Metrogaine 2013

This year’s Metrogaine at Swansea introduced a few new twists for this series of events.  The course took in more bush than streets and houses and the “Question & Answer” type controls gave way to NavLight electronic scoring.  As part of the organising team,  to me it was very successful.  Please give us your thoughts on the event.

Graeme Cooper

2012 Spring Rogaine

Wombeyan Caves (Blue Mountains National Park) was the site of the 2012 Spring Rogaine. Approximately 200 participants enjoyed a wet and wild 15 or 24hours out in steep country surrounding the Hash House at Wombeyan Caves Camping Ground. From my perspective as a course setting volunteer and All Night Cafe chef, the map was large, the weather demoralising and the vegetation and going varied for a very challenging Rogaine. How did you find it?

Workshop on course setting

Have you thought about setting a Rogaine course?
If so, what’s holding you back….
Are you worried about not having the skills?
Not quite sure what’s involved?

We are proposing to hold a workshop early in the new year.
It will cover the key roles in organising a Rogaine and go through the
steps of setting/mapping a rogaine course, and hopefully answer
questions you may have.

The 2013 calendar is on the website and there are a number of gaps to fill.
Anyone keen to put their hand up for a role?

Blisters for Vistas

A fabulous day for a pretty stunning event up around Brisbane Waters National Park yesterday. Walking around the headlands was absolutely stunning (excellent planning to have a low tides for the event) and the bush was unexpectedly diverse – although the undergrowth was a tad scratchier that I was anticipating (very glad we took gaiters along, but should have paid more attention to comments in the instructions about long sleeves/pants). Some added highlights were the echidna near checkpoint 35 (my first sighting ever on a rogaine) and the lyrebird below checkpoint 40 (although the less said about getting to and down from checkpoint 40 the better – especially as I’d been promising my partner cafes and coffee and the closest we got was a coffee before the start). The vege burger at the end was a hit to. Thanks to Martin and his team for an excellent event!

NSW Rogainer of the Year

To congratulate our best rogainers and to encourage your participation, from 2013 NSWRA will run an annual Rogainer of the Year competition.  Briefly, this will allocate points to all competitors in each category of an event as a proportion of the
winners’ score (i.e., maximun event score is 100).  There will also be an overall winner.  In addition, if you volunteer at an event, you’ll receive 75 points for each event up to a maximum of two events. We’ll run this scoring system across our current entry categories and events will be weighted to encourage participation in our longer bush events.

The weightings we propose are:

a.  24 hr event (full weighting, i.e., the allocated points x 1).
b.  15 in 24 hr & 12 hr (.75).
c.  6 hr/Metro/Social (.5).
d.  Minigaine (.25).

Competitors’ final annual score will be the sum of their best five weighted event scores (we run six to seven events each year).

Before we finalise this, we’d welcome your views. Please tell us here which parts of the proposal you like, and if you want anything changed or added.  Among other things, tell us how we should recognise our rogainers of the year. We’ll keep the forum open until the end of October and we’ll give you detail on the final format of the Rogainer of the Year soon after.

Thanks to Bert van Netten for proposing this and to Bob Gilbert who has kindly agreed to set it up and manage it.

49th Paddy Pallin 6 hour

Well yet another “Paddy Pallin” event has been run and won.  A noteable feature this year was the quality of the map produced by Rob Vincent.  Advances in technology are making a lot of things possible that could not have been imagined when the early rogaines were held.  One thing however remains the same.  This is a volunteer driven organisation meaning events will only happen if enough of you come forward to do a turn.

There are things I can point to that weren’t up to scratch at this event.  The results didn’t get displayed at the finish and the portaloo maintenance was almost non existant.

So how about it?  If you want to be able to take part in more rogaines in NSW, have a look at the blank spaces on the Volunteer Table , pick a job you can handle and write to Ian at [email protected] .  He’s waiting to hear from you.

Graeme Cooper

minigaine 2012

I hope you all had a great run or walk on Ted’s fantastic minigaine course through the streets and muddy bush tracks of Lindfield, West Killara and Roseville. Im sure the legs are recovering nicely by now. It was great to see so many people out. So what did you think of the course?

Metrogaine 2012

Well, didn’t I enjoy a cold beer on the balcony after getting home last night from a long day at Orange Grove school. A long but pleasant day – so many happy faces.
The Metrogaine 2012 (Baygaine) seems to have passed off very well with surprisingly positive feedback about the area/course. I personally know Balmain, Rozelle etc is a nice area but I had been worried that it may a bit too urban for rogainers. It appears however to have made an interesting alternative for most people to cliffs, leeches & scratchy things.
Very pleasing to see how many families, school groups, novices were able to enjoy the day – I guess that’s partly what Metro- and Socialgaines are meant to be about.
The Hash House turned out to be a godsend with the large roof structure once the storm hit.
In terms of course feedback, lots of people commented on the pleasant Balmain headlands.
A couple of teams highlighted that Control 106 was wrongly marked by 1 block which caused a bit of angst and so we have given teams the benefit of the doubt. It was also pointed out to me that after my explanation in the coursesetters’ notes about the difficulties of getting from 91 to 58 because of a large fence – there was actually a gate so you could just waltz on through. Disappointed no-one fell off the plank @ 91.
The map from the new software seems to have gone well though a couple of teams queried some thin white strips along the foreshore where there are not paths. It may be something to do with tidelines & property boundaries but we will investigate. Hopefully the lack of street names kept everyone’s brains alert.
Looking forward to any feedback – highlights, control comments.

2011 Socialgaine

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?