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!
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)
v Rob Kellett
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
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.