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Cracking day for the metrogaine

Canberra turned on another stunning late winter day for the metrogaine – this time through the city's western suburbs between the Molonglo and Murrumbidgee Rivers. Participants enjoyed expansive views from north Weston over the new Molonglo Valley suburbs, and most managed to navigate through Weston Creek and Kambah between the coffee stops. Family teams discovered that children's playgrounds have come a long way over the decades (since some of us started rogaining anyway), but Stephen Goggs’s diverting course also offered the time-honoured challenge of scaling the heights of the Canberra Nature Park at Mt Arawang, Mt Taylor and McQuoid's Hill in Tuggeranong. Special mentions go to overall winner Martin Dent, Women’s Open winner Susie Sprague, Colleen Mock – whose score gave her 4th 2nd and two 1st places in different age classes, and the unsung but thoroughly wet heroics of 14th placed Graham Atkins, who managed to rescue his daypack from floating down the Molonglo River but not his map – tricky problem when you are in a solo team! Look here for provisional results and here for photos of the event.

Thanks to all who made the day happen including setters/vetters, Stephen Goggs and Alex Tyson, on the day helpers and caterers, Hartley Lifecare.

Last Updated on Monday, 14 August 2017 20:34
 
Super turn out for the night rogaines

Almost 500 people braved the elements on Friday and Saturday nights to attend the rogaines this weekend, the lions share from ANU. Star of the  weekend award goes to Ella Cuthbert, David Stocks and Zoe Melhuish who as the only junior team, came in 5th overall and beat all the ANU teams from the night before. Martin Dent and Rob Walter managed to clear the course in 2:45 and top honours in the ANU category went to William Tribe and Thomas Etheridge. Congratulations to everyone who participated!

Thanks goes to setters and vetters, Owen Cameron, Brad Vallette and Tom Brazier for a great course. Thanks also to caterers, Hartley Lifecare and event coordinator, Lee Rice who did a fabulous job managing an unexpectedly big field. And who can forget all those on the day helpers who made it all run so smoothly. See you all at our next event, the metrogaine.

Last Updated on Monday, 31 July 2017 13:37
 
Spectacular day for the Winter 4 hour

ACTRA couldn't have asked for a more perfect day on Sunday, 2nd July. The sun was bright all day and without a breath of wind, it was shorts and t-shirt weather. There were 22 family teams entered and lots of Uni students, so the event did the ACT government grant proud in encouraging young and new participants. Googong was a lovely location for the day with open bushland in the easy spots and undulating hills (unless you got a little more adventurous). The overall winners were Keira Doherty and Tom Banks; closely followed by Anthony Newman and Brad Vallette and some super super vets Mike Hotchkis and Pam Muston. It just goes to show, speed is not always the winning ingredient in a rogaine!

Thanks to setters and vetters, Susie Sprague, Martin Dent and Graham Atkins. Thanks also to all the helpers on the day as well as the usual grand spread from Hartley Lifecare. Preliminary results are now available here.

Last Updated on Friday, 07 July 2017 15:15
 
Barkley's homecoming at Ridgy Didge ARC

Barkley: A little Koala Searching for a Home
It was 11:00 am, the rogaine was due to start in only an hour, and still no one had volunteered to take me! What was wrong, was I not wanted….maybe it was time to look outside the rogaining community for a more permanent home rather than waiting for months at a time to be dusted off…
But wait, here was Natalie, maybe she could help. Yes, she would take me. I explained my dilemma, she seemed surprised, but agreed to help me search for a new home while she explored Ridgy Didge. But, wondered Natalie, was I over-reacting, perhaps all that was needed was a “new look” Barkley that would catch the eye of rogainers. So began my adventure in the 2017 Australian Rogaining championships, part house hunting, part fashion show, oh yes, and a bit of navigation and walking thrown in as well.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 11 May 2017 08:17
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Tip top Ridgy Didge Rogaine

The Australian Champs and Inter-Varsity Champs was a fantastic event. Superb setting by Ron Simpson and Jean Douglass in the Black Ridge - Chakola area SE of Canberra provided a great technical challenge in a beautiful area. Travel was quick with little undergrowth but required attention to navigation to find the controls. Many teams took advantage of the "Cuppa 'n' tucker" all night cafe and stayed out on course all night. Check out the photo gallery where event photos are loaded - contact Julie if you've got some to share too.

Congratulations to 2017 overall Australian Champs David Baldwin and Julie Quinn; and to overall Inter-Varsity Champs Fergus Macleod and Max Messenger. With lots of category winners, ACT also took out the Australian Champs inter-state point score competition. See the results page for all the category winners and other teams.

Thank you to the many volunteers who made the event possible, and the welcoming landholders.

Last Updated on Monday, 08 May 2017 15:10
 
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