Saturday, Oct 16 at 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Sunday, Oct 17 at 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Monday, Oct 18 at 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Thursday, Oct 21 at 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM


13th OCTOBER 2021
NOW THAT IT'S CONFIRMED that the Derwentwater 10 will go ahead on Sunday 7th November, as per tradition we will be running a coach trip (party bus) to the race, which will leave Royton around 8am & return about 8pm, allowing time for food & drink in Keswick before we return. If you would like to reserve your place on the coach please use this link to book your seat(s) - price is £12 per person.  [Martina Naismith]
30th SEPTEMBER 2021
AS ANNOUNCED RECENTLY, on Friday 29th October we'll be having an RRR Quiz Night at Royton Cricket Club. As per previous years we'll have about 6 rounds of questions, plus stand-up bingo & a raffle full of exciting prizes! If you've got any prizes for the raffle please let me know. Entry to the quiz is £5 per person (collected on the night) with teams of 6 people maximum - non-club members very welcome. We'll have some light nibbles & lots of fun is forecasted. Arrival 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start time. 
[Martina Naismith]

21st AUGUST 2021

THE RRR MEMBERS DAWN TO DUSK run/social (definitely not a race!) for MIND will take place on Sunday 5th September 2021We always planned to do Dawn to Dusk again, so here it is & this time we will incorporate a social element - probably by moving the start/finish point to a pub on the route! 

The plan: as last year we will have 2 runners (1 clockwise, 1 anti-clockwise) setting off in RRR vests on the hour, starting at 5am with the last runners going at 8pm. For the mathematicians among you, that means we need 32 runners across the day. We can increase this number, given the absence of restrictions, but it would be good to get every hour covered off before expanding the slots. The route will be exactly the same 4.5 miles as last year, using Thornham Lane & Thornham New Road. Charity donations are of course optional but let’s support our charity of the year, especially on the back of the challenging times we have faced.

If you are interested in taking part, please comment on my post on the RRR Facebook page or send us an email with 2 preferences for time slots (on the hour) & I will allocate on a 1st come 1st served basis. Of course, reserve the date & time in your diary!  
[Carl O'Callaghan]

5th AUGUST 2021

ALE TRAIL UPDATE: thanks to the eagle-eyed Neil Bradley we now have the option to travel from Rochdale to Sowerby Bridge, which we all think is a nicer & more convenient route for us. So plan is as follows on Saturday 14th August:
1.00pm to 1.15pm - meet at Rochdale train station
1.27pm - train to Sowerby Bridge
2.00pm - arrive Sowerby Bridge
4.00pm - train to Hebden Bridge
6.00pm - train to Todmorden

There are trains approximately every hour around half past the hour from Todmorden to Rochdale, allowing people to leave when they've drunk enough. There are plenty of pubs that will keep us fed & watered in all locations, including the mandatory Wetherspoons - wouldn't be an RRR event without one. Train tickets are £8.80 each, but if you buddy up you can get a ticket for 2 people travelling together for £13.20. We advise you buy your ticket via Trainline or Northern Rail in advance, as there are no ticket machines at the station so the queue could be long.  [Martina Naismith]

28th JULY 2021
THE ANNUAL (excluding 2020) RRR Ale Trail is back on Saturday 14th August. Having consulted Neil Bradley regarding railway disruption & routes we have a plan! For those who can start in Manchester, we'll meet at Manchester Piccadilly between 12.30pm & 1.15pm - there is a pub called Piccadilly Tap on the station approach at the front of the station - ready for a train to Huddersfield at 1.35pm. We will arrive in Huddersfield at 2.08pm & go to Head of Steam at the station. The route after that will be:
   - 3.24pm Huddersfield to Slaithwaite (2 pubs)
   - 5.30pm Slaithwaite to Marsden (2 pubs with food)
   - 7.34pm Marsden to Greenfield (2 pubs, 1 with food

This will be the final stop, taxis/lifts to be arranged from Greenfield. For those hardcore that want to continue, there are trains from Greenfield to Mossley, Stalybridge & back to Manchester at 8.41pm & 9.37pm. We will have 'tour guides' on route with contact numbers & timetables. Hope to see you there, weather has been booked!
[Martina Naismith]
FOLLOWING A FACEBOOK POLL on the Golden Ball 10 at Lancaster next month, we won't be in a position to run a coach on this occasion as there is not enough interest to cover costs. I'm looking into the possibility of meeting back up in Royton for drinks/food after return from the race & will update you as soon as possible. We will now look at the Cheshire Half Marathon on 12th September & Derwentwater 10 on 7th November for possible coach trips this year. Hopefully there will be much more interest for those! [Martina Naismith]

29th JUNE 2021

THIS YEAR'S membership booklets - in a very appropriate RRR green, as you can see - are now available for collection from Up & Running Oldham on Huddersfield Road. Please collect yours at any time!

[David Emanuel]

28th JUNE 2021
WOULD YOU LIKE TO RUN the 2021 London Marathon? RRR has a secured an additional place in this year’s race. The committee has decided we would use this opportunity to support our charity of the year & allocate the place via a raffle. Given the significance of the prize, raffle tickets are priced at £5, limited to one per RRR member to make it fair for everybody. If you want a ticket please send an email or contact Brian/David at Up & Running Oldham - then make your donation to the RRR bank account, give it to myself at the club or to Bryan/David at Up & Running. A raffle number will then be allocated to you once payment is received. Entries will close at midnight on Sunday 4th July. If you win you must run the race - it is strictly not transferrable to a non-RRR member. 
[Carl O'Callaghan]

20th MAY 2021

I'M PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE that Adam Stirling will be taking over the club purse strings from our current Treasurer Jenny O’Callaghan & joining our club committee. Adam comes fully armed with an extensive background in all things finance so I’m sure that we are in safe hands! Thank you to those who showed interest in taking the role on & of course the club's thanks go out to Jenny for the excellent work done on our behalf over the last few years.  [Bryan Lawton]

12th MAY 2021
WE ARE STILL AWAITING confirmation from English Athletics regarding running in larger groups from Monday 17th May. However the committee is currently thinking about training when there are no restrictions, which hopefully isn't too far away. To assist us with this, we have come up with a questionnaire which we would like members to complete. This survey is open until the end of May - please click here to access it. As a small incentive, all members who complete the survey will be entered into a draw for a place in The Royton Trail (or a refund if already entered).  [Simon Howard]

WITH THE EXCITING PROSPECT of parkrun returning soon, the 500th event at Oldham is in our sights again! Last year we were planning a spectacular RRR takeover on that day - until the pesky pandemic got in the way - so we'd really like to resume those plans. The aim is to get a minimum 50 club members to take on all of the volunteer roles, as well as getting the RRR pacing team back in action. If Oldham parkrun does resume (according to the latest plans) on 5th June, then the 500th event will take place on Saturday 19th June. However we don't want to start recruiting until the restart is if you'd like to be involved, please keep your Saturday mornings as free as possible and watch out for further announcements!  [David Emanuel]    

4th MAY 2021

COMMITTEE VACANCY - JENNY O'CALLAGHAN IS stepping down from her committee role of Club Treasurer, creating a vacancy on the committee. If you are interested in the position then please contact me. if you would like to explore what the role involves then I am sure that Jenny will be happy to discuss. The good news for anyone interested is that the club accounts are in a healthy state as a result of the efforts of Jenny. She has done an excellent job for the club & I would like to place on record the thanks of everyone at RRR for the commitment shown.  [Bryan Lawton]

12th MARCH 2021
I'M GUESSING THAT you can't wait until you can actually do something at weekends & socialise with your friends and family? Well we're hoping that with the RRR Social Calendar 2021 we can get in your diaries ahead of everybody else. From June onwards, we've planned a variety of activities - we've tried to tie-in with some races & club nights as well as our annual traditions & even introduced some new events for us to get together. Obviously the dates are all dependant on the roadmap going to plan -   we'll update you as soon as possible if there are any changes which impact our plans. It will be great to see many of you again! Please click here to view the calendar in full. [Martina Naismith]
19th FEBRUARY 2021
WANT TO IMPROVE your running? Then keep reading! We’ve an exciting opportunity for club members to receive some specialist coaching from England Athletics. The training will be FREE & will focus on improving your 5/10K time. This is available to everyone at the club, of any standard.

However, because places are limited, we are asking anyone who puts their name forward to be available & make a FIRM COMMITMENT to:
  • Run a 'time trial' 5K or 10K, on a route of your choice, before the programme starts (between 8th - 14th March)
  • Attend ALL THREE coaching sessions (held via Zoom) at 7pm on 23rd March, 19th April & 11th May
  • Run your 5K/10K route again towards the end of the programme to measure your improvement

If this is of interest to you, please send an email to the RRR email account by 26th February. In your email please let us know whether you are targeting the 5K or 10K, with an indication of how much you would like to improve your time.  [Carl O'Callaghan]
21st JANUARY 2021
WITH US ALL LOCKED UP again for several weeks, we thought we should join one of Colin Green's Saturday Virtual Quiz Nights. We've decided to go for Saturday 13th February & hope that we won’t ruin any romantic plans you may have. So get swotting, watch those romantic classics & brush up on love songs to be in with a chance of winning. We'll also be using this as an opportunity to raise money for RRR Charity of the Year for 2021 - TOG Mind. These quizzes usually run from 7pm to 9pm, with a break in the middle to take a break & replenish drinks, so keep your eyes peeled for login details which we’ll share closer to the time. Hope to see you there!  [Martina Naismith]

12th JANUARY 2021

THE CLUB HAS BEEN CONTACTED by a PhD researcher from Anglia Ruskin University whose research is focused on those who require the use of spectacles & how these spectacles could impact their running gait. Georgia is wondering if any RRR members who fit the inclusion criteria would be willing to fill out her online survey. If you'd like to take part, you can find out more & access the survey via this link.  [David Emanuel]

7th JANUARY 2021
THE RRR ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (AGM) will take place virtually via Zoom on the 29th January & an email with details of the agenda has been sent to all club members. If you have any business to add to the agenda, please submit via email by 22nd January.

Last year it was decided that anyone holding a committee or other formal role with RRR - with the exception of the honorary position of Club President - should be elected/re-elected on an annual basis, on the approval of members, at the AGM. This has always been the case for committee positions, but is now extended to cover all other roles, with the hope that this may encourage more members to take the opportunity to get involved in the running of the club. As a first step, if you are interested in putting your name forward for any of the positions shown in the attached document, please complete this short nomination form by 15th January 2021 at the latest. 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 1 person is nominated for any role, there will be a secret ballot of members to determine who is elected to that position for the 12 months following the AGM. If you have any questions about this process, or 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).
[Carl O'Callaghan]
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]