LAURENTIA HILL NOT FOR SISSIES !
While there was some 'whining' about a climb ratio, every competitor enjoyed the fresh morning combing the hills above Laurentia Farm on Sunday. Many thanks to the Louw Geldenhuys family for the generous use of their stunning property.
Making easy going of the tough terrain - mainly in the middle of the courses - were Alex Pope and Michele Botha.....men's and lady winners of the 7km premier Brown course. Alex putting in a good run on the flat section...
Surprise win on the equally challenging 5,1km Blue course, with an excellent run, was Heather Wimberley - who was closely followed by Evan Howell having one of his best runs for a long time coming !. The Van Huyssteen twins made the Green course their own, finishing the 4,6km race a minute apart - with Keagan taking top spot. Just behind the flying twins was Sarah Wimberley....even managing a smile on her way up 'that mountain'.
All the finishing positions are available in RESULTS , but for the record, Roger Blane took the Light Green (3,8km) course honours, with the De Klerk girls Piper and Bailie winning the Orange (2,5km) and Yellow (1,1km) races respectively - albeit with 'shadowing' parents.
ACTION PHOTOS COURTESY OF ZOE BRENTANO. Go HERE where there is an album of Sunday's action.
LAURENTIA : FOOTNOTE
In my haste at the prize-giving at Laurentia Farm, as Planner/Organiser I omitted to thank all the RACO members who assisted with the various tasks on the day. Thank you RACO, you make an organisers life easy !!!
Then, a special thanks to the Control Collectors: Leila, Joan, Keagan, Jordan, Karl, Bev, and also Pat and Evan.
Finally to my Controller, Gary and control setter Dale.......a big thanks chaps !!!
MOUNTAIN BIKE O' DEAD ?
Is it not time to seriously rethink the MTB-O category ? With all four of the first events of the 6-race 2016 Calendar cancelled...!!! Latest event to get the 'chop' was scheduled for 31 July at Van Gaalens. Added to this, the Rogaines - now moved to Parys - will also not feature an MTB day !.
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
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 !!