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The 2009 Metrogaine was based around the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney, exploring the suburbs and parks along the City to Surf route (yes, there are actually national parks in the Eastern Suburbs).  The Hash House was at Rose Bay public school

The Course Setter / Organiser reports ....

Another day, another flurry of sun-frazzled rogainers. Everyone appeared to enjoy (most of) their day in Wentworth.

Though some may disagree, I think we got lucky with the weather at the 2009 Metrogaine in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney. On a final fact-finding mission the Sunday before the event, it rained as much as it could and every other time we went course-setting, we got sunburnt so I think the day itself was a good middle-point.

Though I haven’t done a full analysis of who went where, it appears that most teams headed up for the big points on South Head, presumably up & back via the harbourside & coastal walkways that give a nice largely off-road circuit for a suburban area. The 2 walkways and their lovely views, together with the incomparable South Head, were why there was the unusual feature of 2 high point controls within 50m of each other. From the feedback on Sunday, most people enjoyed this part of the course and for some (including Sydneysiders) it was a pleasant learning experience.

After doing the loop up to South Head, teams then had to decide whether they were going to keep jinking inland for all the non-coastal controls, which obviously most leading teams had to do. It was then a question of how far south (towards Bondi) and then how far west (towards Bellevue Hill or further) teams wanted or were able to go. Hopefully a lot of teams got to play on the slippery dip near Bondi & also go for a dip at the lovely Redcliffe Pool in Double Bay. For a number of teams, Redcliffe Pool may have come at an opportune time as the day heated up considerably in the last 90 minutes, when they may have been there.

After spending most of the day worrying that a number of teams would clear the course in well under 6 hours, only a few teams got close which is the way it should be and the feedback was generally positive about the views & locations.

I must acknowledge (with the wonderful benefit of hindsight) that a couple of the answers were not cut & dry and apologise that at least 2 controls (though I have heard non-specific references to 4) were marked slightly wrong on the map. Slightly wrong meaning just plain wrong, so apologies for the time lost (& the annoyance gained) in finding them. In both cases, as the marking at the end was DIY, you could have given yourself those points if you were confident in having been there. We only got the opportunity on Sunday to counter-mark a few of the leading teams and in 1 or 2 cases, points were deducted which I may yet add back as I have the benefit of knowing the dubious answers. At the same time, in a couple of cases, we did deduct points for answers that were downright wrong (even if only by accident) and they will remain that way. Where we do change a team’s score (down), we will contact you to confirm which ones so you know why.

I have heard of lots of teams being seen taking photos so feel free to send them in as I’d like to put some on the website. Any other feedback gratefully received. Updated results should be on the web by next Monday at the latest.

Thanks again to :-

  • The Waitara Scouts for catering with great efficiency;
  • to Nihal & Richard (& their team) for efficient (no-nonsense) administration which allowed prompt publication of the draft results;
  • to John & David for vetting the course (I note that they were not able to vet the few checkpoints that were wrong as I hadn’t locked those points in so a lesson for me for future course setting);
  • Ian Cable for coping with 8 drafts of the map;
  •  andPeter McConaghy doing all the printing whilst childminding.
  • Cue Kate Winslet to start crying (again) and Hugh Jackman to drown out the rest of my thank you speech.

Richard Green

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Graeme Cooper
phone: 02 6772 3584
email:   webmaster@nswrogaining.org

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Who could enter?

Like all NSWRA rogaines, anyone could enter. You had to make up a team of between 2 and 5 people. If you were under 14 years of age on the day of the event you had to have an adult in your team.