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The 2014 MTB-O series kicked off at Bsorah Trail Farm near Hartebeespoort Dam on Sunday ! A magnificent - but one of the most technical to date - network of single track greeted competitors...and there were plenty of them ! Brian Gardner (Mapper/Planner) can be well satisfied with the turnout - numbers are growing !

There was something for everyone...even the youngsters got to ride a 10km route. RACO's Mathew Dos Santos opted to run into the Finish, dropping his bike just before the last Emit checkpoint !

The Long 24km race was won by Nicholas Mulder, with sister Michele Botha taking the Medium 16km course. The Short course was won by Karen Chambers with one of the Morrison boys as companion [Sorry, cannot tell the difference between Connor and Cameron - ED]. Full official finishing details will be available shortly.

Although racers got to put in plenty more k's than the straight-line route suggested - [I completed 23km's in my quest in the Medium category ! - ED] - there were plenty smiley faces at the end !

The next MTB event in the Series takes place at Northern Farm on 28th September. 

Just one thing...beginners tip for free ..... NEVER tell an Orienteer "you are going the wrong way !" Must say, I never saw the chappie again - maybe HE is still out there !!!


Imagine, two days of tough but enjoyable Cunning Running in the Cradle of Mankind ! While the Rocky Valley event on Sunday was billed as the Mountain Marathon, competitors found the going pretty vertical on day one at Kloofendal as well. Two well organised events by the ROC and RACO clubs - a treat for Bush-hungry dyed in the flesh "Real Orienteers" ! 

The Kloofendal Brown 5,5km course was no real challenge for the likes of Bradley Lund, Eugene Botha and Paul Wimberley - finishing in that order, while for the ladies it was Michele Botha, Tania Wimberley and Christie Courtnage who duked it out. Garry Morrison and Margeret Archibald took the Victor's spoils in the 4,4km Blue dash, with an 'injured' Tim Chambers killing the opposition with a very speedy blast over the 3,7km of rough Green course terrain. Heather Wimberley was the first lady in. Sarah Wimberley and Connor Morrison took the overall honours in the Light Green (2,9km) and Orange (2,3km) categories. All finishing details can be found in RESULTS.

Then, as if to add insult to injury, on Sunday entrants were taken further along the ridge to the Rocky Valley and Achterbergh camps....where the mountains are big and the competitors very afraid !!!

The 2014 Mountain Marathon Champions had no trouble fighting the steep ascents and some vertical drops, interspersed with a few flattish bits of veld.
Crowning glory - Bradley Lund (Mens Open); Michele Botha (Ladies Open); Karen Chambers (Master Ladies) and Garry Morrison (Veteran Mens). 

Also in the prizes were Monique Lanz (Veteran Ladies) - seen here with MM Event Controller Glynn aka 'Uncle Bob' - and David Chambers (Master Men) also keeping the RACO colours flying high.
[All photos courtesy of our new 'resident photographer' Adi de Klerk - ED]. 

The Championships were run simultaneously with the normal Colour Coded Courses, and even though those competitors did not qualify for Championship Titles (some running out of their age categories), they deserve some mention. [All details are otherwise posted in RESULTS].

Quickest course (Men/Women) times were as follows:

Brown (8,43km / 660m)
Men - Bradley Lund  (1:23:48)
Women - Lisa de Speville (2:36:25)
Blue (6,59km / 510m):
Men - Gary Morrison (1:15:52)
Women - Michele Botha (1:33:36)
Green (4,61km / 325m):
Men - Gary de Klerk (1:05:52)
Women - Monique Lanz (1:23:45)
Light Green (3,56km / 220m):
Men - Keagan van Huyssteen (0:43:52)
Women - Kirsten Chambers (0:48:57)

A huge thank you goes to all the people who made the weekend the success it was.  A special thanks to the whole RACO family for their valued assistance at Rocky Valley. Without you - the volunteers - RACO just could not stage the competitor-friendly and smooth flowing events. [Bob and I sincerely thank you all - ED].

We look forward to the next Festival Weekend coming up in Tshwane on 20/21 September !



Yes, the electronic timing systems we employ at Orienteering events these days are a far cry from the very manual methods of the past. However, not having any form of results at the finish of an event is a big turnoff - especially for newcomers to the sport !!!

Organisers take heed, the 'washline' is a favourite meeting place for all competitors to compare with the opposition and at least find out how they fared in the big scheme of things. Without results it becomes a damp squib !. So, in the absence of a computer screen or printouts, lets at least have the 'washline' up and running please !


It is with great sadness we bid a last goodbye to another one of the Orienteering family. Ruedi Siegenthaler - a stalwart of Orienteering in South Africa - passed away last week. 
He will forever be remembered for his quiet, yet firm grip on the sport; his never-ending dedication and care for everything around him; compassionate, encouraging and most sincere in every way. [Photo courtesy of the PENOC website - ED]

His Funeral Service will be held this Wednesday 27 August (11:30) at the Christ Church in Constantia - while a Memorial Service will also take place at the Newlands Forest Fire Station at 15:30 on Friday.  Anyone travelling to Cape Town this week is invited to attend.

Go well Ruedi - your Gauteng Orienteering friends will miss you and think of all those good times in the forests ! 


The next race in the 2014 Sprint Relay Series takes place on Sunday 7 September at the UJ Campus, Soweto. A fun format of four person teams (two ladies, two gents) with no particular rules about club affiliation. So, ANYONE can enter - club membership is NOT a requirement and inter-club team entries are encouraged. So, link up with some friends and come join the fun ! All details can be found in EVENT NOTICES


The newly adopted "Sarah Pope" Start Method works fantastically well - for organisers and competitors alike - provided everyone is tuned in ! It's really quite simple - but amazing how some people can't understand the concept. So here it is - 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 (T+2).
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
10. QED !!!

In future there may not be an Official at the Control Clock and chart.....so, 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].

Oh, and one other issue....no, madame, we do not generally sync our clocks to a satellite !!!!!!!!!!!!


The re-running of the Gauteng Orienteering Championship - Long Distance - will take place at the original venue (Big Red Barn - Olifantsfontein) on Wednesday 24th of September. All the new details are available in EVENT NOTICES.


"Time is fleeting...madness takes it's toll ....!" - in the words of those Rocky Horror music makers, get your entries in for the SA Championships taking place at Hilton College (KZN) on the weekend of 4 to 6 October ! And if you haven't already done so, make your accommodation booking as soon as possible - the town is gonna be flooded by Orienteers :-).

All the Championship Details are available in EVENT NOTICES.



Editor - Pat de Klerk
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Web Master - Glynn de Klerk
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Contact Tania at coach@racorienteers.co.za if you are keen to partake in the Free Training Sessions.


7 September - Soweto Campus (UJ) - Sprint Relay

20/21 September - Tshwane Festival of O'

24 September - Big Red Barn - GOC Long Championships
Details can be found in EVENTS.


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.


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 !


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 !.