Monday, 28 December 2015

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) New Year Cracker Final Details Updated Below

The changes in the link in the previous post below are shown in red

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) New Year Cracker Final Details Available

Final Details are available here

Sunday, 20 December 2015

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Wigan West results

The latest night street league results are on line here.

Thursday, 17 December 2015

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Heysham Street League 13th Jan - Please Get Your Food Order In

The next street league is taking place from the Strawberry Gardens Pub in Heysham. To cater for the numbers expected they would like you to pre-order your food from their MENU. Please e-mail the Organsier your choices by Thursday 7th Jan. Details for the event will soon be available via the fixtures list.

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Street League event 5, Wigan West

Another new area and map, and another warm dry night were enjoyed by runners at the Wigan West event last night. Thanks to DEE member John Embrey for putting on the event. RouteGadget is now ready for routes to be added.

Thursday, 10 December 2015

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) SROC - Red Rose Orienteers Jackets have arrived

The club jackets have arrived. They are available for collection from Mark Edwards alternatively you can collect them from him at the New Year Cracker or Club Handicap. He can be contacted via Messenger on Facebook,  email or 01524841130 (after 7pm).Please bring payment with you - £20 cheques made payable to 'South Ribble Orienteering Club'

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Events news

With the aftermath of the floods still affecting travel, and more bad weather forecast, the Ambleside urban night event scheduled for this evening is cancelled and will be rescheduled in the new year. The Postponed PFO night event is now pencilled in for Saturday 16th January. This is the same day as the SROC Club Handicap at Low Park Wood (not 16th June as in the latest Newsletter!). The Handicap will be timed to allow SROC night O enthusiasts the chance of competing in both events.

Friday, 4 December 2015

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Saturday 5th December event postponed

Due to the extreme weather forecast received today for Saturday 5th December, PFO has decided to CANCEL / POSTPONE the Nick O'Pendle event on Saturday night.
The peak of the passing storm coincides exactly with our event.  Heavy rain and high winds averaging 50mph, gusting 90mph.  However our daytime Level-C event on Sunday 6th on Pendle Hill (from Barley) will go ahead as the forecast is for sunshine and winds from 10mph to 35mph.
Since the Nick O'Pendle event is fully planned with maps printed we will find another date in the programme.

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Preston results

Results for the most recent Night Street League event may be viewed here. The last event of 2015, and 5th in the series of ten, will be at Wigan on Wednesday 16th December. Santa hats are optional, details here.

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Street League event 4, Preston Central

We are a bit spoiled this year with new or extended maps. This evening's event had a lot of Preston not previously run on in a street event, and included the City Centre. The venue seemed popular and the weather was kind. RouteGadget is now ready to receive your route.

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) UK Urban Orienteering League

Congratulations to Jane Anthony, Women Vets champion 2015 in the UK Urban League.

Sunday, 29 November 2015

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) North West Night League event, Sizergh

Results for last night's event are now posted here, and RouteGadget is here. Please read the comments from the planner, Alex Finch: "Thanks to everyone for turning out on such a wild night. Believe it or not last time I planned a night event the conditions were even worse! I just want to apologise for misplacing control 112. I hope it didn't detract too much from your run. The results have been adjusted to remove the effects of this control. I'd also like to thank Mike for organising very efficiently, and to Quentin, Julian and Tom for help on the night."

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Night Street League

Just a reminder that results from past events are always accessible via the "League scores" link on the league web page. Meanwhile here is a direct link to the Longton results. Don't miss the next event, on Tuesday 1st December in Central Preston. Note the change from the usual Wednesday!

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) North West Night league event at Sizergh Castle, Saturday 28th November

Final details for Saturday's event have been posted. Please note that start times are earlier than previously advertised: 5.30-6.45. Registration opens at 5.

Friday, 20 November 2015

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Autumn Series League Scores

After the wet but well attended Lancaster University event on Saturday 14th November the final standings in the League have been calculated. It was great to see so many new to the sport taking part and we look forward to you becoming regulars.

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Street League 3, Longton

An excellent new map and the novelty of starting from an Italian restaurant made the trip to Longton this evening worthwhile despite the horrendous weather forecast. In the end most got round dry and the winds were not as strong as feared so the decision to go ahead with the event was fully justified. RouteGadget is ready for your routes.

Saturday, 14 November 2015

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Lancaster University Micro O and Organisers' Thanks

Micro O results and thanks

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Lancaster University results

Results for today's final event in the current series are on-line here. After a well attended training session and innovative micro-O course it was good to stretch our legs around the parkland and woodland areas of the campus. The tricky free order section on the Technical course caught out a couple of experienced runners.

Thursday, 12 November 2015

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Lancaster University Saturday 14th November Final Details

Here are the final details for Saturday's event

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Autumn Series finale at Lancaster University, Saturday 14th November

The final event of the series is on Saturday 14th November at Lancaster University with parking in the large Alexandra Park car park at the South end of the campus, accessible from the traffic lights on A6, signed "Alexandra Park". Starts 12.30-1.30.  This time we are using the parkland (which has not been used for many years) rather than the built up campus. The prizegiving for the series will take place at the end of the event.
There will be free coaching before the event from 11.15 to 12.15 lead by Iain Embrey, a very experienced and innovative coach. This session will focus on map orientation using a micro map and will be relevant for experienced orienteers as well as beginners. He is also running a micro O competition which you can do before the main event from 12.15 to 1.00pm

Sunday, 8 November 2015

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) NW night League

Dates and venues for this season's NW night league are published. Bright Bike Lights will again be
sponsoring the series.

28/11/2015 SROC Event Sizergh Castle, Kendal
05/12/2015 PFO Event Nick O Pendle, Clitheroe
09/01/2016 LOC Event Birkrigg Common, Ulverston
30/01/2016 SELOC Event Alkrington, Middleton,Manchester
13/02/2016 MDOC Event Phillips Park, Bury (ignore 6/2 date on BOF website, it will be changed)
19/03/2016 DEE Event Sefton Park, Liverpool

Saturday, 7 November 2015

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Morecambe results

Results for Wednesday's event may be viewed here.

Thursday, 5 November 2015

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Morecambe street league event number 2

Wednesday saw the second event in the 2015-2016 night street league, with a return to an old venue on the Morecambe map. Warm and dry conditions favoured the event and the pie and peas went down well afterwards. With apologies for the delay RouteGadget is now ready for your routes to be added.

Saturday, 24 October 2015

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Spook O at Silverhelme

The ghosts and ghoulies were out and about in the woods of Silverhelme tonight, celebrating the annual SROC Spook O. A good turnout enjoyed finding crags and boulders whilst avoiding the marauding vampires as much as possible and the warming soup afterwards was very welcome. Results are on-line here.

Friday, 23 October 2015

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Ramsbottom results

Results for Wednesday's street event at Ramsbottom are available here. Also on-line are the age adjusted and gross score tables.

Thursday, 22 October 2015

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) 2015 CompassSport Cup and Trophy Finals, Helsington Barrows, Kendal 18 October 2018 Organiser’s report

SROC has organised the CompassSport Cup Final once before, at Witherslack in November in 1987. I was the planner. There were 4 clubs in the final. DVO scored 139, SYO 130, HH 105 and ESOC 94.

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Street League event 1, Ramsbottom

A change of venue helped to keep the challenge fresh for tonight's first event in the new season for the ever popular night street league at Ramsbottom, courtesy of SELOC members. RouteGadget is now ready for your routes.

Monday, 19 October 2015

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Helsington lost property

If you think you left any of the following items at Helsington yesterday please contact Brian Jackson:  One Leki pole. One long sleeved two tone blue T-shirt medium. One small black and grey glove.

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Helsington photo gallery

Our thanks to Wendy Carlyle for a great set of photos from yesterday's event. Follow this link.

Sunday, 18 October 2015

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Organiser's thanks to club members

"Many thanks to everyone who helped to put on today's event. I was always confident that I would have enough helpers on the day, and have the help I needed from club members who were involved in planning and preparing for the event over recent months.
It makes an organiser's task so much easier. I was able to concentrate on the unpredictable problems that inevitably crop up. How did we manage to not only successfully stage the event, win it too, and still be a small club! Just think how  we will do next year when we can concentrate on just the one objective, and the club will have me competing too.  I will write up a more detailed report in the next few days". Brian Jackson.

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) CSC & CST RouteGadget

Anyone who enjoyed one of the excellent courses today, or maybe want to see where they went wrong, can now add their routes to RouteGadget.

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Compass Sport triumph for the host club SROC!

In a nail biting finish to a hotly contested Compass Sport Cup & Trophy Final today at Helsington the Trophy contest for small clubs resulted in a tie for first place between SROC and Interlopers. The tie-break rule was invoked, meaning that the score of the 14th best team member counted. Mike Johnson's 90 points was sufficient to clinch the victory for SROC. EPOC came third after leading for part of the event. In the Cup competition for large clubs SYO were third, LOC second and (small club choosing to run with the large clubs) FVO won at their first attempt. Individual and team results are now available.

Saturday, 17 October 2015

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Halton Permanent Orienteering Course Launch

The launch event was a resounding success, with over 50 people, both local residents and experienced orienteers from further afield, enjoying the chance to run on this new permanent course. The overall clear winner was David Hunt, visiting from Bristol Orienteering Klub, who netted all 27 controls in 38.33. Second was SELOC's Paul Turner in 44.11. Almost everyone made it back before the hour and so avoided penalty points. Results may be viewed here. Our photo (thanks Mark Edwards) shows the gathered throng just before the mass start.

Friday, 16 October 2015

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) New safety requirement for night street events all competitors to read and comply!

Please see the revised requirements in order to comply with BOF insurance demands when competing in the Night Street League. The main requirement is to carry a back up light and means to summon assistance e.g. a whistle.

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Spook O Saturday 24th October - be there and be scared!

Silver Helm, Silverdale. Fun event for all the family. Registration opens at 6pm Assemble at 6.45 for a mass start at 7pm. Bring headtorches and fancy dress is encouraged. Entry fees £5 family or senior and £2 junior. Please let Mark Edwards (Organiser) know if possible how many of you are coming so we can have enough maps/food for you - Mark Edwards. 01524 841130 or email

Thursday, 15 October 2015

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Start list for Compass Sport Final

The start list for Sunday's CSC & CST final may be viewed here. You may also view the same list as a pdf with each club on a separate page.

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Compass Sport Final String Course

By popular request we are putting on a String Course at Helsington on Sunday. This will be in the south west part of the assembly field with the start and finish just to the south of the arena/finish.
Young orienteers are very welcome to show their skills on this fast Lakeland terrain. No entry fee! Just roll up and have a go. The first 56 finishers guaranteed a prize!

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Compass Sport Cup & Trophy final 18th October - Final Details

The Final Details for the CSC/CST event at Helsington have now been published.

Monday, 5 October 2015

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Autumn Series latest scores

The latest league positions, after the very well attended Beacon Fell Event are here
The race for the prizes is hotting up! Any omissions or errors, please email Martyn Roome.
The final event of the series is on Saturday 14th November at Lancaster University. There will be free coaching before the event at 11.15. See the fixtures list for full details.

Saturday, 3 October 2015

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Night Street League starts soon!

OK so there is still a bit of daylight left when most of us get in from work but that will change soon. Cue the oft imitated SROC Night Street league, the best way to spend a Winter Wednesday evening. Details of the 2015-2016 season of events can be found here and a flyer for event number one in Ramsbottom is here.

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Autumn Series 2, Beacon Fell

Results for today's event at the ever popular Beacon Fell Country Park may be viewed here. Manual penalties have been applied to anyone on "Odds & Evens" who failed to follow the correct protocol.

Thursday, 1 October 2015

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Autumn Series

The second event in the SROC Autumn Series will be at Beacon Fell on Saturday 3rd October. Usual courses with a training session beforehand. More details here. Meanwhile the scores for the first event may be viewed here.

Saturday, 26 September 2015

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Bike Orienteering - KVRC Winter Lanequest Series 2015/16

For those not sure what a lanequest is , it is simply a 2 hour timed event where you have a maximum or 30 checkpoints to navigate around. Each checkpoint carries either 10, 20 or 30 points and the idea is to get as many points possible in the 2 hours. The events are mainly on traffic free roads where possible. Its a fun event and can be ridden as an individual or team, SROC member Peter Knott is organizing one of the events. for more details KVRC Winter Lanequest series

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Do you want to run at the Compass Sport Cup Final?

The final is open to all members of the club who are willing to travel to the event on Sunday 18th October near Kendal. If you have not already heard from me and would like to take part please contact me asap and I will make you an entry and can answer any questions you may have. Quentin Harding

Monday, 14 September 2015

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) SROC - Red Rose Orienteers 51st AGM

The 51st AGM will take place on Thursday 24th September at Garstang Fire Station. There will be a Jacobs Join after the meeting. The meeting will start at 7.30pm

Saturday, 12 September 2015

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Autumn Series 1, Williamson Park

A suitable challenge met old hands and newcomers alike at the first event in the new Autumn Series today in the ever popular Williamson Park in Lancaster. Results are on-line here, and RouteGadget is ready to receive routes here.

Friday, 28 August 2015

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Autumn Series details

Details of the Autumn Saturday series which starts on 12th Septembers and includes optional free coaching sessions may be viewed here (pdf).

Sunday, 23 August 2015

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Compass Sport Cup & Trophy Final 18th October 2015

Preliminary details of this year's inter-club competition final have been posted here. SROC is hosting the event at Helsington Barrows near Kendal, and has also qualified to take part in the Trophy competition for small clubs. Entry for the scoring courses is via club captains of qualifying clubs, who will be contacted directly by the organiser Brian Jackson. SROC members please expect to do your bit on the day, both as helpers and of course as points scorers!

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Scottish 6 days

The biennial Scottish 6 days orienteering competition is in full sway. Follow SROC members taking part via the official website.

Saturday, 11 July 2015

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Club Picnic

The complex Myerscough College campus, previously unused for orienteering, provided a suitable challenge for SROC picnickers today. Becca Rooke's butterfly sprint course kept everyone on their toes and Mark Edwards was a worthy winner. Afterwards a scrumptious feast was enjoyed. Results may be viewed here, and Routegadget is here.

Thursday, 9 July 2015

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Summer Sprint Series - scores after the final event

A strong field at Lancaster University meant that several people hoping to improve on their league scores were disappointed. However there were a few changes in positions in the various age classes, and the overall table which combines classes is interesting reading, especially around 8th place! Tables may viewed by following these links to Age Class and Overall. Don't miss the Club Picnic on Saturday, where summer league prizes will be distributed.

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) University RouteGadget

RouteGadget for the two races at Lancaster University is now ready, and may be accessed via this link.

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Summer Sprint Series event 5, Lancaster University

The complex university campus was used to full effect by Mike Johnson who planned some fiendish courses for the final sprint event of the series. A little dampness in the latter part of the evening did nothing to detract from the enjoyment. Results are on-line Prologue Final Overall, and RouteGadget and the final league scores will follow in due course. Don't miss the next sprint style event, around the hitherto unused Myerscough College campus on Saturday 11th July, where the prizes for the series will also be distributed.

Monday, 6 July 2015

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Summer league scores

The latest tables after four events in the Summer Sprint Series may be viewed here. The final event in the series is tomorrow at Lancaster University, so still chance to improve on your score!

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Salt Ayre results

Results for event number 4 in the Summer Sprint Series may be viewed by following these links: Prologue Final Overall. league scores to follow, all now hanging on the final event at Lancaster University on 7th July.

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Summer Series scores

The league tables for the SROC Summer Sprint Series have been brought up to date including three events, and may be viewed here. With another two events to go there could still be some dramatic leadership changes in the various age classes. Remember it's the best three scores to count, and organisers receive an extra score equivalent to the average of their best two. Next event is on Monday 29th June, at Salt Ayre & Scale Hall in Lancaster, followed by Lancaster University on Tuesday 7th July with the prize giving taking place at the annual Club Picnic event at Myerscough College on Saturday 11th July.

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Williamson Park RouteGadget

RouteGadget for Williamson Park is now ready - please add your routes!

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Summer Sprint (short course) series event 3, Williamson Park

A good turnout enjoyed some fiendish course setting at Williamson Park in Lancaster this evening. Results may be viewed by following these links: Prologue Final Overall. RouteGadget and league scores will follow tomorrow.

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Summer Sprint Series scores after two events

A few new players entered the fray at last night's event, making the league scores more interesting! There are another three events to go and your best three scores count, so still plenty of chance for changes in every class. Latest league table is here.

Monday, 1 June 2015

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Wet and windy sprint at Cottam

Only the brave and fearless few faced up to the weather to tackle an excellent sprint event at Cottam this evening. In fact the rain eased for most of the time and apart from wet feet from the waterlogged ground it wasn't too bad for running, and Jane's new map was a triumph. The Ancient Oak was a hospitable venue as well, with food delivered on the dot of the ordered time. Results may be viewed from these links Prologue Final Overall RouteGadget

Thursday, 28 May 2015

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Summer Sprint (short course) series event 2

The next event in the Summer Series will be held on a new sprint map of Cottam, in Preston. The area is an interesting mix of fairly recent housing development and public open spaces, with enough route choices to challenge anyone moving quickly! The venue is the Ancient Oak pub which has ample car parking and serves food right up to 10pm. Starts and finishes will be close by. More details on the fixture list.

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) More SROC members' success

Congratulations to Jane Anthony 1st overall in the W50 class, and Karen Quickfall 2nd in W40S, at the 3-day Springtime in Shropshire competition held over the bank holiday weekend.

Sunday, 24 May 2015

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Scottish Championships success

Several SROC members made the annual pilgrimage to the Scottish Orienteering Championships held yesterday. Miriam Rosen (W65) and Quentin Harding (M50) both won their respective classes. Full results here.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Summer Sprint (short course) Series - scores after event 1

Scores for the first event in the series are available here. The next event in the series is on Monday 1st June, based in the Ancient Oak pub in Cottam. A new map of a new area, with an excellent venue. Food available. More details on the fixture list.

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Stanley Park Summer Sprint event 1

A wild and blustery evening but with sunshine, a great venue in the cricket club, and a very enjoyable set of courses were experienced by sprinters today. Results and RouteGadget may be accessed via these links: Prologue Final Overall RouteGadget.

Sunday, 17 May 2015

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Final Battleaxe event, and barbeque

Birks Bridge, Duddon Valley. New lidar map. Parking GR SD235995 near Hinning House. Excellent varied terrain with plantation, oak woodland and open fell. Traditional 60 min score format. Start/finish is 400m from parking. No toilet facilities. Starts 18.00-19.00. Courses close 20.00. £5/2.
Prize giving and BBQ afterwards!
NWJS will be providing a BBQ  - roll, 2 meats( burger, sausage or bacon) salad, grated cheese, drink and cake for £5. At least a couple of SROC cars will be going up.

Friday, 15 May 2015

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) SROC Summer Sprint (or short course) series due to start soon

It's that time of year again and the ever popular Summer Sprint Series will have five events this year, followed by a prize giving at the Club Picnic on 11th July. The format is similar to previous years, with a short "Prologue" race with start times between 6.30 and 7. This will be quickly followed by the "Final", a full sprint length race with start order determined by your prologue time, fastest goes off last. Where possible a pub or similar will form the HQ for the evening. The first event is next Tuesday, 19th May. Stanley Park, Blackpool, updated map. Venue: Blackpool Cricket Club.

Sunday, 10 May 2015

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) SROC Double champions

Last weekend British long distance champions Quentin Harding (M50) and Helen Ockenden (W18) did the double. Quentin won on Saturday at the British Sprint champs at Aldershot, and Helen won on Sunday at the British Middle Champs near High Wycombe.
Other top ten results from the sprint finals: Mary Ockenden 4th W55, Miriam Rosen 4th W65, Sue Harding 7th W50, Katrin Harding 9th Women’s Open, Rebecca Rooke 10th Women’s Open.
In the Middle Champs top ten results were achieved by Quentin Harding 5th M50, Sarah Watkins 8th W40, Mary Ockenden 8th W55 and Miriam Rosen 10th W65.

Monday, 27 April 2015

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Wednesday evenings in the Lakes

This Wednesday sees the final LOC technical race of the current season, in Eggerslack near Grange over Sands. Close to SROC-land and well worth doing, with recommended fish and chips in Grange afterwards. Meanwhile details have been released of the popular WAROC Battleaxe series which commences the following Wednesday.

Sunday, 19 April 2015

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Relays lost property

One Wilf's mug found when  the SROC tent was dismantled at Cannop Ponds. If the owner can tell us the colour of the mug we'll arrange to return it at a future event. Contact

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) British Relays medal bonanza!

SROC teams performed well at today's British Relay Champs, with 2nd place for the W50 team of Mary Ockenden, Sue Harding and Jane Anthony (pictured left). The Women's Premier team of Heather Gardner, Becca Rooke and Helen Ockenden (above) picked up bronze medals, as did the M50 team of Gavin Smith, Quentin Harding and Mike Johnson (right). Congratulations to all!

Saturday, 18 April 2015

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) British Champs success!

With only the mid afternoon live-O results to go on we believe the following to be a true reflection of SROC performances in today's British Orienteering Champs at New Beechenhurst. British Champion in W18E Helen Ockenden. 2nd M50L Quentin Harding and 2nd M65L Julian Lailey. Becca Rooke was 5th in W21E. In the short courses Jon Carberry won M55S, Karen Quickfall was 2nd in W50S, Martyn Roome was 2nd and Matt Cochrane 3rd in M60S and Dick Collins was 3rd in M70S. Results will appear on the BOC 2015 website.

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Junior Worlds selection

Congratulations to Helen Ockenden who has been selected to represent GBR in the Junior World Orienteering Championships to be held Norway in early July.

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Spring Series League results

The Astley Park event last Saturday was a resounding success and resolved all the placings in each class. A special mention must be made of the fast improving Beth Davey, who scored maximum points in the Series in the W10 to 14 class. She is shown here receiving her prize from Club Chair Mark Edwards, as is Chris Roberts who won the Mens Open category.
Look out next for our Summer Sprints (or Short Course Orienteering), suitable for all.

Saturday, 11 April 2015

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

A good turnout enjoyed the weather and Roy's courses in Astley Park, Chorley today. Indeed the Orange course proved so popular that we had to recycle maps when they ran out. The organiser wishes to thank all those who gave up their map and if anyone would like either a printed copy, or a pdf file of the Orange map, please contact Results may be viewed here, and RouteGadget is ready to receive your routes here. After the event prizes were presented to the category winners. A final series table will be published soon.

Thursday, 9 April 2015

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Oustanding JK2015

To borrow an educational term to describe last weekend's JK, SROC has been awarded the following judgements:

Organisation (Day 1) - 'Outstanding'
Planning (Days 1 and 4) - 'Outstanding'
Volunteering - 'Outstanding'
Lancaster University Map - 'Outstanding' 
Thank you to all members of SROC who made any contributions to the success of JK2015
In reality, the organisation and planning for this level of event starts years in advance. SROC are fortunate to have members with a wide range of skills and who are prepared to give up a tremendous amount of their spare time to make sure JK2015 would be the best yet.
Tony Marlow, assisted by Martyn Roome, were superb organisers of Day 1. Also David and Miriam Rosen, Quentin Harding were expert planners. Chris Roberts produced an excellent map for the Sprint race at Lancaster University.
These events can only operate if an army of volunteers are willing to give their support. It was affirming to witness so many SROC members, new and old, giving of their time to ensure the sprint event began with a metaphorical bang. Some of our club members also willingly helped on other JK days.
Thanks also to other NW clubs who helped on the day.
Do go to our Twitter feed and Facebook page to read the positive comments from all around the country.
Mark Edwards - club chairman

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) JK Day 1 local newspaper coverage

SROC Publicity Officer Martyn Roome has provided this copy of an article which appeared in the Lancaster Guardian. Click on the image to enlarge.

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Spring Series League

With just one event to go all the classes are still up for grabs. Make sure you are there on Saturday, prize giving straight after the event!

Sunday, 5 April 2015

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) SROC success at the JK

Notable results from JK 2015 individual days include Martyn Roome 1st in M60S and Helen Ockenden 3rd in W18E. Relays planner Quentin Harding won M50 on Day 1 (Sprint) but has not contested days 2 and 3. Now we all look forward to some great runs in the relays at Graythwaite tomorrow, Easter Monday. Full results via the JK2015 website.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Dates for the Night Street League Series 2015-16

I know we have only just finished the last series but I have already been asked about the next one. So the link here gives the dates, the possible venue(s) and the organiser(s). Many thanks to all those who have agreed to put on an event for the series - makes my job very much easier. - Bob

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Blodslitet - Tim Watkins Trophy 2015 Controller’s Report

Blawith and Subberthwaite Commons, 22 March 2015

I may be biased but I reckon that was an excellent event - classic long distance orienteering on highly technical Lakeland fells, giving an opportunity for M21s and W21s to really test themselves on M/W21E type courses, and for everyone else to follow exhausted in their wake doing longer courses than they are used to. Proper orienteering!

Monday, 23 March 2015

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Calling all recent SROC event organisers

Our Equipment Officer, Ray Pickett, is anxious to determine the whereabouts of the one minute countdown timer, as used at event starts, which is currently not in the equipment store. Please check your garages, sheds or car boots to see if you are looking after it as it is needed for the JK. Please contact Ray if you find it.

Sunday, 22 March 2015

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Tim Watkins Trophy Blodslitet at Blawith & Subberthwaite

At the start - course C   Alex Finch
This long distance mass start event took place in glorious sunshine today, to the enjoyment of all of the competitors who had been set a suitably tough challenge by planner Alex Finch. Results may be viewed here and RouteGadget is available here. Please note that due to the size of the map RouteGadget may take a while to load on slower connections. The trophies were awarded to Hector Haines (Open Men), Rebecca Rooke (Open Women), Quentin Harding (Vet Men) and Karen Parker (Vet Women).Top juniors in classes C & D were Alastair Thomas and Lucy Haines.

Thursday, 19 March 2015

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Results from the Prizegiving at Fulwood

On what was a very pleasant night the final event of the series was the mass start 1 hour event, followed by the prize giving. We were very pleased to welcome Dave Simpson, who was a founding member of SROC, to present the prizes. The results from the event can be found here along with details of of the class winners. There are tables comparing the effect of no multiplier, the 'normal' Age Multiplier and the special Prize Giving Multiplier, it is this one which is important. This gives us Jill Cochrane as the winner and congratulations go to her. This event marks the end of the series but we already have 10 organisers and venues for 2015-16 so put the dates in your diary and be there - Bob

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) RouteGadget for Fulwood street event

RouteGadget is now ready to add your route from last night. Rerun the whole mass start event on screen!

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Night Street League finale and prize giving

The ever popular SROC Street League ended the 2014-15 season last night with the now traditional mass start handicap event, this time on the area surrounding the Anderton Arms, Fulwood. Series supremo Bob Nash pulled off another great event and organised a swift prize giving afterwards. We were honoured to have Dave Simpson to present the awards. Dave joined the South Ribble Fell and Mountain Rescue Team, from a fell walking background, in the early 60's and then was present when they formed SROC in Dec '64.  He is 80 this year and now cycles and until recently was still fell walking. Our photo (credit: John Britton) shows Quentin Harding receiving his Preston Guild Trophy from Dave. Quentin also collected the first male and overall trophies. First female was Karen Nash, best newcomers were Mary-Kate Kidd and Luigi Lerose and top pair Tracey Peters and Steve Mclean. Josh Sammon won best under 18. Handicap winner on the night was Jill Cochrane. More of John's photos in the Gallery.

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Tim Watkins Trophy entries

On-line entries for the Tim Watkins Trophy on Sunday are now closed. However there are limited numbers of maps available for entries-on-the-day. If intending on entering late please contact Dave Hargreaves to check on availability and to reserve your map. The Final Details have been updated, please make sure you read these if entering.

Sunday, 15 March 2015

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Final Tables for Street League

The final tables for this years Street League Series are now on the web here. Please check yours carefully to ensure I have got the right discards. - Bob

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) SROC win Compass Sport Trophy first round today

Congratulations to all SROC runners taking part in today's CST qualifier hosted by WCOC at High Rigg. SROC scored highest in the Trophy competition and thus secured a place in the final which is good fortune as we are also the organising club for that event!
Contributing to the grand total score of 1286 were: (1st places) Helen Ockenden (Junior Women), Rebecca Rooke (Women Open), Quentin Harding (Men Open), Finlay Johnson (Orange Men),
(2nd places) Chris Roberts (Blue Men), Heather Gardner (Women Open), Sue Harding (Green Women), Martyn Roome (Green Men), Craig Somers (Orange Men),
(3rd places) Miriam Rosen (Veterans Short Green), Thomas Somers (Blue Men), Luigi Lerose (Men Open), Mike Johnson (Short Brown).
Full results available on the WCOC website.

Saturday, 14 March 2015

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Bolton West Results

The results for the final counting event of this series at Bolton West can be viewed here. Paul has done a very thorough analysis of what we did and where we may have gone wrong. Any queries to him please. the final event is the mass start event at Fulwood. No more Night Street League until next October so get your final 'kick' next Wednesday. Don't forget to check the details, and let me know if you want a dibber. As Chris says there will be a different handicapping system in operation. See you all there - Bob

Thursday, 12 March 2015

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Street League prize giving event Wednesday 18th March

Anyone interested in attending the special prize giving event in Fulwood should read these details.

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Street League event number 10, Bolton West Wednesday 11th March

SROC is grateful to members of SELOC who staged the last event in the 2014-2015 night street league from a new venue in Bolton last night. RouteGadget is ready for you to add your routes. The Grand Finale of the series is next Wednesday in Fulwood, with a mass start and cunning handicap system which means anyone could win!

Monday, 9 March 2015

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Tim Watkins Trophy 2015

Final details for the Blodslitet event on Sunday 22nd March are now available here. Entries for this long distance, mass start event are still available via Fabian4. Don't miss this chance for head to head racing across some of the Lake District's premier open fell terrain.

Saturday, 7 March 2015

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Yarrow Valley Spring Series event 2, Saturday 7th March

The Spring Series lived up to its name with balmy conditions on the warmest day of the year so far at Yarrow Valley Country Park, Chorley. Results for the event are here and RouteGadget is here.

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Street League Tables

The latest tables can be viewed here. Please check them carefully and let me know asap of any errors. The final counting event of the series is at Bolton West and after that the table and certificates will be finalised.
The final event is the mass start score event (it doesn't count for the series) which this year is based at the Anderton Arms, Fulwood, Preston. Details can be viewed via the SROC fixtures page. As this is a mass start event you will need a dibber. If you would like to borrow a club dibber than let me know, either at the Bolton event or by email. - Bob

Sunday, 1 March 2015

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) British Night Championships

SROC success at the British Night Orienteering Championships held in Leeds yesterday: Quentin Harding M50 champion and third places for Heather Gardner (W21), Sue Harding (W50) and Miriam Rosen (W65). Results are on the AIRE website.

Saturday, 28 February 2015

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Longridge Results

The Results from the Longridge event are here. Many thanks to all those who turned out on a wet but relatively warm night. The rain certainly made it interesting for those with glasses. Can I point out that I have had to change the venue for the Prize Giving event to Fulwood. It is now based at the Anderton Arms - more details will be on the web and available at the Bolton event. See you there - Bob

Thursday, 26 February 2015

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Longridge Street League event Wednesday 25th February

A little light rain did not detract from the entertainment for runners at the latest night street O at Longridge, ninth in the series of ten events. RouteGadget is now available for this event, and results will follow later. Next event is at Bolton in two weeks, followed by the series finale and prizegiving at Fulwood the week after.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Quentin wins in Portugal

Quentin Harding received his trophy from winning the Portugal O meet (M50) during the Longridge Street O this evening. Karen Quickfall made the presentation.

Thursday, 19 February 2015

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Yarrow Valley Spring Series 7th March

Details for the second event in the series. Click on the image to enlarge.

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Northern night championships 21/2/15 cancelled

Please note that the northern night championship due to have been organised by NATO at Broomly fell has had to be cancelled

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Street League Tables

The latest Street League tables are here. Don't forget to check that I have voided the correct results. Bob

Friday, 13 February 2015

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Chorley Street League Results

The results for the Chorley event are here. It was good to be back, although my legs didn't think so at the time, and it was a pleasant evening for running. Apologies for the delay with the tables but will be updated after the w/e with the Chorley results. Onto the penultimate event at Longridge. See you there - Bob

Thursday, 12 February 2015

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Chorley Street League event

RouteGadget for last night's event 8 in the popular street league series is now available here. Results to follow when available.

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Compass Sport Trophy, Sunday 15th March - Enter Now

The first round of this year's Compass Sport Trophy takes place at High Rigg on Sunday 15th March with West Cumberland OC hosting this heat. Please make every effort to help our club make the final in October at our own event on Helsington Barrow.
Entries need to be made by Tuesday 28th February via your club captain. Please contact Quentin now if you would like to enter, giving him your 2015 age group, BOF membership number and SI number.
Entry is £10 for adults and £4 for juniors, to be paid to the club captain on or before the day. It is not refundable if you are unable to attend.
More event details can be found at West Cumberland OC

Monday, 9 February 2015

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Longridge Street League event – 25th February 2015

Venue and parking details have been added to the Fixtures page. If you want food, please order asap or let us know via email (djanthony624 at no later than Saturday 21st Feb. Options: Cheese and Onion Pie or Steak Hotpot, both £4.

Saturday, 7 February 2015

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Spring Series 1 Astley Park

Results for the first event in the new series are available here and RouteGadget is ready to go here.

Friday, 6 February 2015

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) SROC Spring Series

The first in a series of three events which form the Spring Series is tomorrow at Astley Park, Chorley. Registration opens from 12.00. Here are the scoring rules:

Thursday, 5 February 2015

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) SROC Newsletter

The latest club newsletter is now available on-line as a downloadable pdf document here. We will be establishing an archive of newsletters that will always be available on the website, quite soon.

Friday, 30 January 2015

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Lancaster Street League results

Results from Wednesday's event are now published here. League scores will follow in due course. Don't miss the next one in Chorley in two weeks.

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) JK & British Relays - If you want to run then tell your captain now

To take advantage of the cheaper entry fees for the JK relay I need to have entered teams by 15/2/15. If you would like to be included in a team and have not already let me know that you are interested then please do so before 8/2/15. Shortly after this entry is made we will need to make entries for the British Relays so if you want to be entered for both please say so Please contact Quentin now if you would like to enter either or both events, giving him your 2015 age group, BOF membership number and SI number.
Entry to both events is £10 for adults and £5 for juniors, to be paid to the club captain on or before the day. It is not refundable if you are unable to attend.
After this date further teams can be entered but at a cost of £9 extra per team and the team combinations may be less flexible.

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Entry Deadlines Fast Appoaching

If you wish to take advantage of the cheapest entry fees for both the JK and Scottish 6 Day events then you have until midnight of Saturday 31st January to make your entries. Details of the JK can be found here while details for the Scottish 6 Day can be found here

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Ann Clarke's funeral

Peter Knott reports that Ann's funeral will be held at Charnock Richard Crematorium, next Wednesday, 4th February.

Thursday, 29 January 2015

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Chorley night street O

Details for the next street league event in two weeks' time may be viewed here.

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Tim Watkins Blodslitet 22nd March

Entries are open on Fabian4 for the 2015 Tim Watkins Blodslitet long distance race, this year to be held on Blawith & Subberthaite in South Cumbria. More details on the event web page.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Lancaster Street League event

Well the promised snow held off more or less and the new venue proved a success with a roaring woodburner to ease the winter chills. RouteGadget is now ready for your routes here. There was a jacket left near to the registration table, thought to belong to one of tonight's competitors. If this is yours please contact Rowena Browne.

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Ann Clarke

We are sorry to have to report that Ann passed away last night. Our thoughts are with her relatives and friends. Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced.

Monday, 26 January 2015

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) North West Night League nail-biting finish

The North West Night League was settled in the dying moments of the MDOC event held at Irwell Valley on Saturday night. In the end a difference of just 18 seconds was enough to give Heather Gardner (SROC) the overall league title as well as W19-39. Only one point behind was Quentin Harding (SROC) whose rare error at number 17 cost him the overall crown, though he won M40+. Full results table here.

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Ann Clarke

We have learned that Ann Clarke (founder member) is critically ill in a nursing home in Lostock Hall. She has, apparently, a terminal cancer diagnosis. She is currently in need of rest after a recent bout of visitors. The address is St Catherine's Hospice, Lostock Lane, Lostock Hall, PR5 5XU Tel 01772-629171. Peter Knott

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Street League tables

The latest league tables are now on the web from here. Two points a) there are now discards for a number of people - please check that I have discarded the correct one and b) can I remind people that their BOF age is as for last year ie when the series started - please check that the age in the Age Adjusted table is correct as it is the one I am using, whatever it says in the results. With reference to that I suspect that John Britton has some elixir of youth as he started as an M60 at Blackburn, was an M55 by Clayton and an M35 by Ormskirk - is this a new self handicapping system? Any queries should be sent to me. Bob

Monday, 19 January 2015

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Club awards 2014

Trophies and awards for performances in the year just ended were presented during the social event at Brinscall on Saturday. The overall Men's trophy went to Quentin Harding and the Women's to Helen Ockenden. The National & Provincial Shield for exceptional services to the club was awarded to Tony Marlow.

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Ormskirk results

Apologies for the delay in getting the results on the web. They can be found here. Unfortunately I wasn't able to attend but there were a good number of hardy souls prepared to take on the windy conditions. If you have any queries then please pass them on to Norman Hall as I won't be able to deal with them in the French Alps. I will endeavour to update the league tables by the end of the week. Now on to Lancaster. Bob

Sunday, 18 January 2015

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Oceania 2015 success

Miriam Rosen was victorious in class W65A in the multi-day Oceania competition held in Tasmania recently. With two first places out of five races and with 4 out of 5 to count Miriam was fortunate that an error near the end of the Middle race only resulted in that result being discarded. Here is a link to the results. David Rosen was placed 16th in M60A.

Saturday, 17 January 2015

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) 2015 Club Handicap

More than 30 hardy souls braved the wintry conditions at White Coppice today. Julian's planning and Dick's handicapping proved successful once again, as Oliver Ball just made it home first, very closely followed by Brenda Rutter and Beth Davey. The faster runners with longer courses not quite catching up. Results may be viewed here, and RouteGadget is here.

Thursday, 15 January 2015

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Ormskirk Street League RouteGadget

RouteGadget for last night's breezy but dry event may be accessed here. Another well-planned and well-attended event, with good facilities at the cricket club. Many thanks to members of DEE for adding this event to the series.

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Ormskirk Street League event

A reminder that if you want to order food at the Ormskirk event then you need to send your order to Darren Baker ( by tomorrow evening, Wednesday 7th January, at the latest. Don't forget to let him know if you want meat or veggie.

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) 2015 Club Handicap

The most eagerly awaited event of the year comes round again on Saturday 17th January at White Coppice, near Chorley. All club members are welcome, indeed encouraged, to take part as all will have an equal chance of winning the coveted Handicap Trophy due to the fiendish handicapping skills of Dick Collins. The area has just been re-mapped by Julian Lailey who is also setting the courses. Afterwards we will meet up for the annual prize giving and social, so please bring something for the Jacob's Join meal. More details are on the fixture list.

Saturday, 3 January 2015

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Join SROC on Strava

Strava is one of several on-line resources that help to record and analyse your training. One of the features is to set up a "club" so that you can share details of runs and perhaps gain motivation from seeing what others are doing. You can join the SROC Strava club here. Runs posted to the club are displayed on this website on the left, below the weather forecast. If you aren't already a Strava user it takes moments to set up an account either by computer or phone app, and you can then upload all your activities!

Thursday, 1 January 2015

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) What a great start to the New Year!

The 14th New Year Cracker was held on the windswept slopes of Traitor's Gill (Caton Moor) today. The surprisingly high ambient temperature did little to warm runners who suffered in the gales and torrential rain. If you weren't there you missed a true test of your mettle. The dire conditions meant that it proved impossible to hold the prize giving as planned, so class winners will be able to collect their prizes at a future SROC event. Congratulations to Ed Calow and Heather Hepponstall, winners of the open classes. Ed was the only runner to visit all 28 controls. Veteran winners were Janet Nash and David Rose, Older Juniors: Helen Ockenden and Connor McGurk. Helen placed third overall and was actually top woman but you're only allowed one prize! Younger Junior Men winner was Josh Sammon. Well done to all finishers for lasting the course. Results are posted here and RouteGadget is ready to go here.

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