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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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SINCE Covid-19 caused us to temporarily abandon door-to-door CLUB CASH lottery collections last Spring there’s never been a better time to come on board and help Roughyeds to get through these hugely challenging times.

Why? The £500-a-week rollover jackpot is back — not only that there are now TWO £50 prizes and TWO £25 prizes in addition to the first prize of £1,000, a second prize of £100 and ten consolation prizes of £10.

But the return of the jackpot is the big lottery news. It’s back this week and it’s been won first time out, so next week’s jackpot is again £500 but if nobody touches lucky it will go up to £1,000 the following week and increase by £500 a week, if not won, to a maximum of £10,000.

We have seriously missed the regular income from collections on the doorstep, but we cannot thank too much those supporters who have got behind the club in these unprecedented times of hardship by keeping their Club Cash memberships going or, indeed, by joining for the first time, knowing that for £1 a week they can help the club to combat Covid and prepare with confidence for the challenges of Betfred Championship rugby in 2021.

You can send a cheque to cover a set number of weeks; take out a bank standing order — our preferred option; complete a bank transfer; or pay for several weeks up front by credit or debit card.

You can download a standing order form by clicking on the link at the end of this news release and following the instructions or you can contact our Club Cash administrator John McAndrew (tel: 07980 129541; email: mcandrewj@aol.com) or speak to the club direct on 07904 898177 or email to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

The easiest way, though, is to download a standing order form below. The latest prize updates are shown on the form as follows (all for £1): £1,000, £100, £50 (2), £25 (2), a number of £10 consolation prizes and the £500-a-week rollover jackpot.

Best of luck!

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