OSL 2014: park running at Delta

At today’s OSL event at Delta Park I was delighted to see more orienteers running with confidence and conviction, sure of their decisions. Even though Delta is a fairly well-defined park area, it did stump many runners too and they found themselves 180° in the wrong direction, especially as there are few buildings to use to orientate.

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Lisa’s Navigation Tip – Destination vs journey
For this week, I want to remind you that the destination is not as important as the journey. By way of example… Let’s say you take the N1 national road from Jo’burg to Cape Town – Cape Town is your destination. If you don’t pass through Kroonstad, Bloemfontein and Beaufort West you are never going to make it to Cape Town. Think of these towns as features – buildings, trees, fences and paths. They guide you to your destination and reassure you that you’re on the right track. Say, for example, that you found yourself in Welkom instead of Bloemfontein, it would be a sure sign that you’ve taken the wrong road from Kroonstad.

So, leaving a control, don’t focus so much on the ultimate location of the next control but rather on each of the stepping stones that will guide you along the way to get you to where you want to go.

RESULTS FROM DELTA PARK (Preliminary) 
The preliminary results from Delta Park are available.

PHOTOS FROM DELTA PARK
They’re here, on the Orienteering Schools League Facebook page.

RESULTS FROM DELTA PARK
We’ll post full results in the next day or two on the OSL page on the orienteering website. For now, here’s the top 3 in each category.

Junior girls
1) Kirsten Chambers (Fourways), 2) Emma van Nierop (Fourways), 3) Nyeleti Ngobeni (Krugersdorp)

Senior girls
1) Christie Courtnage (Trinity), 2) Cian Oldknow (Fourways), 3) Gabriella Bailey (Fourways)

Junior boys
1) Jaya Curtis (St Davids), 2) James Hancock (St Davids), 3) Jonathan Ham (Cornwall)

Senior boys
1) Timothy Chambers (Fourways), 2) Louw van den Heever (Helpmekaar), 3) Kyle Blues (Fourways)

NEXT WEEK: OSL FINAL
We’ve now wrapped up the open part of the annual Orienteering Schools League. Next week we have the OSL Final at the Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens. The top orienteers in each category (junior/senior/girls/boys) run against each other, vying for the podium places. The Gardens can be quite tricky so this should be very exciting. Here’s the event information sheet.

ANNUAL O CAMP: 7-9 MARCH
This year for the annual O Camp, we’re inviting junior orienteers and also those who have never attended the camp. I won’t be there this year as I’m running an ultra-distance trail race on the Saturday, but I will see you at the Golden Harvest event on the Sunday morning (I may be quite stiff!).

FUN RELAY ON 16 MARCH
The annual Gauteng Orienteering Clubs and Schools relay happens on 16 March at University of Johannesburg (UJ) in Auckland Park. I love these relay events because they’re incredibly exciting and they have good spectator value too. Teams of three compete and it is often only with the last runner that positions become clear. Please speak to your teachers about taking part and invite your parents to come along too. We’ll put together some ad hoc parent teams (and teams of your teachers too!). Now that will be fun. Here’s the event information sheet.

EVENTS ALL YEAR ROUND
There are orienteering events all year round. Most of them are on weekends and occasionally there are events during the week. There are also events in a slightly different format (point-score, rogaine), others at night and even a Mountain Bike Orienteering series that starts in winter. Check out the orienteering website and the event calendar for this stuff.

Until next week,

Lisa

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