Monday, Jun 17 at 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Monday, Jun 17 at 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Wednesday, Jun 19 at 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Thursday, Jun 20 at 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM


59 members entered the 2017 RRR Cup.


28th Oct: Rob Battye (18:07) beat Helen Radcliffe (23:16) by 49 seconds


28th Oct: Michael Pickering (20:312) beat Jill Hickson (25:31) by 25 seconds

30th Sept: Helen Radcliffe (22:49) beat Michael Pickering (19:52) by 33 seconds
30th Sept: Rob Battye (18:23) beat Jill Hickson (24:46) by 33 seconds 
22nd Jul: Michael Pickering (19:23) beat Simon Lake (24:14) by 41 seconds
22nd Jul: Rob Battye (18:15) beat Nick Mallon (22:34) by 19 seconds
26th Aug: Helen Radcliffe (22:45) beat Rob Kellett (20:48) by 3 seconds
26th Aug: Jill Hickson (24:04) beat Eloise Bartlett (33:18) by 2mins 4secs
THIRD ROUND (matches to take place during June)
17th Jun: Eloise Bartlett (31:41) beat Carol Robinson (29:18) by 7 seconds
24th Jun: Michael Pickering (19:37) beat Adam Stirling (23:06) by 1min 19secs
24th Jun: Rob Kellett (20:46) beat Owen Flage (19:40) by 1min 9secs
24th Jun: Rob Battye (18:33) beat Bernadette Ball (29:14) by 1min 11secs
24th Jun: Helen Radcliffe (22:56) beat Kevin Heenan (23:19) by 28 seconds
24th Jun: Nick Mallon (22:42) beat Emma Kennedy (38:57) by 1min 15secs
1st Jul: Jill Hickson (24:32) beat Clare Darraugh (23:54) by 22 seconds
Simon Lake beat Matthew Kershaw (walkover due to injury)

SECOND ROUND (matches to take place in April & May)

15th Apr: Owen Flage (18:47) beat Martin Jones (24:58) by 1min 41secs

6th May: Michael Pickering (19:13) beat Paul Joyce (18:47) by 44 seconds

6th May: Bernadette Ball (28:42) beat Rob Marsden (21:01) by 1min 19secs

6th May: Jill Hickson (25:16) beat Brian Swindells (29:17) by 2min 26secs

6th May: Kevin Heenan (22:52) beat Bryan Lawton (20:57) by 50 seconds

6th May: Clare Darraugh (24:18) beat Robert Fairbanks (18:32) by 44 seconds

13th May: Carol Robinson (29:15) beat Gary Smith (24:10) by 55 seconds

13th May: Adam Stirling (22:22) beat Nefa Nessa (30:18) by 6 seconds

20th May: Matthew Kershaw (21:03) beat Simon Howard (25:03) by 1min 30secs

20th May: Emma Kennedy (39:11) beat Jason Keast (22:23) by 5mins 12secs

20th May: Simon Lake (24:02) beat David Crewe (21:18) by 1 second

20th May: Rob Kellett (21:00) beat Garry Bower (23:55) by 1min 10secs

20th May: Nick Mallon (22:47) beat Helen Knight (24:26) by 24 seconds

20th May: Helen Radcliffe (24:48) beat Paul Anderson (walkover due to injury)

Rob Battye beat Alan Reynolds (walkover)

Eloise Bartlett beat Ian Dale (walkover due to injury)

11th Feb: Robert Fairbanks (18:11) beat Selina McLean by 1min 6secs
11th Feb: David Crewe (23:55) beat Dave Watt (23:39) by 59 seconds
11th Feb: Jill Hickson (26:13) beat Tony Kane (24:48) by 1min 47secs
18th Feb: Simon Howard (21:53) beat Paul Bannister (18:56) by 28 seconds
18th Feb: Ian Dale (19:09) beat Michael Fleming (18:59) by 5 seconds
18th Feb: Paul Anderson (20:42) beat Robert Nixon (20:42) by 37 seconds

25th Feb: Brian Swindells (27:51) beat Lee Higginbottom (21:41) by 20 seconds

25th Feb: Nick Mallon (28:13) beat Stephen Jones (29:27) by 1min 14secs

4th Mar: Kevin Heenan (24:25) beat Jillian Heywood (28:25) by 30 seconds

4th Mar: Rob Battye (18:52) beat Chris Nicholson (25:19) by 12 seconds

4th Mar: Gary Smith (23:46) beat Paul Cooke (23:46) by 26 seconds

18th Mar: Rob Kellett (21:02) beat Neil Brock (19:22) by 10 seconds

18th Mar: Owen Flage (18:52) beat Andy Chadwick (24:44) by 1min 37secs

18th Mar: Rob Marsden (20:44) beat Ronnie Quinn (22:00) by 41 seconds

25th Mar: Adam Stirling (22:39) beat David Emanuel (19:30) by 21 seconds

25th Mar: Bryan Lawton (20:57) beat David Ellis (20:07) by 20 seconds

25th Mar: Helen Radcliffe (23:04) beat Elliot Stone (21:07) by 1min 13secs

25th Mar: Eloise Bartlett (31:47) beat Lisa Cummins (26:40) by 23 seconds)

25th Mar: Alan Reynolds (20:04) beat Dave Peart (20:56) by 2mins 52secs

25th Mar: Helen Knight (24:42) beat Nick Cuff (no time, no barcode)

1st Apr: Michael Pickering (19:59) beat Angela Rogowskyj (37:55) by 1min 41secs

8th Apr: Garry Bower (23:17) beat Sophie Wood (20:06) by 19 seconds

15th Apr: Simon Lake (23:45) beat Shaun Armstrong (18:57) by 1min 12secs

Paul Joyce beat Brian Moore (walkover)

Carol Robinson beat Anne Jones (walkover due to injury)

Bernadette Ball beat James Wright (walkover)

Nefa Nessa beat Ben Lawton (walkover due to injury)

Clare Darraugh (bye to Second Round)
Martin Jones (bye to Second Round)
Jason Keast (bye to Second Round)
Emma Kennedy (bye to Second Round)
Matthew Kershaw (bye to Second Round)

28th October: on a damp & blustery morning, a great conclusion to this year's RRR Cup competition, which started way back in February. Many congratulations to all 4 who made it through to Finals Day, but in particular the 2017 cup winner Rob Battye. Rob was in unstoppable form, knocking another 7 seconds off his parkrun PB to deservedly claim the trophy - presented by Lady President June Allingan in her most presidential hat. With perfect timing this was the 1st time Rob has set a new PB in this year's competition although he's shown great consistency, recording 3 of his 5 best ever parkrun times on the way to victory. Chasing Rob hard in the final was Helen Radcliffe, putting in a great effort on her 50th parkrun with her 9th best parkrun performance. Helen has also raised her game superbly to earn the runners-up medal, with 5 of her top 10 parkruns coming in this year's RRR Cup, having made it as far as the Quarter Finals in 2016. The 3rd Place Run-Off was even closer, with Michael Pickering producing another fine run to edge ahead of Jill Hickson by just 25 seconds on the handicap. Michael receives a well-earned bronze medal but it's tough on Jill to miss out completely after she recorded her 5th fastest ever parkrun, with the 4 quicker times all having been achieved in earlier rounds of this year's RRR Cup. Remarkably, Jill has improved her PB by almost 3 minutes in 2017 - exactly what we've always hoped would come from this competition.

Thanks to everyone who took part in the Cup this year & to all those who supported, paced or attended the thrilling draws in the Boathouse Cafe. See you next year! 
[David Emanuel]    
30th September: a wet morning in Oldham, but that certainly didn't dampen the enthusiasm of the 4 RRR Cup semi-finalists! By a remarkable coincidence both hard-fought matches finished with exactly the same margin of victory, a mere 33 seconds. Not even Jill Hickson's attempt at strangulation (right) could stop Rob Battye, who crossed the line in 1st place, just 9 seconds off his parkrun PB, as he booked his place in the final. It was a fine effort by Jill in defeat, however, as she ran her 3rd best parkrun time ever. In fact all 5 of her best parkrun times have come in this year's RRR Cup & she has improved her Oldham PB by more than 3 minutes in 2017 - a fantastic effort. In another close contest Helen Radcliffe finished just 19 seconds outside her PB - only 3 times has she gone quicker in 47 attempts - to edge past Michael Pickering. The narrow margin of victory reflects a fine effort by Michael, recording his 9th best time of 44 Oldham parkruns. Next up it's the final!     
26th August: after a long break, the RRR Cup returned this morning in some style. Eloise Bartlett wasn't quite able to match her excellent winning run in the 3rd Round...but even if she had it wouldn't have been enough to beat Jill Hickson. Jill set a new PB by an astonishing 28 seconds to set up a Semi-Final showdown with Rob Battye, who will know he's got a battle on his hands. Today's other Quarter Final could hardly have been closer (well done the handicapper!), with Helen Radcliffe running her 3rd fastest parkrun ever & her best since the RRR Cup 3rd Round in 2016 to edge past Rob Kellett, who was himself only 2 seconds outside his previous Oldham best. Helen thus goes one better than her Quarter Final defeat last year, setting up an intriguing Semi Final against Michael Pickering. Can't wait!  [David Emanuel]   
22nd July: as you would expect now we've got to the Quarter Final stage, some exceptional performances in today's RRR Cup matches. It took a huge effort by Rob Battye to overcome Nick Mallon, knocking 18 seconds off his time in the previous round to finish within a single second of his parkrun PB set last August. Nick certainly put up a brave fight - only once this year has he run quicker & the winning margin was just 19 seconds. Joining Rob in the Semi Finals is Michael Pickering, whose 3rd quickest Oldham run (of 38) proved just too good for Simon Lake. Simon's great run (excuse the pun) in this year's competition came to an end as he wasn't quite able to match the exceptional time he produced in his First Round match back in April. Great running all round once again!  [David Emanuel]    
1st July: just the one Cup match today & it was a close one! It took a huge PB by Jill Hickson - 44 seconds quicker than her previous best time, set in Round 2 - to claim a narrow victory over Clare Darraugh. It was an excellent effort in defeat by Clare, who has only gone quicker at parkrun once & that over a year ago. Great racing!  [David Emanuel] 
24th June: looks like I missed another great morning of RRR Cup action today...which is probably for the best, as it meant I didn't have to attempt to explain my (poor) handicapping to Kevin Heenan. This was one of those rare occasions when the handicap is reversed, as Helen Radcliffe crossed the line ahead of Kevin with her quickest parkrun for over a year. Kevin bettered all of his previous Oldham times apart from the PB he set in Round 2, so at least it's an impressive end to his campaign. The only new Oldham parkrun PB achieved by those involved in Cup matches was recorded by Rob Kellett as he raced to a fine victory over Owen Flage, the latter not quite able to repeat his speedy run in the previous round. Nick Mallon didn't set a PB but he did post a quicker time than in Round 2, which was good enough to bring Emma Kennedy's excellent run to an end. Some (small) consolation for Emma as she knocked another 14 seconds off her time in the last round, making this her fastest parkrun for well over 2 years. Meanwhile Rob Battye came home in 4th place with his 5th best of 77 Oldham parkruns, taking him through to the Quarter Finals at the expense of Bernadette Ball, despite Bernadette achieving her 4th quickest time on this course. Finally, Adam Stirling's great run came to a sad end (it must have been great, since he knocked me out), with his 3rd best Oldham time not quite good enough to overcome a flying Michael Pickering, who goes in to the (imaginary) hat for the Quarter Final draw. Well run all!  [David Emanuel]      
17th June: a cracking start to Round 3 this morning - not least by the handicapper! Carol Robinson produced another fantastic run, just 3 seconds outside the new PB she set in victory in the previous round, but was just edged out by Eloise Bartlett. Eloise improved her own time from the First Round by 6 seconds & achieved a narrow victory with her best parkrun time for more than 2 years. Let's hope that the rest of this round is just as competitive!  [David Emanuel]    
27th May: you could hear a pin drop in the Boathouse Cafe this morning as the draw for the 3rd Round of this year's RRR Cup was made. Not, however, because of the nervous tension as people waited to hear the names called out, as the picture (right) shows. That'll teach us to schedule the draw for a Bank Holiday weekend! To paraphrase, if a cup draw is made in a cafe & no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?

Anyway, the draw was still carried out to the usual high standard & you can see the list of matches below. Some intriguing ties to come, I'm sure. I've sent an e-mail to all remaining participants - if you haven't received it or have any questions please let me know.  [David Emanuel]   
20th May: a busy morning of RRR Cup action, with 5 excellent 2nd Round ties - it would have been 6, but Paul Anderson succumbed to injury & was unable to line up against Helen Radcliffe. Some fascinating results, with winning margins ranging from the smallest possible (1 second) to the biggest in the history of the competition (over 5 minutes) & just one new PB. Sadly for David Crewe, who recorded that impressive new best time, it wasn't quite enough for victory as an in-form Simon Lake claimed a win by the smallest of margins. At the other extreme was a very successful return to competitive running for Emma Kennedy - nothing wrong with Jason Keast's performance in this match, but somehow the handicapper failed to predict that Emma would improve on her time from the previous week (her 1st parkrun for over 2 years) by more than 5 minutes; on this evidence she's certainly one to watch in the rest of the competition! Meanwhile Simon Howard somehow managed to fulfil his fixture against Matt Kershaw despite still recovering from a cracked rib; a great effort but no surprise to see Matt progress on his 1st parkrun of the year. Rob Kellett ran a time just 3 seconds outside his Oldham PB in beating Garry Bower, who wasn't quite able to match the remarkable time he ran in the previous round. Finally, it took a fine run from Nick Mallon - his 2nd quickest of 2017 - to get past Helen Knight. Helen at least had the consolation of delivering her best parkrun performance for more than 2 years. Great running all round! [David Emanuel]           
13th May: another top quality RRR Cup morning with excellent running all round, 2 fine new PBs & one of the closest races we've had in this year's competition. Carol Robinson knocked 7 seconds off her previous parkrun best (on her 73rd run), which was good enough to go through at the expense of Gary Smith. Certainly no disgrace in defeat for Gary who really gave it his best shot, setting out quickly from the start - I know this because I followed him round at a distance in my role as 24-minute pacer (not terribly successful on this occasion, since I was still behind Gary at the finish & he recorded 24:10). Meanwhile Adam Stirling continued his excellent recent form with another new Oldham PB (by 17 seconds) to edge out Nefa Nessa, with the winning margin just 6 seconds. This was Adam's 4th fastest of 156 parkruns, with his 3 quicker times - at Stretford & Worsley Woods - all coming in April. Nefa might pretend that she's pleased to be out of the competition ("I now have a free run I'm calling that a big win for me..."), but the fact that she recorded her best parkrun time for over a year suggests that she was certainly trying to win. Well done all!  [David Emanuel]     
6th May: a proper RRR Cup morning! Of the 5 ties taking place today, it took new PBs in 4 of them for the winners to get through. Pride of place must go to Jill Hickson, who knocked a huge 57 seconds off her previous best at any parkrun venue to see off Brian Swindells. Yet the others were pretty impressive too - Kevin Heenan improving his best by 36 seconds, Bernadette Ball (in her brand new birthday Hokas) by 22 seconds & Michael Pickering by 6 seconds to claim victories over 'Champion of Champions' Bryan Lawton, Rob Marsden & Paul Joyce respectively. No PBs in the final match,  but Clare Darraugh recorded her 4th best parkrun of all time, her quickest for over a year, as she progressed to Round 3 at the expense of Rob Fairbanks. That was pretty tough on Rob, whose run to 2nd place was good enough to feature in his top 10 of 177 parkruns. However it's a sign of how seriously Clare is taking this year's competition that I believe she chose only cocktails high in carbohydrates on her Friday night out...  [David Emanuel]    
15th Apr: this year's First Round was completed in a chilly Alexandra Park this morning with a rerun of the match which originally took place on 18th March. No animal-related incidents this time, but Simon 'Mad Dog' Lake still repeated his victory over Shaun Armstrong. Staying upright the whole way round did enable Shaun to go quicker - despite spending the intervening period running his 1st marathon & enjoying a Guinness-fuelled few days in Ireland for his brother's wedding - but Simon improved even more, going 29 seconds quicker, a good advert for the track sessions he's recently been attending. Meanwhile the Second Round got underway with Owen Flage knocking 5 seconds off the winning time in his previous tie, with his 5th best time at Oldham, to claim victory over Martin Jones. Showing remarkable consistency, Martin was just 2 seconds slower than his last Oldham parkrun in September last year - but sadly for him (not to mention the handicapper) he couldn't match the impressive 22:56 he ran at the Littleborough 5K a week ago.  [David Emanuel] 
8th Apr: many thanks to Garry Bower & Sophie Wood for producing an exciting First Round match which makes my handicapping look almost decent! The result was tough on Sophie, recording her best time at Oldham (of just 4 attempts) but more impressively her 2nd fastest of 41 parkruns at all venues. She also crossed the line in a time identical to her impressive run in the Littleborough 5K on Wednesday. It's Garry who goes through, however, after his quickest Oldham parkrun for over a year, more than a minute better than he's run in 2017 & a big improvement on his midweek Littleborough time. Not bad just 6 days after his 1st marathon!  [David Emanuel]      
1st Apr: I thought it would turn out to be an April Fool's Day joke...but no, Michael Pickering really did run his RRR Cup First Round match the day before he lines up for the Greater Manchester Marathon. And he won! Both Michael & Angela Rogowskyj have been suffering with injury problems - hence the late scheduling of their match - but there was no sign of Michael 'taking it easy' as he recorded his 5th best Oldham time. A brave effort by Angela but she couldn't quite match that performance. Let's hope he doesn't regret it tomorrow!  [David Emanuel]    
25th Mar: a fittingly warm & sunny morning on the weekend we move to British Summer Time! The improved weather brought out lots of parkrunners to Oldham, including participants in 7 scheduled RRR Cup matches. Before the start, 2 of those runners announced that they were hoping to be knocked out, but neither of them managed it. Not even Nefa Nessa could contrive to lose, given that her opponent Ben Lawton was sadly absent through injury, while Eloise Bartlett - in her 1st run at Oldham for over a year - eased past Lisa Cummins, herself running here for only the 4th time. Alan Reynolds was another making a rare appearance at parkrun - this was his first since April 2014 - & he produced one of the performances of the day, setting a new Oldham PB by 29 seconds to beat Dave Peart (although the margin of victory is misleading, given that Dave dropped back once Alan got ahead of him). Another fantastic run came from Adam Stirling, following up a string of recent PBs at Stretford parkrun, Wilmslow Half Marathon & 5K on the track this week with a new Oldham best (by well over a minute). That was far too good for me, although I was pretty happy in defeat, having only run quicker 5 times at Oldham - & 4 of those were between 19:26 & 19:29. Closest match of the day saw Bryan Lawton edge past David Ellis with his best parkrun time since 2015, although Dave couldn't have done much more having recorded his 3rd best of 95 attempts at Oldham. Elliot Stone deserves a big apology from me - I was only asked to set 1 handicap & seem to have got it badly wrong (in hindsight I probably paid too much attention to his & Helen Radcliffe's relative performances at the Dewsbury 10K). Having said that Helen did run extremely well, posting her 5th best ever parkrun time. Finally there was disappointment for Nick Cuff, who sadly didn't have his barcode on his person & thus doesn't appear in the results, giving Helen Knight an easy passage to Round 2.  [David Emanuel]                        
18th Mar: it's the feelgood story of the year! In a wonderful display of sportsmanship typical of this competition, Simon Lake posted the following message on the RRR Facebook page after his match against Shaun Armstrong today: "Just found out Shaun was tripped by a dog in today's match up. I would like a rematch, please." No idea what sort of dog it was, but it must have been a quick one. That great gesture almost  overshadowed a fantastic battle between Rob Kellett & Neil Brock. Unbelievably, on his 213th parkrun, Neil managed to run a new PB by 12 seconds...but this still wasn't enough to win, as Rob improved on his own previous best which he set more than 5 years ago. One to watch in this year's competition, methinks. Rob Marsden also set a new quickest time at Oldham - although this was only his 4th attempt at Alexandra Park, so the more impressive statistic is that it was his 7th best of 142 parkruns at many different venues around the country. That proved to good for Ronnie Quinn, although 2014 bronze-medallist Ronnie certainly went down fighting - only once (in June 2015) has he run a faster parkrun. The other First Round tie on the day saw Owen Flage produce an impressive turn of speed in 3rd place, with his best run at Oldham since 2015, to claim a victory over Andy Chadwick. A brave effort by Andy, who was probably at a disadvantage in running only his 7th parkrun in total & 1st of 2017.  [David Emanuel]         
4th Mar: 3 close matches at Alexandra Park this morning involving 6 experienced parkrunners - a total of 441 events between them - with the biggest margin of victory (on the handicap) just 30 seconds. Closest of these was Rob Battye's narrow win over Chris Nicholson. Rob ran his quickest parkrun since setting his current PB last August, coming home in 4th place - but this was still only just enough to beat Chris, who is clearly getting back to form after an injury-plagued 2016 with his best run at Oldham for over a year. Gary Smith is another RRR showing impressive form - only twice in the last 12 months has he run a quicker parkrun than the time that condemned Paul Cooke to defeat this morning. It may be small consolation for Paul, but he did rise to the occasion & deliver his 6th best of 55 parkruns at all venues. Meanwhile RRR Cup debutant Kevin Heenan was running only his 3rd parkrun of 2017, but that didn't stop him producing a strong performance to progress to the next round at the expense of Jillian Heywood. No disgrace though for Jill - only 5 times previously has she run faster at Oldham.  [David Emanuel]        
25th Feb: 2 more excellent cup matches this weekend, despite it being the day before a club race (it should have been 3, but a knee injury for Anne Jones allowed Carol Robinson to progress to the next round). The remaining matches both featured similarly large handicaps but produced quite different results. Star of the show was undoubtedly Brian Swindells, smashing his PB by a huge 35 seconds to claim a narrow victory over Lee Higginbottom, who himself produced a fine time that he has only beaten 6 times in 47 parkruns. With a similar performance to Lee, Nick Mallon ran his 5th fastest of 42 attempts, but in his case this proved to be good enough to beat a battling Stephen Jones. We'll be back for more matches next week!  [David Emanuel]     
18th Feb: Another 3 top-quality cup matches on a lovely February morning! Michael Fleming's 15-second handicap over Ian Dale is likely to be one of the smallest of the First Round & it proved to be an incredibly close race. Michael ran superbly for 5th place & his 2nd best parkrun ever, just 3 seconds outside his PB, but former champion Ian delivered his best Oldham time for over a year & was able to keep close enough to Michael to claim victory by just 5 seconds. Paul Bannister finished just in front of Michael with a fine run on his Alexandra Park debut, but he was unfortunate enough to be drawn against an on-fire Simon Howard. On his 97th parkrun Simon set a new PB by a huge 37 seconds to progress through to the next round. Two RRR Cup debutants contested the remaining match, with Paul Anderson racing to victory over Robert Nixon. Paul ran his 6th best of 59 parkruns - his quickest since August 2016 - which was just enough to win the tie. Robert still ran extremely well in defeat, with one of the better times of his 109 parkruns.  [David Emanuel]            
11th Feb: With light snow falling - fortunately arriving late enough to avoid any possibility of cancellation - the first 3 matches of this year's RRR Cup were red hot & delivered some great running (as always). Poor Dave Watt became the latest runner to suffer the "winner's curse" as he joined Ian Dale, Jen Bloor & Bryan Lawton in exiting in his 1st match after winning the trophy. Although Dave couldn't quite reach the heights of his glorious march to victory in 2016 he still ran his 5th fastest parkrun ever - but this wasn't enough to overcome David Crewe, who tracked him all the way whilst recording his best parkrun time of the year so far. Tony Kane was unlucky to draw eventual finalist Chloe Clegg in the First Round last year & his luck hasn't improved - despite recording his quickest time since August 2016 he had little chance against a remarkable run by RRR Cup debutant Jill Hickson. Jill pushed herself to the limit to improve her overall parkrun PB by a full 30 seconds, crossing the line a remarkable 67 seconds quicker than her previous best at Oldham. Just as unlucky as Tony was Selina McLean, despite putting in a fine effort for her best Oldham run since last September. Selina had the misfortune to be drawn against Rob Fairbanks, who despite having to run on his own at the front - finishing almost a minute ahead of the field - posted his 3rd best parkrun of 166 attempts. Running at Oldham for only the 6th time, Rob smashed his previous best on the course by a massive 48 seconds, moving him up to 63rd place in the all-time rankings. Only 4 current RRR members have gone quicker in Alexandra Park than his 18:11 (Stuart Carroll, Dave Peart, Owen Flage & Nick Cuff), while by an odd coincidence he exactly matched the best times of Shane Reading & Shaun Armstrong. A great way to start the competition!  [David Emanuel]                       
Barely-contained excitement in the Boathouse Cafe, Alexandra Park during the First Round draw