[more to come...] Event Organising is a big part of our activities at RHAC, but it's extent is sometimes not immediately obvious! It is very much the same people doing a lot of this voluntary work, and they are always pleased to be offered assistance by club members and supporters.
Our annual load is as follows:
Three local trail/road races for the KMRT series, Bassingthorpe 5 in March, 'Ulley Res' 5 in June, and 'Prince in the Park' 5k in July, and of course the Rowbotham's Round Rotherham Run and Relay in October
In typical years. one of the South Yorkshire series of cross-country events (2013, in Clifton Park) and quite often the Yorkshire Cross-country (recently in co-operation with Kimberworth)
Provision of officials and coaches for all 12 track and field meetings for young or senior athletes, at least three being held at Herringthorpe per season, and the Indoor Series of young athletes meetings.
Fund-raising events such as the Hospice Fun Run have often been planned and staffed by RHAC.
If you have attended any of the major South Yorkshire county, Yorkshire County, or North of England events you will have seen Rotherham members acting regularly as marshals, timekeepers, scorers and admin staff.
Domestically, we organise a number of minor events on track, and annually the Christmas Day handicap event is a six-mile road race which now takes place in the limited area of Middle Lane and Wickersley Road.
Formerly we were well-known for extensive road event organising; that has been seriously set back by the huge increase in traffic in the metropolitan area, with very busy roads running straight through and around the town. To add to the problem, the local authority is unsympathetic in this area, with road closures and figures of around £700 quoted as costs. Similar exercises in Barnsley, Doncaster and Sheffield meet with no such barrier as far as we can see. The Rotherham Marathon, Prince of Wales Half Marathon, (ex-'Advertiser') Rotherham 10k and a regular Dinnington-based Road League event have all gone by the wayside.