SROC

History, The 1990s

The years 1990 - 1993 in this account of the history of South Ribble Orienteering Club (SROC) are 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.

1990

The handicap race was held at Duxbury Park Wood in Chorley and was won by Mark Broughton.his90_1.jpg (43491 bytes)

The Winter Street League finished in March. Maurice Dean won the short course, David Whittaker the medium course and Tim Watkins the long course.

At the Jan Kjellström (JK) Relays at Craig a Barns, Dick Collins, Mel Wilkinson and Tony Newton won the the M45 class.

In the spring Lorna Collett won the W65 class at the British Championships at Ewden Valley and Brian Looker won M50B. Lorna followed this up by also winning W65 at the Scottish Championships at Inver.

During the summer both Mark Broughton and Ian Beck completed the Bob Graham Round.

September marked the sad retirement of Lorna Collett (see picture, with husband Maurice) following a broken leg during an event in Germany.

The twenty sixth AGM was held at Furness College, Lancaster University on 19th September. The President's Shield was won by Stephen Shaw, and despite her injury, Lorna Collett still finished as Ladies Champion. This was the first time that the awards were judged by an awarding committee. Soon after the AGM, the Club received it's order of newly designed O-suits.

At the Karrimor International Mountain Marathon (KIMM) Tim Laney and his partner were second in the Elite class with Martin Stone and his partner third. Brian Jackson and Helene Diamantides were the second mixed pair.

October also marked the start of the Schools League with the first event at Beacon Fell on the 14th. Over a hundred school children turned up.

1991

Cragg Wood staged the handicap race which was won by John McLean.

On 13th / 14th April, Frances Watkins organised a successful SROC junior training weekend at Great Tower which attracted television coverage.

At the JK at Clumber Park and Shining Cliff, Margaret Adams won the W65 class. Margaret followed this by also winning the same class at the Scottish Championships at Birnam Hill.

Chris Donnell won the M21C class at the British Championships at Kyloe and Detchant.

In September Tim Watkins top scored at the National Team Score competition at Soudley Ponds in the Forest of Dean. Chris Donnell was third overall as were the Club.

The twenty seventh AGM was held at Furness College, Lancaster University on 18th September. It was noted that the Club had staged thirty seven events in the previous year. The winner of the Schools League was Burscough Priory High School. The President's Shield was won by Francis Myerscough, and the Ladies Champion was Margaret Adams.

The new Chairman, Tim Watkins, proposed a mapping strategy to try and standardise the Club's maps. This led to new maps of Lord's Lot, Beacon Fell, White Coppice, Savick Brook, Lancaster University, Astley Park in Chorley and Stanley Park in Blackpool.

1992

The handicap event returned to Knotts Wood on 18th January and was won by Harold White. David Whittaker was awarded the National and Provincial Trophy for services rendered to the Club.

The Winter Street League winners were Trevor Peacock who won the short course, Tim Watkins who won the medium course and Mark Hibbard who won the long course.

The JK was held at Bigland in The Lakes. Margaret Adams won the W65 class and Peter Denmark, John Robson and Stephen Shaw won the M/W11 relay class.

The success of the Schools League led to a Lancashire v Cumbria schools match at High Rigg. Cumbria triumphed narrowly.

The Bob Graham Round was successfully completed by Alan Turner, Ken Taylor and Pete Benson.

Several members of the Club achieved orienteering instructor qualifications, Cherith Knott, Chris Donnell, Dave Rideout, Andy Shaw and Gill Turner.

The twenty eighth AGM was held at Furness College, Lancaster University on 18th September. The President's Shield was won by David Roome, and Margaret Adams was the Ladies Champion.

The National Team Score competition was also held in September with SROC representing the North West. Tim Watkins was the second highest scorer, John Carberry was fifth, as were the Club.

Tim Watkins was the M35L champion at the British Night Championships at Ogden Valley.

1993

The handicap event was staged at Low Park Wood on 16th January and was won by David Whittaker. The National and Provincial Trophy was awarded to Sue Denmark for her services to the Club and the work she'd done with the Schools League.

The Winter Street League winners were Maurice Dean who won the short course, Jonathon Sear who won the medium course and Mark Hibbard who won the long course. The Schools League winners were again Burscough Priory High School.

The seventh Fiendsdale Fell Race was staged on 27th March. One hundred and sixty five runners took part. Rick Houghton was the best placed SROC member in 22nd place.

At the JK at Longmoor and Long Valley on 10th / 11th April, Judith Wingham won the W65 class. Two weeks later at the British Orienteering Championships at Brown Clee Hill, Dick Collins won the M45S class and Margaret Adams won W65.

On 9th May, the SROC Lakes Mountain Relay marked the fifth anniversary of the event. The SROC team finished seventh.

Another successful junior training weekend was held at Coniston Youth Hostel on 22nd / 23rd May. A week later at the Scottish Championships at Bowhill, Dick Collins won M40S, Maurice Collett won M70 and Dawn Lock won W45S.

The Club Social Event was held on 13th June at Witherslack.

The twenty ninth AGM was held at Furness College, Lancaster University on 9th September. Jim Lambert won the President's Shield and the Ladies Champion was Frances Watkins.

On 28th November the Club staged National Event 8 at Blawith and Torver Commons.

1994

Knotts Wood was the venue for the Club handicap on 15th January. The winner was Phil Taylor. Liz Russell was the recipient of the National and Provincial Trophy for services to the Club.

On 26th February, John Butler won the M50S class at the British Night Championships at Delamere Forest.

The Schools League winners were Burscough Priory High School.

The eighth Fiendsdale Fell Race was staged on 26th March. One hundred and fifty five runners took part. Brenda Jackson was the best placed SROC member in 80th place.

At the JK at Hereford on 2nd / 3rd April, Francis Myerscough won M70L. Also at Easter was the first junior exchange with Fredrikstad Skiklubb. Six Norwegian juniors visited SROC members, prior to a return visit in August.

An announcement was made on 24th June that Britain would once again stage the World Orienteering Championships, in 1999.his90_2.jpg (31308 bytes)

On 6th July the Permanent Orienteering Course (POC) at Williamson Park, Lancaster was opened. Barrowfield played host to the Club Social Event on 10th July.

Brendan Bolland and Rick Houghton both successfully completed the Bob Graham Round.

At the World Veteran Championships in Scotland, Maurice Collett finished 24th in M70A and Miriam Rosen finished 19th in W45A.

The Lakeland 5 Days was staged for the first time from 20th to 24th August with considerable help and assistance from SROC members. Andrew Lamb won the M11B class, David Rosen won M40L, Maurice Collett won M70, Lyndsey Richardson won W19B, Jane Anthony won W35S and Miriam Rosen won W45L. As a consequence of these fine performances, SROC won the Jubilee Trophy which was awarded by the North West Orienteering Association to the club with the highest points score at the event.

The thirtieth AGM was held at Furness College, Lancaster University on 21st September. Peter Denmark won the President's Shield and Miriam Rosen was the Ladies Champion.

The 30th Anniversary Club dinner was held on 3rd December at the Hampson House Hotel, near Lancaster. Roy Woodcock at the dinner (see picture).

1995

The Club handicap was held at Lords Lot Wood on 14th January. The winner was Barrie Bertram. Frances Watkins was awarded the National and Provincial Trophy for her training work with the Club juniors.

The Winter Street League winners were Rowena Browne who won the short course, Paul Edwards who won the medium course and Jon Carberry who won the long course.

At the British Championships at Newborough, on Anglesey, Matthew Collins won M11B.

The ninth Fiendsdale Fell Race was staged on 25th March. One hundred and thirty nine runners took part. Eddie Winslow was the best placed SROC member in 62nd place.

The Club Social Event was held at Great Tower on 17th June.

On 2nd / 3rd September, Miriam and David Rosen were the first Mixed and first Vets in the A class at the Lowe-Alpine Mountain Marathon on Mull. Tony Newton and Dave Oak were the first Vets in the C class.

The thirty first AGM was held at Furness College, Lancaster University on 7th September. Matthew Collins won the President's Shield and the Ladies Champion was Jane Anthony.

Later that month at a special event at Birkrigg Common near Ulverston, Tommy Taylor completed a special 2km M90 course.

On October 15th, tragedy struck when Mick Walder died whilst competing at the Twin Peaks event.

The KIMM was staged on 4th / 5th November in the Brecon Beacons. Brendan Bolland and his partner won the A class.

Tommy Taylor celebrated his 90th birthday on December 28th.

1996

Low Park Wood staged the Club handicap on 6th January. The winner was Michael Croft. Tim Watkins was awarded the National and Provincial Trophy for his work as Chairman.

David and Miriam Rosen both won their classes in the Classic Race in the Chinese 3 Days ! They followed up this unusual achievement by both winning their classes in the Hong Kong championships. David even found the energy to win his class in the APOC Classic Race.

The Asian theme continued with Clare Kenny competing in the Reebok Everest (yes . . that Everest) Half Marathon.

The Winter Street League winners were Jane Anthony who won the short course, Tony Lennard who won the medium course and Jon Carberry who again won the long course.

At the JK at Coate Moor and Mulgrave Woods, Margaret Adams won W70L. At the Relays at Snotterdale, David Rosen, John Carberry and Dick Collins won the new M125+ class.

The tenth Fiendsdale Fell Race was staged on 23rd March. One hundred and fifty six runners took part. Brian Jackson was the best placed SROC member in 97th place.

his90_3.jpg (31462 bytes)On 11th May, SROC finished second in the Lakes Mountain Relay Race from Langdale to Coniston.

Four SROC members competed in the World Veteran championships at Murcia in Spain, Judith Wingham, Brian Jackson, Jim Lambert and Maurice Collett. Judith Wingham recorded the best performance, finishing 21st in W65.

During the weekend of the 15th and 16th June, Heather Sinclair and Rebecca Roberts both won gold medals in the orienteering section of the Lancashire Youth Games. Sadly, this achievement was overshadowed by the news of the death of club member John McLean.

The Club Social Event was held at Beacon Fell on 6th July. Unusually this took the form of a 2 runner relay, with each runner completing 2 legs. The winners were Dick and Peter Collins. Bill and Dawn Lock prepare a feast ! (see picture).

Kevin Davison joined the growing number of SROC members to complete the Bob Graham Round.

During the weekend of 17th and 18th August, Rosalind and Paul Murray won the D class at the Lowe Alpine Mountain Marathon.

The thirty second AGM was held at Furness College, Lancaster University on 12th September. The President's Shield was won by Clive Parry and the Ladies Champion was Rebecca Roberts. Also during this month, Judith Wingham and Margaret Adams successfully cycled the 140 mile Coast to Coast cycleway between Workington and Tynemouth.

The KIMM was staged on 26th / 27th October in Galloway. Brendan Bolland and his partner again won the A class.

1997

The Club handicap was held at Knotts Wood on 11th January. The winner was Mike Pownall. The National and Provincial Trophy was awarded to Keith Hulme.

The Winter Street League winners were Jane Anthony who again won the short course, Chris Roberts who won the medium course and Jon Carberry who won the long course for the third year running.

At the JK in Cornwall, Clive Parry won M16A and Francis Myerscough won M70L.

The eleventh Fiendsdale Fell Race was staged on 22nd March. One hundred and fifty seven runners took part. For the first time there was also a Womens Race. Sadly, only six days later, club members were all saddened to hear of the death of Tommy Taylor.

At the British Championships at Clumber Park on 17th / 18th May, Clive Parry won M16A, Peter Lambert won M16B, Tim Watkins won M40S and Martyn Roome won M45S.

The Lowe Alpine Mountain Marathon was held on Jura on 31st May / 1st June. Tony Newton and Dave Hargreaves won the Veterans C class.

On 28th June, eight SROC members completed the Three Peaks Walk in 10 - 12 hours, and a further four, Sue & Martyn Roome, Chris Roberts and Keith Hulme ran it in 7.5 hours.

The Club Social Event was held at White Coppice on 5th July. This again took the form of a 2 runner relay. The winners were Ewan and Allan Cameron.

The thirty third AGM was held at Furness College, Lancaster University on 11th September. For the second year running, the President's Shield was won by Clive Parry and the Ladies Champion was Rebecca Roberts.

The Permanent Orienteering Course at Worden Park, in Leyland, was opened on 8th October.

1998

Low Park Wood staged the Club handicap on 10th January. The winner was Sarah Roberts. Roy Woodcock was awarded the National and Provincial Trophy.

The Winter Street League winners were Mary Wheeler who won the short course, Dave Hargreaves who won the medium course and Jon Carberry who won the long course for the fourth year running.

The twelfth Fiendsdale Fell Race on 21st March was organised by the Bowland Fell Runners for the first time. One hundred and forty runners took part. Brian Jacksonhis90_4.jpg (19182 bytes) finished 90th.

A coaching weekend was held at Patterdale on 9th / 10th May.

On 31st May, SROC organized the World Cup Short Distance Final Day. Peter Knott was the organiser (see picture, left). Club members were also heavily involved in the Park Race at Williamson Park two days previously. David Rosen was the World Cup Technical Director (see picture, right).

Five SROC members competed in the World Veteran championships in the Czech Republic, Judith Wingham, Brian Jackson, Sue Denmark, John Denmark and Maurice Collett. Maurice Collett recorded the best performance, finishing 9th in M75.

his90_5.jpg (24467 bytes)Barrowfield played host to the Club Social Event on 11th July. This took the form of a pairs score event. The winners were Miriam Rosen and Maurice Collett.

The Lakeland 5 Days was staged for the second time from 2nd to 7th August with considerable help and assistance from SROC members. John Richards won M65, Francis Myerscough won M70 and Maurice Collett won M75.

The thirty fourth AGM was held at Furness College, Lancaster University on 10th September. Mike Ormerod was the Club Chairman (see picture). The Clive Parry won the President's Shield for the third year and Judith Wingham was the Ladies Champion.

Sadly the year ended with the death of Francis Myerscough after a short illness.

1999

Tarn Beck staged the Club handicap on 9th January. The winner was Peter Knott. The National and Provincial Trophy was awarded to David Rosen for his work at the World Cup in 1998.

The Winter Street League winners were Janet Vials who again won the short course, Ali Welsh who won the medium course and Steve Wilson who won the long course.

SROC members participated in the British Orienteering Federation (BOF) Clubs Open Day which was staged at Great Tower and Grizedale on 24th April.

At the British Championships at Graythwaite on 8th May, Matthew Collins won M16B, Clive Parry won M18A, Ian Bond won M18B, Martyn Roome won M45S and Maurice Collett won M75L.

Martyn Roome and Maurice Collett repeated their winning runs at the British at the Scottish Championships on 29th May.

The Club Social Event was held at Beacon Fell on 26th June. The winners were Rowena Browne and Christopher Nash.

Clive Parry competed in the Junior World Orienteering Championships in Varna, Bulgaria from 5th - 11th July. Maurice Collett was 13th in M75 at the World Veterans championships in Denmark.

John Denmark cycled from Lands End to John O Groats and raised £3650 for cancer charities.

The thirty fifth AGM was held at Furness College, Lancaster University on 8th September. For the fourth year running, the President's Shield was won by Clive Parry and Sarah Hutton was the Ladies Champion. 

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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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