ROCKY MOUNTAIN - NOT A VALLEY !!!
Under-estimate the steep, rocky climbs of Rocky Valley at your peril !
The Botha's, Eugene and Michele.....here prancing her way round the last outcrop before the finish...
were almost good enough to score a one-two on the longest brown level course. Except, Brad Lund spoiled the party to win the race overall !!! Michele a very credible 3rd place and first lady.
Gavin Venter ran in a very well judged first place on the equally challenging Blue course, with Zoe Brentano - in a welcome resurgance - taking second spot and first lady home. Another RACO'ite, Sarah Everett, had a great run to win the ladies race for Green Course honours, but she was just pipped by Steve Spottiswoode for the overall win.
Liam Venter also acquitted himself well on the Light Green course... seen very focused and aiming for the Finish banner !
But it was Connor Morrison who had the taming of this race, winning it for the boys. Joan de Klerk was first lady on this intermediately rated course. Audrey Everett did well to claim the top spot in the Orange division [sign to move up to Light Green now Auds ! - ED].
The official finishing positions for all classes will be published shortly.
RACO LADIES IN TOP THREE AT HENNOPS !
The courses seemed straight forward and the weather perfect........but it was those dreaded, sharp rocks in the veld that had everyone battling it out in the deceiving terrain of Hennops Pride !. However, no problems for the RACO ladies Christie Courtnage, Heather Wimberley and Joan de Klerk - winning the Brown, Blue and Light Green courses respectively, only two spots behind their male counterparts...and all taking third overall placings !
For the men - here again RACO's Paul Wimberley was another winner for the club, whipping the opposition in the race for Brown while Brian Courtnage trounced his competition for the Blue course win.
Spoiling the RACO party was Salome van Hoepen with a fine run to win the Green course, Cameron Morrison the Light Green and finaly Adele Ogilvie the Orange category event. [All details are available in RESULTS].
LATEST EVENT STANDARDS AVAILABLE
The latest version (5) of the Gauteng Orienteering Club's Event Standards are now available in GUIDELINES
ROGAINE MOVES TO PARYS
The annual Rogaine Event has moved from traditionally Belfast to the Vaal environs near Parys ! Scheduled for 3 September, this year's race will only be run over one day, with the cancellation of the MTB discipline. ENTRIES are now open.
Without helpers at Orienteering events, our sport would collapse ! We all do this for the 'love of the sport' so that we may continue to enjoy the many hours of delight being active in an outdoor environment. Yet, many people enjoy all the 'trimmings' without ever raising a hand to volunteer before, during or even after a race.
Maybe you have noticed, but there is always a couple willing to go back out into the veld after a hard, tough run to collect controls. I give you...
our Champion Control Collectors......Evan and Pat Howell ! You two are an inspiration - thank you !
Did you know that they stay after EVERY O' event in order to collate all the Emit Blocks and equipment and then ensure that all is well for the next event. Glen guards those trays of Emit Blocks like 'his babies' and this is the reason why Gauteng's electronic equipment is always in top shape. Big thanks Del and Glen !.
Of course RACO has several members (too many to mention here individually) ALWAYS willing to step up to the plate.....and those people are sincerely thanked for their contributions. The rest of you can ponder over your forthcoming contributions !
SA CHAMPIONSHIPS - BULLETIN AVAILABLE
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]
FORTHCOMING EVENTS AND TRAINING
11 September - Braamfontein Spruit - Long O
23 September - B'Sorah - SA Championships
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 !!