HERE'S MUD IN YOUR EYE....!
Summer has finally arrived when the first good rains fall. And to make things really interesting for the Mountain Biking O' event at Van Gaalens Farm - the heavens opened the night before ! There were lots of side-ways displays and topples into the muddy quagmires...lying in wait out on the three courses. The thirty competitors all thoroughly enjoyed the event nonetheless.
.....while Michele Botha came within a whisker of winning the Medium 16km race, pipped to the post only by Garry Morrison the overall winner.
These action photos are courtesy of Don Smythe.
While all the finishing details are available in RESULTS, it needs mention that Alex Pope won the Long 25km event, with the first lady being Tamlyn Wright. Jaco Lingervelder was the Mens race winner on the Short course.
The next MTB-O event takes place at Groenkloof (Pretoria) on Saturday 15 November. BE THERE !!!
HILTON VILLAGE HIT BY SA's CREAM !
The cream of South African Orienteering descended on the sleepy hamlet of Hilton and commandeered Hilton College and surrounds for a mammoth 2014 Title chase taking in the Middle and Long Distance as well as the coveted inter-club Relay races.
All age categories were well supported, but unfortunately only the 'top dogs' walked off with handsome trophies for the Long Distance event. Michele Botha (ROC) was crowned the 2014 SA Womens Open Champion, with RACO's Tim Chambers retaining his SA Mens Open title.
Several competitors claimed victories in both the distance races:
Mathew Bell (M16)
Dylan Barry (M20)
Stephanie Hurry (W21B)
Margeret Archibald (W35)
Linda Croxford (W45)
Brian Courtnage (M50)
Joan de Klerk (W55)
Monika Cooper (W65)
Albert Epprecht (M70)
Charles Lautenbach (M80).
Other winners for the weekend were:
Bradley Lund (M21E - Middle)
Keagan van Huyssteen (M12 - M)
Jordan van Huyssteen (M12 - L)
Sarah Wimberley (W12 - M)
Heather Wimberley (W16 - M)
Kirsten Chambers (W16 - L)
Sarah Bennet (W20 - M)
Emma Hubble (W20 - L)
Ephraim Chuene (M21B - M)
Dylan Hemer (M21B - L)
Glynn de Klerk (M40 - M)
Garry Morrison (M40 - L)
Pat de Klerk (M60 - M)
Ken Robinson (M60 - L).
The full results for all races and age groups are available in RESULTS.
....but the courses were well worth the trouble. Some stunning scenery (if one only had the time !) and an easily discernible map [Many thanks for all your sacrifices, Paul & Nico ! - ED].
A huge thank you to Hilton College for the privilege of running on their property and even more exciting for us competitors, another chance to run in the area again in 2015 for the Gauteng Championships !
Photo contributions from Adi de Klerk
AWARDS BRUNCH - BOOKING OPEN
Bookings for the Annual Gauteng Club's Prize-giving Brunch are being taken now - there is limited space, so better get your reservation in quickly ! The TUKSO organised event is being held in Norscot Manor at the Secret Tea Garden. All details can be found in EVENT NOTICES.
FUN EVENTS REMAIN
With the main Foot O' season done and dusted - it's time to wind down and enjoy a few fun events before the end of the year. Next Sunday sees the running of a Star Relay at the Campus in Bryanston; with an MTB-O race at Groenkloof (Pretoria) two weeks later. After that there is the Annual Gauteng Clubs Prize-giving lunch followed a week later by another Sprint Relay at Wits University. December brings another couple of events in the Xmas 'treasure hunt' and finally the Sprint Cup at Pretoria Botanical Gardens on 14 December. So, you thought there was nothing to do hey ?!!!
WHAT AN ORCHESTRA !
We've got to thank three people - in particular: Peter Hemer - for his vision and perseverance; Nico van Hoepen - for all his hard work mapping and planning and finally Paul Wimberley, the ever-suffering RACO Chairman for his mapping and planning....the SA Championships at Hilton College !
The weekend-long event - which was out of the top drawer - was well orchestrated by the Durban Orienteering Club (DOC) in collaboration with RACO. Thanks too go to the many members of both clubs who had a part in the success. Special mention to Clare Collier (DOC) who, at her first event, handled the chaotic starts on both days with ease !
Many thanks for organising the braai / social Bronwyn and Peter Hemer. A pleasant evening was had by all !
SILVA AWARD TO POLOKWANE !
The chief instigator and champion map-maker of Polokwane Orienteering Club, Ephraim Chuene, was the very popular winner of this year's Silva Award.
The award is made for meritorious contribution to the SA Orienteering cause and Ephraim has excelled in helping to establish his club in the northern territory, in addition to becoming a serious map- maker. Keep up the excellent work Ephraim !
ROC ARE RELAY CHAMPS
The sharp end of the SA Relay Champs entry was a torrid affair between the top club teams from RACO, TUKSOC, WITSOC and ROC. But it was the Botha/Mulder combination that ruled the day ! After several lean years....Michele, Nicholas and Eugene managed to pull it off.
....into the Hilton College grounds and nearby forest. [Just check out my team-mate Carl Holmes with wings !!! - ED] The start always a spectacle to watch !
WEEKEND TRAINING – EVERYONE WELCOME
Contact Tania at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are keen to partake in the Free Training Sessions.
2 NOVEMBER - Campus - Star Relay
15 NOVEMBER - MTB O' - Groenkloof
RACO EVENT MANUAL PUBLISHED
The RACO EVENT MANUAL is now available in GUIDELINES. This Manual sets out all the necessary steps and Procedures to stage a successful Orienteering Event. It is an aid for Planners, Controllers and Organisers and also contains Checklists and Templates.
Good idea for Orienteers to read over the document ....so you know what it all entails and in future forgive organisers - who are all volunteers doing it for the love of the sport - who do not get it spot on on race day !!!
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 !
NEW START PROCEDURE - FOR DUMMIES !
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
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 !!!!!!!!!!!!
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 !.