CLUB SOCIAL - 2 EVENTS 1 DAY !
RACO will host a unique Social event on Sunday 22 November.....the day we offer our services to assist at the RAC Tough One Road Race ! After action at the Annual Water-Table in Malibongwe Drive (Strydom Park) we move out to the Buggy Park in Muldersdrift, where we'll continue the fun, racing off road go karts !!! See all the details in the EVENT SHEET
MUDDY BATTLE IN THE CABBAGE PATCHES !
The cool conditions were perfect for some good mountain biking at Van Gaalens Farm near Hartebeespoort Dam over the weekend. MTB - O still battling to attract huge entries, was nevertheless enjoyed by over thirty cyclists and a few runners. David Chambers (3rd on the Medium course) obviously - by the look on his face - did not take much pleasure from the cabbage odour out in the farmlands !
To add to the thick, soft, sandy conditions in places, 'Farmer Brown' had switched on some of those 'crop circle' watering systems overnight, making the going very muddy and slippery in places !.
Top spots in the results went to Nicholas Mulder (Long), Grant Frewen (Middle) and Connor Morrison (Short). The official list of results are in RESULTS
ROCKY KLOOFENDAL NO MATCH FOR RACO LADIES !
The rough conditions best suited some of the young ladies over the weekend, with RACO Star Kirsten Chambers trouncing the opposition on the challenging Blue Course.....her first win in the Bush Series !
Not to be outdone, young Sarah Wimberley did the same in the race for Green supremacy.....also beating all her male counterparts to the victory. Just to add insult to injury....our Club's Audrey Everett did likewise in the Orange course category !
However, Keagan van Huyssteen recovered some pride for the men and clearly won the Light Green course. Micaela Venter was first lady in 6th spot.
Out front in the longest brown course it was Brad Lund who took it from his chasing rivals, with Michele Botha first lady in 6th overall.
All official results are available in RESULTS.
SAOC 2015 - WEATHER AND GPS DIRECTIONS
The South African Orienteering Championships are upon us ! Long term Weather Forecast for the whole weekend is PARTLY CLOUDY, NO RAIN, with TEMPERATURES in the LOW 30 Degree Celcius range !!
The GPS Co-Ords for Day 1 & 2 of the competition (regretably omitted from Bulletin 3) are:
S25 7' 39.78" E30 44' 5.59"
SA CHAMPIONSHIPS - START LISTS NOW AVAILABLE !!
To all that have entered for the SAOC 2015 in Sabie - thank you and we hope you have great runs !
Remember to drop a "YES" to email@example.com if you are staying for the Social and Relay. Pre-payment for the Social is required before 30 September.
The Final Instructions including Start Lists are now available in BULLETIN 3
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 !.
OLD LEGS DO WELL OVER ROCKS !!!
The terrain out at Pelindaba just has to be the most challenging that competitors have experienced in many years ! The veld was strewn with small 'pelindaba rocklets' just big enough to take down the unwary......and if the little semi-hidden buggers didn't get you, then the similarly disguised bits of branches did their job.
Well done to Paul Wimberley for the new map - completed in record time - of a really challenging section of the Pelindaba area. Many thanks to Controller Roger Blane and also all the RACO helpers !
Surprises on the Green and Blue courses were convincing wins by two of SA's O' stalwarts, Peter Hemer (M50) and Pat de Klerk (M60) respectively. Just goes to show....bad terrain is ideally suited to 'old mountain goats' !!!!
Bradley Lund made short work of the longer Brown course and was chased home by some distinguished competition.....among others, Lauri Leinonen from Finland !
For the ladies, it was Michele Botha who took yet another victory in the race for Brown honours; Salome van Hoepen was first lady and 5th overall on the Blue, with Alison Curtis filling top lady spot in the Green category. More RACO successes with Sarah Wimberley and Audrey Everett taking outright victories in the Light Green and Orange events.
ALL THE FINAL POSITIONS ARE AVAILABLE IN RESULTS !
WEEKEND TRAINING – EVERYONE WELCOME
Contact Tania at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are keen to partake in the Free Training Sessions.
NEXT TRAINING :
3-5 October - Sabie - SA CHAMPIONSHIPS
10 October - Thaba Trails - CANCELLED
11 October - Klipriviersberg - Mountain Marathon
BIG FIVE YEAR !
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 !
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 !!!
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.
ALL RESULTS NOW AVAILABLE
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 !
NEW START PROCEDURE - FOR DUMMIES !
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 !!!!!!!!!!!!