FOLLOW SA JUNIORS !!
EXCITING COURSES FOR GAUTENG RELAY CHAMPIONSHIPS
The Woodlands Office Park was the ideal area for a miriad of courses for the Gauteng Club Relays. A big thanks to under severe pressure Anthony Stott and the WITSOC team for a pleasant event.
RACO teams performed exceptionally well - claiming several of the trophies. Here are the Ladies Open Class winners....Jess, Tania and Christie.
Then Masters team of Brian David and Pat were eventually awarded the trophy (after a re-check of the results) !
The event-entry was suitably bolstered by the School's League and as their name suggests....'Helpmekaar' came in the Boys winners (that's RACO's boy, Andries in the middle !)
All the finishing details are available in RESULTS - but for the record, the overall win went to the 'ROC Hards' (Nick, Eugene and Alex) running in the colours of Rand Orienteering.
PHOTOS COURTESY OF ROGER BLANE.
SA SPRINT AND GAUTENG CHAMPS - BULLETIN RELEASED
ENTRIES ARE NOW OPEN FOR THE BUMPER WEEKEND IN SABIE FOR THE SA SPRINT AND GAUTENG CHAMPIONSHIPS ! THE SPRINT EVENT WILL BE HELD ON FRIDAY 17th JUNE, WITH THE GOC TAKING PLACE ON 18th and 19th.
THE BULLETIN 1 IS NOW AVAILABLE !
HUGE GLENBURN LODGE PRIZE FOR URBAN FINAL !
The Gauteng Orienteering Urban Series of events culminates in the series final at Emmarentia Dam on Sunday the 22nd of May – and to make it even more exciting, as a prize Glenburn Lodge are giving away a superb, two night stay for six people in their luxury Bush Willow Tented Camp!
The Bush Willow Tented Camp is a huge incentive and there will be lots of anticipation at the prize-giving. The lucky recipients of the main prize will experience the great outdoors, with hectares of mountain, river and indigenous vegetation at the foot of the Zwartkops mountains along the banks of the Blaawbank river.....a mere 40 minutes from the centre of Johannesburg. The self-catering, private, tented accommodation includes hot indoor shower, toilet and kitchenette....with the most comfortable of beds, way above your average campout sleeping bag !
To get in on the action and your name into the lucky draw, all you have to do is enter the event at Emmarentia and have some fun going around one of the courses on offer. Online entries close on 18 May. See you there !
URGENT NOTICE - CHANGE OF EVENT DATE !
The O'Ringen (multi-day) event at KAAPSEHOOP originally scheduled for August, has been shifted out to 29/30 OCTOBER by the organisers !!!! Please change or reserve accommodation accordingly.
YOUR ROUTE CHOICE - ILLUSTRATED !
Route Gadget is an application that allows one to plot the actual route you took during a past O'event ! See how you fared against your peers.......find ways that you could improve with your route choices.
Click to go to ROUTE GADGET as hosted on the Rand Orienteering Club (ROC) website. [With kind permission ROC]
ONLINE EVENT ENTRY
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. ONLY ONE ENTRY PER REGISTERED PERSON !
Once Logged In - select "REGISTER FOR COMPETITION". Your name will appear within a table and then Click "EDIT" and select drop-down details as necessary. (If you are not a member of a Club, select "INDIVIDUAL/NO CLUB"). Then submit by Clicking on "UPDATE". You're done !!
GOOD EYESIGHT WINS THE NIGHT
The last event of the 2016 Night Series - at Randpark Golf Club - saw new winners in the form of Alex and Sarah Pope !. Obviously been eating their carrots......seeing well into the dark and running circles around the opposition. But it was two of RACO's up and coming youngsters who really stole the show...Andries Swart's run into 6th place overall on the men's course and then not to be outdone, even younger, Keagan van Huyssteen came in a credible 8th !
All the finishing positions are published in RESULTS but for the record, Jean-Luc Lanz - making a habit of winning - was the first individual, and the Muhammed Bulbulia pair the first Group home on the Explorer Course.
A good crowd of old and new Orienteers enjoyed a cool Autumn evening out on the Randpark golf course.
Another quality Club event - thanks to the many RACO hands for the organisation.
FORTHCOMING EVENTS AND TRAINING
15 May - Ridge School - Urban #8
22 May - Emmarentia Dam - Urban Series Final
17 - 19 June - Sabie - Gauteng Championships & SA Sprint
Details can be found in EVENT FLYERS
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 !.
NEW START PROCEDURE - FOR DUMMIES !
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 (T-0)
10. GO - pick up Map and you're on your way !!!
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].
RACO EVENT MANUAL PUBLISHED
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 ....so 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 !!!