NSW Rogaining Association

"Your Guide to Rogaining in NSW"

G'day Rogainers,

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A Message from Gill

It’s been another fantastic and fun year of Rogaining in 2016 for NSWRA. We’ve had 1658 Rogainers enjoying a navigational challenge at one of our events, and many returned for two, three or more. We’ve had some creative new maps and courses to explore. For our longer bush events this included a more remote area in Tarlo River National Park, and some great open bushland at Kanangra Boyd National Park. Paddy Pallin Rogainers braved the rain to explore rock platforms around Catherine Hill Bay, and our metro and shorter events ventured to new suburbs in Sydney.

It was terrific to see so many teams out at our last event on Lee’s Socialgaine course at Bobbin Head. Running around the course on the day, I was excited to notice many of our regular Rogainers introducing new people to our sport. Let’s hope they return again!

Behind the scenes in 2016, there has been lots of activity from our “BIG” 12 member NSWRA committee. I’m sure you will have noticed the re-vamped website and recently the great new on-line volunteer booking system.

As we approach the end of the year, it’s important to acknowledge all our volunteers. I’d like to say a THANK YOU to everyone who has helped out and enabled us to enjoy another seven successful NSW rogaines this year. We also asked you to complete a survey when registering. Thank you to those that took the time to contribute their thoughts. Your feedback helps us to improve our events.

Next year we'll have another seven great events, assuming co-ordinators and course setters emerge to create them. I’m looking forward to seeing lots of you out on a course, finding those orange and white flags hiding on great landscape features in new locations. Our 2017 calendar kicks off with the final in Ted’s Lane Cove Metrogaine trilogy.

Finally, I wish you a safe and happy Christmas and New Year. I hope you enjoy the festive season and have a chance to share, enjoy and discover new and old favourite places in the outdoors.

Gill - President, NSWRA

Socialgaine Wrap Up and Thank Yous!

Rogaining in 2016 finished with a lots of up’s at Bobbin Head. Team results can be found here...

There has been lots of activity on our Rogaining NSW Facebook Group after the Socialgaine.

If you are a Facebook user join our group! To check-out more photos and stories and read Chris’s blog on mis-punching!

A huge team of people helped out and our volunteer coordinator, Graham Field, reports on the mammoth effort that went into it (full list of Thank Yous is here...)

“The Socialgaine was a great success, thanks to the significant efforts of the team of volunteers that helped bring it all together.

  • Big thanks go out to the course setter Lee Coady who came up with a great location and course and was meticulous in making sure that all tracks were on the map and that all the controls balanced with mathematical elegance.
  • Event coordinator Martin Dearnley, who did all the background admin, then a great job on the PA at the start and end.

It even looks like Martin got out on course!

Metrogaine 2017 - Saturday 25 February 2017

What better way to kick off the 2017 rogaining year than by entering the “LaneCoveRivergaine3,” once again hosted by Ted Woodley on Saturday 25 February 2017 (start @ 10am). This 6 Hour Metrogaine completes the trilogy of LaneCoveRivergaines - 1 & 2 were held in February 2015 & 2016.

In 2017 we complete the journey down Lane Cove River, to explore the lower reaches from Stringybark Creek to Fig Tree Bridge and Sydney Harbour. Looks like there might even be a beach of sorts, and of course some views!

Again we will be using the highly detailed STEP map and again John Martyn, the map’s cartographer and noted naturalist, has assisted Ted Woodley set a course that encompasses the most scenic and interesting features of the river catchment.

The Hash House (start & finish) will be at Blackman Park, Lane Cove West.
Entries will open in January 2017.

ARC 2017 – Entries Now Open

The Australasian Rogaining Championships 2017 will be held on 11-12th February 2017 in New Zealand. The location is Northern Southland, near Waikaia. Is this the most southern rogaine ever? Queenstown is the closest international airport with frequent flights from Australia and the North Island.

There will be sheep

Call for Volunteers!!! We need your help for our 2017 Calendar.

Our dates for next year are set. More information will be added to the events page as organisers and course setters grab an event and lock in a location.

11-12 February (NZ) Australasian Champs 24 hr Waikaia, New Zealand's South Island high country/NZRA
25 February Metrogaine 6 hr LaneCoveRivergaine3 / Ted Woodley
9 April Minigaine 3 hr ? / Sydney Northern Suburbs
6-7 May Australian Champs 24 hr South of Canberra / ACTRA
20 May Autumngaine 6/12 hr ?
18 June Paddy Pallin 6 hr ?
24-25 June BWRS Navshield TBA/BWRS
5 August Lake Macquarie 6/12 hr Lake Macquarie
7-8 October NSW Champs 8/24 hr ?
26 November Socialgaine 6 hr Newcastle

Rogaines will be cancelled (specifically those with question marks above) unless course setters and co-ordinators emerge to run the events. Our sport depends on people contributing time and energy to the organisation of events and there’s plenty of jobs to choose from if you don’t want one of the major roles.

Just pick an event from the table of Volunteers for Coming Events, then go to the NEW on-line Volunteer Registration form , fill in a few details and you’re on the fast-track to fulfilling a life-long ambition to set, vet, or even organise a rogaine. There’s plenty of other jobs to choose from as well if you don’t want one of the "sharp end" roles first up. You can always email the volunteer coordinator Graham Field, as well to register or ask any questions.

Tristan White

Publicity Officer

NSW Rogaining Association


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