Sunday, Nov 3 at 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Monday, Nov 4 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Monday, Nov 4 at 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Thursday, Nov 7 at 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

NEWS!

11th NOVEMBER 2019
TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE for this year's RRR Presentation Night, which takes place on Saturday 7th December at Royton Band Club on Sandy Lane. Tickets are unchanged from last year at £12.50 each - please click here to book yours! Doors open at 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start. In addition to the presentation of trophies & awards, the evening will as usual include buffet, DJ & late bar, while a raffle will be held as our final fundraising effort for 2019 Charity of the Year, Springhill Hospice - you can donate raffle prizes to a member of the committee on Monday/Thursday nights at the club, or drop them off anytime at Up & Running Oldham on Huddersfield Road. We'll also be making the draw for club places at next year's London Marathon - to be included in that draw please send your rejection e-mail or a copy of your rejection letter by e-mail to Brian Moore if you haven't already done so. [David Emanuel]

ONLY ONE OF THE AWARDS at Presentation Night is based entirely on the votes of RRR members - that's the prestigious Rod Bowers Trophy for Club Runner of the Year. So please take part by casting your vote. The deadline for voting is Sunday 1st December. [David Emanuel] 

THE CLUB RUNNER OF THE YEAR voting form would normally also ask you to select your choice for the RRR Charity of the Year for 2020. However we're doing that separately this year - because I completely forgot to ask earlier for nominations for charities to be included on the voting list. So, with apologies for the short notice, if you'd like to propose a charity please send me a brief e-mail by this coming Sunday 17th November with the name of the charity & a couple of lines explaining why you think it deserves our support next year. Don't assume that someone else will suggest your favourite charity! All nominations will be included in the ballot. [David Emanuel] 

27th OCTOBER 2019

THANKS TO EVERYONE who has booked & paid for seats on the coach to Keswick next Sunday. The coach is now full, so if for any reason you have booked & are now unable to travel please let me know. I've now started a waitlist for anyone wanting to take up a seat if it becomes available - please click here to be added to that list.  [David Emanuel]


24th OCTOBER 2019

NICK SETTLE FROM England Athletics has been in touch with RRR to let us know about some local running workshops coming up in the next few months. These are open to leaders, coaches & runners looking to learn more about these topics. Warm up & Drills for Road Running takes place on 27th November 2019, with Preparation & Recovery for Road Running on 29th January 2020. Both workshops will be held at Bolton Arena from 7pm - 9pm & cost £10 each. Please click on the course title if you wish to book. Places are quite limited!  [David Emanuel]
19th OCTOBER 2019
A DATE FOR YOUR 2020 DIARY...James Wright has confirmed that next year's Summer Bimble in the Park will take place on Sunday 14th June. You don't have to wait that long, though - there are still places available for this year's Winter Bimble (both the adult 5-miler & the kids 1-miler) on Sunday 8th December. All in a good cause, with proceeds going to Children with Cancer UK & the Alzheimer's Society - you can enter December's race here.  [David Emanuel] 

A MESSAGE FROM Mark Reed  at Racebest: "We are helping to organise a £5 virtual event to support 'Children with Cancer', no matter where you are in the world, on 12th February 2020 - the date the charity was founded in 1988. Using this date, we hope as many as possible will walk 1.22 miles or run 1.988 miles. As well as raising money for this fantastic charity we hope to build awareness too. As a thank you, you will receive a piece of memorabilia on behalf of the charity. You can enter here."  [David Emanuel]
10th OCTOBER 2019
I'M SEEING SEVERAL disappointed people posting on Facebook about not getting in the London Marathon. If you're a member of RRR & you're one of the disappointed then don't be! The club is currently due to receive 2 guaranteed club places, with the ballot taking place at Presentation Night in December. Please send your ballot rejection email to me & subject to you meeting the qualifying criteria then you'll be entered into the club ballot.  [Brian Moore]

9th OCTOBER 2019

WHAT BETTER WAY to bring down the curtain on our road race championship than to travel to Keswick with your fellow RRRs, have a nice run around the lake & then explore this picturesque market town (i.e. head straight to the pub for the rest of the afternoon). The RRR Fun Bus for the Derwentwater 10 on Sunday 3rd November will be setting off from Radcliffe Street car park in Royton (OL2 6QL) at 8am sharp, returning from Keswick at 6pm. Cost is £15 per person. Non-running RRRs & guests very welcome. Please click here to book your seat (don't forget to enter the race too). It's worth noting that the coach was fully booked in little over a week last year, so don't leave it too long!  [David Emanuel]

WE NORMALLY WAIT until after Derwentwater to carry out a survey asking all members for their views on the club championship & the races we've included this year. However, since the final 10 miler has been consistently voted your favourite race & we're very unlikely to change it as the season-closing event, it seems daft to delay any longer. Collecting your responses now will hopefully mean that the committee can make an earlier decision on the club race calendar for 2020 (as announced earlier in the year we have already confirmed that the season will again start with the Dewsbury 10K in February - entries are due to open later this month). Please follow this link to complete the questionnaire. It'll only take a few minutes & it really does help. When putting together the race calendar the committee takes many factors into account (cost of entry, distance to travel, mix of race distances, whether a race is likely to fill early, spread across the year, etc) but the most important is what our members think. We don't usually change too many races from one year to the next, but those we drop are almost always those that got the lowest average ratings in this survey & we're always looking for suggestions for new races to include. So please let us know what you think, your vote could make the difference! You don't need to have run any particular race this year to give your opinion on it - you may have run it in the past, or heard from others who did take part. This year was the first time that the club championship was based on best 7 races of 17 to count, a reduction from 9/17 in recognition of the number of members who had said they were struggling to get to 9 events. The questionnaire also therefore asks for your feedback on this change.  [David Emanuel]
2nd OCTOBER 2019
THANKS TO VIKKI SMITH for letting us know that the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) is holding a cardiac screening programme at North Chadderton School on Tuesday 12th November. This is a free screening for anybody aged 14-35; it's a non-invasive, painless test that only takes a few minutes. For more information & details of how to register (either yourself or your children - I'm aware that most RRRs fall outside the age range!) please click here. Even if you can't take advantage yourself, please spread the word - this is such a valuable service & it would be great if we can help them fill the 100 places available on the day. [David Emanuel]  

3rd SEPTEMBER 2019
AS YOU MAY HAVE READ on our Facebook page, this year's RRR Presentation Night will take place on Saturday 7th December at Royton Band Club on Sandy Lane. Please put the date in your diary - further details to follow later in the year.  [David Emanuel]

26th JULY 2019

A DATE FOR YOUR DIARY...'Good For Age' entry for the 2020 London Marathon opens on Wednesday 7th August. There are 6,000 places available for those who have achieved a qualifying time - details of the age category/gender time requirements can be found on the London Marathon website here. Please note that if you're eligible for a Good For Age place, you can't also enter the ballot for the RRR club places in next year's race!  [David Emanuel] 


23rd JULY 2019

FOLLOWING THE SUCCESSFUL LAUNCH of the new RRR club vest a few months ago, we have asked 2XU to provide us with details of other kit options. Before we commit RRR funds to purchasing any new items, we would like to get an idea of the level of demand & sizes we'll require. To this end you'll find examples on the website here, together with a short questionnaire which we'd be grateful if you'd complete. We'll also be taking the opportunity to re-stock our supply of club vests, as we've already sold out of the initial stock in some sizes. If you missed out on the new vest please use the same form to indicate your requirements. If you have any questions please let me know.  [David Emanuel]

29th JUNE 2019
GREAT TO GET A MESSAGE from Mike Harrington, Race Director at last weekend's Colshaw Hall 10K: "I stopped & chatted to a large number of your runners & they are a real credit to your club". After such feedback it only seems polite to mention another event organised by Cute Fruit Events, the Farndon 10K. This race takes place on Sunday 13th October, which is only a week after the Rochdale Half Marathon...but as you can see above, it does enable you (if you ran at Colshaw Hall) to make your medal complete!  [David Emanuel]
23rd JUNE 2019
ANDY O'SULLIVAN ISN'T DOING too well at the moment. It would be great to see lots of RRRs attend his Ian Terry Memorial 5k Cowm Trail Race on Tuesday 9th July, even if it is just to support & show Andy what we all think of him. The guy has done so much good work for athletics & local charities, he doesn't deserve the battle he is facing currently. I appreciate that it's the night before The Royton Trail, but we don't have to race it, we can turn up & cheer or just jog round. I hope as many of us as possible can attend. Please let others know & help get as many people there as possible to show Andy our love & respect.  [Garry Bower]

10th JUNE 2019

A POLITE REQUEST TO ATTENDEES at training nights at the cricket club! When gathering before & after the run, please try to ensure that you are not blocking the entrance to the car park. If we can make it easy for drivers to gain access then it's a lot safer & keeps everyone happy.  Thank you!  [David Emanuel] 

5th JUNE 2019

WE'RE LOOKING FOR for volunteers for The Royton Trail on 10th July - to marshal, man the water station & help at the start/finish. If you're not running & can assist please email meFeel free to also rope in family & friends!  [Mary Freer]

30th MAY 2019

THE LATEST CHIP-TIMED 5K on the track will take place on Wednesday 19th June at Kingsway Park High School in Rochdale. As always, places are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment! Please click here to secure your place.  [David Emanuel]


21st MAY 2019

NEWS REACHES RRR TOWERS that the club has received a donation of £685 from the organisers of this year's Greater Manchester Marathon, in recognition of the work of our Drinks Station team. Many thanks to Mary Freer & everyone who volunteered on the day for your contribution!  [David Emanuel]


20th MAY 2019
THE AWAY NIGHT at Diggle on Bank Holiday Monday (27th May) has been postponed until later in the summer. Due to a lack of leaders & runners, plus leaders who were available not being familiar with routes, the Committee felt it would be better to do this away night at a later date.  [Simon Howard]


14th MAY 2019

MODELS REQUIRED! Rochdale-based photographer Zain Zia (he took photos at The Royton Trail last year & regularly takes pictures at Watergrove parkrun) is interested in doing a photo shoot for our new club vest, with male & female members of different ages. The photos would be taken outside - I've suggested as an option Alexandra Park, before or after parkrun on a Saturday morning. If you're interested in taking part - the only requirement is that you have one of the new RRR vests - please let me know. Please note that I'll be passing on the e-mail addresses of all volunteers to Zain, so that he can contact you direct to arrange the shoot.  [David Emanuel]    


10th MAY 2019

BOOKINGS ARE NOW being taken for seats on the RRR coach on Saturday 25th May for the Blackpool Promenade 10 Miler, the 7th race in the club calendar. The bus will as usual be setting off from Radcliffe Street car park in Royton (OL2 6QL) at 8.30am (race starts at 11am). We’ll leave Blackpool about 6pm allowing time for lunch plus time to do the usual Blackpool activities - donuts, candy floss & the Big One! Due to numbers the cost of a return ticket will be £15, which hopefully you’ll agree is still great value (we got lots of quotes for various sizes of coach). If we get more than 25 to join us on the bus then there may be a small refund. Basically we just need to cover the cost of the coach! To book your seat please use this linkHope to see you all there, cheerleaders get free Pom Pom usage!  [Martina Naismith]

27th APRIL 2019

2019 MEMBERSHIP BOOKLETS have this week been issued for all current RRR members. I'll take them along to training nights over the next few weeks, so please see me there - but if you can't get to the club they are available to pick up at any time from Up & Running on Huddersfield Road. I also have some (but not yet all!) of the membership cards for use at the bar requested by those who don't currently have one - I'll give those out at the same time! [David Emanuel]

24th APRIL 2019
RRR HAS THIS WEEK RECEIVED the following message from Woody Morris: "I’m a producer working for BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat & I’m making a series of films about running. We’re hoping to speak to people who run for the therapeutic benefit it brings them, perhaps to help them cope with a particularly challenging period or event in their life. We’re looking for people who are really keen runners, but not necessarily in a competitive sense & (crucially) under 30 years old. We’ll be making a series of high-quality short films with the same theme that we’ll be filming all over the country. Anyone interested can contact me by e-mail, I’d be happy to chat further to anyone who’d like some more info." If you'd like to be involved & are one of the few RRRs who meet Woody's age criteria, please contact him direct!  [David Emanuel]
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]