GAUTENG ORIENTEERS HONOURED AT BANQUET
At the end of each O' Season the Gauteng Clubs get together to celebrate achievements and misdoings - this year it all happened at the Carver's Restaurant. While all the recipients of age category prizes in the two Series' (Bush & Urban) are provided in RESULTS, we make special mention of a few here.
Michele Botha and Nicholas Mulder for the excellent showing in being crowned overall Bush Series Champions....
With Pat Howell taking the spoils for being the Most Committed Orienteer - spending the most time out on the courses for the year !
All winners were presented with stunning, framed etchings of various wildlife.....painstakingly pencilled by ROC 'resident artist' Elaine O'Connel.
At the Awards luncheon, honour was bestowed on Klaus Kreft for all the hard work and effort he contributes to the Gauteng School's League - where he has to deal with sometimes in excess of 300 energetic youngsters at the Finish table !!!
The annual Spirit of Orienteering Award is given to the person that has made the most significant contribution to our sport. Well done Klaus - keep up the good work.
Then for various misdemeanours - Ian Bratt was elected as the Wally of the Year, becoming only the second Orienteer in SA history to achieve 'life time' status (after 5 nominations we believe !) [The other being Pieter Mulder - Ed]
Why so sheepish Ian ? !!! :-)
This was the 35th consecutive year of this 'notorious' competition and with all the silly things Orienteers manage to accomplish - other than Orienteering - will certainly continue well into the future !
BEWARE - EMBARGOED AREAS !!!
As the 2017 Orienteering Calendar has been published, all competitors are cautioned against transgressing the 'Embargo' Rule, whereby ALL BUSH SERIES venues are strictly OUT OF BOUNDS until after the event date !!! Please take note of the specific venues as found in the 2017 Calendar listing or table of Event Flyers.
The Urban Series venues - generally being Public spaces, remain open up until the night before an event. So to clarify - no penalty to anyone running a Park Run at a venue prior to an O' event then !!
2017 EVENTS CALENDAR ANNOUNCED
A jam-packed season of Orienteering events is on the cards for all in 2017 !. A handy YEAR PLANNER is available now, for everyone to start organising their lives going into the new year.
See also the list of races as well as event flyers on this website !
GOOD SUPPORT FOR 'TOUGH ONE' ROAD RACE
As usual the good response for help from faithful members at the annual RAC Tough One Road Race......with the Water Table in Malibongwe Drive last Sunday. Thank you everyone for your valuable contributions to the super-efficient setup.
WHICH ROCK ? - YOU MUST BE KIDDING ME !!!
The Kaapsehoop Rockery just has to be one of the most tricky O' areas we have in SA !
Day 2 of the Kaapsehoop O'Ringen had many luckless competitors milling about for hours amongst these boulders, really getting their money's worth for the weekend.
With temperatures hovering around 38 degrees, the dry forests of Nooigedacht were not much better the previous day either. The weekend's many DNF's and DSQ's bear testimony to the long, tough courses. Real Orienteering at its best !
Nevertheless a great weekend of Orienteering on some superb maps, with a very enjoyable social dinner thrown in on the Saturday evening - once we had survived one heck of a hailstorm, with lightning smashing to earth before our very eyes (even starting a veld fire - which was luckily quickly extinguished) !.
FORTHCOMING EVENTS AND TRAINING
START PROCEDURE - FOR DUMMIES !
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 (T-0)
10. GO - pick up Map and you're on your way !!!
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].
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. ONLY ONE ENTRY PER REGISTERED PERSON !
Once Logged In - select "REGISTER FOR COMPETITION". Your name will appear within a table and then Click "EDIT" and select drop-down details as necessary. (If you are not a member of a Club, select "INDIVIDUAL/NO CLUB"). Then submit by Clicking on "UPDATE". You're done !!
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 !.
SA's ORIENTEERING HERITAGE EXPOSED IN COMPASS-SPORT MAG !
Swiss 'correspondent' Pieter Mulder has seen to it that South Africa's Orienteering history shall not be forgotten - and for some it will be a fresh reminder of where we've come from ....
Read the interesting article A Short History of Orienteering in South Africa - as published in the November issue of CompassSport, the leading International publication dedicated to our sport. Acknowledgements - the authors and magazine Managing Editor Nick Barrable.
To obtain the most up-to-date info on Orienteering Worldwide - subscribe to the mag: www.CompassSport.co.uk