Paddy Pallin Pleasure

Over 230 rogainers took advantage of the sunny conditions to explore the Yankee Hat area in the ACT’s Namadgi National Park. Brad Vallette, Fergus McLeod, Emily Rowbotham and Anthony Newman set a great course which highlighted the best bits of the area. The course they set proved to be the perfect size, with only the overall winners Julie Quinn, David Baldwin and Gill Fowler managing to clear it, with seven minutes to spare and taking out the mixed open category. Second overall was Anthony Ricci and Oliver Lilford, who won the mens open category, and Kate Thomas, Rebecca Rogers and Ainsley Pahljina won the womens open category. The family category was won by Lisa Cutfield, Nick Lhuede and Henry Lhuede.


The variety of the terrain and features, including grasslands, wooded hills, boulders of all shapes and sizes, huts and fireroads provided route options for all teams, from the youngest competitor in a family team at just a few months old, through to the experienced, ultraveteran teams. Rogainers returned to the hashhouse to enjoy the delicious food provided by Hartley Lifecare and to share stories of their routes, sights and wildlife experienced during the event. The presentation was followed by a random draw where some lucky participants won prizes that were provided by Paddy Pallin.


ACTRA would like to thank the event setters and vetters, as well as administration helpers Jean Douglass, Ron Simpson and Dane Roberts, first aider Monika Binder, pre-event administrator Claire Edwards, ACT Parks and Wildlife for permission to use the area, and of course the event sponsor Paddy Pallin for its continued support of this annual event.

Results can be found here and also check out Strava Fly-by to see where some teams went.

Last Updated on Friday, 09 March 2018 12:21
Terrific Twilight!

What a terrific event the twilight rogaine is proving to be. There were over 300 participants/117 teams at Saturday nights 3 hour event held at Mt Ainslie and Mt Majura. This included 7 junior and 11 family teams. At the other end of the scale, there were 3 ultravet teams. There was also an uncounted but large number of teams from the ANU and 6 teams from Narrabundah college. Although it was pretty dark by the end, most people seemed to be smiling from the glow of white teeth by torch light.


Jon Glanville set a fabulous course that the ACTRA committee thought was maybe too big - not so, according to the 6 teams who cleared the course with 1570 points! Jon is a novice rogaine setter and was ably assisted by veteran rogainer, Glenn Bridgart. Matthew Crane and Rob Walter were pipped at the post for line honours by Martin Dent and Mark Bourne, clearing the course in an impressive 2:12 and 2:13. Julie Quinn and David Baldwin were the best of the veterans with 1560 points and women's open went to An Ren Chen and Wendy Emerton with 1170 points. Zoe Melhuish, Ella Cuthbert and David Stocks claimed the junior honours with 1060 points and with 640 points, the ultravets went to Colleen Mock and Barbara Martin. The family category was won by Nick and Henry Lheude and Lisa Cutfield with 810 points.

But the overall winners of the day were the volunteers who managed to take half an hour out of a super busy schedule to enjoy pizzas and a chat. Those fiddly cloth wrist tags made for a busy admin run! Thanks goes to Anne Sawkins, Jenny Arnold, Jaqui Poldy, Glenn, Jon, Mischa Saunders and Rowan Edwards who made the day go so smoothly. Thanks too to Julie Quinn who cut up a lifetimes supply of watermelon on a hot Saturday afternoon and Gail Sutton for the map.


Preliminary results can be found here. See you all at our next 2018 event, the Paddy Pallin.

Last Updated on Monday, 19 February 2018 19:36
2018 Annual General Meeting

The ACT Rogaining Association Annual General Meeting will be held at the conclusion of the Paddy Pallin 6 hr rogaine on 4 March 2018 at approximately 3:45 pm. Exact location will be advertised with the final instructions for the Paddy Pallin rogaine event, however will be in Namadgi National Park approximately 1 hr drive south from central Canberra. All members are welcome.

The agenda, President's report and audited accounts are available for members on the AGM documents page (Documents/AGM documents). Nominations for positions are welcome. Please contact Julie if you have questions about roles, wish to seek nomination or advise about a nomination.

Summer twilight - entries now open

Join us for the first event of 2018, the Summer twilight 3 hour. This is a bush event running from Campbell Park Offices from 6 - 9pm on Saturday 17th February. The course has an extensive track network as well as some well know landmark peaks. Novices and experienced rogainers will enjoy a run. Basic light refreshments will be provided after the event. 

Helpers are now sorted for on the day and for control collecting. Thanks to all of you who offered to help out. 

Entries are now open. Click here to enter. Entries open until Monday 12th February, after that you'll attract an additional late fee. 

Being the first event of the year, if you haven't paid your membership yet, please include membership on your entry form

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 January 2018 19:57
South Coast glory for ACT Champions

Dane Roberts, helped by the other setters and vetters Jonathan Miller, Graham Atkins, Keith Conley and Tom Brazier, set a course to amaze and challenge everyone. Rogainers in both the 8 and 24 hr events were able to sample the amazing Murramarang National Park's tall spotted gums, rainforest vines and palms, coastal scenery (including orcas offshore), and ticks. Some teams crossed under the highway to the South Brooman State Forest to find open shady gullies and dry spurs.

Congratulations to Harry Andrews and Thomas Larkin who won the 8 hr event from Lee Rice and Craig Cowan. Congratulations to David Baldwin and Julie Quinn who are the 2017 ACT Champions (overall). Ronnie Taib and David Williams are the 2017 ACT Mens Champions and Ellen Braybon and Nicole Mealing are the 2017 Womens Champions. Special mention to the super effort of our Victorian friends Merv Trease and Vic Sedunary who took out the Mens Ultravet, Mens Supervet, Mens Vets and were second in the Open Mens! Other winners and preliminary results are on the event page, photos on the Smugmug site, and Strava Fly-bys of some teams.

Thank you to all the other helpers Glenn Bridgart, Jiaying Goh, Mark Jenkins.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 November 2017 06:54
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