Wednesday, May 22 at 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Thursday, May 23 at 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Saturday, May 25 at 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Monday, May 27 at 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

THE ROYTON ROAD RUNNERS CUP

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54 RRRs have entered this year's RRR Cup competition.
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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!


18th May: a good turnout for this morning's Oldham parkrun, given that many will have been saving themselves for the Great Manchester Run on Sunday. Many were in attendance to help Rochelle & Shane celebrate their 100th & 200th parkruns respectively, but those who were tempted along to see a bumper bundle of RRR Cup matches won't have been disappointed. It took superb performances from all 4 winners to get through to the Second Round, led by an impressive new parkrun PB for Andy Chadwick, knocking a huge 48 seconds of his previous best (set 4 years ago) in beating Neil Brock (who really shouldn't have been pushing so hard ahead of a race on Sunday). John Fay was also in fine form, recording his 9th best of 69 parkruns to overcome a speedy George Booth, who crossed the line in 3rd place but wasn't quite able to match his remarkable time from the Preliminary Round. Meanwhile June Allingan became the 1st woman through to the 2nd Round, her 3rd best ever parkrun & quickest since March 2016 proving too much for David Crewe. Closest match of the morning (credit to the handicapper here!), in fact closest in this year's RRR Cup to date, saw an in-form Nick Mallon run his 2nd fastest parkrun of 131 attempts, just 5 seconds outside his PB, to claim the narrowest of victories over a valiant Angela Rogowskyj. Great running all round!  [David Emanuel]        
The runner shown on the left hand side is deemed to be the faster runner & the time against their name is their handicap - i.e. they have to finish ahead of their opponent by a bigger margin than this in order to win the match.

FIRST ROUND (MATCHES TO TAKE PLACE BY END OF MAY 2019)

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

Adam Stirling beat Jon Crooks (walkover due to emigration)

David Emanuel (Handicap 0m 50s)

Michael Pickering (Handicap 7m 30s)
Paul Ashton
Ronnie Quinn
Dave Phillips
Martin Thompson

v  Rob Kellett

v  Tansy Wilson
v  Simon Lake
v  Lee Higginbottom
v  James Wright
v  Diane Allingan



(1st Jun)

(25th May)

(25th May)



PRELIMINARY ROUND
9th FEB: Simon Lake (25:19) beat Bernie Allen (27:14) by 10 seconds 
16th FEB: George Booth (18:39) beat Martin Jones (24:44) by 1min 35secs
16th FEB: Tansy Wilson (29:13) beat Garry Bower (21:45) by 2mins 32secs
2nd MAR: Angela Rogowskyj (35:02) beat Gary Smith (24:22) by 50 seconds
2nd MAR: Jon Crooks (20:58) beat Steve Rogowskyj (32:10) by 3mins 42secs
2nd MAR: Lisa Cummins (28:17) beat Debbie Cash - walkover
16th MAR: Robert Fairbanks (19:07) beat Rochelle Evans (24:02) by 25 seconds
16th MAR: Emma Bower (28:47) beat Kevin Hutchings (28:04) by 62 seconds
23rd MAR: Neil Brock (19:48) beat Kevin Heenan (26:26) by 1min 23secs
23rd MAR: Jason Keast (22:22) beat Helen Radcliffe (23:30) by 23 seconds
23rd MAR: Phil Austin (23:31) beat Tracy Johnson (24:14) by 13 seconds
23rd MAR: Andy Chadwick (22:44) beat Rob Battye (20:12) by 1min 28secs
30th MAR: James Wright (25:18) beat Bryan Lawton (21:37) by 49 seconds
30th MAR: Lee Higginbottom (25:04) beat Paul Cooke (24:48) by 29 seconds
30th MAR: Martin Thompson (20:04) beat Amanda Richardson (28:04) by 45 seconds
30th MAR: John Fay (23:39) beat Warren Siddall (25:27) by 48 seconds
30th MAR: Adam Stirling (22:11) beat Alex Critcher (21:33) by 37 seconds
6th APR: Tony Kane (24:57) beat Elliot Stone (21:24) by 27 seconds
Gareth McCaffrey beat Simon Howard (walkover due to injury)
Paul Ashton beat Dave Watt (walkover due to injury)
David Crewe beat Brian Moore (walkover)
Dave Phillips beat Sam Kent-Brown (walkover)
11th May: perfect running conditions at Alexandra Park this morning helped deliver 2 very impressive new parkrun PBs (that's overall, not just at Oldham)...but very different outcomes for the runners who produced them. Defending champion Phil Austin continues his serene progress in the competition - he's yet to lose a match - by shaving another second off his winning time in last year's final to claim victory over Lisa Cummins. By contrast, knocking a huge 37 seconds off her previous best wasn't enough for Emma Bower, perhaps handicapped (literally!) by her impressive times at other recent 5K events. Victory thus went to Dave Peart, switching distances seamlessly after back-to-back marathons at Manchester & London with his quickest Oldham parkrun time since New Year's Day. Very impressive!  [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]

20th Apr: what's the best way to prepare for an RRR Cup match? The usual advice would be rest, some carbs the evening before, a good night's sleep. What nobody ever recommends is to run a tough 10 mile race in 65 minutes the day before - but that's exactly what Rob Fairbanks did at the Caldervale 10 on Good Friday. Somehow it didn't seem to affect his performance, as he ran his 4th quickest Oldham parkrun, just 37 seconds outside his PB. To be honest there probably wasn't much he could have done anyway, as Gareth McCaffrey was absolutely flying - this may have only been his 5th run at Oldham but he smashed his previous best by the best part of 2 minutes & it was his 2nd fastest parkrun ever, a mere 16 seconds outside his previous best at Worsley Woods last October. Looks like someone to avoid in the next 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] 

30th Mar: some impressive handicapping (& running!) for the 5 RRR Cup matches this morning meant that the biggest winning margin was the mere 49 seconds by which James Wright beat former champion Bryan Lawton - a match which saw them set their best times at Oldham since January 2016 & May 2017 respectively. Bryan's attempt to persuade his opponent to don his Mr Bump outfit for their contest unfortunately fell on deaf ears. For the 1st time in this year's competition we saw a match in which both contestants set new Oldham PBs, with Adam Stirling beating a best time that had stood for nearly 2 years to go through despite an excellent run from Alex Critcher. Amanda Richardson was another to set a fantastic new PB, over a minute quicker than she's run at Alexandra Park before, but she had the misfortune to come up against an inspired Martin Thompson, returning from long-term injury for only his 2nd parkrun of 2019. Lee Higginbottom is another RRR who has been suffering major injury problems - this was his first Oldham parkrun since December 2017 & only his 4th at any venue since then - so it's good to see him back producing a run good enough to overcome Paul Cooke. Finally, despite posing for photographs with several of his fellow RRR Cup competitors (see below), John Fay still found time to get within a minute of his PB & claim a win over Warren 'Sid' Siddall - although great credit to Sid for running his Cup match just a week after completing a punishingly hot Palestine Marathon. So we now know almost all of the First Round fixtures, with just 1 final Preliminary Round match to take place next week. [David Emanuel]
23rd Mar: a bumper set of 4 RRR Cup matches this weekend, with an impressive 5 of the contestants also tackling the Wilmslow Half Marathon 24 hours later. The 2 closest matches probably produced the biggest shocks, with Phil Austin becoming 1 of the few reigning champions to win a match the following year & Helen Radcliffe bowing out at the 1st time of asking, after reaching the Quarter Finals at least for 3 years in a row. It certainly wasn't easy for Phil - the only time he's run quicker at Oldham is in last year's Final & with his opponent Tracy Johnson setting an excellent new parkrun PB, his margin of victory was smaller than in any race in his successful campaign last year. It also took a strong run from Jason Keast, his best since last summer, to just edge out Helen. Former champion Rob Battye was another casualty at this stage of the competition, but it's good to see that he's getting back to form after injury & it took an exceptional run from Andy Chadwick - his 2nd best parkrun ever & fastest for 4 years - to claim the victory. Finally an amazing performance from Neil Brock, running his 5th best time of 258 Oldham parkruns (6th quickest of 290 in total), proved to be just too good for Kevin Heenan.  [David Emanuel]
16th Mar: great credit to today's runners for giving us 2 excellent matches in the wettest Oldham parkrun conditions I can remember. Emma Bower's comment that "I don't think we got the memo to dress in our swimming stuff" sums it up perfectly. Swimsuit or not, Emma can be very happy with her morning's work, as she recorded her 3rd best parkrun time ever - her best at Oldham since 2015 - to claim victory over Kevin Hutchings. No disgrace for Kevin on his RRR Cup debut though, it was also his 3rd best parkrun & just 6 seconds outside his PB. I'm sure he'll be back to get further in the competition next year! Today's other match was even closer, with Rochelle Evans defying the conditions to cross the line just 4 seconds outside her post-baby PB, but this wasn't quite enough to beat a strong run from Rob Fairbanks. Rob finished in 3rd place, with his quickest time at Oldham for almost exactly a year, to progress through to a First Round match against Gareth McCaffery. Well run all!  [David Emanuel]     
2nd Mar: just before we made the RRR Cup draw back in January, I joked with Angela Rogowskyj that I'd quite like to see her drawn against husband Steve. That didn't happen, but probably the next best thing is to have them both running their Preliminary Round matches at the same time. I suspect it was Angela who went home happiest as she ran her quickest parkrun since 2017 to claim a superb victory over Gary Smith. Gary couldn't have done much more - in fact, he has only once gone quicker himself over the same period & that was in Warsaw last April, when he probably raised his game appearing on the international stage. Steve Rogowskyj also produced a fine run, but he had the misfortune to come up against an inspired Jon Crooks, who exactly matched his previous Oldham best to progress to the next 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]     

9th Feb: a great start to this year's RRR Cup, with Simon Lake narrowly edging out Bernie Allen to progress to the next round. It's a victory for experience - Simon has run 265 parkruns & taken part in this competition every year, reaching the Quarter Finals in 2013 & 2017. With perfect timing he produced his fastest Oldham time since March last year. A great effort by Bernie though, running his 4th fastest ever parkrun (of 56). Simon will next face the winner of the Preliminary Round match between Dave Watt & Paul Ashton.  [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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