REMINDER - ORIENTEERING IS SUPPOSED TO BE TOUGH !!!

We were brought back to earth with a bang at the Voortrekker Monument Bush event on Sunday ! Now we remember what 'real' Orienteering was all about.....tough terrain, not for sissies !

First time Planners, Jacori and Eben Uys designed some really challenging courses, that tested not only running ability and navigation, but also endurance. Nice - thanks you two !.  However, the Controller (Paul Wimberley) cunningly condoned the long distances....making finishing times painfully long (the combined distance/climb on the Brown course was over 12 km's). Aah well - it was good training for what is still to come this season !!!

Winning RACO Ladies, Pat Howell, Christie Cournage and Kirsten Chambers

No problems for Nico van Hoepen who ran the fastest out of everyone and won the long Brown course in a good 2:00:46. He was 28 minutes ahead of first lady home, Christie Courtnage. While Ian Bratt won the race for Blue Course honours, there was a dead-tie for second between Gavin Venter and Pat de Klerk, only a minute behind Ian. First Lady on this demanding course was RACO's Pat Howell

The official finishing places for all courses are HERE

Tinus Swanepoel continued his improvement to take the win on the Green course - and he was followed by Kirsten Chambers into second spot. An 'ailing' Garry Morrison showed the rest of the Light Green course field how it should be done, while Rona van Hoepen ran off with the Orange race top prize. Young Andrew Ogilvie was the winner of the 'beginners' White course !

Once again we thank all the Club Members who lent a hand in making this a very successful Gauteng Club occasion !

Next event in the exciting Bush Series takes place at Mohales East on 4 June - be sure to look out for the event and entry details !
  

RACO GETS NEW GAZEBO !

Nice to see the first appearance of the new RACO Club Gazebo in it's full branding !

That's Paul at the prize-giving, sheepishly making excuses for the longer than usual distances !

 

 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 

WORLD O' DAY - TWO EVENTS IN JOBURG !

RACO are hosting a fun Orienteering event at the Joburg Zoo celebrating World Orienteering Day. HERE  are all the details. Also join in the fun Score Event at the Campus in celebration of World Orienteering Day. Those details HERE

ENTRIES ARE OPEN FOR THE GAUTENG CHAMPS !

The event details for the GOC Championships to be held in the Hartebeespoort Dam area have been released ! Only a month away - so get those entries in now - all the DETAILS  are available in Event Flyers

WESTERN CAPE CHAMPIONSHIPS - ANNOUNCEMENT

The first Bulletin announcing the WC O' Championships has been published !  Click HERE for all the info.

SOUTH AFRICAN O' CHAMPS - FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT

The First Announcement for the SA Champs happening in September - with all event and accommodation details - has been published ! Click HERE

NEWSFLASH - Some onsite accommodation has again become available ! Please contact Karien at Maretlwane to reserve - maretlwane@gmail.com

First come first served basis.

As highlighted in the Bulletin, CAMPING IN THE RESERVE IS NOT PERMITTED FOR THE DURATION OF THE CHAMPIONSHIPS !
 

BONANZA WEEKEND IN KAAPSEHOOP !

For anyone that has planned and organised an O' event knows just how demanding the task is.......now multiply that with the complexity of four events rolled into one weekend !. The whole Rand Orienteering Club (ROC) organising team are thanked for a well orchestrated event in Kaapsehoop.

Run along the lines of an O'Ringen where finish times for the two Bush Series races were aggregated to yield overall placings for each course level. The weekend also included a "fun" wander and search for controls in the notorious Rockery close to town at night - and then rounding off with the Final of the 2017 Urban Series at the SAPPI Ngodwana village.

The tough conditions on the Brown course posed no problems for Michele Botha and Tim Chambers who won the Ladies and Mens categories respectively at the two venues - Nooitgedacht East and Battery Creek.  Nick Cooper [no sign of any injuries now and ready for Brown again ! - ED] blitzed the opposition in the race for Blue course honours. Our Sarah Wimberley won the Green course outright, with Elaine O Connell making the Light Green category her own. The detailed Official Results are available in RESULTS .

However, two RACO members made a real mark on the occasion and Dylan Fenthum - in only his first foray into the bush and forests, scored a 4th and then a 2nd place at the very demanding Blue level.
While his team-mate Tinus Swanepoel nearly upset Sarah in the race for Green.....with a credible 2nd and then first placing.

Welcome visitors to our shores, were the Eastleys from the Cornwall Orienteering Club in the UK.....
......Hilary and Steve hope to be back for more soon !

WEBSITE CONTACTS:

Content Editor - Pat de Klerk
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Web Master - Glynn de Klerk
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FORTHCOMING EVENTS AND TRAINING


24 May - World Orienteering Day - Joburg Zoo & Campus (Fun Events)


4 June - Mohales East - Bush #4

16 June - GOC Champs - B'Sorah & The Coves

29 July - WCOC 2017 (Cape West Coast)


 Details can be found in EVENT FLYERS
 
 
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 !


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 
(T-2).
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].



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 !.