The Biggest Loser Award

The Biggest Loser (TBL)

I propose the following categories and examples as suggestions to the award of TBL.

Category 1: Lost Time

Due to planning and communication failures much time was lost. Despite being awake at 4 am on 17 August, I still managed to arrive after muster. Lame excuses include not taking into account:
a) the time lost by being distracted in the Korean bakery in Eastwood before driving north
b) the time lost by several changes of mind about what to put in the car
c) that there was any distance to be driven between Coorangbong and the event which would definitely increase travel time.
d) the time lost due to the number of times going backwards and forwards between the registration tent and the car to get stuff, before getting registered.

Category 2: Lost Team Member

Out team was still in establishment phase, hovering between tense and suspended animation long after the other competitors were sirened off at midday. At 12.20 pm, registration and intention map handed in, Team Members #2 and #3, had lost Team Member #1, before we even started. After wandering about the carpark and checking back at the registration desk, Team Member #1 was spotted emerging from the amenities block, equally bewildered as to why #2 and #3 weren’t listening when he announced his intentions.

Category 3: Lost Property

a) Team Member #2 lost sunglasses, gloves and map. Sunglasses were found by another team.
b) Team Member #3 lost sunglasses.
c) Team Member #3 thought a back pack was lost for about one hour.

Feel free to chip in your own suggestions – loss of face, confidence, keys etc. We could add a new competitive dimension to Rogaining.

Christine Young

50th Paddy Pallin Rogaine 6hr

The 50th Paddy Pallin 6hour Rogaine was held Sunday 16 June 2013. The Hash House was located at Euroka Clearing, Glenbrook, Blue Mountains just one hour from Sydney. This was the same location as the very first one. Many thanks to Michael Watts, Warwick Dougherty and their band of volunteers for putting on a great event. We had approximately 600 participants. It was great to have the Pallin family support us on the day, including helping at the Finish and the Prize Givings.

Let us know what you thought of the event.

Just in time Rogaine …. Bungonia 2013

The ‘just in time’ Rogaine at Bungonia, was a huge success this weekend! Thanks Trev and team! Over 200 people set out to walk or run (or a bit of both) in the fantastic open bushland (a lot less scratches) from Inverary Park. The terrain was not as hilly as many rogaines, which meant great on the legs, just a bit trickier on the nav, particularly in the dark, picking out the features, but the openness was a great help. How did your team fare? Did you get all the controls you set out to?

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?