OLD LEGS DO WELL OVER ROCKS !!!
The terrain out at Pelindaba just has to be the most challenging that competitors have experienced in many years ! The veld was strewn with small 'pelindaba rocklets' just big enough to take down the unwary......and if the little semi-hidden buggers didn't get you, then the similarly disguised bits of branches did their job.
Well done to Paul Wimberley for the new map - completed in record time - of a really challenging section of the Pelindaba area. Many thanks to Controller Roger Blane and also all the RACO helpers !
Surprises on the Green and Blue courses were convincing wins by two of SA's O' stalwarts, Peter Hemer (M50) and Pat de Klerk (M60) respectively. Just goes to show....bad terrain is ideally suited to 'old mountain goats' !!!!
Bradley Lund made short work of the longer Brown course and was chased home by some distinguished competition.....among others, Lauri Leinonen from Finland !
For the ladies, it was Michele Botha who took yet another victory in the race for Brown honours; Salome van Hoepen was first lady and 5th overall on the Blue, with Alison Curtis filling top lady spot in the Green category. More RACO successes with Sarah Wimberley and Audrey Everett taking outright victories in the Light Green and Orange events.
ALL THE FINAL POSITIONS ARE AVAILABLE IN RESULTS !
MOUNTAIN MARATHON PREMATURELY SPRUNG ON COMPETITORS
Who needs a Mountain Marathon....or a Long O for that matter ?.....when we have Mohales East !!! Sunday's event out at the beautiful, game filled, seriously challenging terrained ranch was the ultimate test of strength and endurance. From the start arena it was only going to be UP....in any direction, with some tiring climbs along the way.
The tough ones among the participants fared well....and in this instance the Blue Course [surely that was a Brown ? - ED] could not separate RACO's Brian Courtnage and Glynn de Klerk, coming home winners with not a second between them !
Salome van Hoepen was first lady, in a fine fourth place overall on what was undoubtedly the toughest course of the day. Then just to demonstrate he has not lost it (yet), Club Chairman Paul Wimberley whipped the favourites on the Brown and longest Course of the day. Another lady filled third place overall here and it was a resurgence of Sarah Pope who surprised the other hopefuls.
Green course honours went to Jaco Lingerfelder, who is really getting the 'hang of the game' with Margeret Archibald (2nd overall) first lady. Our Mia Raban came close just over a minute behind Margeret.
The Light Green race was a 'RACO benefit' with no less than the first seven places going to our club !. Sarah Wimberley winning it from Keagan van Huyssteen. Cameron Morrison and Audrey Everett filled the top spots in the Orange distance event.
ALL THE FINISHING DETAILS ARE AVAILABLE IN RESULTS NOW (Thanks Glynn !)
What a fabulous setting for a Bush event.....intricate vegetation, lots of wild game ducking and diving the Orienteers [ask Evan Howell, who was almost trampled flat by a family of galloping girraffe ! - ED] and a really cozy and welcoming Event Centre equipped with boma fire and all...which came in pretty handy with a minus three degree start to the day !
Many thanks to the whole RACO organising team - especially Roger Blane (the hard task master Planner) and his Controller Gavin Venter. See everyone for the next Bush Event at Pelindaba in 3 weeks time !
GET THOSE ENTRIES IN BEFORE ITS TOO LATE !!!
No time to waste....days are flying by !
PLEASE GET YOUR ENTRIES IN FOR THE SA CHAMPIONSHIPS NOW !
Please assist the organisers by doing the On-Line Entry and Payment as soon as possible...but definitely before 12 September. "You snooze...you lose !" is the appropriate term here !!!!
Remember to drop a "YES" to email@example.com if you are staying for the Social and Relay
ROGAINES ENTRY DATE EXTENDED !!!
The 2015 Rogaines events - one day run and one day cycle - will be held in the stunning forests of Lakenvlei, near Belfast on the weekend of 5/6 September !. The DETAILS are now available and entries are open - the CLOSING DATE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO 29 AUGUST !. Use the ENTRY FORM in Event Notices to register your team's participation.
SA CHAMPS - BULLETIN 2 NOW AVAILABLE
The second bulletin - highlighting changes to the Programme for the SA Championships to be held in Sabie - is now available. See Event Notices BULLETIN 2 . Your attention is drawn to the request for a response regarding the Social/Braai and Relay !
SOME CHAMPIONSHIP TALES
How were those 'shallow pits' out in the forests ?...Paul must be commended for taking a spade with him ! But next time Paul, put some effort in and dig them a little deeper !!!!
Then one of the Control Descriptions...'At the foot of a significant tree'....I should damn well think so, Paul ! Getting to that tree - a huge drop through thick grass - was bad enough. Imagine having to climb it to get to the EMIT block !!!
To add insult to injury, on Course #4 (mainly for the old toppies) we had a climb of 60 metres from that blasted tree to the finish....a real 'killer' in any one's book !!!
Lastly, well done to the little toad that made it back to his hole in the ground before nightfall - after being disturbed by some unruly kids on Sunday morning ! His Orienteering skills and route choice were truly amazing, as we - while packing up - watched him navigate from far out in the forest !.
SA CHAMPIONSHIPS - ENTRIES ARE OPEN !
The first information Bulletin for the SA Championships to be held at Sabie in October - is now available in EVENT NOTICES. Time to start making your accommodation reservations - as these venues fill up fast ! Avoid the rush - get your entries in now !!!
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 !.
WEEKEND TRAINING – EVERYONE WELCOME
Contact Tania at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are keen to partake in the Free Training Sessions.
NEXT TRAINING :
5/6 September - Lakenvlei - 2 Day Rogaines
3-5 October - Sabie - SA CHAMPIONSHIPS
BIG FIVE YEAR !
The First Bulletin for the 2015 Big Five Series of events - starting 27 December - is now available in EVENT NOTICES. The five events take place over five competition days, around the Nelspruit area and usually attract many overseas competitors as well as SA runners. Go take a look at what's on offer !
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 !!!!!!!!!!!!