Capping a great season, Timothy Chambers and Stephanie Courtnage ran away with this year's Sprint Cups at the National Botanical Gardens in Roodepoort.
However, both of them were tested to the full by the chasing pack - Brad Lund finishing only 28 seconds behind Tim in the two-heat format; and Christie Courtnage winning the second heat from sister Steph, leaving Steph the winner by a mere 19 seconds overall, with Sarah Pope several minutes behind. Nico van Hoepen was the third man home. Sarah Wimberley had the beating of the whole Novice field.
Another great Gauteng Orienteering season culminating in the Sprint, has drawn to finality. We hope to see you all again in the new year in an exciting Calendar of races with something for everyone's enjoyment. See you in 2014 !.
RACO TURN OUT IN FORCE AT ONE TOUGH RACE
Just as the lady said..."up at 4:30 and done and dusted by 7:30 !". The finely tuned RACO machine converged in Malibongwe Drive to 'host' the 6km Water Table for this year's RAC 32km Tough One road race.
Really good to see some new faces join the efficient team, compensating for some others who didn't quite make it this time round. Thank you everyone for giving up your Sunday morning lie-in, but I'm sure you enjoyed the coffee and muffins for a road-side breakfast anyway !
One can only keep the RACO clan serious for a few minutes - before they revert to the clowns we all are !!!!!!!
GALA EVENT TO HONOUR ACHIEVERS AND OTHERS !
Another O' Season was drawn to a close at the Gauteng Orienteering Clubs Annual Luncheon - this time hosted by ROC at the Swiss Club in Midrand. All the age category winners were presented with trophies for a year of 'hard work' out on the colour coded / cross country courses.
Although all the performance Logs are displayed in RESULTS - so you can see how you fared in comparison to the other 117 on the Cross Country version of the game - the main winners for the prestigious overall Log were Sarah Pope and Bradley Lund.
Amassing enough points throughout the season were the Courtnage family of Steph, Brian and Christie to knock the stuffing out of the opposition families - to win the Family Section.
More trophies went to Brian Gardner - for being voted as the Most Improved Competitor for 2013; Pat Howell - for her determination and perseverance in clocking up the most time or distance in the season's events to take the Most Committed Award and then Karen Chambers being rewarded for all her hard work to win the Spirit of Orienteering shield.
The day wouldn't be the same without someone being singled out for a 'blooper' during the year ! But this year there was hardly anything to separate the main contenders - so two Wally awards were made ! In the junior category, Jean-Luc Lanz won it hands down [in fact he did not do 'hands down' in this case ! - Ed].....with his super effort in dropping his binoculars down into the pit toilet at the SA Champs !!! And then senior Mike Crone for - apart from being the fastest and best qualifier at the World Orienteering Championships - got LOST on the way to a local event ! He was given a Street Guide for his troubles !
WEBSITE TAKES A HOLIDAY !
We wish all our members and other visitors to our website a Blessed Christmas and a Prosperous New Year !
Claudia Epprecht has penned a specially themed Christmas Carol and we offer it here as we bid you farewell till 2014 !
Ode to Orienteering (tune of We Three Kings)
We 3 men of orienteering
Lost again, we try find our bearings
Field & fountain
Moor & mountain
Following yonder path
O Map to ponder
Map of blight
Control points are seldom in sight
Guide us to the wrong flippin' kite!
Born to run on Africa's plain
Gold I hope for GOC Champs again
Through bush and heather
Go forth in sun, hail or rain
O Map of wonder
Map of might
Map is indiscernibly right
Guide us to the Finish before night
RACO SOCIAL EVENT IN JANUARY !
The Annual RACO SOCIAL (and AGM on the side !) event will take place on Saturday 18 January - ALL MEMBERS AND POTENTIAL MEMBERS ARE INVITED !!! (see the details in EVENTS).
A REMINDER : ALL MEMBERSHIP FEES ARE NOW DUE FOR 2014 !!! See MEMBERSHIP for the Forms.
2014 CALENDAR ANNOUNCED
Time to start planning your life - around Orienteering - for 2014 !!! Next Season's Calendar (spreadsheet) can be found in EVENTS. A handy Year Planner version will be available shortly.
Next year will bring a whole lot of changes - to entice everyone to even more fun and variety - the cross country series is now called the "Bushveld & Forest Series" (BFS); short sprint courses are now "Urban Series" (US) and Festival Weekends comprising two events over two days are also on offer !
The season kicks off officially on Sunday 2 February !
BIG 5 WARM-UP IN CAPE
PENOC have announced a Warm Up opportunity event down at Grabouw in the Cape, just prior to the Big Five Bonanza in Mpumulanga ! Date is 27-28 December.....see details in EVENTS
RUNAWAY STUDENTS TAKE SPRINT TITLES
As was expected right from the get-go, and coming off a previous season's winning streak....the 'terribly fast twins' Stephanie Courtnage and Michael Crone just trounced everyone to become Short Course Champions for 2013. They eagerly accepted the very apt Cheetah trophies at this year's awards luncheon.
KAREN DEMONSTRATES TRU O' SPIRIT !
Karen Chambers was awarded the Spirit of Orienteering Trophy for one who has excelled at making a difference to Orienteering - firstly running the very successful School's League (with 200 plus kids attending in 2013 !) and also ensuring many of the youngsters are ferried to normal events as well.
Well done Karen - keep up the good work !
WEEKEND TRAINING – EVERYONE WELCOME
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 !
VERY EARLY WARNING - SAOC 2014
Better believe it - the First Bulletin for the 2014 SA Orienteering Championships is already available !!! (See EVENTS). Co-hosted by the Durban Orienteering Club and RACO, the event takes place on the Hilton and Grace College campuses. So, no excuses - you have plenty of time to plan your trip to Howick (Kwazulu Natal) over the weekend of 4 - 6 October.
2014 SCHOOLS LEAGUE
All the information for next year's Gauteng Schools' League is now available in EVENTS (see Brochure and Registration Form). A series of several short course events in Parks and Schools around Joburg - specially dedicated to promoting Orienteering at school level (junior and senior). Be part of the fun series !!!
PERMANENT MTB-O COURSES
Three permanent Mountain Bike Orienteering Courses have been set up at both Groenkloof in Pretoria and at Northern Farm ! This is the initiative of Brian Gardner, who is hoping to entice more bikers to try the sport and become regular competitors at O' events. Maps are available at the venues and participation is free (apart from the park entrance fees). A good opportunity for some training too!
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 !.