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2015 Midwinter event: Entries now open!

15winter.jpgFind your partners, folks; it's time for the ever popular mid-winter  event. No, this is not a pagan solstice fire-dancing ritual, this is the sport we love: rogaining!

 Entries are now open for this family-friendly event, superbly timed to get the kids out and active during the school holidays. It is on Sunday 12 July (note the date has moved from Saturday 11 July). Enter by Monday 6 July.

And that's not all. The ACT government has made a generous grant, so the entry fees are at bargain basement prices.  And it is just twenty minutes drive east of Civic. Oh, and to seal the deal, there is the Hartley Lifecare catered feast at the end. Supersize that cheese toastie!

So, you're on board, of course? Then don't delay; register here!

Last Updated on Thursday, 25 June 2015 12:40
Upcoming Navigation Workshop

Book now! The biennial navigation workshop will be held on the weekend of the 20th and 21st of June. This is an awesome opportunity for experienced and novice rogainers alike. You will be placed in a small group with people of similar fitness and experience. This will enable your coach to tailor your learning as much as possible. Coaches will volunteer their time and with the mix of rogainers in the ACT, and you can expect some super-knowledgable helpers.


Saturday will see you practising your skills locally in the field both in daylight and dark hours. This will be complemented by a session on map and route planning. Sunday will see you participate in a 3 hour mini rogaine at Googong where you can put it all together.


Be there or be square! Entries are now open!

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 May 2015 19:49
Autumn rogaine results available!

The Lower Cotter Catchment rogaines were held over the weekend of 18/19 April in the eastern parts of the Cotter catchment and the adjoining Tidbinbilla ranges. A brave band of 27 teams turned up for the 5hr foot only night event, and on Sunday another 21 teams fronted for the foot event and eight teams cycled that day. The weather was challenging for all events.

11152348_808825122504030_3181386036894239128_n.jpgThe winners of the event and recipients of the nightgaine trophy were Peter Preston and Tomas Krajca, who blitzed the field in an excellently executed course with 1760 points. There were close contests in both the mixed open and the minor placing of the male open event. Michael McCluskey and Charlotte Peterson finished only ten points ahead of Kieran Macdonell and Clare Lonergan, despite both teams finishing within a minute of each other after cut-off, to take out first place in the Mixed Open. We had some good participation from the family category too with James and Max Swann taking out first place. Parissa Poulis and Pat Meithke also had a great result taking out third place in the Women’s Open, as well as winning both Women’s Veterans and Supervets categories.

An extraordinary feature of the Sunday results was the domination by mixed teams, taking out the first six places in the foot event, which was won by Keira Doherty and Thomas Banks with 1820 points. Michael Reed and Leigh Nelson were one of the few cycle teams to stay out on course for the maximum amount of time, in what were very challenging conditions for our bike entrants. They top scored for the entire weekend with 1960 points. Some of our newer members took out placings in the Sunday events, including Brad Vallette, Karun Paul, Dale Drummond, Jet Shoon Chong and Jaron Lee.

Many thanks to all the volunteers who made this event possible. Follow these links to the results and splits, and to photos

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 April 2015 20:20
2015 ACTRA Committee

The ACT Rogaining Association Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held on 1 March following the Paddy Pallin 6hr Event.

The following committee members were voted in for 2015 and will be undertaking the following roles:

  • President: Julie Quinn
  • Vice-President and Membership Secretary: Susie Sprague
  • Secretary: Glenn Bridgart
  • Treasurer: Clare Edwards
  • Publicity Officer: Jonathan Miller
  • Volunteer Coordinator: Wayne Gregson
  • Equipment Officers: Jean Douglass and Doug Collier
  • Australian Rogaining Association Officer and Webmaster: David Baldwin
  • General Committee: Aaron Coles, Dane Roberts and Debra Foggin

PPR_0456.jpgThanks to the Committee for volunteering to help run our organisation in 2015! Contact details of the Committee can be found here. Please contact them to provide feedback on events, share your photos or stories, volunteer or suggest event locations.

We were also remiss in passing on the Member Protection Information Officer report from 2014 at the AGM. Sarah Cowdery reported that she received no requests for assistance in 2014. See her report below. 

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 April 2015 19:23
Paddy Pallin rogaine weekend a great success!

IB rogainersThe Paddy Pallin rogaine event weekend was a great success. Results are now available for both the ANU IB Special edition on Saturday and the ACT Paddy Pallin rogaine on Sunday.

If anyone is interested in returning to this area or missed out on its delights, we need people to collect controls. Please contact David Baldwin.

Saturday was a warm clear day and around 280 ANU students were out learning and testing their navigational skills ready for their Inward Bound competition in 4 weeks time.

On Sunday a thunderstorm mid-event did little to dampen the enthusiasm of the field of 170, with Olympic marathon runner Martin Dent teaming up with Brad Hetharia to win from Paul Cuthbert and visiting orienteer Lukas Frei. Julie Quinn and Simon Fairweather were third overall, winning the mixed category, and Lizzie Ingram and Sarah Buckerfield won the women's.

Check the photo gallery for photos from the event. We are interested in any feedback on splitting the event across the 2 days. It certainly reduced the crowding for parking, portaloos and catering.

A big thank you to all the landholders for sharing their wonderful properties with us, to all the volunteers for their efforts in making the event run so smoothly, and to the Jerangle School for the delicious food!

And don't miss this! Marco Ernst from Team 53 has produced a delightful video clip of his adventures on the Paddy Pallin rogaine!


Last Updated on Sunday, 03 May 2015 13:05
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