SA CHAMPIONSHIPS HOTTER THAN EVER !
Not to mention the drought, the dry, baking hot conditions up on the Highveld made for extreme running at this year's SA Champs held at B'Sorah Farm near Hartebeespoort Dam. Competitors were treated to two totally different terrains - albeit on the same excellent Nicholas Mulder map - for the Middle and Long Distance races.
....was run in an area which had less rocky detail, and more open veld, with courses lending towards some fast times. While the Middle distance races were contested over some very detailed rocky bits, making the going decidedly more technical. No problem for the medal winners in this competition though.....
Several entrants achieved double gold for the weekend, with RACO taking the lions share of the prizes:
Shelby Dos Santos (W12)
Connor Morrison (M12)
Keagan van Huyssteen (M16)
Andries Swart (M20)
Karen Chambers (W45)
Joan de Klerk (W55)
Karin Spottiswoode (W65)
Pat de Klerk (M60)
Peter King (M70)
Detailed category course finish times are available in LONG DISTANCE RESULTS and MIDDLE DISTANCE RESULTS
All in all some great competition in tough, but fair conditions, enjoyed by all.
On behalf of all the competitors - and there was a very encouraging and competitive field of runners for the weekend - we extend our thanks to the Rand Orienteering Club (ROC) for a superb map, excellent courses and a very well organised event !.
ROC TAKE RELAY TITLE ....AGAIN !
The Rand Orienteering Club (ROC) fielded three of their top runners to ward off a challenge from our RACO 'hot shot' team - out to wrest the coveted SA Relay Champions' trophy shield.
Eugene, Alex and Michele had the beating of Paul, Glynn and Christie though, to take the honours by just over four minutes ! Third spot went to the WISOC trio of Spencer, Sarah and Dylan.
The race took place in one of the most technical areas ever for a relay event staged in SA ! Held at the Le Godimo Horse Trails and eventing venue, runners were bamboozled by the many 'like' controls set out in a space that could only be described as a maze !. But it was great fun and the entry of 17 Club teams with the addition of another 7 ad-hoc entries made for a great morning of racing. The final results are available HERE .
SILVA AWARD GOES TO ......
Karen Chambers was the very deserved recipient of the Silva Award - for the most significant contribution to SA Orienteering in 2016.
One of three SAOF members nominated for their contributions - the other two were President Garry Morrison and Richard Lund - Karen has been instrumental in spear-heading the most successful School's League and is always at hand for the youngsters coming in to our sport. Well done Karen.
LATEST EVENT STANDARDS AVAILABLE
The latest version (5) of the Gauteng Orienteering Club's Event Standards are now available in GUIDELINES
LONG URBAN SLOG
The annual Long-O race took place in the urban environment starting at Emmarentia Dam on Sunday. The longer than usual courses led participants along the upper-spruit and through to Albert's Farm in the West....then back to the finish below the dam wall.
Tania (Veteran); Karen (Grand Master); Joan (Master); Glynn (Veteran); Alex (Senior) and Piers (Master) show off the spoils of toil ! Missing from the festivities were Michele (Senior) and Ken (Grand Master).
All the official finishing positions are in RESULTS
YOUR ROUTE CHOICE - ILLUSTRATED !
Route Gadget is an application that allows one to plot the actual route you took during a past O'event ! See how you fared against your peers.......find ways that you could improve with your route choices.
THE GAUTENG CHAMPS MAPS ARE NOW AVAILABLE - GO DRAW YOUR ROUTES !
Click to go to ROUTE GADGET as hosted on the Rand Orienteering Club (ROC) website. [With kind permission ROC]
FORTHCOMING EVENTS AND TRAINING
27 November - Carvers - GOC Lunch/Prize-giving
Details can be found in EVENT FLYERS
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 !.
NEW START PROCEDURE - FOR DUMMIES !
New Start Procedure Made Simple:
1. Choose a Start time for your course from the Chart supplied at the Start area
2. Write your name in a blank block on the chart
3. Write that time on your Start Stub
4. Remember that time !!!
5. Be available at Start at least 5 minutes before your official race start time
6. The Control Clock is set 2 minutes ahead of the Race Clock
7. When the Control Clock indicates your Start Time - proceed to starting pens
8. Hand your Start Stub to Official
9. Start Official will instruct you to move forward at T-1, then count down to your Race Start (T-0)
10. GO - pick up Map and you're on your way !!!
Keep focused whilst in the start area. You miss your start time - you get dumped back in the queue to the next available time slot ! Period. [Internationally, a competitor missing a start time would be penalised- ED].
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. ONLY ONE ENTRY PER REGISTERED PERSON !
Once Logged In - select "REGISTER FOR COMPETITION". Your name will appear within a table and then Click "EDIT" and select drop-down details as necessary. (If you are not a member of a Club, select "INDIVIDUAL/NO CLUB"). Then submit by Clicking on "UPDATE". You're done !!