Three urban events and three different winners in the mens' races ! Finally, last season's victor, Mike Crone took the line honours at the American International School event over the weekend. Michele Botha continued her form by winning the ladies race - twice in the Series so far......while Cameron Morrison swept the Novice field to take the prize for the day.  "I'm the winner !" says Cameron.

RACO Planner, Mick Palombo (left), made full use of the building maze complex...which stumped several orienteers.....but also added in some long leg stretches to even things out a bit. A great day in the hot summer sun was enjoyed by all. 

While the full set of finishing positions are to be found in RESULTS - for the mentioning, Jess Lund and Tania Wimberley followed Michele home, while Bradley Lund and Garry Moorison were hot on Mike's heels.

To all those newcomers and International visitors (there were runners from Russia, Sweden and Switzerland !), we hope you enjoyed yourselves and will be back for more.  The next event takes place at the Rietvlei Zoo Farm (down South of Joburg) on 8 March.


Within a stone's throw of the bustling Metropolis.....a spidersweb of rocky paths hewn through the thickly vegetated hillside.....
and believe it or not - Orienteering controls ! Over a hundred runners were treated to some tricky courses on Sunday at The Wilds nature reserve.

Already six different winners in only two legs of the 2015 Urban Series.....this time Michele Botha (ladies course), Bradley Lund (mans course) and Connor Morrison (novice course) came out winners.....with hot competition all down the rankings. FULL FINISHING DETAILS AVAILABLE IN RESULTS.




RACO are offering prizes for newcomers who take part in the 3-event Golf Course Night Series - starting on 28 March !
Lucky draw prizes will go to four different age categories - so be sure to join the fun !


All RACO Members and families are invited to a Pizza Evening at Fratelli's (Craighall) on Tuesday 3 March....come have a 'chin-wag' with other members, and down some good food and drinks. You need to RSVP to Zoe - it's a popular event and you don't want to be turned away at the door - All the details can be found in EVENT NOTICES.


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 !


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



3 March - Pizza Social Evening - Fratelli's (Craighall)

8 March - Urban Series #4 - Rietvlei Zoo Farm (WRE)

15 March - Urban Series #5 - Woodlands Office 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 !.