The Ramble #2 Ramsbottom running club

Hello and welcome to the second issue of 'The Ramble', our occasional round up of what is going on with Ramsbottom Running Club and what our members have been up to.

This time, we reveal news of a funding boost, pass the 50 members mark and introduce the inaugural Club Championship.

A word from the Chairman...

Happy New Year and welcome to the second edition of 'The Ramble'.

Huge thanks to our Publicity Officer David for his hard work in putting this together, if you would like to contribute to edition #3 please do get in touch.

It was amazing to welcome a record breaking 39 runners to our first Tuesday evening run of 2017. It really is the people that make this club so special and I have absolute confidence that the many first timers who joined us would have been welcomed by each and every member.

A positive first experience is so very important when it comes to making sure first timers become second (and third, fourth and fifth) timers.

Enjoy The Ramble!

Rowan (RRC001)

Christmas Pub Crawl

If there was one thing of which we were confident on the run up to Christmas, it was that our festive pub crawl would be a rip-roaring success.

You guys did not let us down, turning out in a variety of Christmas outfits (well played, John and Gillian) and sharing more than a few shandy halves in Ramsbottom’s finest watering holes. Not to mention an unsolicited tray of sandwiches, pizzas and devilled eggs.

Ironically, Club Chairman Rowan and Publicity Officer David were the only ones not to get the fancy dress memo, and even more ironically, were the ones left looking daft in ‘normal’ clothes, not least when Jeff Pendlebury switched on his T-shirt lights and Ann Butler donned her ‘hat of mystery’ (we never did get to find out what she kept inside it).

With quickfire visits to The Brewery, The Major, The Mason’s Arms, The Fusilier, The Brook, Hoysters and Hare and Hounds even before heading up Lumb Carr Road to Shoulder of Mutton and back down to The Rose & Crown, it was a monumental effort and a wonderful celebration of a successful first two months of club life.

Funding success

Just before Christmas, an email dropped into our inbox to let us know that an application for funding had been successful, with nearly £1,000 landing in the bank account shortly after, courtesy of Bury Council’s ‘I Will If You Will’ Community Fund.

The funding has enabled us to buy safety gear, to help us stand out on our dark winter runs, as well as some rucksacks for leaders to carry, containing emergency items. We introduced the kit at this week’s Tuesday run, and it’s fair to say, the high-viz did the trick!

Our affiliation to England Athletics has been submitted and, all being well, is due to be ratified later this month, meaning all i’s should be dotted, and all t’s crossed. This will mean all paid-up club members will benefit from a raft of benefits, including exclusive entry to events, sponsor offers and challenges.

Once affiliation is complete, members will receive a Unique Registration Number (URN), which can be used when entering all UKA licensed road and multi-terrain events, including many of those in the Club Championship calendar (more of which below).

Part of our registration will be the formal approval of our club colours and kit design, after which we can begin placing orders and get our hands on vests and T-shirts. We are currently running a survey to canvas likely order sizes - please complete the survey here.

Meet Dawn!

Hi everyone. I am the RRC New Runners Officer which means that when you turn up for the first time there will be someone there to welcome you, introduce you to other runners and discuss which route you feel like doing for your first run with us.

I've been involved with the club since it started a few months ago as I had met Rowan via Bolton parkrun and I also did some Ramsbottom trail runs with him last summer.

I have only been running since August 2014 and I am spectacularly slow, but I am definitely enthusiastic! I achieved a major ambition by running a marathon in Italy in October, and I have also participated in 10KM races in New York, Hong Kong, and Colombia, and in February I'm doing a half marathon in Barcelona. (I basically use running as a reason to go on holiday!)

I do want to play a role in encouraging anyone who wants to run in Rammy to come along and enjoy what we have on offer. I usually do the 5K route which is very sociable and gives new starters a chance to chat to different people and ask questions.

Also, given how much we want people to enjoy their Tuesday evenings I am also always in the bar après run for a wee drinkie and a catch up with the others who've ran the longer routes.

If we've not met before, or if you are planning on coming along to the club for the first time, I look forward to meeting you!

Membership milestone...

It’s a sign of the progress we are making as a club that we have already passed the 50 member mark, with a whole raft of new members signing up in December.

If you have a partner, brother, sister, daughter, parent and next door neighbour who might like to join us for 2017, it is never too late - and we have a variety of member categories to suit just about everyone.

Full member - as the name suggests, you will become a full member of Ramsbottom Running Club, with affiliation to England Athletics all for £25 per year.

Concessionary member - open to OAPs, Students and the unwaged, full membership for a discounted price of £20.

Second claim member - if you are already a member at another local club, and don’t want to swap over fully, you can make RRC your ‘second’ club, with a discounted membership of £12, so you *can* wear your ramouflage with pride!

Associate member - love the social side, but less keen on running? Want to support the club but can’t commit to running with us? An Associate membership, at £12, is ideal way to help show your support. nb does not include England Athletics affiliation.

More information on club membership, including the form, is available here.

We will soon be featuring on an episode of the local ‘This is Rammy’ podcast, with Rowan chatting to host Lee about the club, what we have achieved so far and the direction in which we’re heading. We’ll share details of the podcast as soon as it is available, so look out for a link on our social media and in the next 'Ramble'.


Club Championships

We are delighted to announce the full list of races that will make up the inaugural Club Championship. With male and female competitions, and two categories recognising both race placement and consistency, we are confident it’ll provide a fun and inclusive way to get involved in races. While we are keen to see lots of ramouflage at these races, the emphasis is on turning out as a club and extending the camaraderie and spirit on display at our weekly Tuesday runs. A little competition is inevitable, but we want to ensure everyone feels part of the club, with no pressure to smash a PB every time!

Many of our members are regular parkrunners, and we love nothing more than to see ‘Ramsbottom Running Club’ listed on the weekly parkrun results. Don’t forget, you can log in to your personal parkrun profile - accessed via your results email - and update your club information to proudly show you as a Ramsbottom Running Club runner!

Richard Ferguson climbs a mountain

We’ve been following our very own Richard Ferguson (RRC026) as he embarks on an epic assault of South America’s highest peak, Aconcagua in Argentina. Following a couple of early wobbles, in which Richard lost his bag, he has made it to base camp and passed the requisite medical to allow him to continue the challenge.

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