Entries are now open for the Lower Cotter Catchment Autumn Rogaine events on 18-19 April. Made up of mostly pine forest, the course saddles the Lower Cotter Catchment and the beautiful Brindabellas, making for very quick access from Canberra. Teams will be challenged by the undulating terrain but rewarded for their effort with amazing views over Canberra and the Cotter Dam from many vantage points on the course.
For those who wish to enjoy a full weekend of rogaining, free entry to either the foot or cycle event on Sunday (9:30am - 3:30pm) will be offered to teams who also participate in the night foot event on Saturday (5-10pm). To enter two events, please enter the night event and add a note to the organiser indicating that you also with to enter one of the day events. $30 full entry / $24 concession / under 14 years free. Enter here.
We urgently need a couple of vetters to help vet and hang controls for the Autumn events (preferably the weekend of 11-12 April so the controls are not out for too long). If you are able to help please email Aaron or call him on 0404 295 457.
We also require someone to collect a trailer with two portaloos from Mitchell, tow to the Hash House and return post-event - they will get free entry (and petrol) for their efforts. The only catch is that the loos need to be collected on Friday and returned on the Monday. Please let Susie know if you can help out.
The Paddy Pallin rogaine event weekend was a great success. Saturday 28 February was a warm clear day. Approximately 280 ANU students were out and about learning and testing their navigational skills ready for their Inward Bound competition (which will actually be held this weekend!).
On Sunday 1 March, 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 (pictured right) 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 event. All results are on the website. Check the photo gallery for photos from the event.
We are interested in any feedback on splitting the event across the two days. It certainly reduced the crowding for parking, portaloos and catering. Contact Julie if you have any thoughts.
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!
At the Annual General Meeting on 1 March, 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, Debra Foggin
Thanks to all for agreeing to help guide the good ship ACTRA in 2015!
Our Member Protection Information Officer (MPIO), Sarah Cowdery, reported that she did not have anyone contact her with concerns about unfair, discriminatory or otherwise unacceptable behaviour in relation to the ACTRA in 2014. Read her report to the AGM on our website.
The role of the MPIO is to be the first point of contact in the event of a complaint or concern about unfair or discriminatory behaviour, harassment or child safety issues. The MPIO helps ensure that proper complaint handling procedures are adhered to, that due process is followed and that parties to a dispute are informed about their rights and responsibilities.
Sarah's contact details can be found here.
Ever wanted to navigate on skis? There will be a ski orienteering event at Perisher on Sunday 2 August. Go to the OACT website for more details.
The website for the 2015 Australasian Championships on 10-11 October has been launched. The event location has also been announced - the Capertee National Park! Go to http://arc2015.nswrogaining.org/ for more information.
Below are a few callouts for volunteers for upcoming events:
Navigation Workshop: ACTRA is holding a navigation workshop on 20-21 June for anyone from beginners to more advanced rogainers who want to improve your navigating. The workshop will be a mix of practical outside getting from A to B as well as an afternoon session on how to effectively plan a route for a rogaine. People will be in small groups with people of a similar ability so as to maximise what you can learn from your coach. Julie and Claire are now looking for coaches to pass on their valuable wisdom. You don't have to be a world class rogainer - we can put you with a group of your choosing. We are looking for coaches for sessions on Saturday am, Saturday night and Sunday morning, with a few to stay around for the Saturday afternoon. You don't have to commit for all sessions either. We will also need a few people to put out controls and collect them a few days before and after the event (as for part of it we will be using the Mt Ainslie and Black Mountain Nature Parks. If you are in a position to help with either, please contact Julie or Claire.
Mid-Winter 4 hour event: The Mid-Winter event on 11 July will be located very close to Canberra. We need the full gamut of volunteers for this one - a setter, vetter, on-the-day admin/navlight person, general on-the-day helpers and control collectors. Please consider putting your hand up for this family-friendly event. Please contact Susie if you can help out.
We'd also like to say a special thank you to Judy Jenkins who has been doing a lot of work behind the scenes fixing and maintaining our website. Thanks Judy!
The new ACTRA gear store in the shipping container at Giralang has been proceeding well with the internal fit-out to be completed soon. All shelf units are in position, with the overhead water container storage completed. We just have to install a winch to help us get the trailer in and out. As you can see we had a little assistance from Barkley!
Barkley was a little bit naughty as not only did he help set the recent Paddy Pallin event (check him out crossing a river - the first photo in our gallery), but he also competed! He joined Rhianna McNamara and her family on their adventures in Tinderry…
It was a cool overcast morning when we headed off with Barkley. There were crowds of people going to control 23 as we were. It was very hard to get to the control, we had to go down a small but steep gully to cross the creek. There were lots of people at that control. We went to 24 next and it was also very crowded. At that point people forked off in different directions. We tried to go straight to 54 but the thistles were too thick, so we crossed the creek and walked along the road. We had to scramble down a very steep slope. We found the control 54 on a tree along the creek. There was wild mint growing along the creek bank. It smelt delicious! We followed the creek to 31. We saw lots of rocks that sparkled in the sun and left gold dust on your fingers. There was a water dragon basking on a rock we passed. We had to climb up a very steep slope to get to 31. After that it was a easy walk along the spur to 101. When we got there we saw a snake swimming in the river it looked amazing! We climbed back up over the spur then climbed down a steep gully to a waterfall where 77 was. We saw quite a lot of people who also went to 77. Then we sat down and had a snack. Then we saw some black cockatoos flying and the weather started to change. A lightning storm struck up Barkley had to hide in the bag to keep dry. We had to scramble through lots of scrub and then we thought we were lost but we were exactly where we wanted to be. We found 21, the sun came back out, and then we walked along a very long track back to the HH but we turned off and picked up 35 and 48 along the way. Finally we got back to the Hash House and Barkley said goodbye to everyone.
by Rhianna McNamara (team 28)
More photos from this adventure can be found at the ACTRA Photo Gallery or on our Facebook page.
2015 has got off to a great start for rogaining with two great events. I particularly enjoyed the Paddy Pallin 6 hour event on the fantastic private property in the Tinderry area and I am grateful that David Moore decided he wanted to share the land he grew up on with us. David had the place lined up a few years ago but before he could set an event there was a bushfire which burnt part of the course so waited until now.
This event also highlighted for me the strong sense of community that many rural locations have, with a few "doors opening" (getting permission) when we let landholders know that the event would also be a fundraiser for the Jerangle School via the catering. Perhaps we, as a rogaining community ourselves, need to think about how we can give something back to people such as the Moores, Woollastons, Starrs, Foats, O'Neills, Hodgsons and Neumanns in return for allowing us access to their land. If you think about it, would you willingly let 480 people come through your backyard over a weekend? Let me know if you have thoughts or suggestions on this.
Finally - a gentle reminder of the rogaining rules of teams staying together and all visiting a control during events. The relevant rules are:
At the first two events this year a few breaches to these rules were noticed. Please keep it fair and have all team members (including those without a navlight tag) visit the checkpoints. If one person is too tired to make the trek up the hill, then the team needs to make a decision to not visit the control. The rule about staying together is for your safety.
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