RONNIE Quinn, Royton Road Runners’ current club president, has been chosen to run for the England Masters team, writes Gary Smith.
Age is certainly no barrier to Ronnie, 66, who will line-up against the other Home Nations in Bristol next May.
A native of Bootle, Ronnie moved to Royton in 1973 after getting fed up driving up and down the A580 East Lancs Road for his job.
He played football for Oldham Teachers and Clayton Amateurs and was then was a founder member of Heyside Park before turning to running to keep up his fitness.
Ronnie completed the 1993 London Marathon and joined RRRs in 2009.
Now retired, he keeps his love of football going by refereeing in local leagues, is a regular parkrun volunteer at Chadderton Hall Park, and runs daily.
Most Mondays and Thursdays evenings, you find Ronnie shepherding a group of RRRs come rain come shine, along any of the roads away from and back to Royton Cricket Club – the club’s headquarters.
To gain his international call-up, Ronnie ran the Salford 10k on April 19 inside the qualifying time for his age group with an exceptionally fast time for any runner of 44:15 mins.