GREAT RACING IN THE SABIE FORESTS
A superb weekend of forest racing for the Gauteng Orienteering Championships in Sabie. The Albert Epprecht map and courses were simply out of the top drawer and enjoyed by everyone !
The several pages of results for all categories are available RESULTS - but for the record, RACO's Christie Courtnage took the 'Triple Crown' winning all her races in the premier W21 age group.
There were a number of multiple winners - but highlight for RACO were the younger categories, dominated by Keagan van Huyssteen and Shelby Dos Santos (M16 and W12 respectively).
Then in the 'more experienced' field, Klaus Kreft out-foxed his fiercest competition in the form of Charles Lautenbach to win all three M80 titles.
While we are putting together an album of photos for this site [A huge thanks to our 'official photographers' Bev and Donovan Holmes] we give you a glimpse of some of the action over the three days :
And of course - the 'Ring-Leaders' for the weekend ....Lionel and Albert, enjoying the Event Social at the Sabie Brewery on Friday night !
Many thanks go to all the people that were involved in the organisation.
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.
THE GAUTENG CHAMPS MAPS ARE NOW AVAILABLE - GO DRAW YOUR ROUTES !
Click to go to ROUTE GADGET as hosted on the Rand Orienteering Club (ROC) website. [With kind permission ROC]
ALL CHAMPS PHOTOS NOW ON THIS SITE !
Go to the GALLERY on this site and find a photo of yourself running the Championships in Sabie !
Many thanks to Bev and Donovan Holmes for the photography
FASTEST EVER SA SPRINT
Timothy Chambers simply obliterated the course designer's expectations - winning the M21 SA Sprint race at the Sybrand van Niekerk High School in Sabie town, in an incredible 10:55 for the 3,2km course !
While it was very quick, 'point and squirt' stuff....the ditch jump at the finish was a hit with most competitors...
ALL THE SPRINT DETAILS CAN ALSO 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.
Missing from the photo are other members of the team; Andries Swart, Roark Robinson and Timothy Chambers. We wish them well in their final weeks of training before taking on the World !
FORTHCOMING EVENTS AND TRAINING
10 July - Pelindaba - Mountain Marathon - Bush #3
24 July - Laurentia - Bush Series #4
7 August - Hennops - Bush Series #2
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].
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 !!