2016 Metrogaine entries now open
2016 marks the 25th anniversary of the official launch of Gungahlin. Much has changed since 1991, with development currently proceeding on the 13th and 14th suburbs (Moncrieff and Throsby). Despite the pace of development, each suburb proclaims its own distinctive urban and architectural style, and relics of the pastoral past abound. From grasslands to woodlands, wetlands to hilltop reserves, stone hut ruins to golf course mansions, historic villages to vibrant suburban centres, Gungahlin offers a rich and diverse tapestry of the past and the present.
Come and discover the hidden treasures of Canberra's northernmost town in the 2016 Metrogaine. Get lost in the street mazes of Ngunnawal and Amaroo, admire the views from Harcourt Hill and Percival Hill, lose valuable course time in the state-of-the-art playgrounds in Casey and Franklin (it is school holidays after all), ponder a while about the hardships of 19th century life on 'Gungaderra' or 'Horse Park', or just go for points and venture into the sweeping grasslands of unimpeded travel. It's all waiting for you in the 2016 Metrogaine, Saturday 9 July.
It will be a great event. At $15 for adult entries, it is excellent value. I have voted with my fingers and snaffled the first entry, but there are lots of greeat team numbers waiting for you!
Entries are now open to teams of 2-5 people, and for this event, to solo entrants as well.
Would you like to help with one of the events coming up? We need:
- collectors for the Metrogaine. After 9 July, preferably very soon after, because the controls will be in the urban area. The event is around Gunghalin so perhaps somewhere different to go for a walk? Many controls will be able to be collected by bike as well.
- a vetter to help Glenn Bridgart with the winter 4 hr on 14 August and a couple of other people to help on the day. This will be a busy event with ANU students joining us. Collectors are needed for this south Canberra event too.
- one or two vetters to help Paul Cuthbert and Andrew Rowe with the night/day event on 24/25 September. Volunteers are also needed for the two events themselves. You don't have to commit to both but if you're keen for a weekend out, perhaps you could compete in one and help with the other? Collectors will also be needed.
For all of these, contact Julie or the event coordinator (Doug for the Metrogaine, Claire for the Winter 4hr and Stephen for the night/day events).
Course-setting workshop after the World Rogaining Championships
This is an extraordinary oppotunity to learn about rogaining course-setting, from the best course setters on the planet.
When: Monday 25 July & Tuesday 26 July 2016. Where: Ross River Resort, near Alice Springs.
Who should attend? Anyone involved in course setting or vetting, particularly those aspiring to organise: state/national, regional and international events.
Experienced coaches will lead the discussion, and there will be a mix of theory and field practical sessions. An interactive and collaborative approach is planned. All details here.
Gear transport to the World Rogaining Championships
David and Julie need a few volunteers to take an extra box each with them to Alice Springs. We are happy to pay for a pre-purchased additional bag (e.g. with Qantas you can purchase an additional 23 kg bag for $30). These boxes will contain trophies or prizes for the event so the transport will only be one-way. Please contact Julie.
In recent weeks we have been lucky to have both the ACT Champs and a NSW Autumn event close to Canberra. I was able to compete in both and really enjoyed the events. What struck me about them is the very different nature of the terrain we have so close by. The ACT Champs was a big mix of what we get in many higher parts of the ACT/NSW, with a bit of scrub mixed in (I think anyone who went east and blundered into the Allocasuarina nana will be very familiar with what I'm referring to). The thing I loved about the vegetation on this course was the variety. Because the underlying geology is very variable across the course, and there was a big range in topography from flats to steep hills, we were traversing through different eucalypts with banksia patches, acacia patches, and grasses as undergrowth, all in the matter of hundreds of metres.
The NSW event at Tarlo River National Park was a huge contrast, with very dry, open bush on steep hillsides and relatively narrow watercourses. This course had its scrub bands too (I had lots of bursaria prickles in my legs). The vegetation on this course made it very easy to see the contours of the land and for very fast travel. A highlight of this course for me was traversing a very narrow ridge above the Tarlo River with views steeply down and across the park.
Our next three events over the winter and early spring promise to bring as much variety again. I'm looking forward to Colleen's metrogaine to explore the Gungahlin area, which I don't know very well, and then to the south of Canberra to an area of open woodland and grasslands, where I've never rogained despite ACTRA having held a few events there in the past.
ADFA wins 2016 intervarsity and ACT universities clean-sweep the placings
The 2016 Intervarsity Championships were held in conjunction with the recent ACT championships. ACT fielded 7 of the 9 teams (6 ANU and 1 ADFA), with interstate teams coming from University of Tasmania and Adelaide. Last year's winning ANU team have moved on, leaving the ADFA team who were 3rd last year as the local favourite, with some strong new combinations from ANU eager to defend their record - ANU hadwon the previous 5 years. Jess Fuller-Smith, member of the 2nd placed team in 2014 & 201,5 was also a strong contender with a new team.
In the event, the ADFA team of Thomas Etheridge and William Tribe triumphed, with ANU teams of Craig McConnochie and Galen Correy, and Jed Buchanan and Owen Cameron close behind.
Pl Score Time Names [University]
1 2730 23:48 Thomas Etheridge, William Tribe [ADFA]
2 2490 23:31 Craig McConnochie, Galen Correy [ANU]
3 2200 23:54 Jed Buchanan, Owen Cameron [ANU]
4 1910 23:33 Jess Fuller-Smith, Zach Brown [UTas]
5 1580 23:17 Fergus Macleod, Max Messenger [ANU]
6 1390 23:17 Brad Vallette, Hannah Johnson [ANU]
7 1170 23:08 Jonathan Gobin, Stephen Holden [Adelaide]
8 1040 23:43 Rory Taylor, Tejas Iyer [ANU]
9 740 9:22 Jonas Von Milczewski, Isaac Bell, Lennart Baumgaertner, Ashleigh Van De Meulengraaf [ANU]
Deua National Park around Snowball provided some brilliant rogaining country this year for the ACT 24hr Rogaining Championships, incorporating an 8 hr event and the 2016 Intervarsity Rogaining Championships. Over 215 people took part and the course provided them with a mix of mature open forest, open flat areas, hilly terrain and plenty of creeks, one of which needed to be forded at the start of the event. Nothing like starting with wet feet!
No-one managed to clear the course, but Rob Walter and Paul Cuthbert came very close, taking home the men’s open and men’s veterans categories. Gill Fowler and Jess Baker took home the women’s open trophy. Clayton Balmain and Grace Crane won the 8 hour.
Many thanks to all our volunteers who made it happen, the land owners and Hartley Lifecare for keeping everyone well-fed, especially in the challenging weather conditions on the Sunday. The full results are on our webpage and there are lots of piccies at our Smugmug site.
Rogaining in the Australian Financial Review
For those of us who are not daily readers of the Fin, rogaining was recently featured in this august journal. Team building was the angle. The article is here.
Other upcoming events:
- NSW Paddy Pallin rogaine, 19 June.
- Navshield on 2-3 July. Yes, election weekend.
- NSW ski orienteering and rogaining event, 7 August.
Lost and found items from the ACT championships
Contact Glenn on 0434 038 481 if these are your items, retrieved from the ACT championships:
Wilson size M track suit pants (grey with silver stripe); a Cover for 'Trax' folding chair;a dark blue headlamp (1, 3 or 7 LEDS, 3xAAA batteries); silver and black small first aid kit in ziplock bag, with space blanket, compression bandage, etc; a pair of pink socks; yellow highlighter; fork/spoon, labelled 'Sea to Summit'.
The ACT Rogaining newsletter: everything fit to print, for those fit enough to rogaine.
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