SURPRISE RESULTS AT URBAN FINAL
Congratulations to Carl Holmes for taking the next big step in Orienteering .....and planning his first event. However, the O' fraternity will be looking to return the 'favour', by presenting him with a tough uphill finish too sometime !!!
The expected results for this the Urban Series Final at Emmarentia Dam, did not materialise - with Christie Courtnage outgunning series favourite Michele Botha and Tania Wimberley commendably in third spot; and then Alex Pope upsetting the men's field, winning ahead of Garry Morrison who also spoiled the party for the favourite, Brad Lund (3rd). Audrey Everitt had a great run to win the Explorer course, which was no less challenging than the Gender categories. All the finishing positions are available in RESULTS
A remap of the area by Roger Blane (who had a very early morning to take this photo when putting out controls !) incorporated the tricky rose garden, out of bounds for many years ! It was obvious the terrain lent itself to the 'hard core' runners and people with young legs !!! Nevertheless a great fitting finale to the 2016 Urban Series !
RAIN NEARLY SPOILS THE PARTY !
Following the flood of 100mm of rain in the preceding 24 hours, it was amazing that anyone turned out for the Urban race at the Ridge School in Parktown !. But by registration a clear patch of blue emerged from the heavens and we got the penultimate event in the 9-race series, underway.
She was followed home by Sarah Roffe and Sarah Wimberley in third. In the Mens category, Alex Pope edged out Paul Wimberley, with Glynn de Klerk trotting in to third place. [All the finishing details can be found in RESULTS ].
A fast bit of road section joining two venues - Ridge and Hope schools - which were crammed full of buildings and narrow sections, requiring utmost concentration.......that's how we can describe the Garry Morrison-designed courses.
FASTEST URBAN RACE IN EDENVALE !
Garry Morrison blistered the Endvale High School Urban event on Sunday, coming home in just a shade over 12 minutes for the 2,4km course ! And for the ladies there were just seconds between winner Michele Botha and Christie Courtnage ! Taking their first victory on the Explorer Course were the Malherbe's from RACO....
Some other RACO highlights were the Wimberley onslaught taking three consecutive placings in the ladies category...with Ma Tania leading home daughters Sarah and Heather in that order for 4th, 5th, and 6th spots. And also Tristan Malherbe's fine performance beating many seasoned campaigners in the men's category.
All the finishing details can be found in RESULTS .
URBAN SERIES PERFORMANCE LOG
SA RUNNERS GEARED FOR JWOC
The Juniors to represent SA at the Junior World Orienteering Championships - to be held in Switzerland - received their kit at a 'ceremony' on Sunday. Seen here with the President of the SA Orienteering Federation - Garry Morrison - are Kirsten Chambers, Carl Holmes and Christie Courtnage.
We wish them well in their final weeks of training before taking on the World !
GLENBURN LODGE PRIZE GOES TO......
The Ellis Family were the lucky winners of the four-day getaway stay for six, at the magnificent Bush Willow Luxury Tented Camp in Muldersdrift !
A huge thank you to Glenburn Lodge for making the prize available and a special thanks to Karen van Huyssteen for all her support of Gauteng Urban Orienteering and securing the prize !
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 !
ENTRIES ARE CLOSING SHORTLY - AND ONLY THE FIRST 50 ENTRANTS WILL RECEIVE A RACE MEMENTO !!!!!!!!
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 !!
FORTHCOMING EVENTS AND TRAINING
5 June - Kloofendal - Bushveld #1
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].