Peart in November 2019, with what remains his fourth best parkrun time. Martin was one of the few to have progressed through the first round of the 2020 competition when parkrun was suspended due to Covid-19. You can find a full history of the RRR Cup here.

As we confirm the re-launch for 2022, it seems fitting (with his family's blessing) to rename the competition as the Shaun Armstrong Memorial RRR Cup. Shaun was a keen parkrunner and took part in the RRR Cup on several occasions. A new trophy bearing Shaun's name will be presented to this year's winner.

So now it's over to you...please send an email by Sunday 20th March to let us know if you wish to take part in the 2022 RRR Cup. The draw for the first round will take place at Royton Cricket Club after training on Monday 21st March. If you have any questions, please let me know.  [David Emanuel]

24th FEBRUARY 2022

WE ARE LOOKING AT a slight tweak to training groups - we think there is scope to have a new 10:30-11:30 min/mile group. If anybody would like to lead this, please let me or another committee member know as soon as possible. This could be a couple of people who share the role if that's easier.  [Simon Howard]

18th FEBRUARY 2022

FOLLOWING THE SUCCESS of the Settle coach trip we're now ready to take bookings for the Dent trip on Saturday 12th March. The coach will leave from the usual location on Radcliffe Street in Royton (OL2 6QL) at 9am, departing Dent at approximately 6pm allowing for refreshments after the race. To book a seat costing £15 please click here. This is usually a very popular coach trip so don’t hang about!  [Martina Naismith]

16th FEBRUARY 2022
PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE that Neil Bradley will be joining our band of RRR key role holders by stepping forward to take on the new post of Assistant Social Secretary with immediate effect. Welcome to the team Neil!  [Bryan Lawton]
10th FEBRUARY 2022
VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED for the RRR water station at this year's Manchester Marathon on Sunday 3rd April! It will not be a full day as last year (where we had the half & full marathon to contend with) but I do ask for all those who volunteer to take their turn in multi-tasking - this will involve stints of reloading the tables & picking up the empties as well as giving out of the water. I'm sure everyone will agree that it is such a rewarding day cheering on all the runners, especially club-mates & local runners. I have requested as always to be at a water station in the last 6 miles of the route. If you are interested, please send an e-mail to let us know.  [Jenny O'Callaghan]

ENTRY UPDATE FOR THE Settle 10 Mile race on Sunday 13th February - places have now been confirmed with the race organisers for entries to be paid on the day. Please have the right money available if possible - £25 for the 10 miler, £21 for the 10K.   [Carl O'Callaghan]
9th FEBRUARY 2022
FOLLOWING THE FIRST CLUB RACE at Stockport, some changes have been made to the RRR club championship groups for 2022. Some individuals have been moved, but the main change is a split of Group 6, with the introduction of a new Group 7. Click here to see the revised groups, together with points earned at the 1st race. To see the updated Group Thresholds for this year, incorporating the new Group 7, click here. Thanks to Jill Hickson & the Men's/Women's Captains for their work on this. 
[David Emanuel]
6th FEBRUARY 2022
THANKS TO ALL MEMBERS who attended the recent RRR Annual General Meeting. A copy of the minutes is now available on the Members Page of this website - please note that access to this page is restricted to members only, so you will be asked to log in (or request access if you have not done so previously - you can also request a password reminder if required). Following the election of committee members & other significant role holders (including our new Women's Captain, Mandy Richardson) a revised 'roles & responsibilities' document can be viewed here. This includes a newly-created role of Assistant Social Secretary - nominations are now invited for this position. The deadline for nominations is Monday 14th February - please click here for the nomination form. [David Emanuel]   

3rd FEBRUARY 2022
AN UPDATE ON THE Settle 10 Mile race on 13th February - I'm aware that many club members (including me) had yet to enter Settle when entries were closed. I've contacted the race organiser & members will still be able to enter with a payment on the day - the only difference is that the medal given will be an equivalent rather than Settle-specific. Please send us an e-mail by Tuesday 8th February at the latest if you want a place & I will make the organisers aware beforehand. Why not book on the coach as well! 
[Carl O'Callaghan]

27th JANUARY 2022

WITH THE 1ST club championship race of 2022 taking place at Stockport this weekend, here are this year's provisional group allocations. As in previous seasons, 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 recent performances. In some cases there was insufficient evidence to allocate someone to a group - e.g. those who haven't raced due to injury. These are shown in a separate 'Group TBC' list. We will assign these individuals - plus recent new joiners - to an appropriate group based on their 1st few club championship races this year. If you have any questions, please send an email.  [David Emanuel]

22nd JANUARY 2022

I HAVE BEEN ASKED by the Armstrong family to give a huge thanks for the turnout on Shaun's birthday & also been asked to share the funeral arrangements. 

[Simon Howard]

20th JANUARY 2022

WITH THE RRR ROAD RACE season kicking off soon, we're now taking bookings for the first club coach trip of the year. On Sunday 13th February we're heading back to Settle for the 10 mile race (a 10K & half marathon are also available). It’s an early start  - we'll be leaving at 7am sharp from the usual location (Radcliffe Street in Royton, near Mazzo, OL2 6QL), returning from Settle at 6pm. To book your seat(s) please complete this short form.  [David Emanuel]

14th JANUARY 2022
THE CLUB IS is deeply saddened to hear of the recent passing of former RRR member Shaun Armstrong. Shaun was a popular & active member for several years & a good friend to many. The club passes on its condolences to Shaun’s family & friends at this very sad time.  [Bryan Lawton]
10th JANUARY 2022
AHEAD OF THE 2022 RRR AGM on 28th January, a reminder that the deadline for nominations for committee & other formal RRR roles is 15th January. We now have 2 confirmed vacancies, as our current Social Secretary (Martina) & Ladies Captain (Janet) have decided that they will be standing down at the AGM - nominations are welcome for these & any of the other positions shown in this document. If you are interested in putting your name forward please complete this short nomination form by 15th January 2022 at the latest. If you have any questions about the process, or about any of the roles, please speak to a current member of the RRR committee - contact details can be found on the Contacts/Officials page of this website.  [David Emanuel]
5th JANUARY 2022
ALL MEMBERS WILL HAVE recently received an email containing details of the RRR Annual General Meeting on Friday 28th January which included a copy of the Committee & Significant Roles document. Any member can stand for any of the roles outlined (with exception of Club President). We will have a confirmed vacancy for Social Secretary as Martina Naismith will be standing down from the role at the AGM. At this time it looks like all other current role holders are happy to stand again in their current roles. If you are interested in standing as Social Secretary please feel free to contact Martina, myself or any member of the club committee. Finally, I’d just like to wish all of our members a very 'happy & normal new year' & place on record my & the club's thanks to Martina for her energy & ideas as our Social Secretary during a very challenging time for club life.  [Bryan Lawton]