GAUTENG CLUBS AWARDS BRUNCH

Thank you to Zoe and Val for organising a superb brunch at the Rusty Hook Restaurant for this year's Gauteng Clubs Awards function. We were there to honour those performers who took top placings in the various age categories - but also to celebrate just being together as friends who share a common passion for the sport we enjoy !

Top of the class in the Bush Series was Jeremy Green...
....and Michele Botha, our Open Champions for 2019.

Each age category had its worthy champions :

Orienteering being the family oriented sport that it is - recognises the highest scores by three members of a closely related family. And this year the trophy went (again) to the Wimberleys, Tania, Paul and Sarah.....huh, that looks like Heather !
[Sarah unfortunately not attending the function - ED]  Nine families qualified for the FAMILY LOG .

Michele Botha and Alex Pope took the two overall Open Titles in the 2019 Urban Series. See all the Age Category winners here:

TALE OF TWO CLIMATES FOR SA CHAMPS IN SABIE

From one extreme to the other....competitors were greeted with clearly different weather conditions for the SA Champs held in the Olifantsgeraamte forest near Sabie ! While the Middle Distance event came on the cooler of the two days and was mostly enjoyed by all....it was however the intense heat and trying forest conditions that had the beating of many on the Long Distance courses!!!

Throw what you may at them - this bunch came out with all the Long Distance trophies on offer for 2019
Besides all the age category winners - it was Michele Botha and Timothy Chambers who were crowned Open Champions.

The forest was unforgiving in that it may be said....a 'dirty forest' is a slow forest and a challenge ! Lots of brashings and sporadic undergrowth proved the downfall of many...not to mention the dreaded pits !
So, you see the pit do you ? Yeh, tell us another one.

The official results - after some adjustment (for a misplaced control) are available here:

We must thank our Mapper, Planner, Controller combination of Pat, Evan and Albert for a challenging, yet very enjoyable weekend of top class Orienteering

Once again our Club Members put shoulder to the wheel and we thank them (too many in number to acknowledge individually) for their assistance with the myriad tasks involved in organising an event of such stature. Much appreciated all.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 

GAUTENG PERFORMANCE LOGS

The final GOC Bush Performance Logs are available:

Also see how you performed in your own age category:

MATTHEW MOST IMPROVED ORIENTEER FOR THE YEAR !

Matthew Venter-Clelland was voted to have made the Most Improved performance over the year - in a scoring system that looks at past results compared to the results of 2019

[No he does not run on gas.....no matter what the photo may suggest - ED]

Well done Matt....keep it up and go after those older guys !

FINE RECOGNITION FOR A JOB WELL DONE OVER YEARS !

Glen Comins was rewarded for all his hard work managing the entire EMIT Electronic punch system we use in Orienteering.
Since the system's inception Glen has ensured all bits and bobs have been maintained and continuously counted and packed ready for the next competition....a sometimes thankless job ! We all thank you Glen for your dedication.  The Spirit of Orienteering Trophy has found a good home in 2019!!!

FUN AWARDS 2019

As always there are a couple of out of the ordinary awards made at the function.  

This year and making a habit of it....Pat Howell (literally) walked off with the 'Most Committed' or Longest Day prize for spending the most amount of time in the bush (looking for controls no doubt). And that I must add, did not include all the time her and Evan spend collecting controls !!!  Her total time for the 2019 Urban and Bush Series amounted to 27:50:11....over 3 hours ahead of closest rival Chris O'Connell who only managed 24:31 ! Del Comins was only 15 minutes behind Chris.

Then in one of the most entertaining Wally Award presentations, RACO Chairman Paul Wimberley rattled off pages of citations for some worthy recipients of this somewhat illustrious prize !

One has to be sharp not to get caught out during the year, as any small 'blaps' is noted and may count 'against' you at the awards ceremony !

This year's Wally of the Year has gone to a most deserved and clear winner - Piers Pirow, who never fails to keep us amused ! From never making cut off dates, to placing controls in almost unattainable terrain....he has done it all. All in good spirit though Piers accepted his prize of a huge clock and diary to keep him well prepared in the year to come !

SILVA AWARD GOES TO OUTGOING SAOF PRESIDENT

Garry Morrison - the outgoing President of the SAOF - was the worthy recipient of the prestigious Silva Award, for meritorious contribution to SA Orienteering

There were two nominations this year - for Michele Botha and Garry. Both being very worthy candidates - however a vote at the AGM had Garry ahead. Thank you Garry for all your hard work over the years !

HUGELY POPULAR SOCIAL FOR ALL

So gratifying to witness the whole 'Orienteering Family' attend the Social Event at the Klipkraal forest hut on Sunday...

Almost all competitors and associated clans made up the 90 guests....although it was a 'do it yourself' (bring and braai) format ! All thanks to master-mind Claudia and our hosts for the evening Leila and Gavin (fires, cutlery, crockery - and compliments of the Venter family, ice-cream and chocolate sauce). A winning formula no doubt.

Nothing like smoke in your eyes to bamboozle the opposition for the next day's racing !!

WEBSITE CONTACTS:

Content Editor - Pat de Klerk
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Web Master - Glynn de Klerk
082 880 3314
 
Photo Contributors for 2019:
Dakota Murphy
Zoe Brentano-Murphy
Barbara Morrison
Leila Venter
Jenny Sanders
Paul Wimberley

FORTHCOMING EVENTS AND TRAINING


24 NOVEMBER - RACO WATER TABLE - Malibongwe Drive

 Details can be found in EVENT FLYERS

 TRAINING - 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

Get the Order Form HERE  for your own RACO Race shirts !


 

RACO MEMBERSHIP OPEN FOR 2019

Now is a good time to join a vibrant, welcoming, friendly Orienteering Club.......Membership is STILL open for the 2019 O' Season !

Click HERE  for the Membership Form

Remember....No membership....no points !
 

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 !. 

ENTER ONLINE - PAY AND BE DONE !!!

In a move to eliminate the handling of cash at events, RACO urges everyone to enter and pay on line (all events are available at www.Orienter.co.za ) for all races in 2019 !

The system is so painless and eliminates a lot of hassle for competitors and organisers alike.

For the RACO organised events - entries may be taken on the day, however, payment by SNAPSCAN is the only payment method available. Be warned to download the App and activate BEFORE you get to event registration.....if you are among the few who need to pay on the day !

RACO CLEAR WINNERS IN THE RACE FOR RELAY HONOURS

Nico van Hoepen blitzed the rest of the field to take a commanding lead in this year's SA Champs Relay ! Partnered by Paul Wimberley and Jeremy Green, the team took the win by an unheard margin of 10 minutes

Nico's time was 13:27 and well ahead of anyone else all on similar relay legs. The racing was fast and furious in a small area that had a map flip thrown in for confusion ! 


One downside of the Relay event was the unfortunate serious injury to Richard Lange...who then had to withdraw from the entire competition [we will provide feedback on his progress with surgery to his knee and recovery when we can - ED]