Gauteng Orienteering Champs


Its botanical name is "Bidens Pilosa L", originating from South America, is widespread throughout Southern Africa and is the bane of every Orienteer's existence ..........the humble, but very irritant 'black jack' !!!. The forests around Hilton are littered with the pesky little sods !  Where did the GOC Championships take place ? - in the forests around Hilton College in the Natal Midlands. So, tossing clothes in the bin was the order of the day then.

Besides all that, everyone had a great time - especially these Long Course Trophy Winners on day 2...

A complete list of course results for the two day Championships are available in  RESULTS DAY 1 and RESULTS DAY 2

RACO had a great weekend, with several members scoring back-to-back victories over the weekend:
Sarah Wimberley (W12)
Heather Wimberley (W16)
Kirsten Chambers (W20)
Tania Wimberley (W35)
Alison Curtis (W45)
Joan de Klerk (W55)
Andries Swart (M16)
Carl Holmes (M20)
Pat de Klerk (M60)
Albert Epprecht (M70).

The views on Day 1 were breathtaking, with the Start/Finish area situated on the edge of a shear drop down into the valley...

Several members of local Club - DOC - turned out in support of their own and first time Planner, Sam Hubble. Ably assisted by Co-Planner/Controller Paul Wimberley, she can be proud of her first attempts especially at this high level of competition.

Here Matthew Siepman from DOC comes in to the 'notorious' uphill finish in the Classic event.

A huge thanks must certainly go to RACO Chairman, Paul, for the huge effort he put in to stage a great Championship event. His workload over the weekend was immense (putting out over 120 controls - some of them before sunrise, in the dark on Day 2 !). A thank you also goes to all the RACO members who volunteered to assist over the weekend.....without you it would not have run as smoothly as it did.  Thank you all.


With just a week to go before the Gauteng Championships at Hilton in KZN, everyone braved the cold to come out to Hennops Farm to hone their skills ! Some managed better than others !!!

The Botha family wrapped up two comfortable wins in the longest race of the day - with Michele continuing her good form shortly before leaving for the International scene and not to be outdone, hubby Eugene was also victorious.....both on the Brown and most technical course.

RACO's 'Uncle Bob' (looks like he meant real business even before he started !) took a smart win on the second longest Blue course.

First lady and giving the men a good run for their money, was Jessica Hemer also on the Blue course. The race for Green honours went to Lionel Stander - with I believe his young daughter Bronwyn in tow !  No mean feat !!!.  Heather Wimberley won it for the ladies in this event.

The Janse van Rensburg family made a 'meal' of it, with Carmen winning the Light Green - with Jordan van Huyssteen first man - and Joshua and Leah taking the Orange course pickings !. The Official results should be available shortly.

Forget the army....Orienteers run on their stomach ! And thank goodness for the kind club ladies who provided a magnificent braai and warm drinks - so welcome out in the bush especially on a chilly June day. Okay, so they battled the smoke a bit....

Thanks to first-time Planner, Pascal Petite and Controller Margeret Archibald from the AR Club. Another great day was had by all out in the bush. Remember to coax your friends to join us at future events on the Calendar !



How were those 'shallow pits' out in the forests ?...Paul must be commended for taking a spade with him !  But next time Paul, put some effort in and dig them a little deeper !!!!

Then one of the Control Descriptions...'At the foot of a significant tree'....I should damn well think so, Paul ! Getting to that tree - a huge drop through thick grass - was bad enough.  Imagine having to climb it to get to the EMIT block !!!

To add insult to injury, on Course #4 (mainly for the old toppies) we had a climb of 60 metres from that blasted tree to the finish....a real 'killer' in any one's book !!!

Lastly, well done to the little toad that made it back to his hole in the ground before nightfall - after being disturbed by some unruly kids on Sunday morning ! His Orienteering skills and route choice were truly amazing, as we - while packing up - watched him navigate from far out in the forest !.


The first information Bulletin for the SA Championships to be held at Sabie in October - is now available in EVENT NOTICES. Time to start making your accommodation reservations - as these venues fill up fast ! Avoid the rush - get your entries in now !!!


The Protea Ridge Mountain Bike Orienteering event - the first in a six race series - was well supported by many bikers as well as Foot Orienteers (brushing up their skills before the upcoming Gauteng Championships). The rocky tracks made for 'skeleton rattling' riding - especially for the older folk with less 'meat on the bone' !!!

Andries Swart carried the RACO flag on the Medium distance course, but was just beaten by brother Luan after many detours out in the veld !

Nicholas Mulder won the Long race outright, followed by Tim Chambers on foot in second. With the rough tracks it was certainly quicker to go cross country on foot !!! The Medium distance ride was won by Michele Botha, while Sarah Pope led all the runners in on the Short Course. 

Full details are now available in RESULTS

Next MTB - O is at Northern Farm - with a much easier track network - on Sunday 12 July !.


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 !. 



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12 July - MTB"O  - Northern Farm

19 July - Long 'O - Big Red Barn

Details can be found in EVENT NOTICES


The First Bulletin for the 2015 Big Five Series of events - starting 27 December - is now available in EVENT NOTICES. The five events take place over five competition days, around the Nelspruit area and usually attract many overseas competitors as well as SA runners. Go take a look at what's on offer !


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 !!!


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 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
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].

Oh, and one other, madame, we do not generally sync our clocks to a satellite !!!!!!!!!!!!