Orienteering - "The ultimate outdoor adventure challenge"
ALMOST BUSH CONDITIONS AT AWESOME ASIDLALE EVENT !
SCHOOL'S LEAGUE BATTLING TO TAKE OFF - ALL DUE TO SEVERE WEATHER INTERRUPTIONS !
LOG POINTS ARE ONLY AWARDED TO PAID UP CLUB MEMBERS - JOIN A CLUB NOW !
2024 CALENDAR IS HERE !!!!
WHAT THREE WORDS:
A GOLF COURSE GONE FERRAL - BUT EXCELLENT TERRAIN FOR BUNNY HOPPER ORIENTEERS !
Asidlale 2024 can be described as a taste of Bush Orienteering in an Urban environment ...however, everyone enjoyed the challenging courses set out by 'the kings of pain' duo of Paul and James Hancock !
Tania Wimberley is setting the bar high in this year's series taking two wins in a row...but pleasant surprise of the day was Shelby Dos Santos' second placing on the Women's course. Cameron Morrison once again trounced the men's category and is going to be hard to beat this season. Newcomers The Miles Goelle Group were winners of the Explorer course...not forgetting to mention Ernest Tembo the first individual on the same course.
SOME BASIC ORIENTEERING PRICIPLES
As some of you are new to the sport (and also directing to some 'seasoned' campaigners) we thought it useful to briefly stress a few of the basic rules of Orienteering :
Don't follow - it is poor sportmanship to blatantly follow other runners on your course. Also 'engineering' your start time to ensure you're going to be well placed out in the veld to do this is considered cheating.
Don't announce - it is also a no-no to shout out to other competitors that you've found a control or try to convince others in the vicinity where the control may or may not be. Remember it is an individual challenge - not an impromptu team sport.
Have Fun - enjoy your Orienteering, knowing you've navigated to the best of your own abilities at the best physical pace you can manage. The sense of self achievement is overwhelming !
SCHOOLS LEAGUE - FINALLY HERONBRIDGE SUCCESS WITHOUT RAIN !!!
Around 350 learners enjoyed the 4 courses set out at Heronbridge College. Next leg of the series takes place at St John's College .
HOW DO LOG POINTS WORK
Just a brush up on how points are awarded in the Urban Series. In this format, its not about your finish TIME, but rather your finish POSITION ! Don't matter if you're an hour behind the winner, you will score on a sliding scale of points. Winner gets 1000 points - next 5 positions are allocated in 20 point decrements. Thereafter the point gaps reduce to 10 point intervals and after position 15 the points gaps are down to 5 point intervals. So, all to work for !
Orienteering is an outdoor adventure activity, which involves finding your way around a course in the terrain using a detailed map and some common sense.
Experience the excitement of finding control markers in the middle of forests, up hills, down valleys and even along rivers.
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.
WHY JOIN A CLUB ?
Joining an Orienteering Club like RACO gives you access to emailed event information, results and invites to a number of special events throughout the year. As a Club member, you are eligible to score points in the two Gauteng Performance Logs, with a further incentive to win age category prizes at the end of each Series. There is also a reduced entry fee for Club participants at every event. Become part of the RACO family, in our specially designed O' kit.....club coloured shirts, that are cool and hardy for the roughest conditions ! Family membership is a mere R350 per year ! Here is the MEMBERSHIP FORM 2024