OVER ONE HUNDRED NAVIGATE WITS EDUCATION CAMPUS
The students from WITSOC put on an interesting course at the Wits Educational Campus last Sunday. The courses were short and fast with a twist - there was a map flip halfway through the course, making relocating very interesting indeed !. WITSOC really set new event standards with a fancy marquee and flower arrangements on the registration and finish table. (Ok, they were left there from a function the previous day, but this didn't stop the students from making use of them !).
[Short opening write-up submitted by Christie Courtnage. Photos courtesy the Courtnage Family)
At last the ladies have also taken up the challenge and Jess Lund went out and beat 'queen' Stephanie Courtnage - by a mere 22 seconds nonetheless. Christie was third in the ladies race.
Young Keegan Roberts from RACO, seen here taking off from the start, is making good progress and finished well up in the Novice division - having navigated his way single-handedly round the tricky bits of the campus...
Another one for the up and coming youngsters was Connor Morrisons' victory over usual winner and brother Cameron in the Novice event.
Then - just as we thought Mike Crone was beginning to crack - he romped home an easy winner amongst the men fighting it out in the longer version of the Urban series. Brad Lund finishing second and last week's victor Tim chambers a fighting third. All results are available in RESULTS now.
Next event is at Golden Harvest Park on Sunday 9 March. See you all there !
A CHALLENGER AT LAST !
Finally we had a challenge for Mike Crone's crown at the Joburg Zoo event on Sunday....
RACO's Tim Chambers won the Men's race beating Mike by 34 seconds, with our Nico van Hoepen in a fine third spot.
A massive turnout - with 113 cards issued at Registration - including many, many newcomers all having a great time navigating their way round the miriad animal enclosures.
Predictably, Stephanie Courtnage had the beating of the Ladies field, including Jess Lund and Sarah Pope second and third respectively. While the battle of the Camerons continued in the Novice division ! Once again the Morrison off-spring beating Cameron Ferreira by a slim margin. ALL THE FINISHING POSITIONS AND TIMES ARE AVAILABLE IN RESULTS NOW.
Nice to see - among the new faces - some returning members, like Mia Raban here on the left with friends completing their second challenge. The Raban family, Charles and Philip should be back soon too !
Big thanks to the Joburg Zoo and all the RACO members who assisted at the event. And lastly, but most importantly, well done to Mick Polambo and Colleen (setting controls) for his first event planning and organising attempt. Thanks Mick !
EXCITING NIGHT RACING SOON - PRE-ENTRIES ONLY !!!
Be sure to get your entry in for the Night Event of the Year ..... at Houghton Golf Estate on SATURDAY 22 MARCH ! Note: It is a PRE-ENTRY EVENT ONLY. Enter on-line at:
www.orienteeringonline.net BEFORE 20 March. Headlamps or torches are essential equipment for the three courses on offer within the safety of the golf estate. See EVENT NOTICES for details.
RACO AIM TO WIN RELAYS !
Get your name to Paul Wimberley, email@example.com who is making the team selections for this year's Gauteng Orienteering Club Relay Championships - to be held at the University of Johannesburg campus on Sunday 16 March !
All RACO members are urged to join in the fun event - for a few serious athletes and then there is the rest of us ! Anyone can take part !!!
SCHOOL'S LEAGUE 2014
The 2014 Orienteering Schools League has ended....with Fourways High taking the overall honours once again ! The individual age category prize-winners were: Christie Courtnage (Senior Girl); Jaya Curtis (Junior Boy); Kirsten Chambers (Junior Girl) and Tim Chambers (Senior Boy).
[Photo courtesy Lisa De Speville - off the SA Orienteering website]
YOUNG ORIENTEERS WELCOME - AND OLDER ONES TOO !!! (See above)
The Young Orienteers Challenge (YOC) which caters to teach young children the basics of O' in a fun way ....is alive and well at every main Orienteering event in Gauteng.
Finding the comic characters and 'punching' their own cards, with a simple map as a guide is a thoroughly enjoyable experience as the youngsters progress to bigger things. And there is always someone on hand (like Sarah here) to teach the littlies in their 'own language' ! So, bring your youngsters to the next event then !
WEEKEND TRAINING – EVERYONE WELCOME
Our next training session will take place on 29 March . The coaching will be divided into two groups to cater for both newcomers and more experienced orienteers
Contact Tania at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are keen to partake in the Free Training Sessions.
9 MARCH - GOLDEN HARVEST - URBAN #4
16 MARCH - UJ - GOC RELAYS
22 MARCH - HOUGHTON GC - URBAN #5 (NIGHT)
ONLINE EVENT ENTRY
All SA Orienteering events are listed on the On-Line Entry Service at:
Procedure: Register on the site. Click on Country and Event (by date) follow the instructions to enter any event.
ALL RESULTS NOW AVAILABLE
Go to the RESULTS Section to see all the results of this year's races and the latest Colour Coded Performance Log. Acknowledgements to Richard Lund, for his never-ending hard work in this department !
VERY EARLY WARNING - SAOC 2014
Better believe it - the First Bulletin for the 2014 SA Orienteering Championships is already available !!! (See EVENTS). Co-hosted by the Durban Orienteering Club and RACO, the event takes place on the Hilton and Grace College campuses. So, no excuses - you have plenty of time to plan your trip to Howick (Kwazulu Natal) over the weekend of 4 - 6 October.
2014 SCHOOLS LEAGUE
All the information for next year's Gauteng Schools' League is now available in EVENTS (see Brochure and Registration Form). A series of several short course events in Parks and Schools around Joburg - specially dedicated to promoting Orienteering at school level (junior and senior). Be part of the fun series !!!
WHAT IS ORIENTEERING ?
Orienteering is an outdoor adventure activity, which involves finding your way through unfamiliar terrain using a specially prepared map and your own common sense. It can be compared to a treasure hunt. In Orienteering, you learn to read the map, measure distances, use a compass and find your way in cross-country surroundings and at the same time have fun.
Participants leave the starting point at regular intervals and must find their way to several checkpoints, set-out at various features in the area and return to the finish, after visiting each checkpoint. The competitor with the shortest elapsed time on each course, is declared the winner.
The activity can be enjoyed by adults and children - old and young - fit or unfit. As you set your own pace walking or running - it is ideal recreation for individuals or groups. Families are welcome to try Orienteering, going round the course together.
The length of an Orienteering course varies from 1,5 km with six to ten controls for beginners, up to about 10 km for the more adventurous. The challenge is yours !.