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With just a few days to go before the Gauteng Long Championship and the upcoming SA Championships down in Natal - this past weekend's racing in Tshwane was an ideal opportunity to hone the skills !

Saturdays skirmish in the rugged and very intricate terrain of the Hedianga Farm, had competitors digging deep......to find those elusive controls, superbly tucked away in unseen places !
You see the control ?......no, neither did I until five minutes of searching, ha, ha.

Sunday was certainly different in terms of terrain, with better runability...however, some controls still managed to prove very elusive out at Hennops Farm.

Sarah Pope and Michele Botha traded wins on both days in the race for Brown Course honours, while Bradley Lund dominated both days for the men. Nicholas Mulder and Timothy Chambers sharing a second placing each.

The Blue courses produced two different winners in Brian Courtnage at Hedianga and Glynn de Klerk at Hennops. For the ladies it was Stephanie Mulder winning the Blue at Hedianga, with Zoe Brentano taking the honours at Hennops. Mia Raban, on a fighting return, did well to win the Green course outright on Sunday, and it was Margeret Archibald who did likewise on Saturday.

Clinton Malepo proved his worth on Saturday at Hedianga then topped that at Hennops on Sunday with two fine wins in the Light Green category. There were shouts of suggestion that he move up to the tougher Green course - to slow him down - next time out ! The Morrison boys, Connor and Cameron shared a win each on the Orange courses.  All the finishing details should be available shortly.

There was lots for the youngsters to enjoy at the very pleasant setting out at Hennops Farm.....
[Photo courtesy Adi de Klerk - standing in the river ???]

We look forward to a great two weeks of upcoming racing !



The Final Bulletin for the SA Championships is now available in EVENT NOTICES. All instructions, course details and Start Times can be found in the document.


The Social Event on Sunday (5 October) afternoon of the SA Champs will take the form of an organised braai at The Barn (in the grounds of The Knoll Guest-house) after 15:00. Braai Packs need to be ordered from the Organiser (Peter Hemer) before 30 September !!! Contact him on: sailbad@telkomsa.net  Note - this is NOT a Bring & Braai ! However, you are free to bring your own drinks. Hope to see you all there !


Us Orienteers are a very resilient bunch....being able to endure over two hours in the dry, hot sun and not frazzle or flake out - without a drop of water !!! But lets be honest, we're pushing the limits - and it's a miracle nobody has succumbed yet ! Yes, I'm talking about water points on our O' courses. The Standard demands that water should be provided after 25 minutes of competition and of late some race organisers have been slipping. Things are made worse when there is a 30 minute walk to the start, plus another 30 minute walk back again - to some form of refreshment. Add to that time, an hour or more of race-time...and you have a recipe for severe dehydration. Just a friendly reminder people !!!


Only a few days to go before the next exciting race in the 2014 MTB Orienteering Series - to be held at Northern Farm on Sunday 28 September. There are courses suited for all abilities and ages - with the shorter (novice) course using only the smoothest of sand roads around the farm. Dust off the bike and get to Northern Farm - but don't forget to pre-enter on www.orienteeringonline.net
More details available in EVENT NOTICES.


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 chart.....so, 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 issue....no, madame, we do not generally sync our clocks to a satellite !!!!!!!!!!!!



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24 September - Big Red Barn - GOC Long Championships

28 September - Northern Farm - MTB O

4 October - Hilton (KZN) - SA CHAMPS
Details can be found in EVENTS.


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 !


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 !.