Neil Hawthorne and Warwick Selby set our Socialgaine in 2011, in Garigal NP around Middle Harbour Creek. It was a great event, with lots of interesting route choices (I think it catered well for all types of rogainers) and some nice areas to explore. I thought I knew pretty well all the tracks around Middle Harbour Creek, but clearly I was wrong!
We got some very HOT weather on Sunday (according to BOM it got to 34.5 at Terrey Hills – not much you can do about that!) and this slowed everyone’s pace a bit. In the heat the creek looked more tempting than usual, despite its murky tidal flows, and I think quite a few teams enjoyed a quick dip to cool off.
My team mate had a nasty fall about 2 hrs in and we limped back and pulled out early (glad St Johns were there with a supply of ice!), so unfortunately we didn’t get to make the most of it… therefore I’ll be doubly interested to hear what everyone else thought! Where did you go? How did you handle the heat? How did you enjoy this rogaine?
Thanks to everyone who contributed to making this year’s Lake Macquarie event a success! Thanks particularly to Bob Gilbert for co-ordinating, Bert van Netten, Anita Bickle, Dug Floyd, Neil Chappel, Rob and Marg Cook for course setting and vetting, and Ian Dempsey for mapping. This group has been hard at work for many weekends to bring this event to us. We also enjoyed lovely hash house food provided by the Cardiff Scouts, tea and damper by Sylvia Burgess, safety services from BWRS and the SES, and seamless administration by Neal and Emma McDonald and Graeme and Vicki Cooper. If I’ve missed anyone else, thank you too!
From my perspective as a participant, it was a fun event with some nice features. We particularly enjoyed the creek between 51, 52, 86, 85 – however I’m glad we were there in daylight, and not trying to negotiate that terrain in the dark! Like all good Lake Macquarie rogaines, this one featured its fair share of steep and slippery slopes, lantana, lawyer vine, mud and the odd leech! But this one also had some amazing views from the escarpment (including the tea and damper spot) and sections of really nice bush (I thought the grass trees were particularly impressive, and at this time of year there are some nice flowers starting to come out) to make up for it. We even found a few beautiful big old eucalypts which had escaped being logged.
I hope everyone had fun, and I look forward to reading your thoughts and feedback here.
Thanks to everyone who participated in the Paddy Pallin Rogaine at Belanglo! We were treated to some really nice weather (though it could have been a bit warmer at the finish!) and it sounds like most people had fun out there. I saw plenty of smiling faces at the finish. We’d be really interested to hear your thoughts and feedback about the event, or you can use this space to swap stories with other teams, or however you like – but keep it clean and related to rogaining – thanks 🙂
Thanks again to all the volunteers (you can find all their names listed on the volunteer page), plus State Forests and other landholders, our sponsor Paddy Pallin, caterers 1st Waitara Scouts, safety crew BWRS and new event adminstrators Emma and Neal!