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17th NOVEMBER 2020
THANKS TO EVERYONE who recently took the time to submit their nominations for RRR Club Runner of the Year 2020 & Charity of the Year 2021. Lots of suggestions were received for many different members/organisations & the RRR Committee has narrowed these down to 2 shortlists - now it's time for you to cast your votes!

Please click here to go to the voting form, which includes some of the reasons that members provided for their nominations. The deadline for submitting your votes is THURSDAY 3rd DECEMBER - the winners will be announced at the RRR Virtual Presentation Night on Friday 4th December.  [David Emanuel]

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 OCTOBER 2020
IT'S WITH A HEAVY HEART that I have to confirm that our annual Presentation Night/Christmas party will not go ahead this year. Nobody knows yet what restrictions will still be in place later in the year but it’s highly unlikely that anything significant will change in the next 8 weeks. As a committee we’ve decided on an alternative plan - on Friday 4th December we will be holding a combined & extended Virtual Thursday (but on a Friday) Social & Presentation Night. We will still have some awards & other things to celebrate, so please save the date & join us. If you say you’ve got a works Christmas do, we won't believe you! More details to follow.  [Martina Naismith]
4th OCTOBER 2020
FOLLOWING DISCUSSIONS at a recent RRR committee meeting & at the latest Thursday Virtual Social, it has been decided to add an event to this year's club race calendar (which we're carrying forward to make a 2020-21 Club Championship). The HEATON PARK 10K is scheduled to take place on Sunday 1st November. This was the date of the Derwentwater 10, our traditional end-of-season event, which has now been cancelled. Many club members already had this race date in their diaries & there's been plenty of feedback to suggest that people would like to have a target to train for. We appreciate that not everyone will feel comfortable taking part in an organised event at this stage - it is up to each individual to make their own decision. If you do have concerns you can read the measures that the race organisers are putting in place here. There will obviously be no 'socialising' before or after the race and members will be expected to follow the guidelines & avoid congregating within the event village. For those club members who do wish to take part, please click here to enter and choose '10K' from the drop-down list. We have been offered a £2 discount on the entry fee. Simply enter 'club' in the 'Apply coupon' box in your basket, then add our club name at checkout. If you have any questions please speak to any member of the committee.  [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] 

13th SEPTEMBER 2020
THE NEWS I HOPE you have been waiting for - we have been given clearance by OMBC to resume club training from Monday 14th September. The guidance is extremely clear: "Informal sports activity is not permitted, where this involves meeting people from outside your household; you can play a team sport only where this is formally organised by a sports club or similar organisation & sports-governing body guidance has been issued". As a committee we can only recommend what our members do, apart from when they are running in a formally-organised session (which means our sessions on a Monday or Thursday). In reality this means that, apart from these official sessions, we should only be running with people from our own household. In order to be able to run we have had to provide a Risk Assessment & guidance for members. For full details & instructions on how to book on a club training session, please go to the RRR Training Groups page.  [Simon Howard]

4th SEPTEMBER 2020

THEY'VE FINALLY arrived! Our Marathon Major Challenge medal is here. It seems such a long time ago that, as a club, we set off from Royton & ran to each of the 6 Major Marathon cities (virtually of course), returning home approximately 10 weeks later. This medal is to recognise the effort you all put in to help us achieve the goal & also to commemorate this weird year of lockdown. We’ll not forget 2020 in a hurry! The price of the medal is £10, with any profits being donated to our 2020 club charity, Kidneys for Life. Easiest way to pay is by bank transfer to the RRR club account - details here. Medals can be collected from Up & Running Oldham from next week, or  doorstep delivered locally (Royton or Shaw).  [Martina Naismith]

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]

20th AUGUST 2020
WITH THE POSSIBILITY of an RRR Club Championship event actually taking place next month - the Cheshire Half Marathon, now scheduled for 20th September -  the committee has been discussing what this means for our club competition. With only 2 races having taken place before lockdown & only a couple more (potentially) still to come, we don't feel this is sufficient to constitute a proper championship competition, but we don't want people's efforts in these events to go to waste. Therefore we've decided to carry forward any points earned in this year's club championship races (Dewsbury 10K, Settle HM plus any remaining events that go ahead) to 2021. We'll keep the competition as the best 7 performances to count, whether they occur this year or next, as we appreciate that some do not yet feel comfortable about racing again. If you have any questions please let me know.  [David Emanuel]
11th AUGUST 2020
THANKS TO KEVIN HUTCHINGS for providing an update on the Cheshire Half Marathon - potentially the 1st club championship race since the Settle Half Marathon way back in February. The race organisers have told Kevin that they are planning to go ahead with reduced numbers (previous limit was 1500) & a wave start. Please note that the race has been put back a week to 20th September. If you're thinking of taking part it's probably worth getting your entry in sooner rather than later - click here to register.  [David Emanuel]

6th AUGUST 2020
THE RRR COMMITTEE HAS been looking at ways of resuming training, hopefully early in September, although obviously this will depend upon the area staying out of local lockdown. More detail will be provided as soon when everything is finalised. Groups will be a maximum of 6, so as a result of this we will need more Group Leaders than we had before. If anybody would be interested in becoming a leader please could you contact me with an email address, so that I can send out Risk Assessments & guidance. Once leaders have an understanding of what is needed to run safely, we will provide more details for members.  [Simon Howard]
3rd AUGUST 2020
THIS YEAR'S cricket club membership booklets (pictured) have just been issued. Usually we'd be handing these out at training nights or races - but given the current circumstances they are instead available for collection at Up & Running Oldham. Please call in at any time to pick up yours!  [David Emanuel]
24th JUNE 2020
DAWN TO DUSK CHALLENGE - what a day! It all started at 5am on Sunday morning, with the last runners setting off on the final lap at 8pm. We had 60 runners all completing the 4.5 mile course (many doing extra miles), that's a minimum of 270 miles towards Berlin. Some of us got soaked, some got sunburnt & you know which category you fit into. Everybody I spoke to in the early hours enjoyed it & from the Facebook posts/pictures it would appear everybody enjoyed the day. This was much more of a success than I ever imagined - thank you to every member that took part, every volunteer who took the time to help on Father’s Day/birthdays (it was my mum's birthday too). My ambition is to make this an annual club fundraising event, with a more social element next time. Imagine being able to sit in the Yew Tree Inn afterwards with the family & your club mates. This year it's about Kidneys for Life, let's not forget that & how close that charity is to the club. Keep the donations coming into the club account where possible. Finally, I will produce a collage of pictures from the event as something to look back on in difficult times. Thank you!  [Carl O'Callaghan]
5th JUNE 2020
OUR NEXT SOCIAL event is planned for Friday 19th June & will be our 2nd RRR Virtual Quiz Night. As last time, our host will be Colin Green & it will be an opportunity for us to see each other, have some fun & raise funds for Kidneys for Life. For now, please pop the date in your diary & make sure you’ve got the Zoom app on your device. More details on timings, joining instructions, etc will be shared soon. [Martina Naismith]
7th MAY 2020
THIS EVENING IT'S the return of the RRR Virtual Thursday Social, start time is 8.15pm after the 8pm Clap for NHS/key workers. As last time we will be using the Zoom app - joining details will be shared via email as last time, so please send us an email if you plan to join to ensure you get the details. A couple of discussion topics include recommended books & podcasts as well as the current May Mileage Challenge & other upcoming ideas. We might even have some plank demonstrations from those that took part! Hope to see you later!  [Martina Naismith]
30th APRIL 2020
AS MAY IS NOW UPON US we thought it would be great to have a virtual club challenge. So from tomorrow (Friday 1st May) until Sunday 31st May we’d like to run or walk the equivalent miles from Oldham to NYC - that's 3339.29 miles or 5374.07K to be precise, which equates to 102.7 miles or 173K per day. We need as many RRRs as possible involved, so that we each don’t have to do as many miles! To take part you just need to share your running/walking stats with us & you can do this in either of these ways: ensure you are in the 'RRR' club on Strava (explore 'clubs' & search for Royton Road Runners - let us know if you get stuck), or take a photo/screenshot of your chosen recording method & either share it to the RRR Facebook page or send it to the RRR email account. Please make sure you upload your activity on the day you complete it to help us with capturing the detail & charting our progress towards New York. We may have some awards along the way to celebrate achievements. so please come along & take part!  [Martina Naismith]

A REMINDER THAT next Thursday (1st Thursday of May) is our next Virtual Thursday Social. Make sure you’ve got Zoom installed on your chosen device & look out for the PIN number, which we’ll communicate early next week. If anybody has any specific subjects or questions that you’d like covering, please let us know. See you then!  [Martina Naismith]
15th APRIL 2020
DON'T FORGET THAT this Friday 17th April we’ll be holding our 1st RRR Virtual Quiz Night. The 'virtual doors' open at 6.45pm, with the quiz starting at 7.30pm (giving you a bit of time to get used to Zoom & set-up of the screen). Details of how to join will be sent in this week's e-mail newsletter, so please look out for it. If you don’t get it, or have any questions, please let me know. There is no entry fee but donations to our Charity of the Year Kidneys for Life will be gratefully received - please use RRR bank details for donations (account details available on this page if you don't already have them set up). So put on your RRR kit, line up your preferred refreshments, grab a pen & paper, get ready for some light entertainment & you’re good to go. See you there! 
[Martina Naismith]
8th APRIL 2020
IT IS MORE IMPORTANT than ever right now that we stay connected & have some fun, so despite lockdown we will be holding our RRR Quiz Night on Friday 17th April as originally planned. It will however be a 'virtual' quiz with Colin Green as our quiz master. For now all you need to do is download Zoom onto your chosen device, keep 17th April free from 7.30pm & get your 'VQ kit' ready - that consists of pen & paper, your preferred takeaway menu & drink of choice. Further details of how to join will be shared later. We'll still be looking to raise money for Kidneys for Life, our chosen charity of the year, & we'll still do a non-virtual quiz when we can get together later in the year. Hope to see you next Friday!  [Martina Naismith]
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]
18th MARCH 2020
WHILE WE ARE UNABLE to train together in our usual way, the committee thought it would be a good idea to provide some advice about training alone or in very small groups. We are aware that a lot of people prefer the comfort of running in groups, but as a club we need to toe the party line. If anybody needs any route advice myself, Carl or Ronnie regularly post routes on Facebook so will have ideas if you need to get out. Please keep fit & 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:
(1) Refund
(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]

28th FEBRUARY 2020
HAVING PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED THAT the Dewsbury 10K is now filling up too quickly to be retained as the 1st race in our club championship series, the RRR committee has been looking at numerous alternative options for 2021. Keen to continue the long-standing tradition of starting the season with a fast 10K in early February, we have provisionally (subject to date confirmation) decided upon the event at Aintree Racecourse organised by Run Aintree which took place this year on Saturday 1st February & was still open for entries a few days beforehand. The 10K is advertised as a flat/quick 2-lapper (won this year in 34:45, with 446 finishers) with chip timing, a themed medal & 'post-race goodies'. We've already negotiated a discount on the entry fee & our Liverpudlian president Ronnie Quinn has assured us that if we take a coach he'll make sure it's safe in the car park! Most important, the race is on roads/paths (not grass) & there's no requirement to tackle the Grand National fences...  [David Emanuel]  

26th FEBRUARY 2020
OVER THE LAST FEW 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 straight after each race, whilst it's still fresh in your mind, starting with the Settle event last weekend. However we don't only want to hear from those who took part on Sunday - it's just as important when considering race choices for future years to understand why people didn't/weren't able to run. 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]

25th FEBRUARY 2020
IT'S LESS THAN 3 WEEKS until the next RRR race at Dent on 14th March (1 of the few Saturday races) & as per tradition we will be travelling by coach. It’s a small village with limited parking, so worth thinking about your carbon footprint & travelling with us - we will be going for food & drinks afterwards. For all those on the Settle trip who confirmed for this outing, you’ve already been booked in & just need to transfer £15 to the club account. For those not booked, please click here to reserve your seat(s). There will (of course) be more games, with amazing prizes to be won whilst raising money for our club charity. Timings will be confirmed soon, but it will be a morning pick-up from Royton & teatime return - allowing for a 6 Nations rugby match that is taking place apparently.  [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]

16th FEBRUARY 2020
AFTER CLUB TRAINING on Thursday 27th February we're planning to hold our 1st 'Thursday Social'. The idea is to get together in the cricket club bar after we get back from our run (usually between 8pm - 8.15pm), with a few snacks provided, mainly to talk about running stuff. If there's enough interest we'll make it a regular event on the last Thursday of every month. With lots of club members approaching the last phase of their Spring marathon training, we're calling this inaugural event 'Howard's Way' - Simon will be sharing some ideas on how to get the most out of the last few weeks of training and approach your tapering, with the opportunity to ask questions of him & others with plenty of marathon experience. Of course you don't have to be booked on a marathon to come along; in fact you don't even need to have been at training, everyone is welcome! In particular it would be great to see those club members who haven't been able to make it to club nights for a while due to injury, other commitments, etc. Hope to see you on 27th!  [David Emanuel]

IT'S BEEN A WHILE since we last had an RRR parkrun day & the 500th Oldham parkrun on Saturday 4th April seems like the ideal opportunity! Our aim is to get a minimum 50 club members to take on all of the volunteer roles that morning, as well as getting the RRR pacing team back in action. It's the day before the Manchester Marathon, so we hope that those of you running on the Sunday will be prepared to volunteer & rest your legs. Please let me know if you're interested in taking on any of these regular parkrun volunteer roles or joining the pacing team.  [David Emanuel]

THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO responded to last year's survey about when we should hold future presentation nights. The votes were split almost 50/50 (even closer than the Brexit referendum!), but because even some of those who voted for January had reservations (e.g. it would have to be late in the month, after payday), we've decided to stick with an early December date. However we are announcing it much earlier & will continue to remind you throughout the year. Please put the date in your diary!  [David Emanuel]
6th FEBRUARY 2020
THE MINUTES FROM this year's RRR AGM on 31st January, along with the year-end financial summary, are now available on the Members Page of this website. This page is restricted to club members only, so you'll need to login (or register if you haven't previously done so) in order to view these documents. The minutes include confirmation of the changes to the RRR Committee & appointments to other key roles - you can also see all the new role holders on the updated Contacts/Officials page. As Bryan Lawton said at the AGM, thanks on behalf of the whole membership to those stepping down this year - Brian Moore (Club Secretary), Bernie Goodwin (Social Secretary), Shane Reading (Men's Captain) & Val Kilburn (Women's Captain) - for their contribution to the club & a warm welcome to the new post-holders!  [David Emanuel]  

THE 1ST RRR COACH TRIP of 2020 is almost upon us & we’re off to pastures new on Sunday 23rd February for the Settle 10K, 10 mile or half marathon, depending on your choice! It’s an early start but you can get a bit of sleep on the journey, which will be about 90 minutes. The cost is £15 per person. We'll be leaving at 7am sharp from the usual location (Radcliffe Street in Royton, near Mazzo, OL2 6QL), returning from Settle at 6pm. Please bring with you some loose change, as we will be doing some games & charity fundraising on the coach! To book your seat please complete this short form.  [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]

27th JANUARY 2020
WITH THE 1ST club championship race of 2020 at Dewsbury fast approaching, please find attached this year's provisional group allocations. Last year's group is shown in brackets (where applicable). 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 race/parkrun times achieved in 2019. Please note that we do not include races such as the Cowm 5Ks which are not officially recognised/accurately measured. In some cases there was insufficient evidence from performances last year to allocate someone to a group - new members, those who didn't race due to injury, etc. These are shown in a separate 'TO BE ALLOCATED' list. We will assign these individuals to an appropriate group based on their 1st club championship race(s) in 2020. However we recognise that there can be factors other than race times which make you feel you have been placed in the incorrect group. In such cases appeals will be considered - please send an e-mail as soon as possible, including a reason for your challenge.  [David Emanuel]
25th JANUARY 2020
THE SOUTH EAST LANCS CROSS-COUNTRY Presentation Night will take place on Friday 27th March at North Chadderton Social & Bowling Club on Broadway. Tickets cost £4.50 (which includes supper). Limited tickets are avaialble to each club, so if you're interested in attending please let me know.  [David Emanuel] 
23rd JANUARY 2020
THE RRR AGM will take place at Royton Cricket Club on Friday 31st January, starting at 7.30pm. Click here for a copy of the agenda for the meeting. If you have anything that you would like to be considered under Any Other Business, please let us know by Wednesday 28th January at the latest. Hope you can make it!  [David Emanuel]

18th JANUARY 2020

MANY THANKS TO ALL those who have taken part in the nomination process ahead of this year's RRR Annual General Meeting on 31st January. As it stands we have people proposed for all of the new & existing roles bar one. As only one person has been nominated for each position there is no need for a vote and these appointments will be formally confirmed at the AGM. The one exception is the committee position of Club Secretary. Brian Moore has decided to step down from this role and we have not received any nominations. We are therefore extending the deadline for this role only by another week. If you are interested in putting your name forward for this position, please complete this nomination form by 24th January 2020 at the latest. As you will see, 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 one person is nominated for the role, there will be a secret ballot of members to determine who is elected to that position for the 12 months following the AGM.

I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to Brian Moore (secretary) and Bernie Goodwin (social secretary) for their many years of service to our club as part of the RRR committtee. I'd also like to thank Shane Reading & Val Kilburn, who have decided at this time to step down from their roles as Men's Captain and Women's Captain respectively. I'll say more about their contribution to the club at the AGM.

If you have any questions about the nomination process, please speak to a current member of the RRR committee (contact details can be found on the Contacts/Officials page.  [Bryan Lawton]

13th JANUARY 2020
AFTER ANOTHER successful competition last year, finishing with a great final between Martin Thompson & Dave Peart, we're now taking entries for the 2020 RRR Cup. If you've not been involved's a completely free competition based around head-to-head races at Oldham parkrun. It's not a massive commitment - Martin's victory last year involved running on just 5 Saturday mornings between February & November - but on past evidence it's 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 after club training one evening 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 would like your name to be in the hat. You won't regret it!
[David Emanuel]