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News - March 2015

Compass Sport Trophy

The club competed in the Compass Sport Trophy this year at Sherwood Pines in Nottinghamshire. This is the club competition, which requires the whole club to turn up and compete together to beat the other teams.  As in recent years, the whole squad performed marvelously well. This year we finished 2nd out of 8 teams in our competition for small clubs.  It must be the benefit of our weekly orienteering school, which is helping us to improve the squad year on year.

The juniors did absolutely great. There were Lucy Seddon, Robert Seddon and Josh Sammon on Orange and Oliver Heib on Green.  The young adults are really strong now, whilst there were strong performances from Mark Seddon, Kevan Latham and others of more mature years! 

Unfortunatley we didn't qualify for the final this year but the way we are improving it can't be far away.

JK Easter Weekend

A very big orienteering festival is coming to the North West this Easter 3rd to 7th April. On Good Friday, SELOC are helping with the organisation to put on a sprint race around the grounds of Lancaster University. There are anticipated to be 1000s of people in attendance so this is a massive event to be involved in. 

Orienteering is predominantely run by volunteers and without them events like this just wouldn't be possible. Everyone should feel really proud to be part of this as it is really quite an achievement to help put on these events.  

You can find more details on the weekend at JK.

50th Anniversary Celebrations

The SELOC 50th anniversary celebrations continue in April with our big hostel weekend away. Contact Caroline now to confirm your place. We are having a race at Hardcastle Crags near Hebden Bridge on the Saturday and training using a permanent orienteering course local to the hostel on the Sunday.


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News - February 2015

SELOC 50th Anniversary

This year is SELOC's 50th anniversary having been in existance since 1965.  The club continues to go from strength to strength and there is no better time to get involved. We will be having a special weekend away to celebrate the year in April - so watch this space for more details.

North West Night League Results

It is thought to be the first time in the league’s history we have had a female winner Heather Gardner SROC 118 points who fought off a late challenge by Quentin Harding SROC at the last event in the Irwell Valley
Many congratulations to her and are all the class winners:
Edward Calow DEE M18-
Pete Kidd SELOC M19-M35
Quentin Harding SROC M40+ who just pipped long time leader and newcomer to our league, John Embrey
Hannah Goldswain & Anuli Clough PFO W18-
Heather Gardner SROC W19-W35
Sian Calow DEE W40+

News - January 2015

Club Champions

The new reigning club champions were unveiled at the Christmas Dinner, following the event at Tandle Hill at the end of December. We have three worthy champions in different age groups who demonstrateded above usual performance at the PFO event at Townely Park, Burnley in November. They are:

Senior Champion - Roy Stevenson

Junior Champion - Joel Thetford

Mini Champion - Theo Middleton

News - November 2014

Christmas Orienteeering and Social
This year's SELOC Christmas event will be held at Tandle Hill Country Park, Tandle Hill Road, Royton, OL2 5UX on Monday 29th December.
Timings and food venue are yet to be confirmed - watch this space.

SELOC Club Championships 2014

This year's Club Championships will be hosted by PFO at their Townley Park & Colliery Level C Event on Sunday 7th December 2014.
Courses are available from White to Brown, there is no restriction on the course you run but please let us know your choice by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so we can inform PFO of approx. numbers on each course (to assist with map printing). 

This is a rare chance for everyone to compete, and using our 'complicated handicap quadratic formula' everyone has an equal chance to replace the current champs, Clive Atty and Lucy Seddon, as the new 2014 Club Champion and Junior Champion respectively.

Prizes will be awarded at the SELOC Christmas Social - for details see above.

Early Call for SELOC Relay Teams to enter 2015 JK

The 2015 JK is being held in the Lake District, we are considering entering the Relay Race on Monday 6 April at Graythwaite Estate if you are interested in being part of a team please let us know on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

News - October 2014

BrightBikeLights 20% Discount Offer

North West Night League sponsors BrightBikeLights have just announced a 20% discount on orienteering lights for north west club members. If you have fancied treating yourself (or a loved one?) to a new more powerful headtorch visit their website and use the voucher code "NORTHWESTNIGHT" when checking out.

Annual General Meeting

The SELOC annual general meeting was held at Edgworth Cricket Club on 14 October. We have held the AGM at this venue for the last few years and it is proving a great success. The comfy chairs and large table (right next to the bar) provides a great venue for the meeting, which was followed by a pie supper and the club quiz.

The club is in good health at the moment with an increase in membership of over 10% in the last 18 months. It is particularly encouraging to see a number of youngsters and young adults joining the club in recent times.

The principle positions in the club remain unchanged for this year. Club chair is Pete Kidd, Secretary is Caroline Barcham and Treasurer is Alan Heron.  Mark Sammon will continue with his role of looking after the map library and IT expert but will not attend committee this year. Therese is now at Birmingham University and will not longer attend committee. Ross Smith becomes the new Junior Captain.

The North West Orienteering Association (NWOA) recently voted at its AGM to extend its sponsorship of course fees from 50% to 100%. SELOC members can take advantage of this offer to go on first aid, coaching, planning or controlling courses, which will benefit themselves personally and also the club. 

2015 will be the 50th anniversary of our club. We are planning to put an event on at Hardcastle Crags near Hebden Bridge to mark the occasion. This was one of the first areas that SELOC put an event on. We will also have a large party at some point in the year.


The quiz was put on by last years winner Pete Kidd. There were 20 questions split between 4 categories of Orienteering, Sport, Local Knowledge and General Knowledge. A tie breaker was required to split the field as John McIntosh, Clive Atty and Mark Seddon all got 12 out of 20. The tie breaker was 'to the nearest point one of a mile, how long is the M60?'. Mark Seddon was the closest to the correct answer - 36.1 miles - and was duly crowned quiz champ 2014.

SROC/MDOC street league

The winter street league season is back this week! The SROC series in Lancashire kicks off on Wednesday 22nd in Blackburn and the MDOC series in South Manchester kicks off on Tuesday 28th in Didsbury. SELOC members are very welcome at either of these leagues. We will be putting on two of the events in the SROC series - one in Bolton and one in Wigan.

These events involve running around the streets for a fixed length of time - either 60 minutes or 75 minutes. The aim is to visit as many of the points marked on the map and gain as many controls as possible. Different controls have different points value associated with them so devising a strategy to visit the highest value controls is important. You must also avoid being back late as penatly points are deducted for a late return. Torches and high visibility clothing are essential. The events are usually based in pubs and people normally stop around for a pint and some tea afterwards.

North West Night League (NWNL) -


The North West Night League is orienteering in the dark. Several of the clubs in the north west take it turns to put on an event on a Saturday night. SELOC will be putting on our event at Beacon Park (Skelmersdale) on Saturday 29th November but there are also events being put on by LOC, SROC, PFO, DEE and MDOC. A good torch is essential but you wouldn't believe how good fun it can be (and challenging) trying to find a control in the dark. Orienteering at night is a great leveller of ability and sticking to the tried and tested techniques - like following line features - is essential.

Saturday 8th November  2014 DEE event

Venue: Arrowe Park, Birkenhead

Saturday 22nd November  2014 SROC event

Venue: Williamson Park, Lancaster LA1 1UX

Saturday 29th November 2014 SELOC event

Venue: Beacon Country Park, Skelmersdale, WN8 7RU

Saturday 6th December 2014 PFO event

Venue:  Towneley Park and Colliery, Burnley BB11 3RQ

Saturday 10th January 2015 LOC event

Venue: Summerhouse Knott, Newby Bridge

Saturday 24th January 2015  MDOC Event

Venue: Irwell Valley, Prestwich, Manchester.


Club Night - Monday Nights in Bolton

The monday night club night is now back at Eagley Junior School for the winter months. This runs from 6.30 to 8pm every week. The session is typically split in to three parts - 1. fitness training, 2. map work, and 3. drinks/biscuits. We quite often do some circuit training first and then move on to practising or learning about orienteering technique in the second half of the evening. These sessions are appropriate for beginners and more experienced orienteers alike as there is always something we can learn from each other.

Members Newsletter

All SELOC members receive regular newsletters through the post. Until the latest AGM, Roy Stevenson has been editor of the SELOC newsletter. This is a role he has being doing for an incredibly long time - in fact since 1996! The club is very grateful to Roy for the contribution he has made in producing the newsletter on a bi-monthly basis for all these years.

We are pleased to announce that we have a new newsletter editor, Rhian Glover. Contributions to the newsletter can be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Membership Renewals

As of November 1st, SELOC will be accepting membership renewals for 2015. As agreed at the AGM, membership fees remain unchanged from 2014 going in to 2015. That is the membership fees are £20 for adults (£15 SELOC, £5 BOF) and £4 for children (£2 SELOC, £2 BOF). The easiest way to join or renew membership of SELOC is via the British Orienteering website.

There are a number of benefits of membership that even longstanding members may not be aware of. A number of attractive discounts have been arranged for BOF members. These include 15% off at Cotswolds Outdoor, 10% off at Go Ape, 10% off at, 10% off at YHA and 10% off at AA. See the full list here.

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