By Elliot Stone
SIMON Howard has been crowned ‘club runner of the year’ at Royton Road Runners’ end-of-season awards.
Simon, from Shaw, was responsible for the organisation of training nights, qualified as a coach and oversaw the successful Run England group and still found time to complete several ultra marathons.
Royton Brass Band Club hosted the event and Rob James, who regularly hit the high notes throughout 2017, scooped the men’s club championship title for a second successive second year.
In the women’s category, Jen Bloor surpassed Rob by claiming her third consecutive title.
As both will be running again next year, it is going to take a remarkable effort to knock those two of their perches.
Shane Reading claimed several awards during the evening to highlight his commitment to the sport of running.
As well as coming third overall in the men’s championship, he also claimed the marathon for the best time by an RRR, which was 2.52.37 at the London Marathon.
Shane also came out on top in the male veterans’ over 40 category. He now has an unbroken sequence of 81 races for RRR stretching back to 2013.
In the annual RRR cup, held at Alexandra Park throughout the year, Rob Battye proved to be the victor by closely beating Helen Radcliffe in the final.
Rob’s victory was well-earned as he beat his personal best several times during the competition.
A notable mention also goes to Steve Shaw, completing his 50th marathon as a RRR this year.
As a founder member, it is good to know he is still at the forefront of record-breaking.
As a club, RRR produced some statistics that prove what a competitive group they are.
In each of the 16 club championship races there was an average of 56.6 RRRs per race.
Also, 139 members completed at least one club race and 62 ran eight races or more.
Overall, it was another great year celebrated in style.