Thursday, 27 November 2008

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Fulwood West Street League results

Results for Wednesday's street event are now available here. Another good run by Steve Lang on 75 minutes, with Karen Nash back on form and scoring at almost the same rate on the 60 minutes course. Why not join in the discussion of this event here.

Wednesday, 26 November 2008

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Buffs for sale at Ripley

The new club buff (see below) will be on sale at the next training session at Ripley School, Tuesday 2nd December. Bring your £ 10 (per buff) and solve your Christmas present woes! Please note that the buffs are already selling well, don't miss out!

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Fulwood West Street League 26th November

Another good turnout for a great event from the Nash team based at Fulwood Leisure Centre. RouteGadget is now ready to receive your routes. Results will follow as soon as possible.

Monday, 24 November 2008

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) New SROC buffs now available for Christmas!

One of the most versatile pieces of kit we have seen, the buff, is now available in an exclusive SROC design. Is it a hat, is it a scarf, is it a headband? It's all of these and more. See the buff website. Our version is so new that we don't have a photo of one yet, so we are showing Bob Nash modelling a similar one. Our design is shown on the right. Only £ 10 from Karen Nash. Order yours now, or see Karen at the next Street League event.

Sunday, 23 November 2008

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Spook O results

Great to see so many at our first SROC Spook O, it was really good to see so many in costume and enjoying the event in a fun minded spirit. A big thank you to all my helpers. While I know next time to have many more marshmallows, please provide any other feedback for a future event via the club's message board here. It would also be good to hear of your experiences in the wood.

Results are here along with a report. Only you know how you came by these points!

Found after the event, an Ives scarf and one black patterned Buff. A compass was also lost at the event, if found can you return it to the organiser.

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Junior Training

Quentin Harding led a session on map interpretation at Eaves Wood on 22nd November, which included having to draw your own maps! This was rounded off with some very close head to head races, which included winning and eating chocolate coins. The next training session (for Juniors and Adults) is on Saturday 6th December at Williamson Park, Lancaster. Contact Martyn Roome (01995 603885) to book a place.

Saturday, 22 November 2008

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Spooked!

A large number of ghouls, witches, devils and assorted creatures of the night gathered for the inaugural SROC Spook-O at Eaves Wood this evening. The format resembled a more normal mass start score, but with the added dimension of being at night, and with vampires on the loose! Any of the three vampires could demand the map and control card unit from any other runner or group, who then became a replacement vampire. This required new tactics to arrive at the finish with any points! Vampires at the end received prizes, and there were prizes for best costumes and highest points. First back, with all the controls (un-vampired) was Becca Roberts. Best costume award went to the Skeleton and Alien team (pictured). All then enjoyed hot soup and toasted marshmallows. More photos here. Results to follow soon.

Sunday, 16 November 2008

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) If you dare!

We proudly present the first ever SROC Spook O, a fun orienteering event for all the family, at Eaves Wood on Saturday 22nd November. Congregate, costumes optional, at 3.45 ready for a mass start at 4.30 pm. Preceded by an adult and junior training session from 1 pm. Contact Quentin to reserve your map. More details on this flyer.

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Medals haul for LGGS girls at the British Schools Champs!

The British Schools Orienteering Championships were held today in Hampshire, following a selection race on Saturday for the World Schools Champs next year. The Lancaster Girls' Grammar School sent its strongest team ever and it showed! Year 7 girls team were 1st, years 9 & 11 teams both finished 2nd (with individual 2nds for Katrin & Zoe Harding), and the school was third overall in the large secondary category. Most of the team are SROC members. Other SROC members were running for Lancaster Royal Grammar School and Ashton Community Science College, including Chris Nash who was 1st in boys year 9. Results can be seen on the BSOA website.

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) New Membership Development Officer

We are delighted to report that Tony Marlow has agreed to be co-opted onto the committee to take on the new role of Membership Development Officer. He will be tasked with ensuring that potential and actual new members have a positive experience when attending their first events, right through to becoming fully integrated members of the club.

Friday, 14 November 2008

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Club league tables updated

Thanks to our club statistician Bob Nash for bringing the league tables up to date for the club gallopen (all colour coded courses/ages), junior league (regional, national and championship events) and all colour standards, junior ageless and aged badge standards. These are accessible from the results index. Any corrections or comments to Bob please.

Thursday, 13 November 2008

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Carnforth Street League results

The results for the latest Street League event have been published here. If you are not sure how to add your own route to RouteGadget (recommended!) see this post on the message board. League scores are here.

Wednesday, 12 November 2008

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Carnforth Street League

An excellent night for running, and another great street event enjoyed by many people, some of them first timers. Results will be available soon, but in the meantime why not add your course to RouteGadget, or discuss the event on the message board. Details of the next event, in two week's time, have been updated on the fixtures page.

Tuesday, 11 November 2008

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Carnforth Street League - Wednesday 12th November

All is set for a fine evening of street orienteering. The weather is set to be fair, the tides are out and it is an open competition whether you do the 40,60 or 75 minute course. Meet at the Last Drop Inn at the back of the Royal Station Hotel. Starts from 6:30pm until 7:30pm. Further details in the fixtures. Food available, orders before 8:30pm menu here. Please, no changing in the bar area.

Sunday, 9 November 2008

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Lancashire Scouts & Guides Championships Worden Park 9th November

Well at least it stayed more or less fine while the controls were put out and collected. In between, when everyone (nearly) was running, it could hardly have been wetter! Combined with the waterlogged ground and slippery paths this turned into an endurance test for some. Bob Nash's courses set a fair challenge and most of the relatively inexperienced guides and scouts completed the event successfully. Preliminary results are now available here, plus Winsplits, Splitsbrowser and RouteGadget - share your route and compare with others. Some photos have been added to the gallery.

Friday, 7 November 2008

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Brochen Spectre

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While out on a three hour training run over the Lakeland fells last Wednesday, club members David Roome, Mike Johnson and Quentin Harding were fortunate to view a Brochen Spectre from the top of Froswick. While this may sound like a hangover from Halloween or a new fighter jet, it is a natural phenomenon whereby strong sunshine diffracts around your body and projects your shadow and surrounding light on to cloud. The cloud in this picture was below in the valley ~400m away so the projection is also enlarged. A magnificent sight.

Tuesday, 4 November 2008

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Street League Scores

Wondering how the age adjustment system works? An explanation of how league points are calculated has been written by scoring supremo John Ashton and can be found here. Venue details for Event 3, Carnforth on November 12 are now on the fixtures page. Street events through the rest of the season will be at fortnightly intervals (apart from the Christmas break).

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Yvette Baker Scores finalised

After a few changes we can now announce that both West Cumberland OC and Deeside OC are through to the final of the Yvette Baker Trophy, the national club based competition for juniors, after the preliminary round at Torver on Sunday 2nd November. WCOC where victorious by just one point, but DEE go through too because WCOC were in the top five in last year's final. Congratulations to both teams, and bad luck to BARRO who came a close third. Both MDOC and SROC fielded under-strength teams. To view the scores click here.

Sunday, 2 November 2008

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Torver photos

Thanks to Martyn Roome for some shots of the team which brought you today's event. See the gallery. Any more pictures anyone?

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Torver High Common District Event 2nd November

What a fantastic day in the Lakes! The weather played ball this weekend, unlike last, and a true test of orienteering skills on a classic open fell area was had by all. There was some close competition in the Yvette Baker Trophy. Preliminary results are now available here, and preliminary Yvette Baker scores are here. RouteGadget for the event is here. All Club Captains should check their teams' results and notify of any changes as soon as possible. No doubt because of the excellent weather we were surprised by the numbers who turned out, and we apologise to anyone who had to give up their map or indeed use a second hand one. Anyone who gave up their map will get a copy sent on, if details were left at the event. Any photos of the event would be welcome, for addition to our gallery. Please email them to

Saturday, 1 November 2008

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) David Rosen to be IOF Senior Event Adviser to WOC 2012

Congratulations to South Ribble's David Rosen who has been named as the IOF Senior Event Adviser to the World Orienteering Championships to be held in Switzerland in 2012. David has been a true ambassador for the sport for many years and has held many positions of responsibilty at major events, both domestic and international. We wish him every success in his role at this, the highest possible level of event.

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