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ROUGHYEDS regular Howard Mayers, who supports his home-town rugby league team with his wife Hazel and small boys Leo (9) and Sam (6), won’t forget Covid-19 in a hurry.

Not only did the pandemic deny he and his whole family the pleasure of watching Matt Diskin’s men at Bower Fold, it also stopped him and his sons training two evenings a week at Bogart Hole Clough with Blackley and North Manchester AC.

Instead, the running club decided to do a charity challenge for Wood Street Mission in city-centre Manchester – a children’s charity which provides practical help for several thousand needy families, especially at Christmas. To meet the challenge, seniors were to run ten miles a day for ten days and juniors were asked to do one mile a day for ten days.

[1] Howard Mayers and his Roughyeds-mad sons Leo (9), Sam (6)Mayers. [2] Howard, 90 miles done and feeling sore. Time for a breather. [3] Howard (third from left) with his pals from Blackley and North Manchester AC
[1] Howard Mayers and his Roughyeds-mad sons Leo (9), Sam (6)Mayers. [2] Howard, 90 miles done and feeling sore. Time for a breather. [3] Howard (third from left) with his pals from Blackley and North Manchester AC

We caught up with our run-away Roughyed (above) at the end of his ninth day. He had taken the opportunity to run that day in his Oldham Rugby replica shirt, as had Leo and Sam, who play for Limehurst Lions and love nothing better than to then dash off to watch Roughyeds with their Mum and Dad.

Said Howard (42), who lives with the family in Failsworth:

“The running club’s intention was to raise £500 for Wood Street Mission, but at the last count we had collectively raised more than £1,800 and it was still going up.

“I’ve ten miles still to do and my body is sore now, but one thing I’ve learned from being an Oldham fan for more than 40 years is that you never give up. We are running for a great cause and I’m proud to run in my Roughyeds shirt on some occasions and in the Wood Street Mission tee-shirt at other times.

“I was first taken to Watersheddings as a baby when Topliss, Hobbs and Worrall were in their pomp and I’ve been a keen fan ever since – and my whole family can’t wait for next season, given the depth and quality of the squad that has been assembled in readiness for another Championship season.”

LATE FLASH: Since we talked to Howard, he has completed the 100-miles-in-ten-days challenge – and he celebrated with a triple toast to Roughyeds, to Blackley and North Manchester AC and to the great work done by Wood Street Mission.

If any of his fellow Roughyeds fans wish to donate they can do it by following this link: 

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AS lockdown restrictions start to ease, now is the time for everyone connected with Oldham RLFC to do all they can to help with getting income from our Club Cash lottery back to where it was before the pandemic started to bite.

This is vital for the club and its finances which, as you all know, have taken a massive hit in the past 12 months.

Collectors will be returning to door-to-door visits in the next few weeks and we hope people who suspended payments will pick up where they left off as we strive and work hard to get back to where we were before the pandemic caused us to lose 50 per cent of our lottery income.

Many of our regular punters, who would normally pay a collector, have answered our calls for help by finding other ways to pay and to retain their chances of winning prizes.

To those people we are very grateful and we would like to take this opportunity to thank them once again for their loyal and continued support.

The lottery, of course, is potentially one of our biggest fund-raisers and for as little as £1 a week — more if you wish — you can help the club immensely and at the same time have chances to win £1,000, £100, £50, £25 or one of ten consolation prizes of £10.

That’s the present prize structure. There’s every chance it will be increased once we are out of lockdown, door-to-door collections start again and we get back to some sort of normality.

In the meantime you can join, or start up again, by contacting the club on 07904 898177 or by email to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

For more information about the lottery, and for the “great opportunities” provided by our partnership with the National Youth and Community Development Association (NYCDA) go our Club Cash page.

There, you will find all the results and a detailed statement about getting back to normal with the help of our not-for-profit partners.

All proceeds from the partnership will continue to support the club and help us to meet the aims of our Club Cash activities, particularly in its aims and objectives to be an active stakeholder in the local community.

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