Twilight event: Saturday 6 February 5 - 8.30 pm. Entries are now open !
So you have had some restful recuperation over the Christmas-New Year break. Well, we have just the event to ease you back into rogaining's sensuous delights and intellectual challenges.
First billing for the 2016 ACTRA season is the twilight event, being held from 5 - 8.30 pm on Saturday 6 February. The hash house will be in Aranda, giving access to the wondrous bushland of Black Mountain and Mount Painter reserves.
The course is being set by Tom Banks. The whisper on the street is that Tom has set set an exciting course that will give nice loops for families and take the faster people to some secret gems in Black Mountain. But I didn't tell you that; find out for yourself.
Full fee $21.50; concessions at $17.00. Remember also to renew your membership for the new 2016 calendar year.
Anyway, do yourself a favour and enter on our website, as registrations have just opened. Do so by Tuesday 2 February to get the cheaper rates.
2016 ACT Rogaining events calendar
We have another full calendar in 2016, so we recommend you put the events in your diaries. Here they are:
6 February Summer Twilight 4 hour event
20 March Paddy Pallin 6 hour event
30 April – 1 May ACT 24 hour championships and 8 hour event (and national intervarsity championships)
9 July Metrogaine 6 hour event
14 August Winter 4 hour event
24-25 September Night and day events
12 November Spring 6/12 hour events.
ACTRA Memberships are now due. They run for a calendar year from 1 January to 31 December. It does not matter if you join between events via the website, or when registering for an event. Memberships will remain at a bargain $10 for adults, and $1 for children.
Good food, spending time with fun people, and lots of time to read a good book. An ideal holiday? Well, sort of - I am actually talking about volunteering at rogaining events. We are looking for volunteers to help on the day a the Paddy Pallin event on 20 March (contact Susie Sprague) and the ACT Championships over 30 April - 1 May (contact Jean Douglass). Book in now!
AGM and Constitution
The Annual General Meeting will be held on 20 March at the Paddy Pallin event. At this meeting, members will be asked to consider a few more amendments to the constitution to make it align with the current ACT legislation. Julie will post these proposed amendments on the website soon and let everyone know so you have plenty of time to look through them.
If you would like to contribute to rogaining in the ACT through a committee role, the AGM is an opportunity to put your hand up. The committee positions are listed on the web page; you can contact any of the current committee members to discuss what is entailed, or contact Julie if you want to have a discussion about the options.
ACT Championships 30 April-1 May
The ACT Champs is always a red letter event. This year it will coincide with the Intervarsity Championships, when ANU defends its crown. The event will also be an essential lead-up for those competing in the World Rogaining Championship in Alice Springs this year.
For those wanting to take on our NSW friends on their own soil, why not travel up to Sydney for the LaneCoveRivergaine2? It will be held, well, around Lane Cove. The 6 hour event will start at 10am on Saturday 27 February. Entries are already open. For more information and to enter, click here.
Spotted on the NSW Rogaining Association website
NSWRA has kindly listed ACT rogaining events on its website, to entice its members to savour the pleasures of ACT rogaining. In its posting, the site states:
"In 2015, NSW competitors were under represented on the ACT leader boards. Let 2016 be the year that NSW competitors dominate the ACT leaders boards."
I would call the first sentence a laudable statement of humility; ACT-based members should consider the second sentence a call to arms!
Weekly training for rogaining?
Orienteering provides excellent skills and fitness training for rogainers, and the ACT is blessed with regular events and great event locations. Street orienteering is held most Monday evenings, and courses vary from about 3 to 10 kilometres. You can walk or run, and you get to plan your course, so it is a bit like a mini-rogaine. Arrive by about 6pm to register, with a mass start at 6.15.
Consider also the summer twilight events, which are generally in the urban bush reserves. Individual starts are available from 5 until 6.30 pm. Two young international coaches can provide free tuition at the events.
For more details, visit the ACT Orienteering website.
We have a good selection of events coming up for you with a twilight event close to home showing off some areas of nature park you may not have been in and the Paddy Pallin hour in an area we haven't visited before...although those of you who participated in last year's ANU Inward Bound event will know a bit of the area. We have also tried to line events up so you can enjoy rogaines consistently through the year. I hope to see you at some of the early events.
The 'source' of the Murray - a minor source of embarrassment
Last December, four of the more experienced current and former ACT-based veteran rogainers (and a non-rogainer with a GPS) went in search of the nominal source of the Murray. With such navigational firepower working in concert, what could possibly go wrong?
Unfortunately, this navigational leg was not a 'clean kill'. Let's say that maybe this scratch team hadn't quite refined its teamwork and role allocations. Put another way, maybe too many navigators cruel the route execution. The wild horses and their surfeit of misleading 'walking' tracks should also saddle some of the blame.
Somewhat chastened, the crack rogainers did however relocate on the map and (with a furtive peek at the GPS) found the 'source', such as it is: a swampy puddle in a ti-tree thicket, marked by a vertical pipe. Our anonymous rogaining squad then regained its mojo and went on quickly to nail the nearby first of the surveyors' cairns along the straight section of the NSW-Victoria border (the 'Black-Allen line').
But why has this minor tributary become known as the 'source of the Murray'? The answer seems to be that the Victoria-NSW border was defined as going through the closest source of the Murray to Cape Howe. (Arguably, this spring is not that closest source). Given the rugged nature of the terrain that was to become the Black-Allen line, this made some sense. Victorians might alternatively interpret this as an uncharitable act by NSW to minimise the size of Victoria. Either way, this humble spring has now come to be considered the source of the Murray.
(Disclosure: the newsletter editor is proudly Victorian-born, and a zealous ACT-convert, but is committed to rigorously impartial journalistic coverage of interstate rivalries.)
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