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“Bondi to Bar” 6hr Metrogaine, 25th February 2018 – Results, Photos & Route Gadget Online Here!

For an event at a time of year when we brace ourselves for hot weather, there was much relief that heat was something we didn’t need to worry about. A 21°C day with a mild drizzle and sea breeze was perfect to be running or walking around Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs beaches, parks and walkways.

As promised, it was a challenging course with plenty of hills, but the rewards by way of points (and in many cases, views) were significant. So, to those who put in the extra mileage, congratulations. A couple of shout outs go to:

  • Men’s and overall winners Richard Mountstephens, Andrew Hill, Glen Horrocks, who cleaned up the 3070 point course in just over 5 hours!
  • Women’s winners Melissa Robertson & Kirsten Blake with 2590 points
  • Course setter Steve Ryan and his team of volunteers for putting on a first rate metrogaine showing off a wide range of scenery in some little-known locations.
  • Welcome back to rogaining! Karen Liddell has returned to rogaining 17 years, to the day, after her last event. Karen was accompanied by her two novice children Grace 11 and Andrew 9. Karen's team managed a sit down lunch and 460 points, well done.

For the 350+ participants, you’ve now gained your first points in the 2018 Point Score Series. Check out your standing here...

“The Hawkesbury Skygaine”, Scheyville NP 3hr Minigane – 8th April 2018 – Entries Are Open!

Leaving behind the concrete, congestion and crowds of the city, the 2018 Minigaine course, set by David Williams and Ronnie Taib, is spread across the grassy fields and woodlands of the Hawkesbury plain. The gentle rolling terrain will cater for all levels of ability, with an extensive track network throughout but also the opportunity to head cross-country. With a reasonably central Hash House, route options will be numerous, and should put your course planning skills to the test.

Unlike previous minigaines which have been predominantly in urban areas, this year’s event will be a country affair - you may even need to use your compass. This is the one rogaine of the year you can enter as either a team or as a solo participant. Will you gain more points in the 2018 Point Score comp if you compete on your own, or could a good teammate boost your final result?

NSW National Parks describe Scheyville NP as a gem of a park with “a rich and surprising cultural history that touches more than a quarter of a million Australians. Within its current boundaries, a visitor will find the remnants of everything from a cooperative farm to a famous migrant camp - for many, this was the first stop on their journey to becoming an Australian. You might be a descendant of a Dreadnought Boy or of somebody who trained here to fight in the Vietnam War. Indeed, the cultural significance of the park is so wide-reaching that it has been placed on the NSW State Heritage Register.”

The NSWRA Annual General Meeting will be held after the event and is your chance to volunteer your skills on the committee for the 2018 year.

Navigation & Skills Workshop – 14th-15th April – Entries Are Open!

NSW Rogaining are, for the first time in many years, running a Navigation Workshop open to all current and future rogainers, including our associates from ACT. Even the best of us can sharpen our skills and would benefit from the expert advice and a chance to practise outside of the heat of competition.

If you are keen to improve your off-track navigation and improve your skills at night then this is the place to be in mid-April.

Based at Rydal Showground for camping and amenities, we will run several small group navigation exercises, workshops and a minigaine.

12/8hr ACT Championships, Yarrangobilly – 28-29th April

The ACT Rogaining Association are building an enticing event at Yarrangobilly Village, in the northern Kosciuszko NP. ACTRA’s website talks about “wonderful park-like country near the hash house, limestone sinkholes and bluffs, revegetated pine plantation and alpine bushland. Some historical sites including Cotterill's Cottage at the HH and a number of old homestead sites including Jounama homestead ruins.”

The 5-hour drive from Sydney may deter people restricted to a standard weekend, but why not add a few days to explore the district. Yarrangobilly Caves House is an obvious (and recommended) place to stay before or after the rogaine, or you could look to the Tumut-Batlow-Tumbarumba region.

Online entry isn’t available yet, so watch the event website for more info.

NSWRA Strategic Action Plan – A new direction for rogaining!

You may have participated in our strategic vision survey that was making the rounds at the end of the year – to those that took that time, we greatly appreciate it. We were overwhelmed with much of the praise that we received, though there were several degrees of change that were suggested.

A summary of these results is now available on our Forum here.

ARC 2018, S-E Queensland, 25th-26th August – Earlybird Entries Now Open!

The 2018 Australasian Rogaining Championships are going to be hosted by Queensland Rogaining Association, inviting us to the Gympie Region, 2½ hours NW of Brisbane to square off for titles of Australasian Rogaining Champions (in all the standard categories). Note that ARC is not just for elite rogainers – anyone can enter and enjoy the experience.

Paul Guard, the event director, says, “We’ve decided to name the event the ‘Sun SEQer Rogaine’ – to encourage those of you from more southerly latitudes to escape the misery of your rainy winters and come on north to join us in the sunshine!”

The Intervarsity Champs will be held in conjunction to this, so please get in touch with us if you have pulled together a team of friends that attend your university that you would like to compete with.

More information on the terrain, vegetation, likely weather, mapping and accommodation will be provided on the website progressively. Entries are now open, with a $10 discount if done by the end of March (flights will be cheaper if booked now!), and you can also purchase some great event merchandise on the rego page

Calendar of Events

The updated list of 2018 events can be found here...

Tristan White

Publicity Officer

NSW Rogaining Association

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