Jeremy Challacombe, "Newholme", Tilbuster,via Armidale.
Bert VanNetten, 42 Charles St., Edgeworth.
lan Dempsey, 3/8 Mosbri Gres., Newcastle.
Robyn Tuft, Peter Tuft, Gabriel MacGuire, Jeremy Challacombe,
Bert VanNetten, Dianne Van Netten, Ian Dempsey.
1983 Australian Rogaining
A small group of N.S.W. Rogainers travelled
south to compete in this year's national titles held at Teneriffe,
near Seymour in Victoria, on October 22/23. We were treated to a
first class, well organised event, with over 350 competitors.
Rowlands and David Church (Vic.) won the event, finding all the
controls and still having an hour and a half to feed up at the hash
house before us lesser mortals handed our control cards in. Apart
from the glorious countryside, the two things that remain in the
mind after this event are wet feet and electric fences.
be excused for thinking that electric fences are fairly simple,
straight forward devices. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Yes, the usual type with electrified wire held out from the fence
was there. No problem, its distinctive characteristics allow even
the most casual fence observer to identify it immediately. However,
the two other, lesser known varieties of electricus fencii came as
somewhat of a surprise. The cunningly disguised species with an
electrified barbed wire strand running along the top nipped many
rogainers in the bud during the process of straddling it. The other
variety, with several electrified strands running through the fence
caught others in "no man's land", not sure whether to keep
going or to retreat. Despite the unpleasant effects, encounters with
electric fences can on personally recommended at 2am. as the perfect
tonic when legs are weary and eyes have trouble staying open.
12 Hour Spring Rogaine -
- 19 November 1983
|This was my first rogaine, but my partner, Ray
Dawes, has been in several. The start area was at Jeremy Challacombe's
house, "Newholme", and was swarming with familiar faces from
orienteering. When I saw Terry Farrell I knew we weren't going to win! In my
excitement I managed to leave two controls off the map. I didn't discover the
omissions until Ray suggested heading for a blank spot on the map. I find running with a pack
awkward, however we walked most of the times truly relaxed orienteering.
Navigation is much easier when one walks, even on a C.M.A. map. There are traps f6r the unwary orienteer used to
the accuracy of a detailed orienteering map.
The weather was perfect, cool
and overcast, and the terrain pleasantly free of skungy scrub, plus control 32 provided scenic views in every
direction. Sometime before nightfall an inflamed calf muscle caused us to head for home. We picked up a few controls on the way back, in the
moonlight, so bright at times it was almost dazzling. The torch I had carried around all day was hardly needed.
The hash house crew had food prepared in a flash, plus good tea - but no
ice! I am looking forward to my next rogaine.
|| 940 (10.18pm.)
|| 940 (11.56pm.)
|| Anderson/ Graham
|| Lumsden / Noble
|| Johnston / Holgate
||Taylor / Coyle
||McKenna / Prosser
||Firman / Dawes
||Harrigan / Mercer
||Park / Prosser
||Woodward / Martin
||Treflo / Bryant / Hutchinson
||Waddell / Jenkins / Anderson
||Bigelo / Layden
||Sharp / Roberts / Everett
||Johnston / Serbrook / McMillan
||Sanson / Hayden / Russell
||Cooper / Cooper
||Challacombe / Power
Armidale Organisers Comments
Event organised around Mt. Duval in northern N.S.W., about 12Km. north of
Armidale. The land was mainly freehold consisting of timbered and clear grazed country with undulating to steep sections.
Landowners were contacted some 8 weeks prior to the event (about 8 in
all). All were quite happy about the event and we had no refusals Landowners were contacted by
telephone. The out of bounds areas were 2 areas where the landowners had not been contacted.
Entries were a little disappointing and somewhat slow to arrive. This was
probably due to the time of the year, the location and perhaps most
importantly, the publicity. Much more publicity amongst scouting groups and bushwalkers is needed.
We ended up with 42 competitors and helpers(17 free entries from Worimi but they provided the bulk of the food.
Form B was sent out a little late - should be at least 2 weeks before the event.
Event was OK - weather was reasonable, no problems with controls, food held out although we needed more bread.
Rogaining in 1984
|The 1986 N.S.W. Rogaining Championships will be held in
April, south of Sydney. Robyn and Peter Tuft are organising the event along with a band
of helpers. There is some possibility that 'this event may also be the 1984 Australian Rogaining
Championships, but this needs to be ratified by the A.R.A. later this year.
At this stage we are looking for someone to organise a 12 hour rogaine
latter in the year. Interested? Then contact one of the committee members soon.
If you'd like to put something back into the sport but don't want to get involved to the extent of organising an
event, still get in touch. Maybe you have some specialist, much sought after skill that could be
of use (eg."cordon Bleu" hamburger cooker, champion dishwasher,
first grade newsletter folder, accounting whiz - our current treasurer doesn't
know the difference between an interest rate and a heart rate, the list is