SROC

History, The 1970s

This account of the history of South Ribble Orienteering Club (SROC) is based on the 'The History of South Ribble Orienteering Club - The First Thirty Years' by former SROC President, Roy Woodcock. Details of how to purchase this booklet can be found below.

NB. The results included in these pages are from the National Championships (i.e. British & Scottish Championships) and JK events only. Results of Regional Championships can be found in Roy Woodcock's excellent publication.

1970

The fifth AGM was held at Cartmel College, Lancaster University on 6th January. The Constitution was amended to include the additional posts of Vice-Chairman, Assistant Secretary, Treasurer and Statistician. The President's Shield was won by Bryn Jones. For the first time a trophy was presented to the Ladies Champion and was won by Lorna Collett.

The highlight of the spring was the event at Broughton Moor where the Club's first three colour map was used. Since it was based on an Ordnance Survey map the scale was 1:10,560. The increasing popularity of the sport was reflected in the attendance of 400.

July saw the formation of Lakeland Orienteering Club. This had a significant effect on the membership of the Club with the demise of the Northern section.

Another matter which was raised in the monthly meetings at this time was a proposal to open negotiations at Beacon Fell for a Permanent Orienteering Course. It was destined to be ten years before this project came to fruition.

In the Autumn, the Club paid an insurance claim to a farmer following a claim for a broken wall, from the Club event at Blawith in 1969.

At the December monthly meeting, members were canvassed for their views on the mapping for the World Orienteering Championships, to be held in Britain in 1976.

Lorna Collett became Veteran Women's champion in the British Championships at Fernworthy.

1971

The sixth AGM was held at Cartmel College, Lancaster University on 12th January. The President's Shield was won by Mel Wilkinson, with the Ladies Champion Lorna Collett for the second successive year.

At the February monthly meeting a schedule of summer training events were announced, setting the trend for years to come. The Club's regional event at Dalton went ahead on the 21st despite entries having to be hand delivered due to a postal strike.his70_1.jpg (12462 bytes)

Tragedy struck on 1st April when Bryn Jones (see picture), formerly a SROC member was killed whilst climbing in the Cairngorms. Many club members attended his funeral at Chapel Stile in Langdale.

During the summer the British Orienteering Federation (BOF) announced a 100% increase in subscriptions. SROC members and members of other clubs around the country signed a petition against the increases. As a consequence the increase was reduced.

The year closed with the Club's National event at Blawith on 14th November. There were more than 500 entries for the event.

During the year Richard Munro became the British Junior champion at Mabie in Scotland.

1972

The seventh AGM was held at Bowland College, Lancaster University on 11th January. For the first time, the Secretary was requested to compile a membership list. Maurice Collett won the President's Shield, with Lorna Collett making it a hat trick of victories in the Ladies event.

The first club event of the year took place at Warton Crag on 9th April.

Also in April, BOF proposed the introduction of age classes, with full adoption from 1st January 1973. At the same time recommended course lengths and winning times were agreed for these new classes.

Later that Summer, the Club organised a Street Event in Preston on 27th August, not long after the Mammoth Weekend at Great Tower. This latter event used a new map by Sue and Robin Harvey.

his70_2.jpg (16689 bytes)Judith Wingham won the Veteran Women's class in the British Championships at Mark Ash Wood in the New Forest and Sally Collett the W13 class at the British Junior Championships in the Forest of Dean.

Lorna Collett won the W35 class at the JK and the Veteran Women's class in the Scottish Championships at Mabie. Sally Collett also won the W13 class at the Scottish Championships at Tentsmuir (see picture).

1973

The eighth AGM was held at Bowland College, Lancaster University on 16th January. Plans were made to stage an event to mark the tenth anniversary of orienteering in England. Lorna Collett won both the President's Shield and the Ladies event for the fourth year running.his70_3.jpg (26298 bytes)

As in 1972, the first club event of the year took place at Warton Crag in April. Later this month Maurice Collett won the M50 class at the JK at Achray in Scotland.

The British Championships were held at Tarn Hows in June. SROC members won three classes, Joanna Wates won W43, Lorna Collet (see picture) won W50 and Maurice Collett won M50 (see picture).

Later this year Sally Collett was selected for the British U21 Women's team for the Landerkampf international near Cologne.

On 30th September, the Club staged a Badge Event at Broughton Moor on a 1:10,000 5 colour map, drawn by Mel Wilkinson.

The final event of the year was an event at Bashall Eaves on 2nd December to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the first English orienteering event at Whitewell.

1974

The ninth AGM was held at Furness College, Lancaster University on 15th January. Following a letter to the Orienteer in September 1973, from an anonymous doctor, warning about the dangers of tetanus infections the issue of full arm and leg cover was discussed. A suggestion was also made that one event a year should be nominated as the Club Championship. This was ultimately to occur as the Club Handicap. The President's Shield was won by Judith Wingham who consequently also won the Ladies championship.

The first club event of the year was held at Blawith Common on 24th March.

In the JK at the Forest of Dean in April, Lorna Collett won the W50 class.

Further success came at the British Championships at Blackdown in Surrey. Judith Wingham won the W43 class and Lorna Collett won the W50 class. In the British Junior Championships at Chopwell near Durham, Sally Collett won the W15 class.

his70_4.jpg (17452 bytes)In the Scottish Championships at Kirroughtree on 5th May, Judith Wingham also won the W43 class.

This was followed on 16th June by a Badge Event at Chapel House Plantation in The Lakes and a midsummer night event at White Coppice, near Chorley.

Maurice Collett announced his retirement on medical grounds, but as we all know, bounced back to compete once again.

Sadly 1974 will always be remembered for the death of Lol Clarke (see picture) following the White Rose event. His death affected all levels of the sport such had been his contribution. A trust fund was set up that has been used on many occasions since to support orienteering ventures.

On a happier note, Sally Collett won the W15 class at the Scottish Junior Championships on 22nd September at Kirkhill South in the Aberdeen area.

Due to changes in the financial year, the tenth AGM was actually held at Furness College, Lancaster University on 12th November 1974. The motion to stage one event a year as a Club Championship was carried. Sally Collett won both the President's Shield and the Ladies championship.

1975

A relay team of Lorna Collett, Judith Wingham and Maurice Collett won Class 5 in the JK Relays at Hawley and Hornley commons in Surrey.

There was more success for the Collett family with Lorna winning the W50 class in the British Championships at Strines in the Peak District, and Sally Collett winning the W17 class at the Scottish Senior Championships at Craig a Barns and the W15 class at the Scottish Junior Championships at Barr Hill.

On 9th November the Club staged a Badge Event at Nibthwaite from which all proceeds from the 560 starters were donated to the Lol Clarke Memorial Fund.

The eleventh AGM was held at Furness College, Lancaster University on 26th November 1975. It was agreed that a Club social event should be held in conjunction with the Club Championship. Maurice Collett won the President's Shield and Lorna Collett the Ladies championship.

1976

The spring saw the introduction of the Colour Coded course structure which SROC agreed to support for a trial period.

Due to the impending World Championships, the Mammoth Weekend on 20th-22nd August attracted several international stars. The Lol Clarke Memorial Trophy, which was being presented for the first time, was won by fellow SROC member Tom Sykes.

Lorna Collett, Ann Salisbury and Tom Sykes all achieved international honours.

Lorna Collett again won the W50 class in the British Championships at Cropton, whilst Elizabeth Gray won the W15B class. Sally Collett won the W17 class at the Scottish Junior Championships at Castlecary.

However the main event of the year was the World Championships in Scotland from 22nd to 26th September. Gerry Charnley was the Race Site Co-ordinator and Ken Turner was in charge of transport.

The twelfth AGM was held at Furness College, Lancaster University on 9th November 1976. The post of Equipment Officer was created and Lorna Collett was duly elected. Sally Collett won the President's Shield and the Ladies championship.

The year ended with possibly the first ever Ski-O course at the Borderliners Badge Event on 12th December. Club member Robert Hovey, who was the Ski-O National Secretary for many years, was the only competitor to compete in an event which received no advance publicity.

1977

Following all the publicity surrounding the World Championships the Club staged three Come-And-Try-It events at the start of the year. This helped boost the membership to 105.

Peter Dalton won the first Club Handicap which was staged at Dalton.

The highlight of the year was the Club Silver Jubilee celebration event during the weekend of the 17th to 19th June. This took the form of a night event on Barbon Low Fell, a club event on the same area and finally a Badge Event at Warton Crag.

Three members of the Club took part in BOF international tours, Tom Sykes, Ann Salisbury and Pete Manson.

Lorna Collett won the W50 title at the British Championships at Cannock, for the fifth year running, as well as the Scottish Championships at Culbin. Patricia Gray won the W13A title at the Scottish Junior Championships at Mabie.

The thirteenth AGM was held at Furness College, Lancaster University on 11th November 1977. Harold White was elected Auditor. Maurice Dean started to co-ordinate junior coaching and training.

An article about IOF Pictorial Control Descriptions appeared in The Orienteer for the first time.

1978

At the Club Handicap at Wheelton on 15th January, the handicap class was won by Louise Turner. The Men's Club champion was Tom Sykes and the Women's Lorna Collett.

The Committee decided to purchase two photogrammetric plots of Witherslack and Blawith. Funding was obtained from the Sports Council for 50% of the cost.

At the JK at Wharncliffe in South Yorkshire, Sally Collett won the W19B class, Margaret Adams won W50 and Lorna Collet won W56.

Another first this year was a Long-O, centered around Brinscall and using Great Hill, Wheelton Plantation and Tockholes.

There was further success at the British Championships, at Tentsmuir, for Lorna Collett who won the W56 class (her eighth title) with Dave Ward winning the M19B class.

The Harvester Trophy Relays was run for the first time at Eccleshall Woods in Sheffield.

At the Scottish Championships at Loch Ard, Jim Lambert won M21C and Judith Wingham won W50.

The fourteenth AGM was held at Furness College, Lancaster University on 3rd November 1978. Tom Sykes won the President's Shield and Lorna Collett was the Ladies Champion.

The year finished with the Club's first residential weekend at the Lakeside YMCA from 1st to 3rd December. The weekend's exercises were based mainly around technique training.his70_5.jpg (30545 bytes)

1979

On 10th February the first official English Ski-O event was organised by Gerry Charnley and Dr. Wendy Dodds at Wild Boar Fell. About twenty competitors took part with the event being won by Carol McNeil.

The Club Handicap was staged on Arnside Knott and was won by Tony White.

The Club event at Witherslack on 11th March was another first, using as it did a new map based on one of the previously purchased photogrammetric plots.

At the JK at Fernworthy, David Comish won the M10 class and Judith Wingham (see picture) the W50 class.

In the British Championships at Grizedale, David Comish again won the M10 class whilst Lorna Collet won the W50 class. She followed this up by winning the same class at the Scottish Championships at Tentsmuir, and the W35+ Relay title with Judith Wingham and Margaret Adams at the Scottish Relays.

In the Vaux Mountain trial on 9th September, Tom Sykes was first in the Veteran class covering the twenty mile course in five hours and twenty six minutes.

The fifteenth AGM was held at Furness College, Lancaster University on 2nd November 1979. David Comish won the President's Shield and Irene Munro was the Ladies Champion.

The second photogrammetric plot was used at Blawith on 9th December for the Fifteenth Birthday Badge Event.

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The History of South Ribble Orienteering Club - The First Thirty Years

A more detailed account of SROC's evolution and achievements is available in the 'The History of South Ribble Orienteering Club - The First Thirty Years' by former SROC President, Roy Woodcock.

Copies of this 65 page A4 booklet, which includes several black and white photographs from the early days of orienteering in England, are available from :

Roy Woodcock
11 Kensington Road
Ansdell
LYTHAM ST ANNES
FY8 4ET

Cheques for 4 should be made payable to "SROC" (all proceeds from the sale of this booklet go to SROC). Please include an A4 sized SAE.

"This is more than the history of a club; it is effectively the record of the birth and the development of a new sport" - Ken Turner

 

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