Wednesday, Apr 24 at 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Thursday, Apr 25 at 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Sunday, Apr 28 at 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday, Apr 28 at 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM


16th APRIL 2019
There will be no training from the cricket club on Easter Monday 22nd April. If anybody wants a run - but it will be much shorter and slower - I will be leading a RunTogether session from Chadderton Hall Park, meeting at 5.45pm to run at 6.00pm.  [Simon Howard]

27th MARCH 2019
FOLLOWING A RECENT REVIEW by the committee, the RRR Club Championship 'Rules & Regulations' have been updated. The rules needed to be amended in order to reflect the change this year to best seven races to count, rather than nine. However we have also taken the opportunity to firm up/clarify some others. Two updated rules in particular are worth noting:

1. Club Championship points will no longer be allocated to any member competing in a race in somebody else's name. We know from organising our own race, The Royton Trail, that this could cause potentially serious issues - in particular, if anything were to happen to a runner during a race, organisers rely on information provided on entry (emergency contact details, medical conditions). It also means that an individual's official records (e.g. RunBritain, Power of 10) can be distorted by 'rogue' results. The vast majority of races allow number transfers up to the day of the race - where this process is followed it will of course continue to be OK to take someone else's place & earn club points. In addition we will always aim to provide as much advance notice as possible of the Club Championship calendar (e.g. we have already announced that the Dewsbury 10K will be the first club race of 2020). 

2. If members do not have continuous membership - i.e. do not renew their RRR membership by the annual deadline of 31st March - then any points earned in races earlier that year will be removed. Please take note of this if you ran in one or more of the first four club races this year but have not yet renewed your membership - you have until the end of this week to do so!  

The new Rules & Regulations take effect immediately. Any questions please let me know, or speak to any member of the committee.  [David Emanuel]
1st MARCH 2019
THANKS TO EVERYONE who supported the annual RRR Quiz Night at Royton Cricket Club! An impressive 13 teams took part & contributed a grand total of £370 to Springhill Hospice, our Charity of the Year. Congratulations to experienced quizzers Mossley Lifeboat Station B Shift on a fine victory & thanks to John Rigby for setting the questions.  [David Emanuel] 
THE QUIZ EVENING got off to a great start with the much-anticipated announcement of the new RRR President, as June Allingan handed over the official Presidential headwear to Ronnie Quinn. Many thanks to June for 5 wonderful years of service to RRR & congratulations to Ronnie on his appointment. June will be a hard act to follow, but I've no doubt that Ronnie is up to the task & sure he'll be an extremely popular choice!  [David Emanuel]

27th FEBRUARY 2019

IN AN EFFORT to be better prepared this year, the RRR Committee has - taking into account feedback from a number of the many RRRs who took part this year - made an early decision that the 1st race in the 2020 Club Championship will again be the Dewsbury 10K. The race has a provisional date of 2nd February (that's 02022020, palindromic number fans!) & the Race Director has advised that they will aim to open entries in the last week of October. We will of course let you know as soon as this happens, to ensure that everyone who wishes to run will get the chance to do so.  [David Emanuel]

THE GREATER MANCHESTER ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION Track & Field Championships take place this year at Leigh Sports Village on 11th & 12th May. Fancy trying your hand at something a bit different? Events include the 800m, 1500m & 3000m or (if you're feeling really ambitious) the javelin & discus. Click here for further details.  [David Emanuel]

25th FEBRUARY 2019

FOLLOWING SATURDAY'S TRIP to Derbyshire, let's hope the weather is just as good for our annual trip to Cumbria for the Dentdale Run! Bookings are now being taken for seats on the RRR coach on Saturday 9th March. The fun bus will as usual be setting off from Radcliffe Street car park in Royton (OL2 6QL) at 9am sharp (race starts at 1pm), again costing just £10 per head. The plan is to return to Royton for around 8.15-8.30pm, after making our usual substantial contribution to the Dent village economy. Although the 14.2 mile event is the Club Championship race, I know some RRRs are planning to run the 7.9-miler instead. Please click here to book your seat(s) - this one is likely to fill up quickly, so don't leave it too long! If you haven't already done so, you'll also need to book your place in the race sooner rather than later - as I write there are 228 of 700 places remaining across the 2 races.  [David Emanuel]

16th FEBRUARY 2019

WE HAVE NOW RECEIVED the RRR race numbers for the Carsington Water Half Marathon on Saturday 23rd February - including those who managed to get their entry in before the race filled up. I'll take them on the coach next Saturday, but for those travelling separately they're available now to pick up from Up & Running on Huddersfield Road. For those on the coach please note that we'll be leaving from the Radcliffe Street car park in Royton (OL2 6QL) at 7am sharp, returning from Derbyshire at 4pm. We're booked in for lunch at the Knockerdown Inn, a 'Traditional Olde Worlde Pub' less than a mile from Race HQ, which opens at 12pm. If anyone not travelling on the coach wishes to join us at the pub, they strongly recommend booking a table in advance (01629-540209) as it can get very busy!  [David Emanuel]

14th FEBRUARY 2019
IT HAS BEEN brought to our attention than an RRR member recently had their vehicle broken into whilst parked on the Royton Cricket Club car park. Please ensure when attending training nights that you do not leave any valuables or personal possessions in sight.  [David Emanuel]

7th FEBRUARY 2019
WELL DONE to Ronnie Quinn for spotting the latest club advertising campaign at Loftus Road for the recent Queens Park Rangers v Portsmouth F.A. Cup replay - see below. Not happy about that unnecessary apostrophe though...  [David Emanuel]    

31st JANUARY 2019

ALL PACKRUNS FOR TONIGHT have been cancelled. We need to think about safety - most of the footpaths are still extremely icy & it would be totally unsafe to be running in the roads. Also, the temperature won't be above freezing at any point today, so conditions are unlikely to improve. It's the start of the road racing season & we don't want any members getting a bad injury due to icy conditions.  [Simon Howard]

30th JANUARY 2019

THE PROVISIONAL ALLOCATION of RRRs to Club Championship Groups for the 2019 season is now available - please click here for details. This features all those members who completed a club race over a 'standard distance' (5K, 10K, 10 mile, half marathon) last year. As you will see, Brian Moore has started cross-checking other race times for each runner on the Power of 10 website & will continue this exercise for the remaining groups. If anyone wishes to query their group allocation, please contact Brian directly.  [David Emanuel] 

26th JANUARY 2019

A NEW LOCAL RACE FOR 2019! Our friends at LABC are introducing the LABC Runners 5K on a familiar-looking route around Littleborough. The chip-timed race will take place on Sunday 31st March from the Littleborough Boxing & Fitmess Club on Church Street, affiliated entry fee £8. Please click here for more details.  [David Emanuel]  

23rd JANUARY 2019

I'M LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS for the RRR Water Station at the Greater Manchester Marathon. If you're free on Sunday April 7th & would like to help out please email me as soon as possible. It's a fun day & a great window for RRR in the running community.  [Mary Freer]

21st JANUARY 2019
WE'RE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE the date for the annual RRR Quiz Night! This year it's on Friday 1st March, at Royton Cricket Club as usual - 7.30pm for an 8pm start. Bring a team (maximum 6 people) or just come along & join up with others on the night. Cost is £3 per head which includes entry to the quiz, stand up bingo & lucky number ticket. Donations of raffle prizes very welcome, bottles in particular. Proceeds will go to the RRR Charity of the Year for 2019, Springhill Hospice in Rochdale.  [June Allingan]

AS IF ONE QUIZ WASN'T ENOUGH...there's a Quiz & Karaoke Night at the Cricket Club on Saturday 9th February. Doors open at 7.30pm & entries are invited for teams of four at £10 per team. Further details here.  [David Emanuel]   
19th JANUARY 2019
THANKS TO ALL the RRRs who braved snowy conditions to attend the RRR Annual General Meeting at the cricket club. The main news was June Allingan's announcement that she is stepping down from the role of Club President after 5 years in the role. June has done a fantastic job for the club over that time & has played a leading role in our charity fundraising efforts. The new RRR President will be revealed at our annual Quiz Night, which we've just booked for Friday 1st March (more details to follow shortly!). The other main item was confirmation that, subject to no increase in Cricket Club fees, the annual RRR membership fee will remain at £45 (£30 for second claim members). Membership renewal is due by the end of March, so there'll be communication about this closer to the time.  [David Emanuel]

IT WAS ALSO CONFIRMED on the night that Royton Cricket Club's AGM will take place on Wednesday 6th February. It would be great to have some RRRs in attendance - this is a chance to have your say on issues that affect us such as changing facilities, car parking, etc.  [David Emanuel]       

8th JANUARY 2019
AS YOU MAY BE AWARE, the Carsington Water Half Marathon - Race 2 in this year's RRR Club Championship - is already (unexpectedly) full. However, I'm delighted to let you know that the Race Director has kindly agreed to make a number of additional place available, exclusively to RRR members. I've been asked to submit the names of runners who wish to take up these additional places as a group booking & pay entry fees as a lump sum. Therefore, if you wish to take part in the race, please complete this short form & make your payment to the RRR club account as indicated. PLaces are limited, so it's first come first served! If you're already booked on the race & just want to book a place on the coach - or indeed want to travel on the coach without running - please send me an e-mail. [David Emanuel] 

3rd JANUARY 2019
AFTER ANOTHER very successful competition last year, won in fine style by Phil Austin, entries are now being taken for the 2019 RRR Cup. If you've not been involved before it's free, straightforward, not a massive commitment & on past evidence 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 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'd like your name to be in the hat. You know it makes sense!  [David Emanuel]    

1st JANUARY 2019
HAPPY NEW YEARRR! CONGRATULATIONS to all the RRRs who (literally) hit the ground running this morning, contributing to new record attendances at both Chadderton Park & Oldham parkruns. The first 'news' of 2019 is the announcement of this year's RRR Annual General Meeting, which will take place on Friday 18th January. As usual our AGM is being held at Royton Cricket Club, starting at 7.30pm, & is a chance to have your say about any aspect of the club. If you have any items you would like added to the agenda, please send details to Club Secretary Brian Moore by Wednesday 16th January at the latest.  [David Emanuel]