O'TOBERFEST CUPS RUNNETH OVER !

To those that joined the fun at the Orienteering Social - O'toberfest at TNT Brewery - thank you for your support !
Great beer tastings, a brewery tour, wholesome chow and oompah music mix (sort of) were enjoyed by all. Wilma and Pierre took advantage of the 'drink as much as you like' theme....
....all in the name of carbo-loading for the next O'event of course !

HORSES VULTURES LIONS AND ORIENTEERS !

Who noticed the ominous 'cloud' of vultures, the groaning lions and the dense bush...just before the start of the final bush series race at Le Godimo on Sunday ? Then there were a miriad horse jumps - enough to confuse the best of them !

RACO's Tristan Malherbe made no bones about winning the 4,5km Blue course ahead of some seasoned competition.....
....a first victory and taste of more to come !

Good use was made of a small but very intricate area, that was devoid of many of the usual O' map features. But the intense navigation required to hit the correct thicket - and there were 'hundreds' of them - was key ! 

Well done to all the other winners. See the full  RESULTS  here.

SAOC2017 AN EVENT TO REMEMBER !

There is surely no doubt that the SA Championships weekend at the Maretlwane Reserve Wilderness School was a sure hit with everyone. The facilities were prime and the countryside - with that magnificent waterfall walk - superb. Apart from the intense heat on day one that nearly annihilated the runners.....the following two days were just ideal for O'. 
Long Distance Medal Winners
The RACO contingent accounted for themselves pretty well taking these 2017 National titles:
Kirsten Chambers (W20)
Tania Wimberley (W35)
Monique Lanz (W45)
Luan Swart (M16)
Andries Swart (M20)
Paul Wimberley (M40)

Bradley Lund and Michele Botha were crowned as the Elite Champions for 2017.

These competitors took gold medals in the baking hot Middle Distance race

RACO club members are all thanked for their contributions to the organisation of the event, for without assistance the organising team would have been stretched to stage the successful weekend in the bush.

Our sincere gratification goes to the Maretlwane Trust, St John's College and especially the staff at the Wilderness School for their valuable support.



 

 

 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 

DESERVING SILVA TROPHY RECIPIENT

Val Brentano was awarded the Silva Trophy for her never ending contributions to Orienteering in South Africa !

Well deserved Val [And many thanks for your hard work as the Event Director for the SAOC2017 - ED]

SOCIALISING IN THE BUSH - THE PROPER WAY !

The Social event held on the Sunday evening after the Long Distance race, the stunning walk to the waterfall and the SAOF AGM was enjoyed by everyone....
.....maybe because the TNT Brewery had ensured everyone was suitably rehydrated for the following day's relay !

Mapper/Planner Pat did final quality testing; control planter and brewer of note Dale setup the taps, while Wilderness School Mentor and teacher, Jason ensured everything was above board !

OTHER CONTRIBUTIONS

The success of the event relied heavily on the computer systems used for timing and results. Spear-heading the 'nerve centre' was none other than The Hoody Man....
Glynn did a magnificent job the whole weekend, with not a missed beat from the system ! Thanks Bob [Now thats the way to run the system - park it next to the beer taps ! - ED]

Zoe Brentano did a sterling job behind the scenes, with all the entries and start lists - thank you Zoe, quiet and highly efficient as always !.

Other De Klerks in the organising team were Joan (Social organiser and Relay Planner) and Gary (Event Controller). A huge thanks for all your hard work my family [ED] !!!


SA CHAMPIONSHIPS FULL RESULTS AVAILABLE

The full set of official results from the SA Champs are available !
 

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Web Master - Glynn de Klerk
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FORTHCOMING EVENTS AND TRAINING

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 Details can be found in EVENT FLYERS
 
 For all members and those people wanting to know more about the sport and how to compete.....you're all welcome !
Contact : coach@racorienteers.co.za to find out more !

                                     
 

RACO RACE SHIRTS - ORDER FORM

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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 !. 

  

LATEST BUSH SERIES PERFORMANCE LOG

See all the latest results - prior to the SA Champs - on the Gauteng Performance ladder HERE

WATER SPLASH RELAY

The riverside Relay start was rather unique and had teams making a dash for the few available stepping stones on their way to the first control...
Some took the wet feet route and got away with it...
But in the end it was the ROC Club that managed a first time 1-2-3 in the SA Relay Championships ! Nicholas, Brad and Michele the winners by over 6 minutes.

It was great to have 22 teams take part in this race, with mostly everyone enjoying the fun.