THE ROYTON ROAD RUNNERS CUP
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!
16th Nov: well that was quite a way to finish off this year's competition! A superb run by Dave Peart saw him record his quickest Oldham parkrun for 4 years - but that still wasn't quite enough to claim victory due to a truly sensational run from Martin Thompson. Martin had already beaten his previous Alexandra Park best in the semi-finals, but somehow he managed to run an incredible 27 seconds quicker in the Final. That's a new overall parkrun PB, beating his South Manchester time from August, as well as being the 2nd fastest time we've ever seen in an RRR Cup Final (beaten only by Rob Battye's 18:07 in 2017). Congratulations to Martin & Dave on a great race & thanks to everyone who took part in this year's competition. See you in 2020!
16th NOV: Martin Thompson (18:25) beat Dave Peart (19:04) by 24 seconds
28th SEP: Dave Peart (19:11) beat Robert Nixon (22:37) by 18 seconds
19th OCT: Martin Thompson (18:52) beat Ronnie Quinn (22:00) by 13 seconds
15th JUN: Dave Phillips (25:25) beat Andy Chadwick (22:13) by 13 seconds
22nd JUN: Dave Peart (19:55) beat June Allingan (35:22) by 2mins 2secs
29th JUN: Robert Nixon (22:11) beat Nick Mallon (21:45) by 19 seconds
6th JUL: Dave Bardsley (28:22) beat John Fay (23:08) by 46 seconds
6th JUL: Martin Thompson (19:08) beat Gareth McCaffery (23:36) by 43 seconds
20th JUL: Michael Pickering (20:50) beat Adam Stirling (23:05) by 45 seconds
20th JUL: Simon Lake (22:46) beat David Emanuel (20:20) by 29 seconds
20th JUL: Ronnie Quinn (22:03) beat Phil Austin (23:31) by 23 seconds
20th APR: Gareth McCaffrey (23:39) beat Robert Fairbanks (18:48) by 1min 9secs
27th APR: Dave Bardsley (29:13) beat Tony Kane (26:25) by 1min 12secs
27th APR: Robert Nixon (22:47) beat Jason Keast (23:09) by 1min 52secs
11th MAY: Dave Peart (19:54) beat Emma Bower (27:26) by 32 seconds
11th MAY: Phil Austin (23:17) beat Lisa Cummins (27:57) by 1min 40secs
18th MAY: Nick Mallon (21:43) beat Angela Rogowskyj (35:26) by 3 seconds
18th MAY: John Fay (23:21) beat George Booth (19:06) by 35 seconds
18th MAY: Andy Chadwick (21:53) beat Neil Brock (20:22) by 29 seconds
18th MAY: June Allingan (33:20) beat David Crewe (23:40) by 5mins 20secs
25th MAY: Ronnie Quinn (22:11) beat Lee Higginbottom (25:54) by 1min 43secs
25th MAY: Dave Phillips (25:19) beat James Wright (DNF)
1st JUN: Simon Lake (22:59) beat Paul Ashton (19:38) by 1min 39secs
Adam Stirling beat Jon Crooks (walkover due to emigration)
Michael Pickering beat Tansy Wilson (walkover due to injury)
David Emanuel beat Rob Kellett (walkover)
Martin Thompson beat Diane Johnson (walkover)
26th Oct: sadly not the spectacular showdown we were hoping for...although Rob Nixon started this morning's parkrun he wasn't feeling 100% & so was unable to complete the run, leaving the way clear for Ronnie Quinn to claim the 3rd place prize in this year's RRR Cup. Ronnie still did his bit, completing a remarkably consistent year in which all 5 of his times in the competition were within 26 seconds of each other. So in his 1st year as RRR President Ronnie becomes only the 2nd person to win 2 prizes in the RRR Cup, having also finished 3rd in 2014 - following in the (very fast) footsteps of Rob Battye (3rd in 2015, winner in 2017). [David Emanuel]
19th Oct: back-to-back racing seems to suit Martin Thompson! Not content with setting a new Oldham parkrun PB in his Quarter Final last weekend, breaking 19 minutes for the 1st time, Martin went another 6 seconds quicker this morning to secure his place in this year's RRR Cup Final. So Ronnie Quinn bows out at the Semi Final stage again, as he did in 2014, despite another excellent run - only on 2 occasions has he run quicker at Alexandra Park. While Martin prepares to challenge Dave Peart for the trophy, Ronnie will try to add another bronze medal to his collection when he takes on Rob Nixon. Great running both! [David Emanuel]
10th Aug: I don't want to worry Dave Peart, who has his RRR Cup Quarter Final match scheduled for early next month, but this round is proving pretty tough for Daves! Following Dave Bardsley's narrow defeat last weekend, this time it was Dave Phillips who had to bow out of the competition, falling victim to a remarkable performance from Ronnie Quinn. After dropping out of the Hopwood Trot on Wednesday, Ronnie reported that he "just had no energy to complete the race...I will be back...". He wasn't kidding - just 3 days later here he was running his 3rd fastest parkrun ever, just 10 seconds outside an Oldham PB he set over 4 years ago. That didn't give Dave much of a chance, so he did well to keep the margin of victory to half a minute. Ronnie is therefore back in the Semi Finals for the 1st time since 2014. Great running! [David Emanuel]
6th Jul: I've often claimed that the RRR Cup brings out the best in our runners & that was certainly the case in this weekend's races. All 4 RRRs competing this weekend ran to within 30 seconds of their overall parkrun PB, while even a new Oldham best time wasn't enough to take Gareth McCaffery through to the Quarter Finals! Gareth's excellent run - 3 seconds quicker than he ran in the previous round & just 13 seconds outside his Worsley Woods PB - couldn't quite get him past Martin Thompson, posting his 3rd best ever parkrun in a time that was a mere 8 seconds off a PB set last September. Dave Bardsley also ran his 3rd best parkrun time, his best since May 2018, to claim a narrow victory over John Fay - despite John recording his 6th best time from 73 parkruns, just 17 seconds outside his PB. For the stats fans...John's 3 quickest times were all achieved in successive runs at Alexandra Park between 12th & 26th January this year! [David Emanuel]
29th Jun: things are really hotting up now, in more ways than one! Another top quality RRR Cup match this morning, as Nick Mallon & Rob Nixon defied the muggy conditions to produce outstanding performances. Nick continued his excellent recent form with his 3rd best ever Oldham parkrun, just 7 seconds outside his PB & only 2 seconds slower than his fine run in the previous round. Rob, however, had the advantage of knowing that - with a 45 second handicap - if he could keep Nick in sight he had a great chance of winning & he did exactly that. It still took a great effort though - this was Rob's 5th quickest run at Alexandra Park, only bettered by the 4 times he recorded in a 'purple patch' between April & July last year. Great running both! [David Emanuel]
15th Jun: quite the battle at Alexandra Park this morning in the 1st match of Round 2, as Dave Phillips claimed a narrow victory over Andy Chadwick. Both were under 'handicap pressure' from the times they ran in the previous round - Dave set a new V75 course record with his quickest parkrun for 2 years whilst Andy recorded a massive new PB. Although neither could quite match those superb performances, Andy did record his 2nd best parkrun ever, just 20 seconds down on the time that beat Neil Brock, whilst Dave's win was a result of getting within 6 seconds of his age category best. Think he's one to avoid in the next round! [David Emanuel]
25th May: "You'll not see nothing like the mighty Quinn." Manfred Mann must have paid a visit to Oldham parkrun, where RRR Chairman mighty Ronnie Quinn is hitting the sort of form that won him a bronze medal in the 2014 RRR Cup. Today's run was a mere 2 seconds slower than for his victory over Gary Fielding in the 3rd Place Run-Off that year. In fact this was Ronnie's 5th fastest parkrun ever & 3rd best at Oldham, his quickest at this venue since an RRR Cup First Round defeat to Rob Marsden in March 2017. All of which didn't give Lee Higginbottom much of a chance, although he came pretty close to matching his winning time in the previous round - I'm sure he'll be back again next year! Dave Phillips is also through to Round 2, as James Wright was sadly unable to complete this morning's run. James generously asked us to "convey my congratulations to Mr Phillips & respect that he pushed on when he didn't need too, to post a good time". It certainly was a good time - I understand that it's a new V75 course record! [David Emanuel]
27th Apr: one of those rare occasions in the RRR Cup this morning where a runner reverses the handicap! Rob Nixon demonstrated that he's getting back to his best with his quickest run at Oldham since last July, his 10th best of 135 attempts, to finish just in front of Jason Keast & progress to the Second Round. A tough result for Jason, who was probably still feeling the effects of last weekend's hot-hot-hot Oldham Way Ultra. In today's other match, a fine run by Dave Bardsley - his 5th fastest parkrun ever - helped him overcome last year's bronze medallist Tony Kane, who couldn't quite match his impressive winning performance in the previous round. [David Emanuel]
6th Apr: the last match of the Preliminary Round pitched 2 former bronze medallists against each other...with Tony Kane, 3rd last year, coming out on top against 2016 prize-winner Elliot Stone. Both produced their best parkruns since last summer - Tony in June, Elliot in July - but this was Elliot's 1st parkrun since then, so maybe Tony's recent efforts (10 Oldham parkruns in 2019) just gave him the edge. He goes through to face Dave Bardsley in a now-complete First Round. [David Emanuel]
16th Feb: a big day for Garry Bower, completing his 200th parkrun...but it seems that one person wasn't going to allow him to enjoy the occasion too much! Garry couldn't really have done much more, producing his 6th quickest parkrun of those 200, his best since 2015, but this wasn't quite enough to beat Tansy Wilson. Tansy, a slightly less regular parkrunner than her opponent, ran her 3rd quickest time (of 13), just a few seconds outside her PB & a full 10 minutes quicker than her last run on New Year's Day, to progress to a match against Michael Pickering in the next round. Ironically Tansy is only in the competition thanks to a phone call from the Boathouse Cafe minutes before the draw took place...from Garry. In today's other match George Booth added to his growing collection of parkrun PBs, producing another superb run in 2nd place & knocking another 25 seconds off his previous best at Oldham to claim victory over Martin Jones - despite Martin recording a time he has only bettered once at Alexandra Park since 2016. [David Emanuel]
RRR Cup Finals Day, 10th November 2018
New champion Phil Austin receives the trophy from 2017 winner Rob Battye
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