Like a breath of fresh air.....we have two new contenders for the Urban Series honours this year ! Christie Courtnage and Timothy Chambers outpaced the favourites in the opening round of the Urban Series which took place at Golden Harvest Park.

With many newcomers taking part for the first time, the entry was very encouraging - and we hope to see them all at future events. Your adventure has just begun !!!

We were assured by planner, Michele Botha, that the huge stream of water running slap bang thru the centre of all the courses was indeed just that - WATER and not 'everyone's worst fear' !!!

Some spirited performances to mention were: Mathew Dos Santos in third place on the Novice course, following closely behind the Morrison boys, Cameron (1st) and Connor (2nd); Lisa de Spevilles' second place in the Ladies division, beating last season's winner Stephanie Courtnage and some School's League participants (some in their very first 'big' O' event) ....well done !

Next race in the series takes place at The Wilds on Sunday 8 February.



The Annual Club AGM and Social was held on 24 January. A good time to socialise, before we tackle the season head-on....running flat out thru parks or bundu-bashing in some tricky terrain. 

Chairman, Paul Wimberley, gave a review of the season past and also presented the clubs' hopes for 2015 - highlighting some of the significant events in which your Club will be involved.

The afternoon culminated in the announcement of a new Committee. Unfortunately we bid farewell to Jenny Saunders, Nico van Hoepen and Tom Scott, who have given their all to the Club for  extended periods. We thank them for their unselfish committment.

Not to fear - RACO is still in exceptionally good hands....with newcomers onto the Committee in Evan Howell and Glynn de Klerk, being guided by seasoned 'campaigners' Monique Lanz, Mick Polambo, Zoe Brentano, Val Brentano and re-elected Chairman Paul Wimberley. Denise Courtnage takes over as Treasurer.

As Members were are ALL expected - and really its a lot of fun - to assist at events where necessary.  Be prepared when the call comes !


The North Gauteng School's League kicks off this coming week (and continues for another six weeks) starting at Fourways High on Monday 26th. With the huge participation - around two hundred competitors - assistance is always needed by the organisers. Just pitch up on the day and offer assistance to new runners, helping with map reading and other minor tasks. Remember to wear your RACO colours !


For all her years of hard work and commitment to the Club – and especially all her efforts in 2014 - RACO awarded Val Brentano the Ken Biesheuvel Memorial Trophy.
She is a ‘founder member’ and still chief instigator of the Juniors Catering Team, making sure that everything is well organised and run efficiently. Never a competitor herself, but always very willing to become involved at any level. Now a very helpful Club Committee Member (as well as offering her services to SAOF at National level), she is one of the most dedicated and reliable officials RACO can ask for !. She may be regarded as RACO’s ‘Go To’ lady....especially when anything needs to be done in a hurry and properly. Her organising skills are now legendary.  

RACO can be proud to have Val as our Membership and Communication person – with her prompt and efficient manner. Really appreciated by all the Members.


What a great 'family' we are ! But if you want to keep getting the news, reminders, social events and yes, some orienteering ....better renew your membership now. MEMBERSHIP FORMS are available for download in MEMBERSHIP.


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 !


Editor - Pat de Klerk
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Web Master - Glynn de Klerk
082 880 3314


Contact Tania at if you are keen to partake in the Free Training Sessions. 


28 JANUARY - Summer Evening Series - Delta Park

4  FEBRUARY - Summer Evening Series - Delta Park

8 FEBRUARY - Urban Series #2 - Wilds

11 FEBRUARY - Summer Evening Series - Delta Park

Details can be found in EVENT NOTICES.


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 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 !!!


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.


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 !


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, 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, madame, we do not generally sync our clocks to a satellite !!!!!!!!!!!!


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 !.