NSW Rogaining Association

"Your Guide to Rogaining in NSW"

eNewsletter 27  -  November 2011

G'day Rogainers,

Entries are now open for the "Socialgaine" being held on Sunday 20 November 2011. Please get your entry in soon. Also below you can find out more about our last event at Lake Macquarie, including results and reports.

Socialgaine 6 Hour : 20 November 2011

*Entries now open*

"Snakes and Ladders, Swings and Roundabouts"

This year the Socialgaine will be held in the leafy suburbs of the Frenchs Forest area and in the Garigal National Park in northern Sydney.  Lots of bush trails to explore and picturesque water views dot the course. The wildflowers are out, so it’s a great time to come rogaining!
It will be a "metrogaine" style event where there are no marker flags at the checkpoints.  You will be given the usual map and clue sheet but instead of a punch card you will have a sheet with multiple choice questions to be solved at each checkpoint location.  The questions are designed so you can only answer them correctly by going to the checkpoint.

Like all NSWRA events this one is open to everyone.  You can enter on-line using your credit card or by post with a cheque or money order.

Spring 24 Hour and 15 in 24 Hour Rogaine: 17-18 September 2011

Results and photos are up now on the website.

This year's Spring Rogaine (Incorporating the NSW Championships) was held at Goulburn River National Park, about four hours north-west of Sydney.

Many thanks to Bob Gilbert and his team for setting a great event.

2012 Events

Our calendar for 2012 is taking shape - find the latest in the online Events Calendar.  Fixtures so far include:

  • The Metrogaine on 12 February: Richard Green - who's brought us several memorable Metrogaines in recent years - is at it again, this time in the parks and bays of the inner west.
  • The Minigaine on 18 March: back by popular demand, and slowly becoming a regular feature on our calendar.  Ted Woodley, who brought us the 2011 Minigaine, is currently planning the 2012 event, back on Sydney's North Shore.  We're hoping for a little less rain this year!
  • The Autumn event (date TBC): Two of our most prolific competitors, Richard Sage and Nihal Danis, are turning their hands to course-setting and planning to bring us an upside down rogaine for this year's autumn event.  Not sure what an upside down rogaine is?  You'll have to wait and find out!
  • The Paddy Pallin on 17 June: Rob Vincent has already been hard at work in the field to bring us a great Paddy Pallin rogaine in 2012.  We'll be heading west of Sydney for open eucalypt forest with impressive sandstone features, but we won't say any more just yet...
  • The Lake Maquarie on 18 August: Bob Gilbert is bringing us another Lake Macquarie, as popular for its Tea and Damper as for the rogaining itself!  This year we return to the regular weekend - no City to Surf clash.
  • The Spring event on 6-7 October: Amazingly, Michael Watts is ready to do it all again, and is lining up our Spring event.  We can rely on Michael for an event to please all comers, from the leisurely walkers to the lycra-clad.
  • The Socialgaine (date TBC): Insert your event here!  The only event left in 2012 without a co-ordinator, here is your chance!  The socialgaine is always a good event to start with, even if you've never helped organise one before.  Seek some inspiration at this year's socialgaine in a few week's time.

Put the dates in your diary/calendar/phone or however you do it now!

Online Forum

Our Forum has been expanded to provided a place for general discussion on rogaining in NSW.  Joel Mackay has kicked this off with a posting "What is our balance of events like?".  We will also continue to try to get event organiser to provide a posting after each event so entrants can throw in their brickbats and bouquets.

You can place anonymous comments after any post or comment on comments.  Got any ideas on a new discussion thread?  Here's what to do.


Finally, Rogaining is a volunteer-run sport.   So if you have been enjoying the sport, think about helping out at an upcoming event.

Visit the volunteer page and/or contact our volunteer co-coordinator Ian Dempsey to find something that suits you.   Volunteers who make a major contribution to an event are rewarded by free entry (!) to a NSWRA organised Rogaine, or a contribution to a recognised training course (such as first aid or event management training).

Jason Tsui
for NSW Rogaining Association committee

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