SHORT COURSES THROUGH A MAZE OF SCHOOL BUILDINGS

The WITSOC Team laid out some pleasant short courses at St David's College - with the emphasis on tricky navigation at high speed ! The small organising group unflappingly handled the large turnout on the day. 

The usual 'suspects' Michele and Alex outsmarted the opposition in the ladies and men's races...although there were only seconds between the first three men. Some nice competition in the Explorer category, with many up and coming youngsters bubbling to the top of the leaderboard ! Gabriel Ferreira won outright, but RACO had a new winner in the Junior ladies ....

Well done all. The full results are AVAILABLE (Note: All times have been corrected to eliminate some control legs that were missing early in the event !)


MULTI LEVEL MAP READING - CLOSE FINISH IN URBAN #2 EVENT

If it wasn't tricky enough when all the buildings on a map are shaped exactly the same.....add two more levels (both underground) and see how you go then !!! The Campus event - 2nd in the 2019 Urban Series - entertained all hundred or so eager competitors.

Only seconds separated the 'top dogs' in all the categories, but RACO's Dylan Fenthum made no biscuits about his intentions this season....
....claiming a fine 4th overall in the Mens race, which was won by a much more seasoned campaigner, Nicholas Mulder. Garry Morrison the other RACO member trailing Nick by only 19 seconds !

The ladies event was equally close, with Michele Botha beating International competitor, Michaela Sramkova by a mere 24 seconds. Our Zoe Brentano finding some form again to place third.

Young Oliver Venter-Clelland got into top gear and won the Explorer Course, but he was followed closely by the Malherbe Family and then Gabriel Ferreira.

All the official finishing positions are available  CLICK HERE




 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 

EXCITING NIGHT SERIES STARTS ON 2 MARCH !

Get those headlamps charged up, torch batteries replaced, eat all your carrots.....then come join the really exciting NIGHT SERIES to be held at three different Golf Courses all on SATURDAY evenings during March ! 

EAGLE CANYON is the first event on Saturday 2 March, followed by LEEUWKOP GOLF COURSE two weeks later on 16 March, with the Series wrapping up at WANDERERS GOLF COURSE on 30 March.

Finding controls in the dark opens up a whole different challenge. While the same principles apply, an added obstacle is the narrowed field of vision and 'invisible' reference points one normally sees during the day ! Its great fun and because you're constrained within a golf course...you should not get totally lost. Don't miss this once in a year opportunity !

RACO SOCIALISING AGAIN !

Be sure not to miss our first Social - lots of chinwagging and getting to know each other - that will happen at Panarotti's restaurant in Fourways Mall on THURSDAY 7 MARCH ! All the details CLICK HERE

URBAN SERIES NOW ON - COME TRY THIS PLEASURABLE ACTIVITY !

The Gauteng Urban Series - 10 Orienteering races organised in Parks or School grounds - is ideal for newcomers to come try it out, no pressure ! There is a course designed specifically for you and the family - with free introductory lessons at each venue. See the EVENT FLYERS section of this website for more details on the venue, times, etc

ENTER ONLINE - PAY AND BE DONE !!!

In a move to eliminate the handling of cash at events, RACO urges everyone to enter and pay on line (all events are available at www.Orienter.co.za ) for all races in 2019 !

The system is so painless and eliminates a lot of hassle for competitors and organisers alike.

For the RACO organised events - entries may be taken on the day, however, payment by SNAPSCAN is the only payment method available. Be warned to download the App and activate BEFORE you get to event registration.....if you are among the few who need to pay on the day !

RACO MEMBERSHIP OPEN FOR 2019

Now is a good time to join a vibrant, welcoming, friendly Orienteering Club.......Membership is now open for the 2019 O' Season !

Click HERE  for the Membership Form

Existing and past members are also reminded of the need to sign up before the new season starts. No membership....no points !

WEBSITE CONTACTS:

Content Editor - Pat de Klerk
073 200 1969
 
Web Master - Glynn de Klerk
082 880 3314
 
Photo Contributors for 2019:
Dakota Murphy
Zoe Brentano-Murphy

FORTHCOMING EVENTS AND TRAINING


2 March - Urban Series #4 - Eagle Canyon NIGHT

7 March - RACO SOCIAL - Panarotti's 4-Ways Mall

16 March - Urban Series #5 - Leeuwkop NIGHT

30 March - Urban Series #6 - Wanderers NIGHT

 Details can be found in EVENT FLYERS

 TRAINING - For all members and those people wanting to know more about the sport and how to compete.....you're all welcome !
Contact : coach@racorienteers.co.za to find out more !


                                     
 

RACO RACE SHIRTS - ORDER FORM

Get the Order Form HERE  for your own RACO Race shirts !


 
 

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 !.