Latest round of awards also sees Arena 80 AC’s Bob Page named Ambassador of the Month for February
Royton Road Runners has been voted as the February winner of the Ronhill/AW Club of the Month awards, with Bob Page of Arena 80 AC earning the accolade of Ronhill Ambassador of the Month.
Despite having only been in existence for ten years, Royton Road Runners consistently belies its youth in quality and quantity. The club was formed in 2003 with 27 founder members, many of whom are actively involved today as a part of the now 100-member strong side.
The club’s headquarters are at Royton cricket club, which is situated about 1.5 miles north of Oldham in north-west England. As a purely adult club, this cultivates a special atmosphere and David Emanuel, who is in charge of communications and social networking, is quick to explain what he thinks makes this club unique.
“Our ethos is quite simple,” he says. “We bring like-minded people together to run. We cater for all standards and are not at all elitist. We like people to take part and have fun.” However, Emanuel is also keen to point out that underneath this friendliness lurks a fiercely competitive side to the club, which is arguably what has contributed to its success and attracting new members.
Page, meanwhile, receives the honour of Ambassador of the Month, with the coach and all-round unsung hero (pictured right) recognised for his dedication, passion and knowledge of the sport.
As well as being a level three head coach at Arena, Page undertakes numerous other roles in the sport. He has been club chairman since 1996, is the Sussex AA road running secretary and an England Athletics road race adjudicator. He is also helping to organise the Brighton Marathon mini mile races.
Possessing the etiquette of a true unsung hero, the modest 54-year-old says: “I was really surprised to receive this as I coach from a completely voluntary stand point and never considered any reward for it apart from what runners give me in the form of performance and personal achievement. I hope by winning this award I can encourage others to put something back into the sport.”
Every month, we will announce the winners of the Athletics Weekly Club and Club Ambassador awards, which are supported by Ronhill and assisted by Hilly Limited and Ridgeway Textiles. The awards reinforce our joint commitment to grassroots club athletics and will culminate in our annual awards. You can enter here.
Winning clubs receive £150 of Ronhill kit and a trophy, while the chosen ambassador gets £100 of kit and a trophy.
» Read more about what Royton Road Runners and Bob Page have done in order to deserve their awards in the current (Feb 28) edition of AW. You can find out more about Royton Road Runners on their website here, and more about Arena 80 AC here.