SUPERB FOREST RACING WEEKEND
The two day event in the Klipkraal forests near Sabie was enjoyed by all who made the trek up to the small Mpumulanga town over the weekend.
An updated map and courses cunningly set out by O' 'Maestro' Albert Epprecht, were a test of everyone's technical and physical abilities.
Day one run in the East forest, posed no problems for Timothy Chambers and Tania Wimberley (third overall), the men's and women's winners on the long Brown course. Making a welcome return to competition, Philip Raban and Gary de Klerk showed they have not lost their skills, taking the honours in the Green and Blue courses respectively. Margaret Archibald was just too good for all the lady competitors and took top spot in the race for Blue.
The North plantation was the scene for Sunday's Day 2 duel and again honours on the longest course went to Timothy. This time however, Christie Courtnage eased herself into top lady position and 4th overall. 'Patron' Mauritz Bam (York Timbers) proved he is no slouch through the forests, taking a fine win on the Green course after a close second placing on the Blue course on Saturday !
While all the finishing details are now available in RESULTS, there were some other notable performances worth special mention:
Double wins for Sarah Wimberley (Light Green category); Jean-Luc Lanz (Orange) and Margaret Archibald (Blue). Mathew Dos Santos (3rd Orange); Piper de Klerk (1st Yellow); David Chambers (2nd Blue); Monique Lanz (3rd Green) and Lionel Stander Jnr. (1st Red). Well done to you all.
From all the competitors, a big "thank you" goes to Albert for all his efforts up in Sabie and then sincere thanks to all the dependable RACO Members who assisted and helped make the event the great success that it was !
9 AUGUST EVENT CANCELLED !
For a couple of reasons, AR the organising Club, has had to CANCEL the event scheduled for 9 August at Pretoria Boys High. They intend organising another of the popular mid-week, evening Metrogaine Races instead - sometime mid-August. Watch this space !
HELPERS - BACKBONE OF 'O !
Albert extends his sincere thanks to all the RACO Members who gave so much to make the Sabie weekend one to remember ! The dedicated team controlling the Finish; Start officials; Registration ladies and last but not least, the Control Collectors. Not to forget too, Lionel the Controller and control setter. Without you all, Orienteering events would just not happen ! Thank you.
WILD FIG HOSTS RACO
Albert - our host for the Sabie O' weekend - organised a splendid RACO dinner at the renowned Wild Fig Restaurant on Saturday evening !
We were treated to a five course spectacle that had patrons holding up white flags in surrender ! Some of us in protest for having to carry the extra weight - not to mention the alcoholic 'fuel' - on Sunday morning !. Another great Club get-together.
WEEKEND TRAINING – EVERYONE WELCOME
Contact Tania at email@example.com if you are keen to partake in the Free Training Sessions.
26/27 July - Kaapsehoop - Rogaine
3 August - Mohales East - Bushveld Event
ONLINE EVENT ENTRY
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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.
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 !.