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 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]
FIRST ROUND (MATCHES TO TAKE PLACE BY END OF MAY 2019)
v Rob Kellett
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.