King James III Rob celebrates new club success

ROB James is Royton Road Runners’ club champion for a third successive year, completing the accolade after a couple of impressive wins, writes Gary Smith.

Rob triumphed at the Hopwood Trot and also at the Heaton Park 10K and has taken maximum points from nine club races.

Team mate Jarrod Gritt finished runner-up at the Hopwood Trot as the Runners also claimed the men’s team prize helped by a fifth place from Rob Battye.

Janet Jobey, Val Kilburn and Helen Radcliffe duly claimed the ladies’ team prize.

RRRs also competed in the Run the Moors Grand Prix fell racing series and several took part in the Golf Ball and Hades Hill races, both located in Rossendale.

RRRs, as usual, have travelled and congratulations to Neil and Judith Bradley who celebrated their 25th anniversary by running the Great North Run.

Neil sported the same tie that he wore on the big day, and Judith some items of bridal wear!

The club was also represented by Neil Brock at the Berlin Marathon on September 16 when Kenyan Eliud Kipchoges, 33, broke the world record with a time of two hours, one minute, 39 seconds.

The club held a summer quiz and grand raffle on September 7, raising nearly £1,000 raise for this year’s chosen charity, Maggie’s Oldham.

In the RRR Cup – the club’s annual knock-out competition when club runners drawn against each other arrange to run head-to-head at Oldham’s parkrun – Helen Radcliffe beat Jason Keast to go through to semi-finals for the third time.

She is joined by Owen Flage who prevailed over Alex Critcher and Tony Kane when his opponent Elliot Stone had to withdraw.

Finally, the club introduces new starters to running through the Couch to 5km group.

From being total beginners in May the latest graduates have all now completed their first parkrun.
They are now continuing their training towards their first 10 km.

A new C25k group started on September 17.

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