RACO CLAIM TWENTY TITLES AT GAUTENG CHAMPIONSHIPS !
The tough courses in the Haenertsberg forests around Standford Lake, were no match for the contingent of RACO runners this past weekend !. While the organising club - Adventure Racers - tried their best to put competitors through the thickest of brambles, several club members picked up double wins in the Middle and Long Distance events (shown here are the Long Course Title winners)
Missing from the photo are Cindy van Zyl and Brian Courtnage, before a small glitch in the timing had been corrected, which saw them also take trophies.
The AR Club - organisers, planners and controller - is to be thanked for a great weekend of Orienteering.
Among the RACO Stars, were Tania Wimberley for her powerful run to place first among all the youngsters in the W21 (Long) division and also Timothy Chambers exerting his dominance over the chasing men in the M21 (Short) race. One double winner was Veteran Piers Pirow - here contemplating 'who' he was going to 'eat' next event !!..
Club winners were:
Heather Wimberley (W12) Long & Medium
Kirsten Chambers (W16) Long & Medium
Martinique Lanz (W20) Long & Medium
Kyle Blues (M20) Long & Medium
Tania Wimberley (W21) Long
Tim Chambers (M21) Medium
Karen Chambers (W45) Long & Medium)
Jenny Saunders (W55) Medium
Joan de Klerk (W55) Long
Piers Pirow (M40) Long & Medium
Brian Courtnage (M50) Long & Medium
Pat de Klerk (M60) Long & Medium
All the details of the weekend's racing are available in RESULTS.
VEGETATION DUEL AT STIRRUP GLEN
For the first time a brave Planner has sent the longer courses up the hills and into the really rough vegetation - thanks for the 'bush-whacking' skills-training at Stirrup Glen Brian !!!
Obviously it suited the more rough and ready individuals....and Paul Wimberley made another [Long time since the last one ! - ED] appearance on the Brown course podium.
No, he did not use a horse, nor the stick to lean on.... but he was accompanied by one of the farm's 'pooches' [Does this count as being aided in the local terrain ?!!! - ED]. Sarah Pope also ended at the sharp end of the field for the ladies on the same course. [Yes, the ladies managed...no problem....ED].
The Farm as always is filled with farmyard animals, with some strange traits; the sheep that believes he is a dog and follows everyone round at registration; the cat who stalked and pounced at each runner as they marched off to the start and then the three rattled wildebees that came thundering through the start area, after being startled by Glen Terry !!!
Note the lone guy standing off - ready for the next Orienteer onslaught....worse than shooting season !
Yes, it was rough in places, but most of us enjoyed the challenge - especially navigating through the maze of rocky cliffs in the quarry. Brian and Christie did a great job with courses that threw a bit of everything into the competition.
A big surprise of the day was Heather Wimberley winning her first ever Green course outright - well done Heather. While rest of the details will be available in RESULTS shortly, well done too to the other winners:
Connor Morrison (Yellow)
Liam Venter (Orange)
Sarah Wimberley (Light Green - girls)
Neville Roberts (Light Green - men)
Zoe Brentano (Red)
Mick Polambo (Green - men)
Anthony Stott (Blue).
ANOTHER DATE CHANGE !!!
The RACO Colour Coded event originally scheduled for 30 June has had to be postponed till 14 July, due to Landowner issues ! Please make this change in your personal calendars. More details will be available shortly.
NEW EVENT DATE
The rained-out event that was supposed to take place at Waterstone College has been re-scheduled to Saturday 3 August ! Put that in your diaries now !!!.
WEEKEND TRAINING – EVERYONE WELCOME
Special Training Sessions, very much geared for beginners, is available Saturday mornings in the Randburg area. E-mail Zoe for details : email@example.com
13 July Faerie Glen (Pretoria) Come & Try It
14 July TBA Colour Coded
21 July St Stithians College Colour Coded
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 !
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 !.