The 2016 Urban Series is up and running - with the first event already attracting 125 starters.....and we're hoping for more to join !

We welcome the many newcomers and hope they enjoyed their first experience with the map around the St Stithians College grounds. Well done to Brendan Griffiths (a Jeppe Carl Holmes protege) for winning the Explorers Course....

The event incorporated a race for SA's World Ranked Orienteers - and winning this category were Bradley Lund (Men WRE) and Michele Botha (Women WRE).

The full list of results are on the  RESULTS page, but for the record, Sarah Bennett and Anthony Stott were the victors on the Ladies and Mens courses for us 'ordinary' Orienteers !

Well done to Sarah Wimberley - a very young and capable course Planner for this event !


The Club AGM and Social took place on Saturday 23 January. Once again the RACO ladies provided a superb spread of wholesome food and deserts for the occasion. But before proceedings got under way....there was a line-up of eager 'competitors' for the Annual Team Photo.
We present - with a few members not available - the RACO Class of 2016 !!!



Your 2016 RACO Membership Fees are now due !!! Remember no points on the Performance Log if you're not a Club Member....not to mention all the other advantages like discounted entry fees, free coaching, social events and regular communication about Orienteering in SA. Get your Membership Form HERE here.


The three-event NIGHT SERIES will be held at Jackal Creek, Eagle Canyon and Randpark Golf Estates, starting on 27 February ! Be sure not to miss the adventure - especially at Jackal Creek, where there is a distinct reason for the venues' name.... will be running with the nocturnal jackals who live on the estate ! This curious fellow wanting to learn more about mapping recently !!

All details of the first event can be found in EVENT INFO  .


The new Year's Calendar has been published - with the first race in the Gauteng Urban Series at the St Stithians College Randburg already over !

Ideal for newcomers - the Urban Series takes place in Parks, Schools and Golf Estates, making it possible for complete novices to come try out the sport. The next Urban event is at Rietvlei Zoo Farm on 14 February.

Once again RACO is organising a Night Series at 3 local Golf Estates early in the year as part of the Urban challenge !  

The Orienteering Year is jam-packed with events catering for all abilities and preferences. The full Calendar of events can be found in CALENDAR with more detail to be had in EVENT FLYERS


Our Club has over the years awarded Honorary Membership to some stalwart and ever contributing members. While Neville Stocks (now living in Cape Town) and Albert Epprecht have long since been recognised in this way - Pat de Klerk has joined the ranks. Here RACO ex-Chairmen Albert and Pat show off their very flattering Certificates !


Each year the Club looks back on the previous season's action and behind the scene activities - to nominate the person who has provided a significant useful service for the continuation of our sport. Annually we award the Ken Biesheuvel Memorial Trophy to that person. Through 2015 two people stood out - these were Roger Blane and Zoe Brentano, who had both stepped up to the plate and excelled in their contributions. With a tight decision - the Award was made to Zoe.

Thank you Zoe for all your hard work and efforts for RACO !

At the AGM/Social all the highest ranked RACO participants in the two Performance Logs, were awarded very handsome Club Caps (Urban Series Age Category Winners) and nifty cooler bags to the Bush Series Champions. [Thank you Val for your never-ending prize ideas ! - ED]


I was only pulling your socks !.......I'll hang on to the Website at least until someone steps up to take it over [ED]. Meantime - PLEASE - I need some fresh ideas that will give our Club 'cyber-face' a new look ! Send your thoughts to  


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14 February - Urban #2 - Rietvlei Zoo Farm

27 February - Urban #3 - Jackal Creek (Night)

 Details can be found in EVENT FLYERS


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 !. 


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.


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 !


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 3 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, 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].


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 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 !!!