G'day Rogainers,

NSW Rogaining eNewsletter, 21st February 2021

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Compiled by Tristan White

Wollongong 6-hour Metrogaine, Sunday 28th March – Entries Close Monday at Midnight

It’s nearly 20 years since the last rogaine in the Wollongong. Get your team and entry organised, and see what’s changed since then. (Hint: the buildings are taller, and so are the mountains.)

Our Hash House will be at Mt St Thomas Public School. The suburb’s name may be abbreviated but the course is anything but … it’s a huge course that will challenge our top athletes, while showcasing the scenic and interesting features that Wollongong can offer; the Mountains, City and the Sea.

Brought to you by Trevor Gollan, Ian Almond, Paul & Bronwyn Batten, Kerrie Hammond, Jo Daly, and Stephen & Eva Thompson.

“Contouring Killara” 3-hr Minigaine, Sunday 28th February

It was a great day out for the 500+ people who enjoyed the Killara district and Garigal National Park. Yes, more than 500! We had to stop entries two hours before the allotted midnight close - with apologies to people who were leaving it to the last minute to enter - but we had numeric limits set by the local authorities.

Congratulations to Richard Green & Richard Banks for their win in the team competition, just 20 points ahead of the young, upcoming team of Cooper Horley* & Simon Murphy. As usual, the solo rogainers scored more points than teams, with Aurelien Penneman topping the list, 40 points clear of Richard Mountstephens. You can view all the results here.

A big thankyou to Steve Ryan and his team for setting a challenging course and showing us new places in Sydney’s near-north.

(*) Cooper was one of our stars on the Studio 10 broadcast last month – in the 2nd cross to Dan Doody in Lane Cove NP.

Annual General Meeting – 28 February 2021

Notably, Gill Fowler has stepped back from the committee. After 15-20 years of exemplary service, Gill has been the major organiser and driving force for rogaining NSW, but we are confident she will remain active and highly competitive.

The current committee is listed here. Feel free to chat with them about issues and ideas. We welcome all participation in committee matters.

A talking point for you and the Committee: What do you think about no-catering at rogaines?

Trevor Gollan (President)

Rest of the Year

Here’s a reminder of the other events we have planned in 2021. Note that the Navigation Workshop in April has been cancelled … we hope to include something similar in conjunction with one of our events later in the year.

The complete, up to date list, is on our website here including all events run by the ACT Rogaining Association, and virtual rogaines can be still accessed on MapRunF here.

We Need a Wall!

Chris Stevenson has been pondering why non-NSW Rogaining Associations like to set their events in NSW. Read his entertaining article here

12/6-hour Autumngaine, Saturday 8th May - S poilt for Choice

Our Autumngaine is set in the Belanglo State Forest, primarily in native forest, less than two hours drive from the Sydney CBD or Canberra. The area is one of the few unaffected by the 2020 fires and plant and animal life is rejuvenating after the heavy rains – the Wingecarribee River is flowing, butterflies are numerous, and gang gang cockatoos are boisterous.

The terrain consists of rolling hills and plateaus, cliff lines with striking views, and descents/ascents ranging from undulating to steep. The underbrush allows for reasonably fast travel and the terrain generally has distinct features that aid navigation. Marked tracks facilitate travel to discrete sections of the course while providing challenge to ambitious rogainers looking to link all the controls across the course.
S poilt for Choice’ means just that – come expecting great opportunities to leisurely chart your way to one of the many great outlooks, or go bananas trying to ‘navlight’ them all – a bottle of very good local wine is on offer to any team that clears the course!

Rick & Tassia

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Tristan White
on behalf of the NSW Rogaining Committee