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.

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