A very merry Christmas and happy new year to all rogainers.
Our first event for 2015 will be a twilight event on Saturday 7 February 2015. If there is a total fire ban that day we will postpone for a week to Saturday 14 February. Mark it in your new calendar or diary now because it is bound to sneak up on you in the new year.
ACTRA memberships will also be due from 1 January, as we run a calendar year system for our memberships.
Last Updated on Thursday, 18 December 2014 06:08
ACT Results from the 2014 Australian Championships
Over 20 ACTRA members headed to the Australian Champs near Malmsbury in Victoria on 11-12 October 2014.
David Baldwin and Julie Quinn were the best placed ACT team (pictured) coming second overall (second Mixed Open and first Mixed Veterans) losing out on an overall win by a measly 20 points to a gun team from NZ. The ACT also won the Intervarsity Challenge with Oleg Kovdashev and Daniel Comber-Todd from the ANU coming in first place (16th overall) (pictured below).
Other ACTRA placegetters were:
First Family Category - Glenn Bridgart and his daughter Jessica
Second Women’s Open – Susie Sprague (who teamed up with Sara Hely from Vic)
Third Mixed Superveterans – Jean Douglass and Ron Simpson
Fourth Women’s Superveterans – Colleen Mock and Parissa Poulis
Fourth Men’s Open - Ben Corry (who teamed up with Shane Lewis from WA).
Overall the ACT came fourth in the interstate challenge (Vic: 23 points; NSW: 12 points; QLD: 11 points; ACT: 10.5 points; Tas: 6 points; WA: 2.5 points; SA: 1 point; NT: 0 points).
Full results and event wrap-up can be found here. ACTRA photos can be found in our photo gallery. Barkley, the ACTRA mascot, also went along and details his adventures here.
Next year the ACT Champs are in NSW on the same weekend (10-11 October). Hope to see many of you there!
Last Updated on Monday, 17 November 2014 17:08
Spring 6/12hr Wrap-Up
Rogainers were greeted with perfect sunny conditions for the Spring 6/12 hour event at Bournda National Park on the NSW South Coast on Saturday 18 October 2014. Following the midday start, some headed to the faster travelling southern half of the map, enjoying the stunning views around Bournda Lagoon and the hills around Bournda Trig, while others headed to the north of the map to enjoy the coastal views along the Kangarutha Track and the challenging controls in the north west.
Rogainers encountered a variety of wildlife, particularly goannas, and with the fine conditions it was no surprise that most teams stayed on the course as long as possible.
Congratulations to the overall winners of the 6 hour event, Lizzie Ingham and Mark Euston, with a score of 1480, and to Rob Walter and Matt Crane who won the 12 hour event by clearing the course with about an hour to spare. Congratulations also to all category winners.
Big thanks to Hartley Lifecare for providing excellent catering on the Saturday night dinner and Sunday breakfast, and also thanks to the volunteers, landowners and park ranger.
I woke up on Saturday morning to the sound of Bell birds chirping in the trees down at the south coast. It was going to be a beautiful day. After looking around at the bush I knew it would be a long and hard day, so I contemplated taking a bike. But I had a small reach problem.
My party and I were aiming to tackle the northern high point circuit during daylight hours, return to the Hash house and go out on a shorter loop with ample aiming off and catching features during the dark hours.
The ACTRA rogaining koala mascot, Barkley, has made a video of his recent exploits in the United States attending the World Rogaining Champs in Black Hills, South Dakota in August 2014.
Barkley attended the event with Julie Quinn and David Baldwin (who ended up coming 6th overall, 2nd Mixed Veterans/3rd Mixed Open), Ron Simpson and Jean Douglass. The rogaine had lots of areas of fallen timber and high thistles to dodge but it was great to be part of an event with teams from all around the world. Barkley even got to help a lost Russian team!
This lively crew from the ACT also took Barkley on adventures in the Rocky Mountains National Park in Colorado where he met chipmunks and squirrels, as well explore multiple high passes in the Rocky Mountains, Yellowstone and Grant Teton National Parks.