Wednesday, 30 December 2020

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) New Year Cracker cancelled

The following message has been emailed to all those who entered the NYC 2021:

"Following the announcement today that Lancashire will move into tier 4 from midnight on Wednesday 30th December the SROC committee has decided that the only course of action is to cancel the event scheduled for New Year's Day.

Since we cannot guarantee being able to obtain permission from the University authorities to use the area at another time in the near future we have also decided to offer a full refund to all those who supported us by entering the event."

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) New Year Cracker at Lancaster University

 Entries for Friday's event have now closed and final details have been published here.

Tuesday, 29 December 2020

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Night Street League 2020-21

We are approaching the end of the first half of our current series, undertaken in very difficult circumstances, and we hope to have a full set of results available asap in the new year. The next 5 events are 'oven ready', Covid permitting. Details of these events, in terms of venues, organisers and dates can be found here and on the SROC Fixtures page.

The first event is in Preston and for the Guild Trophy and the final details are available here. It has been suggested that there may be a temptation for competitors to run for longer than they declare and to start before it is dark. I have absolutely no evidence that this has happened. As a quick reminder at the start of the series you were asked to provide a trace of your route if at all possible, but as this is for a trophy it will be necessary for any competitor to be considered as a winner to provide a trace (Strava or equivalent) of their course.

Don't forget you MUST be Covid compliant at the time you do your run. Bob Nash

Saturday, 26 December 2020

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Stanley Park, Blackpool Maprun Reopens

 We had to take down the Maprun courses due to areas being taped off because Avian Flu precautions! but after Wayne Byrne, the planner and soon to be SROC member modified them we are able to open them again!

The courses will remain open for the foreseeable but from the informal league viewpoint points will score only up to and including Monday 17h January. All classes to run the longer one for the informal league, apart from M/W14- which runs the shorter. Of course, you can run which ever you like if you are not interested in points! Or both!
I am doubtful that we will be able to get the paper maps on the BOF portal until the New Year (office closed) but you can get them by emailing me

Thursday, 17 December 2020

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) 2021 New Year Cracker!

Good news for every orienteer missing the good old days of regular SI events! The 20th SROC New Year Cracker will go ahead in slightly modified form (no mass start) at Lancaster University on Friday 1st January. Entries are via SIEntries and will be open to all experienced orienteers only, since we are unable to offer support for newcomers. Details on the Fixture List.

Wednesday, 16 December 2020

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Stanley Park MapRun suspended

Due to some of the park being taped off because of avian flu precautions we have had to take down the courses from MapRun, so they don't function now. We will update you on when we reopen the courses in a modified form. Sorry for this.

Sunday, 29 November 2020

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Just to be clear STREET O..... Lytham has finished but Lancaster, Blackburn and Ormskirk are already available and you can do them any evening until the end of the year. No cost and just email the organiser for maps and cluesheet. See fixtures page for details.

Friday, 27 November 2020

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Autumn MapRunF series scores updated

 The Autumn Series results tables have been updated to include results from Beacon Fell.

Friday, 13 November 2020

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Virtual Orienteering Challenges for YOU, NOW!

 As we are in a second period of Lockdown we are not able to bring you any SI timed events (we will as soon as we can) but there are a LOT of Virtual Orienteering Courses  using the MaprunF or MaprunG (for Garmin) apps.

These are

Wednesday, 11 November 2020

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Street league - The Tower Trophy

This year the venue for our prestigious Tower Trophy was the first event at Lytham. The Trophy is awarded to the individual or pair who have the highest age/gender adjusted score and who have not previously won the trophy. This year the winners are Ed Mellor and Anne Speakman, so may congratulations to them. Bob

Thursday, 5 November 2020

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The Lancaster event is available now (details on the Fixtures page).  Despite being  in Lockdown British Orienteering  guidance shows that we can continue with the Lancaster and Blackburn events in the current  format  (see news item 29th September for details).  The BO  Guidance is as below;

'Within these new restrictions for England, the government continue to emphasise the importance of outdoor exercise and recreation. Orienteering remains an excellent, socially distanced sport, and many types of orienteering activity can be undertaken within these new restrictions in England. Despite these new measures, orienteering is still very much open for everyone to enjoy.

Orienteering activities that can continue within the new government guidance for England areas follows

  • Unsupported training activities on your own, with people you live with, within your support bubble, or with one person from another household if social distancing is maintained. These include the use of training maps created by individuals or clubs
  • The use of Permanent Orienteering Courses, Virtual Orienteering Courses and activities such as MapRun events. All Virtual Orienteering Courses and activities must be open for a minimum of at least seven days, to reduce the risk of overcrowding
  • One-to-one outdoor orienteering coaching
  • Mapping and Local planning for future events.

The government guidance is that you should look to reduce the number of journeys you make. Outdoor exercise should be done locally wherever possible, but you can and should travel to do so if necessary (for example, to access an open space).'

It is proposed that the autumn street runs will now be open until the end of Dec to give you more chance to be spread out/ not meet up and also for individuals to decide when they feel comfortable to travel. With luck all those events will be available soon so you can pick which ones you wish to run and so can opt to stay very local if you wish to. Bob Nash

Sunday, 1 November 2020

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Lytham scores

The scores for the first of the new season of night street league events are now available. Can we carry on with the league under lockdown? It'll all be in the small print no doubt.

Friday, 23 October 2020

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) RouteGadget for Lytham

RouteGadget for the Lytham event is now available for you to add your routes. No peeking before running!

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Third Autumn League race at Beacon Fell launches tomorrow

The Beacon Fell Middle (and Yellow) race, the 3rd event in the SROC Autumn series, is live tomorrow! We have truly wonderful courses created by Joe Murphy! 

For the purposes of the informal Autumn League the following applies:

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Night Street League well under way!

All members and friends are reminded that the 2020-2021 night street league has started, with the event at Lytham remaining open until Tuesday 27th October. Pick your own evening but remember to wait until after dark! For details of how to get a map, parking etc see this information sheet. This event hosts the Tower Trophy for the current season. Could this be the year to win it?

If you missed it please read this message from league coordinator Bob Nash.

Wednesday, 21 October 2020

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Autumn series latest scores

With the Astley Park event having recently finished here are the scores for the first two events, and the league positions so far. Look out for the next event in the series starting soon!

Saturday, 3 October 2020

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Astley Park Autumn League courses launched!

The Astley Park Maprun, the 2nd event in the SROC Autumn series, is now live! We have some AMAZING courses created by top orienteer Andy Quickfall!

Tuesday, 29 September 2020

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) 2020-21 Street League

Yes, we are keen to make the series happen! Many rules remain the same – you must wear high visibility clothing, complete your run in the dark and it is recommended that you carry a torch.

Due to Covid, and to keep us all safe there are some important changes:

· Each event has a date but you have a week from that date to complete your run. We hope this will allow runners to stay distanced. Note, the date shown on the SROC fixture list is the last date for each event, not the first!

· You must travel to and run at each event alone (or with others from your household). This includes pairs.

· You should not arrange to meet up with others pre or post run.

· You should abide by all National and Local rules in place at the time.

These events are free to enter for now but it is likely that we may have to pay a BO levy. This is £1.50 per run. A record will be kept and you will be asked to pay this electronically after the first 5 events.

Events may vary. Some will ask you to email the organiser to obtain a map and answer sheet that you can then print out. You will then scan or photo your answer sheet and return it by email. Ideally you will also provide an electronic trace of your route on Route Gadget or Strava or equivalent. The email request will also serve as the insurance registration that we usually complete for the series. Some events may use MapRun instead. It is very important that you check each event on the SROC events calendar as the situation is constantly changing. Bob Nash

Saturday, 12 September 2020

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) The SROC Autumn Series is here!

We are excited to announce our series of Maprun timed events over the Autumn, open to everyone and they are FREE! They are all linear courses ie normal cross country, not score, mostly of middle type lengths.

Tuesday, 21 July 2020

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) The Great Outdoors is open for Orienteering

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Orienteering is Back - Try the MapRun Challenge

The first of our MapRun Challenge courses is live! It's a score event on Beacon Fell (between Garstang and Chipping). So you visit the controls in any order you wish, without a time limit, with each control being one of the permanent posts. You can do this course whenever you want. Then you can compare your score and time against the leaderboard. And see the route you took!

Tuesday, 14 July 2020

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Orienteering events return to England from 1st August

British Orienteering has announced that orienteering will return to England on 1st August 2020 (subject to any further restrictions that may be imposed by the government).

British Orienteering has released a document which highlights the ‘Return to Orienteering Guidelines' for England to support clubs and all members across England in bringing a safe return to grassroots orienteering.

Thursday, 16 April 2020

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It is with the greatest sadness that we announce the death from a heart attack of one of our longest serving members, Dick Collins. During his distinguished career Dick held just about every committee post and his contribution to the development of our club cannot be overstated. A truly wonderful man and club servant, his loss will be greatly felt, not only by ourselves but by the wider orienteering community. 

Although his funeral can’t be open to members, the family plan to hold a ‘Celebration’ of his life in the near future.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Jane, Matthew and Peter at this particularly difficult time.

Saturday, 11 April 2020

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) SROC Facebook

For the latest news about South Ribble Orienteering Club/Red Rose Orienteers visit our Facebook pages SROC  (aimed mainly at the experienced) and Red Rose Orienteers (aimed more at newcomers and beginners).

Tuesday, 17 March 2020

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) All orienteering activities and events are cancelled until further notice

It is with great sadness that we are now in a position where all orienteering activities in the UK have to be suspended with immediate effect.
We are aware that the Coranvirus outbreak is a very fluid and rapidly changing situation. We all, therefore, continue to follow advice from the Public Health England, the World Health Organisation and both local and national governments on this matter and will keep the orienteering community updated as appropriate.
We know how great the sport is at supporting each other and we ask that you continue to pull together (albeit virtually) during this difficult time. We will do our best to get you back in the forests as soon as it is safe to do so.
Finally, we ask that you continue to follow the government's guidance on how to prevent the spread of Coronavirus. Please stay safe and support each other during this hard time.
Best wishes
Peter Hart
Chief Executive, British Orienteering

Monday, 16 March 2020

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) SROC win at the CompassSport Trophy heat

Sunday's CompassSport Cup and Trophy event hosted by LOC at Breasty Haw saw SROC beat BL and SOLWAY in the Trophy to gain a place in the final, scheduled for 18th October. Team results are on the LOC websiteCongratulations to the 13 SROC scorers who were as follows: 100 points: Marni Lusardi, Alex Matthew, Danny Lusardi, Rebecca Rooke, David Roome, Deb Murrell, John Taylor and Mike Johnson. 99 points: Heather Roome, Joe Murphy.  98 points: Ben Todhunter, Michael Finch and Andy Quickfall.  However the CST is a team event and these scorers were given excellent support by other SROC runners who pushed down rivals, and by all who took part.  The juniors in particular made a terrific contribution, with Cate Matthew and Ellie Todhunter also finishing ahead of all the runners from other clubs on their course.  Well done to everybody!

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Blakeholme and Coronavirus

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak entries for the national event at Blakeholme on the 25th April have been suspended temporarily, pending discussions with British Orienteering in the coming days. Please watch this website for further details.

Thursday, 12 March 2020

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Street League loose ends

RouteGadget for the finale in Ashton is on-line here. Anyone interested in how the John o' Gaunt Trophy scores were calculated may find this list useful.

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) 2019/20 Street League Season

The overall age-adjusted winners
The season came to to very windy and damp end with the prize-giving after the Ashton event last night. The pub provided us with a great venue and helpful service and as usual the atmosphere was very vibrant and a good time was had by all those who came. A list of the season's prize winners can be found here. This event, as it is outside the series, has it's own special handicap system and the winners were Andrea Gregory and Belinda Bartle, congratulations to them. The full details of last nights Gross Scores and Handicap Scores can be found here. It was also very pleasing that were were able to have sufficient planners/organisers and venues to ensure the next season is complete, details of which can be found here - many thanks to all those who volunteered.

Bob & Karen

Saturday, 7 March 2020

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Wigan scores

Scores for the last street event are now on-line here. Or you can view results for the whole series, including league tables, here.

Friday, 6 March 2020

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Night Street League event 10

The final event in the ten event series was held in Winstanley, Wigan on Wednesday. RouteGadget is now ready for this event. Next Wednesday we have the mass start event in Ashton to enjoy, followed by the series prize-giving. Don't miss it!

Saturday, 29 February 2020

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Williamson Park results

Well done to all the competitors at today's event in Williamson Park. Results are on-line here and RouteGadget is available here. Add your route to compare with others.

Sunday, 23 February 2020

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Spring series event 1, Williamson Park

Details of the event on Saturday 29th February have been published.

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SROC captain Miriam Rosen has been crowned British Night Champion in W70! Congratulations to her and all other SROC competitors in this event. We look forward to a strong SROC turnout in the CompassSport Trophy heat on 15th March.  Anyone wishing to run who hasn’t already done so should contact Miriam as soo as possible.

Thursday, 20 February 2020

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RouteGadget for yesterday's event is available here, and results are here. One more event left in the series, plus the series finale and prize-giving.

Saturday, 8 February 2020

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Street League latest

Results for the Lancaster South event are here. The next event, number 9 out of 10, is at Adlington on 19th February. See the flyer.

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Street League latest

Thursday, 6 February 2020

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Competitors enjoyed near perfect conditions for the latest Night Street League race last night, run on the Lancaster South map. RouteGadget is ready for your routes, and the results will be published as soon as they have been processed. Lost property: a SROC top and thermal vest were left behind. These will be brought to the next event.

Sunday, 2 February 2020

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Spring in the Lakes weekend

On-line entries for the joint weekend with LOC are now open on SiEntries. Saturday 25th April we will be hosting a National Middle Distance event in Blakeholme, while on Sunday 26th April LOC are holding a Regional Event on Loughrigg. SROC helpers will be entitled to half price entry to our event, plus they get the warm glow associated with making the event happen. Volunteers please contact Tony Marlow, the Organiser.

Saturday, 1 February 2020

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Club Handicap in Wellington Wood

A wild and windy day in Wellington Wood, but a great set of courses and some cunning handicapping made for an excellent event to determine the 2020 club handicap champion. Ellie Todhunter was the well-deserved winner. Results, including handicap placings, are here. You can add your route to RouteGadget. Afterwards club members and guests adjourned to Dolphinholme Village Hall to eat and applaud as trophies were awarded for 2019 performance.

Monday, 27 January 2020

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Next two events

We are fast approaching the competitive and social event of the year! This year's Club Handicap will take place in the rarely used Wellington Wood, just South of Lancaster, on Saturday 1st February. The map has been brought bang up to date and everyone has had a suitable handicap assigned and a personal map printed. In theory everyone will start and finish at the same time, or to put it another way, anyone could win the Handicap Trophy. Please read the details and be sure to bring a contribution to the Jacob's Join feast happening after the run. The following Wednesday sees event 8 in the Street League, using the Lancaster South area. See the event flyer.

Friday, 24 January 2020

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Scores for the latest night street league event are on-line here. See also the Gross Scores and Age Adjusted tables so far. Three events remain in the main season: Lancaster, Adlington and Wigan.

Thursday, 23 January 2020

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Skelmersdale sprint champs

SROC members are filling several critical roles at the 2020 British Sprint Champs. Others will be helping and some will be racing! The event website is now live and entries are open.

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Westhoughton night street league

There was a very strong turnout at yesterday's street league event around the complex streets of Westhoughton, not put off by the misty and damp conditions. RouteGadget for the event is now ready and the results will follow when they have been processed.

Wednesday, 22 January 2020

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) 2020 Club Handicap and Annual Prize-giving, Saturday 1st Feb

If you are a current trophy holder please remember to get it engraved and either bring it to the prize giving on 1st Feb or get it to a club member who will be going. If you have any problems with this please contact Jane on 07484 700936.

Tuesday, 14 January 2020

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Street League Trophies 2019-20

Those of you who ran at the Halton event are 'entered' for the John O' Gaunt Trophy, the nature of this award ensures that the winner may well only be decided at the final event of the series. However we do have winners for 2 of our other Trophies. Subject to any 'protests' Josie Greenhalgh and Darren Baker, running as a pair, are the winners of the Blackpool Tower Trophy, whilst John Embrey is the winner of the Preston Guild Trophy.

Congratulations to you all - Bob

Monday, 13 January 2020

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Club Handicap 2020 and annual prize-giving, Saturday 1st February

The social and competitive event of the year is fast approaching! This year we return to the lovely Wellington Wood where handicap courses have been planned so that everyone finishes more or less together, and anyone might carry off the handicap trophy! Afterwards we will gather at the nearby Dolphinholme village hall to eat, play games and celebrate orienteering successes in 2019. Details on the fixtures page.

Saturday, 11 January 2020

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Halton results

Results for Wednesday's event have been published here.

Wednesday, 8 January 2020

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) Halton Street League event

There was a strong turnout for tonight's orienteering on the streets and paths of Halton, near Lancaster, despite severe delays on the M6 for many competitors. RouteGadget for the event may be found here. Add your route and compare with others'. Results will follow when processed. This event hosted the John o' Gaunt trophy. Who will win it? We don't know until the final event in the series! All will be revealed at the prize giving. Meanwhile there are still several events in the series; next event at Westhoughton in two week's time.

Wednesday, 1 January 2020

SROCkite.gif (2521 bytes) A cracking start to the year!

Decent weather, testing courses and a good turnout helped make a success of today's race at Low Park Wood. This was the 19th New Year Cracker and they seem to get more popular by the year. Results are on-line here, and RouteGadget is here.
It was great to see so many relative newcomers coming to the event, with many coming back from last year’s New Year Cracker and from other events during the year. If you would like to be added to our regular email listing local events, not just those put on by Red Rose Orienteers, or require any other information or help, please email

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