The majority of the men's field should have been disqualified at the Ridge School Urban Series Final ! Only a few averted a penalty by not contravening the rules of cutting through an 'uncrossable boundary' - which, truth be told, was a mere half metre little stone wall !  Sanity prevailed and the results were made to stand, albeit to the detriment of the purists - some of whom had taken huge detours to avoid the obstacle !!!

Still to be confirmed - but almost certainly - the Series was won by Michele Botha and Mike Crone in the ladies' and men's categories overall.

While Michele stamped her total domination by winning the final race, it was Brad Lund who steamed in ahead on the men's course.

Young Charlotte Reynolds claimed her 'maiden' win (excuse the pun) on the Novice course.  Well done Claudia !

The final event in the 2015 Urban Series was held at the Ridge and Hope school campuses in Parktown and the complicated building layouts had the beating of many seasoned competitors. Some commenting that they had never before experienced such 'fine' (read complex) route choices through the various buildings and corridors. All credit to Nicholas de Klerk of the AR Club for some real testing courses.

The event results and Series Log positions will all be revealed shortly !


With the Urban Series drawing to a close for 2015 - only the Final remaining on Sunday 24 May at the Ridge and Hope Schools, Westcliff - the Campus event saw a consolidation of the top spots in the competition. Michele Botha and Mike Crone almost certain now to take the accolades for the year - by convincingly winning the ladies and mens events.

A great Gauteng Winter morning - lovely sunshine and some fast courses set out by Alex Pope - was enjoyed by all. RACO in abundance as usual.....

...and really nice to see the return of two Club stalwarts, Claudia Epprecht and Willem van Hoepen - both still dealing with health issues, but both looking great and as cheerful as ever !

While the Official Results (now in RESULTS) will show all the details - the Novice Course winners were Peter Griffiths (Boys) and Sarah Everett (Girls) coming in first and second overall. In the Ladies event Christie Courtnage was second to Michele, with Sarah Roffe in her best performance to date a fine third spot on the podium !. Mike left Garry Morrison and Eugene Botha in his wake !.

See you all at the next event shortly.


Just a few days to go now for the start of the much awaited Bush Series - with the first event 'taster' to be held at Phambili Farm in Mulderdsrift on Sunday 7 June. Expect undulating grassland interspersed with a miriad path network and some challenging 'geological features' !. Compass use is certain to be of great assistance too.  Get your online entries in NOW and see you all in Muldersdrift shortly !!!


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 first announcement for the Gauteng Orienteering Championships to be held at Hilton College (KZN) on 4/5 July is available. Go to EVENT NOTICES for the details and entry form. Remember, ANYONE can enter - its not only open to the so-called 'hot-shots' !


The long weekend saw the SA Sprint Championships and Western Cape Middle and Long Championships contested in beautiful weather in Cape Town. A total of 72 orienteers enjoyed the racing with Table Mountain and Paarl rock as backdrops.

A small contingent of RACO members blitzed the SA Sprint Champs held at the University of the Western Cape (UWC).  A near flattish course even registering 8m of climb !. New RACO members, the Swart boys sewed up the M16 race with Andries flashing around into first place and brother Luan in 3rd place.

The twin speedsters of David Chambers and Roger Blane took 1st and 2nd places respectively in the M50 category. The Cape contingent tried all they could to mislead Willemien Van Hoepen into 3rd place in the W55 category by not telling her where the start control was (a 5min detour).

In the Middle Distance races held at Hawequas forest - once again the Swart brothers straddled the medals on the M16 course. David Chambers settled into 3rd place and Roger took in 4th place in the M50 category. Believe it or not, again the Cape contingent bamboozled Willemien by providing her with 3 maps at the start making her return to the start twice to hand back the wrong maps and delay her by 5mins into 2nd place. The M21 Middle Distance race was voided due to course problems.

The Long Distance event produced a W21 winner in the form of Michelle Botha who trounced the opposition in all three races including the Sprint, Middle and Long !. She was followed by Jess Lund with two 2nd spots and a 3rd placing and Sarah Pope with two 3rd placings and a 2nd.

The M21 Races were more open and in the Sprint Michael Crone led Timothy Chambers into 2nd place followed by Garry Morrison in 3rd. The Long Distance saw RACO graduate (now UCTMC) Timothy secure his 3rd Western Cape title in a row. He was followed by Brian Gardener and Michael Crone.

Going to print – the Official and full results had not yet been distributed.

Report and photos contributed by David Chambers




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7 June - Bush Series #1 - Phambili

16 June - MTBO #1 - Protea Ridge

21 June - Bush Series #2

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 !!!!!!!!!!!!


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 !.