THE ROYTON ROAD RUNNERS CUP
RRR Cup Finals Day, 10th November 2018
New champion Phil Austin receives the trophy from 2017 winner Rob Battye
A free-to-enter annual competition, first introduced in 2013 & open to all club members. The RRR Cup builds on our support for & regular participation at Oldham parkrun, which takes place in Alexandra Park every Saturday morning at 9am.
The format is very simple - participating RRR members race against each other 'head-to-head' according to a random draw, with 'matches' taking place at Oldham parkrun on a mutually agreed date in a given calendar month. Winners are decided on a handicap system worked out by RRR statistical genius Brian Moore, usually based on best (recent) 5K times where available.
There is no requirement to run in club colours, although you'll look much better if you do. Competitors should introduce themselves to their opponent before the start, so that they know they are both present & the match is 'on' - a firm, friendly handshake is recommended, although hugging is permitted if both parties agree. Any use of 'mind games' is optional...
PLEASE NOTE that you must have your parkrun barcode with you on the day of your match. No barcode means your time won't appear in the official results & that will result in an automatic walkover for your opponent!
21st APR: Tony Kane (24:14) beat Rob Nixon (21:36) by 32 seconds
21st APR: Phil Austin (24:44) beat Rob Fairbanks (19:14) by 1min 20secs
12th MAY: Emma Bower (29:28) beat Tom Giles (24:23) by 1min 45secs
12th MAY: Neil Brock (19:30) beat Gary Marshall (24:30) by 40 seconds
12th MAY: Neil Bradley (28:19) beat Jarrod Gritt (17:11) by 22 seconds
19th MAY: Dave Watt (24:17) beat Ian Giles (23:48) by 1 second
19th MAY: Jason Keast (22:35) beat Nick Mallon (22:36) by 1 second
26th MAY: Alex Critcher (21:51) beat Martin Thompson (19:23) by 2 seconds
26th MAY: Owen Flage (20:13) beat Paul Cooke (23:56) by 18 seconds
26th MAY: Paul Ashton (19:44) beat Simon Howard (23:28) by 9 seconds
2nd JUN: Helen Radcliffe (23:58) beat Rob Battye (18:28) by 10 seconds
16th JUN: Jill Hickson (25:09) beat Leonie Glynn (24:02) by 1min 8secs
John Fay beat Ronnie Quinn (walkover due to injury)
Elliot Stone beat David Ellis (walkover due to "too much beer")
Diane Allingan beat Lee Higginbottom (walkover due to injury)
Andy Chadwick beat Kevin Heenan (walkover due to family commitments)
Diane Allingan (bye to Second Round)
Neil Brock (bye to Second Round)
Paul Cooke (bye to Second Round)
David Ellis (bye to Second Round)
John Fay (bye to Second Round)
Leonie Glynn (bye to Second Round)
Jill Hickson (bye to Second Round)
Lee Higginbottom (bye to Second Round)
Simon Howard (bye to Second Round)
Tony Kane (bye to Second Round)
Robert Nixon (bye to Second Round)
Ronnie Quinn (bye to Second Round)
Dave Watt (bye to Second Round)
14th April: maybe I'm not so bad at this handicapping lark after all! Despite limited recent parkrun appearances to go on - not to mention the added complications of a long-term foot injury & a very recent marathon - today saw the closest RRR Cup match of the season to date. It was Helen Radcliffe who just came out on top, running only 24 seconds outside the time she ran in last year's final, an impressive performance just a week into her recovery from the Manchester Marathon. So disappointment for former champion Bryan Lawton, although he does at least have the consolation of posting a good time - just 2 seconds slower than the last time he ran at Oldham, in August 2017 - despite ongoing foot problems. Helen's victory means that in the Second Round we're set for a repeat of the 2017 RRR Cup Final between her & Rob Battye - can't wait for that grudge match! [David Emanuel]
17th March: congratulations to the hardy RRRs who braved the snowy conditions to complete their RRR Cup matches this morning! Neil Bradley ignored the cold to record his 2nd quickest parkrun of the year & claim victory over Emma Kennedy, despite Emma knocking nearly a minute & a half off her last parkrun in January. Phil Austin also wasn't hanging about - he hasn't run a faster parkrun since he set his current PB in May 2017. This proved a bit too good for Rob Kellett, not quite able to match his last Oldham run on New Year's Day (he's run quite a few different courses since). Great effort all round! [David Emanuel]
10th March: as the latest RRR Cup match took place, I along with many other RRRs was sitting on a coach heading north for the Dentdale Run. What we missed was a fine performance by Emma Bower, achieving the unusual feat of overturning the handicap & finishing ahead of Judith Bradley. Sadly Judith wasn't 100% on the day & was 'penalised' by a handicap based in part on her excellent run of 1:03:08 at the Mad Dog 10K in February. So it's Emma who progresses to Round Two, no doubt with faster times to come! [David Emanuel]
Click here for 2016 RRR Cup results & reports.
Click here for 2015 RRR Cup results & reports.
Click here for 2014 RRR Cup results & reports.
Click here for 2013 RRR Cup results & reports.