The SROC Year
Welcome to the 'SROC Year'. This page aims to give you a flavour of the 'SROC Year' by describing a typical twelve months in the life of our club.
In addition to the events named below, the Club also stages a full range of orienteering events, catering for all ages, abilities and levels of experience.
Orienteering is primarily organised and run by volunteers, so
everyone is encouraged to
contribute. This can be helping once or twice a year at an event. You
could take on a major role as Organiser or Planner, or be a member of a
team involved in running one part of the event, such as the Start. You
could get involved in preparing maps, or help with the general
operation of the club, e.g. by becoming a Committee
organising the Club archives or contributing to the newsletter or
website. Helping is a great way of getting to know other SROC members.
Bleary eyed, SROC members welcome in the New Year with an Informal
Event. Prizes and mince pies may be on offer at the New
Not long after, we stage the annual SROC Handicap, at a SROC area somewhere near you. A mass start event where the score you have to achieve depends on the calculations (and whims) of the Club Statistician. First past the post is the winner! This is followed by a social evening, including a Jacob's Join buffet and the annual prizegiving. There are awards aplenty . . . to the man and woman who in the eyes of the SROC Committee have been the outstanding SROC orienteers for the previous year, for the SROC Club League and Galoppen (see below) and finally, the National and Provincial Trophy is awarded for one individual's outstanding services to SROC.
Tuesday Night Training will be starting up again after its customary break during the school holidays. This takes place at Ripley St Thomas School in Lancaster from 6.30 to 8.00pm. The focus of the evening is some form of circuit training, but there may also be gym-based orienteering exercises, team exercises, basket ball and so on. General good fun for all comers. So if you haven't been before, please come along. More details, including a map, are on the Fixtures list.
The Night Street League and Tuesday Night Training are in full
swing. After a handful of events, the Club League
and the Gallopen
are starting to take shape. For seniors, the Club League is based on
national ranking points. For juniors, it reflects performance in major
events throughout the country during the year. In contrast, the
Gallopen is aimed at those who prefer to compete at lower key events,
running on White, Yellow, Orange or Light Green courses.
The first SROC Newsletter of the year drops through your letterbox.
The Annual Club
Dinner takes place in March.
This normally takes the
form of a sit down meal. See the Fixtures
list for more
Event 10 of the Night Street League brings the league to a
close, followed by a social and
prizegiving. As well as trophies for the winners of the Men's, Ladies
and Pairs competitions, there is the Tower Trophy to be presented for
the best performance in one of the events held around Blackpool.
The second team event of the year is the Jan
Kjellström Relays. This follows two days of individual
races. Hosting of the JK moves around the regions.
This is a holiday event as well as a top level competition, which
attracts a good contingent of SROC members.
Well, the JK may have already passed, depending upon the timing of Easter holidays! If so, you can while away a few hours with the next copy of the newsletter.
By now, the Team Captain has got those relay teams honed to perfection, just in time for the British Relay Championships. This is usually combined with another prestigious event of the year: the British Championships. SROC will be hoping that some of its members make it on to the podium.
The second big social event of the year is the Club
Picnic but first
you have to earn it with a swift 3-4km!
June also sees the first of a series of informal events, often held in local parks. Great training for young and old alike. Details to be found in the third newsletter of the year.
One of the quieter months of the year . . . except for the
preparing release number four ! Some club members will undoubtedly be
pitting their wits
against Europe's finest. Or travelling to a multi-day event somewhere
in the British Isles. In alternate years this might be the Scottish 6
Day. Every fourth year, there is the Lakes 5 Day, with SROC often
taking responsibility for the planning &/or organisation of one of
After the summer break, Tuesday Night Training resumes at Ripley School. And it's AGM time, normally held at Furness College in Lancaster University. The formal proceedings are followed by . . . yet more food !
Believe it or not, the Night Street League's
starting again. Can it
really be that time already? The first event may have competitors
running round the streets of Chorley. A fortnight later it might be in
Carnforth. With the street events usually based at a pub or
social club this series offers good opportunities for
socialising. Expect lively discussion of route choice and other
The nights are drawing in and that gives you time to read Newsletter number five. Or would you prefer to go out into the woods in the dark? The North West Night League will now be underway, with one of the events hosted by SROC. And around now there is Spook-O. Try to score points in the company of ghouls and ghosts and other assorted weird creatures whilst avoiding the vampires. Great fun for both adults and children.
The SROC Club League is into its final stages. Could that great run in the recent LOC Regional Event have elevated you to the top of the table?
The year is almost over and planning is well under way for the New Year Cracker. . . . we could get into a continuous loop here! The last newsletter of the year coincides with the Christmas post and it's Happy Christmas from everyone at SROC.
Last Updated : 21.01.10