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ACTRA website: http://act.rogaine.asn.au
ACT Championships 30 April- 1 May: Register now!
It is the one you have been waiting for. A time for glory; the chance to rejoice at finding an elusive high-pointed control on a moonlit ridge. The likelihood of questioning at 3 am why the hell you still go rogaining; and the subsequent elation of watching the gathering dawn, knowing you only have a mere 7 hours of exquisitely tight calves...and blissful endorphins...until you finish. The pinnacle of south-eastern Australia's sporting calendar: the ACT 24 hour rogaining championships.
The champs this year will be at Snowball, in the headwaters of the Shoalhaven River. The area includes extensive river flats, old growth forests and patches of farmland. Much of the area is open eucalypt forest. Of course, there are a few hills, with elevations from 850 to 1250 metres. Fire trails cross the area.
A wonderful event, not to be missed. Essential preparation for the World Rogaining Championships. You need to book by Monday 25 April, but that is a public holiday, so enter right now, right here.
Don't forget the 8 hour event
If you want something a bit shorter, then the 8 hour event on Saturday 30 April is the ticket. (Pssst! And take it from me, with all the guns away doing the 24 hour event, it is a great chance to get a placing!) In that case, enter here also, and no later than Anzac Day.
Bus to the ACT championships
There will be a bus to the event for those doing the 24 hour event at a subsidised fare of $25. Arrive relaxed and get home safely. It takes about 2 hours to drive there. We highly recommend you take the bus, for safety and because there is limited parking at the hash house. There are more details at the registration page on the web. Book the bus by 20 April. Contact is Deb Foggin at firstname.lastname@example.org
Intervarsity Competition being held at the ACT Championships
The 2016 Intervarsity championships will be held in conjunction with the ACT Champs on 30 April-1 May. This is a wonderful opportunity for an ACT university team to rule the national roost...again: ANU currently hold the much-coveted trophy. So, if you are an eligible university team, we would love to see you enter. You need a team of enrolled students from the same university to qualify.
We have been a bit slow in advertising, so we won’t be able to conduct a ‘trial’ at an event to select who will qualify for financial support provided through the Nigel Aylott Memorial Sports Foundation. For ACT teams, this would cover entry costs and travel via the ACTRA bus. If you would like to apply, please send Julie an email letting her know who you are, and your rogaining histories. The committee will select a team based on emails received by Saturday 9 April.
Excellent opportunities for volunteering
We have the following opportunities to offer volunteers, and would be delighted to hear from you. These roles are critical to running the great events we host.
- a couple of volunteers to help out with the ACT Championships (30 April-1 May). Free food and lots of time to take in the beautiful scenery. Email email@example.com
- collecting controls after the ACT Championships. Can be for those who have, or have not, entered the event. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Colin and Colleen Mock have offered to set the metrogaine (9 July). Would you like to help with the vetting, pre-event or on-the-day admin, or general help? Please get in touch with Doug.
- The winter 4 hour event (14 August). Here’s your chance to vet a short, family-friendly event close to Canberra. Interested? Contact Glenn at email@example.com
Life Membership for Glenn Bridgart
Glenn Bridgart was made a life member of the ACT Rogaining Association at the AGM on 20 March 2016. Glenn was nominated for his outstanding contribution to rogaining in the ACT through 16 years on the ACTRA committee, including as President between 2007 and 2011; organising and helping at events; teaching others to rogaine; and displaying outstanding natural rogaining ability. Read the full nomination on the documents page. Congratulations and many thanks, Glenn.
2016 Annual General Meeting
Congratulations to the new committee for 2016. We farewell with thanks Glenn Bridgart, Aaron Coles and Wayne Gregson. The newly elected committee is - President: Julie Quinn, Vice-President: Susie Sprague, Treasurer: Claire Edwards, Secretary: Dane Roberts, Committee: David Baldwin, Jean Douglass, Doug Collier, Jonathan Miller, Stephen Goggs, Gail Sutton and Deb Foggin (until July). See the Contact Us page on the website to get in touch.
I would like to add a big thank you to Rohan Hyslop and Graham Atkins for setting a great Paddy Pallin event. I enjoyed the mix of terrain that was fairly easy underfoot (at least if you were going the right direction in the pines!), but with some surprisingly complex navigation. Well done.
I have had my head down making maps, organising awards and trophies, as well as all the other things that go with organising a world rogaining champs. David Baldwin and I will be very busy with this until July, so I apologise now if anything gets missed being done for ACTRA. All of the committee have been doing a great job filling in behind some of the jobs that we normally do and I thank them very much for this. However, it will not be all work and no play, as I hope to see many of you at the ACT champs at the end of April.
Paddy Pallin 2016 Rogaine Wrap-up
The eastern side of the Tallaganda Range provides magnificent rogaining country. The adjoining property “Kindervale” welcomed around 200 competitors, both young and old, who enjoyed perfect rogaining conditions for this 6 hour event. They traversed rolling grazing country and pine plantations with plenty of cattle, goats and even a Shetland pony. They also stretched hamstrings leaping creeks and fences. The extensive views that were reward for making the gruelling climb to checkpoint 100 in the southernmost part of course were enjoyed by only 3 teams. But there were plenty of lovely vistas and green passageways through the pines for the rest of the field to enjoy.
Martin Dent and Rob Walter were the overall winners, clearing the course in 5 hours 35 minutes (1890 pts), ahead of mixed open winners Clare Lonergan and Kieran Macdonell (1570 pts). Judi Barton and Danealle Gilfillan took home the women's open trophy (990 pts). In the veterans, Jon Glanville and Martin Etherington (1220 pts) won the men's category while Julie Quinn and David Baldwin (1500 pts) were the mixed winners. Carol Harding and Colleen Mock (920 pts) won both the veterans and superveterans women’s trophies. Grant Battersby and Colin Mock (900 pts) took home the men’s trophy and Mike and Marg Harrap (1060 pts) defended the mixed trophy in the superveterans category. Greg, Ciaran and Riley Lane (1180 pts) took home the family trophy.
Many thanks to the landholders for access to the land, all our volunteers who made the event a success, Paddy Pallin as event sponsors and the Jerangle caterers for fine munch.
Barclay’s Paddy Pallin Story
By Barkley, as told to Thomas Bridgart (Team 55)
For the 2016 Paddy Pallin I decided to go with some scouts and their leaders. This was a great decision because they went at a speed slow enough for me to get a good view. I also knew I’d be safe, because scouts are always prepared!
At control 61, (the first control this team went to) we got lost walking around in the thick vegetation until we found it. Luckily, they used their scouty skills to get us back on track! We then walked along a track past the water drop, and turned off to control 35 which was deep in a pine plantation. I was really impressed with their navigation here, but at the control, I decided to retreat into my warm orange sleeping bag for a nap.
By the time I woke up, the team was making swift progress and was almost at control 52! I still wasn’t quite awake and I must have drifted off for a bit, and when I woke up, all of my team members were talking about what a yummy lunch they had had. I was very annoyed with them for not waking me up for lunch, so I gave them the silent treatment. They didn’t seem to notice though, because they were too busy searching for a control. If they’d had me helping them, they would have found it, but instead they wasted a long time looking.
After another snack break, when the scouts remembered me and found me some eucalyptus leaves, I gave them some expert guidance, so we were at the next control in no time. My team decided that some running was in order, so I retreated to the safety of a backpack. When I looked out, they were only one kilometre away from the Hash-House. We made a stop at a nearby control, before racing in to the finish. We heard the whistle blowing as we were heading into the finish, and only lost ten points for being less than a minute late.
The team was glad to see all the yummy food to eat at the hash house. I found some eucalyptus leaves around and they tasted very good! I think scouts are amazing navigators and I hope they will take me out again!
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