Wednesday, 26 December 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Street League mid season scores

League scores for the SROC Night Street League at the half way point in the 2012-2013 season are now available. Gross scores and age-adjusted scores.

Monday, 24 December 2012

Friday, 21 December 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Bamber Bridge RouteGadget

RouteGadget is now ready for the Bamber Bridge street league event on Wednesday 19th November.

Thursday, 20 December 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) New Year Cracker!

Click here for details of the 12th NYC, last chance to run at Lancaster University before the JK sprint in 2015.

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Bamber Bridge Street O

Bamber Bridge saw the last Street League event for 2012. (Results). Hopefully all who were able to come had an enjoyable time. At least the weather behaved itself. Next year sees the start of the 'event discards' so things can change quite quickly in the tables. Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and look forward to seeing you at the events in 2013, starting of course with Ramsbottom. Best wishes. Bob Nash

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Latest Street League scores

Updated tables for gross scores and age-adjusted scores are now available.

Sunday, 9 December 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Beacon Fell score event

Thanks to all those who came to Beacon Fell on Saturday. We had a pleasing number of newcomers to the event – we hope especially that you enjoyed it and that most got back before the weather turned from bright, crisp sunshine to decidedly wet! The next day time SROC event is on Tuesday 1st January at Lancaster University – all welcome! See the fixtures tab for details of all SROC events.
If anyone has any queries on the results or in general please e mail them to
Philip Gager and Martyn Roome

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) North West Night League

Scores in the North West Night league after the first two events may be viewed here.

Friday, 7 December 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Warton & Freckleton results

Another event where the weather was kind to us, although the patches of ice did demand respect. Many thanks to Ray and his 'team' for putting on the event.  A pleasing turnout given the proximity to Xmas and a good time was had by all. It was especially pleasing that Maurice Dean, Peter & Cherith Knott and Ian Evans were able to join in the socialising.
The results for the event are on the web and subject to any queries Pete Kidd is the winner of the 2012 Tower Trophy although it was a close run thing with Alex McCann (please excuse the pun).
Hopefully see you all at Bamber Bridge. Bob Nash

Thursday, 6 December 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Night Street League

The latest street league event was held on a chilly but fine evening in Freckleton yesterday. You may add your routes to RouteGadget for this event. The next event, number five in the series, will be at Bamber Bridge in two weeks. Details are on this flyer, please note that you are asked to order food before running.

Saturday, 1 December 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Our next weekend event

The next event in the weekend Autumn series is at Beacon Fell on Saturday 8th December. See this flyer for details.

Thursday, 29 November 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) World Schools selections

Congratulations to Laurence Johnson of SROC and Ripley St Thomas CE Academy in Lancaster who has been selected as a member of the British select team competing in the ISSF World Championships in Portugal next year.

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Street League tables

The scores for the first three Night Street League events have been calculated and you may view either the Gross Scores or Age-Adjusted Scores tables.

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) North West Urban League

Results are now in for the 2012 North West Urban League. Congratulations to Karen Nash who was first in the Women's Vets, and to Miriam Rosen, second in Women's Super Vets. Several other SROC members featured in the top ten in their classes.

Saturday, 24 November 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Traitor's Gill North West Night League event

Well the rain started just in time for the first runner and stayed throughout the evening, but at least the conditions of the previous night event on this area were not repeated. It was good to see a few new faces as well as the NWNL stalwarts. Results are on-line here, and RouteGadget may be accessed here.

Thursday, 22 November 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Morecambe Street O

A welcome weather window greeted competitors at the Morecambe street league event on Wednesday. Visit RouteGadget to share and compare your route. Results are also on-line.

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Demise of the SROC message board

The old SROC phpbb message board has fallen into disuse over the last year or so but was still available until today. It has been taken off line after multiple spam attacks and several hundred bogus users managing to break through security. As an alternative the link at the top of the home page has now been changed to take users direct to the SROC Facebook group, which has hosted a number of lively discussions of late.

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) North West Night League

Revised details of the North West Night League have been published, with some venue changes. All is now in place for a great opening event to the series on Traitor's Gill this Saturday.

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) SROC success at the British schools orienteering last weekend

Teams from the Lancaster grammar schools traveled together to Delamere forest on Sunday. A few had competed the previous day for the world schools selection race. At that event Laurence Johnson   finished in 4th place. Well done.
On the Sunday the girls went for quality over quantity. They only had full teams in 2 year groups and came first in year 11 and third in year 9. Individually Zoe won by 12 minutes in year 13 and Helen was 3rd in year 11.
The boys came first in year 9 and 4th in years 7 and 8.
Laurence Johnson had a tremendous run coming 2nd in the year 10 boys but no others from his school were running
Results can be found

Monday, 19 November 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Street League event three - Morecambe

The third event in the 2012-2013 series of night street events will take place on Wednesday in Morecambe. More details on this flyer.

Sunday, 11 November 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Williamson Park weekend autumn series event

Yesterday saw pleasant November weather for the second in the weekend series of events. This time we were in Williamson Park in Lancaster, always an interesting challenge and this time was no exception. Results are on-line here.

Friday, 9 November 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Garstang results

Results and organisers' comments for the Garstang street league event are on-line here.

Thursday, 8 November 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) LOC WarLoc Night Sprint Events, 14th, 21st and 28th November

LOC have requested that we post details of their upcoming night series. Final details for the first event are here.

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Night Street League event 2 - Garstang

The second event in the ever more popular night street series was held yesterday in Garstang. RouteGadget for the event may be accessed here.

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Traitor's Gill Night Event

The SROC night league event is to be on Traitor's Gill (Caton Moor) on Saturday 24th November, There will be suitable courses for all from night event novices to the most experienced. More details on the flier.

Saturday, 3 November 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Spook O

We thank Martyn Roome for this memory of the Spook O held on Halloween this year. We see the vampire and some of his victims shortly before the start of the score event.

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Chorley RouteGadget

RouteGadget for today's event at Chorley may be accessed via this link.

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Chorley Urban event

Beautiful sunny weather greeted runners at the final event in the North West Urban League today at Chorley. Everyone enjoyed the excellent challenges set by Bob Nash. Results are on-line here. RouteGadget to follow later.

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) North West Night League

Brightbikelights.comThe North West Night League has once again been sponsored by Bright Bike Lights. Details of this season's events are on this pdf. First event in the series is our own at Traitor's Gill on 24th November.

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Chorley Urban event final details

Final details for Saturday's event may be viewed here (pdf). Entries remain open on Fabian4 until Thursday.

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Spook O success

This years Spook O hailed a number of firsts: first event on a new map and new area, first time mid week, first use of SI for this event. Despite the damp conditions a good number of family groups and a few seasoned orienteers showed up ready for the mass start at Silverhelme Scout Camp. The mainly wooded area was tricky with all the paths obscured by fallen leaves, but the trickiest part was avoiding the roving vampire (Mark Edwards) who could put a hex on you, only to be lifted by a visit to the wise wizard (Quentin Harding)! A complicated rocks and crags control choice added to the fun, and mapper and planner Julian Lailey was congratulated for his efforts. The winner managed to get all controls within the allotted time and scooped the top prize. Other prizes were awarded for first family and best costume. Results are here.

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) WWOP Williamson Park

SROC laid on a special sprint event in Williamson Park on Tuesday 30th October, following a request from a group of Scandinavians who are taking part in an O tour. SROC members were also invited, but unfortunately the main contingent of visitors were delayed and only an advance party were able to compete. Results may be viewed here.

Sunday, 28 October 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) A little inspiration

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Original Mountain Marathon

The OMM regularly attracts a strong contingent of orienteers, including a number from SROC. This year's event in the Howgills experienced some wet weather on day two but nothing to stop father and daughter pairing of Quentin and Zoe Harding winning the D class by an impressive margin. Rowena Browne and Karen Nash repeated their success of the last few years with first female veterans on class B, also 2nd vets and 14th overall on that course. For full results see

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Lancaster Night Street League results

Results for last Wednesday's street event, the first in the current season, are published here.

Thursday, 25 October 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) SROC club night - 6th November cancelled

The usual club training night scheduled for 6th November has been cancelled. Normal service will resume from Tuesday 13th November.

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Night street league event one

The SROC night street league returned to the White Cross in Lancaster for event one in the 2012-2013 season. Results will be published soon but in the mean time here is RouteGadget for the event.

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Spook O details

Details of the 2012 Spook O, are now available via the bulletin (pdf). Assemble from 17.30 for mass start at 18.15, see map.

Monday, 22 October 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Spook O 2012 - new venue, new date

As advertised earlier this year's Spook O will take place in an area new to orienteering: Silver Helm near Silverdale. Please note that the date has now been changed to Wednesday 31st October to get the full Halloween experience! Details of the event, parking, timing etc will be published soon so check back here. You can be sure of ghoulish thrills and horrific happenings. Costume encouraged but not compulsory. All ages catered for, not to be missed!

Sunday, 21 October 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Simpson Ground level C event and Yvette Baker Trophy qualifier

A fantastic day of continuous sunshine greeted officials and competitors at Simpson Ground today. Younger members of WCOC, LOC and SROC were competing for a place in the Yvette Baker Trophy final, and Lakeland triumphed in a close match with West Cumberland. Provisional YBT results may be viewed here. Results for all courses are published here. Links to colour standards, RouteGadget and other analysis tools are available via the results index. Lost property: if you are down one pair of O shoes please contact the organiser to claim them back. More photos in the gallery.

Thursday, 18 October 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Orienteering weekend 3rd & 4th November

See this flyer for details of the events at Chorley and Haslingden Grane which together are shaping up to make a fantastic weekend of orienteering.

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Sporting Lights

The Sporting Lights event will take place at Coronation Park, Coronation Road, Crosby on 30th October (6pm-8pm). Sporting Lights is a multi-agency initiative arranged by Parks & Greenspaces Community Parks Officers working in conjunction with Merseyside Police, Sefton MBC Communities & Environment, Sefton MBC Positive Futures, Canoe England, Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre, Friends of Coronation Park, Sefton Youth Services, Phil Rose Par Sports Group, Ben Saunders Tennis Academy, Stephen McLean British Orienteering and Chesterfield High School.

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Yvette Baker Trophy start times

Start times for entrants in the Yvette Baker Trophy, part of the Simpson Ground event this Sunday 21st October, are available here.

Sunday, 14 October 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Simpson Ground, Sunday 21st October

Our next event is the level C on Simpson Ground next Sunday. More details on the flier. Thanks to Quentin Harding for some photos of the area to whet your appetite.

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) England win at the Ward Junior Home Internationals

The official team placings have yet to be announced but it seems clear that England will have won the JHI held over the weekend at Headley Heath and Wisley Common. SROC's Zoe Harding triumphed in the W18 individual event, finishing just 2 seconds clear of her England team mate Florence Haines. Results are here.

Friday, 12 October 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) UK Cup success for Heather

SROC’s Heather Gardner finished 3rd in last Sunday's final event of the Women's UK Cup at Hameldon, securing 3rd place overall. First place in the overall standings went to Sarah Rollins, second to Rachael Rothman with Heather edging out Tess Hill and Claire Ward, both British Champions and in the British WOC Squad. Heather now starts her winter training, in preparation for next year's racing season.

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Talent Development Squad selections

Congratulations to Katrin and Zoe Harding who have both been selected as members of the 2012-2013 BOF Talent Development Squad, announced today on the BOF website.

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Chorley Urban event 3rd November

Preliminary details for the Chorley event are available on the event's web page.

Saturday, 29 September 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Astley Park autumn mid week series event

Results for the fourth and final event in the Chorley series are published here, also RouteGadget.

Monday, 24 September 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Gerry Charnley Way

Long term members may remember the Gerry Charnley Way, created as a memorial to Gerry, a founder member of SROC, in the 1980's. Recently there has been interest shown in bringing the GCW to the fore once more, although the Harvey's map has been long out of print. SROC mountain marathon exponents Karen Nash and Tony Marlow completed the 38 mile round in 13 1/2 hours on Saturday 22nd September and are pictured at the Gerry Charnley memorial cairn.

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Chorley Urban event entries open

Entries are now Open for the Chorley Urban Event, Sat 3rd November - the 1st part of a great weekend of Orienteering in Lancashire. Run on the same map used for the British Elite Sprint Championships in 2010. This is the Final Event in the 2012 North West Urban League. See
Part 2 is a level B event organised by our friends at SELOC Sunday Nov 4th

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Arnside Knott fell race

Fancy a straight race for a change, on a familiar area? The Arnside Knott fell race will take place on 18th November. Entry form here.

Saturday, 22 September 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Eaves Wood results

Beautiful equinoctial sunshine greeted competitors at today's event in Eaves Wood. Results are published here.

Friday, 21 September 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Eaves Wood Weekend autumn series 1

As well as our series of midweek events in Chorley we are holding a series on Saturdays this autumn. These kick off with a score event at Eaves Wood on Saturday September 22. See fixtures list for details.

Thursday, 20 September 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Astley Village, Chorley mid week series event 3

Results and RouteGadget are now available for event three in the series.

Thursday, 13 September 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Duxbury Park, Chorley mid week series event 2

Results and RouteGadget for the event held on Wednesday 12th September are now available.

Saturday, 8 September 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Yarrow Valley, Chorley mid-week series

Results for Wednesday's event are on-line here, and RouteGadget is here. This, the first in the series, was the work of guest planner/organiser Darren Baker.

Thursday, 6 September 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) AGM reminder

All members are invited to the Annual General Meeting, to be held at the Victoria Institute in Caton, on Thursday 20th September, starting at 7.30 pm.

Sunday, 2 September 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Upcoming Chorley events

This Wednesday sees the beginning of the Chorley Autumn Series. This series is being put on at the request of Chorley Council and is being held on the next 4 Wednesdays in Chorley Parks. The Council have promoted the series and have between 6 and 10 novices coming to the first event at Yarrow Valley. In order to show the newcomers the variety of orienteering events available and to make it more interesting for Club members we are endeavouring to put on a range of different activities at each event.

Thursday, 30 August 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) NW fixtures list

We didn't get the NW Fixtures (August - December) in time to send them out by post with the Newsletter, so we intend having them available for people to collect at our forthcoming local events at Yarrow Valley, Duxbury Park, Astley Village and Park, Club Nights and at the AGM. Julian Lailey

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Heather Gardner selected for Nordic tour

Congratulations to Heather Gardner who has been selected for the BOF Nordic Orienteering Tour 1st-8th September. From the BOF website.

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) What to do after The Olympics?

After a fantastic fortnight of success for Team GB it might be time to move from spectatorship to participation! SROC has a feast of orienteering opportunities planned for the autumn, starting with two series of events spread between the north and south of our area. Then there is a level C "colour coded" event on Simpson Ground, and the final NW urban series race of 2012 in Chorley. Along with the Night Street League, Spook O and a NW Night League event on Traitor's Gill there should be something for everyone, from outright beginner to seasoned orienteer. Look out for details of events nearer the time or check out the Fixtures page for preliminary information.

Tuesday, 31 July 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Swedish Oringen

Here are some photos from last weeks Oringen, at which the Smith Ockendens, Katrin and Sue and I were present. Photos include some of the action from the elite sprint round Halmstad, including the great Thierry Georgiou. The weather was fantastic, wall to wall sunshine. In our view the best of the nine Oringens we have been to, with wonderful forests and even a sand dune day which were very reminiscent of the wooded part of Formby. Martyn Roome

Saturday, 21 July 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) BOC 2012 photos

Thanks to Sarah Watkins for this and other photos taken at the BOC relay day earlier this year. Sarah has also supplied a photo for a caption competition. To view this please go to the SROC Facebook page.

Monday, 16 July 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Sprint Series winners

Thanks also to Martyn for photos from the Summer Sprint Series and Club Picnic prize giving last Saturday. In our picture Men's Open winner Mark Edwards is congratulated by series coordinator Chris Roberts. More in the gallery.

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Cross Bay Walk photos

Martyn Roome has supplied  series of photos from the SROC Cross Bay Walk which took place earlier in the summer. More in the gallery.

Saturday, 14 July 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Eggerslack RouteGadget

RouteGadget for the Club Picnic is now ready to have your routes added.

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Club Picnic at Eggerslack

Fine sunny weather blessed an excellent club picnic today, with the event itself in Eggerslack Wood near Grange Over Sands, and the picnic proper at nearby Humphrey Head outdoors centre. The picture shows the view from Humphrey Head. Tom Barkas planned and organised the event and his score course provided plenty of entertainment with no runner quite managing all the controls within the allotted hour. Gavin Smith came closest, visiting all in a little over 61 minutes. Full results are available here.

Friday, 13 July 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) World Masters OC photos

Thanks to Martyn Roome we have this and many more photos taken during the recent World Masters Orienteering Championships. Visit the gallery to enjoy the atmosphere of a World Champs and see Quentin on his way to two Gold medals.

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Sprint Series final scores

RouteGadget for the last sprint event, at Lancaster University on Tuesday 10th July, is now available via the RouteGadget page. For the sake of RouteGadget the excluded prologue split times have been put back in so that routes can be drawn according to where you actually went. The final league tables are ready to view here. There will be a prize giving ceremony for the class winners at the SROC Club Picnic, tomorrow Saturday 14th July.

Thursday, 12 July 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Lancashire Scout & Guide Championships, Astley Park

The 2012 Scout & Guide Champs were held in Astley Park, Chorley, yesterday. Follow these links to results and RouteGadget.

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Lancaster Uni photos

Many thanks to Karen Nash for a series of photos taken at yesterday's sprint event at Lancaster University. The photo on the right shows action during the sprint final which had butterflies around Alexandra Park before taking runners around the main campus. More photos in the gallery.

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Club Picnic only days away

Next Saturday, 14th July, sees the 2012 club picnic. Lovely wood (Eggerslack) and picturesque picnic site (outdoors or indoors, depending on weather) next to Cumbria Wildlife Trust site at Humphrey Head. Registration 1.00-1.40 pm at Grange-over-Sands, start 2 pm, picnic 4-5.30 pm. Leg cover advisable and check for ticks. One hour score but there is also an easier option for newcomers. Picnic is a Jacob's Join, so get the quiches in the oven. Coffee and tea and cutlery and crockery will be provided. Tom Barkas would like to know if you are bringing newcomers/relative beginners and how many. Also any volunteer control collectors would be welcome.

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Lancaster University summer sprint event

This evening's fifth and last event in the summer sprint series was held at the Lancaster University campus, earmarked for the JK 2015 sprint venue. David Roome planned but was unable to be there for the event so Rowena Browne ably organised while Julian Lailey put out all the controls. One of the difficult things about using this campus for orienteering is that they will keep changing it by building or demolishing things! Some new building works meant that the recently updated map was incorrect in some places which made a difference to the relative speed of various route choices. Therefore the splits either side of controls 6 and 9 on the Prologue were omitted from the results. The Final was very little affected by new works so all the times stand. Gavin Smith nobly self-disqualified after using an apparently valid cut-through which was not shown on the map. Sometimes having local knowledge is not an advantage! Results are on the series webpage. RouteGadget and final series tables will follow later.

Sunday, 8 July 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Quentin's double gold

We are indebted to Anthony Squire and Sarah Rollins for permission to use their photos of Quentin on the Long podium (left) and the Sprint podium at the World Masters OC.

Saturday, 7 July 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Quentin wins Long Distance Gold at WMOC

Another fantastic performance from Quentin Harding in the M50 Long final today secured him a second world title at the World Masters O Champs. The Long is regarded by many as the purest form of orienteering, and is often called "classic" distance. Quentin has proved that the best orienteers can be good at all disciplines after his earlier Sprint win.

Friday, 6 July 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Clitheroe Sprint update

RouteGadgets for Tuesday's prologue and final at Clitheroe Castle are now available via the SROC RouteGadget page. Updated league tables with just one event left in the series my be viewed here.

Thursday, 5 July 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) The very first street event

Deep in the archives there are details of the first street event, held in Preston in 1967 as an antidote to Foot & Mouth Disease which was preventing access to terrain at that time. These details have been gathered into this pdf file. (Warning: this is a large file and may take some time to open on slow connections).

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Clitheroe Castle sprint

Mike Ormerod planned a superb challenge on his Clitheroe Castle (& town) map for the fourth event in the summer sprint series yesterday. Yet again there were a few mispunches on the Prologue, which stayed in the castle grounds. The Final utilised the town centre, with multiple route choices on many legs after two butterflies round the castle. Mike laid on a junior final for those too young to run on streets. Results are on the series web page. Look out for revised league tables and RouteGadget later.

Monday, 2 July 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Quentin is World Champion!

SROC's top M50 Quentin Harding has won the M50 Sprint title at the World Masters Orienteering Champs in Germany today. Quentin was fastest in the qualifier and won the A final by 3 seconds. Follow the WMOC races on the official website.

Sunday, 1 July 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Preston Guild final results

To my relief the weather stayed dry, if very humid, for the Cottam Mass Start event - the culmination of the Summer Series. The results for the event are now on the web - showing different results for different adjusting factors - interesting but far from conclusive. Pleasingly the feed back from the series was encouraging and seeing as we were very generously given a Series Trophy by the Preston Guild Committee it looks like there will need to be another series next year - hopefully extending it to areas outside of Preston. Any volunteers gratefully welcomed. In the meantime planning for the next Winter Series is well on with 11 organisers and the areas identified. Bob Nash.

Saturday, 30 June 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Preston Guild final and prizegiving

Very sociable and wonderful to have Maurice Dean take part in his 3rd street O- pushed by Peter! Pictured are the top ladies with Maurice. More photos in the gallery.

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) SROC cycle ride

Sixteen SROC members took part in the annual cycle ride, starting in light mizzle and ending in glorious sunshine! The route stared just north of Lancaster and took in Glasson Dock, Galgate, the canal round Lancaster, Slyne and back to Denny Beck. The café near Glasson was very welcome, and we are indebted to the Ockendens for a lovely lunch stop at their house! In all, around 30 miles was covered.

Friday, 29 June 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Preston Guild winners

A list of all the prizewinners in the recently completed Preston Guild Street Orienteering Series may be viewed here. Series competitor Tony Marlow had this to say about the events: "They were all very well organised on good maps with good weather, new people and new members. They were in fact good social occasions too - maybe a model of things to come!!? The amount of work Bob has put in is phenomenal."

Friday, 22 June 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Fulwood, Longsands and Cow Hill street O

Longsands was the last of the 'normal' Summer Street League series and pleasingly it was dry despite getting quite dark at times. Again there was an increasing turnout with two more new to the series and some others coming back. The mixture of urban and rural was well received despite the significant increase in the undergrowth in the last week and the presence of bovine spectators in some fields. The final event at Cottam is the mass start 1 hour score to be followed by the prizegiving - the final tables will go on the web at the weekend unless people want to be kept in the dark until Wednesday - let me know. See you at Cottam. Bob Nash. Results link and RouteGadget link.

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Summer Sprints update

RouteGadget for the Prologue and Final for yesterday's event are now ready, and the updated league tables are on line here. Just two more events to go, so don't miss a chance to improve your position!

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Summer Sprint event 3

Martyn Roome set two excellent courses, utilising all the best bits of the University of Cumbria campus, for this evening's round three of the sprint series. There were a few mispunches resulting from not reading the descriptions and codes closely enough! Results from the event are available from this page. Updated league tables and RouteGadget for the event will follow in the next day or two.

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Preston Guild street O - events 4 & 5

Event 4 in the Preston street O series is on 20th June, details on the fixture list. Special details for the final event on 27th June have been published here. Tables for the series so far may be viewed via this link.

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Next Summer Sprint

The next event in the Sprint Series is at the University of Cumbria, Lancaster Campus, Lancaster, LA1 3DY. GR SD487609. Parking at the University Sports centre (as last year). Start times for the prologue 6.30-7. Final following the prologue. Overall results determined by the total time for the two races.

Friday, 15 June 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) SROC Summer Cycle Ride

You are warmly invited to the 2012 SROC cycle ride on Sunday 24th June. It will start at a convenient point close to Lancaster at 10.00am (unless the weather is not good enough – check back here the night before). The pace will be leisurely and distance 25-30 miles on road and cycle track, with the option of a short cut. It will be a different route to last year, but no less enjoyable! Of course there will be a morning stop at a cafe but bring lunch for after that. More details of the meeting point will be provided by Martyn Roome. Just contact him if coming, by  email

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Preston Guild

Preston Guild street event runners may have noticed that event 2 did not immediately have a RouteGadget. This has been rectified now and it is accessible here.

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Salford Quays urban event 21st June

SELOC invite you to come and orienteer around the stunning cityscape of Salford Quays, amongst buildings such as the Lowry Centre, the Imperial War Museum and the BBC as part of a test event (level D) prior to a full level B event on a much wider area in 2013. See the flyer for full details.

Thursday, 14 June 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Preston Guild Street O event 3

Despite the threat of rain we managed a dry event - a pleasing turn out with more new faces and interest from spectators. As you can read in my comments it was very nice that Maurice Dean was able to attend, and take part, courtesy of Peter Knott - many thanks for your efforts Peter. This was particularly pleasing as Maurice is the founding father of SROC Street Orienteering with the first event being held in 1967 at the very same venue we used last night. Don't forget that next weeks event is the last of the normal series with a definite rural emphasis (the final event is a mass start 1 hour event before the prize giving). Bob Nash. Results are on line here and RouteGadget is ready to receive your routes.

Thursday, 31 May 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Preston Guild event 2

The second of the Preston Guild Street League took place last night in less than ideal conditions - the early runners got quite a soaking - but came back declaring wet but warm which I suppose was some consolation (how did the Lancastrians know that it was going to be wet in Preston?) The pleasing aspect was that rather than putting people off we actually had an increase in numbers with more newcomers arriving as a result of being 'Facebooked' by friends who had enjoyed the previous week. The post event chats indicated that everyone enjoyed themselves despite the soggy conditions and was looking forward to the next event in a fortnights time at The Continental - see you there. Bob Nash.  For results follow this link.

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) More on the Summer Sprint Series

RouteGadget for the Prologue and Final are now available. Also the league tables after the first two events are now published here. Any omissions (such as club or age class) to please.

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Summer Sprint Series - event 2 results

The second event in the sprint series saw a massive turnout in Williamson Park today. Ideal conditions prevailed, sunny but not too warm and very dry underfoot. The intricate path system and many steep slopes caught some people out as always in this challenging area. The new ISSOM map seemed well received, and Jeff Ball's courses were a credit to him as a new planner. Results are now on-line and accessible via the Summer Sprint Series page; click on the icon on the left. Quentin declared himself non-competitive because of his close involvement in the late stages of course planning, and Mike Johnson gallantly disqualified himself in the Final because he transgressed by crossing an uncrossable wall.

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Preston Guild street O event 2

The next event in the Preston Series is tomorrow, Wednesday, in Fulwood. The venue is the Sherwood - see the map accessible from the fixtures page. Please note that this is not the location advertised in the paper North West fixtures list.

Saturday, 26 May 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Summer Sprint Format

Following a request for more information on the sprint series for newcomers over on the SROC Facebook group, here are a few notes which may help explain what we are up to:
The basic format is borrowed more or less from the major Sprint Orienteering events such as the British Champs. In essence there are two separate races, each quite short (though not as short as a sprint on the track!). The first is a qualifier or prologue, and in the British Champs the results from this determine which of several finals you qualify for. Because our events have much smaller numbers of competitors we have just one final. The qualifier is used to determine the start order in the final, with fastest starting last. We use shorter time intervals (15-30 seconds at the discretion of the organiser) in the final and the course has two or more variants. This means that you can't just rely on following the man or woman in front of you since they will probably be taking the controls in a different order. Unlike score events you must follow the order of controls as marked on your map. Everyone ends up doing the same course but parts will have been taken in a different sequence. Overall results (for our events) are simply the total time taken, adding both races together. Straight line distances are typically around 2-3 km and probable winning times are 10 mins and 15 mins for the two races. However some folk will take a lot longer. Everyone is welcome and help is always at hand.

Thursday, 24 May 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Summer Sprint Series event two

The next exciting instalment in the Summer Sprint Series is to be held on Tuesday 29th May in Williamson Park. Details of where to park etc. have been added to the fixtures page. Please note that we will be based around the butterfly house area, not in the usual spot at the bottom car park. League tables will be published after event 2. With a total of five events in the series, results will be based on a runner's best three scores. There will be prizes for several categories, the same as last year. These will be Men's and Women's Open, Junior Men and Women (M/W14-) and Veteran Men and Women (M/W 55+).

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Preston Guild event one

The Preston Guild street orienteering series got off to a great start this evening, revisiting a venue from last Summer's series. Bob Nash once again provided an excellent course using his own map of Ribbleton. RouteGadget is ready to receive routes and the results will be published as soon as possible, and will accessible via this link.

Saturday, 19 May 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) SROC Northern Champions

Congratulations to the new Northern Champions crowned at the event held on High Dam today: Finlay Johnson (M10A), Lawrence Johnson (M14A), Zoe Harding (W18E) and Quentin Harding (M50L). Other notable performances include Miriam Rosen's 3rd in W60L and Sue Roome's 1st in W60S. Also Dick Collins and Philip Gager were 1st and 2nd respectively in M65S. More results at

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Preston Guild 2012 street orienteering series

A reminder that street orienteering returns to the streets of Preston this summer. This is a special series to celebrate the Preston Guild which only occurs every 20 years so this is an unique opportunity to compete for the Preston Guild Trophy. The series begins next Wednesday, 23rd May. More information can be obtained by clicking on the Guild tab on the left hand side of this page. Bob Nash - Series Organiser.

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) European Orienteering Championships

Follow SROC’s own Heather Gardner representing Great Britain at the European Championships on There is live streaming so you can follow her real time via her GPS tracker. Yesterday was the middle heats and the competition was stronger than in the World Champs (as the worlds elite are mostly European and there are up to 6 running from each country). Today was the classic qualification and Heather is through to Friday's final!

Monday, 14 May 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Summer Sprint Series

The first Summer Sprint Series event wa s held on the popular tricky area of Salt Ayre and Scale Hall this evening. Glenys Ferguson found some new route choice challenges and managed an interesting Prologue and exciting Final. AIRE visitor Leon Foster was a clear winner on both courses. All results are now available via the series webpage and RouteGadget is also available for both halves.

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Sizergh POC launch event results

The new permanent course at Sizergh was launched with due ceremony last evening. Members of Silverdale Scouts and Beavers plus a few seasoned orienteers and adult newcomers enjoyed the sunshine and the challenge set out by Julian Lailey. British Champions Quentin Harding and Natalie Beadle were on hand to present certificates to finishers. Results from Sizergh may be viewed here.

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Missing Club equipment

Could members, particularly those who have organised events this year, please look to see if they have any club equipment as there are some items missing. Missing items include one of the blue folding picnic tables, and signs including 'Download'. Please contact Peter Knott if you have any items. The amnesty period will last for a week or so !

Monday, 7 May 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Silverdale to Flookburgh Cross Bay Walk Sunday 27th May

In our quest to bring you new adventures, SROC invites you to join this official walk led by guide Alan Sledmore. The walk starts from Gibraltar Farm Caravan Site at 10.30. Martyn and Sue Roome have already booked on to it, so please book directly as indicated below and let Martyn and Sue know you are attending. Those who have done it say that it is an experience not to be missed, so come along!

Sunday, 6 May 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) SROC Summer Sprint series starts soon

The 2012 summer sprint series starts on Monday 14th May at Salt Ayre, Lancaster. The other four events in the series will be held on Tuesday evenings over the next few weeks. Each event consists of two races: a prologue, with start times of 18.30-19.00, swiftly followed by a reverse order final with short start intervals and gaffling/butterflies. The intention is to recreate a full sprint format event in miniature, with the chance to socialise during and after. All five events will be on ISSOM standard maps. fees are £3/£1 and once again we are offering a discount if the whole series is entered in advance. More details on the Sprint Series webpage and the fixture list.
Beginners Very Welcome. The event is very suitable for complete beginners as you can walk/take it at your own pace and as with almost all orienteering there is no mass start, so you will not feel pressured by others. Full help and guidance will be given prior to the first start time of 6.30pm. Beginners can contact Martyn Roome on Martyn@mroome, if they want more information.

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) New POC launch

There will be a special event to launch the new Permanent Orienteering Course created at Sizergh Castle on Tuesday evening, 8th May. Starts are from 18.15 and the event will use SI electronic punching. This event replaces the regular Tuesday club training session, but fear not, there will be a session organised at Sizergh after you have had a chance to run! This will include the increasingly popular Ultimate Frisbee match. All welcome!

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) British Relays medal haul

Many congratulations to the victorious W50 team of Karen Nash, Mary Ockenden and Sue Harding at the British Relay Champs held on the SROC area of Helsington Barrows today. Impressive performances also from Heather Gardner, Katrin Harding and Zoe Harding (2nd in Women's Premier), Andy Quickfall, Gavin Smith and Quentin Harding (2nd M50), Julian Lailey, Brian Jackson and Martyn Roome (2nd M60) and Helen Ockenden, Annie Ockenden and Kira Browne (3rd W18). More results on the BOC 2012 website.

Saturday, 5 May 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Three Golds for Hardings at the British Championships!

Quentin Harding overcame a throat infection earlier in the week to claim another British title in M50L in Eskdale today. Sisters Zoe and Katrin also claimed 1st place in W18E and W20E. Other notable results were Heather Gardner's 2nd place in W21E, Finlay Johnson's 3rd in M10A and Mike Ormerod's and Sue Roome's wins in M65S and W60S. Sarah Watkins was 2nd in W35S, Philip Gager was 3rd in M65S and Niamh Marlow finished 3rd in W12B. Other top ten results went to Mike Johnson (8th M50L), Jon Carberry (8th M50S), Karen Quickfall (4th W45S), Karen Nash (6th W50L), Mary Ockenden (10th W50L). Full results on the BOC 2012 website.

Sunday, 29 April 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) BOC Relays

Team running orders including call up times and mass start times are now available here. Final details for the weekend are now available on the event website. If there are any questions contact Mark directly. Bib numbers will be allocated on the day and will be available from the club tent for collection.

Thursday, 26 April 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) David Rosen - "Keeper of the Rules"

David Rosen features in the latest edition of the IOF on-line newsletter Inside Orienteering. Find out about the essential behind the scenes work which David does on behalf of the sport.

Monday, 23 April 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) BOC Relay Teams

Teams for the British Relay Championship at Helsington Barrows, Kendal have been announced. Running orders to be announced nearer the event. Any questions please contact Mark Edwards (Cub Captain).

Sunday, 22 April 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) SROC runners score well at Interland

England has once again won Interland, the annual international match, this year held in Belgium. Annie Ockenden placed 2nd in D14 and Quentin Harding was 3rd in H Masters. Results may be viewed here.

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Astley Park RouteGadget

RouteGadget for the recent Astley Park event is now ready for routes to be added.

Monday, 16 April 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Harding girls en route to Junior World Champs!

Zoe and Katrin Harding have both been selected to represent Great Britain in the Junior World Orienteering Championships to be held in Slovakia, 7th-14th July. Many congratulations to them. More on the British Orienteering website.

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Club night returns!

Club night goes outdoors now it's light, a mixture of fun physical exercises and finishing up with a game of frisbee! Meet at the Lancaster University visitor car park close to the sports fields, accessed from Green Lane (free after 18.00) for 18.30 start. See fixture list for map link. Everyone welcome!

Sunday, 15 April 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Astley Park Spring Series 3

Results for the final Spring Series event, held on Saturday 14th April, may be viewed here.

Saturday, 14 April 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Great Britain team selection

Congratulations to Heather Gardner who has been selected to represent Great Britain at the European Orienteering Championships in Mora and Falun, Sweden from 14th-20thMay. See the BO website.

Thursday, 12 April 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Final Spring Series event

The third and final SROC Spring Series event is on this Saturday at Astley Park, Chorley with a 60 minute score course suitable for both beginners and the experienced. This is a great area, used for the 2011 British Sprint Championships. Full details are on the Fixtures List. Parking is at GR SD574184 (the main car park for Astley Hall). Starts 12:30-2.00. Fees £4/£2, just turn up on the day!
The organiser is Tony Marlow 01772 698918 – contact him for more details, if you need them.

Monday, 9 April 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) JK Relay triumph!

The Veteran Men (M165+) team of Andy Quickfall, Julian Lailey and Quentin Harding won their class by almost a minute in the JK relays today. Many congratulations to them. There were creditable performances by the other relay teams too. All results are on the JK 2012 website.

Sunday, 8 April 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) SROC JK medals

Several SROC members enjoying the traditional Easter orienteering festival in Scotland over the last three days have visited the podium at least once. In the day 1 sprint Quentin Harding was 1st in M50, repeating his victory in the British a couple of weeks earlier. Katrin Harding was 3rd in W20E. Other sprint top ten places went to: Karen Nash 4th (W50), Zoe Harding 4th (W18E), Sue Harding 5th (W50), Jane Anthony 10th (W55) and Andy Quickfall 1oth (M55). The main competition was held over days 2 and 3. Top three results went to: Dick Collins 1st (M65S, 2nd day 2, 1st day 3), Quentin Harding 2nd (M50L, 2nd day 2, 3rd day 3), Sue Roome 2nd (W60S, 2nd day 2, 5th day 3), Katrin Harding 2nd (W20E, 4th day 2, 2nd day 3) and Zoe Harding 3rd (W18E, 2nd day 2, 3rd day 3). Other overall top ten places went to: Chris Nash 5th (M18L), Sue Harding 6th (W50L), Sarah Watkins 6th (W35S), Karen Nash 10th (W50L), Laurence Johnson 10th (M14A), Philip Gager 1oth (M65S), Karen Quickfall 10th (W45S) and Jane Anthony 10th (W55L). Julian Lailey was 4th on day 2. All results may be accessed from the JK2012 website. Thanks to Crawford Lindsay for the photo of Jane Anthony at Dunalastair on day 2.

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) NWOL 2011 junior winners

Congratulations to Zoe Harding (W18) and Chris Nash (M16) who both finished top of their respective class in the 2011 North West Orienteering League, sponsored by CompassPoint. The rules have changed a little for 2012 and the league may be followed on the NWOA website.

Sunday, 1 April 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Club stalwart to carry the Olympic Flame

SROC member Maurice Collett will carry the Olympic Flame in Aysgarth, Kendal, early on the morning of Friday 22nd June, as it makes its way South also passing through Carnforth, Lancaster and Blackpool on that day. It would be good to have some support for Maurice from club members. More details of the torch route here.

Monday, 26 March 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Coaching opportunity for SROC members

The BOF training day this year will be at Stickle Pike & Caw (open fell), Lake District, Saturday April 21st 2012. The session will be sometime between 9.30am to 3pm. The cost for the session will be £5 adults, £2 juniors. Planned exercises will be available at TD Levels 3, 4 & 5. This will be excellent preparation for the 2012 British Championships. If you are interested please let Mark Edwards know by Friday 30th March.

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Photos from the British Sprints and Middle Champs

Thanks to our roving photographer Martyn Roome we have more photos from the weekend, including this of Heather Gardner on Saturday. More in the Sprints and Middle gallery. Martyn has also provided some photos from the Club Dinner. We always welcome your photos of SROC related activities, please email them to

Sunday, 25 March 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) More British Championships winners

SROC members performed well at the British Middle Championships held at Strensall Common today. Quentin Harding repeated his success at the Sprints and is now M50 Middle Champ as well. Julian Lailey was victorious in M65, while brothers Finlay and Laurence Johnson both finished in 2nd place in their respective classes of M10 and M14. Pictured right: Quentin, on his was to victory in the sprint at York University. Thanks to Brian Ward of HALO for permission to use this photo.

Saturday, 24 March 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Quentin Harding is British Champion

Quentin won his new age class (M50) at the British Sprint Champs held today at York University. Full results are available here.

Sunday, 18 March 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Robert Hovey, 1923-2012

Sadly, our orienteering friend Robert Hovey died peacefully in Westmorland General Hospital on the 1st March, his 89th birthday.

Thursday, 15 March 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Leyland Street-O results

Results from the first ever mass start handicap street-O race, held yesterday at Leyland, are now available to view here.

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Street League a runaway success!

The 2011-12 season has come to a close, tables completed and Prizes awarded. It was one of the keenest contested I can remember. In the Age Adjusted category only 21 points separated the top 5 competitors. In the Under 21's only 3 points between the winner and runner-up. To top it all we had 3 competitors who achieved the complete score of 500 points. In conclusion I would like to thank all the organisers and their helpers who put in the time to run the events and to all the competitors who turned up to take part (we had 110 'units' competing over the season). Any way it is only just over 6 months to the next Season and in the meantime there is the Summer Series to whet your appetites. Bob Nash
More photos in the gallery. League tables.

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Street League Final at Leyland, 14th March

Street League regulars had the benefit of a bonus final event today. League coordinator Bob Nash organised a one hour mass start score event, with individual handicaps to even up the competition. Afterwards the prize giving for the league proper took place, with SROC founder member Ann Clarke presenting the trophies, certificates and prizes. Full results and final tables will be published soon, meanwhile you can add your route to RouteGadget. Pictured are league pairs winners Steve McLean and Trace Peters, moving away from the start. More photos will be uploaded to the gallery soon.

Saturday, 10 March 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Street League results

The results for the event at Lancaster West are now on the web - I was proposing to only publish the final tables on Wednesday - I had thought to delay the the Lancaster results until then but was told that would be too cruel. There have been some changes after Wednesday's event - will they affect you? See you at Leyland. Bob Nash

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Yarrow Valley Spring Series 2, Saturday 10th March

The second event in the SROC Spring Series was held in Yarrow Valley today. Results and RouteGadget are now available.

Friday, 9 March 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Robert Hovey

We have recently learned of the death of Robert Hovey in his mid/late 80's. Robert was a prominant member of SROC in the 1970's and 80's. Whereas his main interest was Ski O, he found time to foot O and do his share of event organising. Robert, in his role as Ski O National Secretary, worked hard to promote this branch of our sport and always had an interest in cross country skiing. The funeral service is at St Thomas Church Kendal at 3pm on Wed 14th of March. Peter Knott

Thursday, 8 March 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Lancaster Cricket Club (street league) lost property

A pair of Asics shoes were found left under a table last night after the street league event at Lancaster. These will be brought along to the Leyland event next Wednesday by John Britton who is currently looking after them. Also a purple draw string bag containing pencils and reflective bibs - currently with Rowena who will bring it to Leyland.

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Lancaster West Street League

A fitting end to a great series of ten events in the 2011-2012 street league. RouteGadget is ready to receive you routes. Don't miss the mass start event in Leyland next week, followed by the league prize giving.

Monday, 5 March 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) SROC International selections

Quentin Harding, Zoe Harding and Annie Ockenden have been selected to run for England in Interland 2012. John Ockenden has been selected as travelling reserve so will also be competing at the event in the Belgian Ardennes on 22nd April.

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) North West Night League final tables

The final tables for the 2011-2012 North West Night League are now available, click here. Congratulations to Karen Nash, winner in the W40+ category. Other top three placings went to Jacob Roberts (3rd M18-), Katrin Harding (2nd W18-) and Zoe Harding (3rd W18-). Results of the lucky winners of BrightBikeLights head torches will be announced soon.

Sunday, 4 March 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Whitbarrow lost property

There were a couple of items found at Whitbarrow today: a Buff, left at the clothing dump, and a purse (containing some cash) found on the road. If either of these things are yours please email a short description to Bob Nash.

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Whitbarrow NWOL event

The sun shone (if briefly) and the walk to the start served as a good warm up for the enjoyable courses, with some fast running in places, and remarkably dry conditions underfoot. Results have been published and links to Age Class and Colour results, Winsplits On-Line, Splitsbrowser, RputeGadget and ranking points are all on the event webpage.

Monday, 27 February 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Street League tables published

With only one more event to go, at Lancaster, Quentin can still be equalled in the Gross category. Karen looks to have tied up 1st lady in Gross and 1st in the Age Adjusted but a number of the minor places are still up for grabs as is the Pairs in both categories. Please check your scores, especially the discards and don't forget your scores may well affect your handicap for the Leyland event. As a point of interest Lytham saw the 100th competitor for this series.

Friday, 24 February 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Street League prize presentation VIP guest

Founder member Ann Clarke is to be our guest of honour at the street O prize presentation on Wednesday 14th March at Leyland. Ann and late husband Lol Clarke were amongst the twenty founder members of SROC when the club was formed on 4th December 1964. Ann supported Lol in the club and event organisation for many years in those early days. Although not a particularly keen competitor herself, she was always around doing essential jobs and helping to get things done. Dick Collins will do an introduction prior to the presentation. Founder member Maurice Dean will be present and we are hoping that Roy Woodcock, club historian and author of 'The History of South Ribble Orienteering Club-The First Thirty Years' will also be able to join us.

Thursday, 23 February 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Lytham Street League 22nd February - results

Congratulations to Steve Lang who had a storming run and despite incurring some time penalties not only won the Tower Trophy but also won the night's event outright. Well done. I will get the league tables out asap but I am away this weekend orienteering in the deep south. Please check the tables carefully as I know of two mistakes that I need to rectify - apologies to those concerned. Results are here.
Bob Nash

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Lytham Street League & Tower Trophy

An old favourite area for the latest street league event today, but non the worse for that and a nice change to run in warm conditions on a flat area. RouteGadget awaits your routes; results will follow later. Who will have scooped up the Tower Trophy?

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) JK Relay Entries

The cheaper entry fee for the JK Relays passes on the 26/2/12. The following have expresssed a wish to be entered and I believe have paid their part of the entry fee. If you wish to be entered contact Quentin Harding before 25/2:
Dick, Jane, SueR, Martyn, Heather, DavidR, Miriam, JohnO, Helen, Anne, Mary, Gavin, Q, SueH, Katrin, Zoe, AndyQ, KarenQ,Jon, Sarah, Julian, Brian, KarenN, Bob, ChrisN, Philip, Tom

Friday, 17 February 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Compass Sport Cup, Askham Fell 19th February

Congratulations to Borderliners for organising a great event, including lovely (if chilly!) sunny weather. Results for the event may be viewed here, and for the team competitions here. Congratulations to PFO for their success in the Trophy, and to LOC for their win in the Cup. Under CSC rules WCOC also go through. Unfortunately SROC does not qualify for the final this year.

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Compass Sport Cup start times

Start times for the Askham Fell CSC event are now on-line on the Oentries website, or click on "Read more" to see the SROC list.

Sunday, 12 February 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Latest Street League tables after event 8

After the latest round at Eccleston things are hotting up at the top of both tables. Quentin already has the 'perfect score' of 500 in the Gross but Steve can catch him by winning at both Lytham and Lancaster - now there's a challenge! In the Age Adjusted Karen will be going for the 'perfect score' at both Lytham and Lancaster but can still be caught by Quentin. Matters are close with the pairs in both categories as are the minor placings, so much will be decided at the last two events and don't forget these results could affect your handicap at Event 11.

Saturday, 11 February 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Get Involved in Orienteering

Navigate your way to a new sport with Sky Sports News.

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Eccleston results update

As a result of a number of appeals regarding the stiles the Eccleston results have been updated.

Friday, 10 February 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Eccleston Night Street League results

Results for the latest league event are on-line here. League tables will be updated over the next couple of days.

Thursday, 9 February 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) SROC JK and British relay team entries

Any member wishing to run at either of the premier relay competitions, who has not yet contacted the Club Captain, should refer to this earlier news item as soon as possible, please.

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Whitbarrow helpers

There is still time to offer your services at the The Whitbarrow Event on 04/03. Offerering to help entitles you to a discounted entry. Thanks to everyone who has volunteered their services so far. When you enter online remember to verify the code I sent you before you proceed to pay. Any problems contact me. Mark Edwards

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Eccleston street league 8th February

Well, we had a new area, new map and new control features at Eccleston on Wednesday. A change from the norm is always welcomed of course. RouteGadget for the event is ready for routes to be added, and the results will be published soon.

Sunday, 5 February 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Duxbury Score event Saturday 4th February

Many thanks to all those who braved the less than clement weather to take part at Duxbury and especially those who gave up their time to help me. Whilst there were not large numbers all who took part expressed their enjoyment with the courses on offer and the increased 'runnability' of the area, much more fun than it used to be. A special note for Mark Edwards who 'inadvertently "fell" into the river and then found himself on the other bank!' and to Paddy Walsh who decided that the uncrossable marsh could be crossed only to discover that the mapper was right after all. Bob Nash
Results are available here, and RouteGadget for the event is here.

Friday, 3 February 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Fixtures link changed

Following feedback the experimental fixtures link now shows more events from around the NW (all from level D upwards) plus level C from the nearest Yorkshire clubs. Try it here.

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) New way to access fixtures information

Regular readers of Nopesport, the on-line orienteering forum, may have seen this post earlier today. Following those instructions we have created a link for all SROC events and activities, all international and level A events, all level B from NWOA and YHOA, all level C from NWOA and level D's from our neighbouring clubs, in the next 30 days. This will update automatically as the BOF fixtures database changes over time. Please only click on this link if you are interested in evaluating this facility. Any general feedback would be best directed to Nopesport, but specific feedback on usefulness as an addition to (or replacement for?) our fixtures page to please.

Tuesday, 31 January 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Latest Street League tables

League tables for gross scores and for age adjusted scores after seven events have now been published. Three league events remain, plus the special handicap event number eleven. Event 8 is on 8th February in Eccleston. See this earlier post.

Sunday, 29 January 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Compass Sport Cup update from Club Captain

Team members must enter themselves via oentries on the course you have been asked to run. The club will refund 50% of the entry fee. There are a couple of options regarding the refund. The refund can be collected from the Club Captain on the day. Alternatively if you are planning to enter either the JK or British relay your refund will cover most of the entry fee. Please let the Club Captain know so he can have refunds available.
The team has been selected to try and achieve the highest possible score. As a result you may be asked to run a shorter course than you are used to, but points are important and your position will push other teams down.

Saturday, 28 January 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Longridge street-O results

Some good performances stand out in the Longridge results, now available on-line.

Friday, 27 January 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Street League 8 - Eccleston

Anyone intending running at the next street league event on 8th February should refer to the details issued by event mapper and planner Andy Quickfall. This looks set to be a new variant for the league, which always thrives on innovation and allows different planners to use their own style, and should not be missed!

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Street League 7 - Longridge

Another cracking night street league event at Longridge. Many high pointers were there to be collected but that didn't make it any easier! RouteGadget is now ready so please add your routes.

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) North West Night League

Scores after the first three events in the league are on-line here. Three events remain in the series, the next being on Saturday 28th January at Beacon Country Park near Skelmersdale. More on the NWNL (sponsored by BrightBikeLights) here.

Sunday, 22 January 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Ripley club night sessions start again soon

A reminder that after a break caused by exams at the school, club training starts again this Tuesday 24th January at Ripley Saint Thomas School, Lancaster. 6.30-8. Cost £2.00 adults and 50p children. Meet at 6.30 for a fitness session. At half time there will be an option of another fun activity as well. All fitness levels catered for. Venue is the Sports Hall. All welcome!!

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Relay entries for JK and British

From our Club Captain Mark Edwards:

I need to know who is entering the JK relays this year. This year we are asking people to pay upfront for their entry, we would like to enter teams before prices increase. Club entry fee of £6 (normal price £12) to be sent to Mark Edwards - club captain by the middle of February. Any entries after this will rise to £7.50.

This years British Champs are on home turf (Helsington Barrows near Kendal) so we would like to enter as many relay teams as possible; again we would like to know if you are intending to enter asap. The club will subsidize your entry, meaning the entry cost will be £7.50 up to 19th March.

Juniors entering either event will pay just £3.50.

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Whitbarrow NWOL event 4th March

SROC's next major event will be on the excellent limestone plateau of Whitbarrow. On-line entries are now open on Fabian4, and more details of the event may be viewed on the event web page.

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Warrior Wray Castle short race Sunday 29th January

Warrior OC have organised a short race at very short notice, in a new area of very pleasant woods and parkland. Courses: 4km mass start with loops. Anyone who does not fancy a mass start can start in their own time just after. There will also be a score event with white - orange standard controls on the new Low Wray Campsite permanent course. For details visit

Sunday, 15 January 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Street League tables after event 6

League tables for gross scores and for age adjusted scores have now been published. With their top five scores counting, runners can now start to drop a bad score, whilst others are just starting to accumulate five scores if they missed an event or two early in the season. Therefore there are a few changes in placing with more to come no doubt!

Thursday, 12 January 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Chorley street event results

Results for the latest night street league event are now on-line here. The league tables will be updated at the weekend as discards now come into play!

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Compass Sport Cup

The national inter-club competition is on Sunday 19th February at Askham Fell, near Pooley Bridge (this is a super area and not often used). Club members should contact Club Captain, Mark Edwards right away confirming that you want to run and your age class. Please do not enter yourself until Mark lets you know what course he wants you to run. Fees are £12 for an adult and £5 for a junior, BUT SROC WILL REFUND YOU 50% OF THESE FEES (IF YOU RUN THE COURSE WE ASK OF COURSE!)

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Chorley night street league event 11th January

The first street event of the new year took place in warm but damp conditions from a new venue on a newly extended map. Everyone who ran is encouraged to add their route to RouteGadget.

Saturday, 7 January 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Club Handicap at Sizergh Castle

South Ribble OC knows how to put on an entertaining day out! Over fifty club members and a few guests enjoyed the challenge set by Julian Lailey on his new Sizergh map, near Kendal, today. Slow going on the wet ground prevented anyone collecting all 30 controls within the allotted hour so the promised bonus point system was not needed. Most adjourned to the rather splendid Athenaeum Hall in Heversham for a social gathering and presentation of the annual trophies. Winner of the Handicap race for the second time (she won in 2006) was Rebecca Roberts, returning to her old form? Results for the race are here and RouteGadget is available here. Please add your routes and re-live the mass start race on your screen. Our photo shows the the race under way moments after the mass start. More photos of the race and prizegiving in the Gallery.

Sunday, 1 January 2012

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) New Year Cracker

Another great event with an excellent turnout! Results may be viewed here and RouteGadget is here. Prizes were awarded as follows: Men Open Duncan Archer, Women Open Rebecca Roberts, M14- James McCann, W14- Louise Adams, M18- Michael Adams, W18- Natalie Beadle, M60+ Julian Lailey, W60+ Jillyan Dobby and Best Newcomers Oliver Ball & Bethany Bell. Thanks to Martyn Roome for his photos. Shown here NWOA Controller-in-Chief Dick Towler donned suitably festive headgear. More photos in the Gallery.

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