Thursday, 31 July 2008

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Free and discounted tickets to the Body Worlds Exhibition

The World famous Body Worlds 4 exhibition is offering TWO FREE TICKETS TO EVERY CLUBMARK ACCREDITED CLUB in the North West region to attend the exhibition at MOSI, the Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester, on Friday 08 August. They are also discounting entry for club members and up to three members of their family per person to £ 8.50 (Usually £ 11.50) for adults and £ 5.50 (usually £ 8.50) for under 18's.
To claim the two free tickets for your club, please call or email Laura Hall on 0161 223 1002 / and to book additional, discounted tickets in advance please call 0871 231 0847 or go to and quote/enter 'sport' when booking. First to contact gets the two free tickets!

Monday, 28 July 2008

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Helpers needed for 6th August event at Beacon Fell

Peter Knott would be most grateful for some help at the Beacon Fell Novice event on Wednesday 6th August between 12.30 and 3.30pm. Please contact him on 01772 683072.

Saturday, 26 July 2008

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Sumer Is Icumen In

It's that time of year when the domestic orienteering scene grows quiet and club members head off to a multitude of multi-day events. This photo is a reminder of Spey 07, but this year the equivalent event is Croeso 08 in South Wales. Whether you are Wales bound or have been to Oringen or one of the other European events we want your photos for the SROC gallery! All photos are welcome, but especially action shots showing orienteers doing their thing. The webteam has had a whip round and is offering a brand new 1 GB SD card (or alternative if your camera uses something else) for the best shot of the summer, as judged by website viewers!

Friday, 25 July 2008

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Young Leaders are Go

Seven South Ribble juniors today (Thursday) attained the Orienteering Young Leaders Award after a two day residential course in Caton. This provided the training to enable them to introduce orienteering to beginners, and progress the beginners' development in a structured and safe manner. While this is particularly suited to introducing orienteering in schools, it is hoped that these new Young Leaders will be able and willing to help coach at both South Ribble Junior and Club levels.
The recipients of the award were:
Kira Browne, Matthew & Chris Nash, Ben Selby, John Ockenden, Katrin & Zoe Harding

Sunday, 20 July 2008

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) British men take World Relay Gold!

The British men's relay team of Graham Gristwood, Jon Duncan and Jamie Stevenson have won the Gold Medal in the World Orienteering Championships in Czech Republic today. See this news item on the British Orienteering website. Congratulations to them and all the British team.

Sunday, 13 July 2008

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Great Tower tick alert!

Several people have reported finding ticks on them after running at Great Tower. Everyone there is advised to check carefully, and remove any ticks they may find. There are various websites telling you how to do this, for example and

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Lost property

Left behind at the Club Picnic: a thumb compass, a large oval dish and a tartan rug. Contact to claim.

Saturday, 12 July 2008

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Prizes and awards

Prizes for the Summer Series were awarded at the picnic, see the final league table. Qualifying juniors were also awarded badges and certificates for their recent successes.

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Club Picnic results

Pondering at the Mass Start
A varied group of SROC members and a few guests enjoyed a run through the wooded terrain of Great Tower Scout Camp. Some found the area more challenging than it sounds! Afterwards there was a grand feast and junior scavenger hunt. Results are here. And it would be good to get as many routes as possible on RouteGadget, to compare route choices.

Thursday, 10 July 2008

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) The Club Picnic

A reminder to all club members: the picnic will be on this Saturday, 12th July, at Great Tower. In addition all particpants in SROC's O-zone who have as yet not joined the club are also invited to come along. Entry is free but remember to bring some food to share in the Jacob's Join, plus your own plates, forks etc, and something to sit on. In the event of inclement weather (Lake District in July - surely not) we have a large covered area at our disposal. See the fixtures page for a location map and other details.

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Summer Series event 5 results

Thanks to Edward Mellor of SELOC for putting on a street O with a difference from Leyland's Worden Park. To see how it differed, have a look at the answer sheet, then compare this with the map on RouteGadget . Apart from the colour coded controls and bonuses we had a mass start to cope with as well. League point scores for most were somewhat reduced by Quentin's fantastic run. See results and comments. The final Summer Series league table will be published after the prizegiving at the Club Picnic on Saturday.

Sunday, 6 July 2008

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Hardings win at the Saunders Lakeland Mountain Marathon

Regular mountain marathon partners Quentin and Kevin Harding split up this weekend and paired up instead with their respective daughters to win two classes at the Saunders Lakeland Mountain Marathon at Helvellyn. SROC members Quentin and Katrin were in deficit by 8 minutes after the first day, but scorched around the second day to win the Wansfell class by almost 9 minutes. Meanwhile Kevin and Rebecca won both days on the Harter Fell class. Full results are here.

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Beacon Fell course lengths

A note from the planner, Steve Wrigley, on today's event at Beacon Fell: "I was having problems reconciling the file scale which said 1:10,000 and the map scale which says 1:7,500. As a result all the quoted course lengths were understated. People should therefore not be too disappointed with their times. Also give my apologies to all the runners, it was my first time planning such an event, and I learned a lot!"

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Beacon Fell Summer Series event 4, 6th July

Results, including league points, are now available via the Summer Series page. RouteGadget is ready to receive your routes. The league positions with one event to go can be seen here. With the Long Green being a higher maximum points race, and a few early series leaders not turning out, there has been a shake up in the class leaders. Ian Selby is now in a strong 1st place, with Phil Stuart not far behind. Top female is still Zoe Harding (W14). John Ockenden is top junior boy and Mike Ormerod leads the vets. It could all change at the final event on Wednesday evening, 9th July. Prizes will be awarded at the Club Picnic on Saturday 12th July.

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) A plethora of results!

We are now able to display results from a number of recent events which have taken place in schools and parks. These include the Hornby Family Orienteering Festival, Christ Church Summer Fair, the Lancaster trials for the Lancashire Youth Games, Moorlands Alive & Kicking and the Nether Kellet Summer Fair. All may be accessed from the results page.

Saturday, 5 July 2008

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) SROC Club Picnic Saturday 12th July

This year's club picnic is on the afternoon of Saturday 12th July in the excellent wooded terrain of Great Tower Scout Camp, near Newby Bridge, on the shores of Windermere (Grid Ref SD394915). This a closed event for club members only. More details are on the fixtures page.

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Orienteering Young Leaders Award Course 23rd/24th July

This award is designed for 14-19 year olds to enable them to coach the basic skills of the sport, provide fun activities on a safe enclosed site and enable them to assist as volunteers at school, local events and coaching sessions. It is also thought that it can count towards the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme. Quentin Harding will be holding the course in Brookhouse for SROC juniors at the start of the school holidays over the two days, Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th July. If you are interested and would like to know more, either give him a call or drop him an e-mail .
Further information about the award can be found here.

Thursday, 3 July 2008

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) New club league, standards and gallopen tables

Club statistician Bob Nash has been trawling through the results for recent events and has published the latest tables showing Club League (juniors only) and Gallopen positions, plus standards achieved in colour, junior ageless and junior aged classes.

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) SROC juniors help win the 2008 JIRCs

The North West returned to form at the weekend of 28th & 29th June by winning the Junior Inter Regional Championships. SROC was well represented with four of our best juniors being selected for the team. In the individual races they were: Chris Nash (M14) 7th, John Ockenden (M14) 15th, Zoe Harding (W14) 1st and Katrin Harding (W16) 5th. Zoe and Katrin were also two thirds of the winning ladies relay team the following day. Full results are available here.

Wednesday, 2 July 2008

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Summer Series 3 Worden Park

Planner/Organiser Tony Marlow for the latest event in the series says: "Please could you pass on through the website my heartfelt thanks to all who helped, advised and supported me in organising my first event." Results are now on the Summer Series page, and the latest league scores can be viewed here. Current leaders are John Ockenden (M14) and Zoe Harding (W14). Can they hang on to the lead as we go into the final two events?

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