NSW Rogaining Association

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Paddy Pallin Rogaine Wrap-Up

Results Now Available

Sunday June 19th saw 180 teams line up to start the 53rd Annual Paddy Pallin 6hr rogaine at Catherine Hill Bay. Constant and significant rain, for the duration of the event, did nothing to dampen the spirits of the competitors, most of whom saw it as an added challenge and more motivation to just put their head down and keep moving. It was also a bonus to reach a creek crossing without having to worry about removing shoes in fear of getting wet feet! In which other sport would you get such a high participation rate in a certain down pour?

In this event if you got a high pointer you deserved it, with the possible exception of 101 which was all about the views.

Congratulations to the overall winners Greg Barbour and Richard Mountstephens, who collected 2080 of 2500 available points by covering in excess of 40km, a whopping 160 points ahead of 2nd place getters. This makes Richard a member of a winning team for 4 out of the past 5 PP events!

Thank you to Paddy Pallin Outdoor Stores for once again sponsoring the event with great prizes, 1st Waitara Scouts for great catering and Bob Gilbert and his team for running what was another fantastic event.

Photo Credits: Rochelle Duerden & Ian Almond

You can read the Event Coordinator's report (Bob Gilbert) here.... A blog post, courtesy of our webmaster Chris Stevenson, can be seen on the NSWRA forum here....

Remember you can share your own experiences with others by submitting your post to the forum!


Survey - How did you find out about Rogaining?

In order improve our marketing of the sport, many of you will have answered the question in a survey at the Paddy Pallin about how you got into rogaining. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the vast majority of responses were “a friend got me into it.”

Some of the best responses in the “other” category included:

- “Ski Tour Leadership Course”

- “Melbourne University Mountaineering Club 24hr walk”

- “Trevor Gollan” (Thanks Trev)

- “Forced by Family” (One day you’ll be grateful…)

- “Married to John Barnes”

Haven’t answered the question? Have an interesting story behind your participation in the sport? Tell us by sending an email to us!


ACT 6hr Metrogaine – Saturday 9th July

Come and discover the hidden treasures of Canberra's northernmost town in the 2016 Metrogaine. Get lost in the street mazes of Ngunnawal and Amaroo, admire the views from Harcourt Hill and Percival Hill, lose valuable course time in the state-of-the-art playgrounds in Casey and Franklin (it is school holidays after all), ponder awhile about the hardships of 19th century life on 'Gungaderra' or 'Horse Park', or just go for points and venture into the sweeping grasslands of unimpeded travel.

More info here...


Lake Macquarie 6/12hr – Saturday 20th August

Seemingly not content by coordinating the recent Paddy Pallin, Bob Gilbert will once again be setting and coordinating the 25th Annual Lake Macquarie Rogaine, to be held in the Sugarloaf State Conservation Area west of Newcastle. This event was a controversial event within rogaining circles when it was first run in 1992. Funding for the event from the Lake Macquarie Council was used as prize money to try to attract elite competitors to our sport. In those early years, the event was dubbed “The Dash for Cash”.

Although the event no longer offers prize money, the Lake Macquarie Council kindly continues to financially support the annual event. The longevity of this event is testament to the dedication of one of NSWRA’s life members, Bert Van Netten, who has played a major role in the organisation of each and every Lake Macquarie Rogaine.

Photo Courtesy: Bob Gilbert

You can “walk in the footsteps of those who walked here 50,000 years ago.” Discover Aboriginal carvings, petrified tree stumps, beautiful creeks and an abundance of wildlife. The areas of open forest with convenient roads and tracks will lead you to interesting sites and lookouts with spectacular views.

Can’t make the event? We can always do with more hands to vet and hang flags in the lead up so if this is you send Bob an email and let him know if you can help!


How are you preparing for the World Rogaining Championships?

For those who are competing in the upcoming World Rogaining Championships I’m sure your training involves entering as many NSW Rogaines with your partner(s) as you can, but are there any other things you are doing to get ready for an epic 24 hours? After a couple of other night walks, Mitchell Lindbeck, Rochelle Duerden and I hiked (mostly) non-stop the 120km distance from Katoomba to Kanangra Walls (K2K) and return over the Queen’s Birthday weekend in a total of 37.5 hours, an adventure that pushed us to our limits physically and mentally, but no less than what I’m sure we will be in a month’s time!

Photo Credits: Rochelle Duerden

Share with the rest of us how you’ve been preparing for the WRC on the NSWRA Forum or Facebook Page!


Call for Volunteers

Our sport depends on people contributing time and energy to the organisation of our events. See the volunteers calendar and if you’d like to put your hand up, or know more about roles please get in touch with Dale or contact the event organiser.

Not ready for a major role? How about helping out as an assistant to the registration team or event organiser? There are also other odd jobs that require assistance during the year such as equipment maintenance, trailer towing, administrative tasks (such as searching for a better insurance deal), etc.


Calendar of Events 2016

Our events for 2016 can be found here...


Tristan White

Publicity Officer

NSW Rogaining Association

[email protected]


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