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17th Annual Lake Macquarie Rogaine

11 October 2008

Results  -  12 & 6 hour Events

Report by the winners


Bob Gilbert reports ...

The Event

The assembly area was in the picturesque “Pines” picnic area of the Watagan Mountains with conditions being overcast but fine and about 20oc. However these ideal conditions were short lived as a thunder storm with drenching rain descended on the mountain about 3pm and continued until about 5pm. The other problem facing competitors was the apparent plague proportion of leaches. Most competitors returned with some still attached.

6 Hour Course consisted of 53 teams and 130 competitors. Once again the winners, with 820 points, were Paul Stein, Matt Cooper and Chris Kennedy with the ever reliable team of David Dash and John Anderson finishing second with 750 points. David and John also won, yet again, the Veteran and Superveteran categories. An outstanding result was the novice team of Stuart Todd and Justin Saunders who scored 690 points to win the novice category, this also placed them 8th overall and 5th in the Men’s category. What will they do with some experience behind them ? Another exceptional effort was the family team of Nigel and Angus Thompson who not only won the family category with 740 points but were also placed 4th overall and 3rd in the men’s.

12 Hour Course consisted of 40 teams and 97 competitors. The first three teams scored the maximum 1550 points by visiting all controls on the course. However the team of martin Lefmann and Peter Thomas completed the course in 9hrs 5 minutes to just edge out Keith Conley and Nathan Versey from the ACT in 9hrs 23 minutes. Andrew and Nicole Haigh, after having to make a 50 minute detour also collected the maximum in 11 hours 22 minutes. Once again the novice team of Stuart Kurtz and Brock Smith won the novice category with 1040 points which placed them 18th overall.

The consensus from competitors was that they enjoyed the courses although most found them challenging. A pleasing aspect was that all teams were back without penalty for lateness in the 12 hour and only three teams received penalties in the 6 hour with the latest team being 9 minutes late.

Congratulations to all teams and competitors who once again contributed to another successful Lake Macquarie Rogaine

Hash House, T&D

Once again the Cardiff Scouts did an outstanding job on satisfying the culinary delights of the competitors. They even provided extra shelter when the rain came and a nice fire to dry out and warm up. They were also able to cater for the special diets of vegetarian and gluten free requirements.

The T&D lived up to the expectation of supplying calorie rich foods and the obligatory shelter from rain and a fire. An added bonus was a new dry map for those that had disintegrated.


These events occur because many people volunteer their time and effort to make them happen

Bert Van Netten has been involved with this event for 17 years, mainly as the course setter, and this year also ran the T&D stop with Sylvia Burgess

Bob & Pam Montgomery who always willingly give their time and this year assisted in vetting and assisting at the administration
Ian Dempsey once again produced the high quality map

Graeme & Vicki Cooper with their IT skills allowed competitors smooth registration and quick and informative access to their results

Doug Floyd acts as the Safety Officer and does a lot of preparatory work before the event ensuring that mishaps are minimised and any emergencies can be appropriately dealt with.
Rob Vincent & Carolyn Chalmers as parking officers and Rob also assisted novices during their briefing session

Neil Chappell always assists with vetting

Community Groups

The following community groups also assist in the event mainly by providing back up resources if required and on site personnel for emergency situations

Cooranbong SES
Bushwalkers Wilderness Rescue Squad
Duke of Edinburgh Award
Westpac Rescue Helicopter
Cardiff Scouts

How is the Entry Fee Dispersed ?

The following is an approximate break down of how the $57 is allocated:

Hash House and T&D 18
NSWRA Levy 10
Hire NavLight 5
Map 4
Hire toilets etc 4
NPWS & State Forests 6
Donations Community Groups 6
Admin & OLE 4

Watagn fauna

more Watagan fauna

Lost Property

The following lost property is with me and can be claimed by contacting me.

A compass
First aid kit
Pair of gaiters
Spray jacket
Drink bottle


Lake Macquarie City Council – the event is part of the Annual Lake Macquarie Games and is supported by Lake Macquarie City Council through Diane Pascoe (Games Coordinator)

Forests NSW through Andrew Ford and National Parks & Wildlife Service through Jeff Johnston who are the landowners and support this event

Letters (emails)

Hi Bob,

Just wanted to say a big thank-you and provide some positive feedback 
about a fantastic event. It was our teams first rogaine and everyone was very helpful and extremely friendly. The course was challenging and rewarding and the timing system and maps were excellent. Next year we will progress to the 12 hour!.

Ross Cairns (Team: Tony Harrison).

hi bob

just wanted to say thanks to you and everyone involved in putting together the lake mac rogaine. It was my first taste of rogaining, and i'm sure i'll be back next year for more. oh, and the beef and veggie soup was to die for

cheers graham


The Pines

For information about this event, contact  ...

Bob Gilbert
phone:  02 4952 1967