3rd NOVEMBER 2020
AS PART OF our Virtual Social/Presentation Night on Friday 4th December, we will be awarding the Rod Bowers Trophy for RRR Club Runner of the Year to the person
that members think has made the greatest contribution to the club in the last 12 months. That's not necessarily the 'best' or the fastest runner, but the person you believe has stood out in this most challenging of years.
We're doing things slightly differently this year. At this stage we're looking for nominations for Club Runner of the Year (with reasons). From these we'll compile a shortlist for a vote by all of our members. At the same time we're asking for nominations for RRR Charity of the Year 2021, to follow a very successful year of fundraising activity supporting Kidneys for Life.
Please click here to submit your nomination(s). Deadline is Sunday 15th November. [David Emanuel]
28th SEPTEMBER 2020
AS MANY OF YOU will be aware, RRR's very own June Allingan will be running her Virtual London Marathon around Saddleworth this coming Sunday 4th October in aid of Maggie's. She's provided her planned route & approximate timings for anyone who wants to give her some support (observing all social distancing rules, of course). Good luck June! [David Emanuel]
22nd SEPTEMBER 2020
WAY BACK IN FEBRUARY we introduced the first of a planned regular post-club race questionnaire after the Settle Half Marathon - and this is the first opportunity we've had to do so again! In previous 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 now on Sunday's Cheshire Half Marathon, whilst it's still fresh in your mind. However we don't only want to hear from those who took part in the event - it's just as important when considering race choices for future years to understand why people didn't/weren't able to run, especially in the current circumstances. 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]
4th SEPTEMBER 2020
26th AUGUST 2020
THE PLANNED RESUMPTION of club training in smaller, groups which was going to resume on 7th September, has been put on hold due to Oldham's current lockdown rules ("no meetings indoors or outdoors with people from outside your household"). Thanks to the group leaders (John, Claire & Tracey) who were going to trial the booking system, but this will now have to wait a little longer. Rest assured that our plans were virtually ready, so we will be ready to go once these restrictions are lifted. Everybody 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:
(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]
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]
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]
18th JANUARY 2020
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