NSW Rogaining Association

"Your Guide to Rogaining in NSW"

G'day Rogainers,

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Lake Macquarie (6/12h) – Sat 5th August – Entries close Monday at midnight here...

The 26th Annual Lake Macquarie Rogaine, once again hosted by Bob Gilbert and Bert van Netten, will be conveniently located five minutes from the Morisset turn off on the M1. There will be a mass start for both the 6 and 12 hour events at noon.

This year there will be the potential for:

  • a runners’ loop with a network of tracks throughout,
  • a family loop,
  • a longer technical route incorporating the tea and damper, and
  • some clever strategy planning by the top teams.

As always navigational skills are required.


ACT Metrogaine – Sunday August 13th – Entries Open Online

Whilst the mortal beings amongst us will probably be spending the weekend after the Lake Mac rogaine giving our feet a much-deserved rest on the couch, some may be keen for some more thrashing. One option is the City2Surf. But why run from point to point when you can add a navigational challenge to it?

This year’s Metrogaine is in south Canberra in the Molonglo region, and has the exclusive option for competitors to enter as individuals, as well as part of a team of 2-5. Our ACT friends/rivals always put on good events (even if they sometimes do “trespass” on our land - i.e., NSW – for some of them), so if you can make the trip it will no doubt be well worth it.


World Rogaining Championships (Latvia) – 18-19th August

It’s probably too late for you to get there but the World Rogaining Championships are in Latvia, that land of swamps and moraines, on the 18-19th August. We have just three NSW teams entered that I know of:

  • Ciara Smart & Murray Pinnock (XY)
  • Andrew Smith & Toni Bachvarova(XV)
  • Andy Macqueen & Greg King (MUV)

We wish them well. With 993 entrants… it’s a major event. A select number of teams will be wearing GPS tracking devices which may be an interesting way for us to watch progress online, from their website. It should be active from 9pm Friday 18th August (AEST).


Trev's Tidings (AKA Trevor Gollan's President's Report)

Firstly, a great big thank you to the organisers of the Autumn rogaines. Ian Almond and Ian Cross overcame logistic and geographic constraints to deliver the 6/12-hour “fun” event at Bungonia. Then Phil Whitten, Mike Hotchkis & Damon Vandermaat delivered a very different and appreciated Paddy Pallin Rogaine, with open fields and forest at Arthursleigh, near Big Hill.

We hopefully achieved Paddy Pallin’s original concept - for people to enjoy the bush with minimal impact and to practise and improve their navigation skills. Furthermore, we support organisations that Paddy favoured in his lifetime. This year we donated $1,000 from your entry to the National Parks Association and $500 to the local Arthursleigh Landcare group.

Now we look forward to some sparkling Spring rogaines, notably the Lake Macquarie 12/6 hour next week and the NSW Champs in October, high on the Blue Mountains at Mount Werong.

“Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!’" – Robin Williams

Also in the Spring, you might consider the Australian Orienteering Carnival, this year run by ONSW at Bathurst and Hill End. They offer enter-on-the-day, if you happen to be passing by.

Thank you to Dan Howe, Sam Howe, Stephen Hutchings, Chris Stevenson and Raphael Taib for their rogaining logo ideas. Results will be soon announced.

Our last committee meeting noted the increasing use of disposable utensils at our Hash House, and reinforced the wish to minimise waste materials. It’s simple - please bring your own plates and cutlery! We’ll keep reminding you that hot soup just doesn’t work from your cupped hand!


Call for Volunteers

No Volunteers = No Rogaines. It’s pretty simple.

Volunteering is a great way to ensure the continual running of quality NSWRA events. If you think you can spare a few hours before, during or after an event please see the volunteers calendar and if you’d like to put your hand up, or know more about roles, please get in touch with Graham.

Looking further ahead, our 2018 calendar is now online. We need co-ordinators and course setters to grab the events, but note that Samantha Howe has already claimed the Paddy Pallin Rogaine and confessed her addiction to course setting.

“My fellow rogainers: ask not what your rogaining association can do for you – ask what you can do for your rogaining association.”
- Graham Field, NSWRA Volunteer Coordinator


Event Calendar

All events for 2017 and 2018 can be here...


Tristan White

Publicity Officer

NSW Rogaining Association

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